Hear, see, and taste in Los Angeles this week. First, catch the band Braids, a trio of friends whose music speaks to being a confused teenager. Then hit the new Wexler’s Deli in Santa Monica, which debuts some menu items not found at the downtown outpost. UCLA hosts the Guelaguetza, a celebration of indigenous Mexican populations, and the artist Hush is finally back in the city.
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May 26 | Concert
Braids is a majestic rock band hailing from Montreal, Quebec. The band grew out of a friendship amongst three high school students (Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith) and developed with its members as they navigated their way through their tumultuous teenage years. The name represents the myriad of styles and genres that are all “interwoven and interlaced” (as described by Tufts) into the band’s sound. Think dreamy and melodic with some rock sensibilities thrown in, like Arcade Fire meets Baths and Toro y Moi.
8:30 p.m. | The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | (213) 413-8200 | $13.50 | website
May 27 | Restaurant opening
Wexler’s Deli is a proper Jewish deli. They’ve perfected the ratio of doughy bagel to lean pastrami, for one thing. Top your bagel sandwich off with a cream soda and a black and white cookie and you’re an honorary member of the Wexler’s tribe. Chef Micah Wexler, a native Angeleno, is opening a second outpost of his delicious New York–style deli (its original home is downtown at Grand Central Market) in Santa Monica. New, Westside-only menu items include classics like matzah ball soup and pastrami lox. The store’s artwork, made by abstract artist Gregory Siff, will add a uniquely L.A. twist.
7 a.m. to close | Wexler’s Deli, 616 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles | (213) 620-0633 | website
May 28 | Festival
Grupo Estudiantil Oaxaqueno, UCLA’S Oaxacan student group, is dedicated to raising awareness for the indigenous populations in Mexico that are constantly discriminated against by the larger Mexican population. This festival is all about celebrating the cultures of the 16 indigenous communities that live in Oaxaca. Various dances, foods, and music will take center stage, and politics is completely off the table. This day is all about inclusivity.
12–4 p.m. | Bruin Plaza, UCLA, Westwood Blvd. and Le Conte Ave., Westwood | Free | website
Swami Beach in Encinitas (about an hour and 45 minutes from L.A.) is where California surfers go to gather and appreciate the finest waves known to man. Get in the water yourself or watch the action from a shady spot with a picnic and some vino. If tides aren’t too high, walk the length of the shore all the way to San Elijo State Beach. Grab an acai bowl at Swami’s Café or an unforgettable breakfast burrito as you take in the ocean breeze.
May 28–July 2 | Art exhibit
British artist Hush hasn’t shown work in L.A. for three years. That’s all about to change, as he’s bringing his contemporary graffiti and stencil style to the Corey Helford Gallery for over a month this summer. Originally, Hush studied graphic design at the Newcastle School of Art and Design. Now, his signature work shows beautiful porcelain women surrounded by bold and bright colors and covered in graffiti in order to explore themes of sexuality and pornography in Japanese culture.
7–11 p.m. | Corey Helford Gallery, 571 South Anderson St., Los Angeles | (310) 287-2340 | Free | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.