Oh, sweet summer, you have finally arrived. This June, the cultural calendar is practically bursting at the seams. Outdoor food festivals, late-night concerts, art shows, exhibitions: you’ll find it all over the next 30 days. SIXTY’s resident culture writer Scott Heins narrows it down a bit. Herewith, your handy guide for the best events happening this month in New York City and Los Angeles.
NEW YORK CITY: Summer means an entirely new program at the New Museum, which is unveiling three strange and wonderful exhibitions throughout the month. First up is Darling Divined, the New York solo debut of Diedrick Brackens. Brackens uses textile approaches both modern and centuries-old to convey the experience of queer blackness, pouring coloration from wine, tea, and bleach across canvasses of cotton. Opening later in the month is Mirror/Echo/Tilt, a collaboration by Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith. The piece addresses criminal justice in America and draws heavily on video shot in decommissioned prisons and jails across America. Finally, near the end of the month, are Menesunda Reloaded and Easypieces, solo exhibitions by Marta Minujín and Mika Rottenberg. The former uses a visual pastiche of sculpture, theater, video art, and media critique to create a bewildering environment throughout the museum’s gallery space. Rottenberg’s work uses video work and satirical objects to poke holes in the normalcy of our everyday life. Darling Divined opens Tuesday, June 4th // Mirror/Echo/Tilt opens Tuesday, June 18th // Menesunda Reloaded and Easypieces open Wednesday, June 26th // New Museum, 235 Bowery, Manhattan // Admission $12 and up
NEW YORK CITY: Pride in New York City is a citywide affair. There are over 50 different events planned across the five boroughs during the month of June, from commemorative rallies to film screenings to vibrant parties. But, of course, the main event is the NYC Pride March, which will take over a long span of 5th Avenue and bring out thousands of revelers of all orientations and identities for what’s undoubtedly the city’s most joyful and diverse celebration. Over 100 floats and 500 different groups will be featured in the 2019 parade, but you can bet the fete will spillover into the sidewalks and side streets as New York City commemorates the continuing movement for LGBTQ+ rights. Put on something fabulous and join in! Sunday, June 30th, beginning at noon // 5th Avenue beginning at 26th Street and moving downtown, Manhattan // Info and accessibility seating tickets here
NEW YORK CITY: BAM Cinema brings some of the world’s best independent film to New York City year-round, but in June they up the ante with their annual Cinemafest. Now in its tenth year, the festival will feature screenings by directors that are all but impossible to catch in any other place or time, including Lulu Wang’s heartbreaking family drama The Farewell, the New York premiere of Flint, Michigan tale Midnight in Paris, and several double feature nights including a showing of Asian expatriate tales Sunrise/Sunset and Leave the Bus Through The Broken Window. The films are guaranteed to be beautiful and challenging, a treat for dedicated cinephiles or the casual movie fan who’s looking to broaden their horizons. Buy tickets in advance, take a chance on something strange, and be ready to get swept away. Festival runs Wednesday, June 12th through Saturday, June 22nd; Showtimes vary // BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn // Ticket info here
LOS ANGELES: While the ongoing construction of the Academy Museum dome makes LACMA look like an unfinished space station, the museum is still very much open for business, with two fantastic shows being rolled out early this summer. First up is The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, a vast multimedia show that includes the following materials: plastic, water, wood, hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola. A compendium of the best Chinese visual art produced in recent decades, names like Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and, of course, Ai Weiwei dominate the show. Second, Beyond the Line: The Art of Korean writing will feature the first American exhibition of the documented history of Korean writing and calligraphy. Organized to showcase the way writing and calligraphy mirrors the strata of Korean society, the exhibit will detail the biographies of famed writers, calligraphers, and linguists throughout Korean history. The Allure of Matter opens Sunday, June 2nd; Beyond the Line opens Sunday, June 16th // LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles // Admission $16-25
LOS ANGELES: Outdoor food and movies—this is L.A., after all. All summer long the Street Food Cinema series will bring together mobile food vendors and classic movies to create the perfect night out for visitors and locals alike. Classics like The Goonies, Grease, A League of Their Own, and Jurassic Park will be shown alongside more modern favorites like La La Land and Bohemian Rhapsody. Each night in the series features a different array of chefs and vendors, and locations will change to feature some of the best parks and open-air theaters all across Southern California. There’s really no downside here. See you in the seats out under the stars. Multiple screenings throughout June // Location information here // Tickets $14 and up
LOS ANGELES: The Hollywood Bowl will be filled to the brim with funk when Chromeo, Toro y Moi, and Noname roll into town to deliver a huge night of dance music and hip-hop. Revered for their pitch-perfect recreation of sleek ’80s funk (with a dash of late-aughts pop), Montreal duo Chromeo has been steadily building their repertoire for well over a decade, and have now finally made the leap to touring the a full live band. The early reviews of this new setup have been ecstatic: armed with a top-tier rhythm section, guitarist Dave 1 and keyboardist P-Thugg have the space to stretch out and let their catalog groove even harder. But this isn’t just a single-billing: rising Chicago MC Noname and chillwave genius Toro Y Moi will ensure that you’ll want to arrive plenty early to take it all in. Sunday, June 16th, 7 p.m. // Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles // Tickets $20 and up
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