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‘Grease’ 40th Anniversary, Afrolituation, Ozomatli, Jenny and the Mexicats ~ GTFO LA!

Welcome back to GTFO LA!, your guide to the very best stuff to do in Los Angeles every weekend, designed to get you out of the f*cking house. Over this heatwave? Stay cool and check out the weekend possibilities, including a concert by Ozomatli, a screen of "Grease" and a celebration of K-town.

Thursday, July 26

Cut Chemist by Joseph Armario
Cut Chemist by Joseph Armario

Cut Chemist with Buyepongo + KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

[dropcap size=big]B[/dropcap]ack in June, we let you know the Hammer Museum is currently showing Made in L.A. exhibit, an exhibit featuring artists from all over the greater Los Angeles area.  The exhibit tackles politics, the environment, socio-cultural issues and other factors molding the city of Los Angeles today. On Thursday, you can go check out this talked about art show and also catch a DJ set by Cut Chemist, formerly with Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. The DJ, producer released his second solo album, "Die Cut," 11 years after his debut solo album. The album is full of collabs, including one with rapper Biz Markie. The DJ will be spinning his latest at the Hammer along with performances by cumbia band Buyepong and KCRW DJ Anthony Valdez. Food trucks and cash bar included. More info here.

Friday, July 27

Afrolituation: L.A.'s Biggest African Experience Party

[dropcap size=big]E[/dropcap]very month, Afrolituation takes you on a one of a kind experience of African culture. In July, Afro beats will invade the Belasco Theatre for a night of dancing and a celebration. This party is not just dancing, suya, or a West African kind of meat skewer, will be sold and if you're up for it, face painting is an option. This is how Los Angeles celebrates African culture. If you're an early bird, you'll only have to pay $10 to get into this celebration. More info here.

KX Fest at Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]aking inspiration from Koreatown's vibrant night scene, KX Fest will bring music, entertainment, and food to MacArthur Park. The three-day festival celebrates the yummy and creative offerings K-town brings to the city of Angels and kicks off on Friday with a performance by Sammy Sam and Chuck D of Public Enemy. H1GHR MUSIIC Cha Cha Malone, Phe Reds, Jarv Dee, Jinu Park and others will play throughout the festival. The festival has a variety of food offerings: the White Rabbit, The Steamy Bun, The Fat Queso, Garcia's Shack and Belly Bombz are the food line-up. The fest will have a food truck showdown that will crown the Best Meal on Wheels. Artists, DJs, local talent, and vendors await you this weekend. More info here.

The Music Center's "Sleepless"

[dropcap size=big]V[/dropcap]irtual Reality, molecular gastronomy, experimental dance and are just some of the things that will make up Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours, a night of science and art. The event is designed to explore the space where art meets science. Installations, performance art, video games, music, workshops and more powerfully tackle the clash. Among the performances and experiences, USC professor Archie Prakash will display a virtual reality experience that focuses on Christianity and video games. Artist Rafa Esparza will be there to channel Pakal, the Mayan Sci-fi narrative, in a special performance. Explore science and art in this multi-dimensional night. For more info see LA TACO's sponsored preview here.

Saturday, July 28

Summer Happenings: Social Shaman at The Broad

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Broad's Summer Happenings is bringing experimental music and art front and center this Saturday. As a part of their summer series, the contemporary museum in DTLA is keeping its doors open late and strictly over 21 for you to experience art, music and performances. The museum is bringing together a line of artists and musicians that experiment with sound and music inspired by their art. German experimental band, faUST and Baltimore's Matmos, who composed an album with a washer machine on stage recently, will perform. EYE will bring the politically timely DJ set. DJ Total Freedom will perform a disruptive, cross-genre, danceable set. More info on other performers and event here.

Ozomatli, Jenny and the Mexicats at Pershing Square

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Pershing Square Downtown Stage summer series is bringing hip-hop, rock and L.A. music group Ozomatli to their stage.. Joining them is jazz, cumbia, Carribean-influenced group, Jenny and the Mexicats. This group hails from Britain, Spain and Mexico and bring a mix of sounds to the dance party in English and Spanish. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, but hold the drinks. A bar will be on site for you to enjoy. More info here.

Street Food Cinema

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]ake out your black leather jackets, it's "Grease's" 40th anniversary and what other way to celebrate than wearing your best greaser outfit and watching the movie outdoors with other fans? Best part is, Jan aka Jamie Donnelly will be there too. Street Food Cinema is bringing the timeless movie to Eagle Rock. Along with a movie, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Brew Wings, Cheddr Wheel, Pellegrino’s Authentic Italian Food, Pink Taco, Roni Macaroni, SpitzTruck, The Waffle Oh Truck, Recess Truck ,and more will be there for you to munch on. Bring your family, friend and even furry friends — dogs are welcome! More info here.

Sunday, July 29

Writing on the Walls: Street Art Lettering Workshop with KING CRE8

[dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]ake your first graffiti masterpiece at the California African American museum. Get a lesson on graffiti by artist Eric Walker aka "King CRE8." He will guide attendees through the artistic process, helping you draw fonts and elements commonly used in graffiti and street art. The workshop is recommended for people 10 and up.

More info here.

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