By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
Get lost! In a corn-field labyrinth, that is. Dizzy yourself silly among the bewildering twists and turns of several maize (from the Spanish for “corn”) mazes designed with specific themes, including a 2-mile-long field depicting the Aztec calendar. Once you‘ve navigated your way out, stop by the fiddle fest, the fresh-produce stand or the corn-chowder cook-off.
West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival
West Hollywood Park, San Vicente Boulevard; June 10--11; (323) 969-8302; $12.
It’s a concert. It‘s a food feast. It’s a jewelry, leather-goods and ceramics bazaar. It‘s a Latin dance-fever fiesta. It’s a country-dance jamboree. It‘s a parade with floats, and dykes on bikes. It’s comic relief. It‘s Martha. “It’s Rainin‘ Men Hallelujah.” It’s an Austin Powers impersonator. It‘s an excruciatingly energetic extravaganza WEHOpe you don’t miss.
Mariachi USA Festival
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.; June 10, 6--10:30 p.m.; June 11, 5--9:30 p.m.; (800) 627-4224; $127--$10.
With all the dancing in the aisles, you might not even think of taking a cigarette or bathroom break at this concert. The nation‘s most talented ensembles from California, Florida, Arizona and Mexico are scheduled to appear. Some equally stellar female groups, including our very own Mariachi Mujer 2000, led by “Mariachi Queen” Laura Sobrino, also perform. Returning favorites Ballet Folklorico Tonantzin and the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks round out the finale.
Vogue Theater, 6675 Hollywood Blvd.; June 10, July 15, August 12, 8 p.m.; (323) 644-8866; $45, reservations required.
Those guys at the International Society for Paranormal Research aren‘t waiting till Halloween, are they? Learn about paranormal phenomena and get spooked at this ghostly gathering. Investigator Daena Smoller combs through this “activity-haunted” property to uncover . . . you wouldn’t want us to scare you just yet, would you?
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Season Finale
Comedienne Marilyn Michaels stars in the Jewish-American tale Grossinger‘s: The Last Resort, a story of how young immigrant Jennie Grossinger turned her parents’ farm into the famous Catskills resort (once the venue for celebs and comic legends like Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Red Buttons and Milton Berle). The Improv‘s Budd Friedman hosts “Borscht Belt,” a comedy revue featuring the likes of Estelle Getty, Renee Taylor, Joe Bologna, Norm Crosby and many more. Proceeds benefit the Jewish FederationValley Alliance.
Ghosts and Legends
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; starting June 16, 10 a.m.--6 p.m.; (562) 435-3511; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $13 kids 4--11, 4 and under free.
The perfect backdrop for a ghostly scavenger hunt of sorts, an interactive walk-through dramatization where you’ll get to hear tales of onboard sightings from the Queen Mary‘s past 60 years, and uncover what eerie spirits lurk in those lower decks, lounges and boiler rooms. As they say, “Some passengers never depart.”
22nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.; June 17, 2:30--11 p.m.; June 18, 2--10:30 p.m.; (310) 449-4070; $90--$15.
Undoubtedly the best jazz pick in SoCal this summer. The impressive, not-to-be-missed lineup includes Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Ozomatli, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the L.A. County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, salsa queen Celia Cruz, and those neo-swingers Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Favorite MC Bill Cosby returns.
Common Ground Festival 2000
MacGowan Hall, UCLA; June 20--25, various times; (310) 478-9ASK; free, reservations required.
A.S.K. Theater Projects introduces fresh and exciting theater to L.A. from such companies and solo performers as the L.A.-based Banter, Bottom’s Dream, Rosanna GamsonWorldwide, Ruben Martinez, Dan Froot and John Fleck, and New York ensemble Mabou Mines. Stagings include The Love of Three Oranges and Speed Seduction, as well as a workshop production of Naomi Iizuka‘s play 36 Views. Artist Ruth Malaczech conducts a six-day workshop, open by application to theater professionals. And finally, Sunday’s open-air Theater Fair and Playwrights Slam features reps from local theaters and playwrights reading their new works.
Second Annual California Puerto Rican Parade
Montebello City Park, Whittier Blvd.; June 22, 3--10 p.m.; June 23, 4--11 p.m.; June 24, 9 a.m.-- noon; June 25, 9 a.m.--8:30 p.m.; (323) 721-9795; $3 (Thurs.--Fri.), $5 (Sat.--Sun.).
Residents from all corners of the Southland converge for a rousing celebration of Puerto Rico. Latin-music aficionados and neo-converts can listen and boogie down to salsa bands from New York and the mother country. After the lower-body workout, sate your appetite with a cornucopia of Puerto Rican and Mexican food. Plus, you can keep the kids entertained with clowns, rides, and a Sunday-morning parade with welterweight champ Felix Trinidad as grand marshal.
Long Beach Bayou Festival
Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Highway Blvd., Long Beach; June 24--25, 11 a.m.--7:30 p.m.; (562) 427-3713; $24 adults, $17 seniors and students, $5 kids 6--17, 5 and under free.
Thousands of Louisiana expats are intending to show us Angelenos what real Cajun and zydeco music is all about. Listen to the nonstop entertainment or, better yet, take a dance lesson. Fire up those taste buds with spicy and hot Cajun and creole chow. And keep the kids busy with games, face painting, jewelry making and costume decorating for the Children‘s Mardi Gras Parade.