Carmageddon Survival Guide: 10 Artsy Ways to Salvage Your Weekend

Cult soul singer Evie Sands in the 1960s; Sands is performing at Viva Cantina this Sunday.
Cult soul singer Evie Sands in the 1960s; Sands is performing at Viva Cantina this Sunday.

With the impending shutdown of the 405, everyone's unsure of what to do this weekend. Quoth a friend: "Should I leave? Should I stay? And if I stay, what should I do?"

Have no fear, we've got you covered. Here's a list of our top picks for the weekend, sorted by neighborhood — so you can slowly amble over to your destination on foot. If you're more intrepid, dust off your bike, and there are no limits to where you can go. Dare to see that movie downtown — after all, it's only a subway ride away.

Friday, July 15: The Beginning

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

10. Downtown: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Grab a basket, add a picnic and a blanket, and get yourself to Pershing Square for Friday's screening of Close Encounters. Part of the free movie series Friday Night Flicks, the film will be screened on a giant screen above the park. Enjoy the Square's strange fountain, the brand-new cactus landscaping, and try to leave your sense of impending doom behind.

Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Downtown; Fri., July 15; free, 8 p.m.; (213) 847-4970.

9. Downtown: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

If you stroll only a few blocks north, you can catch Seun Kuti in a free concert at California Plaza. Son of Malian musical legend Fela Kuti (the main originator of Afrobeat), he's led his father's band, the Egypt 80, since he was fourteen, stepping in after Fela's death. Now, he's back with a new, funk-inspired album, and isn't afraid of bringing his dad's classic anthems to the stage either.

California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Downtown; Fri., July 15; free, 8 p.m.; (213) 687-2159.

8. Echo Park: John Maus, Puro Instinct, Geneva Jacuzzi

Hop on your fixie and make the ride from Los Feliz or Silver Lake to the Echoplex for the night (don't worry, there won't be more than two hills at most.) John Maus, a sometime collaborator of Ariel Pink's, will play you a postmodern serenade with his deconstructed synth pop. L.A. natives Puro Instinct and songwriter/musician Geneva Jacuzzi open.

The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; Fri., July 15; $10, 8.30 p.m.; (213) 413-8200.

The iPalpiti Orchestra
The iPalpiti Orchestra

7. Beverly Hills: iPalpiti Orchestra plays at the Temple of the Arts

I Palpiti, Italian for "heartbeats," is a collective of international musical laureates who come together and perform on tour every summer. This is your chance to hear award-winning soloist play together under the direction of Eduard Schmieder, performing the L.A. premiere of Avner Dorman's Concerto Grosso for string orchestra and quartet. If you live on the West side, jump at it!

Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Fri., July 15; $20 for non-members, free for members, 8.30 p.m.; (323) 658-9100.

6. Long Beach: One Eyed Monster

Yes, Jordan and Scott Fields did make a horror movie starring Ron Jeremy's penis. The question is: is it better than Rubber? If you make it alive to the Art Theater of Long Beach, you'll find out, and get to ask the Fields brothers in person about their wacky ideas.

Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach; Fri., July 15, 11 p.m. $10; (562) 438-5435.

Saturday, July 16: The Lockdown

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