The Lavender Menace
While 50,000 people are expected at this weekend's West Hollywood Pride Fest concert, you'll have to fork over $20 to $35 ($65 to $100 if you want to get all VIP about it) to see Saturday night's smokin' sirens Azealia Banks and Jennifer Hudson, or Sunday's girl groups Danity Kane and The Bangles. But there is an alternative if you're both super proud and way broke: the Lavender Menace. Formerly known as the Purple Party, this Friday-night soiree has been rebranded as a nod to a cadre of early-1970s radical feminists who fought to raise consciousness about the exclusion of lesbians from the era's feminist movement. The entertainment looks stellar. Mary Lambert, better known as "the best part of that Macklemore song," who gained notoriety after participating in a mass wedding of 33 couples during a 2014 Grammys performance earlier this year, is offering up her songbird talents alongside fellow headliner Betty Who, the Aussie pop star who became a household name after a viral video of a same-sex marriage proposal in a Salt Lake City Home Depot used her single "Somebody Loves You" as its soundtrack. Both singers will perform after the WeHo Dyke March, which starts inside the festival grounds, moves down Santa Monica Boulevard into the streets of West Hollywood, and returns to the fest to resume the party. Between the Dyke March and Sunday's L.A. Pride Parade, where more than 400,000 people are expected to converge, you'll accumulate enough cardio points to stay away from the gym for a week. For more info and a complete list of related Pride-ful events, visit lapride.org. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Lavender Menace, Fri., June 6, 5 p.m.-mid.; free. Dyke March, Fri., June 6, 7 p.m.; free. Pride Festival, Sat., June 7, noon-mid.; Sun., June 8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; $20 per day, $35 for both nights ($65-$100 for VIP passes). L.A. Pride Parade, Sun., June 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. (323) 969-8302, lapride.org.
Fri., June 6, 5 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 06/06/14)
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