FILM: Labrat Matinee The multimedia impresarios at dublab are back with the 11th edition of their labrat flight of fancy. The latest incarnation features the proverbial laced popcorn, which promises to open your eyes wide with a brand-new lineup of rare music videos, requisite trippy animation, funny film shorts, and all-around cine-magic from the labrats and their friends. Stick around for a Q&A with dublab curators and guest filmmakers in order to get deeper into the groove. Movie theaters are dark anyway, so who says you can’t call a nighttime show a matinee? — Lola T.
ART: Aliens in LA
Wednesday, June 19
FASHION/STYLE: Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion Opening Reception A new exhibit at DTLA’s FIDM Museum, Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion is a collaboration with Clever Vintage Clothing that explores American vacation wear from the turn of the century through the 1960s and examines how modes of transportation affected the world of fashion. People dressed differently for a train voyage than they did later for air travel, for example, while the ball gown necessary to strike an elegant pose during a mid-century ocean-crossing would be ridiculous on a road trip. Besides travel-oriented attire, you’ll also get to check out super-stylish luggage, an Art Deco tea service from the Queen Mary, and a selection of souvenir scarves that were popular collectibles during the 1950s. Now, what are you going to wear? — Karin E. Baker
Thursday, June 20
GETAWAY: City of Avalon Centennial Celebration
Friday, June 21
CONFERENCE: Dwell on Design Billed as the West Coast’s largest design event, Dwell on Design is a three-day Downtown festival spotlighting inspirational design trends, featuring 100+ design-industry experts lecturing on two stages, an assortment of giveaways, and plenty of interior and outdoor eye candy. Like the magazine, there’s a big emphasis on eco-friendly and pre-fab design, and of course, the Dwell Home Tours — a separately ticketed home-tour program that explores hidden gems in some of the most architecturally captivating neighborhoods of Los Angeles. — Julian Hooper
Saturday, June 22
BOOKS: Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society San Francisco’s culture-jamming subversives the Cacophony Society have almost 30 years of baffling, laughing at, and sometimes pissing (the right) people off under their belt. Founded in 1986 from the remnants of the Suicide Club, an earlier Bay Area secret society, the Cacophony Club was an instrumental force in the ’80s and ’90s underground art scene, helping to found the now obligatory Burning Man festival as well as organizing Dadaist flash mobs, public installations, and pranks. La Luz de Jesus / Wacko hosts the (unofficial) publishing party for a history of the organization and Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, with book readings from Carrie Galbraith; Burning Man founder John Law; contributor Silke Tudor; and Los Angeles Cacophony Society founder Reverend Al Ridenour. There’s also a performance from Art of Bleeding, magic from Christopher Wonder, and a special live performance by Rosemary’s Billygoat. — Cooper Berkmoyer
ART: Future Eyes: Fotoshow #1
Sunday, June 23
THEATRE: ModRock Travel back in time to a world of tight tapered pants, skinny neckties, and mop-tops for the blokes and micro-minis, bold-patterned A-line frocks, and Kohl eyeliner for the dollybirds. At NoHo’s historic El Portal Theatre, it’s a mod, mod world (after all) as the aptly-titled ModRock stage production pays a hip, happenin’ homage to the mid-1960s, an era when the zeitgeist bridged the ever-widening gap between the cultural constraints of the 1950s and the long-haired liberalism of the peace-and-love generation. So go ahead — bust out your vintage vinyl raincoat and boldly colored pilgrim pumps and get groovy, just in time to see the latest season of Mad Men come to a close.
WORKSHOP/CLASS: The Purpose of Theater Criticism in the Twenty-First Century