Things to do in L.A., OC: Juneteenth, Father’s Day, dance

We’ve expanded our usual pick list of Southern California culture this weekend because there’s just so much going on: concerts, dancing, a salute to Irish writer James Joyce, June 16th celebrations and more. Before you go, remember to check by phone or online for reservation requirements and COVID-19 logs.

Leimert Park Juneteenth Festival
This community-run arts and culture festival — commemorating the day in 1865 when enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas were notified they were finally free — is back for another year with live performances on multiple stages , stalls, food, drink and more. Leimert Park Village, 4395 Leimert Blvd., LA 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free.

‘Good Vibrations and Liberation!’
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ June 16th celebrations begin Friday at 7:00 p.m. with a concert. The Saturday offering begins at 2:00 p.m. and includes music, dance, poetry, crafts and a performance of Black Panther at 8:15 p.m. It all ends on Sunday at 1pm with a jazz concert followed by poetry readings. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Free. Response required.

‘2 years of this time without end…’
Louise Reichlini’s Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers reinterpret her Urban and Tribal Dances collection from the early 1990s. Also on the program: the 2021 work “Reboot! Reboot!” and a short track from the company favorite “Tap Dance Widows Club”. The Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 7pm Friday (preview), 2pm Saturday and Sunday. $25.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
The Emmy- and Grammy-winning, kid-focused indie rockers are leading a pre-Father’s Day celebration that also includes DJs, dancing and other fun activities. Major performances at California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA, Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free.

Blossom Day 2022
This annual celebration of James Joyce and all things Joycean features dramatic readings from the author’s 1922 novel ‘Ulysses’ as well as traditional Irish music by Rattle the Knee. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. RSVP at

“Roots: Our Stories Sing”
Angel City Chorale – as featured on America’s Got Talent – offers a celebration of songs and spirituals from around the world. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $25-$110.

The “god in three persons” of the residents
The legendary San Francisco-based underground art-rock collective return to SoCal with an adaptation of their dark, allegorical 1988 concept album about a grocer who exploits conjoined twins. Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Saturday 8 p.m. $59-$169.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Summer Concert Series
Straight from Monterrey, Mexico, rock en espanol The popular El Gran Silencio helps usher in another summer of free open-air shows at the historic band. LA-based Afro-Latin fusion group Buyepongo and local all-female salsa band Las Chikas also perform. MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St., LA Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free.

“Wild Up: Julius Eastman’s “Buddha””
The alto-classical ensemble continues its Los Angeles New Music series with a marathon performance of the pioneering black and queer American composer of the 1980s. 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd., LA 5:45 am to 8:08 pm Sunday. $15, $20.

“Jazz at the Fountain”
Veteran singer Billy Valentine and special guests take the stage in the first installment of this summer outdoor concert series. The Fountain Theater, Outdoor Theater, 5060 Fountain Ave., LA 8 p.m. Saturday. $40. Things to do in L.A., OC: Juneteenth, Father’s Day, dance

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