Get Out and Go: Juneteenth Gala, Matthew Sweet Concert

Also on tap for this weekend is Rosie’s Girls' 10th anniversary celebration, an art auction and dinosaurs "on" the pier.

Happy Father's Day ... well, almost. If your pops is a local or is coming to visit you in Santa Monica, you're in luck, because there's plenty to keep him and your family busy in town this weekend. From art shows to a drive-in movie to celebrations of virtually every variety, he'll be grateful he's here—and so will you.

Here's the Santa Monica Patch-curated list of what to do this weekend:

1. 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Where/When: ; Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m.

Why Go: Mere weeks after the Cinco de Mayo gala, Virginia Avenue Park is gearing up for another shindig, this one intended to ring in the summer season in Santa Monica. Fill your ears with R&B sounds from the Grammy-nominated act Ray Brooks & the Blues Masters Band, along with Samba Samba Dance, the Marching Thunder Drum Line, the Lava Bai Drum Circle and Kehinde Otis Johnson’s Stilt Walker Troupe.

Pricing: Free

2. Rosie’s Girls @ 10 Conference: Celebrating Riveters of Today and Tomorrow

Where/When: Saturday at 9 a.m. at the ; Sunday at 2 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park

Why Go: We told you about the 10th anniversary celebration for Rosie's Girls way back in January, and at last, it's arrived. The morning session will feature a skit about Rosie the Riveter (who was depicted in the famous We Can Do It! poster); interviews with influential women (a.k.a. the Riveters of Today); as well as a lunch. The afternoon session—which will take place in tandem with the Juneteenth Celebration—will include talks about violence prevention, yoga, gardening and other topics. Also, the movie Going on Thirteen will be screened, and there will be a bag-decoration workshop in conjunction with the Share a Bag Program.

Pricing: Free

3. Matthew Sweet Concert

Where/When: ; Saturday, 8 p.m.

Why Go: If you're a fan of '90s alt-pop, you'll want to park yourself at McCabe's on Saturday night. Commemorating its 20-year anniversary, Sweet will perform his best-known album, 1991's Girlfriend, from start to finish. Surprisingly, the show hasn't sold out yet, so hop to it.

Pricing: $24.50

4. Summer Live Public Art Auction 

Where/When:  (C2 and D5); Saturday, 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.

Why Go: Now in its 27th year, the annual event features paintings, photos, prints, sculptures and more. This year's auction includes works by Peter Alexander, John Baldessari, Sean Cheetham, Guy Dill, James Doolin, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha and, last but not least, Andy Warhol.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: ; Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.

Why Go: Handmade jewelry and clothes crafted by local artists will be on display and available for purchase throughout the center. Moreover, there are two special performances taking place as part of Artnight: Los Roor, an art collective that hails from Mexico, will put on a multimedia show; and there will be a Poetry Slam Battle at .

Pricing: Free

6. International Gem & Jewelry Show

Where/When: ; Friday, 12 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: If Artnight doesn't have the jewelry you're seeking, this expo should. Beads, bracelets, costume jewelry, estate jewelry, necklaces, pearls, watches and rings of all shapes and sizes—it'll all be there. But if you're planning to take your kids, beware: Children under age 9 won't be granted entry.

Pricing: $8

7. Santa Monica Drive-In: Jurassic Park

Where/When: ; Friday; booths and giveaways start at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at 8:30 p.m.

Why Go: Dinosaurs on the pier? Well, sort of. If you still haven't seen the Spielberg classic—or if it's been so long that you can hardly recall that trembling glass of water—head west to catch the flick. With the Pacific Ocean close by, you can even pretend you're on Isla Nublar.

Pricing: Free

8. The 2 Sides of Eddie Ramone

Where/When: ; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Why Go: Irish actor/writer/director Chris Sullivan's production is making its world premiere this weekend. The play "examines the tragicomic and complicated personality of an established comedian as he strives to overcome personal tragedy and scandal," according to the playhouse.

Pricing: $16 (all proceeds benefit the Save the Playhouse Campaign)

9. The Naked Army

Where/When:  The Powerhouse Theatre (3116 Second St.); Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. 

Why Go: The improvisationally based take on the Artistophanes comedy Lysistrata just opened, but you better catch it soon, as its run ends July 2. “We used improvisation, clowning, music, movement and extensive research to explore new ways to tell the story while remaining faithful to the original spirit of the play," Director Matt Weedman said in a statement. "The result is something that is wildly funny and anarchic, but also deeply thoughtful and personal.”

Pricing: $20 

10. Huck Finn Day 2011

Where/When: ; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Why Go: A fishing game, a bounce-house, a giant slide, a pie-eating contest, egg and spoon races—and a lemonade stand contest? Try to resist not going to this annual event, which is sure to be fun for all ages. Once again, it's sponsored by the Santa Monica Jaycees.

Pricing: Free

11. Shelby, Tieg and Tara CD Release Party

Where/When: ; Friday, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Why Go: Acoustic-folk singer-songwriters Shelby, Tieg and Tara—who hail from Sunland, Calif.—celebrate their new EP, Mother Father Daughter/ Pancakes, with this show. Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements will open with a set starting at 7 p.m.

Pricing: $15 ($10 if you pre-order the CD at ShelbyTiegandTara.bandcamp.com and bring a receipt)

12. New Ivy Chamber Ensemble Performance

Where/When: La Señora Research Institute (565 Dryad Rd.); Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Why Go: The ensemble formed in 2007 for special annual concerts at La Señora's Mojica Hacienda, which was built by Mexican opera star José Mojica. Pianist Berenika, who wowed the crowd at last year's show, will be back for a redux guest solo at this year's performance.

Pricing: $40 to $45

13. Emeritus College Concert Band’s Father’s Day Pops Concert

Where/When: ; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Why Go: If you gift your dad by taking him to this concert, not only will he likely thank you, but you won't have to dole out a single dollar, as it's free. But if you're willing to spend a buck or two for dinner afterward, check back Friday for Santa Monica Patch's list of top five Father's Day meals in town.

Pricing: Free

14. MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

Where/When: ' Arena 1 Gallery; Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Why Go: With the first part of the Laguna College of Art + Design exhibition , the second part kicks off this weekend. Participants include Salem Cade, Dennis Carrie, Justin Kunz, Serena Potter, Ann Schmalsteig, Jodi Weitzman and Nathan Wilson.

Pricing: Free

15. Extreme Close-Up: Essays Inspired by the Movies

Where/When: ; Sunday, 7 p.m.

Why Go: The video store's latest essay show will feature castmembers Penelope Lombard, Anna Metcalf, Mark Miller, Bill Ratner, Brad Schreiber and Brenda Varda. Go for Santa Monica Patch's recent profile on Vidiots, which is on the rebound after suffering recent financial struggles.

Pricing: $10

16. Dr. Ava Shamban In-Store Author Appearance 

Where/When: ; Friday, 7 p.m.

Why Go: Worried about your skin? Get some advice from Dr. Shamban, a skin-care expert, when she drops by the bookstore to promote her book Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal. Her expertise on dieting and exercising has earned her a spot on ABC's Extreme Makeover.

Pricing: Free


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