Los Angeles Event Spotlight: June 2016

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There's no shortage of things to do in the City of Angels this June. From sporting events to film festivals and much more, discover these fun events happening around Los Angeles.

LA Film Festival (June 1-9, 2016)

This experience at ArcLight Cinemas, expected to boast more than 90,000 guests, showcases independent, international, feature, documentary and short films, as well as music videos. Films exhibited at the Festival are evaluated for consideration into the upper ranks of new American and international cinema.

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Next Guest Chef Dinner with Wolfgang Puck (June 1, 2016)

Wolfgang Puck, a Michelin-starred Austrian-born chef and restaurateur who’s served scores of star-studded celebrities for decades, and Hugo Bolanos, his masterful executive chef known for composing superior cuisine, present a special, one-night-only event at Hotel Bel-Air for $135 per person. This collaborative dinner showcases a number of unmatched mouthwatering dishes: a trio of Snake River Farms beef; “La Milpa” salad with blue corn, cilantro, avocado, beans and pumpkin; and a spot prawn ceviche.

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Copa America Soccer Tournament (June 4, 2016)

A pack of the world’s top-flight soccer stars are traveling to the United States to compete in The Copa America Tournament, the oldest soccer competition in the world where teams all throughout Latin America will vie for the championship. In one game, the Rose Bowl hosts Brazil vs. Ecuador on June 4.

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LA PRIDE (June 10-12, 2016)

LA PRIDE, the world's first gay pride parade, celebrates a festival that jumpstarted the West Coast gay liberation movement. Since 1979, PRIDE has taken place in West Hollywood, the center of gravity for Los Angeles gay life. Today, PRIDE is a festive three-day gala celebrating the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individual. To top it off, scores of LGBT people and their allies are expected to flood the streets of West Hollywood for the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade, LA PRIDE's signature event, featuring snazzy floats and upbeat music. And the opening day kicks off at West Hollywood Park. The LA PRIDE Grand Marshal this year is Jewel Thais-Williams, who ushered in one of the first black discos in the United States in 1973, an act of defiance in the face of clubs that had often denied her entrance because she was black and female. 

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Wrestling World Cup (June 11 - 12, 2016)

The top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world are coming to the Forum to fight for victory. Team USA competes for the last time in the United States before heading to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics. 

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Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11 - 12, 2016)

The LA Phil presents the 38th-annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring an all-star line-up of illustrious jazz greats, next generation leaders and Festival perennials. This internationally acclaimed event, with performances from the likes of Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Naturally 7 and Seth MacFarlane, is one of the premier jazz festivals in the United States.

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E3 Expo (June 14 -16, 2016)

E3 Expo is the world's finest trade show for computer, video and mobile games at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Top-tier talent in the video game industry connect thousands of the best, brightest and most innovative professionals. Leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products are to be showcased. 

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Bob Dylan (June 16, 2016)

Superstar musician Bob Dylan performs at the Shrine Auditorium. For almost half-a-century, Dylan has remained, along with James Brown, the most influential American musician rock & roll has ever produced. Inscrutable and unpredictable, Dylan has been both deified and denounced for his shifts of interest, while whole schools of musicians took up his ideas. In fact, his lyrics were the first in rock to be seriously regarded as literature. By personalizing folk songs, Dylan reinvented the singer-songwriter genre. And by performing his poetic songs in his spontaneous vocal style with an electric band, he enlarged pop's range and vocabulary while creating a widely imitated sound. 

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The BET Experience (June 23 - 26, 2016)

Roll out the red carpet! The BET Experience at L.A. Live brings together thousands of music lovers for a four-day, jam-packed entertainment fest that features some of the world's most preeminent music performers like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Katt Williams and Mike Epps.

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Mariachi USA (June 25, 2016)

Mariachi USA, the crown jewel of mariachi music festivals in the world, showcases in-a-class-all-by-itself bands from the United States and Mexico at the Hollywood Bowl. The festival gives mariachi music a forum for artistic expression, celebrating some of the richest musical traditions of Latin America.

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