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Weekend: Free Day for LACMA's 50th

Wish our mondo art museum a happy half-century



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    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrates its 50th with a free community day and concert.

    LACMA Free Community Day: Marking a half century is a really huge deal for anybody and anything, but when you're a lively leader in the world of ideas, creative innovation and visual kapow, you want to go a bit further. So the grand campus on the Miracle Mile -- we're talking to you, Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- is honoring its 50th birthday with a free day for everyone. It's on Sunday, April 26, and there's a free concert in the museum's Bing Theatre to cap the day off in a joyful, looking-ahead-to-the-next-50 kind of way. The exhibit "50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA's Anniversary" will also be on view, via timed tickets.

    Stagecoach Festival: The desert is set to heat up again -- music-wise, not temperature-wise, of course, as it has stayed toasty -- with the sounds of music superstars. Coachella has wrapped and Stagecoach is up. One of countrydom's headliner-iest of festivals will feature Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Sara Evans and George Thorogood and The Destroyers. "California's Country Music Festival" is sold out, as it is early-on each and every year, but if you've got a ticket, have a fine ol' time in Indio from April 24 through 26.

    Fiesta Broadway: One of the largest Cinco de Mayo parties in all the land dances downtown on Sunday, April 26. Over 300,000 people are expected to show for a multitude of bands and artists -- Banda Machos, Barbara Padilla and Mariachi Sol de Mexico are just three of the many acts on the stages -- and food and information booths will spread over several blocks. If you make for Grand Park down to 4th Street, you're in the vicinity, Cinco revelers.

    Calabasas Canine Classic: Call it one of the go-to fur-and-tail to-dos of the year, and call yourself sweet for helping out organizations that help out local pups. Several four-footers and their humans will make a short strut to raise funds for Fidos, and then head for a festival that's full of animal info booths, food trucks and live entertainment. Look for a dog agility area, too, and dog adoptions. Will there be a beer garden for the people on the grounds? There will be. Will this all happen on Sunday, April 26? Woof.

    Brewery ArtWalk: We live in a region dotted with divine look-at-art strolls, but the one that happens just off the 5 Freeway in the historic tall-stacked Brewery is one of the fabulous forerunners. Both parking and your way in are free, free, free -- that's lovely and rare -- and you'll get the chance to wander through studios, and occasionally homes, belonging to hundreds of artists in multiple buildings. As art-tastic, sunshine-nice, pay-nothing weekends go, the Brewery ArtWalk is pretty blissful. Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26

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