Experience LA with Maggie McKay: Summer Solstice

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YAY! Summer is finally here as of Saturday so let’s celebrate!

The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. This is when the Earth’s axis tips the northern part of the planet closest to the sun, giving those nearest to the North Pole endless summer days.

Here in Los Angeles, we’re a bit closer to the equator and our summer days aren’t quite so long. We have about 14.5 hours of daylight on our longest days.

Main Street Summer SOULstice Benefit for Heal the Bay in Santa Monica A festive 13-block music festival on Sunday with multiple live music stages and a 2-day sidewalk sale featuring all the shops on Main Street in Santa Monica.

When: Sidewalk Sale June 21-22, 2014, Music Fest Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Main Street from Pico in the north to Navy Street in the south.
Cost: Free
More info at MainStSM.com

Spend your Saturday perusing one of the most extensive rock & roll photography collections in existence! The LA Central Library presents Rock & Roll through the lens of Chuck Boyd, an exhibit and lecture on the life and work of the 1960s photographer. More info at lapl.org

The Annenberg Space for Photography has a cool exhibition going on. Country: Portraits of an American Sound.  This exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music, and will be offered free to the public  through September 28, 2014. More info at:  AnnenbergSpaceforPhotography.org

How about  taking in a classic film al fresco? Eat See Hear screens When Harry Met Sally at Santa Monica High School Sat night , with appearances by the Reuben Truck, Coolhaus and Farmer’s Belly, along with a DJ set by Magic Giant.  More info at: EatSeeHear.com

Saturday evening, Obscura Society LA invites you to Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for Moonlight in the Mausoleum, an evening of gypsy jazz, classic cocktails and talks from the likes of LA mortician and death theorist Caitlin Doughty and stained glass artists Judson Studios. More info at LADesignFestival.org

Close out your weekend at the Egyptian with a screening of 1935’s Dante’s Inferno. Directed by post-impressionist painter Harry Lachman, Be sure to look out for 16-year-old Rita Hayworth’s onscreen debut as a dancer. More info at: EgyptianTheater.com

PLUS there are a LOT of World Cup viewing parties around town.

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