Divison I men’s volleyball teams battle for NCAA champion status—won last year by Ohio State—in single-elimination rounds, winnowing the playing field down to The Final Four. Played in USC’s raucous 10,258-seat Galen Center, which has a reputation as a hostile environment for out-of-town squads and silence-loving librarians, the games will showcase the league’s most advanced spiking and volleying talent. With the Summer Olympics fast approaching, the Final Four will proffer an early taste of high-level, competitive play before fans collectively turn their gaze toward London.
Summer Explosion 2011, hosted by Terrence J and Rocsi from BET's 106 & Park, bends the dog-ears of summer in a roof-raising night packed with eight dynamo hip-hop MCs. Headlining the night of lyrical funambulism and gelatin-rumbling bass, Soulja Boy, author of the imperative smash hit "Crank Dat," salutes his army of fans in a set soaked with swagger, exuding crafty tracks that turn the air into ringtones. In support of his latest album, The DeAndre Way, Soulja Boy struts and huffs and puffs, blowing audiences away as if they were springtime dandelions. Backing up the star-studded show, Baby Bash makes audiences sweat out bathwater, Travis Porter raconteurs from the red-light district with rat-a-tat raps, Audio Push cuckolds woofers from their tweeters with seductive rhymes, and Georgia rapper Yc Racks rhythmically rattles off diary pages from his days at Hard Knocks High.
Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than a dozen events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass, pop open coolers, and, when showings are at Exposition Park, even settle down with their dogs—the park is pet friendly and broadcasts canine subtitles for each film. Live bands presented by The Viper Room play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Edward Scissorhands and Reality Bites slide across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include short ribs from Kogi Korean barbecue or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck.
Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.
Life in Color starts parties in cities all over the globe with a vibrant mix of electronica, acrobats, pyrotechnics, and, of course, gallons upon gallons of paint. Alongside DJ-in-residence David Solano, the Rebirth spectacular features pulse-pounding performances from a different guest artist on each tour stop. While remixes sizzle and original tracks thump, performers that might include stilt-walkers and contortionists display their powers of balance and knot-tying. And at the evening's peak, an explosion of colorful paint douses the dancing crowd.
Head over to the Staples Center to take part in LA Sparks legendary center Lisa Leslie's final season. Leslie is one of the first and greatest WNBA's players in history, with more than 6,000 career points and is a seven-time WNBA All-Star, three-time WNBA MVP, three-time WNBA All-Star Game MVP, two-time WNBA Finals MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and the first woman to ever dunk in a pro basketball game. If you would like to buy $55 tickets for just $27, click here.