The gridiron heats up as the nationally ranked USC Trojans whip out their defensive harnesses and attempt to tame the ferocious offense of their Pac-12 rivals from the Northwest. Tensions between these two storied programs have risen to feverish levels in recent years as former USC Assistant Coach Steve Sarkisian has mushed his new team back into title contention. Lane Kiffin's Trojans take to the field with a sense of purpose in their homecoming game, homing in on the Huskies’ offensive stratagems and quickly dismantling wooden horses filled with sneaky wide receivers. In his third year, quarterback Matt Barkley leads his team’s charge to the end zone with surer feet and increased poise. Star receiver Robert Woods remains Matt’s favorite target as he stays on pace to rack up more than 1,000 yards and substantial dry cleaners’ fees for his dozens of jerseys stained with end-zone paint.
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'd like to buy a $36 ticket for just $18, click here.