Weekend Planner: The Monkees at The Music Box and Les Misérables at Ahmanson

Also: Head to Ventura for the Johnny Cash Music Festival.

There are many anniversary celebrations this weekend. Cirque Du Soleil is celebrating  27 years, The Monkees are singing for their 45th and Les Miserables has revamped its production in honor of their 25th.

1. Hard Rock's 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour

Where/ When: Hard Rock Café Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Friday and Saturday June 16 and 17  11 a.m.–11 p.m

Why go: Enjoy dinner and drinks this weekend at the Hard Rock while a rare memorabilia display is in town showcased in a big rig truck outside the resatuarant. There are unique items from music icons including Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Peter Frampton.

Price: Free

2. The Monkees

Where/When: The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Saturday, June 18

Why go: Three of the original four Monkees return to where it all began in 1966, to play their hits for old and new audience members as the celebrate their 45th anniversary tour. While the younger folk may recognize a few of their hits from Shrek, like I’m A Believer, the older fans will recognize their string of hits.

Price: $50-$136  Purchase tickets online:

3. Johnny Cash Music Festival,  Kris Kristofferson, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker

Where/When: Ventura Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd, Ventura, 93001 Seabreeze Square, Saturday,  June 18, 10 a.m to  6 p.m

Why go: The Roadshow Revival has a line up of nine performers paying tribute to the man in black, Johnny Cash. There’s a DJ between sets and a pin-up beauty pageant that any one can enter for the $500 cash prize. There’s a car show, a gun slinger act, artists, food vendors and a kid corral with fun activities to make it a day for the whole family.

Price: $ 20 online: $25 at the door. The first 500 people will receive five free raffle tickets for an autographed guitar.

4. Les Misérables

Where/When: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Ave, Los Angeles, Friday June 17 through July 31, see website for showtimes

Why Go: Les Miserables is the most popular musical of all times and has been redesigned with new scenery inspired by Victor Hugo. This is a brand new production of the popular play produced by Cameron Mackintosh that is getting rave reviews.

Price: $42-$200 per ticket. Buy tickets online

5. Beethoven 9 for Japan

Where/When: Walt Disney Music Hall, 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, Sunday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

Why Go: Spend Father's Day supporting disaster relief in Japan while soaking in the fine arts. Local musicians will perform as the L.A. Musicians Symphony and Chorus to support clean up efforts in tsunami and earthquake stricken country. The program will feature Beethoven's 9th Symphoy with Guido Lamell conducting the performance. The choir includes Los Angeles high school students.

Price: $30-$140 per ticket.


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