27 Of The Best Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend: Nov. 15-17

Singer Solange Knowles performs during the Kenzo Menswear Spring Summer 2020 on June 23, 2019 in Paris, France. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Solange curates a free weekend of art and performances. Seven cities in the OC unite for Meet on Beach. The L.A. Zoo turns on its holiday light show. UCLA celebrates four decades of student films and filmmakers. Gabba Gallery and Gallery 1988 open big art shows. A food fest celebrates chicken tenders. The Get Together and the Adult Swim Festival offer an eclectic mix of music and performance.

Major League Baseball teams with Gallery 1988 for an exhibition on America's favorite pastime. (Art by Jeff Boyes)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
MLB Art Show
Gallery 1988 — 7308 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
Major League Baseball teams with the L.A.-based pop art gallery to present original paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by America's pastime. The gallery has worked with several of its fave artists to develop this show. The public reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday night.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Adult Swim Festival
Banc of California Stadium — 3939 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The festival's lineup features bands, musical artists, comedians and immersive experiences in the Adult Swim aesthetic. Performers include Helado Negro, Jamie XX, Vince Staples, Ladies of LCD Soundsystem, Dethklok, Captain Murphy and The Eric Andre Show Live! Check out upcoming Rick and Morty episodes and take part in installations like The Rickflector, the Morty Slide and Cat Joust.
COST: Tickets start at $49; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
40 Years of UCLA Student Filmmaking
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The UCLA Film & Television Archive celebrates the school's centennial with a screenings of its first four decades of student films. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the program covers the 1950s to the early 1960s, while Saturday's screening (7:30 p.m.) covers films from the mid-1960s. The films veer from conventional narratives to boundary-crossing works.
COST: $8 - $10, free for current UCLA students; MORE INFO

Danny Pino and Andy Garcia star in 'Key Largo' at the Geffen Playhouse. (Jeff Lorch)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Key Largo
Geffen Playhouse Theater — 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood
Danny Pino, Andy Garcia and Joely Fisher star in Maxwell Anderson's Broadway play (made famous when it became a film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall). Returning from World War II, disillusioned vet Frank McCloud (Pino) travels to a hotel in Key Largo to pay his respects to the widow of a fallen friend. But now has to deal with the mobsters, led by the ruthless Johnny Rocco (Garcia), who have taken control of the hotel.
COST: $30 - $155; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Nitrate Nights 2019
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Around 1950, the film industry switched to safer — i.e., less flammable — film stocks but until then, movies were screened on nitrate. The Egyptian is one of the few SoCal venues still allowed to show nitrate films, and this weekend, it will screen ultra-rare prints of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and Spellbound, the Powell & Pressburger classic Gone to Earth and the film noirs Laura and Nightmare Alley.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
The Get Together
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA — 152 N. Central Ave., downtown L.A.
The music market and fair brings together indie record labels across genres. Shop dozens of vendors selling vinyl and other merchandise. View exhibits, meet the teams at the labels and listen to live performances and DJ sets. The lineup includes Lee Fields, William Basinski and Anna Wise.
COST: $25 - $75; MORE INFO

There's a food festival dedicated to ... chicken tenders and all things breaded, pounded and fried. (Courtesy of Tenderfest)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15; 6 - 10 P.M.
Tenderfest 2019
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The food fest showcases chicken tenders and other culinary items that are breaded, pounded and deep-fried. Participating eateries include Raising Cane's, Dave's Hot Chicken (VIP only), Delilah, Hot Motha Clucker and Gus's World-Famous Fried Chicken. The "conTENDER competition" pits Wolfgang Puck, Timothy Hollingsworth and various chefs against each other.
COST: $65 - $175; MORE INFO

The L.A. Zoo Lights get turned on this weekend. (Jamie Pham)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 5; 6 - 10 P.M.
L.A. Zoo Lights
Los Angeles Zoo — 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
The holiday season begins at the zoo with the return of is fantastical light display. The self-guided, 60 to 90 minute walk features wildlife-inspired displays, projections and interactive experiences. Food, treats and visits with Santa are also available.
COST: $11.95 - $21.95; MORE INFO

Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood pays respect to Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018. (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15; 8 - 9:20 P.M.
Pink's Hot Dogs 80th Anniversary
Pink's Hot Dogs — 709 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax
The Hollywood landmark celebrates 80 years of business. On Friday, the hot dog stand will sell its chili dogs for $0.80 for 80 minutes starting at 8 pm. If you are in line at 9:20 each night, you'll still qualify for the special price. There's a limit of eight per person.
COST: Price start at $.80; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Charles Lummis' Home and Its Remarkable Visitors
Southwest Museum — 234 Museum Dr., Mt. Washington
In the late 1890s and early 1900s, the home of Charles Lummis, in Highland Park, was a gathering place for artists, writers, preservationists, politicians and other historical figures. Known as El Alisal, the house still stands and remains a landmark of Northeast Los Angeles. Learn about the venue's early guests at a new exhibition. There's an opening reception on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in which you can view the original Lummis housebook and enjoy light refreshments in the courtyard. The exhibition is only open Saturdays through Dec. 28.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Solange presents a weekend of art and performance in 'Bridge-s,' at the Getty Center. (Courtesy of the Getty Museum)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 11 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Solange: Bridge-s
The Getty — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
Solange curates and programs a series of performances, films and artist talks that explore "transitions through time." The weekend features new site-specific work by Gerard & Kelly based on their Modern Living series of performances. The duo directs in collaboration with Solange, who composed an original musical score, "Bridge-s." Film screenings include Mother Tongue, Mother Master, 2018 by Phoebe Collings-James, Wild Seed by Samuel Hindolo, Diary of an African Nun and Four Women by Julie Dash, Black to Techno by Jenn Nkiru, among others. There's also an talk with British Ghanaian philosopher Kodwo Eshun.
COST: FREE ; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Ted Pim: Empire Lines
Automatic Sweat — 2656 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City
The Salon presents the U.S. premiere exhibition of Belfast, Ireland-based artist Pim, who has created more than 20 oil-on-canvas works from floral paintings to large-scale battle scenes. The show also marks the re-opening of the gallery owned by casting director John Papsidera and producer Valoree Papsidera.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, 2013. (Oran Viriyincy/Flickr Creative Commons)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Active Cultures
Grand Central Market —317 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
For its inaugral public project, Active Cultures has enlisted three artists to lead participants in creating a site-specific production. Sarah Rara leads a textile workshop on Saturday and Nancy Stella Soto follows that with a sewing workshop on Sunday. The following Saturday (Nov. 23), Mecca Vazie Andrews conducts a movement workshop culminating in a performance that incorporates the clothing, sounds and movements created during the first two workshops. Each workshop includes a communal meal and a public conversation.
COST: FREE, RSVP Recommended; MORE INFO

Go-kart racing meets cosplay at the Mushroom Rally races. (Courtesy Mushroom Rally)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
The Mushroom Rally
Secret locations in Anaheim
The "Mario Kart" throwback go-karting experience features racers dressed up as their favorite characters vying for a chance to attend the go-kart finals in Miami in 2020. Los Angeles racers must be taller than 4'10" and must sign-up in advance.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Poppy + Rose Brunch Takeover
Viviane at the Avalon Hotel — 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills
Westsiders don't have to drive downtown for Poppy + Rose's offerings. It's popping up at the Avalon Hotel's poolside restaurant with a la carte items including its fried chicken and waffles. You can also enjoy a beer tent from Boomtown Brewery, micheladas and a build-your-own spritz bar from Jardesca.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Mercado Sagrado
King Gillette Ranch —26800 West Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas
Head to the Santa Monica Mountains for a family-friendly event that's part festival, part retreat with an earth-friendly bent. There's music by Babe Rainbow, Anna St. Lewis, Claude Fontaine and Mapache, among others. Nosh on healthyish fare as you check out panels and conversations with Mayisha Akbar, Suze Randall, Kathy Clark and Mel Nahas.
COST: $65-75 day pass; $120 weekend pass; kids 12 and under free; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 10 A.M. - 10 P.M.
4th Annual LA. City County PowWow 2019
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
This Native American gathering celebrates the many cultures on what was one of the first villages in Los Angeles. The day includes arts and crafts vendors, food and cultural performances.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 4 P.M. - 1 A.M.
60th Anniversary Party
Chez Jay — 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Celebrate the 60th birthday of this gloriousl divey, vaguely nautical Santa Monica bar (It's where Billy Bob Thornton's character likes to hang in Goliath) with cocktails, live jazz, a photobooth and original menu pricing from 1959. Look for select entrees to be sold their original 1959 pricing... like a filet mignon for $5.95. Reservations are highly recommended.
COST: cost of food varies; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Supergirl in 35mm
Vista Theatre — 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz
Before Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman or Brie Larson's Captain America, there was Helen Slater in 1984's Supergirl, directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Watch the film in 35mm and stick around for a Q&A with Slater. This is part of the Females Rock Film Series.
COST: $11 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Wishlist 7
Gabba Gallery — 3126 Beverly Blvd., Rampart
The gallery opens its famous cash-and-carry affordable art show with a reception on Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m. All art is priced between $50 and $1,000, and it can be taken home as soon as purchased. The exhibition features the work of dozens of local and international artists including 8333, ÷-x+, Alex Achaval, Donna Bates, Benedigital, Terri Berman, Bioworkz, Nicholas Bonamy, Nicole Bruckman, Johnny Brushstrokes, Byous and CANTSTOPGOODBOY.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

The Malamute Saloon and Cafe in Los Angeles posts a notice that it is "The First to Open in 13 Years," signaling the end of Prohibition in 1933. The saloon is in the form of an Alaskan log cabin with a giant bottle in front. Note the sign that there are "tables for ladies." (Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 3 - 6 P.M.
Lost Angeles: History of Booze
Hotel Indigo — 899 Francisco St., downtown L.A.
L.A. Cycle Tours leads a two-wheeled journey through the history of DTLA's early alcohol producers and how they coped with Prohibition. The tour winds through Prohibition-era sites, a 100-year-old speakeasy and underground neighborhood distilleries. The experience is for riders of all skill levels.
COST: $75; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 5 - 7 P.M.
Clifton's Curiosity Crawl
Clifton's Republic — 648 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Atlas Obscura hosts a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Clifton's Cafeteria, led by historian Kahlil Nelson. Learn about the venue's history and various renovations. Ticketed guests get a complimentary cocktail and snacks, access to off-limit spaces and a presentation by Miriam Caldwell about the "camera girls" who used to roam Clifton's.

COST: $50; MORE INFO

Robert Krulwich (left) and Jad Abumrad (right) attend the 17th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on May 21, 2013 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 8 - 10 P.M.
Jab Abumrad: The Miracle of Indoor Plumbing
Carpenter Performing Arts Center — 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach
Composer and Radiolab co-host Abumrad reimagines storytelling through an immersive evening of words, music, soundscapes and animation. His one-man show in four chapters ponders the question: When a story moves you, why does it work?
COST: $60; MORE INFO

Lauren Lapkus attends the L.A. premiere of Netflix's "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" at ArcLight Hollywood on September 16, 2019 in Hollywood. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 10 - 11:30 P.M.
Wild Horses with Special Guest Mark Duplass
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Wild Horses is an all-women, long-form improv team featuring Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus and Erin Whitehead. The quartet sits down with their special guest over wine, to tell stories and share a little too much. An improv set follows, inspired by the conversation. This show is 18+.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16; 5:30 - 7 P.M.
Unheard L.A.
Plaza del Sol Performance Hall — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
KPCC's storytelling series returns to the San Fernando Valley for its season three finale. Join host Bruce A. Lemon Jr. at CSUN for a live show featuring Danielle Eubank, Damona Hoffman, Stuart Jacobson, Bryan Kett, Frank Mundo, Ellen Switkes, Richard Tom and ​Jessica Lee Williamson. Stick around after for a mixer with the participants and your fellow attendees.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Meet on Beach open streets festival travels through seven Orange County cities on Sunday. (Courtesy of Meet on Beach)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Meet on Beach
Beach Blvd. — La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster and Huntington Beach
Seven Orange County cities — La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster and Huntington Beach — band together to present an open streets event and community festival that reimagines Beach Boulevard. This civic alliance is dedicated to transforming the 21-mile historic corridor into a more walkable and bikeable active street and they're doing it, at least for a day with plenty of programming and activities along the route. (1.5 miles of Beach will be closed to traffic.)
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17; 11 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Acorn Festival
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden — 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
The family-friendly event introduces connects people to California native plants and the Native American people who first inhabited these lands. Tribal leaders and culture keepers will share their knowledge and history through ceremonial dance, art and activities (there is a small materials fee for crafting). The festival is included in general admission.
COST: $4 - $10; MORE INFO