22 Fabulous Things To Do This Weekend In Southern California: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

Gallery1988 opens two shows this weekend, including the LALocal group exhibition — a love letter to L.A. (Image by Raphael Kelly)

The Super Bowl isn't the only thing going on this weekend. Non-football related happenings include a Britney Spears fan experience, a Breakup Bar pop-up, grilled cheese sandwiches, Parasite in black and white and Selma with a live score. You can also listen to Larry Mantle moderate a discussion with critics about this year's Oscar race.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 7 - 9 P.M.
Through the Woods / LALocal Opening Reception
Gallery 1988 — 7308 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The gallery opens two exhibitions: a new solo show of prints by Nan Lawson and a group love letter to Los Angeles with paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by the city. Works will be on view through Feb. 15.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 8 - 10 P.M.
Funnilingus
Junior High — 5656 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The monthly comedy show of female and nonbinary comics returns with Sarah Squirm, DJ Mausner, Molly Kearney, Danielle Perez, Sahana Srinivasan and Pallavi Gunalan.
COST: $5 but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Is director Bong Joon Ho's film 'Parasite' even better in black and white? (Courtesy of Neon)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Parasite in Black and White
Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Watch Bong Joon Ho's Oscar-nominated film in black and white, a version created before its debut at Cannes. The director took inspiration from films like F.W Murnau's Nosferatu aas well as works by Renoir, Fellini, Kurosawa and John Ford. In Korean with English subtitles.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

Mending A Broken Heart (Nicolas Raymond)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Breakup Bar
Breakup Bar Pop-Up — 276 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The lonely hearts bar returns. Celebrate your single status as the bar takes over the space next to Severance Wine Bar on Melrose for two weeks. Sip champagne, sample cathartic cocktails, nosh, watch movies and add to the Wall of Broken Relationships. The pop-up also offers brunch on Feb. 9 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reserved tickets are recommended. They include a cocktail or sparkling wine flight (tax and gratuity included).
COST: $20 admission; MORE INFO

The Zone is a new immersive experience dedicated to all things Britney Spears. (The Zone)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 - SUNDAY, APRIL 26
The Zone
The Zone — 6310 West 3rd St., Fairfax
Welcome to a 30,000-square-foot "experience" dedicated to Britney Spears. Immerse yourself in 10 rooms based on her most famous music videos then shop memorabilia from her tours and five new merchandise collections. Ticket prices are steep and those younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

COST: $59.50 - $64.50; MORE INFO

January 13, 1939: Two children at the Menorah Center, 961 N. Alma Ave., are painting water colors while Joe Cutler plays his violin. The children under WPA Federal Art Project instructors said they could paint better when they heard music. (WPA Federal Art Project/Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Posters for the People: Art of the WPA
Mutmuz Gallery — Chung King Rd, downtown L.A.
In the 1930s and '40s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" program put 8.5 million people to work, including artists who were commissioned to create posters. A few originals still exist. A new exhibition features some of these original Works Progress Administration artworks, mostly from the Henry Vizcarra collection. The exhibition opens on Friday at 5 p.m. and will be open Fridays through Sundays with special programming throughout its run.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 8 - 10 P.M.
Tune-Yards
Walt Disney Concert Hall — 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Merrill Garbus and collaborator bassist Nate Brenner play tunes influenced by sounds from around the world including R&B, funk, house, Afro-Caribbean and dance music. Opening the night is Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, son of the legendary Ali Farka Touré.
COST: Tickets start at $45; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 5:30 - 11 P.M.
Night of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) — 900 W Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park
The fun, Frenchy night features talks, performances, music, films and even a Moonlight Meditation in the Nature Gardens. Artists take over the entire museum to celebrate or respond to the theme of "Being Alive." Guests and artists include Patt Morrison, Jessica Fichot Quartet, Heidi Duckler Dance Company, Gavin Turek, DJ Novena Carmel and DJ Bobby French.
COST: FREE, but RSVP required; MORE INFO

Two grilled cheese and ham sandwiches. (Marco Verch/Flickr Creative Commons)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing Event
Andrew's Cheese Shop — 728 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
This is a grilled cheese night for grownups. The shop pairs four open-faced grilled cheeses with an interesting/great/unusual wine. The event starts with fresh greens and ends with a float using Elio Perrone's Bigaro, a sweet blend of Moscato and Brachetto.
COST: $75; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 8 - 10 P.M.
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts — 18000 Park Plaza Dr., Cerritos
Watch the troupe of Chinese artists perform old school and contemporary stunts. The family-friendly entertainment combines acrobatics with dance, costumes and music.
COST: $40 - $70; MORE INFO

Actor Nick Kocher from "Intramural" on April 21, 2014 in New York City. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Everything's Great
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
It's been a rough week for many of us so comedians Demi Adejuyigbe, Addie Weyrich and Nick Kocher return to the stage for their monthly show. Guests include Robby Hoffman (The Chris Gethard Show), Chris Fleming (Gayle), David Gborie (Comedy Central Standup Presents), Hayes Davenport and L.A. City Council District 4 candidate Nithya Raman. They promise to turn a nightmare into a dream and make everything great again. This show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

American Contemporary Ballet recreates dances made famous by Fred Astaire. (Victor Demarchelier)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Astaire Dances III
Metropolis Los Angeles — 877 S. Francisco St., Upper Level, downtown L.A.
American Contemporary Ballet brings back a fan-favorite — a Valentine to one of the world's best-known dancers, Fred Astaire. Enjoy a time when top hats and tails were the norm for nights out as dancers recreate his most memorable dances to live music. The program includes standards like Cole Porter's "All Of You" and "Gershwin's "You Can't Take That Away From Me."
COST: $45 - $105; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 12 - 5 P.M.
Vegan District
The Pike Outlets — 95 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach
The monthly vegan marketplace and food court, presented by LB Vegan Fest and Plant Based For All, returns with vendors including Cena Vegan, Humm Kombucha, Lobo Cuban Food and Maya's Cookies.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Happy New Year! The 121st Golden Dragon Parade takes place in Chinatown. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 1 - 3:30 P.M.
121st Golden Dragon Parade Chinatown
Chinatown — downtown L.A.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year as you watch almost two dozen floats, marching bands, lion dancers, entertainers and local community groups march through the streets of Chinatown. The parade runs down Hill, Temple Bernard and Broadway.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Colombian salsa dancers perform at the "Salsodromo" parade in Cali, Colombia, on December 25, 2017, opening the 60th Cali Fair. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 6 - 10 P.M.
Dancing In The Streets
Calle Cuatro Marketplace — 300 E 4th St., Santa Ana
Instead of dancing with the stars, dance under them. Choose from two locations, one block apart. There's salsa and bachata on 4th and Spurgeon and cumbia/merengue/rock en Español on 4th and French. If you have two left feet, there's a free salsa lesson at 6 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Grand Central Art Center and X Artists' Books host the release party for the monograph 'Cognate Collective: Regionalia.' (Courtesy of GCAC)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 7 - 10 P.M.
First Saturday Artwalk / Regionalia Release
Grand Central Art Center — 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana
During the monthly Santa Ana artwalk, stop by a reception (6-7 p.m.) that honors the publication of Regionalia, the first significant monograph of the work of Cognate Collective (Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz). The bilingual catalogue documents the research and projects of the collective's residency at GCAC. There's also a concurrent opening reception for Slippage of a Strand, a collection of recent works by Flavia D'Urso.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Saturday Night Black
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Bri Giger and Marian Yesufu host a Black History Month variety show featuring UCB's sketch, improv, music and character performers. Standup by Anyi Mhalik, Chelse Greaux, Sidney Smith, Taquita Love and Eric Owusu.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

January 1, 1970: California Congressman George Brown (left), singer Maria Cole (center) and New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (right) pose together during a visit to Los Angeles, at the invitation of the Committee of 19 Women for Better Government.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 8 - 10 P.M.
Unsung Sheroes. A Play.
The Bridge Theater at A Place Called Home — 2901 S. Central Avenue, downtown L.A.
The stage production shines a light on the lesser known stories of several African American women of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written by Erika Cohen and directed by Zadia Ife, the work begins with Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), the abolitionist and women's rights advocate, and includes tales of Anarcha Westcott, Ellen Craft and Shirley Chisholm. The cast features Fredericka Meek (General Hospital), Tiffany Phillips (Scandal) and LaRita Shelby (South Central).
COST: $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 8 - 9 P.M.
Live Score: Selma
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the start of Black History Month, director Ava DuVernay's film Selma, which recounts the events leading up to MLK's landmark 1965 march for voting rights, will be back on the big screen. The film's score will be performed live by its composer, acclaimed jazz pianist and artistic director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center, Jason Moran, and the New West Symphony conducted by Cheche Alara.
COST: Tickets start at $36; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1; 8:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Al Di Là: An Evening of Sound Works by Simone Forti
REDCAT ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER — 631 W. 2nd St., downtown L.A.
Dancer, choreographer, artist and writer Forti presents an evening of sound-based pieces spanning 50 years. The works are arranged and performed by Forti and Tashi Wada with Julia Holter, Jessika Kenney and Corey Fogel.
COST: $18 - $22; MORE INFO

Larry Mantle hosts AirTalk's FilmWeek: 2020 Oscar Preview at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday. (Courtesy of KPCC)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2; 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
AirTalk's FilmWeek: 2020 Oscar Preview
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
One of KPCC's most popular events returns, just in time to help fill out your Oscar pool picks. AirTalk host Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics debate and discuss this year's Oscar contenders — and the films that coulda been contenders.
COST: $12 - $15; MORE INFO

This photo taken on January 21, 2019 shows a pig lantern displayed at the Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai, to mark the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Pig, which starts on February 5. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2; 11 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Asian Lunar New Year Festival
Bowers Museum — 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana
Celebrate the Year of the Rat at the museum with dance, music and art from China, Vietnam and Korea. Watch the traditional dragon and lion dances by JC Culture, sample an egg roll then create paper lanterns and art scrolls as you contemplate the diligence and positivity of those born in the Year of the Rat.
COST: FREE - $15; MORE INFO

Other Lunar New Year's Festivals this weekend: