24 Amazing Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

For Freedoms, a nonpartisan collective for creative civic engagement, holds its first congress in L.A. this weekend. ( For Freedoms)

Frankenstein rises again. The Industry presents their newest immersive opera. Puppet shows and a carnival usher in Bob Baker Day. L.A.'s LGBT Center holds a wellness fair in South L.A. Cuteness abounds at a dog show in Pomona. Bighorn sheep get counted. A Jewish American music festival plays to the beat of many different drums.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - SUNDAY, MARCH 1
For Freedoms Congress (FFCON)
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA — 152 N. Central Ave., downtown L.A.
A nonpartisan civic engagement event brings together artists, academics, cultural institutions and social justice organizations before the 2020 presidential election. Expected attendees include Duckwrth, Hank Willis Thomas, Klaus Biesenbach, Glenn Kaino, Dread Scott, Gina Belafonte, Narcissister, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. FFCon includes a free Duckwrth concert on Sunday at MOCA Geffen.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Lying with Badgers
Autry Museum of the American West — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Native Voices, the only Equity theater company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new work by Native American artists, presents the world premiere of a new play by Jason Grasl (Blackfeet). Taking place in a magical realm with spirit animals and puppets, the play tackles economics, mineral rights and sovereignty. A cast and crew reception follows Friday's opening, and there are conversations with the playwright throughout the run.
COST: $10 - $25; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28; 7 - 9:30 P.M.
Tsirk (Circus)
West Hollywood City Council Chambers — 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
The 1936 Russian film explores miscegenation, racism and the rise of global white supremacy in the '30s through a seemingly light-hearted circus romance. A panel discussion follows the film with Boris Dralyuk (Los Angeles Review of Books), Sasha Razor (UCLA), Rob Adler Peckerar (the Yiddishkayt cultural organization) and Jennifer Wilson (University of Pennsylvania).
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Not only does this crew drive fast and furiously, they sing and dance while they do it. In this unauthorized parody, Dominic Toretto (aka Vin Diesel's character) and his team commit and solve crimes while harmonizing. The show includes original music and a twist on the story. The production is 18+.
COST: $30 - $60 (VIP); MORE INFO

Musician and activist Samora Pinderhughes closes out Jazz is Dead's Black History Month concert series at the Echo. (Grandstand HQ)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28; 8 - 10 P.M.
Samora Pinderhughes
The Echo — 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Musician and activist Samora Pinderhughes debuts his new project, Grief. The Juilliard-trained pianist and vocalist, who has collaborated with Common and Robert Glasper, was commissioned by Chamber Music America and seeks to convey the feeling of the "emergency moment" of 2020. The show benefits the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - SUNDAY, MARCH 1
Frankenstein
James Bridges Theater at UCLA — 235 Charles E. Young Dr. E, Westwood
Stacy Keach stars in the role of "The Creature" for this original L.A. Theatre Works commission, adapted by the BBC's Kate McAll. The cast also features Adhir Kalyan as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Seamus Dever, Mike McShane, Darren Richardson and Karen Malina White. A post-performance discussion following the 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 29 will be moderated by author Leslie S. Klinger.
COST: $15 - $65; MORE INFO

The experimental opera company The Industry stages its latest production Sweet Land in the Los Angeles State Historic Park. (Casey Kringlen for The Industry)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Sweet Land
Los Angeles State Historic Park — 1724 Baker St., downtown L.A.
L.A.-based experimental opera company the Industry,returns with the world premiere of a "grotesque historical pageant" that unravels narratives surrounding American identity. There are two "tracks" with different stories, music and cast members. The box office will assign your track. (If you want to see both tracks, tickets must be purchased for separate nights.) With music by Du Yun and Raven Chacon, libretto by Douglas Kearney and Aja Couchois Duncan, the production is directed by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Yuval Sharon.
COST: $75 - 110, $250 (opening night) includes post-show reception; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 9:30 A.M. - 11:30 P.M.
7th Annual LA IPA Fest
Mohawk Bend — 2141 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
The brewpub celebrates California craft beers by tapping 60 IPAs made by breweries in the Golden State. VIP tickets guarantee early entry (at 9:30 a.m.) and first dibs.
COST: Free to $30; MORE INFO

Volunteer to count the bighorn sheep in L.A. and San Bernardino counties. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29 - SUNDAY, MARCH 1
Bighorn Sheep Survey
San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS) needs volunteers to help biologists count sheep — and stay awake. The counts take place in L.A. and San Bernardino counties. Participants must be at least 16 years old and capable of climbing, scrambling over boulders and hiking at least one mile in rugged terrain.
COST: FREE, but reservations necessary; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29 - SUNDAY, MARCH 1
Break the Rules
Subliminal Projects — 1331 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
This interesting event combines an art exhibition that doubles as a prelaunch for a new cereal brand called OffLimits. Studio Number One curates works from more than a dozen artists with a portion of the proceeds from sales going to the afterschool art programs through Wide Rainbow. Opening reception on Saturday is from 7 to 10 p.m. with complimentary drinks and cereal. DJ sets by Obey Giant and Grace Danico.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

It might not be the Westminster Kennel Club, but the Beverly Hills Dog Show takes place this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona with pups competing for Best In Show. (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29 - SUNDAY, MARCH 1
The Beverly Hills Dog Show
Fairplex — 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona
Watch more than 2,000 dogs, representing more than 200 eligible breeds and varieties, compete for Best in Show. On Saturday, NBC Sports will be onsite to tape segments. On Sunday only, the 4-to-6 Month Puppy Class (aka cuteness overload!) will be held. Despite its title, this dog show takes place in the I.E.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Better & Well
ROW DTLA — 777 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
This all-day experience features yoga, group hypno-meditation, live music, panel discussions, sound baths and a marketplace. Attendees will also have access to a lounge with free mini-Ayurvedic consultations, massages, gua sha, cupping and acupuncture ear seeds.
COST: $99 - $125; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Bob Baker Day 2020
Los Angeles State Historic Park — 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater holds a day-long, all-ages carnival with puppet shows, live music, crafts, games and food trucks. SoCal kitsch historian Charles Phoenix serves as the day's grand marshal while David Arquette leads a puppet show.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
South L.A. Connects
Leimert Park Plaza — 4395 Leimert Blvd., Leimert Park
The Los Angeles LGBT Center holds a wellness celebration and expo with free HIV testings and STI screenings; resources and information about local programs and services related to mental health, medical, housing, employment and food subsidies; free yoga and Zumba sessions; games and giveaways; and a live music concert with local artists at 1 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 1 - 3:30 P.M.
Adobe Punk
Angels Gate Cultural Center — 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
This is a live reading of a work-in-progress with music and sound design. Set in Bell Gardens in the 1980s, it tells the story of three young music fans who find refuge in one of the oldest adobe homes in L.A. County. The full-production premiere is set for 2021. After the reading, stick around for a special 30-minute concert set with Mike W
att + the secondmen.
COST: FREE - donation; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 6 - 9 P.M.
Leap Day Silent Disco
1300 Block of the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Dance out the last day of the month in the middle of Santa Monica. There's unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo's Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies (bring your ID to prove it). This is an all ages event. Headsets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 6:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Angel City Derby: All League Mash Up
ACD Warehouse — 1519 139th St., Gardena
ACD's 2020 roller derby season starts strong with favorite skaters from all their teams hitting the track together in a classic "Nerds v. Punks" bout. Watch the badassery of the Rising Stars, Road Ragers, Shore Shots, Rocket Queens and Hollywood Scarlets.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 7 - 11 P.M.
Haus of Horror Launch Party + Women in Horror Q&A
Black Sheep Gallery — 231 N. 1st St., Burbank
Dread Central holds a screening and party for its new web series, hosted by Vanessa Decker. Haus of Horror explores the horror influence, from fashion to food and travel. The night also features a live taping of a Q&A with guests Chelsea Stardust (director, Satanic Panic, All That We Destroy), Eryn Krueger Mekash (SFX artist for American Horror Story), Lin Shaye (Insidious)
Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw 2).
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 5 - 7:30 P.M.
A Night in Focus: The Belle Époque
Norton Simon Museum — 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Bonjour! Visit Paris without leaving Pasadena as the museum presents a night program focused on the exhibition By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque. Enjoy live music in the galleries or take part in art-making activities for guests of all ages. French-themed food and wine will be on sale in the café. The soiree is included with museum admission.
COST: Free - $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29; 8 - 11 P.M.
Pandora's Box with Live Musical Accompaniment
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The American Cinematheque teams with the L.A. Phil to screen the 1929 Weimar cinema classic. Louise Brooks stars as a dancer-turned-hooker who draws men the way bees flock to honey. The live musical accompaniment is performed by jazz pianist Cathlene Pineda along with trumpeter Stephanie Richards and guitarist Jeff Parker.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 1; 11 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
Bowers Museum — 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
The family festival features complimentary face painting, art projects and live performances that celebrate Japanese art and culture. Watch Taiko drumming and traditional dance then sample treats by candy sculptor Shan.
COST: FREE ; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 1; 11 A.M. - 8 P.M.
UCLA American Jewish Music Festival
UCLA's Royce Hall and Schoenberg Music Building, Westwood
With the theme of "Music Crossing Boundaries," the first-ever American Jewish music fest features a diverse lineup of artists and genres including klezmer, tango, Middle Eastern beats, bluegrass and Broadway tunes. There will also be workshops where artists teach attendees of all ages how to play or sing different types of music.
COST: $10 - $20; MORE INFO

Celebrate the launch of the collectible Formosa Cafe tiki vessel on Sunday with artist Danny "Tiki Diablo" Gallardo. (The Formosa Cafe)

SUNDAY, MARCH 1; 1 - 4 P.M.
Tiki Diablo Mug Release Party
Formosa Cafe — 7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
The bar hosts a special release party for its limited-edition Formosa Pagoda Cocktail Mug. Tiki collectors can meet and chat with artist Danny "Tiki Diablo" Gallardo during a launch party and be the first to purchase the Pagoda-shaped drinking vessel. Only 200 of these mugs have been made ($150 each).
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 1; 6:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Swingout Sunday!
Burbank Moose Lodge — 1901 Burbank Blvd., Burbank
End the weekend on the right foot: Dance the night away. Cocktail hour starts at 6:30 p.m., a free beginner's dance lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the live music, with Luke Carlsen and the Fresh Rhythm, kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
COST: $20; MORE INFO