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22 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

Yacht Rock Revue is bringing soft rock back, baby. (Photo courtesy of Will Byington Photography)
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Get ready to rock out with your yacht out this weekend. Or lift a stein while enjoying Oktoberfest, Southern California style. There are plenty of art openings, La Plaza closes out its summer season with a salsa concert, Heidi Duckler Dance premieres a new show and nerd culture is strong in the LBC. For outdoorsy types, we found plenty of urban walks, hikes and bike rides.

Yacht Rock Revue
El Rey Theatre -- 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Pull on those bell bottoms and groove to your parents' jams as the band revives the smooth songs of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan and other soft rock purveyors of the 1970s and '80s. Who knows, maybe they'll throw in some deep cuts from England Dan & John Ford Coley.
COST: $25 - $30; MORE INFO

Oktoberfest 2018
Alpine Village -- 833 W Torrance Blvd., Torrance
The oldest and largest Oktoberfest in L.A. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Drink German bier brewed by Paulaner, eat sausages and listen to Oom Pah Pah party bands. Fridays and Saturdays are for those 21+ but Sundays are family days. There's free admission on Sunday, Sept. 9.
COST: Tickets start at $15; $10 for designated drivers; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7; 6 - 9 p.m.
Summer of Salsa with Las Chikas
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes -- 501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
The multicultural, all-women band Las Chicas closes out the "Summer of Salsa" series at La Plaza. The show is all ages.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7; 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Comedy vs. Nerds
Westside Comedy Theater -- 1323-A 3rd St, Santa Monica
The show that started in the San Francisco Bay Area has moved from Silicon Valley to Silicon Beach. Comics poke fun at technology, startups and all things related to the web as they battle nerds, the one group below them on the food chain.

Heidi Duckler Dance presents the world premiere of 'Ramona' this weekend, with troupe members Lenin Fernandez Rosanna Taravez. (Photo by Mae Koo)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7; 9 p.m.
The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse -- 320 S Mission Dr., San Gabriel
Heidi Duckler Dance presents the world of a work inspired by "Ramona," an 1884 novel about a mixed-race Scots-Native American orphan girl's coming-of-age. It was all the rage at the turn of the 20th century. Choreographed and directed by Duckler, this work features company dancers accompanied by live indigenous instrumentation. The setting at the playhouse also has historical significance. It's rumored to be the birthplace of "Ramona."
COST: $15 - $50; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7; 8 - 11 p.m.
First Friday September Art Shows
La Luz de Jesus Gallery -- 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz
The gallery holds an opening reception for two shows: Harold Fox: Bullets and Wine and Lonesome Town. Fox creates art for dark, shadowy worlds, and Lonesome Town is known for its "sad clown public installations," on detritus on the streets of L.A. The artist is creating an installation in the back gallery. Both shows remain on view through Sept. 30.

SuicideGirls put a new spin on pop culture in their Blackheart Burlesque show. (Photo courtesy of SuicideGirls)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7; 9 p.m.
SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque
The Regent Theater -- 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A
This show is filled with geek and pop-culture references set to an indie soundtrack. Acts pay tribute in sexy and surprising ways to movies and TV shows including "Star Wars," "Stranger Things," "Rick and Morty" and "Sailor Moon." Ages 18+.
COST: $12.50 - $132.50; MORE INFO

Long Beach's Original Lobster Festival
Rainbow Lagoon Park -- 400 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach
Crustaceans are being flown in from Maine for this feast. There are different ways to approach the eating. General admission tickets don't come with a lobster dinner but you can check out the food court for à la carte items like lobster rolls, tacos, fried rice, bisque, sliders and lobster-on-a-stick. Meal add-ons tickets available if what you want is a lobster with all the trimmings.
COST: $5 - $95; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 2 - 7 p.m.
LA Food Fest
Santa Anita Park -285 Huntington Dr., Arcadia
Break out the stretchypants! More than 100 food, drink and dessert vendors are on the lineup at this massive food festival. From ceviche and Sazerac cocktails to pastrami and paella to fried chicken and Flamin Hot Cotton Candy, this noshtastic event has it all.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ranchos Walk
various locations in Long Beach
This inaugural walk takes a scenic route through the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. Choose from three different lengths as you follow a trail that links Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. The 9.4-mile scenic walk links CSULB, Reservoir Hill, Hilltop Park, Longview Point and Rancho Los Cerritos. There are also 6-mile and 3.5-mile options available. Shuttle service will be provided along the route.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 7 - 11 p.m.
'Anthropomorphucked' - Opening Reception
Corey Helford Gallery -- 571 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights
After a three-year hiatus, artist Luke Chueh returns with a solo show featuring 20 new acrylic paintings featuring new and familiar anthropomorphic characters that "explore what it means to be 'anthropomorphucked.'" The show will be on view until Oct. 13.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 5:30 - 10 p.m.
PROUD Picnic + Movie Night
Grand Park -- 200 N. Grand Avenue, downtown L.A.
Outfest hosts a free screening that showcases three shorts by local Latinx filmmakers as well as "When The Beat Drops," a documentary directed by Jamal Sims about the history of bucking (dance). The filmmakers will be on hand to introduce their films. This event is all ages and features music from DJ Bianca Oblivion. Bring a picnic or buy snacks from food trucks.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
LA Loves Alex's Lemonade
Royce Quad, UCLA -- 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood
The annual event brings dozens of star chefs and mixologists together to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. Guests stroll UCLA's lawn while noshing and sipping. Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern) host the fundraiser along with chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat). Children 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult.

The Brand Library and Art Center opens Brand 46, the 46th annual juried show of works on paper. (Photo courtesy of the Brand Library)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 7 - 9 p.m.
Brand 46
Brand Library & Art Center -- 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale
The library holds an opening reception for its 46th annual juried exhibition of works on paper (or paper used as a structural material) by artists from around the country. Edward Goldman, from KCRW's Art Talk, selected 92 works from more than 1,100 that were submitted. Mix and mingle with many of the artists while enjoying light refreshments. The show will remain up through Oct. 26.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 9; 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Clay LA
Craft and Folk Art Museum -- 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile
Shop for a cause as CAFAM holds its annual sale and fundraiser, which also serves as a showcase for ceramic artists in Southern California. The weekend features music, air-dry clay activities and free beer for those 21+, courtesy of Angel City Brewery. While the sale is included in the price of museum admission, a ticketed VIP preview and brunch takes place on Saturday from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
COST: FREE - $7, Preview tickets: $20; MORE INFO

Long Beach Comic Con
Long Beach Convention Center -- 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Now in its 10th year, the comic book and pop-culture convention continues to expand its reach and programming. Meet the creatives behind today's most popular comic books, TV shows and film including Battlestar Galactica, Power Rangers, Twin Peaks and X-Men. Comic book writer and novelist Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Static Shock) is the guest of honor. Take part in cosplay, watch matches in the KnokX PRO Wrestling Ring, screen movies at the GeekFest Film Festival or learn about the final frontier in the Space Expo.
COST: $35 - $399; children ages 10 and younger get free entry; MORE INFO

With fall comes Oktoberfest and Big Bear is celebrating for nine weekends this year. (Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest/Armin Baunach via Facebook)

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake -- 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear
The festival expands to nine weekends, giving visitors an Alpine mountain Oktoberfest experience. Three different bands are coming from Germany to perform and the improved biergartens feature 22 different brews. In addition to carnival games there are competitions and contests for log sawing, stein carrying, yodeling and stein holding.
COST: Tickets start at $8 - $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 7:30 - 11 p.m.
Nude Art LA
Art Share LA -- 801 E 4th Place, downtown L.A.
This isn't just an art show but an art experience, featuring works by more than 65 artists from around the world. Watch live performances including belly dancing, burlesque, yoga, body-painting, music and a one-act play by Nicholas Tana at this pop-up. Expect to see the naked human body "through traditional, challenging, thoughtful and even humorous perspectives." This event is 18+.
COST: $15 - $30; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 7:30 p.m.
'The Painted Lady' and More Revolutionary Short Films
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Watch silent short films from 1912 by director D.W. Griffith as the American Cinematheque screens "The Narrow Road" starring Mary Pickford and Elmer Booth; "Friends" starring Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Walthall; and "A Change of Spirit" and "The Painted Lady" starring Blanche Sweet. Film preservationist Tracey Goessel of The Biograph Project will also present new digital restorations of 1908's "The Adventures of Dollie," "Deceived Slumming Party" with Florence Lawrence and "A Smoked Husband!" The films will be accompanied live by Cliff Retallick.

Mike Habs is one of the featured artists in Gabba Gallery's September shows. (Photo by Donato Sepulveda)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8; 7 - 11 p.m.
September Art Shows Opening Reception
Gabba Gallery -- 3126 Beverly Blvd., Rampart
The gallery opens four solo shows this weekend. Mike Habs' gas(Lit) is a conceptual mosaic of small ziplock bags commonly used to sell drugs. Olga Ponomarenko's Angelos features woodland creatures with graffiti angel wings. CANTSTOPGOODBOY's latest pop art can be found in Eleven while Nicholas Bonamy captures L.A. in Gray. The shows remain on view through Sept. 29.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9; 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles River Adventure
Marsh Park, 2801-2999 Rosanna St., Elysian Valley
Atlas Obscura field agent Benjamin Harmon and L.A. River experts Lila Higgins and Kat Superfisky guide guests through the hidden spots of the L.A. River. Learn about the controversial history of the river while exploring pocket parks, a secret love-lock bridge, Leo Limon's graffiti river cat faces and hidden heron murals. There's a waitlist for the first tour but tickets are available for the afternoon tour. The tour is family-friendly (ages 10+) but requires about a 2.5-mile walk.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9; 10:30 - 3:30 p.m.
'Power to the Peaceful' Bike Ride
33 Taps -- 3725 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
After a hiatus, the L.A. Explorers Club returns with a 15-mile guided bike tour that starts at 33 Taps and continues to The Semi-Tropic in Echo Park. Along the way, you'll hear stories about individuals and groups that took a stand to preserve their neighborhoods, promote civil rights and protect the environment. This is an intermediate, one-way ride that includes hills, so geared bikes are encouraged. Tickets include a custom ride patch and two cold beers, compliments of New Belgium Brewing (for those 21+).

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

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