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26 Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

The Los Angeles Coffee Festival features live music, DJs, art exhibitions, cocktails, street food, demos (Image: Los Angeles Coffee Festival/Facebook)
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This weekend, explore the art and architecture of SoCal neighborhoods from the Craftman houses of Pasadena to the artists studios of Inglewood. An American Indian marketplace pop ups to fill your shopping needs and an underground film fest aims to blow your mind. All you caffeine fiends can get your fix at a new coffee festival while us unrepentant carb lovers are getting excited about the reopening of Brooklyn Bagels. There's also a free Gonzoplex Block Party happening in Pasadena -- and it benefits KPCC and LAist.

Los Angeles Coffee Festival
Magic Box @ The Reef -- 1933 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
We get all jittery with excitement just thinking about this inaugural coffee confab. Roasters and coffee clubs including Mooon x Coffee Hall, Bean Brothers, L.A. Coffee Club, Madlab, Bluestone Lane Mondo, Pecora 19º09´, DogTown Coffee and Take Flight Coffee will fill "The Roasters Village." There'll also be live music, DJs, art exhibitions, cocktails, street food, demos, workshops and a fast-paced barista-mixologist competition. Tea drinkers are welcome, too.
COST: $27-$125; MORE INFO

Ice at Santa Monica
Ice at Santa Monica Rink -- 1324 5th St., Santa Monica
Grab a sweater (or don't; you may not need it) and head to this 8,000-square-foot ice rink near the sea, a uniquel L.A. experience. If you've never skated before or are a bit rusty, book private or group lessons with the Randy Gardner School of Skating. Group parties and cabana rentals are also available.
COST: $15 (skate rental and all-day admission); MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOV. 9; 7:30 p.m.
Indian Wedding Show + Diwali Celebration
Three Clubs -- 1123 Vine St., Hollywood
If you've always wanted to attend an Indian wedding but never scored an invite, here's your chance. Join siblings Pinky and Neal (Amrita Dhaliwal and Neal Dandade) on Sangeet (the biggest pre-wedding party night) as they they present comedy, dance and music acts in celebration and anticipation of their brother's wedding. This weekend's show is special because it falls during Diwali, the Hindu fall festival of lights, so the siblings have extra surprises planned.

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Explore three museums in Culver City for free on Friday, including the Cold War Art of the Wende Museum. (Image: Vladimir Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya on a bench, with bullet-hole, n.d., courtesy of the Wende)

FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Culver City Museums Tour
Several locations in downtown Culver City
Check out the offerings and current exhibitions of three local museums at your own pace: the Wende (10808 Culver Blvd.), the Mayme Clayton Library & Museum (4130 Overland Ave.) and the Culver City Historical Society (4117 Overland Ave.). The self-guided walking tour ends with a reception in the Wende's sculpture garden at 6 p.m. RSVP to receive tickets to the museums and the reception.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9; 11 a.m.
Being In A Word: Eli Petel At House Of The Book
American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus -- 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis
Hidden in the lush fields of the university's Simi Valley campus is the House of Book, designed for the university by Sidney Eisenshtat in 1973. Explore the Brutalist concrete performance hall with curator Rotem Rozental, who gives a special tour of היהיה (which loosely translates as "Could It Be"), Eli Petel's site-specific project. RSVP to

FRIDAY, NOV. 9; 7:30 - 11 p.m.
Drag Queen Bingo
The Loft, W Hollywood -- 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Wigstock founder Lady Bunny teams with Movember and the W Hollywood to raise awareness for men's health at the hotel's rooftop club, The Loft. Tickets include entry to the party, bingo cards and a chance to participate in an auction for prizes. All proceeds benefit Movember's work toward preventing prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide. This event is 21+.

Brooklyn Bagels are back! (Photo: Brooklyn Bagel Bakery)

FRIDAY, NOV. 9; 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Bagel Bakery Reopening
2223 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
Huzzah! The bagel bakery's Beverly Blvd. location, which closed in 2015 due to structural issues, reopens. It'll offer more than a dozen types of bagels, baked on-site, as well as juices, tea and coffee. Save us an onion bagel with plain schmear.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 - SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 11 a.m. each day
Free ramen bowls
Tsujita Noodle Production -- 109 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove
Here's a reason to get up early! On Friday, the Tsujita ramen juggernaut opens a new location much farther east than its Sawtelle Blvd. flagship. To celebrate, the restaurant will serve free ramen to the first 200 customers on Friday and again on Saturday. If you miss out on the free noodles, get in line. The shop' stays open until 9 p.m. daily.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 - SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 8 p.m.
Craftsman Weekend
Various locations throughout Pasadena
Besides the Rose Bowl, Pasadena is known for the Craftsman-style homes that most of us can't afford. Now's your chance to take a peek at them. Pasadena Heritage presents tours of notable properties as well as bus and walking tours of the surrounding neighborhoods. Be sure to check out the Antiques and Contemporary Furnishings & Decorative Arts Sale at the Pasadena Convention Center (on Saturday and Sunday only), with more than 40 exhibitors from around the U.S. showing Craftsman-era and period-inspired works.
COST: $25 - $150 (Free admission to Antiques market); MORE INFO

The American Indian Arts Marketplace celebrates the arts, culture and food of more than 40 nations. (Image: Courtesy of the Autry)

SATURDAY, NOV. 10 - SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
American Indian Marketplace
The Autry Museum of the American West -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
November is National Native American Heritage Month, and this marketplace celebrates the artistry, food and culture of more than 40 nations. It's the largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, with children's activities, artist demos and a short play festival from the museum's award-winning resident theater company, Native Voices. The theme for this year is food. Museum entry is included with Marketplace admission.
COST: $6 - $14; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, NOV. 10 - SUNDAY, NOV. 11; noon (doors both days)
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 018
Dodgers Stadium -- 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Elysian Park
Tyler, the Creator's carnival pulls into town with two days of games, amusements, rides, eats and, of course, music. The impressive bill includes performances by Post Malone, Ms. Lauryn Hill, SZA, Kids See Ghosts, A$AP Rocky, The Internet, Kali Uchis, Raphael Saadiq and Billie Eilish.
COST: $250 - $1,000; MORE INFO

The Inglewood Open Studios take place this weekend with an opening artists reception on Friday night. (Image: Inglewood Open Studios)

SATURDAY, NOV. 10 - SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 12 - 5 p.m.
nglewood Open Studios
Various locations throughout Inglewood
Now in its 12th year, the Inglewood Open Studios hosts tons of activities throughout the weekend. Things kick off with a reception for a group exhibition on Friday night at Residency Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Then, over the weekend, you can check out works by dozens of artists including Susan Amorde, amoammo, Calida Garcia Rawles, Asavari Kumar, Michael Massenburg, Jesús Max, Gale, Naima White, Rana Wilson and 1109 N La Brea. New this year are La Tijera Village's family-friendly, interactive art activities at the District 2 Community Center, at 1201 S. La Tijera Blvd. Take advantage of the free shuttle service during the self-guided tour.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 12 - 8 p.m.
Three Weavers 4 Year Anniversary Fest
Three Weavers Brewing Company -- 1031 W Manchester Blvd., Unit A, Inglewood
Inglewood's gonna be "hopping" with limited beer releases and guest beers as the local brewery celebrates its fourth year. Performances by James Supercave, Karmic, Dream Phases, Big Air and Gabriel Delicious. The event is 21+, and each general admission ticket includes one drink.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

Egrets on Ergot perform at the 18th Street Arts Center's 30th anniversary party. (Photo by Spaceland Photos, courtesy of the artists)

SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 7 - 10 p.m.
We the Artists
18th Street Arts Center -- 1639 18th St., Santa Monica
Ain't no party like an art house party. The center celebrates 30 years as SoCal's leading artist residency program with an immersive, live performance festival. Explore studios and site-specific installations by 18th Street artists, including exhibitions "Elementary" from Neha Choksi and works by Taiwanese visiting artist Po-Yen Wang. There'll be performances by host Guillermo Gomez-Pena, La Pocha Nostra, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Egrets on Ergot. Food trucks and complimentary beer will be available.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 5:30 - 10 p.m.
Bohemian Bacchanal
Beyond Baroque -- 681 Venice Blvd., Venice
Literary arts center Beyond Baroque celebrates 50 years with a paar-tay honoring supporter Viggo Mortensen, poet-in-residence Will Alexander and founder George Drury Smith. Performers include John Doe and Exene Cervenka, Kamau Daáood, John Densmore, Froglab with Joe Baiza, Mike Watt and Brian Christopherson, and Julie Christensen. The night also features cocktails, live and silent auctions and a gala dinner.
COST: $125 - $10,000; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 6 p.m.
Good Morning Aztlán Book Signing with Louie Pérez
Shannon Center at Whittier College --6760 Painter Ave., Whittier
Musician, artist, writer Pérez of Los Lobos holds a book signing for the release of his new memoir, "Good Morning, Aztlán: The Words, Pictures and Songs of Louie Perez." Later that evening, he joins the band Jarabe Mexicano for a night of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock and Reggae-Cumbia.
COST: Booksigning FREE, Concert $10 - $25; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, NOV. 10; 8 p.m.
Druid Underground Film Fest (DUFF)
HM157 -- 3110 N Broadway, Lincoln Heights
Since 2006, the traveling DUFF has brought some of the most bizarre and provocative films to audiences across the country. The festival screens two programs on Saturday night: "Found Footage Assault: Motorcycle Party Massacre" and a shorts program.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10; noon - 4 p.m.
Gonzoplex Block Party
Superba Snacks + Coffee -- 730 South Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena
American Gonzo Food Corporation (the parent company of Pitfire Pizza and Superba Snacks + Coffee) hosts a fundraising party at its new restaurant campus in Pasadena. Enjoy live music, games, pizza, latte art contests, food and coffee and beer for sale (21+ only). Proceeds from the raffle will benefit KPCC.
COST: FREE, with registration; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Flowvember Menstrual Hygiene Product Drive
495 West River St., Cypress Park
Not only is it Movember, but for the Resisterhood, it's also Flowvember. The advocacy group holds an annual event to collect menstrual products for women and girls at The Midnight Mission and Covenant House. Help build period kits and write words of encouragement for the homeless and those in transitional housing. Bagels and Bloody Marys (for those 21+) will be served during the collection drive.
COST: Feminine hygiene item or $10 donation; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 4 p.m.
Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert
UCLA's Royce Hall -- 10745 Dickson Ct., Westwood
Relive the adventures of Dr. Indiana Jones as the American Youth Symphony performs a live-to-picture concert. Carlos Izcaray conducts the orchestra through the John Williams' Grammy-winning score for the film. (There's also a Raiders of the Lost Ark-themed benefit dinner following the concert at 7 p.m., honoring Paramount's President, Film & TV Music, Randy Spendlove).
COST: $15 for concert, $350 for dinner/concert package; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 3 p.m. - midnight
Ben Is Dead 30th Anniversary Reunion Bash + Old School Zine Fest
Catch One -- 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Arlington Heights
The first issue of "Ben Is Dead Magazine" was published 30 years ago, and had a long good run (in zine years) through 1999. There's a celebration of all things Ben with a zine fest from 3-5 p.m., and 15 bands including Jawbreaker, Skatenigs, JFA, Savage Republic, Leyna Marika P (ex-Geraldine Fibbers) and surprise guests.

The Wallis celebrates its fifth anniversary this weekend with three family-friendly events, including 'Beauty and the Beast' with puppets. (Photo: Courtesy of Stevens Puppets)

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 11 a.m.
The Wallis' Fifth Anniversary
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Promenade Terrace -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
In honor of its fifth anniversary and the launch of its 2018-19 season, the performing arts center holds three family-friendly events. The Story Pirates company performs toddler-friendly musical sketch comedy from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon, Debbie Allen leads an all-ages, all-experience salsa dance class as part of the popular Dance Sundays series. At 2:30 p.m. Steven's Puppets performs the classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast."

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 2 p.m.
Johnny Got His Gun
The Actors' Gang Theatre -- 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City
The theater has added a matinee performance on Sunday, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the Veterans Day holiday. Bradley Rand Smith wrote and Tim Robbins directed this stage adaptation of the (anti)war novel by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
COST: $25- $35; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
National Parks Free Days
Various locations

In honor of Veterans Day, all National Park Service sites that usually charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

The Battleship Iowa holds a Veterans Day celebration on Sunday. (Photo: Michael C. Moore)

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Third Annual Veterans Day Music Festival
Battleship IOWA Museum -- 250 South Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
The battleship presents a family fest that includes live bands, DJs, free food sponsored by Black Knight Patrol, a Sailor's Bar sponsored by West Coast Beverage, vintage vehicles and a 5-gun salute at 11:11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. (The active battle ended at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918).
COST: FREE for all active, retired and reserve military with valid ID, others $9.95 - $19.95; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOV. 11; 10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Third Annual Center Salutes Our Veterans
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Julianne and George Argyros Plaza -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.
This family-friendly celebration honors and supports local veterans and active-duty military personnel through presentations and performances. Listen to live music by the Darden Sisters, the Mud Bug Brass Band and the USO Troupe, or jump in and help assemble care packages by writng a personalized postcard for active members of the military.

Other Veterans Day celebrations this weekend include:

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