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25 Of The Best Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

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Have a surreal week with a little help from Isabella Rossellini (and her dog) or an immersive Twin Peaks party. Get some culture at art shows by Ed Moses, Valley girls and nature lovers. Angel City celebrates its sour beers and Penny Marshall fans celebrate her life with a Laverne & Shirley marathon.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25; 8 p.m.
Branford Marsalis Quartet and Yuko Mabuchi Trio
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Marsalis leads his quartet in a headlining night of jazz. Pianist Mabuchi, who studied classical music in her native Japan before hearing the music of greats Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock, leads the opening trio.
COST: Tickets start at $59; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 25; 6 p.m.
The WhiskyX
Barker Hangar -- 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
Discover, learn about and -- best part -- taste more than 60 whiskies including Bruichladdich, Bulleit, Four Roses, Glen Moray, Green Spot / Yellow Spot, Red Breast, The Glenlivet and Tin Cup. The night also features live music by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, with several food trucks. (Food purchased separately.) The event is 21+. Designated driver tickets available.
COST: $50 - $125; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 25; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Fire Walk With Me: A Twin Peaks Themed Party
Echoplex -- 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
This immersive party is based on David Lynch's cinematic universe, featuring art installations by Mason Rothschild, visuals and projections by Derek Holguin, a re-creation of the Red Room and Lynchian music selections by DJs Kosmik, Brian T and Olive Kimoto. Cosplay is encouraged and a photo booth will be available to capture the moments. A special guest or two might pop in for the party, too.
COST: $14.50 - $19.50; MORE INFO

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Link Link Circus
The Broad Stage -- 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
Actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini returns to the stage for a performance art piece that she co-directs with Guido Torlonia. Mixing science and humor, she playfully argues Darwin's theory of evolution, transforming into renowned philosophers while her monologues are illustrated by short comic films, home movies and animation. Rossellini's dog, Pan, co-stars. Read our interview with Rosselini here.
COST: $79 - $99; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 25; 2 - 5 p.m. and SATURDAY, JAN. 26; 1 - 5 p.m.
Pop-up Wine Tasting
Lobby of the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE -- 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The South Australian Tourism Commission hosts a tasting of the region's wines while promoting Adelaide's wine destinations, the d'Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale (an odd Rubik's cube building with a restaurant, tasting rooms and an art gallery). The pop-up also features laser etchings of personalized wine glasses. The tasting is 21+.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25; 7 - 10 p.m.
Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video
Craft Contemporary (formerly The Craft and Folk Art Museum) -- 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum teams with the Farhang Foundation to present the juried exhibition about Iran through photography and video. This year's theme focuses on youth culture, and the group show opens with a VIP donor reception and awards ceremony. The exhibition opens to the public from Jan. 27 to May 12, and then continues at the University of California, Irvine's Viewpoint Gallery from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5
COST: $45 - $95 opening reception, $9 general museum admission; MORE INFO

Grand National Roadster Show
Fairplex -- 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona
The longest-running indoor car show returns to Southern California with an emphasis on those sporty two-seaters known as roadsters. More than 500 vehicles compete for awards while another 400 to 800 cars join in the Grand Daddy Drive-in.
COST: $10 - $25; MORE INFO

Medalion Rahimi and Jeff Marlow star in 'Paradise,' which opens at the Odyssey Theatre. (Photo: Darrett Sanders)

Odyssey Theatre -- 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Sawtelle
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions and American Oasis present a thought-provoking play that asks, "What is the science behind first love?" When a gifted Yemeni-American teenager at an underperforming high school and her jaded biology teacher join forces to try and win her a scholarship, boundaries are tested and conflicts arise over differences in religion and culture.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
World70 Monthly Dance Party
The Speakeasy in The Mayfair Hotel -- 1256 W. 7th St., Westlake
Dance like everyone's watching at this party, where you can groove to a mix of vintage disco, Afrobeat, salsa, reggae and soul. Tunes spun by Al Jackson (JuJu) and resident DJs D.PAINTER and MERC80.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 4 - 6 p.m.
Peace on Earth Opening Reception
Museum of History and Art -- 665 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster
This group art show examines the fragility of ecosystems and our impact on the natural world. Featured artists include David Adey, Bobbie Moline-Kramer, Catherine Coan, Simone Gad, Spenser Little, Stephen O'Donnell, Tami Bahat and Zachary Mendoza. The works will remain on view through April 21.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 26; 7:30 p.m.
The Frogtown Show
Spoke Bicycle Cafe -- 3050 N. Coolidge Ave., Elysian Valley
Enjoy a night of free comedy by the L.A. River. Produced by Laura Schwartz and Kesila Childers, the show takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, featuring both seasoned and up-and-coming comics.

William Turner Gallery presents works created by the late artist Ed Moses during the last five years of his life. (Image detail: Ed Moses' 'Untitled,' 2016, courtesy of the gallery)

SATURDAY, JAN. 26; 6 - 8 p.m.
Ed Moses: Through The Looking Glass Opening Reception
William Turner Gallery -- 2525 Michigan Ave. E-1, Santa Monica
The gallery presents a selection of work that Moses created during the last five years of his life. Considered one of L.A.'s most innovative artists, he explored the possibilities of abstract painting for more than 60 years. The exhibition's title comes from Lewis Carroll, one of Moses's favorite writers, and refers to one of the artist's beliefs that art could transport viewers to magical realms. Moses' works will remain on view through March 30.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26; 6 - 9 p.m.
Valley Girl Redefined Opening Reception
Brand Library & Art Center -- 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale
An explansive group exhibition attempts to redefine "Valley girl" to showcase the diversity of women in the San Fernando Valley through contemporary art. Artists include Rachel Apthorp, Rain Lucien Matheke, Michelle Nunes and Christina Ramos, among others. The show also includes a pop-up newsstand featuring female-centric zines. The opening party has beer from 818 Brewing, tunes by Valley Girl DJ Lobo and friends, interactive art and a ceremony by the Cihuatl Women's Group. The works remain on view through March 22.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26; 3 p.m.
Beverly Hills Celebrates The Year Of The Pig
The Saban Theatre -- 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The 90210 celebrates the Chinese New Year a little early, with a variety show that presents 14 traditional acts. Performances includes the Chinese Peking Opera and Peking Opera Fashion Show, performed by the Beijing Liangxiang Culture; a Chinese folk dance by the Beijing Song and Dance Troupe; Chinese martial arts from the Tianjin Wushu Regiment; folk music by the Tianjin Folk Orchestra; and acrobatics by the Hebei Acrobatic Troupe.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 - MONDAY, JAN. 28; 8:30 p.m.
50 Hour Drive-by Theatre Festival
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group -- 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
See how sleep deprivation sparks creativity as members of the theater troupe present new plays that they wrote and developed during the previous 50 hours. This annual one-weekend event is now in its 18th year. The material is recommended for those ages 14 and older.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26; 7 p.m.
Dapper Day + LACMA Swinging Soirée
LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Step out in style at an evening of art and glamour. Inside, there's dancing at the top of the Ahmanson Building staircase to tunes spun by DJ Professor Watson. Cash bars are available for those 21+ (but drinks are not allowed inside the galleries). Advanced tickets are no longer available but a standby line forms at 6:30 p.m.

Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week
Various locations -- Alhambra
Explore the eateries and restaurants of this San Gabriel Valley city, located between South Pasadena and Monterey Park. More than a dozen participating eateries are offering prix fixe menus and specials including Limerick's Tavern, Panasia Sweet and Savory, Mancora Peruvian Cuisine, Phoenix Inn Chinese Cuisine and Mahan Indian Restaurant.
COST: $15 - $50 for prix fixe meals; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Unofficial Jane Austen Day at The Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens -- 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
Don your best 18th century attire and join like-minded friends for a day of strolling the library's grounds and viewing artwork. Loosely organized by the Historical Tea and Dance Society, there's a group photo planned at approximately 1 p.m in the rose garden area.
COST: $13 - $29 admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 2 - 8:30 p.m.
Filmed By Bike: LA
Boomtown Brewery -- 700 Jackson St., downtown L.A.
The traveling film festival screens two programs of bicycle-themed flicks. Bike Love offers a collection of bike movies from around the world while Adventure Shorts presents expeditions from on- and off-road trails. A panel wraps up the night. Exhibitors showing off equipment and bike demos will be at the brewery all afternoon. One ticket includes both screenings, the panel and raffle tickets.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 7:30 p.m.
The New Negroes
The Virgil -- 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
Rapper Open Mike Eagle and comedian Baron Vaughn host a night of music and comedy with Sasheer Zamata, Janelle James and Langston Kerman. The show's name refers to a term popularized during the Harlem Renaissance, referring to Black Americans speaking up, telling their own stories and affirming their beliefs. The comedy show helps uplift Black voices -- with jokes.
COST: $7 - $10; MORE INFO

Some of Penny Marshall's favorite 'Laverne & Shirley' episodes will be screened on Sunday at the Garry Marshall Theatre. (Photo: Courtesy of the Marshall Family)

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Laverne & Shirley Marathon
Garry Marshall Theatre -- 4252 West Riverside Dr., Burbank
On Jan. 27, 1976, Laverne & Shirley debuted, following the antics of blue-collar brewery workers Laverne DeFazio (the late Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams). Celebrate the hit show, and the life of actor, director and producer Marshall, at a screening of some of her favorite episodes. Williams will make an appearance during the marathon.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; noon - 6 p.m.
Angel City Sour to the People Fest
Angel City Brewery -- 216 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Sample the brewery's sour beers including the new Sunbather, a low ABV tart sour ale. Angel City also releases two bottles on Sunday: Stoned Fruit and Nothing at All 2019 vintage ($14 each). Throughout the day, take part in specialty tours and tastings and listen to live music. Food trucks will be on site. The fest also serves as the official grand opening party of their new outdoor beer garden.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 4 p.m.
Greatest Satirical Songs: The Sequel
Whizin Center at American Jewish University -- 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air
Comedian and screenwriter David Misch presents a multimedia lecture on musical satire, featuring songs and clips from Stephen Sondheim, the Beatles, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Weird Al Yankovic, Monty Python and even Georg Friedrich Handel.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 2 - 6 p.m.
Chris Nichols: Walt Disney's Disneyland
Hollywood Heritage Museum -- 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The writer and historian gives a presentation on his new book about Disneyland. The book includes concept drawings, color photographs and images and objects from various collections. The afternoon also includes a special screening of the 1962 romantic comedy 40 Pounds Of Trouble. Starring Tony Curtis and Suzanne Pleshette, the film was the first movie to be shot in and around Disneyland.
COST: $15, $7.50 for museum members; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 27; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vive La Tradición
Plaza De La Raza -- 3540 N. Mission Rd., Lincoln Heights
January is National Menudo Month and Juanita's Foods presents a free festival with live music, folk dancers, games, kid-friendly activities and of course, menudo -- a traditional soup made of tripe in broth with a red chili pepper base. Attendees can sample a bowl of Juanita's menudo or pozole and drink aguas frescas courtesy of Agua Lucha.

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