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Twenty Of The Coolest Events Happening in L.A. This Weekend

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend. If you need more suggestions or want to plan ahead, then check out our January Guide, too.


La Luz de Jesus presents the exhibition Steve Rude: Nexus on Friday night from 8-11 pm. Rude, a comic book artist, teamed with writer Mike Baron to create the Nexus comic series in 1981. Rude’s solo’s exhibition is being shown concurrently with CARtoons - The Art of America's Car Culture. The show is dedicated to CARtoons magazine—the most popular and longest-running publication dedicated to automotive cartooning. The group show features original art by original CARtoons contributors “alongside tribute paintings from some of the new contemporary scene's most collectible names.”

FEASTLY (Ramen Dinner)
Feastly’s presents the pop-up Oh Man! Ramen: Exclusive Restaurant Preview on Friday in the Arts District in DTLA from 7:30-9:30 pm. Join chefs Philip Frankland Lee and Luke Reyes as they debut the dinner menu for their newest concept, Oh Man! Ramen. The six-course menu includes Asahi beer paired with our signature Oh Man! Ramen plus ahi crudo, salted pork, shrimp gyoza, tempura vegetables and green tea ice cream with puffed rice to finish. Tickets are $50 per person and the address will be released to ticket buyers.

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Thee Oh Sees play two shows at the Teragram Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night. The benefit show for L.A. Kitchen also features music by supporting acts Wand and Shannon Lay. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages.

Cinefamily presents a complete retrospective of Pedro Almodóvar films beginning on Friday night. From Cinefamily: “Few directors have explored the absurd extremes of love, lust, and passion with as much ferocity, and no one with as much emphasis on the female experience, the circumstances that challenge women's strength, and the ways they persevere in light of life's insanities.” The series begins with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on Friday at 7:30 pm.


STEVE TURNER (Art Openings)
On Saturday from 6-8 pm, Steve Turner gallery presents an opening reception for CMYK, a three-person art show with color-based abstract paintings by Adam Henry, G.T. Pellizzi and Joshua Saunders. Also opening at the gallery is Ladies and Gentlemen, a solo exhibition by L.A.-based Phil Wagner that features paintings of numbers and dotted lines.

The Golden Globe Foreign-Language nominated films and filmmakers—Toni Erdmann (Germany); Neruda (Chile); Elle (France); The Salesman (Forushande) (Iran/ France); Divines (France)—are the focus of a Golden Globes panel discussion at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood at 1 pm. The Saturday symposium is free. RSVP for priority admission.

CAN I KICK IT? (Comedy + Hip Hop)
Can I Kick It? A Comedic Revue of Old School Hip Hop takes place at the NerdMelt Showroom on Saturday at 9 pm. Hosted by comedian Al Jackson, he’s joined by Joe DeRosa and Tone Bell for a show billed as “Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie.” The panel comments on choice videos from from the ‘70s to ‘90s. DJ Josh Spoon spins before the show. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The Smell is celebrating its 19th anniversary this weekend, with special shows from Friday through Sunday. But its home on Main Street is being demolished, and on Saturday of its anniversary weekend (offsite at the Belasco Theater), there’s a benefit show for The Smell’s relocation fund. The lineup is awesome: Best Coast, No Age, Bleached, Vice Cooler, Ty Segall and HEALTH. Tickets: $35. Doors at the Belasco are at 5 pm.

There are several art openings taking place on Saturday night in Chinatown from 7-10 pm: Gregorio Escalante Gallery presents Original Myth, a solo exhibition by Robert Xavier Burden; Coagula Curatorial presents White Whale with works by Leslie Lanxinger; Yes, Please & Thank You presents New Works by Orkideh Torabi; and Good Luck Gallery presents Sylvia Fragoso. KP Projects holds a closing reception for All That Glitters: Holiday Group Show & Pop Up Gift Shop.

FREAK SHOW (Variety)
Freak Show is a dark comedy variety show that incorporates performance art, sideshow acts, musical comedy, stand up and a band. Hosted by founder Tuesday Thomas, there are two shows scheduled at the CIA in North Hollywood for Saturday night (both of which will be filmed). There’s a different lineup for each show. Early show doors at 7pm, show at 8 pm. Late show doors at 11 pm, show at 11:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

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Brainworks Gallery, a new artist-run storefront exhibition space on Pico Boulevard in Mid City, presents its inaugural exhibition, The Southern California Suburb Project, Today by Thomas Adams. The exhibition opens Saturday with a reception from 5-9 pm, and the works will remain on view through Jan. 28.TAG GALLERY (Art Openings)
TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica holds the opening reception on Saturday from 5-8 pm for a new exhibition featuring the works of artists Tom Wheeler and Karen Woodward Sarrow. Opening concurrently is a new artist showcase. The works will remain on view through Jan. 21.

RESOLUTION RIDE (Biking)**The ride has been postponed to Feb. 12 because of inclement weather.
The 4th Annual Resolution Ride—produced by AIDS/LifeCycle to benefit the HIV/AIDS treatment programs of the Los Angeles LGBT Center—takes place in Griffith Park on Saturday from 7:30 am to 3 pm. There are two fully supported bike rides (15-mile or 35-mile) for riders of all skill and fitness levels. The day includes a fitness festival, a bike skills and safety clinic for new riders, food and music. Registration: $30 until Jan. 6, when it increases to $35. The price includes lunch. Each rider needs to bring a bike, ID and a Consumer Product Safety Commission-approved helmet. A limited number of loaner bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis thanks to Just Ride LA. To reserve a bike, email


Dance Dance Party Party (DDPP) is an “all-lady dance party workout” that takes place on Sunday from 3:45-5 pm at The Sweat Spot in Silver Lake. The mantra is “No Boys, No Lights, No Judgement.” Dance in a dark studio with no instructors and a great playlist set up by DJ. Admission: $5.

If you’ve already given up on the New Year’s Resolutions, then might as well indulge on Sunday from 3-6 pm at the LA Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show 2017. The all-ages event features chocolate and pastry chefs preparing their tasty treats, accompanied by wines, champagnes, foods and spirits. Tickets: $100 (4 pm entry), $150 for 3 pm entry. Student tickets: $49.50.

Did your invite to the Golden Globes get lost in the mail? Want to watch in a social setting? Tuck Room Tavern is holding a big Golden Globes Viewing Party on Sunday, from the red carpet arrivals at 5 pm to the ceremony’s end. The restaurant offers a specialty pre-fixe dinner menu by Chef Sherry Yard (inspired by nominees such as “La La Lamb” and “Meuniere by the Sea”). Tickets: $50 and reservations are required.

On Sunday at 3 pm, The Hammer Museum’s Bureau of Feminism initiative and In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance present artist Simone Leigh and professor Rizvana Bradley for an improvisatory lecture about black radical political, literary and artistic traditions. The event is free.

STORYTIME (Storytelling)
The Group Rep presents the story salon, StoryTime, featuring live personal stories of “triumph, tragedy, and crazy stuff,” written and performed by 11 storytellers on Sunday at 7 pm at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in NoHo. Storytellers include: Ethel Bluefield, Bill Brochtrup, Steve Brunner, Colin Cox, Saba Moor-Doucette, Scott Edwards, Doug Haverty, Veronica Huston, Edgar Mastin, Vicki Juditz and Ellen Switkes. Tickets $12.

Cinefamily presents Doug Benson watches the Golden Globes on Sunday afternoon. The doors open for a potluck at 4 pm, and the show begins at 5 pm. The show is free, but to track attendance, pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Get there early, though, because registration does not guarantee a seat.

Pasadena restaurants will honor Lionel Sternberger’s invention of the cheeseburger—created by accident at The Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924—with the sixth annual Cheeseburger Week from Sunday to Jan. 13. Nearly 40 local eateries are offering specials, signature cheeseburgers and special events. Participating restaurants include: Green Street Restaurant, El Portal, El Cholo, Pitfire Pizza, Lucky Baldwin’s, Cameron’s Seafood, a/k/a Bistro, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

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