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17 Things To Do In L.A. This Weekend

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a carefully curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these XX events. We’ll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.FRIDAY, FEB. 26

FILM: The Nomad Solstice Collective is hosting Ritual Cycle, a pop-up show at Astroetic Studios downtown that features five, unique experimental films. Each film "explores the concept of divine identity, from the feminine to the genderqueer, through five uniquely crafted rituals." The films are present installation-style as though in a gallery, with viewing chambers for each. Their opening event takes place on Friday at 7 p.m. and features live performances, though you may also see the films on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. or on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.

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QUIET CLUBBING: Quiet Clubbing takes the speakers out of the equation, offering attendees a pair of headphones so they can dance in their own little worlds. Tonight beginning at 10 p.m., Watermans in Hermosa Beach will be hosting three difference DJs spinning top 40, retro or hip-hop and R&B. Guests can toggle among the DJs, and their headsets will light up with different colors showing what they're listening to at any given time. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.

COMEDY: Thigh Gap Comedy will present the one-year anniversary of their show Gentrification, taking place on Friday night in Highland Park. Thigh Gap Comedy was founded by a group of feminist female stand-ups and their monthly Gentrification Show features comes with "strong voices and unique perspectives from diverse backgrounds." Friday's lineup includes Maria Bambford (Arrested Development, Louie), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela,, Conan), Guy Branum (@midnight), Marcella Arguello (Last Call with Carson Daly), Jenny Yang (Key & Peele), Chris Garcia (NPR, WTF with Marc Maron), and Riley Silverman, ModCloth's first transgender model. Stick around after the comedy for a '90s dance party. The show is free; beer and wine are available with a suggested donation. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

PARTY: The Catnip Club is hosting a party at Hollywood's swanky Grandpa Johnson's on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. There will be specialty cocktails, guest DJs spinning disco and dance music, performances and a variety of feline-themed spectacles. Enter by buying a $10 membership to the Catnip Club, which will gain you access to future parties.


"OSCAR" TRIBUTE: American Cinematheque wraps up their month-long "Oscar" tribute with a screening at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre of two classics featuring characters named Oscar. In Howard Hawks' rarely-screened screwball, Twentieth Century (1934), John Barrymore plays egomaniacal Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe, who tries to win back the girl he made a star (Carole Lombard). The double-feature is capped with The Odd Couple (1968), starring Jack Lemmon (as Felix Ungar) and Walter Matthau (as Oscar Madison) in one of their most famous pairings. Both films are on 35mm, of course. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets $11.—Carman Tse

BEER: Brouwerij West in San Pedro is hosting its grand opening on Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. The brewery will be offering at least eight beers for purchase in the tap room, plus tours and live music, and you'll be able to get some grub at food trucks. The event is free and all-ages, and you can bring your pets if they're well-behaved and on a leash.

FESTIVAL: This Saturday and Sunday, head out to Riverside for the Dickens Festival, located in Historic Downtown Riverside, which celebrates the life and times of author Charles Dickens. Should you attend this weekend, you can don your best vintage garb, watch a parasol duel, check out a play about the trial of infamous alleged axe murderer Lizzie Borden, or attend a number of lectures about spirits, women's rights, London police and Victorian gardens. A full schedule of events can be found here. Prices vary based on which events you choose to attend.

POKEMON!: JapanLA Pop Culture Shop is presenting a special Pokemon Day and pop-up shop for those of you who've just gotta catch 'em all. Shop Pokemon merchandise, play trivia games, peep Pokemon-fashion and get your pic taken at the photo booth. Doors open at 6 p.m. If you miss the party, the pop-up shop will be open through March 27.

MUSIC: The Broad and REDCAT are presenting an installment of Calling Out Of Context, the Broad's experimental music series, on Saturday night. L.A.-based compares Daniel Wohl and former Battles singer Tyondai Braxton will be performing. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $20.

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COMEDY: While Hollywood prepares to laud its supposed finest on Sunday, the worst will receive their awards the night before. The 36th annual Razzies will take place at Palace Theatre in Hollywood on Oscars Eve, starting at 8 p.m. Nominees for Worst Picture include 50 Shades of Grey, Jupiter Ascending, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and Pixels. The awards show will have a musical opener, parody sketches and possible celebrity guests. Halle Berry, notably, personally accepted her Razzie for her role in Catwoman. Tickets are $14 to $38.

BOB BAKER DAY: Saturday is the 2nd annual Bob Baker Day! At the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can check out non-stop puppet shows, tours of the theatre workshop and an outdoor carnival with food, art, music, a bounce house and more. The outdoor carnival is free, but some performances are ticketed. Check out a full lineup and pricing here.

ART: Lethal Amounts will host the opening party on Saturday from 8-10 p.m. for To Me You Are A Work of Art, a collection of photos of Morrissey and The Smiths tattoos. There will some books available for purchase, and Jesse Tobias, a musician in Morrissey's band will be present. After the show, head over to Monty Bar for a dance party, no cover.

INFLATABLE 5K: If an ordinary 5K doesn't have much of a draw for you, there's the Insane Inflatable 5K in Pomona this weekend. You'll have to maneuver your way through a series of giant inflatable objects to finish this fun course. There are still a few spots left for the later morning waves or an all-access pass, which will allow you to join any wave you like. The experience will cost you $65 if you purchase now, $75 the day of, and $100 for an all-access pass.


FOOD: Tony's Darts Away in Burbank is hosting its 4th annual vegan chili cook-off on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A $10 ticket will net you samples from all five participating chefs, plus a ballot where you can cast your vote for your favorite. The contestants include Chef Roy Elam of Plant Food and Wine; Chef Michael Falso from The Springs; Plant Food for People; Chef Mollie Engelhart from Sage Organic Vegan Bistro; and Chef Rosanna Caira of The Rabbit Hole Cafe. There are no advance tickets for sale, so you'll just have to show up and buy your ticket then.

COMEDY + FOOD: Cinefamily will be hosting a potluck followed by a show on Oscars Sunday. Show up at 3 p.m. for the potluck and a live recording of 'Dining with Doug and Karen' with Doug Benson and Karen Anderson. They'll be judging your food offerings, so Cinefamily asks that you please bring a proper dish, none of this bag-of-chips malarkey. Then, you can watch the Oscars as Doug Benson live Tweets them. The show is free, but you must pre-register here. Cinefamily Black Card members get priority entry.

ZINES: From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Craft & Folk Art Museum will hold a workshop on creating your own zines. You'll learn how to properly fold and put together an 8-page zine, and you'll be able to browse the L.A. Zine Fest's traveling zine library for inspiration. There will also be a button making station. It's $10, or $5 for members and includes zine-making materials.

SALE: Dearly Departed Tours, the tour company that will show you all the grisly, macabre spots around Los Angeles, is having a sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Expect movie posters, vinyl, scary dolls, 3-D clown art, "serial killer stuff," black Christmas trees, Grim Reaper statues, games, autographs, and all sort of spooky, fun items. The proceeds will go towards putting the wrangled mess of the car Jayne Mansfield was killed in on display in Hollywood, so don't expect super cheap bargains.