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Weekend Planner: 13 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Yesterday's March Guide already featured a number of great events happening this weekend. But here are 13 more happenings for this edition of the Weekend Planner.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

FIRST FRIDAYS (Science + music)
NHM’s 2017 First Fridays series continues this week. With the theme of "Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food,” the programs explore the intersection of science, culture and food. Starting at 5:30 pm, there are science talks, tours and demonstrations mixed with live music and DJs throughout the night. Friday will see a panel discussion called “Food: More Than A Four Letter Word.” The music lineup includes: Emily Wells and Japanese Breakfast. DJs: Anne Litt and DJ Masha. Tickets: $18.

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NEXT ART X MOPHONICS: ART, TECH AND MUSIC (Digital art)
On Friday, Next Art and Mophonics presents an evening of digital tech and art at Playa Studios in Culver City. The event features digital art, installations, VR demos and DJs spinning tunes throughout the night. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $15-$20. Ages 21+.

MARCH FORTH! (Spoken word)
March is Women’s History Month, and the Skirball celebrates with March Forth! A Spoken Word Celebration of Female Empowerment on Friday night at 8 pm. It’s the second annual celebration of women who keep marching despite the adversity. The program features performances from female spoken word artists and musicians, including poets Alyesha Wise, Aman Batra, Chingona Fire, Terisa Siagatonu and singer-songwriter Sariyah Idan. Tickets: $15 general; $12 for Skirball members and $8 for full-time students.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

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Artist Erika Moreira opens a show, Andando, at O Gallery on Saturday night. (Images: Courtesy of the gallery and artist)
ANDANDO (Art)
O Gallery teams up with dublab, Stones Throw Records and Naymlis for the art show Andando. View ethereal/whimsical/dark paintings by debut artist Erika Moreira. Performances at Saturday night’s opening reception (7-11 pm) from Peanut Butter Wolf, singer/violinist Sudan Archives, Frankie Reyes (aka Gifted & Blessed) and the duo The Homie.

COCOA BROWN (Comedy)
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant in Burbank features female comedian headliners Cocoa Brown (Comedy Central), Taylor Tomlinson (Laughs On Fox), Kristin Key (Last Comic Standing), Laurie Kilmartin (Conan), and Jackie Kashian (Dork Forest Podcast) on all weekends in March. This week, Brown takes to the stage for shows on Friday at 8 pm and 10 pm. Tickets: $20.

MATT POND PA (Music)
Matt Pond PA performs Saturday at the Resident DTLA to support their latest album, Winter Lives. Also performing: Annuals, Completions. Doors at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $15. Ages 21+.

MUJERES DE MAIZ 20TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE ART SHOW (Art festival)
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in DTLA hosts Mujeres de Maiz 20th Anniversary Live Art Show Festival in honor of International Women’s Day. The festival and arts happening features music, dance, spoken word and vendors, especially women and queer/trans people of color and supports the organization’s 20 years of arts and social activism. The opening reception is free to the public from 3-5 pm. From 5-9:30 pm the Live Art Show Festival Fundraiser begins. Tickets: $20-$100.

STAND UP AGAINST RAPE: A BENEFIT FOR THE COMMITTEE TO RECALL AARON PERSKY (Comedy + activism)
On Saturday night at 8 pm at El Cid, join comics Ever Mainard, Maggie Maye, Betsy Salkind. Janine Brito and Monique Madrid for the fundraiser: Stand Up Against Rape. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Committee to Recall Judge Aaron Persky, formed in response to the Brock Turner rape case at Stanford University. Money raised will allow the organization to begin collecting signatures in April 2017 to try and get Aaron Persky ON the ballot in California so he can be voted off—otherwise he runs unopposed until 2022. Tickets: $10 general admission, $20 reserved table seating.

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DON'T SIT DOWN: A PLANNED PARENTHOOD BENEFIT
(Music + activism)

Best Coast spearheads a cool event on Saturday night at the El Rey Theater: Don't Sit Down: A Benefit For Planned Parenthood. The benefit features performances by Best Coast, Grouplove, Jimmy Tamborello (DJ Set), Lili Hayes (DJ Set), Lovely Bad Things, MUNA, Nina & Louise of Veruca Salt, The Side Eyes, Wavves (DJ Set) and a special appearance by Liz Phair. Tickets: $49.50. Doors at 6:30 pm. All ages.

PIE-N-WINE PAIRING Pairing Event (Food)
The Pie Hole LA and The Blending Lab, a new Winery and Tasting Room in Beverly Grove, present a Pie-n-Wine pairing on Saturday from 2-6 pm. Tickets: $30 ($40 at the door). You’ll get three wines to go with three pies: Salted Caramel Pecan, Earl Grey Tea and Mexican Chocolate.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

Don't Wanna Fight - Helios Dance Theater (Duet) from Helios Dance Theater on Vimeo.

HELIOS DANCE THEATER: MINOR OBSESSIONS (Dance)
On Sunday, the LA-based company Helios Dance Theater presents the world premiere of Minor Obsessions at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The one night only performance includes 10 duets and an eight-piece finale that “offer a voyeuristic peephole into the complexities of modern love in a time of compromised privacy from pervasive technology. Minor Obsessions explores the tension between exposure and the urge to watch and be watched through ‘hyper romantic and fiercely physical duets.’” The evening also includes virtual reality viewing stations for next-level fun. Tickets: $30-$150.

ROAD TO CICERONE TOUR (Beer tour)
Hal Mooney, a certified Cicerone (kind of like a beer sommelier), leads a tour of three L.A. based breweries on Sunday at 1 pm. He’ll chat and geek out on brewing topics from yeast cultivation, hop varietals, food pairings and more. Enjoy a tour and then a flight of beers at each location: Verdugo West (for sensory evaluation), Eagle Rock (for production techniques) and Mumford (for food pairing featuring Baldoria). Food pairings and unlimited beer included in the ticket price. Pickup is at Union Station. Ticket: $80 (and $50 for DD).

PUPPETZILLA (Puppet show)
The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Trepany House present the Puppetzilla Puppet Slam on Sunday at the Steve Allen Theater, featuring original works of live short form puppetry and short films. The night’s hosted by comedian, writer and actor Dan Wiley and features performances by musical comedian Drennon Davis, silent comedian Ithamar Enriquez, comedian and writer Tony Sam, puppeteer Pam Severns, ventriloquist Karl Herlinger, and works by Alex Griffin, Heidi Tungseth, and Kate Katz. Short films by Walter Santucci and Leah Olbrich. Singer and comic performer Kara Morgan does an episode of her musical stop-motion webseries The Kara Morgan Show. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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