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Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend. FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Friday Night Frights presents screenings of They Live this weekend at Cinefamily. John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi/satire/thriller still resonates, moving beyond its status of cult classic: In the film, a drifter discovers that aliens have infiltrated American society in the guise of wealthy yuppies. It’s a morality play on unrestrained capitalism, explained by Carpenter himself on Twitter this week. Friday night is sold out, but there are encores on Saturday at 9 pm and Sunday at 8 pm.

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Sabina Sciubba, singer, composer and actress (Baskets) performs at Largo on Friday night at 8:30 pm. The lead singer of Brazilian Girls presents a new project with special guest Zach Galifianakis. Tickets: $30. Doors at 7 pm.

WE THE WOMEN (Theater + fundraiser)
We the Women, a Women’s Art Collective, celebrates Planned Parenthood with the debut production of Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley at the Palace Theatre on Friday and Saturday only. The female-centric production supports Planned Parenthood by providing 100% of reception proceeds to the organization. The evening also features an art exhibit curated by Laura Watters, a film screening, music by DJ Allie Teilz and dancing. Valet available and cocktail attire is strongly suggested. The party runs 7-midnight with the performance at 8 pm. Tickets: $35-$85.

ArtNight Pasadena, a free night of art and music, takes place on Friday from 6-10 pm at 18 cultural institutions throughout the city. Enjoy venues like the Armory Center, Art Center, Jackie Robinson Community Center, MUSE/IQUE, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art and many others. Free shuttles and food trucks throughout the night, too.

The Shins play the El Rey on Friday night in support of the band’s latest album Heartworms. Access to ticket sales were done via lottery, so you may have to try and find tickets through alternative means. Kid Wave opens. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm.


Top bakers/pastry chefs in L.A. team up for bake sales for good causes inBake & Gather. On Saturday from 1-3 pm, Bake & Gather sets up shop at Silver Lake Reservoir’s Meadow (1850 W. Silverlake Drive) with Roxana Jullapat (from the forthcoming Friends & Family), Proof Bakery’s Na Young Ma and Alimento’s Harriet Ha. Proceeds from the sale of goods will benefit the ACLU and Pro Publica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom. Kids are welcome to participate in a Fun Run around the meadow starting at 1:30 pm.

NOWRUZ FESTIVAL (Iranian New Year)
This year, the 9th annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Festival moves from LACMA to the UCLA campus on Saturday (from 12-8 pm) to accommodate the festival’s growing crowds and popularity. The daylong festival is free and open to the public and features musical performances, traditional Iranian dance, kids activities, puppet shows, a traditional cultural displays and a costume parade. The festival culminates with a performance by renowned international artist Mohsen Namjoo. Takes place at Royce Hall and Dickson Court.

This Saturday, Smorgasburg LA does a pop-up event on the Santa Monica Pier (behind the carousel and Rusty’s Surf Ranch) from 11 am to 5 pm. Westsiders and tourists will get a chance to experience the food extravaganza with vendors like Goa Taco, Amazebowls, Shrimp Daddy, Donut Friend, Lobsterdamus, Cheezus, Chichidango, Porchetta Republic and many others serving up food and selling their wares. Free entry. (And don’t worry DTLA, Smorgasburg happens as usual on Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm.)

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There’s a Battlestar Galactica Trilogy on Saturday night at the Egyptian Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm. The screening is being held as tribute to late actor Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo). The program kicks off with Battlestar Galactica (The Movie), followed by Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and Conquest of the Earth. All in 35mm. Tickets: $15.

BLACK LIST LIVE! (Film read)
Black List Live! presents a live read of Jen D’Angelo’s James Cameron’s Titanic—a script from the Black List online scriptwriting community—on Saturday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Guest readers for this first reading of 2017 include Judy Greer, Constance Wu, Haley Lu Richardson, Brett Dier, Anders Holm and Nolan Gould. From the Black List: “In this Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead take on TITANIC, an overprotective mother (Greer) attempts to keep her teenage daughter (Richardson), young son (Dier), and rowdy sister (Wu) together while sailing on the doomed voyage of the Titanic in 1912.” Tickets: $20-$25. 8 pm.

The Fifth Annual Grand Park Downtown Bookfest returns on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. The Bookfest brings together local authors, publishers, booksellers, and makers and creators for a family-friendly event. Enjoy poetry, beats, music and more. Free.

VIVA LA MUXER (Art + fundraiser)
Las Fotos Project holds its third annual Viva La Muxer art and music festival on Saturday from 5 to 11 pm at Plaza de La Raza in DTLA. The event benefits the nonprofit Las Fotos Project, which provides teenage girls with photography mentoring programs “designed to build their self-confidence, connect them with their community and teach them the importance of advocating for social change.” The event is being held in honor of Women’s History Month and features visual artists, spoken word, screenings, music, dance, food court, a marketplace and more. Tickets: $10-$25.

Roberts & Tilton presents Microcosm, a group show that features works by George Carr, Sam Davis, Kyle Goldbach, Maia Ruth Lee, Kate Stewart and Cameron Welch. The shows opens with a reception on Saturday from 6-8 pm. The exhibition remains on view through April 15.SUNDAY, MARCH 12

On Sunday at 2 pm, the American Cinematheque teams up with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles to present anillustrated lecture based on the book, L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants: Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played. Written by chef George Geary, the book examines some of L.A.’s classic culinary landmarks. The lecture is followed by the 80th anniversary of A Star is Born.

POETRY BROTHEL (Interactive poetry + burlesque)
The Poetry Society of New York brings its event series The Poetry Brothelto L.A. on Sunday from 8 pm-12 am at The Next Door Lounge. The cabaret show (music, burlesque, vaudeville, fortune tellers, et al) begins promptly at 8 pm. The interactive poetry experience is set in a brothel so wandering poets offer private readings in candlelit back rooms...for money. Tickets: $30 or VIP for $75 and includes priority seating, two free private readings and a VIP gift bag.

BREAK IT / MAKE IT (Workshop)
The Museum of Broken Relationships presents a Break It / Make It Workshop on Sunday from 4:30-6:30 pm. It’s a workshop that will help you overcome emotions, anger, resentment, hurt, sadness, grief that you want to exorcise. Whether it’s mourning over lost love, friendship or lack thereof, the workshop has participants smashing, slamming, breaking (glass, ceramics . . . really anything breakable) for release. After the breaking, there’s an art workshop to build something new from the shards. Tickets: $50.

The TCL Chinese Theatre celebrates its 90th birthday on May 18, and to commemorate the anniversary, they’re screening films that have featured the theater over the years. On Sunday at 9 am, there’s a screening of The Majestic that stars Jim Carrey, Martin Landau and Hal Holbrook. Tickets are $5 and a Q&A follows with writer Michael Sloane and Production Designer Greg Melton.

PUSSY RIOT THEATRE (Music + performance)
Pussy Riot debuts a special theatre performance on Sunday at the Fonda before it heads to SXSW. Pussy Riot Theatre’s Revolution is based on the Maria Alyokhin’s book about her punk protest actions that eventually landed her and others in jail. Performers include Alyokhina herself, Kiryl Kanstantsinau, AWOTT (Asian Women On The Telephone) and VJ Vasily Bogatov. The socio-political work runs about an hour and will be followed by a conversation with members of the creative team. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $45.

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takeiis a new exhibition that opens at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday. The exhibition focuses on the life and career of actor, activist and social media icon George Takei. New Frontiers features personal items through which visitors will learn Takei (his family was interned in an Arkansas camp in WWII) but also about the “constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores and media landscape.” The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 20.

Doyenne: Female Force in Food, is a visual exhibit/special event that pays tribute to women in the culinary world. It takes place on Sunday from 6-9 pm at Segovia Hall at the Ace Hotel in DTLA. The exhibition will feature portrait work from photographer Deepi Ahluwalia who captured images of female leaders of L.A.’s culinary world, including Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, A.O.C., The Larder Baking Company), Susan Feniger (Border Grill), Genevieve Gergis (Bestia) and many others. Tickets: $95. All proceeds from admission will be donated to support Planned Parenthood's Los Angeles chapter. Attendees will be treated to cocktails and food curated by participating chefs and Ace Hotel. Ages: 21+.

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