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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening right here in L.A. this weekend. Think we missed something or you want other options? Check out the August Guide, too.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

COOK, COLLABORATE AND LISTEN (Music + Food + Beer)
Blue Moon Brewing Company teams up with Family of the Year and Chef Roy Choi to host Cook, Collaborate and Listen at The Container Yard in LA’s Arts District on Friday night. The event brings beer, food, music and art together—for free from 6-10 pm. Sample beer, food from Kogi BBQ and The Grilled Cheese Truck and a chance to meet Choi, Family of the Year and Blue Moon Founder and Head Brewmaster Keith Villa, among other creators. Ages 21+. Free with RSVP.

ECHO PARK RISING (Music)
Echo Park Rising—the free, all ages festival—continues all throughout the weekend at various venues throughout Echo Park. The 2016 lineup includes: Chicano Batman, Egyptian Lover and the Weirdos as well as a focus on women-fronted bands like, La Luz, Dorothy, Feels, Sex Stains, Shannon Lay and Jaime Wyatt. The outdoor main stage at the intersection of Liberty and Reservoir will turn into a street fest with viewing areas, craft beer gardens, vendors and food trucks. VIP tickets ($21-$30) include VIP viewing areas, line-hopping, easy bar access and a goodie bag (while supplies last).

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THE WOMEN WHO SCORE: SOUNDTRACKS LIVE IN CONCERT (Film + music)
Grand Performances and The Alliance for Women Film Composers present this awesome concert for free on Friday night at 8 pm: The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live in Concert. The event showcases 20 women film composers and their works for film, TV, games and multimedia as played by a 50-piece orchestra, 30-voice choir and special guest performances from Diane Warren, Raphael Saadiq, Butterscotch, Lili Haydn and others. On the program are compositions “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” by Shirley Walker, Rachel Portman’s “The Cider House Rules” and so much more.

VAUD & THE VILLAINS (Music)
Vaud & the Villains, a 19-piece New Orleans orchestra and cabaret, play the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday night at 8 pm. Listen to vintage jazz, R&B and gospel under the stars. Tickets: $25-$35.

BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS + CITY AND COLOUR (Music)
On Friday night, right across the 101 from the Ford, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals reunite at the Hollywood Bowl for their first-ever performance with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. They’ll perform new arrangements of older songs as well as new songs from Harper’s latest release Call It What It Is. Bonus: City and Colour (Dallas Green) opens the night with a solo set. Tickets: $14-$182.

FRIDAY THE 13TH / SUMMER CAMP NIGHTMARE / SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS (Triple feature film)
The Camp Void film series ends at the Aero Theatre with a bang this weekend. Beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday night, there a triple feature of horror films: Friday the 13th, Summer Camp Nightmare and Sleepaway Camp II all screened in 35mm. Tickets: $11.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

EAGLE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL (Music)
The 17th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival takes place on Saturday from 4-10 pm, spotlighting talent from NELA. Taking over six blocks of Colorado Boulevard, the day features performances by Orgone, Dengue Fever, Jungle Fire, Tutu Sweeney and the Brothers Band, La Chamba, Low Leaf and the Ascension Crew, Boogaloo Assassins, Sin Color and a Locals Only stage for bands/artists making their debut. Free, but VIP $10-$20.

MUSE ‘TIL MIDNIGHT (Museum party)
LACMA’s annual Muse 'til Midnight party is this Saturday from 8 pm to midnight. This year the museum partners with party experts Rhonda INTL for a night of music, fashion, dance and art. Get late night access to the museum and a final chance to view the exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015. Performances by: WILDCHILD WORLD, Love Bailey, Ryan Page & The Savage Family (with music by Edward Vigiletti), Maurice Harris & The Black Intentions and Bebe Huxley; DJ sets by Kindness, J.Rocc, and GOODDOLLARS & Paradise. Tickets: $35 for LACMA members, $45 for the general public. Muse ‘til Midnight is 18+.

LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE BOOK FAIR (Festival)
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw hosts the Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm for a day of special exhibitions, panels, book readings and signings. The fair honors African American literary talents, with more than 200 authors expected to attend. The festival is headlined by New York Times best-selling author and publisher Zane. The fair is being held on the outdoor promenade and inside on the Macy’s Bridge of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. Free admission.

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LOS ANGELES CRAFT & ARTS FAIR 2016 (Print fest)
The Los Angeles Craft & Arts Fair 2016 (for books, prints and zines) takes place on Saturday from 1-7 pm in Silver Lake (3339 W. Temple). There will be 10+ artists/collectives/galleries presenting their works with Swarvy and Sisa Limpson DJing throughout the day. Free admission.

(NON)OBJECTIVE SUMMER HAPPENINGS (Music + art)
The Broad Museum continues off its monthly, late-night Summer Happenings Series on Saturday night at 8:30 pm with the theme of “;Bling Bling, Pop Sensibilities.” The event draws a connection between the pop art on view and contemporary pop music and features performances by Rostam (of Vampire Weekend, making his West Coast performance debut), William Basinski’s new project Sparkle Division, Jlin, Macy Rodman while new media artist Tabita Rezaire leads an African yoga session with an artistic twist. The museum, including Cindy Sherman exhibit, is open during the event. Tickets: $35.

BBQ BLOWOUT (Food + Music)
Finger on the Pulse holds its first BBQ Blowout in Los Angeles on Saturday from 3-6 pm at Tenants of the Trees. Chef Kris Morningstar of Terrine is at the grill, whipping up a Texas beef brisket with chimichurri and sides that include smoky marinated mushrooms with pickled shallots and charred corn and summer squash salad, cotija cheese, cilantro with lime vinaigrette. DJ sets from Them Jeans and Hit City U.S.A. Tickets: $10 in advance for a plate of food; $15 at the door. Ages 21+.

CRATEDIGGER: THE LOST ART OF ALBUM COVER ART (Art show)
Gabba Gallery presents Cratedigger: The Lost Art of Album Cover Art, a group art show curated by Jason Ostro. The exhibition features the work of 85 local and international artists who have imagined a cover design for a real or fictional album. Every piece in the show is 12” x 12”. There’s an opening reception on Saturday night from 7-11 pm, with DJ Jonathan Williams spinning tunes. The works will remain on view through Sept. 10. Free.

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING (Sports)
Adidas Skateboarding brings the Away Days - Team Tour to Lincoln Park’s Skatepark on Saturday afternoon at 5 pm. The event includes demos by Adidas skateboard athletes Dennis Busenitz, Silas Baxter-Neal, Daewon Song, Miles Silvas and Tyshawn Jones; skate shops participating in the “Bring Your Build” challenge that contributes a custom build—“a unique skate-able obstacle for use in the demo” that will be gifted to the community.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

THE WESTERLIES (Jazz)
The New York-based brass quartet The Westerlies headline jazz night at The Bootleg Theater on Sunday night. They’re currently touring ahead of their self-titled sophomore album, due out Oct. 7. Also on the bill: Chris Speed Trio and The Alexander Noice Sextet. Tickets: $7-$10. Ages 21+.

SMORGASBURG: BBQ DAY (Food)
On Sunday, Smorgasburg LA holds a BBQ Day from 10 am to 5 pm. The weekly food fair spotlights the best BBQ around town: Smorgasburg LA’s weekly smoked meat vendors Ugly Drum and Black Sugar Rib Co are joined by Bludso's Bar & Que, Barrel and Ashes, Ol' Skool BBQ and Stoked California BBQ (a new Santa Maria style bbq company). Check out the other BBQ specials around the lot, from BBQ'd oysters at The Jolly Oyster, BBQ pizza from Pizzanista!, Argentine ribs from Elvio's Chimichurri and a Cheezus sandwich made with brisket from Horse Thief BBQ. Free admission. Two hours of free parking. All you have to pay for is what you eat and drink.

CEVICHE PROJECT AT JAR (Food)
Ceviche Project brings its pop-up restaurant concept to Chef Suzanne Tracht’s Jar on Sunday at 1 pm. Enjoy a five-course seafood meal with cocktail pairings to celebrate the end of summer. You can bet there will be oysters on the half shell and uni in dishes created by Ceviche Project’s Octavio Olivas. Tickets: $100.

ALL-AMERICAN SUMMER RIB FEST (Food)
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne present their 16th annual All-American Summer Rib Fest at Lucques on Sunday from noon to 9 pm. The family-style feast includes eats like Saint Louis-Style Pork Ribs, Braised Beef Back Ribs, Spiced Lamb Spare Ribs, Too-Hot-To-Handle Chicken Wings, with sides like Long-Cooked Collard Greens, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Buttered Corn-On-The-Cob, Tomato & Watermelon Salad, and Grilled Cornbread & Wonder Bread; and Warm Peach Cobbler with Strawberries & Buttermilk Ice Cream for dessert. The bar offers a selection of cowboy cocktails, too. Tickets: $55 per person, not including drinks or tip. Call for reservations: 323.655.6277.

FOX PREVIEWS (TV screenings)
FOX partners with the Rooftop Cinema Club to present sneak previews of some of the network’s new fall shows. On Sunday, at The Montalban, they’re screening Lethal Weapon and Pitch as well as trailers for other FOX shows: The Exorcist, Son of Zorn and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8 pm. Concessions available for purchase. Free, but tickets required.

WE ARE NOT ALONE (Film)
Women of Cinefamily has a great screening series happening all throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, a lot of the screenings are sold out or close to it. The series’ closing night party at the Standard, Hollywood on Sunday from 4-9 pm is a free event on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP. There’s a screening of We Are Not Alone from Jodi Wille, director of The Source Family that provides a rare glimpse into the local UFO group, The Unarius Academy of Science, as well as art exhibition from the group; and a “Develop your Clairvoyant and Creative Potential” workshop at 4 pm, among other activities. Meet some of the group’s members at the event, and they’re bringing their space Cadillac. DJ Don Bolles (of The Germs) spins tunes before the show.

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