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Weekend Planner: 20 Awesome Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this weekend, and if this list isn’t enough, then check out our July Guide for even more suggestions.


CLUE (Outdoor movie)
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Out Under the Stars event presents a screening of Clue (1985) at Hollywood Forever on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The night serves as a fundraiser for the LGBT Center’s programs and services. Attendees can come early to picnic, enjoy tunes by a DJ, collect sponsor swag and more. Tickets: $25-$150 (for VIP pair package that includes parking, picnic and bubbly).

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Metro Art and KCRW team up to present Summer Nights at Union Station on Friday night (and again on Aug. 25) for dancing, games, food and music from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the station’s south patio. KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Valida spin tunes and host the night that includes Jenga, cornhole and other games, a photo booth, body painting and hula hooping. Participating food trucks include Asian fusion Pho King Awesome, vegan Plant Food for People and Free Range fried chicken. Union Station restaurants like Café Crepe and Ben & Jerry’s will be offering specials, too.

The 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia from Friday to Sunday. It’s the original and largest Asian­-themed night market in the United States, running from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 and parking is free; children 6 and under get in free. (Enter through Gate 5.) The event features more than 200 stalls of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and more.

Musician Hanni El Khatib headlines the FIGat7th Downtown Festival on Friday. The weekly August music series starts at 4 pm with happy-hour beats by NONA Entertainment in the courtyard, then a DJ takes over on the plaza stage, followed by the headliners at 8 pm. Opening for El Khatib this week is Kyle Ng of Brain Dead and the Chulita Vinyl Club.

TOTALLY 80’S MOVIE MADNESS: THE KARATE KID (Drive-in movie + music)
My Valley Pass continues its movie nights at the Lake Balboa Complex with a screening of The Karate Kid on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m., and there’s live music with Tokyo Dance Party beginning at 7:30 pm. Each movie in the series, including The Karate Kid, was selected because of its connection to the San Fernando Valley. Cosplay is encouraged. Tickets: $20 per person or a family pack of $60 for a car of 4. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth.

WP24: SUMMER SUPPER AND A SHOW (Rooftop dinner + movie)
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck continues its Summer Supper and a Show series on Friday and Saturday nights. The dinner and screening takes place on the private rooftop of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Guests get a two-course preset menu from WP24 by Wolfgang Puck and an individual concessions box filled with cinema snacks like housemade potato chips, candied Marcona almonds, crispy breadsticks with prosciutto, and caramel corn—to name a few ($85/pp for the package). Guests can also skip dinner and head for reserved seats and concessions boxes ($25/pp). This week, they’re screening Clueless on Friday and Saturday nights (6 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. screening. Reservations are required for both options by calling 213-743-8824.

Irish singer-songwriter-musician James Vincent McMorrow plays the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday night at 8 pm. He’s currently on tour in support of his latest release, True Care. Tickets: $35-$40.



Mimi Pond talks about her new graphic novel memoir on Saturday at Skylight Books. (Image: Pond self-portrait, courtesy of the artist)
Mimi Pond presents her graphic novel The Customer is Always Wrong at Skylight Books on Saturday at 5 p.m. She’ll be in conversation with artist Wayne White, discussing the fictionalized memoir. This is her second memoir; her first was Over Easy, which was released in 2014.

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If you love cats, then you need to be at Pasadena Convention Center this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) forCatCon—the con that celebrates feline pop culture. The event showcases cat-themed merchandise as well as merchandise for cats, talks, activations, and one of the country's biggest adoption lounges. Adult tickets: $30 per day, $15 for kids ages 5-12 and free of children younger than 5.

Annabelle: Creation opens this weekend, and to celebrate the film, Regal LA LIVE host an Annabelle:Creation Bee’s room in their main lobby from Friday to Sunday. In both a VR and in-person experience, guests enter a space designed to scare you—a recreation of a child’s haunted bedroom—and you are forced to play hide-and-seek with Annabelle. The room is open from 3 pm to 11 p.m.. You need to be 18+ to enter the room (and sign a waiver). Free.

BrunchCon—the convention for people who love to brunch—returns to the Magic Box at the Reef for the second year this month, this time expanding to two days on Saturday and Sunday. With more than 50 vendors to choose from, guests can sip and munch while shopping for brunch-related merchandise and other activities. This year’s BrunchCon features an open mimosa bar and an open Bloody Mary Bar. There are two sessions: 9:30 am-12 pm and 12:30-3 pm each day. VIP sessions enter a half-hour early. Tickets: $65-$90.

DANA GOULD AND BATMAN: THE MOVIE (Film + live commentary)
To celebrate the life of Adam West, Arena Cinelounge holds a special screening of West’s 1966 Batman film on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. There will be live commentary and anecdotes about West provided by Dana Gould, Tom Woodruff Jr. (Alien), Frank Dietz (Zombie Nightmare) and Vic Armstrong (The Shark). The original 1966 Batmobile will be on site for photo opportunities, too. Tickets: $25.

Manuela, the restaurant located inside Hauser + Wirth complex in L.A., presents an afternoon/evening with Mulholland Distilling at as part of its Summer Garden Series on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. Mulholland Distilling Founder Matthew Alper discusses the spirits, methods and inspiration for Mulholland. A complimentary spirit tasting will be offered, and cocktails with Mulholland will be available for purchase. Ages 21+ years only.

The Voyager Institute is a nonprofit learning organization for adults who want to learn more about the arts. Guest lecturers talk about their passions, and this week the topics are: “Being A Working Film Critic" Q&A panel w/ April Wolfe (LA Weekly), Jen Yamato (LA Times) and Amy Nicholson (MTV News); and "Robert Altman in the Late '70s" , presented by Bret Berg of Alamo Drafthouse, creator of the Institute. The lecture takes place on Saturday night at 5 pm at Resident in DTLA. Free.

For comedy fans on the Westside who don’t want to drive east: Hidden Gem Comedy is at Revive Theatre on Saturday night at 9 pm. The lineup includes headliner Dan St. Germain, Lisa Haufrect, Daryl Kamack and others. Beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets tickets purchased online come with a free drink.


The group art show, 'Cratedigger Vol. 2' opens at Gabba Gallery on Saturday night. (Image: Corban Lundborg, 'West Side of the Moon,' acrylic on panel,12x12x1.5 in)
Gabba Gallery presents Cratedigger vol 2: Album Cover Art, a group art show curated by Jason Ostro. The exhibition features the work more than 90 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 Aug. 26. Free.


Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne presents the 17th annual All-American Rib Fest at Lucques on Sunday from noon to 9 pm. Diners are welcome to a family style BBQ that includes ribs, wings, coleslaw, baked beans, long-cooked collard greens, corn-on-the-cob, tomato and watermelon salad, grilled cornbread and Wonder Bread, warm peach cobbler with strawberries & buttermilk ice cream, cowboy cocktails and honky tonk music. Price: $55 per person (not including tax, tip and drinks). Tickets need to be purchased in advance by calling 323-655-6277.

CICLAVIA (Open streets)
The next edition of CicLAvia takes place on Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm, featuring a new route: San Pedro meets Wilmington. A 7-mile stretch will be closed off to motorized traffic so people can take to the streets to bike, walk, run, skate and explore the neighborhoods from outside of their cars.

The Armory Center in Pasadena holds its annual fundraiser, the Monster Drawing Rally and sale on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features live-drawing by 100 artists in front of an audience. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy original art pieces created during the drawing rally for $75 each. Admission is $10, and food trucks, DJs and beer on on-tap all day. Proceeds benefit Armory exhibitions.

JOKERS & ACES (Comedy + magic)
Jokers & Aces returns to NerdMelt on Sunday at 7 pm, bringing comics and magicians to perform their acts on the same show. Eddie Furth and Taylor Hughes have curated a lineup that features: Quincy Jones (the comedian, not the musician), Eric Buss, Siegried Tieber, Eddie Della Siepe, Jessica Michelle Singleton and Adam Wylie. Tickets: $8, $10 at the door.

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