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Weekend Planner: 10 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a carefully curated lists of things to do, including where to watch fireworks this weekend or what to do besides watch fireworks (e.g., LAist's July Guidehas details on the Anime Expo and the 626 Night Market). But if you still want other options, then check out 10 more cool events happening this weekend. We’ll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds an artists’ reception on Friday for four opening exhibitions: Delirium Tremens by Click Mort, Fuzzy/Furry by Edward Robin Coronel, Archetypical Memory by Christopher Bales and Leisure by Aaron Rivera. The reception is 8-11 pm on Friday, and the show runs through Aug. 2.

ART: Meltdown Comics presents the group art show In the Year 199X: A 90’s Anime Tribute Show on Friday night. Held in conjunction with the Anime Expo currently running at the Convention Center, the exhibition features more than 90 artists that celebrate their all-time favorite anime influences. The reception runs from 7-11 pm on Friday night.

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DANCE: Dance Downtown takes over the Music Center plaza on Friday night for an evening of Argentine tango. There are beginner dance lessons available, and the evening features music and an open dance floor under the stars. Bring a picnic or grab a bite on site. 7-11 pm. Free.

FILM: Cinefamily is killing it this weekend with its programming. On Friday at 7:30 pm, the Lost & Found Film Club presents the ‘70s Italian “shock-u-mentary” Jabberwalk (aka This Is America aka Crazy Ridiculous American People) Parts I & II. Cinefamily says, “gleefully transmitting the message that the most powerful nation on Earth is chock-full of dildo factories, cocaine churches, satanic black masses, fast-food shock therapy, co-ed prisons and a tidal wave of firearms — basically a barely heightened version of our true selves.” Tickets: $14/free for members.

CLASSIC FILM: The 1949 British noir film The Third Man, directed by Sir Carol Reed, and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, had its first major restoration and is being screened in 4K at the Nuart. It opens on Friday beginning at noon and has a weeklong run. Tickets: $9-$11.


POOL PARTIES: There’s aKitsuné pool party with Phases (formerly Jjamz) on Saturday at The Standard in West Hollywood. The party runs from 1-7 pm with the band up at 6 pm. Other performers include: Dutch Party (DJ set), Lonely Boy and Richoshei. RSVP required: Not to be left out, The Standard in DTLA holds a Rooftop Party on Saturday from 1-7 pm with performances by Kenny Summit, Derrick Wize, DJ Fido, Dance///Me and James Jordan. RSVP at

GARDEN PARTY: Le Jardin, the Hollywood garden hideaway, holds an outdoor Fourth of July Day Party on Saturday at beginning at 2 pm with free entry. The event is hosted by MiXmag, celebrating its one-year anniversary in L.A. DJs—Chalim, MANIK, Droog, Louie Fresco, Kate Simko, and MD—spin all afternoon. The event is 21+. Space is limited, so RSVP through the Facebook Event page.

FILM: On Saturday, Cinefamily presents the latest installment of Animation Breakdown with animation historian Jerry Beck at 11:30 am. The program includes Saturday morning cartoon classics screened in 16mm. Tickets: $10/free for members, and children under 14 get in for free. Stick around (but RSVP) for Cinefamily’s free July 4th celebration with a screening of the classic concert film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, preceded by a sneak preview of IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying. There’s a beer, BBQ and live jazz on the patio.


CLOCK ART: July 5: Christian Marclay’s The Clock returns to LACMA this weekend by popular demand. The video installation is a montage of movie scenes of clocks that are synched to real time—all 24 hours in a day. The Clock will be on view daily during museum hours beginning on Sunday (10 am to 7 pm). If you’re an insomniac and want to see the film in its entirety, it screens at LACMA on July 25. Tickets included with museum admission. ($15 adult general admission).

DEADHEADS: On Sunday, the Regent Theater presents a free screening of Fare Thee Well—a live screening of The Grateful Dead’s last show ever from Soldier Field in Chicago. Joining the last four surviving members of the Grateful Dead are Phish’s Trey Anastasio, and keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby. Doors at 4 pm, show at 5 pm. Free.

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FRENCH FILM: We told you Cinefamily was on a roll this weekend. It ends with a screening of the experimental film Duelle by Jacques Rivette. In this fantasy tale, the Goddess of the Sun battles the Goddess of the Night for a gemstone that would allow one of them to live on earth. Nurse your holiday hangover with a chill cocktail soiree at 6:30 pm on the patio and a DJ set by Decadanse Soiree. French chic outfits are highly encouraged. Tickets: $12 for nonmembers.

Related: LAist’s July Guide

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