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Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend. If you need other suggestions, check out our October Guide, too.


ART OF TIKI SHOW (Art + book signing)
The Art of Tiki show celebrates the 21st anniversary of the 1996 group show curated by Otto von Stroheim titled, 21st Century Tiki Art. This year’s show No False Idols features more than dozens of artists and includes vintage relics from the vast collection of Jordan Reichek. There’s also a book/catalog release party for Sven Kirsten's treatise The Art of Tiki, with introductions by Shag and Otto von Stroheim. The book signing takes place from 6-8 p.m., and 8-11 p.m. for the art opening. The show closes on Oct. 29.

The Latino Vote is a comedy show on Friday at 7 p.m. at the NerdMelt Showroom. The comedy variety show poses and answers the question: "Who gets the Latino vote?" The show covers politics to pop culture and is “part stand up, late night, and quiz show. From a brown-ish point of view.” Hosted by Ernie Bustamante, guests include Jesus Trejo, Erin Darling, Marlena Rodriguez, Marcella Arguello, Danielle Perez and a Selena Live Tribute Show. Tickets are $10.

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LOS ANGELES PODCAST FESTIVAL (Podcasts + conference)
The LA Podcast Festival (LA Podfest) is a yearly celebration of podcasts, bringing pros, fans and business together. This year’s Podfest takes place Friday through Sunday at the Millennium Biltmore and features live podcast tapings, panels, workshops, parties, a DIY podcast lab and a live standup comedy show. Confirmed talent/shows include: My Favorite Murder, Doug Loves Movies, Jackie & Laurie Show, Lovett or Leave It, Dork Forest, The Dollop, Comedy Film Nerds, Bertcast, We Hate Movies, Mental Illness Happy Hour w/ Paul Gilmartin, Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, Chapo Trap House, Dumb People Town, The Todd Glass Show, Tigerbelly, The Boogie Monster, Mixed Feelings Podcast, My Brother's Sneaker, The Jimmy Dore Show, and many others to be announced. Tickets: $60-$170.

THE GREATEST (Sneaker pop-up gallery)
GOAT launches a pop-up sneaker gallery, The Greatest, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Platform in Culver City. The rotating exhibition runs through Dec. 31 to showcase the artists, shoes and boutiques that have shaped pop culture and sneakers. Saturday’s opening day features a guest DJ with the first exhibit, The Greatest: Los Angeles, paying tribute to LA’s mark on global sneaker culture. There’ll be 25 pairs of shoes born in L.A., including Air Jordan IV 'Undefeated' (only 72 released); Air Jordan 3/8 Retro Pack 'Kobe Bryant,’ (friends and family release only); Yeezy PowerPhase 'Calabasas’ and others. Admission is free.

I Didn't Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics also known as the "Dick Pic Art Show" comes to L.A.’s Think Tank Art Gallery on Friday and Saturday. Dick pics have become almost a routine part of society—but why? The traveling Dick Pic Art Show not only presents more than 100 penis pics, but it also puts together a symposium/panel discussions centered around consent in the digital age and gender inequality. In L.A. on Saturday, panelists include Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, author and pornstar Sovereign Syre and sex educator Tristan Taormino. The big penis party is on Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and features dancing, drinks, DJs, live feminist tattooing and a penis photobooth (with more than 200 dildos donated by co-sponsor Doc Johnson). The show is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with several panels in the afternoon: Harassment in the Digital Era, The​ ​Intersection​ ​of​ ​Feminism​ ​+​ ​Pornography and Intersectional​ ​Feminism​ ​101​ ​For​ ​Men. Admission: $21-$72.

DON’T TELL MY MOTHER (Storytelling)
The storytelling show Don't Tell My Mother moves to a new location, MiMoDa Studio, on Friday night at 8 p.m. for “The Coming Out” Show to benefit The Trevor Project. The night features naughty true stories that mom should never hear from Zeke Smith, Jen Kober Alexandra Billings, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Nikki Levy (Creator, DTMM!). Music by Abby and the Myth. Pre-party begins at 7 p.m. and the storytelling begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25.


CAL JAM 17 (Food + music fest)
Cal Jam 17 is at Glen Helen Regional Park on Saturday, featuring music by Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully, Circa Waves, Babes in Toyland, Adia Victoria, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Pinky Pinky, Starcrawler, White Reaper and others. Doors at 11 a.m. and the music begins at noon. There are carnival rides, a water park, attractions, a mobile recording studio and other activities, too. Optional camping (with music and entertainment, too) is also available on Friday night. Tickets: Start at $99 + fees.

SOCA (Brunch)
Chef Aaron Robins’ (Boneyard Bistro) restaurant SOCA (in Sherman Oaks) recently started a new weekend brunch, and the handcrafted dishes and homemade breads are worth the drive. Items include: a Jewish Brisket Sandwich ($20), House-Made Smoked Lox Plate ($22), Honey Greek Yogurt ($9) with house-made granola and seasonal berries; and Chocolate Babka French Toast ($14) with dulce de leche. The restaurant’s Bloody Mary game is on point, too. The brunch menu is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but protip: seating is much easier to get on Saturdays.

Depressed Cake Shop—a grassroots, worldwide collective of bakers that create gray-scaled baked goods to call attention to mental health issues—is setting up a pop-up shop at Baby Bea’s Bakeshop in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Proceeds from the day’s sale will be donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The pop-up is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or whenever the last cake is sold.

DISCO DINING CLUB (Cultural festival)
Disco Dining Club, the bi-monthly disco-themed dinner, does it in daylight this weekend, with a school daze throwback party on Saturday afternoon from 2-7 p.m. at the Mar Vista Art Department. The $80 ticket price includes a school Lunch provided by Gabriel Capelli; an open bar water fountain by resident mixologist Malina Bickford with drinks from FAIR, Peroni Beer, El Silencio Mezcal, Kin White Whiskey, Our/Vodka and Mixwell, sandbox tunes provided by Chris Bowen and DJ Kerry and more surprises.

LA's first Filipino Food Festival - EAT. PLAY. MOVE. - takes over Eagle Rock Plaza on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food vendors/trucks are participating in the festival include: Ninong's, Hopia Like It, Grill City, Johnny Pacific LA, Rice and Shine, Ensaymada Project, White Rabbit, Baon Truck and many more. The “play” segment of the festival features Filipino performers and the “move” part of the festival adds a little exercise to the day since we all know that Filipino food is calorie dense, but oh, so good.

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The Los Angeles Music Video Festival closes with a celebration and awards ceremony on Saturday night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA. In addition to honoring the winning films on Saturday, there’s a Bjork retrospective, followed by a Q&A with some of the her directors and producers. Spoken word/hip hop artist Watsky performs with a live orchestra, too. Closing night tickets are $30.

Tony’s Darts Away is hosting a Shared Plates dinner on Saturday with 100% of proceeds from the $30 ticket going directly to the nonprofit LA Kitchen. There are two limited seatings at 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a four-course vegan or non-vegan dinner plus one pour of a California craft beer.

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock in partnership with Councilmember Jose Huizar and CD14 presents the 18th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival (ERMF) on Saturday. The local community festival celebrates the talent of the musicians, artists, community members and local businesses of Northeast Los Angeles (NELA). Headliners include: Las Cafeteras, The Seshen with dozen of other performers and artists on the bill. 4 p.m. The event is free, but VIP (aka early entry/skip the line tickets): $10-$20.


UCLA’S Center for the Art of Performance presents Matt Groening and Lynda Barry in Love, Hate & Comics — The Friendship That Would Not Die on Sunday at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Groening, creator of The Simpsons, and Lynda Barry, cartoonist and author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek, met at Evergreen State College. Fast-forward 40 years, and on Sunday they’ll talk about their friendship and creativity, aided by a “homey and hilarious” slideshow of photos and comics. An audience Q&A follows. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50.

Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan (1990) screens on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Stillman earned an Oscar nomination for his debut feature, a comedy of manners and social class set in 1970s Manhattan. There’s a discussion following with director Stillman. General admission: $12.

Winner winner chicken dinner! Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, L.A.’s only and oldest French country restaurant celebrates its 90th anniversary with a 90-cent roast chicken dinner special on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Customers on a first-come, first-served basis can order the soup de jour, salad and the “Taix” Roast Chicken with au jus.

CICLAVIA (Open streets)
The 23rd CicLAvia event returns to the original Heart of L.A. route on Sunday. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., six miles of streets between Boyle Heights, Arts District, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, downtown Los Angeles and Echo Park will be closed off to car traffic. People can take to the streets via skateboards, rollerblades, wheelchairs, on foot and bikes to enjoy the car-free streets. Check out the activities and activations that will be set up along the route.

Comedian and craftsman Nick Offerman returns to the stage on Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall for a night of musings on “survival in the wild, living with enthusiasm, and most importantly, the cultivation of fulsome body hair.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $39-$60.

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Trepany House hold the Halloween edition of Puppetzilla Puppet Slam on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. The puppet slam features original works of live puppetry (for adults). Hosted by Victor Yerrid from The Jim Henson Company, the featured puppeteers include Thom Fountain, Pam Severns, Kara Morgan, Dave Goetzl with Grace Lusk, Nick Knave from San Francisco and others.

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