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Weekend Planner: 20 Awesome Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend...


German Currents is a film festival of new works from Germany, Austria and Switzerland that runs at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood from Friday to Monday. The fest opens with Tiger Girl by Jakob Lass, and wraps with a free children’s matinee screening for LA schools of The Peppercorns & The Curse of the Black King. German Currents also features conversations with prolific German directors, composers and actors as well as other special events. Screening tickets: $9-$12.

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ArtNight Pasadena takes place on Friday from 6-10 pm at 18 cultural institutions throughout the city. Enjoy free art, music and entertainment at places like ArtCenter, Armory Center, City Hall, Parson’s Nose Theater, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and many others. Free shuttles and food trucks throughout the night, too.

On Friday at 10 p.m., there’s a Dynasty Themed “Dining with The Divas” Show at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. The dinner’s being thrown to celebrate the release of the entire OG series Dynasty (not the reboot), which will finally be available on DVD for the first time. Guests are invited and encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the hit soap opera for an evening of food and cocktails. The event also features Hamburger Mary's drag queen performers, who will also be dressed as iconic show characters. Reservations are recommended. Free (but not the food).

TRANSNATION FESTIVAL (Film + community fest)
The Second Annual TransNation Film Festival is presented by St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, which serves one of the largest populations of transgender patients in the country. The film festival, hosted and curated by filmmaker Zackary Drucker, runs Oct. 13-21 at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. Other TransNation events includes the first Eleganza gala to close out the festival, and a number of community events at the St. John’s clinics in Los Angeles, including a name and gender marker change clinic. General admission screening tickets: $12, but prices vary for VIP and other special events.

The New Orleans-based Mutemath brings their rock to headline The Wiltern on Friday in support of the band’s fifth studio album Play Dead. ROMES and Colony House open the night. Tickets: $20-$98. 7 p.m.

On Friday from 6-10 p.m., stop by the Skirball Center for Late-Night! Música y Arte. See both Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico and Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA at night for free. Stick around after art viewing for live music by Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club, food trucks, a cash bar and more activities.


DIM MAK: AFLOAT (Party boat)
This Saturday Dim Mak teams with Wicked Paradise to take to the seas—with Afloat. The new boat party series launches with a secret lineup but it mixes genres from disco, old school hip hop, etc. Board the boat at 3 p.m. in Long Beach and the boat sails from 4-8 p.m. for dancing with 400 of your close personals. The launch point is Catalina Classic Cruises in LBC by the Queen Mary. Tickets: $25-$35. Ages 21+.

DAVID LYNCH'S FESTIVAL OF DISRUPTION (Film + music + fundraiser)
David Lynch’s second Festival of Disruption is a music, art, film and creativity festival curated by Lynch that takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Proceeds from the festival raise funds and awareness for The David Lynch Foundation, which focuses on eliminating post-traumatic stress through Transcendental Meditation. Performances by Bon Iver, The Kills, TV On The Radio, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling, Reggie Watts, Moby DJ set and Shepard Fairey DJ Set. Conversations with Ed Ruscha, Bill Pullman, Sheryl Lee, Pete Holmes and Twin Peaks collaborators as well as screenings, meditation and exhibits by William Eggleston and David Lynch and others. Tickets: $249-$999.

HERO: SHADOWS OF HOPE (Art exhibition)
Hero brings his street art style to Gabba Gallery for the exhibition Shadows of Hope. The new exhibition of stenciled paintings opens with a reception on Saturday from 7-11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Also opening at Gabba Gallery that night are shows by Lucas Raynaud, Collin Salazar and Dcypher. Toshee spins tunes throughout the night. The shows were curated by Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson and all works will be on view through Nov. 2.

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The third annualDTLA Oyster Festival happens Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days near The Oyster Gourmet bar in Grand Central Market. Visitors can buy oysters directly from six farmers from across North America, including Chelsea Farm in Washington, Glacial Point Oysters from Alaska, Hama Hama from Washington State, Hollie Wood Oysters from Canada, Rock Harbor Oyster in Massachusetts and Sol Azul Seafarms in Baja California. Other restaurants/vendors across the market will also be offering oysters or oyster-themed dishes.

The Almost 30 Podcast: Health/Wellness podcast hosted by Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik present the women’s workshop/discussion Sex, Love and Other Things // An intimate afternoon of conversations about sex, love and everything in between. The event takes place at Saje Wellness in Venice on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. with speakers Polly Rodriguez - CEO & Co-Founder of Unbound Box; Lauren Schulte, CEO & Founder of The Flex Company; Alexandra Roxo - LA’s Top Energy/Transformational Worker & Co-Founder of Moon Club; Sophie Jaffe - Founder of Philosophie & Yoga Rockstar. Tickets: $30.

Taste of Italy 2017, the annual event held to support the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, takes place on Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Diners can sample foods from 40+ of the region's best Italian Restaurants, 100+ wines and a beer garden from Birra Moretti, live entertainment, chef demos, bocce and more. The event takes place in the plaza outside of Pico House in DTLA and participating restaurants include Valentino, Drago Centro, Il Fornaio, Prova Pizzeria, Locanda del Lago, Angelini Osteria, La Bruschetta and Celestino Ristorante & Bar. General admission tickets start at $60.

The Santa Fe Art Colony holds its 28th annual Open Studio event on Saturday and Sunday. There are 57 live/work spaces at SFAC and once a year many of the artists come together to open their studios and their work to the public at large. The Open Studios run 12-6 p.m. on both days. Free.

OFF THE HOOK (Seafood Fest)
Off the Hook is Santa Monica's seafood festival that takes place on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 4-7 p.m. The seafood tasting event showcases the talents of chefs, restaurants and their favorite seafood dishes while raising money to keep the oceans and beaches clean through a partnership with the Surfrider Los Angeles Chapter. Participating restaurants/chefs include Andrew Kirschner of Tar & Roses, Yousef Ghalaini from FIG, The Lobster, BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Spinfish Poke and Red O. Attendees will receive seafood tastings, beer, wine, live music, games and more. The VIP hour begins at 3 p.m. Tickets: $65-$90.

San Antonio Winery celebrates 100 years of making wine with a big birthday party on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m, at its historic location in Lincoln Heights. Attendees get two meals to choose from such trucks as The Grilled Cheese Truck, Trejo’s Tacos, Vaka Burger, The Chairman, Coolhaus, Gelatria ULI, Don Francisco’s Coffee and others, as well as four drink options, such as wines of the Riboli Family or selected Italian beer. Live music and entertainment runs throughout the afternoon. Tickets: $55-$65.

The music database Discogs presents its Crate Diggers event in L.A. on Saturday at Lot 613 in DTLA. The event spreads the love of vinyl records with a Record Fair and After Party. Multiple record vendors will be selling new and rare titles from noon to 6 p.m.. The After Party from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. features DJs Danny Krivit, Ron Trent and Zernell. Free entry.

The J. Paul Getty Museum presents an extended version of Off the 405 x Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA event on Saturday from 1-9 p.m., with a concert from Helado Negro beginning at 7:30 p.m. The afternoon begins with an “artist intervention” by LA-based artist Krysten Cunningham, curator-led tours and a DJ and performance by Maria Chavez. Stick around for tunes from Helado Negro, the electronic music project of Roberto Carolos Lange. Admission is free.

The exhibition Cartoon Network: 25 Years of Drawing on Creativity opens to the public on Saturday at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The exhibition features screenings, immersive activities for kids and adults, original sketches, sculptures from The Powerpuff Girls, stop-motion sets from Adventure Time and an augmented reality system that lets guests morph into one of four creatures from The Ben 10 Experience. The exhibit is free for visitors and will be open through Sunday, Nov. 19. Catered refreshments will be served to celebrate the opening of this new exhibit on Saturday.


Hollywood’s top bars are presenting The Hollywood Crawl of Fame, a two-legged, nine-bar crawl on Sunday, starting at 2 pm. Two different groups will travel to four different bars each and then meet up at the fifth and final bar for a big party. The $50 ticket includes a surprise, signature drink at each of the five stops. Select between these two routes: MiniBar Hollywood, Ever Bar, Lost Property, Black Rabbit Rose and Lono (led by Jeremy Allen of MiniBar Hollywood & Rebecca Votel of Copper & Kings American Brandy) or The Three Clubs, Sassafras, The Hungry Cat, Mama Shelter and Lono (led by BC Hoffman of Sassafras/ The Edison & Zach Patterson of Lono/ Melrose Umbrella Co.).

RYOJI IKEDA'S ‘A [FOR 100 CARS]’ (Music)
100 cars will play a symphony by Ryoji Ikedain Downtown LA for free on Sunday as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles. The piece, A [for 100 cars] will “continue Ikeda’s long-running series investigating the frequencies of note A.” The work is performed by emitting sine waves to create an immersive soundscape. The event takes place at 131 S. Olive St. Doors open at 3 p.m. and guests are welcome to check out the installation of cars. The performance begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. with a final seating at 6:15 p.m. Entry will be granted based on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP does not guarantee entry. Free.

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