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Weekend Planner: 13 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 13 events happening this weekend. And don’t forget to check out our newly posted October Guide to plan the rest of the month.


AHS ART: To celebrate the release of American Horror Story: Freak Show on Blu-Ray and DVD on Oct. 6, there’s an AHS-inspired fan art show on Friday at Hero Complex Gallery. The gallery will feature more than 100 pieces of fan pop art, which will be on view through Oct. 18. The pieces are available for purchase. The public reception runs 7-10 pm on Friday.

FILM: The Side Project’s screening series is an evening of film, music and sound at Therapy Studios. Things kick off at 7 pm with food and libations, followed by a screening of shorts at 8 pm and a live performance by Ora at 9:30 pm. Free with RSVP.

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ICE CREAM: Salt & Straw, the Portland-based, family-run artisanal ice cream purveyor (with an outpost on Larchmont), launches its “Spooktacular” Halloween Series on Friday. The five new flavors include Creepy Crawly Critters, a “light and fresh green-grass ice cream that hides swarms of real grasshoppers, ants and other insects, trapped in fragments of hard candy amber.” Or Essence of Ghost: “A thrillingly light and chillingly cold flavor that will make you think you’ve just tasted an apparition. Frigid sherbet quickly gives way to lingering smokiness, while notes of bitterness keep your taste buds guessing as to what they just experienced.” The flavors will be available through the end of the month.

FILM FEST: The 15th annual Shriekfest Film Festival is a horror and sci-fi film festival and screenplay competition that runs Friday through Sunday at at Raleigh Studios. Up-and-coming screenwriters and filmmakers get a chance to screen/show their short films and features and possibly win prizes. Passes for the festival: $40-$140. The opening night party is Thursday, Oct. 1 at Boardners from 8 pm to midnight. Party entry: $10 and includes a screening.


ART SHOW: On Saturday from 8-11 pm, The Last Bookstore holds The Last Spookstore: Horror Story Art Show opening party. For the show, 31 artists have created 31 new artworks based on classic horror novels. Local bands Tülips, Bloody Death Skull and The Manx perform through the night and there’s a donation bar at the store, courtesy of Highland Park Brewery and Field Recordings Wine. Art commissions and bar donations will go to 826LA. This opening night event is FREE with RSVP.

ART: The fifth and final edition of Beyond Eden opens on Saturday at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park with a reception from 6-11 pm. The multigallery event, coordinated by Andrew Hosner (co-owner / curator at Thinkspace), showcases the works of five of California's finest New Contemporary art galleries C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA), Hashimoto Contempoary (San Francisco, CA) and Thinkspace (Culver City, CA). The show is open to the public on Sunday, too. Admission: $5.

FILM WORKSHOPS: cARTel’s No Budget Film Festival doesn’t begin in earnest until later this month, but in the meantime, they’re hosting several free pop-up events, starting this weekend. On Saturday at 1 pm in Griffith Park, there’s a VERSUS: Action Star Capture the Flag workshop that teaches on-camera combat skills to prep for an epic game of capture the flag (against some guests from Dude Bro Party Massacre III. Or watch the Design on a Dime: The Art | Film Challenge on Sunday at Modern Vintage Today on Sunday from 1-3 pm. Costume designers and makeup artists will be challenged to create a character look on the spot. The teams then discuss their process of making beautiful things with little time and resources. Participants include costume designers Leslie Schilling ("Children's Hospital", "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp") Layne McGovern ("Video Game High School") and SFX makeup artist Bianca Appice (ENDER'S GAME, "True Blood"). Both workshops are free with registration.

PRINTERS FAIR: The 7th Annual Los Angeles Printers Fair takes place on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm at the International Printing Museum (it’s in Carson). The day is a celebration of letterpress printing, book arts and paper. The museum is holding demonstrations (including a 3D printer), exhibitors, hands-on souvenir making and a large swap meet. The DEPTH 3D Printing will be 3D printing miniature models of the Gutenberg printing press, a statue of Gutenberg and moveable type pieces. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students & seniors and $5 for kids 12 and younger.

MUSIC: Supersonico—a musical and cultural happening—happens at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, featuring performances by Kinky, Aterciopelados, Nortec Collective, Mexican Institute of Sound, Chicano Batman, La Mala Rodriguez, Prayers, El Mato a un Policia Motorizado and more. The event’s being held indoors and out. There will be arts, vinyl, food trucks and more. The party starts at 2 pm. Tickets: $49.

BEYOND FEST: Beyond Fest, popular genre film returns to the Egyptian Theatre with a slate that features 25 events of “mind-bending, movie madness.” The festival, which runs Oct. 1-12, serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit American Cinematheque. During the fest, they’re screening classics like The Evil Dead, new films like Legend and films like In Search of the Ultra-Sex, which screens for free on Sunday at 9:30 pm. It’s the west coast premiere of a sci-fi sex comedy assembled from more than 2,500 X-Rated films from 1974 to 1995 and reconstructed to fit the filmmakers’ zany plot.

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MUSIC FEST: The LA Bluegrass Situation is at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, bringing the best Americana/folk/roots music lineup. Things kick off at 2 pm with music by Sam Outlaw, Spirit Family Reunion, Jonny Fritz, The Dustbowl Revival and The Wild Reeds on the Greek’s plaza. Food offerings include Cassell’s (pig roast), Status Kuo, Malo Malo S’mores, Oyster Club LA and The Lobos Truck. Lagunitas Brewery Company will be pouring craft beers (and craft cocktails and wines will be served, too). Playing the main stage beginning at 5 pm are Dawes, Punch Brothers, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Lone Bellow and Della Mae. Tickets: $35-$60+ fees.


SALON: On Sunday afternoon, the A+D Museum and the Los Angeles Public Library team up for a salon that examines the intersection of food and architecture. Kulapat Yantrasast of Why Architecture and Josh Kun, curator of To Live and Dine in L.A. exhibtion at the Library, team up for an afternoon that begins with a tour of the exhibit at 4 pm. It’s followed by 5:30 meetup at A+D's Museum's latest exhibit, Shelter, to discuss food, architecture, housing and transportation in the Los Angeles of the future. Bring your favorite local foods to share for an LA Potluck. RSVP needed.

SALE: The Echo Park Film Center holds a Giant Rummage Sale on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The annual sale offers great deals on all kinds of analog and digital cinematic equipment and film goodies. Doors at 11 am and no earlybirds (that’s cheating!). All proceeds go to support EPFC free filmmaking programs for local youth.

Related: LAist’s September Guide

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