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Weekend Planner: 14 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 curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 14 events. Don’t forget to check the April Guide, as it has other options, too. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


ART: La Luz de Jesus opens two shows with a reception from 8-11 pm on Friday night: Scott Hove’s Pussy Jihad and Dr. Paul Koudounaris’ Memento Mori. Hove’s show explores the loaded meaning of the p-word, pointing out “the ultimately, cowardly ethos behind the religious, fundamentalist position-using Pussy as an explosive weapon. Those who destroy lives, culture, and nature behind the moral facade of religion are pussies. This unforgiving and sad morality must be destroyed via Pussy Jihad.” Koudounaris’s photographs capture the otherworldliness of funerary culture and artwork created with human bones. Both exhibitions remain on view through April 26.

ART+MUSIC: The art/film/music collective Bonus Druthers and Free Bike Valet music blog presents The Magnolia Music & Art Festival at the Missing Piece Theatre in Burbank on Friday from 7 pm to 12:30 am. Scheduled live music performances by The Most Best, Seasons, Intergalactix, secret special guests and DJ Nick Koletic. Also at the festival: hand-made jewelry and accessories, succulent terrariums, limited edition art prints, silkscreened shirts, photo booth, temporary tattoo parlor, drink and draw, and cocktails by Baxter's Speakeasy. Tickets: $10.

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DRINKS: Mixologist Rob Floyd presents a Mad Men-themed edition of his Cocktail Theatre on Friday at 7 pm at Santa Monica’s Sonoma Wine Garden. We hear the show’s an amalgam of live performance, theater and a history lesson—Floyd mixes drinks while teaching the audience the history of mixology. The Mad Men spin this time around celebrates the beloved show’s impending series finale. Tickets are $64 and include five cocktails and passed appetizers throughout the show.

FILM: The Side Project is an indie screening series sponsored by Therapy Studios in conjunction with Raconteur, and launches its inaugural program at 7 pm on Friday at Therapy Studios. The short films on the bill are created by those who work in production or the advertising, film and music industries. The lineup includes: "Bunion" by Jessica Sanders; "Light Echoes" by Ben Tricklebank and Aaron Koblin; "M is for Masticate" by Robert Boocheck; "Sequestered" by Lucas Spaulding; "Suicide Sam" by Maurice Chauvet and "The Bridge Partner" by Gabriel Olson.

FILM: The Cinefamily continues its Hal Hartley Film Retrospective with the L.A. premiere of his latest film Ned Rifle (2014) on Friday at 8 pm. Hartley, along with film stars Aubrey Plaza, James Urbaniak and Liam Aiken are in attendance for the Q&A. The film continues the story the director began with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey). In Ned Rifle, Aiken plays the son of the aforementioned characters; he’s a “soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan.” Tickets: $12.


SHOP: The Spring 2015 edition of A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace takes place on Saturday from noon to 7 pm at Cooper Design Space Penthouse in DTLA. The event, hosted by Marisa Tomei, Fatima Robinson, Nathalie Kelley and Melodi Meadows, features more than 50 premier vintage retailers and dealers. There’s also food, an open bar, a Reissued lounge and tunes by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges. Tickets: $8-$16 (early noon admittance).

STORYTELLING: The Stripped Stories storytelling night is at the Upright Citizens Brigade (Sunset) on Saturday at 10:30 pm. Hosted by Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi, performers talk tawdry—and often humourous—sex and relationship tales. The lineup includes: Shanna Micko, Will Miles and music by Mike O'Connell. Tickets: $5.

TAP DANCING: The Colburn School’s fifth annual Tap Fest takes place on all day on Saturday with performances, workshops and classes open to the public to participate or watch. Various classes for ages 9 to adult start at $25, but the evening dance concert at 5:30 pm is free. The finale feature students and professional tap dancers including: Monti Ellison, Linda Sohl-Ellison, Jason Samuels Smith, Steve Zee, the Colburn Tap Ensemble and Colburn Tap Faculty. The live music is provided by The Jerry Kalaf Trio.

MORE SHOPPING: DSTLD’s holding a collective pop-up shopping eventin its Beverly Boulevard studio space, DNM BAR: LA on Saturday from 1-5 pm. The spring-focused pop-up features warm-weather gear and festival-ready attire. Brands include: DSTLD: Cutting edge denim under $100; Lauren Cecchi New York’s leather handbags and accessories; StyleSaint: “eco-friendly, boho-chic” knits and skirts; Lunya’s sleepwear; Culture Swimwear’s swim attire with a social impact; Voda Swim’s “push-up swimwear” and Aella’s womenswear. While you shop, there’s complimentary wine from Club W, Health-Ade Kombucha and makeup samples courtesy of Make Up Forever.

CONS PROJECT: Converse’s Cons Project wraps up its five-part workshop series with the free seminar, Making & Designing Skate Decks on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Members of CreateASkate, California-based artist and owner of $lave Skateboards Ben Horton and Lurkville Skateboards Pro Dolan Stearns, will show participants (aspiring creatives between 13 and 24) how to build a skateboard from start to finish. Free. At Lot 613 in DTLA.

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MUSIC + COMEDY: Our favorite fake lounge act, The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) play the Mainstage at iOWest on Saturday at 8 pm. This time around, The Lampshades bring along special guests Missy Pyle and Billy the Mime. Tickets: $10. Ages 21+.

BEER: Tony's Darts Away celebrates its 5th year anniversary this weekend by tapping a craft beer every hour on the hour from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday, including a special tapping of Darts Away IPA (its custom IPA brewed with Golden Road) at midnight on Friday, April 3. The bar is also doing speciality sour tappings for "Sour Easter Sunday." There’s no admission fee, but a purchase of the special commemorative pint glass for $10 also includes a pour of Darts Away IPA.


EASTER EGG HUNT: Now this is our kind of Easter Egg hunt. This Sunday during the Rock N’ Roll flea market at the Regent, Spaceland, Goldenvoice and The Echo hosts a prized filled Easter egg hunt inside the market, with chances to win tickets to see Action Bronson, Shlohmo, Twin Shadow, Dan Deacon, Squarepusher, Matt and Kim and other shows. They might also stuff eggs with tickets to see Jenny Lewis, Jose Gonzalez, Cloud Nothings, Sylvan Esso. Admission: $2 or free if you flash the 5 every day app from smart phone.

FILM: If going to church on Easter Sunday isn’t your thing, then maybe this is: the Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles screens the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 11 am.

Related: LAist’s April Guide

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