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Weekend Planner: 15 Things to Do in LA

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements—the good, the bad and the downright ugly. We comb through them to bring you this curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, from festivals in Venice to art openings and discussions, comedy shows, food events and even a sleepover for a five-hour Andy Warhol film. Read on for all the details and have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, NOV. 15

ART: PROJECT Gallery debuts Disarming Time, an interactive art exhibit of works by musician, artist, poet and activist Serj Tankian of System of a Down. The 22 original art pieces are to be both seen and heard with music composed specifically for each of the paintings, mixed media and sculptural works. The exhibition is open to the public Nov. 15-21, from 12-6 pm, with Tankian will be in attendance Friday and Saturday from 1-4pm.

ART: Gallery1988 (East) opens the group show Rock, Paper, Scissors, featuring the work of Brad Hill, Ian Glaubinger and Steff Bomb. The artists take on the same themes with different media: sculpture, print and plush. The opening reception is on Friday from 7-10 pm with the artists in attendance. The show runs through Nov. 30.

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STORYTELLING: The next installment of Shades & Shadows, a storytelling series dedicated to dark fantasy, horror and science fiction, happens at the California Institute of AbnormalArts in NoHo at 8:30 pm. The evening brings together six authors who read from their own works for seven minutes each. Authors on the program are Ben Loory, Justin Robinson, Lara Parker, Lisa Morton, Mark Kruger and Steven Calcote. Music by Cirque Noir. Tickets: $10 at the door.

ART TALK: Corita Kent (1918-1986) was an artist, teacher, activist and a devout Catholic (she was a former nun) who mixed faith and politics in her works. At 7:30 pm at Skylight Books, the Corita Art Center presents a program on the new full-scale survey of her work Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent. The presentation also includes a discussion by the book’s editors as well as a screening of a film by Baylis Glascock, which was narrated by Kent. You may not recognize her name, but we're sure you'd recognize her designs instantly.

SHOP: Just in time for the holidays, the California Market Center showrooms are open to the public on several Fridays: Nov. 15 and 22 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Shop at the CMC's famous Sample Sales and score deals at hundreds of showrooms with collections for men, women, children, home and gifts for below-retail prices.

FILM: American Cinematheque presents Cinema Italian Style 2013 through Nov. 23 at the Aero Theatre. There’s a double feature of two films making their LA premieres tonight at 7:30 pm of A Perfect Family/Una Famiglia Perfetta (2012) directed by Paolo Genovese. It’s followed by Welcome Mr. President /Benvenuto Presidente (2013) directed by Riccardo Milani. Tickets: $11. Special in-person guests, too.

SATURDAY

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MORTIFIED: Mortified Nation, a documentary on the teen angst reading series, where people read from their long-forgotten notes and journals—has its LA premiere on Saturday at 8 pm at Lincoln Middle School. In addition to the screening, there's going to be a photog on hand to help re-create your worst yearbook photos (mirrors? roses? hairspray?) Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers, prize giveaways, plus an after-party down the street at McCabes (complete with 70s/80s/90s karaoke and custom drinks, such as the Mort-ini). Tickets: $10-$15.

SLEEPOVER: The Los Angeles Filmforum and Human Resources (in Chinatown) present A Warhol SLEEPover with doors opening at 11:59 pm on Saturday night at Human Resources for the rare 16 mm screening of Warhol’s debut film Sleep (1963) at 1 am on Sunday morning. The film runs approximately five hours and concludes at approximately at 6 am on Sunday. Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.

COMEDY: The Iron Comic comedy game show takes over NerdMelt tonight at 8 pm with five comedians rushing to write routines in eight minutes from audience suggestions. Inspired by the Iron Chef format, at the end of the night there is only one comedian who can take the crown of Iron Comic. Hosted by Nato Green, the comedians competing tonight are Todd Glass, Morgan Murphy, Kurt Braunohler, Ian Edwards and Laurie Kilmartin. Tickets: $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Special musical guests Karen Kilgariff and Zach Sherwin.

ART: Size Really Does Matter is an exhibit that’s currently on view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)—housed within a newly configured 10,000-square-foot space within Barnsdall Park. There’s a conversation with artists Miyoshi Barosh, Quinton Bemiller and Kent Twitchell, whose works are on view in the show, on Saturday at 2 pm. Admission is free, and the show is on view through Jan. 5, 2014.

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FEST(S): There are two festivals happening in Venice on Saturday—so we’re recommending ditching your cars and taking public transportation, walking, biking or blading in the area. The Carousel of the Arts takes place from 12-6 pm at the 20th Church of Christ, Scientist, and is a community event that features artists, poetry, storytelling and music. Admission: $10 and $5 for students. Seniors 62+ and children 12 and younger are free. From 10 am-7 pm, GQ is taking over Abbot Kinney Boulevard (which they named the coolest block in America) for a day of style, shopping, food and drinks. They’re setting up headquarters at The Brig, with cool stuff planned at GQHQ throughout the day, including a GQ Happy Hour at the AG Denim Bar from 4-7 pm.

ART: Gallery1988’s other gallery (West) has a reception from 7-10 pm for the opening of A Curious Influence, featuring the work of artist N.C. Winters, who finds inspiration and beauty in unlikely places like Predator, Hypnotoad, Dark Crystal and more. Winters will be in attendance at the opening. This show remains up through Nov. 30.

SUNDAY

MUSIC: The Craft in America Center on West Third Street presents an eclectic program of music on Sunday at 6 pm. The show features jazz musicians Amy Bormet (keys and voice) and David Tranchina (bass) and multi-faceted vocalist Argenta Walther, who’ll be performing old, new and original music perfect for a fall evening. Please RSVP: (323) 951-0610 or rsvp@craftinamerica.org.

ART-MAKING: From 3-5 pm, Giant Robot presents a workshop with Japanese printmaker Ryohei Tanaka. Bring scissors and learn tricks to cutting paper and creating interesting designs. Afterwards, Ryohei will be cutting portraits for a mere $10. After the workshop, Ryohei will be cutportraits for $10. At GR2 on Sawtelle.

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