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Weekend Planner: 20 Cool Events Happening in Los Angeles

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


Lupercalia is an ancient Roman fertility festival usually celebrated on Feb. 15. Feral House publishing teams up with La Luz de Jesus on Friday night to celebrate the Roman god Lupercus on Friday nightfrom 6-10 pm. The night includes music, readings, book signings, refreshments / libations and coloring books, including a talk on Fenir the Wolf and Ragnarok by the White Witch of Los Angeles and Feral House author Maja D'Aoust.

Church Night returns to Nerdmelt on Friday at 7 pm featuring performances from comedians Lisa Best and Kyle Mizono with ventriloquist Karl Herlinger. From the organizers: “Reminiscent of A Prairie Home Companion on acid, Church Night’s eccentric, religious parody delightfully skews one’s perception of the American church.” Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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DON’T TELL MY MOTHER (Storytelling)
The storytelling show Don't Tell My Mother returns from a short hiatus on Friday with “The FEMbruary Show,” benefiting Planned Parenthood at Busby’s East. The night of “p*ssy power” features true stories that mom should never hear from Manila Luzon (RuPaul’s Drag Race), comedian Aida Rodriguez (Last Comic Standing), Ruba Wilson (OWN’s Flex & Shanice), Diona Reasonover (I Love Dick), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project) and writer/producer and show creator Nikki Levy (DreamWorksTV). Music by Abby and The Myth. Bar, food menu and party (complete with class photos) begins at 7 pm and the storytelling begins at 8 pm. Tickets: $20.


Do Good Bus holds its February Community Ride on Saturday at 10 am. The bus transports people to locations to help local causes in a social environment. The “altruistic adventurism” is a good way to get involved in the community and hang out with like minded individuals for the day. The bus will pick up from the Universal City Red Line Parking Lot
 at 10 am on Saturday. Ages 15+. Cost: $45 and includes lunch.

SALOME starring Patricia Racette from LA Opera on Vimeo.

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SALOME (Opera)
The L.A. Opera opens Salome, starring soprano Patricia Racette, this weekend. The Biblical tale of Salome and John the Baptist is adapted from a scandalous Oscar Wilde version and features a score by Richard Strauss. Salome opens on Saturday night for a six-performance run. Tickets start at $19.

The third Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show—the largest baking convention on the West Coast—returns to the L.A. Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, running from 10 am to 5 pm both days. The expo quadruples in size this year, so sweets lovers can enjoy even more samples from more than 275 local shops and national brands, meet baking and TV stars and participate in workshops. Tickets: $25/adult and $12/child for a one-day pass or $45/adult and $22/child for a 2-day pass. VIP tickets are also available, which allow for early entry.

AIR + STYLE (Sports + music)
Shaun White, Olympic snowboarding champion, brings his Air + Style festival back to Los Angeles’ EXPO Park on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day action sports competition and music fest features performances by Flume, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Vince Staples, Phantoms and others on Saturday and Major Lazer, ZHU, TV on the Radio, Marian Hill, XYLO and others on Sunday. Tickets/passes: $79-$229 + fees.

CHILI COOK-OFF (Food + horse racing)
The Chili Cook-Off at Santa Anita Park takes place on Saturday from noon to 5 pm at the Park’s Club Court. For $30, the price includes 10 (2 oz.) chili tastings, one craft beer or wine, a Santa Anita Park snapback hat, Club House Admission, access to trackside seating, racing program and a wagering tip sheet. Must be 21+ to purchase tickets.

SOUNDS OF L.A. (Music)
This week, the Getty announced its Sounds of L.A. lineup. The concert series, which explores the city’s varied musical landscape, begins this weekend with performances by noted Iraqi-American oud player Rahim AlHaj. Concerts are on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. The Sounds of L.A. events are free with reservations. All performances take place in the Getty’s Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

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Gabba Gallery presents the debut solo exhibition of L.A. artist Spacegoth: “Her canvases are simultaneously haunting and sweet, some depicting lovable grim reapers in darkly humorous situations and others of white-eyed animals with paint dripping from their bodies.” Also on view at the gallery are works by Jeffrey Sklan, Christopher James and 8333. The shows’ opening reception is on Saturday night from 7-11 pm with DJ Jonathan Williams spinning tunes. The works will be on view through March 11.

BAD NEWS LIVE (Political comedy)
Bad News Live—a political comedy talk show—holds its Season 2 premiere and live taping at ACME Comedy Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Hosted by co-creator Chuck Ludwig, The First 100 Days Special features a panel of comedians including Adam Yenser, Helen Hong, Chris Redd, Zach Noe Towers and a surprise special guest. Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at the door (cash only).

RISK! LIVE (Storytelling)
The RISK! Live show is at the Bootleg Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 pm. The live show and podcast will feature people telling true stories they never thought they’d share in public. Hosted by Beowulf Jones, this month’s performers telling stories under the theme "intoxicating" include: Scott Thompson, Paul Gilmartin, Megan Koester, Ceda Xiong and Julia Henning. Tickets: $10-$12.

Fleetmac Wood—the party/dance/night dedicated to Fleetwood Mac—returns to L.A. on Saturday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's album Rumours. The night features edits, remixes and original Fleetwood Mac tracks (no covers) from DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing set to visuals. At Los Globos on Saturday from 9:30 pm to 2:30 am. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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On Saturday at 1139 Hill St. in DTLA, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) celebrates Black History Month by opening the February screening with the shorts program, InFocus: Black Cinema. There are two additional shorts programs as well as the West Coast premier of David Hickey‘s Homestate. The Black Cinema program of short films begins at 4:15 pm, followed by additional short film programs at 6:15 and 8:15 pm. The feature-length film screening of Homestate begins at 9:45 pm. There are pre- and post-receptions for each program as well as audience Q&A sessions. Admission to the programs are $5 in advance or $15 for all three.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066 (History)
On Feb. 19, 1942, just a few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the unlawful incarceration of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during WWII. From Saturday through Aug. 13, the Japanese American National Museum presents the exhibition,Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Roosevelt’s Executive Order. months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Both historic documents and contemporary artworks will be on view. General admission is $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for members and children under age five.

The Long Beach Comic Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Expect vendors selling their wares, artists signing on Artists Alley, panel discussions and more. Advanced tickets: $30 for a Saturday only ticket; $25 for a Sunday only ticket and $50 for a weekend ticket.

LAXART presents an exhibition—Environmental Communications: Contact High—that revisits the work of the collective that bears the show’s name. Environmental Communications was a loose group of architects, urban theorists and designers from that documented L.A. urban environments on hundreds of thousands of 35mm slides. From LAXART: “Their slide series mapped the domes, inflatables, communes, and media experiments of the late 1960s and 1970s, compiling an almanac of the era's alternative architectural practices. Environmental Communications: Contact High surveys the group's process images, videotaped road trips, blimp tours and group therapy sessions as well as their sales catalogs, slide sets, and their extensive distribution network.” The exhibition opens on Saturday night with a reception from 6-9 pm. The works will remain on view through April 1.


With the Oscar race leading up to next Sunday’s ceremony, KPCC’s Air Talk takes over the Theatre at Ace Hotel for a 2017 Oscar Preview. Larry Mantle hosts a panel discussion and live taping on Sunday at 1 pm with film critics Justin Chang, Tim Cogshell, Andy Klein, Christy Lemire, Lael Loewenstein, Wade Major, Amy Nicholson, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon. Tickets: $13.50.

DRAMA CLUB (TV + comedy)
Hosts Moshe Kasher and Andrew Michaan bring a new show to UCB Sunset this Sunday. Drama Club screens old TV drama pilots and then a panel of comedians examine the worthiness of the show through the power of hindsight and comedy. At the end of the show, the audience votes on which show Drama Club reexamines next time. The show takes place on Sunday (and every first and third Sunday) at UCB Sunset at 9 pm. This week’s guests for the screening of Melrose Place are Ron Funches, Natasha Leggero and Jon Daly. Tickets: $7. All ages.

Inhabit Heritage Square is a new exhibition program of the Montecito Heights-based museum that asks local artists to “contextualize the site of eight historical Los Angeles buildings within contemporary life.” There’s an reception this weekend for Aitor Lajarin, who opens his first U.S. museum exhibition, Crickets, at Heritage Square this weekend. The exhibition showcases new sculptures, paintings, videos and performances. The opening reception is on Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Crickets will remain on view through April 9.

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