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Weekend Planner: 17 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Not going to the Made in America Festival or getting out of Dodge this Labor Day weekend? No worries, we got you covered with these 17 events.


FILM: On Friday night, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Young Professionals Council (YPC) holds an outdoor screening of Mommie Dearest on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever. Bring bring blankets and low chairs, pack a picnic (wine and beer only) listen to Faye Dunaway yell about wire hangers. Gates at 7 pm, film at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20 and onsite parking is $15. Proceeds benefit the LGBT Center.

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FILM: Comedy meets animation in Picture This! at Trempany House in Hollywood on Friday night at 9 pm. Stand-ups perform while they're drawn live by some of the best animators. Comics in the show tonight are: Laura Kightlinger, Craig Anton, Grant Pardee, Brandie Posey, Ashley Barnhill and Sara Schaefer. Animation by Mike Mayfield, Mike Hollingsworth, Ashlyn Anstee, Angelo di Nallo, Adam Murray, Johnny McHone and Jesse Benjamin. Tickets: $10 and includes free beer.

MUSIC: Bust out the dancing shoes. DJ Paul Van Dyk plays a set on Friday night at Exchange LA in advance of his latest release The Politics of Dancing 3, due out this fall. Also on the bill: Niko Zografos. Tickets: $25-$90. 21+.

FILM: The Aero screens a Charlie Chaplin silent classic comedy double feature on Friday night. At 7:30 pm, Chaplin as The Tramp adopts an orphaned baby in The Kid (1921); it’s followed by Chaplin’s struggle against industrialism in Modern Times (1936). Tickets: $11.

MUSIC: Electronic music duo The Crystal Method—who are celebrating 20 years together—plays Avalon Hollywood on Friday. Also on the bill are Jacob Plant and James Egbert. Doors: 9:30 pm. Tickets: $25. Ages 19+.

FILMMOBILE: TheEcho Park Film Center’s Filmmobilescreens Being There (Hal Ashby, 1979, 130 min.) on Friday night somewhere between Echo Park to DTLA. Check out Echo Park Film Center on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for exact address. Friday’s screening includes an introduction by PXL 2000 filmmaker, curator and culture critic Gerry Fialka. Bring a low chair or blanket. Refreshments are provided. Free.

FILM: The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears is an homage to classic Italian Giallo horror. The bloody, erotic thriller screens exclusively at Arena Cinema Hollywood, beginning on Friday night at 9:10 pm. In the film, a man’s search for his missing wife leads him “ down a psychosexual rabbit hole.” Tickets: $12.

FILM: EIT and Glitch City L.A. presents the program Most Outrageous Video Games 2 on Friday night at Cinefamily as part of the Everything Is Festival (which runs this weekend). Cinefamily says, “Take a nostalgic stroll through an 8-bit wonderland of early gaming breakthroughs and experiments. Thrill to a montage of the outrageous kills that shocked a generation of parents.” They’re playing particular attention to failed franchise products, including Moonwalker, Alf and E.T. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $12.


ART: Clean Aesthetic presents a new show by artists Haunted Euth and Tina St. Claire with a reception on Saturday from 6-10 pm. The show Dreamland Summer includes both collaborative and solo pieces, including hand-printed t-shirts and a limited-edition artist's series skateboard deck. Music, open bar and free to the public.

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BOOK SIGNING: Actor and photographer Scott Caan signs copies of his latest photography book Vanity on Saturday at Martha Otero Gallery. The latest book focuses on his latest work, which sheds light on another aspect of “celebrity.” The book release party is from 7-10 pm. Caan's images remain up through Sept. 13.

MUSIC: Camp Trill bids farewell to summer on Saturday at 10 pm at Lock & Key in K-town. Performances by starRo, Austin Millz, Marvel Alexander, Andre Power and Quinn Kyle Music. 21+. Free with RSVP.

PARTY: Swimming With Sharks LA presents a summer pool party from 1-7 pm on the rooftop at the Standard Downtown with performances by Young Adults, Cooper Saver, Jen Ferrer and Hej Fund. Cover: $10 w/ RSVP (but free for first 100 at door w/ RSVP). Drink specials, too.

MUSIC + MOVIES + CAMPING: Still not too late to get out of town for Labor Day Weekend, to theBandit Town Allnight Campout. There are two days and nights of fun, games and music with free parking and camping. Food trucks will also be making the trek to the site, about halfway between here and SF. In addition to a number of vendors, the campout also features DJ sets from Scott Vitt of The Asteroid #4; Jeremy Stramaglio of Lightning Swords of Death & Premonition 13. Organizers are also screening classic western film at midnight. Event is 21+. Tickets: $65 (includes camping options).


ART: On Saturday from 7pm to 11pm, the Red Pipe Gallery celebrates the closing of the art show Devils' Town, with special live performances by Prayers and DJ Josex. L.A.’s underbelly is explored and laid bare by Pablo Cristi, Pablizzle Cristofas, DEFER, Alex Kizu Daniel Gonzalez, Germs, Jason Hernandez, Krown 187, Krush, Jose Lopes, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Kimberly Monique, Tyson Pedroza, Phowl, Joe Prime Reza and VYAL ONE. The free, all-ages closing party is sponsored by Cartwheel Art and Angel City Brewery. 21+ with ID to drink alcohol.


MOVIES + MUSIC: The program, The Big Picture: Hitchcock!, is at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night at 7:30 pm. The evening is a tribute to the classic films of Hitchcock, whose scores by Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, North by Northwest), Dimitri Tiomkin (Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder) made the films even more suspenseful. The live music accompanies scenes shown on the big screens.

FILM: Los Angeles Plays Itself screens on Sunday at 5 pm at the Aero Theater. Director Thom Anderson appears in person at the Aero and screens a short film, too. The quintessential L.A. story, with archival and film clips, celebrates its 10th anniversary, and will be coming to DVD shortly.

SALON: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) continues its Sunday Salon series to Les Noces du Figaro on South Broadway from noon-2 pm. The structured salon features two presentations— Charlie Parker's Central Avenue Jazz by author Sean J. O'Connell, follwed by Living a Magickal Life by Soror Lilya, an Initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis. The Salon will be followed by a free walking tour, The Flaneur & The City: Broadway on My Mind. Try to use public transportation to save yourself a whole lot of headaches maneuvering around the Made in L.A. fest.


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