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18 Things To Do In Los Angeles This Weekend

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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. There are a number of film and art openings that piqued our interest this weekend, including five art openings in Chinatown’s Chung King road on Saturday night alone. Read on for all the details.


SINGALONG: Richard M. Sherman, along with his brother Robert B. Sherman, wrote more film musical song scores than any other team in film history, including the Walt Disney classic Mary Poppins. Richard Sherman is the guest of honor at the Sing-A-Long at the El Capitan Theatre. A special general admission ticket price of $10 includes popcorn, anda $20 VIP ticket includes a reserved seat, popcorn and drink. Mary Poppins screens on the big screen until Jan. 20.

ANIMATION: Move over, Bugs. The Egyptian Theatre presents the Animation for Adults series through Jan. 25. Screening at 7:30 pm is a double feature of Fritz the Cat(1972), written by R. Crumb and directed by Ralph Bakshi. This was the first animated featured to get the dreaded X rating. It’s followed by Heavy Traffic (1973), also directed by Bakshi.

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COMEDY SCREENING: Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of Season 2: Episodes 1 and 2 of Comedy Central’s Kroll Show at 7:30 pm. The evening includes a conversation with creator/star Nick Kroll. Free, but reservations needed.

COMEDY: At 8 pm, NerdMelt presents The Humor Code. Peter McGraw, a professor of behavioral science and director of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at CU Boulder, and Joel Warner, a journalist (Wired, Slate, WSJ), have been “traveling the world exploring why, scientifically, people find things funny.” Tonight, they take on some of LA’s comics in a humor experiment and dissect their set and explore the whys of laughter. Tickets: $8 in advance/$10 at the door.

ART: Gallery1988 (West) opens Fairy Tales, a print show featuring artist interpretation of classic childhood stories sand fairy tales. Opening reception 7-10 pm. The show runs through Feb. 1.

FILM: The Shockfest Film Festival of Hollywood takes place on Jan. 10-11, dedicated to celebrating the gore, horror and shocking films through narratives, documentaries and music videos. At Raleigh Studios.

FIRST FRIDAYS: The Natural History Museum’s popular First Fridays series returns technically on the second Friday of this month, but they’re putting on a great program that includes the tour: "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife"; the discussion What Dinosaur Cancer, Drunken Stallions, and Obese Dragonflies Can Teach Us About Being Human and performances by Youngblood Hawke, Conway and DJs Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole. Programs at 5 pm. Concert + museum admission: $18; museum admission only: Museum entrance only: $5-$12.


MEDIATION (30 second trailer) from Top Rebel Productions on Vimeo.

FILM: NewFilmmakers Los Angeles holds its monthly screening tonight of new short films and a feature at AT&T Center in Downtown LA. The first shorts program begins at 6:30 pm, followed by a second program at 8 pm. The feature, A New York Heartbeat (Dir. Tjardus Greidanus), screens at 9:30 pm. There are pre- and post-receptions for each program, a filmmakers’ lounge, and audience Q&A sessions. Admissions to the programs are only $5 online or $7 at the door or $15 for an all-night access pass, which includes screenings and lounge access. Complimentary event parking at 1133 S. Olive St., DTLA. (Trailer above is from the short Mediation, starring Freddy Rodriguez and Marley Shelton, directed by Francisco Lorite, which screens at NewFilmmakers LA.)COMEDY: On Saturday at 4 pm at Book Soup, writer Cindy Chupack discusses and signs her latest book, The Longest Date: Life As A Wife, which explores the hilariousness and heartbreak involved in marriage. She previously also wrote The Between Boyfriends Book, but is probably better known as an award-winning writer for Sex and the City and Modern Family.

ART: Scion AV Installation presents the works illustrator and animation designer Nik Dudukovic in The Secret Clubhouse. The opening reception, from 7-10 pm, requires an RSVP and takes place at Scion AV Installation (7667 Melrose Ave.). The exhibition is on view from through Feb. 1.

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ART: Chinatown’s Chung King Road is hopping with five art openings on Saturday night:

Coagula Curatorial presents the group showTwo Johns and a Whore, featuring controversial/confrontational artists John Fleck and John Roecker as well as a dozen other artists who present work on the exploration of love, sex, and commerce. The opening reception runs from 7-11 pm.

Charlie James Gallery presents Ramiro Gomez: Domestic Scenes, the first solo gallery show by this LA-based artist. Opening reception: 7-10 pm.

Red Pipe Gallery opens L.A. Recent Abstract Painting with works by artists Lisa Bartleson, Lavialle Campbell, Alexander Couwenberg, Duncan Linthicum and Carol Sears. The opening reception: 7-11 pm.

Fifth Floor Gallery opens the show Paul W. Evans: Sky Candy, featuring works by the LA-based artist, with a reception from 6-9 pm.

Chung King Studio opens the pop-up, one-night only show, Our Ever Changing World, featuring the works of 35 LA artists, with a reception from 6-9 pm.

MUSIC: The Denver-based husband and wife duo Tennis (Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley) are at The Satellite to support their new EP Small Sound. Also on the bill: Poor Man (solo). Doors at 8:30 pm with the show at 9 pm. The show is 21+. Tickets: $15. A limited number of tickets will be on sale at the door.

ART: Giant Robot 2 opens its first show of 2014: Merging Views with an opening reception from 6:30-10 pm. Artists in the show Godeleine de Rosamel, Wayne Johnson, Kwanchai Moriya, Stasia Burrington, Dan McCarthy and Dan-ah Kim create art in various media. The works will remain on view through Jan. 29.

ART: KM Fine Arts opens Bob Marley: I and Eye, The Photos of Kim Gottlieb-Walker, 1975-1976 with an opening reception and book signing from 7-10 pm. The exhibition of works by the underground photojournalist will focus on images that document performances or catch reggae, ska and rock steady legends in their home environment. The show remains up through Feb. 18.


FILM: The Aero Theatre screens the 1916 film D.W. Griffith film Intolerance at 7:30 pm. This classic silent film, which followed the director’s controversial film Birth of a Nation, weaves together “four separate plotlines dealing with the corrosive effects of the titular vice across history: a contemporary melodrama about a young couple’s struggles with poverty and crime, a Renaissance-era tale of persecuted French Huguenots, and recountings of the crucifixion of Jesus and the fall of ancient Babylon.” $11.

STORY: At 5 pm at The Smell, KCRW presents Unfictional Live with people telling hilarious or heartbreaking tales. The evening is being held in conjuntion with the RIOT LA comedy festival and features: Mike White (Enlightened, School of Rock); Matt Jones (Breaking Bad); Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Conan); Chris Garcia (This American Life); Giulia Rozzi (The Moth); Kurt Braunohler (IFC, This American Life); and Jamie Lee. Tickets: $20.

FILM: Sunday and Monday, Jan. 12-13, the New Beverly screens Kiddie Matinee Revival #3 featuring B-movie sci-fi double feature, This Island Earth (1955), directed by Joseph M. Newman, and It Came from Outer Space, directed by Jack Arnold and presented in anaglyphic 3-D! (3-D glasses will be provided). This program will also include a classic, sci-fi themed Woody Woodpecker cartoon in 35mm! Check the New Beverly site for exact times. Tickets: $8.

COMEDY: The Hollywood Improv presents Skinny Sundays: the Big, Fat Anniversary Specialwith Sarah Silverman, Maz Jobrani, Todd Glass, Donnell Rawlings and Kevin Pollak. Tickets: $10 with two drink minimum. 9:30 pm.

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