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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 18 Things To Do In Los Angeles

G1988 (West) opens the art show 'Charts' by Anthony Petrie on Friday night. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery)
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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 18 events. Don’t forget to check the January Guide, too, as it has other options, if none of these work for you. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


ART: On Friday, Gallery1988 (West) begins its 11th year of shows with a debut solo show, Charts, by Anthony Petri. The exhibition of detailed fictitious charts inspired by classic films, will run through Jan. 24. On Saturday, Gallery1988 (East) opens Pop Terrariums, a Nicole Gustafsson solo show. Respective opening receptions run 7-10 pm.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: On Friday at 8 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil helps conductorMichael Tilson Thomas celebrate his 70th birthday with a staged performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, with video, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, boys of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and several other performers. The production was conceived by Thomas, and if you miss Friday’s performance, it also runs on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets: $65-$197.

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POP MUSIC: 22-year-old singer-songwriter Tony Ferrari headlines the Troubadour on Friday night. Quinton Marcel opens. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

DANCE: Entity Contemporary Dance brings back their popular production of Braxton vs. Oregon to the Hudson Theatre this weekend. “Set in a courtroom, this dynamic dance theater production explores themes of judgment, reason, and communal persuasion. The protagonist, Annette Braxon, faces a choice of whether or not to end the life of a suffering loved one diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her decision leads her to the courtroom stage, where the audience is witness to the trial.” The show opens on Friday at 8 pm with two shows each day on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $25.

LIT: The Last Bookstore presents writer-producer Dan O’Shannon (Cheers, Frasier, and Modern Family) who reads from his book The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus. From The Last Bookstore: “a wonderfully profane and inventive chronicle of the life of humankind’s most tragically overlooked spouse. Everyone has a cross to bear. Hers has her husband on it.” 8 pm.

ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery opens two shows on Friday for painter, storyteller, writer and video artist’s Hudson Marquez’s exhibition, Rhythm and Shoes and for British-born painter and commercial artist Charles Ashford Biger’s show Illustrator. The opening reception is being held from 8-11 pm with the show running through Feb. 1.


ART: Kopeikin Gallery presents American Movie, a solo exhibition by Simone Leuck. From the artist: “American Movie includes a collection of casting calls. Working in various locations across the U.S.A. and in Berlin, I held open casting calls for familiar characters, simply to see who would show up. How a person reacts to a casting call tells us a lot about how they imagine themselves in a given roll-in other words, how the person and the roll intersect within their fantasy.” The show runs through Feb. 28. Saturday’s opening reception will be held from 6-8 pm.

FOOD HISTORY: The Culinary Historians of Southern California present writer Charles Perry on Saturday at 10:30 am at the Los Angeles Public Library. Perry will speak on The Golden Age of L.A. Diet Cranks” on past fads—including fig coffee, dextrinated flour and non-devitalized salt—that promised health and well-being. A reception with themed refreshments will follow the talk at approximately 11:30 am.

VIDEO ART: On Saturday the Hammer Museum opens Hammer Projects: This is the End, a presentation of three video installations by three international contemporary artists. The series begins with Tommy Hartung’s The Bible, 2014, which runs through Feb. 22. It’s followed by Loretta Fahrenholz’s Ditch Plains, 2013, from Feb. 24-April 12, and then Ed Atkins’s Even Pricks, 2013, from April 14-June 7.

MUSIC: The Jayhawks play The Fonda on Hollywood on Saturday at 8 pm in support of expanded LP/CD reissues of the band’s classic albums. Tickets: $30

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COMEDY: Spaceland presents comedians Rob Bell & Pete Holmes, who bring their Together At Last tour to The Regent Theater in DTLA on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Seating is first come, first served for this all-ages show. Tickets: $18-$20.

ART: There are a TON of art openings in Chinatown on Saturday night, so why not gallery hop? Coagula Curatorial opens Three Painters featuring work by Walpa D'Mark, Barbara Kaleta and Ian Pines with a reception from 7-11 pm. Other shows opening on Saturday on Chung King Road include Red Pipe Gallery: Pareidolia - Group Exhibit; Chungking Studio: Lilli Muller - NEW; Charlie James Gallery: Daniela Comani - My Film History; Good Luck Gallery: OUTSIDE - Daniel Carlson & Alexis Rose; and Fifth Floor Gallery: Corrie Gregory - Seeing Stars.

TIKI TALK: The Craft in America Center presents The Many Facets of Tiki Style: The Art of the Tropical Retreat on Saturday at 4 pm. Tiki collector Sven Kirsten shares a pop-up exhibition of his collection and signing his new book, Tiki Pop: America imagines its own Polynesian Paradise (Taschen), which was published published in conjunction with his recent exhibition at Paris’ Musée du quai Branly in Paris. Tiki-inspired cocktails will be served. RSVP is requested.

ART+PERFORMANCE:Vermin on the Mount returns for a night of irreverent readings with Natashia Deón, Samuel W. Gailey, Wendy C. Ortiz, Ashley Perez and host Jim Ruland at Book Show in Highland Park. 7:30 pm. Free.

FILM: Vintage Los Angeles (VLA) and the Grand Central Market presents the classic disaster movie Earthquake (1974) on Saturday night. There’s a Q&A before the film with VLA's Alison Martino and actress Monica Lewis, who was appeared in the film along with Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and Lorne Greene. The discussion begins at 8 pm and the screening follows immediate after. Grand Central Market vendors will be open until 9 pm for pre-movie dinner and drinks. Tickets: $10. (Though we love the cheesy Earthquake trailer, above, we think earthquakes are more like this in L.A., right? )


VINTAGE PARTY: On Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, the Annenberg Beach House presents Happy Birthday Marion, a celebration thrown by the Santa Monica Conservancy in honor of the beach house’s former owner, Marion Davies. She was a classic film star actress, party hostess, philanthropist (and media tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s mistress). The afternoon will be filled with history talks, a film screening of Davis’ 1928 King Vidor film, Show People. The afternoon winds down with tunes from the 20s and 30s, performed by Janet Klein and John Reynolds. Wear your favorite Gold Coast era attire. All ages. Reservations are recommended at or call 310-458-4904. Parking is $3 per hour or $8 per day.

SAMURAI SWORDS: In conjunction with its exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, LACMA presents Samurai Swords, an introduction to Japanese swords and a demonstration of sword polishing followed by a tour of the exhibition. 9 am. Free with entrance fee to the exhibition, but tickets are required. General adult admission with special exhibition: $25.

FILM TALK: The Skirball Cultural Center continues its Light & Noir exhibition with a series of in-depth discussions on the artists featured in the exhibition. The salon on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm with Vincent Brook, author of Driven to Darkness: Jewish Émigré Directors and the Rise of Film Noir, and other guests will examines the life and works of Fritz Lang, Henry Koster, and Edgar G. Ulmer, among others. Free with museum admission ($10 general).

Related: January Events Guide

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