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Weekend Planner: 18 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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The exhibition 'Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic' opens at LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion on Sunday. (Image: Calder Foundation, New York, photo: Fredrick Nilsen)
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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 art openings to roller derby to a Dr. Doctor Who party and a Beck songbook played by the LA Phil. Read on for all the details and have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, NOV. 22

FILM: The Science on Screen series continues at Cinefamily at 8 pm with the 35mm screening of the 1991 documentary A Brief History of Time—Errol Morris’ portrait of professor Stephen Hawking. Leading astrophysicist Stephon Alexander conducts a Q&A afterward to dissect the intersection of art and science and how Hawking’s work has evolved through the years since the doc’s release. An encore show has been added for Sunday (Nov. 24). Tickets: $12.

MUSIC: The Handsome Family brings their brand of Americana to the Bootleg Theater with John Reilly + Friends (featuring Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau) opening. Doors at 8 pm and show at 9. 21+. Tickets: $15-$25

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CARS: The Los Angeles Auto Show at the LA Convention Center opens to the public today and runs through Dec. 1. A number of companies are debuting cars, both for real people as well as the 1 percent. The concept cars are fun to look at, too. General admission tickets: $10-$12.

MUSIC + FILM: The Center for Art of Performance at UCLA presents the multimedia concert A Visual-Symphonic Homage to Italian Cinema at 8 pm at Royce Hall. The Orchestra Italiana del Cinema collaborates with some of LA’s best young musicians to celebrate the successful partnership between Italian cinema and music. The concert focuses on Federico Fellini and probably what is his best-known film, La Dolce Vita. Tickets: $35-$65.

ART: Guy Hepner Gallery opens the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles for the Connor Brothers. The opening of True Love Stories follows twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor’s successful London show. The exhibition explores relationships in the digital age—especially in contemporary American society. True Love Stories is on view through Dec. 5.

SATURDAY, NOV. 23

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DR. DOCTOR WHO: The Cat & Fiddle Restaurant and Pub and Brits in LA present a special party for today’s 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Festivities begin at 10:30 am with Doctor Who-themed drinks, a costume contest and trivia spanning the entirety of the BBC TV show’s history, followed by a screening of the highly anticipated anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor. Special guest is actress Tessa Shaw, who appeared in the Third Doctor story “Spearhead from Space” with Jon Pertwee. Tickets are $15 and include one specialty drink and access to the festivities.

ART TALK: In anticipation of the Broad Museum's opening, there’s an Un-private Collection Series of talks around LA that features cultural leaders and artists whose work is included in the Broad collection. Artist Mark Bradford and Katy Siegel, author, professor and chief curator of the Hunter College Galleries in New York, will discuss the work of Robert Rauschenberg at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts on Grand Avenue at 2 pm. This event is now at capacity, but there will be a wait list line at the high school on the day of the event starting at noon.

ART: George Billis Gallery in Culver City opens opening reception from 5-8 pm for two exhibitions: Monroe Hodder’s Polyphonia and Stephen Hicks: Recent Works. Both shows are on view through Jan. 4.

COMEDY: The Late Live Show is wraps its season at iO West with a big finale at 11:30 pm. Special guest is voice acting legend Maurice LaMarche who's behind the mic for numerous characters like Toucan Sam, The Brain from Pinky and the Brain, a dozen Futurama characters. Tickets: $5.

ROLLER DERBY: The San Fernando Valley Roller Derby invites the entire family to watch the first battle at their new home, The Lot. Topanga Maul Rats take on the Reseda Wreckers to defend their 2-1 lead in the season. Located just off the 5 freeway in Sylmar, The Lot is a newly paved, derby-grade acrylic outdoor track. Doors at 5 pm and SFVRD’s junior league will be featured in an exhibition bout prior to the adults’ game at 5:45 pm. Tickets: $10 and kids 10 and younger are free. Free parking.

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ART SALE: At Gallery 825, Capital Art hosts a one-night holiday sale of rare and collectible items by photographer Frank Work and sculptor William Sweetlove to benefit Los Angeles Art Association. From 6-9 pm. Admission is free.

MUSIC: The Flamin' Groovies are at The Echoplex. The band’s current tour reunites the lineup of Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson and George Alexander who rocked the UK, Europe and the US from 1971-1980. Also on the bill are Love & Rockets' David J, Nightbeats, Magic Wands and others. Early show at 3 pm. Tickets: $8-$18. All ages.

ART: There’s an opening reception from 6-8 pm for Naming, a solo exhibition of work by David Lynch at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog, David Lynch Naming, curated by Brett Littman, “traces how Lynch uses ‘naming’ in film, photography, drawings, watercolors, painting and prints from 1968 to the present.” The artist continues the exploration of complex relationships between objects and their names.

FILM: Electric Dusk Drive-In screens a double-feature of two of the most popular teen films from the 1980s: The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future II. Tickets per person: $11 for lawn seating and $13 for watching from you car (both films included in admission). A full snack bar, BBQ, candy, popcorn and drinks are available. Get there early to participate in trivia, giveaways and other surprises. 6 pm.

SUNDAY, NOV. 24

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SONGBOOK: For one night only, Beck, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor David Campbell and guests perform songs and stories inspired by Song Reader, Beck’s book of sheet music, which has never been recorded. Guests share special stories along the way. On the program: Jack Black, Jon Brion, Jarvis Cocker, Childish Gambino, Jonathan Gold, Juanes, Josh Kun, Jenny Lewis, Van Dyke Parks, John C. Reilly and others. Tickets: $49.50-$93.50.

MUSICAL: If you love or hate musical theater, this night’s for you. A varied cast sings the funniest songs from various musicals, including one from Cops! The Musical! 7 pm at Yada Theater in WeHo. Tickets: $5 at the door.

COMEDY: NerdMelt hosts a night in Harmontown at 8 pm, when basically Dan Harmon (creator of Community) and Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) bring whatever or whoever they want to the stage. Lots of guests come thru each week. Tickets: $10.

ART: The exhibition Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic opens at LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion. Calder revolutionized modern sculpture in the 20th century with his mobiles— kinetic sculptures in which flat pieces of painted metal connected by wire—given the name by Marcel Duchamp.This Calder’s first museum exhibition in Los Angeles. The show remains on view through July 27. General admission to Calder: $22

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