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Weekend Planner: 19 Things To Do in Los Angeles

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 20 events happening this weekend. And don’t forget to check out our September Guide, Outdoor Film Screenings and Summer Concert lists for more suggestions.


BEER COASTER ART: The 3rd Annual Coaster Show, an exhibition of art works created on beer coasters, opens on Friday at La Luz de Jesus Gallery with a reception from 8-11 pm. More than 1,000 works will be on view, and each is a solitary work, priced $250 or less (some coasters are free). While you’re at the reception, be sure to check out the opening of Harold Fox’s solo show, Into Oblivion, too.

CHINATOWN GALLERIES: Chinatown’s art galleries are holding a four-day art and music event this Labor Day weekend. On Friday, there’s music on two stages from 7-11 pm with Ruthann Friedman, Drunk Old Ladies, WORDS, The Walker Brigade, Dick and Jane Family Orchestra, Brother/Sister, Circus of Books and more. Art openings: Artist Diane Silver’s Sacrament and Kent Anderson Butler’s Sacred Encounters at Coagula Curatorial; Cathy Ward show at Good Luck Gallery; The Collection, A Group Show at the new Gregorio Escalante Gallery; Casey Reas show at Charlie James Gallery; Tacos & Beer Group Show at Fifth Floor Gallery; Erik Benjamins works at the new The Institute of Art & Olfaction; and Osceola Refetoff show at Chungking Studio. Art panel discussions on Sunday, too.

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FIDLAR ART: There’s an art show at The Well in DTLA to commemorate the collaboration between garage punk band Fidlar and the band's’ longtime visual collaborators Ryan Baxley, Zoe Zag and Alice Baxley. The Tumblr IRL event merges art and music videos that allow fans into see the creative thought behind Fidlar’s new record, Too, which is also out on Friday. 7-10 pm.

PORTAL ART: If you’ve watched Patrick Brice’s film The Overnight, you know that Jason Schwartzman’s character is an artist of sorts, specializing in “portal” paintings. On Friday night to celebrate the on-demand, digital HD and DVD release of the film, there’s a reception at 7 pm for the debut exhibition of The Overnight: Butthole Paintings. Actor Adam Scott and other guests will be in attendance. Free. All ages with parent or guardian 21+.

MUSIC + FILM: This weekend, the LA Phil presents the world premiere of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concerton Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. David Newman conducts the orchestra in a live performance of John Williams’ entire Academy Award®-winning score from Steven Spielberg’s film as it's shown in HD on the Bowl’s big screens. Williams himself introduces the concert event. Tickets: $13-$177.

FOOD: 626 Night Market takes over Santa Anita Park again this weekend for the last time this year, from 4 pm-1 am from Friday through Sunday. Check out more than 200 food vendors, merch booths, crafts, arts, games, music and other entertainment, including a Fresh Off the Boat Panel on Saturday and a B-boy battle on Sunday. Admission is $3 and parking is free. Children 6 and under are free.

SHOP: Mowgli Surf partners with Mokuyobi Threads for a Pop-Up Shop at Urban Outfitter's Space 15 Twenty on Cahuenga from Sept. 4-Oct. 11. Shop men’s and women’s fashion from their Summer and Fall collections. The opening is on Friday from 6-9 pm with a DJ set by Aaron of Peaking Lights and drinks by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

FOOD & WINE: The L.A. Times’ The Taste food & wine festival takes over the Paramount backlot this Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the unlimited tastings included in the price of admission, guests can attend chef-led cooking demonstrations and listen to panel discussions on the Southern California culinary landscape. There are five themed sessions during the weekend: Opening Night on Friday; Field to Fork and Dinner with a Twist on Saturday; Brunch & BBQ and Flavors of L.A. on Sunday. Tickets: $100-$150 per session.


FILM: There are a number of outdoor film screenings to choose from this weekend, so if we had to pick one, we’d go with Street Food Cinema’s screening of 10 Things I Hate About Youat Glendale Central Park. Guests include Gil Junger and actors Susan May Pratt and Andrew Keegan. Music by 90s band Band Meets World. Food trucks include Currywurst, Foodism, The Garbage Truck, Good Greek Grub, Riceballs of Fire, Rock-N-Lou's Pizza, Street Kitchen LA, Tomski Sausage, WAFL Truck, Sweet Arleen's & more. Adult tickets: $12-$20.

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MUSIC: Event specialists Brownies and Lemonade presents the final summer installment of Camp Trill on Saturday at 1 pm at Lock & Key in K-town. Music by Sonny Digital, Jesse Slayter, Absrdst, Deffie, Flip Major and B&L All Stars . 21+.Free with RSVP.

MUSIC: Spaceland & Soulection present record label and radio show The Sound of Tomorrow’s concert series at The Regent on Friday night. The lineup includes: SiR, Daddy Kev, JR Jârris, Masego, Joe Kay, Andre Power and Andrés. 18+. 9 pm. Tickets: $20-$25.

FESTIVAL: Fiesta Hermosa says its the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California” and runs Saturday to Monday (10 am to 6 pm) in downtown Hermosa Beach. More than 300 artists and crafters will be featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. There are two live music stages on the pier and at the main stage in the beer garden. Free admission.

MAGAZINE PARTY: devour Magazine holds Into the Dark: A New Age Market on Saturday night from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am at ArtShare LA to celebrate its 9th issue. The event merges “high art, fashion, performance and lifestyle” and includes a Gypsy Bazaar, a runway show, live music, body painting, fire dancing and a fortune teller. The night will be documented in deVour's next issue. Tickets are: $10 presale / $15 at the door. 18+.

COMEDY: Television: A Reunion (20 Years Later) returns to Nerdmelt on Saturday at 7 pm. Imagine all the stars of a favorite TV show getting back together to share stories and reminisce about the show—except that no one could show up in person—and their places are taken by great comedians. Saturday’s show brings back The Dukes of Hazzard with the cast that includes John Ennis, Mike Mitchell, Bennie Arthur, Gina Ippolito, Steve Benaquist, Jim Bruce, Ed Salazar and Phillip Wilburn. The night’s hosted by Paul Goebel (The King of TV). Tickets: $8-$10.

COMEDY: Television is followed by The Best Friends Showat NerdMelt at 9 pm on Saturday. The show invites comedians to tell a shared story with their best friend because sometimes friends remember better than we do. Stories on Saturday night by: Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher Kyle Clark with Natalie Hazen, Julian McCullough, musical comedy duo Erin and MeLissa, and Ever Mainard with Lindsay Adams. Hosted by Kim Seltzer and Aliya Kamalova. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

COMEDY: On Saturday at 8 pm at iO West Mainstage, comedian Debbie Powell is joined in improv by friends Eric Stonestreet, Mike Bunin and Dana Powell. Ages 21+. Tickets: $10.


MUSIC: The Echo Presents: Passion of the Weiss 10th Anniversary on Sunday at 4 pm at The Echo. Celebrating the music blog’s birthday are Open Mike Eagle, Boogie, Nocando, Saba, Chester Watson and Delroy Edwards. Tickets: $15-$23.

POOL PARTY: Ouija Entertainment and L'Affaire Musicale present Wicked Paradise pool party on The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA on Sunday from 1-8 pm. Music by Germany's Satin Jackets, Brooklyn's Bit Funk and Indie favorite, Mr Little Jeans headline the party. Also performing Bobby Brush, Sunset Groove, best ghost and Maikol are also on hand. Tickets: $15.

FILM + MORE: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Arthur Magazine’s Arthurfest, the 2005 festival in Barnsdall Park that included Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, Black Keys and more, filmmaker Lance Bangs takes over Cinefamilyon Sunday at 7 pm. He screens his unreleased Arthurfest concert film and other projects. In addition, there’s music by David Pajo with special guests Corin Tucker, Allison Wolfe, Jon Wurster and live comedy, including a special performance by the Sultan of Summah: Howard Kremer. Tickets: $14.

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