Weekend Planner: 19 Things To Do In Los Angeles
Not going to Sundance? Don't worry, here are 19 cool events happening this weekend right here at home. Check out our January Guide for other suggestions, too.
FRIDAY, JAN. 22
LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: PIERROT LE FOU (Film)
La Collectionneuse presents Jean-Luc Godard’s 1969 film Pierrot Le Fou with a run at Cinefamily that begins on Friday at 7:30 pm. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, the road trip movie with France as backdrop, features alternates between a comedy, drama and love story. The new 4K restoration is by Rialto Pictures and to kick off its run, there’s a live set by Marc Wright aka DJ Pierrot from Décadanse Soirée. Tickets: $12.
PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER ART SEASON (Art + Performance)
Pacific Design Center launches its winter art season on Friday night with a public opening reception from 5-9:30 pm. The PDC’s national arts program, designLAb, debuts 16 “cutting-edge arts, architecture & design, sound and taste exhibitions.” The night includes one-night only performances, including Steve Boyer's Tasting Bar at Industry Gallery, featuring samples of highly concentrated bitters in the context of his ongoing digital exhibit, Drawing Agents, and artist Steve Roden creates a one-hour live performance beginning at 8 pm at Young Projects Gallery. Also happening at MOCA PDC, is the member’s opening of Catherine Opie’s photo exhibition: 700 Nimes Road.
PEACHY KEEN (Comedy)
Peachy Keen is a free comedy show that takes over Bar Lubitsch on Friday nights from 8-10 pm. Though we don’t know the full lineup just yet, we do know that Jared Logan has been confirmed to perform.
LOS ANGELES FINE PRINT FAIR (Art)
The 2016 Los Angeles Fine Print Fair (LAFPF) takes over Bonhams Los Angeles this weekend, featuring art from 18 international dealers who’ll highlight five centuries of printmaking. Check out artworks that include traditional Japanese woodcuts to impressionist works and contemporary art. The fair and parking are free to the public on Saturday and Sunday (but the works are not). There’s a special Opening Night Preview party that benefits the nonprofit Self Help Graphics, with tickets available for $25.
RESPECT! OTIS REDDING AND THE REVOLUTION OF SOUL (Music + Art) The Grammy Museum presents the new exhibition Respect! Otis Redding And The Revolution Of Soul, which opens to the public on Friday. There are a number of artifacts on display, including Redding’s 1968 Grammy for his vocal performance on “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay), stage outfits, photographs, performance footage and more. There’s a special opening night party on Thursday with appearances by members of Redding’s family. Tickets for the party are $25; otherwise, general adult admission is $12.95.
JUSTIN KAUFLIN / QUINCY JONES (Music talk)
On Friday night at 8 pm, the Next Generation @ The Wallis series presents a Q&A with jazz pianist Justin Kauflin and music producer Quincy Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The evening begins with an 8 pm film screening of Keep On Keepin’ On, Alan Hicks’ ode to the friendship between the renowned trumpeter Clark Terry and Kauflin. The Q&A follows the screening as does a performance by Kauflin on piano. Tickets: $29-$59.
RADIO MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS ON SCREEN (Film)
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present the series Out of the Ether: Radio Mysteries and Thrillers on Screen, beginning on Friday night at 7:30 pm with the double-feature The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) and Night Editor (1946). The series examines how radio influenced film content and production in the early part of the 20th century. Come early to listen to an original radio broadcast before the films begin. Tickets: $10. The series continues through March 21.
SATURDAY, JAN. 23
'Year of the Monkey' - a group exhibition is at GR2 this weekend. (Image: Courtesy of Giant Robot)
YEAR OF THE MONKEY / WEIRDOS (Art Shows)
Giant Robot presents two shows this weekend. The group show Year of the Monkey, featuring more than two dozen artists, is at Giant Robot 2 Gallery. Down the street, another group show Weirdos opens at the Giant Robot store. Both receptions with the artists run concurrently on Saturday night from 6:30-10 pm. The Year of the Monkey runs through Feb. 10, while Weirdos remains open through Feb. 29. AMERICAN TEA ROOM (Sale)
On Saturday and Sunday, the American Tea Room holds a warehouse sale in DTLA. Tea lovers can purchase rare and exotic teas, tea ware, fixtures and furniture at a steep discount. For example, Macaroon Organic Rooibos Blend normally $16 is now $8 and Vintage 1992 Pu’Er tea is normally $65 and now $30. The sale takes place on Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
50 HOUR DRIVE-BY THEATRE FESTIVAL (Theater)
Zombie Joe’s Underground holds its 15th Annual 50 Hour Drive-by Theatre Festival from Saturday through Monday. They’ll present four all-new mini-plays that were all written, directed and performed in two days. The shows run each evening (Saturday, Sunday at Monday at 8:30 pm.) The works feature a live musical score by Kevin Van Cott. Tickets: $15.
LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT / JESSIE HOMER FRENCH (Art)
The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena holds an opening reception on Saturday, from 6-8 pm, for two art exhibitions. The first—Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985-2016—is a survey of the works of the performance art group, the Los Angeles Poverty Department, which was founded on Skid Row in 1985. The exhibition includes new work and performances in addition to archived materials. The second exhibition, Jessie Homer French: Mapestries, features hand-stitched tapestries that “diagram the fault lines of California and beyond.” The shows run through Sunday, May 15.
CHROME SPARKS (Music)
DJ/musician/producer Chrome Sparks aka Jeremy Malvin plays the Echo on Friday night at 8:30 pm to promote his new EP Parallelism (out on Future Classic label), which he created using three analog synthesizers, vocal samples and a tambourine. He creates “dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club bangers.” Meishi Smile opens. Tickets: $10-$12.
FAST TIMES FEST (Film)
Movie Night at the Wiltern presents the Fast Times Fest on Saturday night at 7 pm. The evening includes a screening of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a costume contest and live music by the Ridgemont Allstars band.The event is all ages; food and full bar available for purchase. VIP and private table upgrades are available. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8 pm. Tickets: $15-$30.
THE WHALING CLUB (Food + drinks)
The Whaling Club presents a pop-up party with a night of tiki cocktails, fresh shucked oysters and Polynesian-inspired bites somewhere in Culver City on Saturday night at 8 pm (the Friday night event is already sold out). Reservations (for two to six people) are accepted by email firstname.lastname@example.org and a confirmation email will follow with location information. Tickets: $62.10 per person.
UNCORKED LA WINE FESTIVAL (Wine + food)
The first Uncorked LA Wine Festival takes place on Saturday at Union Station from 6-9 pm. Sample varietals from 50 wineries from California and international makers while listening to live music. Food trucks, including Rice Balls of Fire, Border Grill, Rollin’ Lobster and The Grilled Cheese Truck will be on hand to help sate your appetite. General admission: $55 and includes wine, but not food. The VIP ticket at $65 allows for entry an hour earlier.
The Vidiots Foundation presents a special screening of the cult classic Roar (1981) on Saturday at 7 pm. The cult classic stars Noel Marshall and his then-wife Tippi Hedren, step-daughter Melanie Griffith and sons John and Jerry Marshall as a family who visits the father (Marshall) and his menagerie of more than 100 untamed animals. When they arrive, the lions battle for dominance. While no animals were harmed during the 11-year shoot, more than 70 crewmembers were. A Q&A will follow with one of the actors (and son of the director) John Marshall. General admission tickets: $10.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24
RUN TO REMEMBER (10K / Half-Marathon)
The Run to Remember is a 10k and half-marathon fundraising race that begins at The Grove and runs through Paramount Studios. It's being held on Sunday at 7 am in honor of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders. The race is still open; the 10k registration fee is $55 and the half-marathon is $105
THE GENERAL (Silent film)
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse presents a Silent Sundays screening of The General, directed and starring Buster Keaton this Sunday at 2:30 pm. Watch the silent film, set in the South during the Civil War, with live Wurlitzer accompaniment at the historic playhouse. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
GOLDEN STATE OF COCKTAILS (Drink)
Golden State of Cocktails (GSC) Los Angeles is the premier educational cocktail festival that takes place from Jan. 24-26 at The Majestic Downtown. Most of the seminars, lectures and tastings are open to the public. Program highlights include Smartphone Cocktail Photography, The Modern History of Tequila: From Agave Fields to Craft Cocktails, Rum and Punch: The Historical Roots, the Recipes, Rituals the Modern Revival of the Flowing Bowl and The Drink Download: The Intersection of Tech and Hospitality in the Digital Age. Evening dinners and bar crawls are hosted at various locations throughout DTLA. Ages 21+. All seminars are $40 (unless otherwise noted).
Related: LAist’s January Guide