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Weekend Planner: 17 Cool Events Happening in Los Angeles

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Here are 17 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend.


La Luz de Jesus opens three art shows on Friday night: Hudson Marquez’s Welcome to Stiletto; Daniel Martin Diaz’s Paradise Lost and Norbert Kox’s False Salvador. All three shows run through Feb. 26. The opening reception begins at 8 pm on Friday.

Nest at WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton in DTLA celebrates the Year of the Rooster on Friday night from 6:30-10 pm. For one night, guests can enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails with herbs from the hotel’s rooftop garden, and unlimited access to five live cooking stations. Try Chili “Dan Dan” dumplings, roasted Peking duck and more. You might even get to see a dragon dance and other surprises. Tickets: $48.

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PETER HOOK (Music talk)
Book Soup & Spaceland team up to present Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division), who discusses his book Substance at the Regent Theater on Friday night. He’ll discuss the final part of his three-part memoir on which he focuses on the 1980s New Wave and Dance Punk scene and the rise of New Order. He’s in conversation with Moby. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $36.50 (one book, one ticket) or $48 (one book, two tickets). All ages.

CITYLAB, TIMES TEN (Design exhibition)
CityLAb, Times Ten is an exhibition that opens at the A+D Museum on Friday. For the past 10 years, UCLA’s cityLAB has been thinking about the future of Los Angeles and researching the challenges that the city faces, from housing to transportation. The exhibition showcases collaborative, experimental projects that serve as prototypes and possible solutions to challenges that L.A. and other cities face. On Friday at 7 pm, there’s an exhibition walk-through with cityLAB Director, Dana Cuff, A.UD Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. The opening event is free with RSVP. CityLAB, Times Ten remains on view through April 9.

FIRST FRIDAYS (Science + music)
NHM launches its 2017 First Fridays series on this week. This season’s theme is "Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food,” with programs exploring the intersection of science, culture and food. Starting at 5:30 pm, there are science talks, tours and demonstrations mixed with live music and DJs throughout the night. One of Friday’s talks is “Your Plate and Your Gut” and explores what would happen if we were to switch diets with cavemen and how our digestive processes would differ. The music lineup includes: Oddisee, Mndsgn and Dawn. DJs: Anne Litt featuring Aaron Byrd. Tickets: $18.

The American Cinematheque presents the Chaplin Comes Alive film series Friday through Sunday at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The double feature Modern Times / City Lights screens on 35mm on Friday night at 7:30 pm; The Gold Rush / The Kid screen on Saturday at 7:30 pm in 35mm; and Chaplin at Essanay in DCP screens on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets: $12 for each screening.

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The Norton Simon Museum opens the Unexpected Romance film series this weekend with a screening of the Frank Capra classic, It Happened One Night (1934). Each Friday at 5:30 pm in February, the museum screens a film that explores “how sometimes opposites attract.” Films are free with admission ($9-$12); no reservations needed. Other titles in the series: Ball of Fire (1941), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and Harold and Maude (1971).

After five years of staging Running Late with Scott Rogowsky in New York, comedian Scott Rogowsky brings the talk show West to L.A. for the first time on Friday night at 8 pm at the Virgil. He hosts the show with sidekick/dad Marty, a 68 year-old retired politician. The first show kicks off with guests Reggie Watts, The Sklar Brothers and Open Mike Eagle. On Saturday, the lineup features Greg Proops, Rebecca Sugar and Open Mike Eagle. Other guests during the run include Joe Manganiello, Dana Gould, Rory Scovel, Nikki Glaser, Andy Kindler and Kurt Braunohler. The show also runs Feb. 10-12. Tickets: $7.

TINY HOUSE (Exhibition)
HGTV’s Derek Diedricksen leads a tiny house building project at the Craft & Folk Art Museum. He’ll lead a special workshop on building a small house from salvaged materials—and at the end of the workshop, the museum’s raffling off the house. A pre-build party takes place at CAFAM on Friday from 7-10 pm (tickets: $25-$30), followed by a two-day workshop in the CAFAM courtyard on Saturday and Sunday. The completion and closing celebration ($40) at CAFAM takes place on March 18 from 7-10 pm, and the winner of the house will be announced. Raffle tickets are $50 each.

The Skirball Center’s Inaugural Performance Lab continues on Friday and Saturday with a staging of The Bumps, written by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff for a cast of visibly pregnant performers. Developed with director Deena Selenow, the cast and a team of all-women designers the show follows three expectant mothers, the show “considers how our cultural understanding of motherhood has evolved.” A moderated discussion follows the performance of the work-in-progress. Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets: $10, $8 Skirball members and $5 students.


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Giant Robot and its GR2 Gallery each host the openings for two separate art shows. The GR2 Gallery presents the group show Formations—on view through Feb. 22—featuring works by Ke Jiang, Maggie Chiang, Stickymonger Vince Nguyen, Stacy Tan, Huntz Liu, while the store presents Year of the Rooster (on view through March 19), with works by Aaron Brown Brian Luong, Cassia Lupo Chantal deFelice Christy Saguanpong Flatbonnie Jared Andrew Schorr Jeff McMillan and many more. Both receptions are on Saturday night from 6:30-10 pm.

After launching in 2014 and operating “an informal cross between a speakeasy and a warehouse over the last six months,” Boomtown Brewery opens a new taproom in DTLA this weekend. The grand opening takes place from noon-1:00 am, and guests can enjoy the full range of Boomtown beers along with food trucks, music and games.

CAN I KICK IT? (Comedy + Hip Hop)
Can I Kick It? A Comedic Revue of Old School Hip Hop takes place at the NerdMelt Showroom on Saturday at 9 pm. Hosted by comedian Al Jackson and Tone Bell for a show billed as “Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie,” they’re joined by a special guest who will help comment on select videos from from the ‘70s to ‘90s. DJ Josh Spoon spins before the show. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

STATE OF THE UNION (Group art show)
Brainworks Gallery on Pico in Mid City presents the group art show, State of the Union. Curated by Erin Adams, Kristine Schomaker and Diane Williams, the show of political resistance opens on Saturday with a reception from 5-8 pm. From the curators: “State of the Union seeks to discover who we are as a nation, where we are hurt and how we can heal the divisions among us.” Participating artists include: Ajuan Mance, Dwora Fried, Edi Dai, Emily Wiseman, Erin Adams, Jane Szabo, Kim Abeles, Kio Griffith, Linda Sue Price and many others.


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BENSON BOWL (Sports + comedy + food)
Cinefamily presents the Benson Bowl on Sunday at 2 pm. Watch/listen to Doug Benson as he watches and comments on the football game. Things kick off at 2 pm with a pre-game potluck. Watch the game from 3:30 pm on. Tickets are free with RSVP. First-come, first- served.

The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse continues its Silent Sundays series on Sunday at 2:30 pm with our Laurel & Hardy screening of comedy shorts, including "Double Whoopee"(1929), You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928) and "Liberty" (1929). The films are accompanied on a 1924 Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ played by Lance Luce. Tickets: $10-$12.

Watch the Super Bowl for free on a really big screen at the Downtown Independent, starting at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Open seating. Soft drinks, beers, wine and popcorn will be available through the game.

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