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Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend. If you want other suggestions or need to plan ahead, then check out LAist's February Guide.


Joseph Scrimshaw hosts a live edition of the Feral Audio comedy podcast, Obsessed, which examines things that people like a little too much. The first live recording at NerdMelt takes place on Saturday at 7 pm and tackles the movie Rogue One. Special guests are Mike Drucker, Riley Silverman, Matt Belknap and Clarke Wolfe. Tickets: $8 in advance/$10 at the door.

BUNKER EXPERIENCE (Escape room dating)
Serial Killer Speed Dating teams up with the Bunker Experience for a night of escape room and speed dating. Held on Friday (and again on Feb. 17 and 24) at The Bunker Experience escape room in Pasadena, 12 singles enter the escape room after a five-minute speed dating round. They’re given clues to parts of the story and hints on how to get out of the room. Once they escape, or don’t, participants can drown their sorrows at the Speakeasy Bar across the street. Tickets: $39.95 and includes speed dating, escape room and discounted drink specials.

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SHE LOVES (Art show)
She Loves is an art show that takes over HNYPT in DTLA from Friday through Sunday. More than 40 women artists have created works that are designed to evoke emotional responses about love. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tickets: $25 and include drinks.

Cinespia heads to The Palace Theatre in DTLA for a special screening of Lost in Translation (2003) on Friday night at 9 pm. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the film stars Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. Tickets are $25 general admission, $50 premium. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 9 pm.

They say that love Trumps hate, but laughs just might do the trick, too, so The Second City Hollywood opens 2017 by combatting xenophobia, racism, and misogyny with satirical comedy. On Friday nights through April 28 at 8 pm, there’s HisPanic Attack—an original sketch comedy show written and performed by Roxana Altamirano, Mario Barra, Jorge Berrios, David Luna, Jay Pichardo, Jennifer Polania Garcia and Xochitl Romero. Tickets: $12.

LoopdeLoop 5th Bday Show from LoopdeLoop on Vimeo.

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LoopdeLoop is a mini-animation festival that originated in Australia and features short, animated loops united under a theme (this month: “cute.”). The free screening takes place at 7:30 pm on Friday at the Downtown Independent.


ART OF BEHIND THE SCENES (Performance + panel)
Art Of Behind The Scenes is a photography show that features the works of on set still photographers. KP Projects hosts the show and a public opening on Saturday from 7-10 pm. More than two dozen black & white prints will be on view, from Audrey Hepburn relaxing on set before the next setup in Two For the Road to Quentin Tarantino dancing behind camera with Uma Thurman and John Travolta on the set of Pulp Fiction. The exhibit runs through Feb. 26.

HOW I WROTE THAT SONG (Panel discussion)
As part of all the festivities leading up to the Grammys, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) presents its annual panel discussion How I Wrote That Song® on Saturday at 4 pm at 1 Oak Los Angeles. Moderated by BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton, she interviews Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Alex Da Kid, Dallas Davidson, Lauren Christy and DJ Mannie Fresh. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, or $15 at the door with a valid college ID.

LULA DEL RAY (Performance)
Skirball Performance Lab presents the Chicago-based Manual Cinema for Lula del Ray on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The ensemble uses overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music to tell a coming-of-age story inspired by the 1950s music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline. A moderated discussion follows the performance. Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 Skirball members and $12 full-time students and children.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday night for an adults-only party at the L.A. Zoo. Sex and the City Zoo is a 21+ after-hours event dedicated to romance and mating in the animal kingdom. Things kick off in the Zoo's Witherbee Auditorium with a reception from 5-6 pm featuring bites, wines and “animal walk-abouts," which include chats with keepers and the chance to observe small animals up close. From 6-7 pm is a talk (and Q&A) about animal dating and sexy time. The night also features an optional seasonally inspired five-course farm-to-table dinner from 7 to 9 pm created by the Zoo’s executive chef, Brad Robertson. Tickets to the reception and lecture are $40 per person (or $30 for GLAZA members). Tickets for the reception, lecture and five-course dinner with wine pairing are $140 ($130 for GLAZA members).

The Edwardian Ball honors the artistic and literary contributions from cult author, comic artist, illustrator and cartoonist Edward Gorey. The Ball, which takes place at the Globe Theater in DTLA on Saturday night, blends live music, theater, fashion, circus tricks and attractions, fine art, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs and character play. The night’s highlight is a staged production of an Edward Gorey tale. 8 pm. Tickets: $70-$90. 21+.

The Los Angeles Art Association presents Make America, an art exhibition that is an “exploration of a new national context.” The show opens on Saturday with a reception from 6-9 pm. Artists include Susan Arena, Donna Bates, Larry Brownstein, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Mads Christensen, Carlos Grasso, Sol Hill, Colleen M. Kelly, Isolde Kille and many others. The works will remain on view through March 10.

Our/Los Angeles Vodka teams up with Mr. Holmes Bakehouse for an awesome-sounding tasting at Our/Los Angeles Vodka’s Downtown distillery on Saturday night. The night includes a flight of three tastings that include a sweet confection. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to Inner-City Arts. Seatings at 5 pm, 6 pm or 7 pm.

Vintage Valentine at the Rialto is a retro, formal gala taking place at the South Pasadena Theatre on Saturday night. The event’s proceeds will benefit the preservation of The Rialto Theatre and Rockhaven Sanitarium. The theater is featured in La La Land, and this is the first time in 10 years that a public event is being held at the theater. The night features Johnny Holiday, nephew of Bing Crosby as MC, along with the music of Johnny Holiday Dance Orchestra. There will also be a screening of Singin’ in the Rain. Tickets: $70-$130. VIP entry and reception is at 5:30 pm and 6 pm for general admission.

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Cupid’s Undie Run takes place in Santa Monica at Saturday. Proceeds from the party and one-mile run benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis research. The party starts at noon at The Victorian on Main Street, and the Undie Run begins at 2 pm. You must register to participate. Registration: $35.

The 4th Annual Resolution Ride—produced by AIDS/LifeCycle to benefit the HIV/AIDS treatment programs of the Los Angeles LGBT Center—takes place in Griffith Park on Saturday from 7:30 am to 3 pm. (It was postponed in January because of heavy rain.) There are two fully supported bike rides (15-mile or 35-mile) for riders of all skill and fitness levels. The day includes a fitness festival, a bike skills and safety clinic for new riders, food and music. Registration: $30-$35. The price includes lunch. Each rider needs to bring a bike, ID and a Consumer Product Safety Commission-approved helmet. A limited number of loaner bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis thanks to Just Ride LA. To reserve a bike, email

CREEPY ROMANCE (Book launch party)
Creepy Romance is an annual collaborative project between Cosondra Sjostrom and 50 artists who contribute to the collection of eerie unconventional—yet romantic—love quotes paired with original artwork from a variety of talented well-known artists. VIP reception and drink specials at Lock and Key on Saturday night from 7-8 pm, book signings until 11 pm. Cocktail attire suggested.

Wallspace presents the art exhibition My Demands are Unending, a solo show by artist Patrick Haemmerlein, with an artist reception on Saturday from 7-9 pm. Hammerlein mixes urban reality and fantasy that highlights the precarious balance of life in L.A.


Our friends at Time Out L.A. present the Grilled Cheese Meltdown—a cheesy competition—on Sunday from noon to 5 pm (different session times) at the Majestic Downtown. Six local restaurants will vie for the title of the best grilled cheese sandwich in LA. Attendees will get to taste and then vote in the decision. The meltdown also includes beer provided by Angel City Brewery. Tickets: $30 and includes grilled cheese tastings from each restaurant, two beers, music, games and more.

BROKEN HEARTS CIRCUS (Beer + performance)
Angel City Brewery in DTLA presents an Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash: The Broken Hearts Circus on Sunday from 1-7 pm. The event is for the love sick and for those sick of love. Check out acts by clowns, acrobats, dancers and music by See-Ya, Supertall Paul, and Blackwater Jukebox will serenade guests in the Beer Hall. Food treats will be available from The Wafl Truck and Ridges Churro, as well as popcorn and cotton candy.

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