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Weekend Planner: 20 Awesome Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend, and if this list isn’t enough, then check out our August Guide for even more suggestions.

FRIDAY, AUG. 4

LA LUZ DE JESUS FIRST FRIDAY (Art show)
La Luz de Jesus presents a First Friday group art show on Friday (natch), featuring works by Annie Owens with Lizz Lopez, Karen Hydendahl, Edith Waddell and Daria Theodora. The opening reception runs from 8-11 pm with the art remaining on view through Aug. 28.

DRINKING IN THE PAST: MEDIEVAL MICROBREWS (Beer history)
The program Drinking in the Past: Medieval Microbrews is at The Getty Center on Friday at 6 pm. Curator Bryan C. Keene and certified beer expert Mark M. Keene discuss the history of beer, ale and mead and pair art with medieval and modern brews. A beer tasting with light appetizers follows the talk. Tickets $65 (includes appetizers); ages 21 and over. Complimentary parking.

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INTO THE FILM: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (Immersive theater)
Into The Film presents its premiere production, A Night at the Opera, on Friday night at the Historical Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club. Guests enter the world of 1880s Paris and become part of the story of The Phantom of the Opera. The immersive and interactive theater event allows guests to participate in the original storylines, but also create their own. Guests are asked to dress in modern evening attire or period costumes to truly be part of the experience. The night ends with a live-scored screening of the 1925 version of The Phantom of The Opera. The experience begins at 7:30 pm and lasts approximately four hours. Tickets: $59.00.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - IN CONCERT (Film + music)
Raiders of the Lost Ark - in Concert takes place at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights. David Newman conducts the LA Phil as the orchestra plays John Williams’ score live while the film plays on the Bowl’s big screens. Tickets: $23-$166.

SATURDAY, AUG. 5

BONETHROWER COLLECTION LAUNCH PARTY (Art + fashion)
Adidas Skateboarding and Juxtapoz Magazine host a Bonethrower Collection Launch Party and Art Exhibition on Saturday night from 7-11 pm. Bonethrower (LA-based artist David M. Cook) has collaborated with adidas for a footwear and apparel collection, and Bonethrower transforms the Rhabbitat space into “a surreal homage to his fictional land of YOD.” Juxtapoz also celebrates its 200th issue, and the party includes music, drinks and Bonethrower’s art. RSVP needed.

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DIRTY DANCING (Movie + movement)
Downtown Dance & Movement celebrates the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing on Saturday night at 7:30 pm with a twist. Learn the iconic line dance from Dirty Dancing from original movie cast member Jay Fuentes and a surprise guest, and then watch the film (with complimentary popcorn). Tickets: $25 regular admission (includes the line dancing class, movie seat and popcorn); $30 for a reserved table.

THE GHOSTS OF PARAMOUNT RANCH (Haunts)
The National Park Service presents a Park After Dark Event: The Ghosts of Paramount Ranch on Saturday night at 8 pm. Learn about the spooky side of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills and find out what ghosts haunt the area, why the racetrack shut down a year after it opened and why witches hiding in the nearby woods. Free. Call the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at 805-370-2301 for more information.

5TH ANNUAL AVOCADO FESTIVAL (Beer fest)
Angel City Brewery’s 5th Annual Avocado Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm to celebrate all things avocado with an artist bazaar, Avocado Beer cocktails, a cake from Charm City Cakes, local food trucks, games and more. For the first time, Angel City offers Avocado Ale in cans, and the brewery sells 4-packs of 16oz cans beginning on Friday at 4 pm.

CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS (Art party)
The summer festival-art party, Chinatown Summer Nights, takes place on Saturday night in DTLA beginning at 5 pm. The art, music and other festivities begin at 5 pm, and KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad (8 pm) and Jeremy Sole (10 pm). Cooking demos, hands-on cultural activities run all night, too. A number of other galleries and spaces are holding pop-up parties, too, including Launch LA, which is holding a party for its Velocity group exhibition with summer cocktails, Lagunitas and wine.

DETROIT (Film + Q&A)
During the chaos of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. That little-known incident is explored in the new film, Detroit. On Saturday at the ArcLight Hollywood after the 8:30 pm screening, there’s a Q&A with actors John Boyega, Will Poulter, Tyler James Williams and Algee Smith. Tickets: $17.75.

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KEVIN MCDONALD’S KEVIN MCDONALD SHOW (Comedy podcast)
Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall hosts a live taping of his podcast Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show at Largo on Saturday night at 8:30 pm. The old-school variety show features sketches, music and an interview. This week, the guests include Dave Foley, Andy Richter and Aimee Mann. Tickets: $30.

BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (Film)
Cinefamily screens Bruce Timm’s and and Eric Radomski’s 1992 animated feature, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Saturday at 2 pm. The filmmakers brought a noirish version of the Caped Crusader to the big screen with voice actors that include Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Dana Delaney, Abe Vigoda, Stacy Keach and many others. Tickets: $12, free for members.

ANGEL CITY AND DERBY DOLLS (Roller derby)
Angel City and Derby Dolls team up for an elite level roller derby competition on Saturday starting at 6:30 pm at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. The first match up is an exposition bout between skaters from Angel City’s all-stars—the Hollywood Scarlets—and their competitive training squad, the Rocket Queens. For the second competition pits, Angel City and the L.A. Derby Dolls ensemble teams. All ages, and beer, wine and cocktails available with valid ID. Tickets: $10-$28.

NEW YORK DOG FILM FESTIVAL (Film)
The New York Dog Film Festival comes to L.A. on Saturday, with two separate programs at 5 and 7 pm at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. The festival is a celebration of love between dogs and people. The 5 pm screening is titled, Outdoor Adventure With Dogs (77 minutes) and the 7 pm program is Who Rescued Whom (74 minutes). Both programs are family friendly. Tickets: $15. (Dogs, unfortunately, are not allowed in the theater).

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THE LION KING SING-ALONG (Film + Music)
The Lion King Sing-Along takes place at the Greek Theatre on Saturday at 8 pm. The evening kicks off with a live musical performance of “Circle of Life,” by Tshidi Manye, who currently stars as Rafiki in the Broadway production of The Lion King. The event also features family activities and special guests. Tickets: $12.

SUNDAY, AUG. 6

CEVICHE PROJECT (Brunch)
The Ceviche Project holds a pop-up brunch at Verlaine in WeHo on Sunday. The five-course event starts at 1 pm with cocktail pairings created by Verlaine's mixologist John Neumueller. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets: $100 per person.
***This event has been postponed.***

PANIC ROOM (Comedy)
Panic Room is a free night of stand-up comedy at The Virgil on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Brendan Scannell (Heathers) and Caroline Goldfarb (OfficialSeanPenn) teamed up to bring us a lineup that will help distract the audience for a few moments from the crumbling democracy around us. The lineup includes Naomi Ekperigin (Seth Meyers), Esther Povitsky (Alone Together), Quinta B. (Buzzfeed, Internet Star), Guy Branum (Talk Show The Game Show) and Curtis Cook (Comedy Central Up Next).

ROW DTLA (Shopping + fun + food)
ROW DTLA just keeps growing. On Sunday, the retail destination welcomes two more stores: dRA and Yolk, which will be open the public for the first time. Poketo hosts a pop-up all weekend long in advance of its permanent location at ROW DTLA. There will also be two rooftop yoga sessions on Sunday and, of course, Smorgasburg LA still has its ice cream alley.

THEKICKBACK LA (Dance party)
On Sunday from 3-7 pm, Budweiser presents The Kickback LA party on the patio at Boardners. DJ R-tistic spins tunes. Free cover. 21+.

YOUSSOU N’DOUR (Music)
Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour plays the Ford Theatres on Sunday night at 8 pm. He’ll perform songs from his latest album, Africa Rekk! (Africa and that’s final!) as well as music from his three-decade career. Prices start at $35.

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