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Weekend Planner: 20 Awesome Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 of the coolest events happening in L.A. this weekend...


DANCE DTLA: DJ NIGHTS (Music + dance)
Dance the night away in Grand Park on Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight. It’s the Music Center’s final DJ Night of the summer, curated by The Gaslamp Killer. He’ll be joined by fellow DJs Computer Jay and C Minus for a night of rock. The playlist may include everything from the Violent Femmes and David Bowie, to Erkin Koray and The Meridian Brothers. Free.

DEPECHE MODE: 101 (Film)
The Eat|See|Hear film and music series brings D.A. Pennebaker’s concert film Depeche Mode: 101 back to Rose Bowl Stadium, where the film was shot in 1988. Radio DJ Richard Blade, who also appears in the film, hosts and spins before the screening. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and fashionably late VIP tickets will also be available to purchase. Food trucks and a bar will be available, too. The event is dog-friendly, too. Doors at 5 p.m., music 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m.

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KCRW and Metro Art team up for a night of food, music and dancing at Union Station on Friday night. KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley and DJ Travis Holcombe host and spin tunes from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on the station’s South Patio. The event features games like Jenga and cornhole, a photo booth and hula hooping. Food trucks onsite include Asian fusion Pho King Awesome, Plant Food for People and fried chicken specialists Free Range. Union Station vendors like Café Crepe and Ben & Jerry’s are offering specials, too. The party is free and open to the public.

Pop duo Sylvan Esso plays the Hollywood Palladium on Friday night in support of the band’s latest release What Now? Flock of Dimes opens the show. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $38.

The Getty’s Friday Flights series concludes its 2017 season on Friday night, once again bringing a diverse number of artists working across mediums to present sights and sounds. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle performs Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance with Tyler Matthew Oyer. The piece will be performed for the first time with live music by The Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation). Other artists performing on Friday night are visual artist Scott Benzel and psych-rockers Psychic Hills. Free, and parking is $10 after 3 p.m.


Cinespia screens Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 film Ghost World—starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson—on Saturday at 9 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Zwigoff and special surprise guests will appear in person. Gates at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $16.

A Krofft Super Art Group Show opens at La La Land Gallery on Saturday with an opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Sid & Marty Krofft brought many hours of entertainment to Saturday morning TV. Curator Kii Arens set up this exhibition to pay tribute to the Kroffts. The show remains on view through Sept. 25.

THE BEST FRIENDS SHOW (Comedy + stories)
The Best Friends Show is at The Virgil on Saturday night at 8 pm with comedy and storytelling from comedians and their best friends. Telling tales this month are: Casey Feigh and Jacob Womack; Gary Richardson and Mitra Jouhari; and Eugene Cordero and Bobby Moynihan. Tickets: $5 online or $6 cash at the door. Ages 21+.

JACKIE BROWN (Film talk)
KPCC In Person is at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Saturday night as FilmWeek’s Larry Mantle hosts a 20th anniversary screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. The FilmWeek Screenings series, curated and hosted by Mantle, is dedicated to movies set in Southern California. Jackie Brown features locations in Carson, Hawthorne and the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. The movie is rated R, so anyone younger than 17 needs to be accompanied by an adult. A conversation with Mantle and special guests follows the screening. 7 pm. Tickets: $12+ fees.

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The Broad Museum’s Summer Happenings series returns on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Each Happening reflects different exhibits or artists at the museum, and this month’s event uses the Oracle exhibition as its muse. Curated by performance artist and legendary underground musician Ron Athey and James Spooner, with Xiu Xiu and A Place To Bury Strangers playing and a number of poetry/sound art collaborations taking place on the museum's third floor. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Ages 21+. Tickets include access to the full museum, but the Infinity Mirrored Room will not be open.

Bad Dad: The Game Show is a comedy show where comedians share stories growing up with weird/bad/nutty dads and the audience contestants have to match the stories with the comedians. It takes place on Saturday night at UCB Franklin at 11:59 p.m. There are prizes for audience winners. Tickets: $5.

IN THE COSMOS (Spoken word + music)
WordTheatre presents In the Cosmos: Where We Come From, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going… on Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre. Performers including JK Simmons, Sterling K. Brown, Bellamy Young, Darren Criss, Bruce Vilanch, Lesley Nicol and many others discuss the big picture: “From creation myths to the Big Bang to alien life forms, a constellation of actors will bring to life the story of the Cosmos in the words of the great poets, astronomers, comics, philosophers and more.” They’ll be accompanied by live renditions of both classical and contemporary pieces. The event benefits WITS: WordTheatre® in the Schools. Proceeds will send 400 Title 1 high school students to this performance. Tickets: $35 to $250 (VIP Donor tickets includes a pre-show cocktail party, an after-party, and also provides a ticket and transportation for 1 student).

Nashville quartet Savoy Motel brings its mix of glam rock, soul and southern boogie to The Getty’s Off the 405 series on Saturday. DJ Baby Donut (Allison Wolfe/Bratmobile) opens the night. Free.

The legendary Bryan Ferry makes his Hollywood Bowl debut on Saturday night. He’ll perform live with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, including music from his solo career and his time with Roxy Music. Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant opens the night. Tickets start at $17.

VOYAGER INSTITUTE (Film + learning)
The Voyager Institute is a new arts lecture series created by Alamo Drafthouse programmer Bret Berg. The next installment is on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Resident in DTLA. The evening includes a “We Love You, Bill Paxton” tribute video mix and then a panel discussion/Q&A on “Video Store Stories” with clerks from Cinefile Video, Vidiots and Eddie Brandt’s. Free.

Supercaliforniagilisticexpialibodcious is a group exhibition of [mostly] large paintings that opens on Saturday at Human Resources (HRLA). Participating artists: Asher Hartman, Ben White, Christine Wang, Devon Tsuno, Guan Rong, Iris Yirei Hu, Jemima Wyman, John Bertel, Katie Herzog (with Andrew Choate), Kristin Calabrese, Sarita Dougherty and Trulee Hall. The opening reception runs from 7-10 p.m. The works will remain on view through Sept. 10.


The Petersen hosts a free lowrider car show on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. The show celebrates the Petersen’s latest lowrider exhibit, The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración. The lowriders will be parked on the third floor of the parking structure. Free parking, coffee and bagels are provided to attendees. People are welcome to bring their own lowriders (just register the car).

The Pack Theater presents The Ladies of Sketch Nighton Sunday at 10 p.m. The event showcases the women who are performing/writing on The Pack Theater's popular Sketch Night teams. Expect a night of live comedy and videos. Tickets: Pay what you can.

Chefs Chad Colby (forthcoming Orto), Chef Miles Thompson (Michael’s) and Winsome Bar Director Edwin Cruz team up on Sunday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for Potluck: A Food Waste Awareness Dinner to Benefit LA Kitchen. The three will create a family-style dinner to “raise awareness about food waste and to show that sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.” More than a third of food in America is wasted every year, so each chef is being asked to create a dish that produces almost zero waste. The night begins with a short composting workshop from LA Compost before dinner. Tickets: $60.

SH*T ARCADE (Comedy + gaming)
Sh*t Arcade: Comedians Play Bad Video Games takes over NerdMelt on Sunday at 9 p.m. Both the audience and comics play and make fun of the worst video games of all time (think from Shaq-Fu to Bible Adventures). Mike Drucker hosts the night, which features Adam Conover, Zoe Quinn, Matthew A. Cherry, Ify Nwadiwe
Mike Lawrence and others. Tickets: $10.

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