Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 20 Cool Things To Do In Los Angeles

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend. If you need more suggestions (e.g., L.A. Art Show or photo l.a.), or want to plan ahead, then check out the January Guide, too.


WHERE IS ROCKY II (Art + film)
Where is Rocky II? Is a film by Academy Award-winner and artist Pierre Bismuth, who hires a private investigator and Hollywood screenwriters to search for a fake rock allegedly made in 1979 (and named after the Sly Stallone movie) by artist Ed Ruscha, who hid it for 40 years in California’s Mojave Desert. Bismuth’s film sets out to find Rocky II, which Ruscha never speaks about publicly or is it listed in art catalogues of his work. There’s a screening of the film at LACMA’s Bing Theater on Friday at 7:30 pm. A Q&A follows the screening with director Pierre Bismuth, producer Grégoire Gensollen, screenwriters D.V. DeVincentis, Anthony Peckham and Mike White, actors Robert Knepper and Milo Ventimiglia, and detective Michael Scott. Free. (Only standby tickets available.)

Support for LAist comes from

DINE L.A.(Food)
DineLA Restaurant Week returns to Los Angeles for two weeks beginning on Friday and running through Friday, Jan. 27. Participating restaurants, including Fig & Olive, Doheny Room, Hinoki & the Bird, K Ramen, offer prix-fixe menus for lunch, dinner or both. Prices range from $15-$25 for lunch and from $29-$49 and $95+ for dinner. Check out the dozens of participating restaurants then make a reservation.

From Friday through Jan. 29, the video collective Everything is Terrible! Presents The Jerry Maguire Video Store at iam8bit Gallery. The long-form performance art includes fan-donated VHS tapes of Jerry Maguire (approximately 14,000 have been collected so far). Theiam8bit installation is a re-creation of a video rental store (‘memba those?) circa 1996—entirely populated with rental copies of Jerry Maguire. The art work speaks of “perception of culture, waste and existence as a whole.” The store is open 7 days a week, and super cool events are scheduled throughout the exhibition.

The Torrance band Joyce Manor plays two shows at The Regent on Friday and Saturday, as the guys are touring in support of the band’s latest album Cody. Technically, the shows are sold out, so look to alternative ticket means to get into the show. A.J.J. and Toys that Kill open. Tickets: $15-$18. All ages. 8 pm.

VIZ Media and Eleven Arts present the L.A. premiere of Sailor Moon R: The Movie on Friday at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The one-night event celebrates Sailor Moon’s big screen debut. After the screening of the animated feature, there’s a live Q&A session with the English-language cast and creatives. Also screening is the short film Make Up! Sailor Guardians and extras. Dressing/cosplay is strongly encouraged. Tickets: $29.99 (includes Sailor Moon character board and access to exclusive merch, as well as Sailor Moon-themed cocktails).


LOVE TRUMPS HATE (Music benefit)
There’s an amazing event at the Bootleg on Saturday night benefiting Planned Parenthood and ACLU. Love Trumps Hate features performances by the Silversun Pickups, YACHT, Nick Waterhouse, James Supercave, Bloodboy, Expo 86 and others. There will also be a special silent auction only at the event featuring tickets and limited edition signed items. 7:30 pm. 18+. Tickets (which are sold out online): $20.

The Asian American Expo returns on Saturday and Sunday at the Pomona Fairplex. The expo is the largest Lunar New Year celebration in America and features more than 1,000 vendor booths in seven exhibition halls, three distinct food courts and seven performance stages. Admission: $11-$22. All ages.

BREW-YOGA (Beer + fitness)
Move over, Angel City. Golden Road is getting into the fitness game, too! Every Saturday morning, Golden Road hosts Brew-Yoga for a workout session that adds beer to that mind-body balance resolution many of us made. The morning begins with an optional 9 am run (or walk) through the surrounding neighborhoods and LA River followed by a 75-minute mix flow yoga class at 9:30 am. It's suitable for all levels. Classes: $15 and include one beer.

KP Projects presents the solo exhibitionJoseph Lee: Bits and Pieces on Saturday, with a reception from 7-10 pm. The works in the show focus on “the parallel between external reality and internal process.” To attend the opening reception, please RSVP to RSVP@KPPROJECTS.NET.

Support for LAist comes from

SHERILYN FENN (Book signing)
On Saturday at 2 pm, Dark Delicacies in Burbank presents actress/author Sherilyn Fenn, who signs her new children’s book No Man’s Land (hardcover $20). She’ll sign one item free with the purchase of the book (and additional photos from her personal collections for $35). Might want to hang out at the shop until 4 pm because then director Joe Dante comes in to sign the vinyl release of Gremlins and The Howling.

LA LA LAND (Film + Q&A)
On Saturday night, after the 7 pm screening of LA LA Land in IMAXat the TCL Chinese Theatre, there’s a free Q&A with writer, director and now Golden Globe-winner Damien Chazelle. The theater also has Emma Stone’s and Ryan Gosling’s hand and footprints on view before they get installed in the famous Forecourt. Tickets: $19-$21.75.

Giant Robot 2 (GR2) Gallery opens the group exhibition Portals on Saturday with an artists’ reception from 6:30-10 pm. The show features works from Aaron Brown, Cassia Lupo, Lisa Kogawa, Sally Deng, Yusei Abe and Candie Bolton. The works will remain on view through Feb 1.

Charlie James Gallery presents All Season Portfolio, a solo show of new works by Patrick Martinez. The artist reception is on Saturday from 6-9 pm and the works will remain on view through Feb 18.

When We Rise is an upcoming ABC miniseries from Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black that chronicles the history and struggles of LGBT men and women in the U.S. There’s a free Film Independent at LACMA screening of Part 1 on Saturday at 7:30 pm. The event also features a conversation with director Gus Van Sant and Black. Free with tickets.

HOW DID THIS GET MADE? (Podcast taping + comedy)
On Saturday night at Largo, there are two shows/tapings of How Did This Get Made?Podcast with hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas and guests. The show celebrates the world of bad movies (and they’ll never run out of material). Shows at 8 pm and 10 pm. Tickets: $30.

Catharsis Carnival: A Benefit 4 Change takes place on Saturday beginning at 5 pm at Lot 613 in DTLA. Specifically scheduled the weekend before the inauguration, the festival proceeds benefit the organizations Dig Deep, Happy Period, The Trevor Project, White Helmets, CHIRLA, Muslims for Progressive Values, Equality California, Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood. Organizers are setting up politically themed carnival games run by reps from each charity. The day also features a lineup of comedians, DJs, tattoo artists, food vendors and a silent auction of art, homegoods, tickets, gift baskets and more. Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door.


The TBOZ Unplugged Concert takes place on Sunday at 5 pm during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The benefit concert, held at Avalon, features musical performances throughout from T-Boz, Snoop Dogg, DaBrat, Naughty by Nature and others. General admission tickets: $60, with VIP options and add-ons available. The concert seeks to raise awareness and funds for Sickle Cell Disease, which T-Boz (of TLC) is an ambassador.

DAVID BOWIE NITE (Music + dance)
It’s David Bowie Nite at the Echoplex on Sunday at 9 pm, featuring guest DJ Jose Maldonado [Sweet & Tender Hooligans]. Now in its seventh year, the night celebrates Bowie’s birthday by devoting the show to 40+ years of his back catalogue. The show is 18+ and tickets are $8-$10.

Smorgasburg L.A. returns to the ROW DTLA on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Crowd pleasers like Goa Taco, Ugly Drum, Mama Musubi, Jolly Oyster, Lobsterdamus, Banh Oui, Amazebowls, Shrimp Daddy and Donut Friend will be back, joined by new vendors like Hummus Yummy, Buk Chae (turkey legs, done Korean fried chicken style), Lao style beef jerky from Kohk & Sahk, bone broth and dumplings from Brothecary and others. For attendees 21+, a beer and wine garden is on site, run by Guelaguetza’s Michemobil with wine curated by Glou Glou Magazine. Free parking for the first two hours, bike valet available. Free admission.

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is at The Virgil for a free show on Sunday (and every third Sunday of the month) at 7:30 pm. Invited comics write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces, based on their imagination or from audience suggestions. Hosted by creator Bryan Cook. Free. Doors open at 7 pm for cocktails.

Want the 411 on additional events and happenings in LA? Follow @LAist or me (@christineziemba) on Twitter.