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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.


TENNIS (Music)
Tennis—the Denver-based duo—plays The Roxy on Friday night to celebrate its upcoming album, Yours Conditionally. The event is all ages. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20. The show’s sold out, so find tickets through an alternative route. (Watch the '70s-themed album trailer above, too, because it's hilarious.)

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The Electric Bike Expo takes over downtown Long Beach starting on on Friday at 3 pm, with more than 21 electric bike (eBike) brands showcasing 140+ different models. The eBikes are available for expo guests (ages 16+) to test ride for free on a closed outdoor test track. The Expo is free to attend on Friday 3pm-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Register online in advance.

The Skirball Cultural Center stays open late on Friday (from 5-10 pm) to catch the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. at night for free before the exhibition closes on March 1. View more than 70 works by the Pop Art master and get free exhibition swag (while supplies last). Curator-led tours of the galleries will be offered at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. There will be a full cash bar, snack and dinner available to buy—with the food trucks Mandoline Grill and the Hungry Nomad stopping by. Reservations recommended.

Pop-Up Magazine returns to L.A. for a night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday at 7:30 pm. The program—a live magazine—features a mix of true stories, film, photography, art, radio and music live on stage. The presenters include: Wendy MacNaughton (illustrator), Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (MTV News), Kelly McEvers (Host, NPR’s All Things Considered), Jazmine Hughes (NY Times Magazine), Kelley Carter (ESPN’s The Undefeated) and several others. Tickets ($32+ fees) are onsale now.

TRAILER - Beau Travail from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

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La Collectionneuse presents a night of French film and culture on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Beau Travail (1999) directed by Claire Denis screens on 35mm. The film focuses on a Foreign Legion sergeant as he recalls his life, leading troops in Africa, as his power slips away. Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office, there’s a pre- and post-reception with music provided by DJ Zebulon LA. Tickets: $12, free for members.

LA ART BOOK FAIR (Print fair)
The fifth annual LA Art Book Fair once again takes over the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from Friday to Sunday. Printed Matter brings together more than 250 presses, antique book sellers, artists and independent publishers as well as talks, performances and panels. The fair is free and open to the public during the weekend, but the opening night preview party on Thursday—with performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black—is $10. Upstairs at Ace Hotel hosts the official after hours parties through the 26th. Each night a different publisher hosts the party. There’s also an after-party on Friday night from 9 pm-2 am at SPiN at The Standard, Downtown LA (RSVP to

THREE TWO ONE (Art show)
The Berlin- and L.A.-based online gallery Artflash presents a three-day art show, Three Two One, this weekend from Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm at 1329 Abbot Kinney in Venice. The show features limited editions from more than 50 modern and contemporary artists, including Marina Abramović, Jenny Holzer, Mary Heilmann, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Serra, Marisa Mandler, Alice Könitz and others. Artflash offers the editions from $100 to $3,000. The opening reception is on Friday from 7-10 pm. RSVP for the reception at Performances also take place at the space throughout the weekend.

NAH FAIR 2017 (Art fair)
The Nah Fair 2017 takes in DTLA place near the L.A. Art Book Fair on Friday and Saturday at 374 E 2nd St. The fair, which takes a decidedly anti-authoritarian bent, features more than 50 projects, talks, performances and special programming. The opening night from 5-10 pm on Friday features performances curated by Descontrol. The fair runs on Saturday from 1-9 pm.


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DOCUDAY LA (Documentary film)
The International Documentary Association presents Docuday LA on Saturday, screening the most-recognized and nominated documentaries of the year. There are back-to-back screenings beginning at 8:30 am. The screenings include Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life, Animated, O.J.: Made in America and 13th, as well as Short Nominees Extremis, 4.1 Miles, Joe’s Violin, Watani: My Homeland and The White Helmets. Filmmaker Q&As follow each screening, depending on availability. The Docuday screenings will be held at the Writers Guild Theater. Individual tickets are $14+ fees or $70+ fees for the whole day.

Delicious Pizza’s West Adams location celebrates its second-year anniversary on Saturday from 12-5 pm. There will be live music by LA jazz band Black Nile as well as DJs throughout the day, an outdoor market and record vendors. Slices are $2 all day long.

Playboy presents a Midnight Roller Disco at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale on Saturday night from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am. Listen to ‘70s tunes, order a specialty drink from the open bar and skate with the Roller Bunnies. Tickets: $40.

Brazilian Nites productions presents the 17th Annual Brazilian Carnaval celebrating "100 Years of Samba" on Friday night beginning at 9 pm. The party features the 20+ drummers of the Samba da Mudança Samba School, a Carnaval band of touring musicians and vocalists, DJs, dancing, Brazilian specialty drinks; a Brazilian marketplace and more surprises. Tickets: $35. This event is all ages; ID required for those who are 16+.

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BOB BAKER DAYS (Carnival + puppetry)
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater presents the Third Annual Bob Baker Days, a two-day celebration of the theater’s late founder and namesake, on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend includes a carnival, arts & crafts, music, comedy and puppetry and puppet shows. The festivities kick off with a parade on Saturday morning. If you want to participate, gather at Vista Hermosa Park at 9:45 am. Wear colorful attire, flags, streamers and instruments welcome. The parade starts at 10 am and is followed by an opening ceremony and the first of the day’s many puppet shows. Prices vary for each of the shows throughout the weekend.

Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion is an upcoming art show that features works by Billy Morrison—punk rocker turned artist—and installation artist Plastic Jesus at Gibson Brands Sunset (the former Tower Records). The public reception is on Saturday from 12-9.

MANRESA BREAD (Pop-up food)
Manresa Bread, the Bay Area-based bakery, comes down to L.A. for pop ups this weekend. On Saturday from 9 am-1 pm, head baker and partner Avery Ruzicka teams with Chef Jeremy Fox, to create a selection of bread, pastry, sandwiches and toast at Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica. On Sunday from 10 am-3 pm, Ruzicka takes Manresa Bread to Hollywood, and collaborates with Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery of NOTO on a menu of bread, pastry, sandwiches and pastas at the Baroo restaurant space.

BLOODY GRAS (Horror + party)
Drunken Devil, a party company that specializes in horror-infused nightlife, produces the one-night-only Bloody Gras on Saturday night beginning at 8 pm. The event is an homage to Mardi Gras’ hedonism and the seedy history of New Orleans at the early 20th century. Enjoy burlesque, live music, disco, drinks and immersive horror theatre. Bloody Gras happens at Werkartz in the Arts District. Tickets are $75 and are all-inclusive. Dress to impress and reflect 1920s New Orleans.

The Echo Park Historical Society's Stairway Walking Tour takes place on Saturday at 10 am, and includes the Baxter Stairs, Fellowship Park, Red Hill and the modernist Harwell Harris house. The moderately strenuous last two hours and “shows how these forgotten stairways don't just link the hills to the flatlands, but the past to the present.” Free for members, $5 for non-members. Meet at Elysian Heights Elementary School,1562 Baxter St., in Echo Park. For more information email

Tokyo-based artist Dehara Yukinori will be in town from Japan to open his latest show, Pretty in Homeless at Giant Robot 2 gallery. The works explore life on the streets from the artist’s perspective. The reception is on Saturday from 6:30-10 pm and the show runs through March 15.SUNDAY, FEB. 26

Smorgasburg, located in the ROW DTLA, celebrates Mardi Gras with Little Jewel of New Orleans on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. In addition to its usual vendors, guests can indulge in the special pop-up’s cajun treats like jambalaya, Cheezus' Muffaletta and Abita beer in the beer garden. Entry is free (but the food is not).

There’s a film awards show that takes place on Sunday afternoon, and Cinefamily hosts an Awards Watching Party with Doug Benson & Friends on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Things kick off with a potluck (bring a dish—chips and drinks are discouraged). The show begins on the big screen at 4 pm. Free, with RSVP. Registration does not guarantee a seat.

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