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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.


PaleyFest continues at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with screenings and panel discussions with cast and creatives from some of the hottest shows on TV. Friday: Bob's Burgers; Saturday afternoon: Pretty Little Liars; Saturday night: Westworld; Sunday afternoon: Scandal; and American Horror Story: Roanoke wraps things up on Sunday night. Individual tickets: $30 to $72 for Paley Members and $40 to $90 for general admission. Membership packages/rates available.

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Dirty Laundry TV presents a music and art showon Friday at 7 pm at Basic Flowers. Music by Sloppy Jane, Super Lunch, Worn-Tin and The Squids. DJ set by Alison Rosenfelt. Artists include: Eric Anaya, Skye Lowe, Zac Lopez, Amanda Huston, Amber McCall, Yiwei Meng, Alex Munoz, Cheyne Ellett, Maverick Mudge, Tessa Coffey and Encrypt. Proceeds from the party go Their Community Center in South L.A. Tickets: $10. All ages.

The Music Center celebrates spring with its latest edition of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours, held from 11:30 pm on Friday to 3 am on Saturday. It's free night of “immersive and multisensory programming” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and includes: a reimagined plaza with large scale oceanic projections and ambient music by multimedia artist Sean Hellfritsch; a floral meadow with a fresh-flower, crown-making workshop by The Crown Collective, accompanied by the World Pacific’s live sitar music; a dance party in the Pavilion’s Founders Room where Dub Club spins classic Reggae, Dub and Dancehall; and more. Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at the door.

The 4th Annual North Hollywood CineFest begins on Friday and runs through March 30 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater, featuring features and short films from all genres. The festival ends with a night of panels with producers, casting agents and screenwriters before the awards ceremony. Passes, individual tickets and bundles available.

NOIR CITY (Film festival)
The American Cinematheque & the Film Noir Foundation present Noir City: 19th Annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre beginning on Friday and running through April 2. The festival curators have scoured archives to bring favorites back as well as lesser-known and obscure films. There are 10 double features with a major studio A release paired with a shorter B movie. The festival opens at 7:30 on Friday with the 75th anniversary double bill of This Gun For Hire (1942) and the 35mm archival print of Quiet Please, Murder. $15.


The LA Opera opens the romantic opera The Tales of Hoffmann on Saturday night. Hoffmann is an artist and poet torn between art and failed love affairs. From the Opera: “Urged on by his drinking buddies, Hoffmann recounts the stories of the fascinating women who captured his heart—wind-up doll Olympia, conniving Giulietta, fragile Antonia and elusive Stella. Hoffmann's doomed pursuit of romance, foiled by sinister figures of darkness at every turn, ultimately lead him to a poet's artistic salvation.” Plácido Domingo conducts Vittorio Grigolo in the title role. The production runs through April 15. Ticket prices for the run begin at $24.

Nasty Woman Portraits is a newly established nonprofit feminist organization that uses photography to honor feminist leaders. Their launch event honored Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood, and on Saturday night, their next event honors Michelle Obama, her work and the Southern Poverty Law Center. DJs will spin tunes and feminist art works will be on view. The event takes place at Lure Film Studios from 7-10 pm. Guests can get their portrait taken in the style of Kwaku Alston's photo of Michelle Obama.

THE BEST FRIENDS SHOW (Comedy + stories)
The Best Friends Show is at The Virgil on Saturday night with comedy and storytelling from comedians and their best friends. Telling tales are a FANTASTIC lineup: Josh Ruben & Liz Zwiebel, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher. 8 pm. Tickets: $5 online or $6 cash at the door. (Waitlist at the door because it’s sold out online.)

Kii Arens' La La Land Gallery holds a group art show, For Goodness Sake, to raise spirits and money for the Syrian Relief Fund by partnering with Oxfam America. For the show, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) has created a one-of-a-kind 45 RPM record with two songs that will be played on opening night. Whoever buys the art piece and the accompanying phonograph will have the only copy of the record. Other artists include Shepard Fairey, Peter Blake, Dalek, Gary Baseman, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, Rosie Lea Brind, The Art of Chase, Janee Meadows, Steve Ellis, Warmoraw, Rudy Fritsch, Mark Rogers, Anthony Ausgang, Donnie Molls, Danielle Garza, Sung Hyun, Hey Pogo, Ekaterina Oloy, Travis Lampe, Erin Goedtel, Shoko Yanagisawa, Teri Harriet, Mike Sandoval, Smiley Stevens, Amelie Laurice and Susan Anderson. The show opens on Saturday with a reception from 7-11 pm. The show runs through April 21.

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Angel City Derby Girls (ACDG)—L.A.’s only internationally ranked competitive Women's Flat Track Roller Derby League—holds its spring doubleheader on Saturday night. The roller derby features four Southern California teams at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The first match is at 6:30 pm featuring Road Ragers vs Wine Town Rollers and then Short Shots vs Beach Cities at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8-$25.

INDIE SOUL (Art + community)
On Saturday night from 5-9 pm, Radiant J. Productions presents Indie Soul: An Evening of Art and Connection for a Cause at the Mid-City Arthouse. In a time when our country feels divisive, this is a chance for the community come together for art and connection. The night features live music by Gina Loring, Flavia, Goodnight Kiss, The Other Mules, Rob Leines and DJ Sets by TIMO and Christian Tracy, speakers, crafts, and food and drinks. Tickets: $35-$150 and 100% of the profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

The Grammy Award-winning East LA band Quetzal holds an album release party at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo on Saturday night. The band releases The Eternal Getdown—it’s seventh—which mixes son jarocho, Cuban batá, funk, Chicano rock, soul and R&B, “all while celebrating the themes of resilience, feminist knowledge, and transcendence.” Special guest performers include Aloe Blacc, Ramón Gutiérrez, Rocío Marrón, César Castro and Joey De Léon. Tickets: $25-$35. 7 pm.

Clausen College Presents The Philosophy Department is a new character-driven and standup comedy show that takes place on Friday night at 10:15 pm at the Lyric Hyperion Cafe and Bar. The fictional Clausen College hosts a college campus preview night (with different departments featured each show). Audience members are invited to come meet the professors and also watch live standup comedy brought to you by the college’s entertainment committee. Hosted by Nancy Friedrich, the lineup features Jamie Lee, Nicholas Vatterott, Parvesh Cheena, Christina Anthony, Ben Seeder with a number of appearances throughout the night. Tickets: $5.

Bender presents a fitness festival on March 25 at ROW DTLA.All Day: Spring Playground for Body + Soul brings sound, movement, style and more across six spaces at ROW DTLA. Classes include Rooftop Yoga by Ashley Rideaux and Mia Togo, Sound Bath Meditations by Lynda Arnold and Torkom Ji and Hip Hop Dance by MVMT Theory. There’s also a sunset dance party with DJ Travis Holcombe from KCRW. Tickets: $25-$35.

FEAR IS WHAT WE LEARNED HERE (Immersive installation)
Screenshot Productions presents Fear Is What We Learned Here (F I W W L H ), an immersive walkthrough installation that targets Donald Trump and social injustice. The work explores spaces between art, technology, politics and self. F I W W L H runs at MonkSpace in Koreatown on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 pm. Arrival instructions will be emailed to participants after ticket purchase. Audience members take the 5-minute journey alone. While this is not a horror experience, there will be physical contact and moments of complete darkness. Tickets are $50 with $10 from each ticket going toward “charities fostering equality and helping those marginalized in our society.”

FUNNY FIGHTS FEAR! (Comedy fundraiser)
The comedic fundraiser, Funny Fights Fear, takes place on March 25 at the Nerdist School to benefit the ACLU and Human Rights Campaign. The sketch and improv shows run at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm and feature the talents of The Faculty & Friends, Outside Dog, Pinup Squirrels, Explosure, Road Fries, The Murge and others. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Variegated Visions is an art show of original work by Seattle artist Ten Hundred. His art “explores the beautiful and mysterious goings-on of another world,” mashing up comic book, anime and pop surrealism influences. The opening reception is at Gabba Gallery on Saturday from 7-11 pm. Other openings that night at the gallery are exhibitions by Essi Zimm and Konecki. DJ Jonathan Williams spins the tunes. The shows will be on view through April 15. Free.


The Vegan Street Fair returns to North Hollywood (on Chandler Boulevard between Tujunga and Vineland) on Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. There’s free admission and guests can get bite-sized and full-portions from more than 150 vegan food purveyors. Vendors include Donut Friend, World Empanadas, Taqueria La Venganza, Trejo’s Tacos, by CHLOE, Word of Mouth Truck and more. The street fair partners with The Federal Bar for the beer garden, too.

W Hollywood recently launched B-Side, a new Sunday night music series with 42 Seven Productions. The show features Broadway, TV and film performers singing and dancing to the songs of from cinema. Get gussied up because an upscale casual dress code will be enforced. The show is free. Doors at 10 pm, show at 11 pm. Ages 21+.

On Sunday, UCLA’s Fowler Museum opens the exhibition, African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style. The art show introduces visitors to “African dress tradition featuring the colorful, boldly patterned cotton textiles that have come to be known as ‘African-print cloth.’” The exhibition traces the early history of the cloth trade in West and Central Africa while showcasing African styles from Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Senegal are featured. Admission is free.

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