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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 20 events happening this weekend. Check out our November guide for other suggestions, too.


Portland, Oregon’s own Blitzen Trapper headlines the Teragram Ballroom on Friday night. The band’s touring in support of its latest release, All Across This Land. L.A.-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers opens. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages.

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Vidiots, the celebrated Santa Monica video store and nonprofit foundation continues its first Vidiotsfest to celebrate its 30th anniversary. On Friday night at 7:30 pm, Vidiots hosts An Evening with Filmmaker Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider), who’ll be in conversation with Variety’s Kris Tapley. Tickets: $20 / $15 Student & Senior / $15 Member (Copper & above). There are so many other programs and speakers this weekend—including Tony Goldwyn discussing Film and Politics and the just-added David O. Russell talk (both on Sunday).

Jesse Thorn of takes his popularBullseye podcast/NPR syndicated show on the road with a stop at Hollywood Forever on Friday night. The show features a mix of interviews, comedy, music and a few surprises. On Friday’s program are guests William H. Macy, Baron Vaughn, Chicano Batman, Matt Walsh and Brian Huskey. 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

Cinefamily and comedian/actor/writer Rob Schrab celebrate Schrab’s birthday on Friday night at 10 pm with an edition of Found Crap, presenting “a night of shitty found footage and drunk commentary” and mashups of bad movies. Tickets: $10/free for members.

Yo La Tengo plays the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Friday night to support its new album Stuff Like That There, which was released in August. It’s a “sort-of sequel” to the band’s 1990 release Fakebook, with a combination of covers, new songs, and re-records of old YLT songs. Original guitarist Dave Schramm joins the trio (Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew) on this mostly acoustic leg of the tour. 9 pm. Tickets: $28.50.


The Oinkster Hollywood launches a new beer program and brunch on Saturday. They’re presenting 10 taps (including Smog City Chip Shot Coffee Porter with Oranges, Craftsman Mystery Keg, Avery Raspberry Sour), with a full weekend brunch menu until 4 pm and breakfast sandwiches and burritos until 11 pm. (Going forward brunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.) Personally, we can’t wait to try the Cluckster Chicken and Waffles w/ Belgian fries ($11.50).

It’s time for Horrible Movie Nightat the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday night at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. The night’s hosted by John Mathot and Susan Wright who’ll screen 2000’s not-so-classic Icebreaker, about ski patrol officer Sean Astin who takes on a group of terrorists led by the bald Bruce Campbell. The evening includes free popcorn, cheap snacks and comedy from Ever Mainard and Guy Branam. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

Los Angeles Walks teams up with National Park Ranger and Walk Ambassador Anthony Bevilacqua to lead a six-mile walk (and history talk) that starts at Union Station (near the Fred Harvey Room) and continues to Elysian Park (and back). Also learn about LA State Historic Park efforts around the city and more. The walk begins at 10 am and ends roughly at 1:30 pm. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the “door.”

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The 9th annual Inglewood Open Studios/Art Walk weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday (from noon to 5 pm on both days) with more than 40 emerging and established artists showcasing their art all over Inglewood. From the organizers: “Highlights include the cavernous Beacon Arts Building (808 N. La Brea, Inglewood) and the sprawling 1019 West studios(housed in a former VW dealership), located right across from the iconic Randy’s Donuts.” The event is free and self-paced. Ample parking at numerous locations. Email for a detailed studio map.

The Hello Kitty warehouse sale happens this weekend in Torrance, with up to 70 percent off Hello Kitty items, including toys, plushes, jewelry, stationery, bags and more. The sale runs from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

On Saturday night from 8-10 pm, KP Projects/MKG presents the opening reception for Travis Louie’s Watch The Skies. The artist uses science fiction films of the 1950s and the pseudoscience of alien theories of the 1970s as a jumping-off point. “Louie explores a visual narrative of extraterrestrials as intergalactic immigrants looking for a place to call home.” Also opening at the gallery is a group exhibition dedicated to the work of film special effects artist Ray Harryhausen. The show remains on view through Dec. 5. RSVP needed: RSVP@KPPROJECTS.NET.

SQUEEZE (Old School Music)
For the first time in more than 20 years, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze are back on tour. The At Odds Couple tour will feature both Squeeze hits and previously unrecorded tracks. They play the Wilshire Ebell on Saturday night, the day after Cradle To The Grave—their first album in 17 years—is released. 8 pm. Tickets start at $65.

CALI UNCORKED (Food + Drinks + Comedy + Music)
The inaugural Cali UNCORKED festival is an all day music, comedy, craft beer, wine and food festival that takes place on Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado (in the OC). Among the participating breweries/wineries are Fifty Fifty Brewing‘s Eclipse, Libertine sours, Council Brewing from San Diego, Force of Nature, Kunin, Dark Horse, Eberle and Rex Goliath. David Koechner headlines the comedy stage, and music throughout the day by Tom Curren, Matt Costa, Collie Buddz and Rebelution. General admission: $45 / $65 for one hour early entry; VIP Lounge - $99 (early entry, lounge access, stage views, bathroom access and premier parking. Meet & Greet VIP $199 also includes time with Rebelution. DD tickets: $30, at the door.

iO West presents Bitch Please Comedy LIVE! on Saturday at 8 pm (and again on Nov. 27 at 9 pm) on the Main Stage. The web show, created by Leandra Ryan, Samantha Clay, and Jacquis Neal, presents new sketches in front of a live audience. Also on the same bill: Laurelly—Lauren Pritchard (MadTV) & Kelly Vrooman (The Chica Show)—a “high energy two gal improv duo that jump into a story full of characters based on a ‘relationship red flag’ from the audience.” Tickets: $10.

OUT 1 (Super Long Film)
Cinefamily’s French film series La Collectionneuse presents the L.A. premiere of the new restoration of Out 1: Noli me Tangere—Jacques Rivette's French New Wave masterpiece that runs just under 13 hours. The film was originally made for French TV, and it’s a rare film to ever see, let alone on the big screen. On Saturday and Sunday, the Super Long Movie Club will watch, break, eat and discuss the film. There’s a potluck on both days, so bring a dish. Things kick off on Saturday at 11 am, and Sunday’s screening begins at noon. Only one ticket needed for both days. Tickets: $40 and $85 (VIP - includes couch seat).

SETH MACFARLANE (Christmas kickoff)
The Grove holds its Christmas kickoff event on Saturday at 7:30 pm, hosted by Seth MacFarlane. He’s joined by Meghan Trainor and Katharine McPhee for a night of music, snow, Christmas tree lighting and Santa Claus’s arrival. MacFarlane also will perform renditions of classic Christmas music backed by a vibrant 70-piece orchestra.

The Culinary Historians of Southern California host a panel discussion on Edible Delights in History with Getty curators Marcia Reed and Christine Sciacca and noted culinary historian Anne Willan. CHSC Vice President Nancy Zaslavsky moderates. This lecture complements the exhibitions that are currently on view at The Gettty—The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The event is free, but reservations are necessary.


The Pasadena Museum of California Art opens the new exhibition Robert Cremean: The Beds of Procrustes and The Seven Deadly Sins on Sunday. To celebrate the opening, the museum presents a conversation with the artist, exhibition curator Linda Lima Cano and author-publisher Robert de la Vergne at 1 pm. “They will consider the myths and metaphors present in Cremean's series of works in Procrustes in Situ (The Beds of Procrustes) and The Seven Deadly Sins, discuss the artist's processes, and reflect on the singular nature of the artist in a society that demands conformity.” Free with museum admission. No RSVP required.

BRUCE LEE CELEBRATION (Film + Talk + Fundraiser)
Martial arts expert and actor Bruce Lee would have turned 75 this month. To commemorate his life, Visual Communications presents the program Celebrating Bruce Lee: An Intimate Evening with Shannon Lee & Diana Lee Inosanto at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday at 5 pm. The event begins with a screening of In His Own Words, followed by an intimate conversation with his daughter Shannon Lee and god-daughter Diana Lee Inosanto as they “reflect on Bruce’s impact in their own lives and his continuing legacy worldwide.” Post-conversation, the celebration continues with live performances, special guests, a silent auction with Bruce Lee items, appetizers and beverages. Tickets: $100-$150. Proceeds from this event will go to support programs at Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center.

Paul Thomas Anderson holds the L.A. premiere of his documentary Junun on Sunday at 7 pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Co-presented with Cinefamily, the film tracks Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and talented musicians as they traveled to Northwestern India to record an album at the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort. Tickets: $15.

Related: LAist’s November Guide

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