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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

There's a book launch at La Luz de Jesus on Saturday for 'Dream It! Screw It! 30 Years of Rejected Disney Park Ideas!' (Image: Courtesy of the gallery)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening right here in L.A. this weekend....


SNORKEL DREAMS (Art happening)
Snorkel Dreams: A Machine Project Guide to Art Underwater is a public art project presented by the Beach=Culture series at the Annenberg Community Beach House from Friday through Sunday. It’s participatory exhibition that takes place underwater, in the (heated) pool. Works are by Andrew Cannon, Jessica Cowley, Bob Dornberger, Emily Joyce, Alice Könitz, Candice Lin, Becca Lofchie, Johnston Marklee, Jennifer Moon & Laub, Paul Pescador, Jennifer Rochlin, Sune Woods, Kim Ye, Patricia Yossen, Mallen&Gray and Machine Project with Grace Eunchong and include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, video, photography and interactive elements. Guests will need to sign a participation waiver and basic swimming skills are required of anyone entering the water. Free, but RSVPs are mandatory for specific time slots during the weekend.

The bummer about going to LA Kings and Clippers or Lakers’ games is the inevitable traffic on the way out. But now, Nest at WP24—the lounge on the 24th floor of The Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live—features a new Overtime Power Hour of specially priced drinks and bites, which are available after every LA Kings, Lakers, and Clippers game at The Staples Center. With great views, it’s a good way to wait out the traffic. The Overtime Power Hour officially begins on Friday, in honor of the first LA Kings’ home game.

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How to Dress Well(the stage name of Tom Krell) plays the Regent Theater on Friday night, performing his eclectic mix of R&B. Opening acts are Lydia Ainsworth and Ex Reyes. All ages. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $17.50-$22.50.

Luminal presents a glow-in-the-dark circus on Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm at Le Studio near LAX. The features glow-in-the-dark performers, computer control light displays, lasers and glowing circus apparatus. Acts include stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobatics and aerialists. Tickets: $20.

DON’T TELL MY MOTHER (Storytelling)
The storytelling show Don't Tell My Mother returns on Friday at 8 pm with The Super Gay, Coming Out Show at Busby’s East. Created and hosted by Nikki Levy, the night includes super gay stories that you’d never want mom to know from Lance Bass (Finding Prince Charming, *NSYNC), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Willam (RuPaul's Drag Race), singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and Levy with music by Abby and The Myth. Party begins at 7 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. Tickets: $25 with all proceeds going to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The 3rd China Onscreen Biennial opens on Friday with a screening. (Image from 'Tharlo,' by Pema Tseden.)
The third China Onscreen Biennial (COB), presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, opens on Friday night. The COB, which runs through Nov. 17, brings a showcase of Chinese films from both experienced and emerging artists, as well as cultural experiences, to L.A. as well as two other American cities (New York and Washington, D.C.). Screenings will take place at UCLA Film & Television Archive, REDCAT, AFI Fest and Pomona College - Pacific Basin institute. COB’s opening program at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum features the world premiere of two short video works by Gu Changwei, who will be at the screening, and the west coast premiere of Tharlo by Pema Tseden.


TASTE OF SOUL (Food fest)
One of L.A.’s largest—if not the largest—street fest, The Taste of Soul Family Festival, takes place on Saturday along Crenshaw Boulevard and between Rodeo Road and Stocker Street from 10 am to 7 pm. Expect great food from local food vendors/restaurants (specializing in Creole, Jamaican, Soul, African, BBQ, Mexican cuisines, among others), live entertainment, local artists exhibiting their works and more. To avoid the hassle finding parking, take MetroExpo Line to the Expo/Crenshaw Station, only a short walk from the festival.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents the book release party for Dream It! Screw It! 30 Years of Rejected Disney Park Ideasby Imagineer Dipp Disney on Saturday from 7-10 pm. Published by humor press The Devastator, Saturday’s presentation features author/publisher Geoffrey Golden and special guest comedian Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Drunk on Disney) showing the “rejected ideas of Imagineer Dipp Disney, Walt's dumb and constantly drunk cousin.”

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition opens on Saturday at the California Science Center. The massive interactive exhibition features the science, technology, engineering and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help create Pixar’s works for the big and small screens. The exhibition continues through April 9, 2017. This timed ticketing event is going to be wildly popular, so advanced tickets are highly recommended. Tickets start at $9.95 for kids and $14.95 for adults.

The Burbank Beer Festivaltakes over the streets of Downtown Burbank on Saturday, with two sessions for craft beer sampling: 12-3 pm or 4-7 pm. will feature a monumental fall street fair as well as tastings of over 85 craft beers on tap from scores of different breweries including Absolution Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing,Saint Archer Brewery, Portland Cider Company, Eagle Rock Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company,MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Island Brewing Company, The Bloody Cure, Ballast Point, Stone Brewing Co.and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Tickets: $40.

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Africa Rising, the grand finale of the Ford Theaters Summer 2016 season, takes place on Saturday at 7 pm. The event is a showcase of “African contributions to global culture that highlight the multi-cultural renaissance of the African Diaspora within L.A.” There will be performances by Ghanaian-born Rocky Dawuni, the Ethiopian-influenced ensemble Wondem with Dexter Story, the Congolese-Belgian Marie Daulne of Zap Mama, and DJs Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red, spin tunes between sets. Kara Mack and her "Africa in America" drummers & dancers will also perform alongside visual artists. The event is all ages. Tickets: $35 for adults, $25 for children and $75 for VIP.

GET A ROOM (Comedy)
The Hammer Museum teams up with Loud Village to present Get a Room—two days of free comedy at the Hammer. The lineup includes a variety of programs and comic talents, including stand-up acts, screenings, and more, from Eliza Skinner to the Set List to SideOneDummy Storytellers to Picture This! The comedy runs on Saturday from noon to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Free. This is a drop-in, first-come, first-served event.

Cartwheel Art Tours x The Wheelhouse present #AD3rdSat—an all-ages coffee, bike and bike tour of DTLA’s Arts District—from 12-2:30 pm on Saturday. The tour starts at The Wheelhouse and will stop at Angel City Brewery, Arts District Brewing and Iron Triangle Brewing. Each of these breweries will provide a small tasting, give participants tours of the facilities and share their stories. Bring your bike. If you don’t have one then, there’s a Metro Bike Share Station right next to The Wheelhouse. Tickets: $15.

ARTSY TARTSY (Art benefit)
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel hosts Artsy Tartsy, a one-night benefit art raffle with 100 percent of proceeds going to local L.A. organizations Get Lit and LA Youth Network, on Saturday from 6-10 pm. Guests can enjoy food and drinks, courtesy of the hotel’s restaurant Tart, listen to the tunes spun by Raul Campos from KCRW and and DJ Garth (WICKED, SF), and view the art on display. Participating artists include Schoultz, Cache, Caia Koopman, Christian Clayton, Cody Hudson, Darby Krow, Estevan Oriol, Fishe, Friends With You, Greg Bojorquez, James Jean, Jean Jullien, Jeff Soto, Jennifer Taylor, Jermaine Rogers, John Van Hamersveld, Joyce Su, Kenton Parker, Lionel Uhry, Mark Dean Veca, Mear One, Meggs, Mel Kadel, Michael Delahaut, Mischief, Patrick Hoelck, Pep Williams, Rob Clayton, SSUR, Sage Vaughn, Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Travis Millard, Victor Reyes and others. Admission is free to attend, but donation packages available and start at $50.

Stockholm, CA is a new all-Swedish music and culture festival that’s at the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds in DTLA on Saturday. The inaugural festival brings a packed lineup of all-Swedish music on Saturday on two outdoor stages, featuring headliners Little Dragon and Icona Pop, joined by supporting acts Veronica Maggio, Otto Knows, Rebecca & Fiona, Elliphant, Mapei, AronChupa, Salvatore Ganacci and Nause. All ages. Doors at 1 pm, and the music begins at 2 pm. Tickets: $40-$150.


Thelast CicLAvia of the year returns to returns to its origins with the Heart of L.A. route. Six miles of roads will be closed off to cars for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized transportation. The route takes people from Mariachi Plaza to Macarthur Park to tons of neighborhoods in between with opportunities to shop, eat and explore L.A. along the way.

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Trepany House present the Puppetzilla Puppet Slamon Sunday at 7:30 pm the Steve Allen Theater, featuring pieces originally developed and performed at the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference in Connecticut. The Slam, hosted by Tim Lagasse with live accompaniment by pianist Michael Mortilla, showcases genres for the 18-and-older crowd. The night will feature shadow puppetry, Japanese bunraku, hand-and-rod, humanette and blacklight puppetry, among others. Tickets: $10-$15.

Check out DTLA’s beer scene through theDTLA Breweries United Fest '16on Sunday from 1-5 pm. For $45, participants get unlimited tastings from Mumford, Arts District, Iron Triangle, Boomtown, Indie, Dry River and Angel City. Proceeds from the event will benefit Keep A Breast. The United Fest ‘16 is being held in the triangle lot just outside Angel City Brewery and will feature locally produced spirits, beer, juices, kombucha and tacos.

The new exhibition S/Election opens at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Park on Sunday. The timely exhibition addresses issues around citizenship “that have been increasingly prominent leading up to the 45th presidential election, providing an alternative platform for artists and the public to participate in civic discourse.” Participating artists include Charles Gaines, Ramiro Gomez, Taisha Paggett, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Ruben Ortiz Torres and Linda Pollack. The opening reception is on Sunday from 2-5 pm with a printmaking workshop led by Self Help Graphics from 2-4:30 pm. The works will remain on view through Jan. 8, 2017.

The Armory Center's Monster Drawing Rally takes place on Sunday. (Image: David Deany at last year's rally)
The Armory Center for the Arts’ Monster Drawing Rally takes place at the Armory in Pasadena on Sunday from 1-6 pm. The annual live drawing event features 100 artists creating new works and then buying them on site for $75 each. Craft beer on-tap all day courtesy of Craftsman Brewing Company with all proceeds from the day benefitting Armory exhibitions. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Admission: $10.

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