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Weekend Planner: 19 Things To Do In L.A.

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At Subliminal Projects: Tim Armstrong, Gilman Street Exit, 2013, Acrylic, charcoal, paint, sharpie, spray paint, and wallpaper on paper. (Image courtesy of the artist and gallery.)
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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what’s happening in LA. There’s entirely too much happening in town this weekend, from the already mentioned Cat Art Show to Free Museum Day. In addition, we picked 19 other events that piqued our interest. Read on for all the details.

FRIDAY, JAN. 24

ART: Subliminal Projects presents the first solo art show by musician, songwriter and artist Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants). There’s an opening reception for Avenues & Alleyways from 8-11 pm with a special live performance by Tim Timebomb & Friends. The gallery says that the “raw, hard-edged spontaneity in Armstrong's art mirrors his approach to music making…” The show remains on view through Feb. 22.

TV + TALK: The UCLA Film and Television Archive welcomes Emmy-award winning director Robert Butler, who has helmed pilots of some of the best shows in TV history including Hogan’s Heroes, Star Trek, Batman and Hill Street Blues as well as directing episodes of the cult classics The Twilight Zone, Kung-Fu and Columbo. In addition to a conversation with Butler, the Archive also screens Star Trek: “The Cage,” which is the unaired original series 1965 pilot episode. 7:30 pm. Free admission. In the Billy Wilder Theater.

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MUSIC: Get yer dancing shoes because Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue plays a show at the Fonda Theatre tonight with Hot 8 Brass Band and a special apperance by The Wild Magnolias. Doors at 8 pm. Show at 9 pm. Tickets: $27.50.

COMICS: Alyssa Milano and writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly are at Collector’s Paradise in Pasadena for the LA Release Party and signing for their Hacktivist #1 comic book. (The book must be purchased at the store to get it signed.)

FILM: Cinefamily presents The Tramp at 100: A Charlie Chaplin Centennial with a screening of The Gold Rush at 7:20 pm. The 1925 silent film is a classic comedy that mixes physical comedy, visual gags and romance as Chaplin plays a gold prospector trapped in a frozen cabin with no food during an intense winter; he also falls in love with a beautiful girl from afar. (There’s an additional screening on Saturday at 2:15 pm.) $12/free for members.

MUSIC: Tonight at the Wiltern, the 19-year-old UK singer/songwriter Jake Bugg headlines a lineup that also includes a solo turn by Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes and The Skins. 8 pm. Tickets: $34.

POP-UP GAMING: There’s a pop-up party that takes over the old Crane’s space on El Centro in Hollywood from 9 pm to 2 am. Organizers of Pop Up Play Room are bringing classic arcade games to the bar like PacMan, Centipede, Galaga, Donkey Kong, etc. A DJ spins hip-hop and Top 40 tunes for kicking it on the dance floor. There’s no cover and the games are free, but the adult beverages are not.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 25

MUSIC: Jam in the Van is a full-service studio run out of a van (with all equipment run by solar panels). The van travels the country to find great music and on Saturday, the van stops at the Bootleg for a live taping session that's free and open to the public. The taping runs from 11-6 pm with a lineup that includes The Silent Comedy, Great White Buffalo, Roses, Zig Zags and Tara Fox. The event is 21+.

MUSIC TALK: From 12-2:30 pm, BMI presents the panel discussion How I wrote that Song with songwriters Wiz Khalifa, Linda Perry, Dallas Davidson, Charlie Wilson and Alex Da Kid with additional guests to be announced. The artists will talk about the process of writing, producing and performing hits. (No performances, though.) Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day-of-show. Ages: 15+.

CATS: In addition to the Cat Art Show Los Angeles opening at 101/exhibit, the Internet Cat Video Film Festival takes over the Echoplex at 2 pm. It’s a celebration of online cat videos (85 videos / 75 mins) and a social gathering for fans of the genre. The festival includes a cat-themed costume contest, cat-related vendors, reps from local animal shelters and more. Special guests include Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and Chris Torres (PRGuitarman), creator of Nyan Cat. Admission: $14-$16.

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FILM: The Alfred Hitchcock tribute continues at the Aero Theater with a screening of the 1954 classic Rear Window. The film stars Jimmy Stewart as a photog holed up at home with a broken leg. He’s bored and spies on his neighbors and think he may have witnessed a murder. The gorgeous Grace Kelly stars as his girlfriend. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

MUSIC: Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 50th Season Anniversary Weekend features two performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 7 pm. Grant Gershon conducts. Tickets: $29-$129.

LECTURE: At LACMA’s Bing Theater, at 2 pm, Marc Levoy, professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, discusses the features and capabilities of Google Glass when it comes to photography. The lecture What Google Glass Means for the Future of Photography complements the exhibition See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection (on view through March 23). The talk is free and open to the public.

COMEDY: The comedy podcast Jordan, Jesse Go! is doing the world's first live podcast from the USS Iowa in San Pedro. The show is at 5 pm and tickets are $20 for the show and $35 for the show and a tour of the ship (which happens before the comedy taping). Proceeds from the show will go to Swords To Plowshares, an organization that helps 2,000 vets in the Bay Area each year.

ZOODIAC: The LA Zoo explores the connections between the lunar new year and the animals of the Chinese zodiac this weekend (10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday). ZOOdiac, a festival of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, includes food, music, crafts, dancing, performances and special animal enrichment activities. Zoo admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors (age 62 and up); $13 for children (ages 2 to 12); and free for children under 2.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 26

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At CAFAM: 'Perhaps All of the Sky Can't Turn a Page of This Tightness of the Heart,' Golnar Adili, digital print on Japanese paper, batting, thread, canvas, 2013. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)
ART: CAFAM opens two exhibitions today. Timothy Washington: Love Thy Neighbor is the first solo museum exhibition of the Leimert Park-based artist Timothy Washington. The artist’s career spans 40 years and is especially known for his work with L.A.’s groundbreaking Black Arts Movement from the 1960s and ‘70s. Also opening is Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin, two Iranian-American artists who are “re-envisioning the traditional craft practices of paper-cutting and needlework by using photography as a source material.” Both exhibitions runs through April 27. Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for students, seniors, and veterans; free for CAFAM members.

ART: The Hammer Museum opens the exhibition Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914. It’s the first, large-scale exhibition of the Elisabeth Dean Collection since 1986. The turn-of-the century works run the gamut from women at leisure sipping tea to other subjects in the throws of drug addiction. The exhibition also includes rare books and ephemera (such as menus, theater programs and music scores). The exhibition remains on view through May 18.

ART: cARTel Collaborative Arts teams with the nonprofit CoachArt for DINOSAURUS—a dinosaur-themed art show and experience at Angel City Brewery. The evening art show from 6-11 pm is for adults only, but there will be a special walkthrough of the space for kids and families at 3 pm. (The artists in the Art | Party | Playground event, were influenced by dinosaurs crafted by the chronically ill kids of CoachArt.) Tickets: $10.

ART: The exhibition Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland closes at MoCA Pacfic Design Center today. It’s the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of Bob Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920-1991). The two are pioneers of erotic art and “forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture.” The MOCAtv video features exhibition co-curator Richard Hawkins touring the show.

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