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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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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 this weekend, including these 20 events. Don’t forget to check out our May Guide, too, for other suggestions.


FELIX THE CAT: On Friday from 6-10 pm, Slow Culture gallery in Highland Park presents its largest group show with Felix the Cat: Cat's Out of the Bag. The show celebrates the influence of the legendary feline with almost 40 artists across multiple mediums. For those asking, “Who’s Felix the Cat?” he was one of the first images to be broadcast on television “in the form of a 13” paper mache figurine spun around on a record player.” Artists include: Aaron Elvis Jupin, Adam Villacin, Anthony Samaniego, Aryo Tohdjojo, Bien Philty, Brendan Donnelly and many more. The show will be on view through May 30 at the gallery.

ART: The Los Angeles Film Festival takes place next month (June 10-18), but Film Independent kicked things off earlier this week with a benefit art auction at The Underground Museum in the Crenshaw district. The festival organizers commissioned L.A. artist Noah Davis for this year’s festival poster, LA Nights. The work, along with images from Laita & de Rakoff's new Transformation X project, David Lynch, Devendra Banhart, Ed Ruscha, Shepard Fairey, Matthew Brandt, Joel Peter Witkin and Henry Taylor, to name a few. While the auction’s over (proceeds going to both the Los Angeles Film Festival and The Underground Museum), the works will be open to the public from May 7-21 at The Underground Museum. (Call for hours.)

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ENTERTAINMENT PANEL: There’s an entertainment industry panel discussion on Friday night at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, part of Verizon’s #PotentialofUs campaign. The guests—Josina Anderson, ESPN bureau reporter; Lauren Hampton, associate producer at The Dr. Phil Show; and musicians/performers DJ Kidd Koby Roc, Iam LuMm and Melanie Fiona talk about pursuing their passions and building their personal brands. Panel begins at 6:30 pm, concert at 8 pm. Free, but RSVP required.

BOOK SIGNING: For nearly 25 years, Amelia G and Forrest Black have been documenting subculture in America. On Friday night from 7-10 pm, La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents a signing and reception for their latest portrait book release, California Deathrock.

MUSIC: Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields plays Friday and Saturday at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, accompanied by longtime bandmate Sam Davol on cello. Merritt performs solo, acoustic version from his extensive discography—performing “exactly 26 songs with each song title starting with a different letter of the alphabet and running in alphabetical order.” Doors at 8 pm on Friday with the show at 9 pm; Saturday, doors at 8:45 pm with the show at 9:30 pm. Both shows are sold out, so visit your go-to ticket connection for the hook up. (They were $30.)

COMEDY: On Friday night at 7:30 pm, Quick & Funny Musicals Presents: Tom Riddle & the Mystery of the Battle of the Bands at UCB Sunset. Only a few Harry Potter fans know that Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort) was “in band with a giant squid, that he had a Hufflepuff girlfriend, and that he learned to kiss from a snake.” The show travels back to 1942 to Hogwarts to discover Voldemort's untold story. Admission: $10.

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DANCE: Fleetmac Wood is a party/dance/night dedicated to Fleetwood Mac that features edits, remixes and original Fleetwood Mac tracks (no covers) and it’s at Los Globos on Saturday from 9 pm-2 am. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.


ART / FASHION: During the Highland Park Art Walk on Saturday, The Hive salon’s Apiary gallery hosts Ultraviolet— an evening that introduces summer fashions by local artists, including clothing, visual art and hair styling. Artist Laura Viapiano brings her collection of abstract paintings, tarot readings by House of Intuition and DJ Karrie K, of Dirty Laundry TV spins the tunes. 8-11 pm.

SANTA MONICA FESTIVAL: The city of Santa Monica presents the 24th annual Santa Monica Festival on Saturday from 11 am-6 pm at Clover Park. The free, family-friendly festival features an eclectic musical lineup, healthy culinary demonstrations, fitness activities, crafts, games, food trucks and arts and craft vendors for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts. Parking, bike valet and Big Blue Bus rides on Route 8 are free, too.

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BLOCK PARTY: Block Party LA 2015 takes over 3200 block of Union Pacific Ave, between Grande Vista Avenue and East Pico Boulevard, on Saturday beginning at noon. Listen to great new music from up-and-coming artists and DJs as well as from headliner Talib Kweli. In addition, the afternoon will feature live art, interactive areas, community outreach, food trucks, vendors and more. Tickets: $25-$35.

ART: Merry Norris Contemporary Art presents the exhibition SHEvening, which features new work by L.A.-based artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill. Holes appear in both artists’ works, configured as gaps, empty vessels, orifices, and ambiguous portals, alluding to questions of freedom, motherhood, and strength and vulnerability. SHEvening includes drawings, sculpture and installation work at Merryspace in Culver City. The opening reception is on Saturday from 6-9 pm and the exhibition will remain on view through May 25.

SHOPPING: Unique LA’s 7th Annual LA Spring Market takes over The Penthouse at California Market Center from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Snack and shop until you drop because there are hundreds of vendors selling their wares. To keep the energy up, there will be free drinks from GT's Kombucha, Boxed Water, Ventura Spirits, The Naked Grape and more and free snacks from Luna and Clif Bar. Entrance fee is $10 but visitors can come and go as they please all weekend.

BEER DRINKING FOR A CAUSE: Crawl4Nepal is win-win deal: Drink beer on Saturday to raise money for Nepalese earthquake recovery efforts. On Saturday, participating breweries and beer bars around LA and Orange County will designate one beer on tap as a "donation beer" with 100% of the proceeds going to GlobalGiving. Participating breweries and bars: Eagle Rock Brewery, Golden Road Brewing, Mohawk Bend, Tony's Darts Away, Sunset Beer Company, Three Weavers Brewing Company, The Rookery, Cismontane Brewing, Ritual Brewing Co., Barley Forge Brewing Co., Sanctum Brewing Co., Bread & Barley, Beach City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Phantom Carriage Brewery, Blue Palms Brewhouse, King Harbor Brewing Company, Far Bar Little Tokyo and Noble Ale Works.

FLEA MARKET: The Silverlake Flea Market is this Saturday from 12-5 pm, held at the Micheltorena Street Elementary School. Check out vintage collectibles, DIY items, food trucks and live music. Bands start at 1 pm.

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FILM FUN: EatISeeIHear, the outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series, kicks off on Saturday at Santa Monica High School with 2012 hit Pitch Perfect. The timing’s perfect to get everyone in “tune” for the sequel out next week. Along with the film, there will be several food trucks on hand, live music (by Molly Moore and the Santa Monica Chorus) and the screening on a 52-foot inflatable screen. Doors at 5:30 pm, and the music begins at 7 pm with the film at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12-$20.


ART TALK: Artist Paul McCarthy is at Art Catalogues at LACMA on Sunday at 4 pm for a talk and reception on the skateboard decks he designed in support of the Skateistan charity project. Skateistan began as a grassroots project that combined skateboarding and educational outreach in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2007, but it’s grown to serve other population in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. “Skateistan is nonpolitical, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions, and social backgrounds. Over 40% of their students are girls.” The limited-edition boards are for sale with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit. The talk is free and open to the public.

MUSIC REVUE: The Title Trackers play their just-released album, Lost Title Tracks, on King King’s stage on Sunday night in a theatrical rock revue. Lost Title Tracks is a concept album with 10 satiric title tracks for legendary albums without one. (A title track is a song with the same name as the album it appears on, eg., The Joshua Tree and Exile on Main Street.) Black Crystal Wolf Kids, an indie rock tribute band are also on the bill. 7 pm. Tickets: $12-$35.

MUSIC: Classical Revolution: L.A. and Helix Collective join Opera on Tap Los Angeles for a special Mother’s Day show on Sunday from 6:30-9:30 pm at Room 5 Lounge. Opera on Tap LA’s singers performing with Classical Revolution LA’s instrumentalists in a bar with pizza and wine, followed by Helix Collective’s music and storytelling show about alcohol (called “Happy Hour.”) “The group interweaves music by Phil Popham with poetry, drinking songs and original stories by Los Angeles screenwriters. From the serious to the silly this show is all about life...with a drink in hand.”

ART: Artist James Picard presents a live painting and immersive art experience—The Dark & The Wounded—to Casa de Rosas in L.A. on Sunday from 1:30 to 9 pm. The documentary event “journeys into some of the bleakest locations known including decommissioned psychiatric hospitals and disused prisons, Picard’s sensitive energies tap into the well of emotional injuries that haunt the somber corridors of these empty edifices to produce deeply moving and sometimes disturbing work.” Tickets: $30.

COMEDY: There’s a free comedy show on Sunday at Ham and Eggs Tavern at 8 pm. Third Base Showcase features “fun games, very expensive prizes, a mediocre sound system, and the opportunity for one randomly selected audience member to get their chance at precisely 42 seconds of stage time.” Hosted by Lindsay Adams, Charlie Lind and Matt Clemens, the show features Steve Hernandez, Emily Maya Mills, Kevin Christy, Laurie Kilmartin and Caitlin Bergh.

Related: LAist’s May Guide

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