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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. And don’t forget to check out our Outdoor Film Screenings and Summer Concert lists for more suggestions.


FILM: Metropolitan, Whit Stillman’s stylish writing/directing debut, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and Rialto Pictures is re-releasing the film in select theaters, including the Laemmle Royal this weekend. The film chronicles the lives of rich, 90s-era hipsters in tuxes, entwined in New York City’s debutante society—preppies who dubbed themselves UHBs or "urban haute bourgeoisie." At Friday’s screening, Whit Stillman and cast members Taylor Nichols, Bryan Leder and Ellia Thompson will be doing a Q&A after the 7 pm screening. Tickets: $7-$12.

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MUSIC: Now in its fifth year, Echo Park Rising returns to Echo Park with more than 300 bands/performers/storytellers in tow this weekend, Friday to Sunday. Headliners include: Hannibal Buress, Hanni El Khatib, Dengue Fever, Superhumanoids, Fever The Ghost, Man or Astro-Man?, Deap Vally and “up and coming locals” including Maudlin Strangers, Rat Fist, The Wild Reeds and No Parents. Sofar Sounds LA also presents pop-up concerts throughout the weekend in Echo Park with locations and performers are kept hush hush (apply now to attend a session). The festival is free and mostly all-ages. Events are open to the public without tickets, depending on venue capacity. VIP passes are offered for $25-$30 with access to VIP viewing areas, line skipping, easy bar access and a goodie grab bag (while supplies last).

MUSICALS: Quick & Funny Musicals is a mashup show of favorite musicals that are shortened then remixed with movies, TV and other pop culture references. Musicals have included: A Clockwork Orange is the New Black, My Left Footloose, Singin' in the Rain Man and West Side Rentals. The show takes place on Friday night at 7:30 pm at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Sunset. Tickets: $10.

MOVIE: BuzzFeed Throwback Theater presents a screening of Empire Records at the BuzzFeed Motion Pictures campus in Hollywood to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. Buzzfeed also hosts a Q&A with actors Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth, Coyote Shivers and director Allan Moyle after the screening. Come dressed in your best 90's outfit and bring your own blanket or low lawn chair. Free entry, but RSVP required. Parking is available in the parking garage off De Longpre between Vine and Ivar across from BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Food and drink available for purchase. No outside food or drink allowed.

ART: The art tribute show Mattel x G1988opens on Friday night at G1988 (West) with a reception from 7-10 pm. Curated by Dave Perillo, the show celebrates 70 years of toys at G1988 (West). The works in the show have been inspired by Hot Wheels, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, among dozens of other Mattel products. Participating artists include Perillo, Amy Medderson, Andrew Kolb, Anthony Petrie, Brad Hill, Cuddles & Rage, David Seidman, Glen Brogan, Ian Glaubinger, Jason Edmiston, Jellyko, Jerrod Maruyama, Jonathan Reincke, Lauren Gregg, Matt Kaufenberg, Nan Lawson, 100% Soft, Rich Pellegrino, Scott Listfield, Toddbot and Tom Whalen. The show runs through Sept. 5.

MORE MUSIC: Berserktown is an underground, punk, rock, noise & electronic festival that takes place at The Observatory in Santa Ana on this weekend from Friday through Sunday. The festival features the reunion of 90's grunge band Royal Trux and also sets by Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, Total Control, The Mob, Destruction Unit & Friends and so many more bands. Individual festival tickets start at $55.

SUNSET SWIM: It’s hot out there, so why not take advantage of The Annenberg Beach House’s special Sunset Swim on Friday night from 6:30-9:30 pm. Try coconut bowling, drop into the Ukulele Lounge or hang out in or near the pool. Complimentary fruit bars and tropical s’mores available while they last. Entry $10. The event is for adults 18+ only. Passes available on Friday at Guest Services, no reservations required.

MUSIC: Cayucas plays a hometown show at the El Rey Theatre on Friday night to support the band’s latest release Dancing at the Blue Lagoon. Hibou opens. Tickets: $18. Doors at 8 pm.


FUN FACIAL HAIR: The Los Angeles Facial Hair Society holds the largest facial hair competition in LA at Avalon Hollywood on Saturday. There are 14 different competition categories from goatee to whiskerina, and includes a kids category and a ladies category (which are more art and crafty). Doors at 3 pm, show at 4 pm. Tickets: $20 at the door ($10 for kids). Competition entry fee is $30.

SKATING: Rave on Wheels returns to Circus Disco on Saturday night. Start off with a little yoga warmup from 8-9 pm, or come at 9 pm dressed as your fav furry friend for Re/creation’s “magical animal themed night of roller skating, dancing and yoga, with an amazing lineup of local DJs and performance artists.” Tickets are $30, and does not include skate rental.

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MUSIC: The Annenberg Foundation and KCRW wrap up their Sound in Focus free concert series at the Annenberg Space for Photography at Century Park on Saturday night with Cold War Kids with Other Lives. KCRW’s DJ Jason Bentley spins the tunes. Doors at 5 pm with live performances at 7 pm. If you go, bring a picnic and visit the Annenberg Space for Photography's latest exhibit. Food trucks, beer gardens and other refreshments available, too. All ages. RSVP is needed, but does not guarantee entry. First-come, first-served.

ART: Daniel Rolnik Gallery in Santa Monica presents the Summer Group Show Girl Scouts & Adventure Guides and holds an opening reception Saturday from 7-11 pm. More than 100 works are on view that have been inspired by nature, America and kid stuff. Artists include Tuesday Bassen, Jamie Polancic, Sara M Lyons, Scrappers, JoshR, KrossD, Dave Bondi, Dinosaurus Complex, Amy Goldfarb and more.

FILM: On Friday, Cinefamily holds The Real Science of Real Genius Panel before a screening of Martha Coolidge’s 1985 film Real Genius, which stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarrett. The panel, led by Grant Imahara from Mythbusters, Kevin Grazier (Science Advisor on Gravity), Benjamin Gross Ph.D and actor Jarret will discuss the fun and feasibility of “vaporizing a human being via super laser from space!” A party on the patio follows the screening. Tickets: $14/free for members

ART FEST: The sixth edition of Perform Chinatown—a performance art gathering—takes place on Saturday from 1 to 10 pm and features more than 40 performers throughout Chinatown’s galleries. This year’s festival Rush Hour is based on “Foo Chow's infamous, tourist-trap sign that reads, A Best Seller Movie By Jackie Chan Rush Hour Was Shot Here.” The free festival includes endurance-based pieces, public engagement, dance and movement pieces, stand-up comedy, karaoke, micro-parades, derives, spoken word, noise and experimental music.

FORAGING: Tillamook, the Oregon-based, farmer-owned dairy brand, hosts a Food Foraging and Pairing Workshop on Saturday from 4-7 pm at One Gun Ranch in Malibu. Attendees will learn the about foraging for food and how natural herbs, seeds and plants can be paired with different foods, including herb-infused soda floats and wild seed granola yogurt parfaits. The event is open to those 21+ and you must be a Tillamook Co-op member to attend. It’s free.

FILM Q&A: The ArcLight Hollywood presents actor Jemaine Clement who does a Q&A after the 7:25 pm screening of his new film People Places Things. Opening this weekend, the film follows graphic novelist (Clement) who struggles to navigate the world of being a single dad of twin girls and letting go of his ex-wife. The Flight of the Conchords star is sublimely funny and it should be an entertaining session. Tickets: $15.50-$16.50.


READINGS: Tongue & Groove, the monthly literary variety show at the Hotel Cafe, returns on Sunday from 6-7:30 pm. Produced by Conrad Romo, this month’s guests include three Burning River press authors (Christopher Bowen, Chella Courington, Jane Rosenberg LaForge), Andres Reconco and music by Tooth and Talon. Tickets: $7.

SONGWRITERS: Songwriter Sundays is at The Fox and Hounds in Studio City on Sunday night. The event begins at 8 pm, but you’ll want to stick around for the 10:30 pm set with up-and-coming rapper/R&B artist Austin Antoine. Free.

BENEFIT: Mending Kids, a nonprofit that offers surgical care to underprivileged children worldwide, hosts its second annual benefit concert on Sunday at Lucky Strike LIVE in Hollywood. The event features performances by actor/musician Johnny Depp, rock legend Gene Simmons of KISS, guitarist Gilby Clarke of Guns n’ Roses and more. Tickets: $150-$1,000. The event is 21+. 7 pm. Doors at 7 pm.

UNCABARET: The comedy and storytelling show Uncabaret takes place at Au Lac in DTLA on Sunday night at 8 pm. Host Beth Lapides presents Rebecca Corry’s new show Pear Shaped with standup by special guest Tig Notaro, too. Tickets: $30 with a two-drink minimum.

Related: LAist’s August Guide

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