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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Gallery 1988 presents a solo show Oh Sew Nerdy on Saturday. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and artist.
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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.

FRIDAY, AUG. 28

ART: There’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed art show on Friday from 7-11 pm at NerdMelt. Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's classic. Meltdown Comics and curator Nico Colaleo present more than 50 talented artists, who pay tribute to the “land where nothing is impossible and everything is nonsense.” Free beer and wine, Wonderland-themed entertainment, surprises and photo opps. Free.

PHOTOGRAPHY: There’s a cool exhibition that’s now open at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Coloring Independently: 1940s African American Stills From the Collection of the California African American Museum features more than 80 film stills and photographs from the museum’s collection of African American films from the 1940s. Referred to as “race films,” the movies featured all black casts, directors, producers and writers created for an all black audience. After the Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948 (United States v. Paramount Pictures), race films disappeared altogether. While nearly 500 race films were created, only a few hundred remain today. Admission: Free, parking $10.

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ART: Trunk Gallery holds an opening reception on Friday night for a group exhibition of art that’s been created in honor of, or influenced by, artist Ai Weiwei—China’s most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. Ai Weiwei: A Tribute opens Friday (his birthday) with a reception from 7pm-11pm (cake will be served). The exhibit continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm each day.

BEER: The San Fernando Brewing Company holds its official grand opening event on Friday at noon. All five of their beers will be on tap: Stoney Point Stout, Royal Road Pale Ale, O'Melveny Red Ale, Wolfskill IPA and Sonora Wheat. The first 500 customers receive a free branded bottle opener.

MUSIC: Fairground Saints plays a show at McCabe’s on Friday night to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut on Verve Records. The all-ages show begins at 8 pm. Tickets: $16.50.

FOOD & WINE: The 5th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival continues this weekend, featuring star chefs including Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller, Neal Fraser, Michelle Bernstein, Hannah An, Ray Garcia, Jessica Koslow and so many more. Cooking demos, book signings, mixology seminars and discussions take place in both Hollywood and DTLA, but the weekend’s main events take place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall. ?uestlove and The Roots perform at the Grand Tasting. Tickets for individual events start at $100. Grand Tasting tickets are $195-$350.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29

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MUSIC: Fool's Gold brings its Day Off hip-hop and dance concert series to the Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds on Saturday. On the bill are: Action Bronson, Travi$ Scott, A-Trak, Milo & Otis, Post Malone, Towkio, Hoodboi, Nick Catchdubs, Kittens, Madeaux, Leaf, Bosco, Meyhem Lauren, Lndn Drgs and special guests. Show starts at 2 pm. Tickets: $40. In addition, the Fool’s Gold record label has opened a pop-up shop at FourTwoFour (424 N. Fairfax Ave.) that’ll be open throughout the weekend, offering exclusives like an Action Bronson collab tee, only available from today until Sunday. (Kick off party is tonight [Thurs.] from 5-7 pm).

MUSEUM PARTY: LACMA’s annual Muse 'til Midnight party is this Saturday from 8 pm to midnight. The event features DJs Anthony Valadez, Mark deClive Lowe, Jeremy Ellis, DJ Rashida and J.PERIOD spinning in the galleries and local musicians (The Drumetrics Collective, Adrian Younge and the Venice Dawn) playing under Chris Burden’s Urban Light. Guests also get late-night access to the exhibitions Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada and 50 for 50: Gifts on Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary. Tickets: $35 for LACMA members, $45 for the general public. Muse ‘til Midnight is 18+.

ART: Giant Robot 2 (GR2) holds an opening reception on Saturday night from 6:30-10 pm for In Box — A Group Exhibition curated by Audrey Kawasaki. The exhibition features 18 artists who create works contained in a 12” x 12” wooden box. Artists in the exhibition include: Amy Sol, Andrea Wan, Andrew Hem, Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, Kelsey Beckett, Ken Garduno, Kristina Collantes, Mari Inukai, May Ann Licudine, Mika Nitta, Nomi Chi, Rebecca Green, Sean Chao, Stella Im Hultberg, Tran Nguyen, Wayne Johnson and Yoskay Yamamoto. The works will remain on view through Sept. 16.

BRUNCH: There’s an end-of-summer TOMS Brunch and sunglasses pop-up shop poolside at the Viceroy Santa Monica on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Listen to tunes while sipping on cocktails or brunching poolside with food items inspired by the countries that TOMS sight giving countries. RSVP for brunch.

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FILM: Vidiots Foundation screens Escobar: Paradise Lost on Saturday at 7 pm in the Vidiots Annex, followed by a Q&A with actor Benicio Del Toro and director Andrea Di Stefano. The discussion will be moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell. The film focuses on two young surfers, one of whom falls for the niece of the notorious drug trafficker Escobar. Proceeds from the night go to the nonprofit Vidiots Foundation, dedicated to preserving and protecting the cinematic arts, including the foundation’s collection of over 50,000 rare and classic VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray titles. Doors at 6:30 pm and the show at 7 pm. Tickets: $20, $15 for students, seniors & Vidiots Foundation members.

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Artist Marnie Weber's 'Kittens in a Basket' collage (2015; 8.5" x 11") will be exhibited at 'Black & White Mike.' It's her first ever black and white work, created especially for the Kelley exhibition. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and the artist)

ART: Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and curator Benjamin Weissman present Black & White Mike, an art exhibition tribute to Mike Kelley that opens on Saturday with a reception from 7-9 pm. The show features the black-and-white works of 30 artists as well as never before seen works by Kelley, who died in 2012. The show runs until Sept. 24.ART: On Saturday night from 7-9 pm, G1988 (East) holds an opening reception for its newest exhibit, a solo show from Oh Sew Nerdy. The works by Derek Sanchez-Hoeksema celebrate pop culture cross stitch and will be on view through Sept. 19.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FEST: Blackout for Human Rights hosts a one-day music and film festival on Saturday at the Grammy Museum. The fest includes screenings of 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets and Dear White People, three featured panels (with Patrisse Cullors, Mo McRae, Franklin Leonard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kevin Frazier, Peter Bibring, Ashley Yates, Rahiel Tesfamariam and others), art and live music. Tickets: $12-$18.

SPEED DATING: Dating coach Dr. D and radio personality Annie Cruz throw a speed dating event on Saturday at 7 pm at Crossfit213 in DTLA. The event itself will not include any workouts, but there will be beer and wine and three-minute time periods per dater to make up for it. Tickets: $40.

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BOOKS: Jules Moulin, a former writer for The West Wing and Party of Five (among other shows), discusses and signs her debut novel Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes—a rom-com—on Saturday at 3 pm. Moulin also holds a free writing workshop for aspiring writers during her visit, so bring your writing tools.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

TASTE: The Venice-based nonprofit P.S. Arts hosts the 4th annual Taste of Venice event with more than 40 participating chefs (including Joe Miller of Joe’s Restaurant and Nick Liberato of the Venice Whaler), restaurants (Superba, Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails, etc.) and other sponsors from the local community participating in the event. Proceeds benefit the organization’s arts education programs in Southern and Central California's underserved public schools. The event takes place at Lincoln Place Apartment Homes (Elkgrove Circle), and tickets are $150 for the VIP Tasting Tour from 3 pm-4:30 pm, and $100 for the main event from 4-7pm.

FILM: The California African American Museum (CAAM) presents its fifth annual Shorts at CAAM Showcase and Industry Writers Panel on Sunday from 11 am to 6:30 pm. The screenings include 15 short films created by indie filmmakers. The writers’ panel includes creator, producer and director Issa Rae of the upcoming HBO comedy Insecure; actor, writer and executive producer Gary Lennon of the Starz series Power; and series creator, producer and director Diarra Kilpatrick of the NBC comedy-drama The Mysteries of Laura. Dayna Lynne North, writer and executive producer of VH1’s Single Ladies, moderates the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Parking at the museum is $10, but it’s also accessible by the Expo Line. RSVP: 213.744.2024.

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES: dineL.A. partners with FXX and seven restaurants on Sunday (including Love & Salt, A-Frame, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, and The Church Key) to offer $25 brunch specials to celebrate the season two premiere of FXX’s show You’re the Worst (on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 pm). Brunch often makes a cameo in the show. The Sunday Funday Bottomless Brunch price includes one entrée and one side or dessert from each restaurant’s brunch menu, plus a bottomless (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) beverage.

COMEDY: Neil Hamburger: LIVE is at the Satellite on Sunday night at 8:30 pm. The lineup features Hamburger, Charlyne Yi & Lem Jay, Rory Scovel, Brendon Walsh and Johnny Pemberton. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $8.

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