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Weekend Planner: 21 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Ako Castuera and Rob Sato exhibit their works at GR2, with an opening reception on Saturday night. (Image: Courtesy of Castuera)
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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 September Guide, Outdoor Film Screenings and Summer Concert lists for more suggestions.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 18

PODCAST FEST: Audible’s Los Angeles Podcast Festival returns with three days of 35+ live podcast recordings, panels and parties culminating in a huge stand-up comedy show this weekend. Confirmed podcasts and talent include WTF with Marc Maron, Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler, Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies, Thrilling Adventure Hour and American Public Media's Dinner Party Download. All events take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $29-$59 (depending on the day) and passes start at $119.

FILM: On Friday night at 7:30 pm, Film Independent presents a free screening of new works from Ghetto Film School Los Angeles’ 2015-17 fellows at the Bing Theater at LACMA. The showcase features 10 short narratives (non-dialogue, 6 minutes each), followed by a student filmmaker Q&A with Film Independent at LACMA Curator Elvis Mitchell. Ghetto Film School LA was created through a partnership between Ghetto Film School and 21st Century Fox. The screening is free; two ticket limit.

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PARTY: FLOOD Magazine presents Current—a rooftop party series Upstairs at the Ace Hotel DTLA—on Friday from 8:30 pm to 1:30 am on Saturday. The evening also celebrates the release of FLOOD issue #2. DJ set by Ducktails‘ Matt Mondanile. Free, but RSVP needed. Entry is first come, first served. 21+.

MUSIC: The MarchFourth band—an untraditional marching band of sorts—plays their C-Funk (circus funk) at the Teragram Ballroom on Friday night. The group features a drum and brass corps, stilt walkers and acrobatics. Sepiatonic opens. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages.

FILM: Cinefamily screens the documentary Finders Keepers on Friday night at 7:30 pm. The strange-but-true story of a mummified leg found in a BBQ (bought at a storage unit auction) is at the center of a custody battle. The film is much more than a funny, kitschy story, but also an exploration of human nature and pathos. There’s a Q&A with directors Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel and a leg meat BBQ on the patio after the screening. Tickets: $14.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

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CIDER: The LA Cider Fest, held at Raleigh Studios with two main sessions on Saturday, is a tasting event that doesn’t put the focus squarely on beer. The fest presents 50 carefully curated selections of the best ciders, beers, and meads. If you’re not familiar with the drinks, there are experts to help explain and lead you down the right roads (and not the overly sweetened routes). Tickets: $50-85. (Designated driver tickets are $22.75.)

MUSIC: Now in its eighth year, the Mad Decent Block Party tour comes to the LA Center Studios on this weekend. Artists include T-Pain, Cut Copy, Diplo and others. Check the site for detailed artist lineups. Saturday tickets: $45.50-$80.50 and tickets for Sunday are $35-$75.50. The festival is 18+.

COMEDY: On Saturday at 8 pm,You Guys! Becky’s Dead! is on the Main Stage of iOWest. It’s a comedy-murder mystery in which five guys play 16-year-old girls at a slumber party, all trying to figure out who among them killed Becky. Tickets: $10. If you miss this weekend, it also plays next Saturday, too.

PHOTO: The Cassavetes Project opens at Canon Hollywood on Sunset on Saturday with an open house from 11 am to 5 pm. The exhibition of photos by actor/photographer Steve Reisch are images from 1981 and feature shots of famed director John Cassavetes’ staging of three stage productions (the "Three Plays of Love and Hate") at the Center Theater. Reisch’s portraits include Gena Rowlands, Jon Voight, Peter Falk, a young Nick Cassavetes and Angelina Jolie. The portraits will be on view through Nov. 20.

FILM: Ambulante California is a documentary film festival that runs from Saturday through Oct. 4, screening more than two dozen films in venues across the city. The festival’s goal is to promote documentaries as tools for social and cultural change. Saturday’s opening night feature (at 7 pm) is CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, which examines gender disparity in tech fields. The screening—like all of Ambulante California screenings—are free.

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ART: Giant Robot presents Deep Fields, a two person show featuring the works of artists/partners Ako Castuera and Rob Sato. From Giant Robot: “Rather than attempt to unify the work in terms of theme or concept, Deep Fields offers a cross section of current work from each respective artist, as well as collaborations that will afford an open ended view of the resonant effect of two artists being shaped and shaping each other over time.” The opening reception is on Saturday from 6:30 to 10 pm at GR2. The show runs through Oct. 14.

MUSIC FEST: The 3rd annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival returns on Saturday to Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach from 11 am to 11 pm. The festival presents folk, roots, Americana and bluegrass music acts, including Deer Tick, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, The Legendary Shack Shakers and more. General admission tickets: $20 ($30 at the door).

MUSIC: There’s another installment of Saturdays of the 405 at the Getty on, well, Saturday night, from 6-9 pm. Indie-rocker Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Portastatic) headlines the night, and his latest release Non-Believers marks McCaughan’s first album out under his own name in his 25-year career. Come early to eat, drink, browse the galleries and take in views of the city. DJ sets open and close the night. Parking is $10 after 4 pm. Free. No ticket required.

COMEDY: In The Black Version, the show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a film, and then the cast improvises the “black version” of the film, including soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels and more. The show takes place once a month at Largo, including Saturday at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

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LATE NIGHT PARTY: The Music Center launches Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours on Saturday night, beginning at 11:30 pm and running until 3 am on Sunday. It's free night of “immersive and multisensory programming,” being presented with the help of the dublab radio collective. Explore the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in detail, watch projections, check out acoustic performances in the Pavilion’s lower level dome area; silk-screen their own pillowcases; watch Puppet Check with Rogue Artists Ensemble; dance in the Pavilion’s Founders Room with beats and grooves from the disco and house era; and listen to live broadcasts by KCHUNG Radio (1630 AM) from The Music Center Plaza. Free, but online timed entry signup required . Walk-ups will be accommodated based on space availability. Parking is $5 after 8 pm.

MUSIC: On Saturday, the independent music distributor TuneCore, presents its popular artist showcase at Bardot in Hollywood with up-and-coming artists: The Split Screens, Joel Taylor and Desi Valentine. Doors at 9 pm. Free entry with RSVP, but space is limited.

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Mama Gallery in DTLA opens 'Cerebral Vortex,' a group show on Saturday night. (Image: James Franco's Rainbow Goblin A, 2015).
ART: MAMA gallery in DTLA presents the group exhibition Cerebral Vortex with works by Jonathan Bepler, James Franco, Henry Hopper, Galen Pehrson, Luckey Remington, Angeline Rivas, Adam Tullie and Double Diamond Sun Body. There’s a public reception on Saturday from 7-9 pm at the gallery. The works will remain on view through Oct. 31.

SLIDELUCK: Slideluck L.A.—an event in which multimedia slideshows meet potlucks—returns to L.A. on Saturday from 6:30 pm-12 am at Temporary Space LA Gallery. Enjoy an evening of dessert, music and art, curated by Linda Dzhema (De Re Gallery) & Katie Buntsma (Team One Agency). Check out thought-provoking photography from renowned and up-in-coming local artists with the theme of "Spaces & Faces." Bring a favorite dessert to share and the gallery will supply the coffee. Libations provided by Napa’s Souverain Wine-Bar. Admission: $5.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

OKTOBERFEST: Angel City Oktoberfest takes place on Sunday from 12-8 pm at the Brewery’s Public House. They’re releasing the 2015 Oktoberfest beer, a “medium bodied, auburn hued, Marzen style lager with a sweet, caramel-like finish” and authentic German food will be available from Germany’s Famous BratWurst, Premium Pub Food and others. There’s live music by Linda Herman and the Polka Party Band, Kalifornia Krauts and Bob Schuster's Funhaus; a sauerkraut eating contest, stein races and more.

TRIATHLON: The Nautica Malibu Triathlon returns to Zuma Beach in Malibu on Sunday. Come out and cheer on the participants—including a number of celebs—who will be taking on the classic distance of the half-mile ocean swim, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run beginning at 7 am. Fundraising efforts will benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program, dedicated to curing and preventing childhood cancers. (The Herbalife International Distance Race takes place on Saturday that features a 1.5K Pacific Ocean swim, a 40K bike course along the Pacific Coast Highway and a 10K run course along Zuma Beach.)

GOLF: King Harbor Brewing Company and The Lakes at El Segundo golf course team up for a fun Sunday afternoon golf tournament. Both singles and foursomes welcome. Fees: $60/person (foursome only) or $70/person for singles. Check in at 10 am, tee off at 11 am and grill and beer garden at 1 pm. The greens fee Includes 9 holes of golf, on course beer station, post golf beer garden, a goodie bag, raffle prizes and more.

Related: LAist’s July Guide

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