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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 October Guide to plan the rest of the month.

>>> FRIDAY, OCT. 16

ROOM (Film Screening + Q&A)
The suspenseful drama Room stars Brie Larson as a captive mother held in a room with her young son Jack (Jacob Tremblay). The two plan a daring escape from their captor and room. On Friday and Saturday night, ArcLight Hollywood hosts Q&As with Larson and director Lenny Abrahamson after the 8:30 PM screenings. Tickets: $16.50.

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HOU HSIAO-HSIEN Q&A (Film Screening + Q&A)
Filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien’s latest masterwork The Assassin opens on Friday in L.A. Hou will be in-person at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre for post-screening Q&As on Friday after the 7 pm screening and on Saturday after the 4:20 pm show. He will also be in person at Laemmle’s Playhouse in Pasadena for a post-screening Q&A following the 7:10 pm show.

BIG GRAMS (Fashion/Music)
Big Grams is a new collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram. To celebrate Big Grams’ new EP, the band hosts a pop up shop in L.A. from Oct.16-23 at DTS Space LA (5810 W. Third St.). Guests can buy apparel exclusively available at the shop, which is open from noon to 6 pm each day.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE (Music)
This weekend, Florence + the Machine play two shows at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday and Saturday. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger opens each night. Tickets: $30.50-$126.

ALL THINGS MUST PASS (Film Screening + Q&A)
The Colin Hanks-directed documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records, All Things Must Pass, screens at ArcLight Hollywood. Talkbacks with Tower founder Ross Solomon, film producer Sean Stuart and director Hanks take place on Friday and Saturday after the 7:45 pm screenings. Tickets: $16.50.

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PROP DROP (Comedy)
Prop Drop takes the stage at the Westside Comedy Theater on Friday at 11:30 pm. The show mixes standup comedy and famous props from TV and film. 21+.

METROPOLIS (Film)
LACMA screens Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis
on Friday night at 7:30 pm. The film, presented in conjunction with the LACMA exhibition New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933, focuses on the sharp divide between the working class and the city planners and a pair of unlikely lovers. The event also features a live musical accompaniment and original score by Michael Mortilla.

>>> SATURDAY, OCT. 17

NHM HALLOWEEN (Museum)
The Natural History Museum celebrates Halloween early
on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the museum. There will be pumpkin decorating, crafts and hands-on activities. Check out the Spider Pavilion and the new exhibition Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs. It’s gonna be spooktacular. The Halloween activities are free with museum admission. Spider Pavilion and Mummies require an additional timed ticket. ($25 for all three for adults.)

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Film Screening)
Barnsdall Art Park continues its fundraising Outdoor Movie Night series on Saturday night with a screening of Dear White People, introduced by director Justin Simien. The evening includes wine tastings and music by D.J. youNGNoon beginning at 5.30 pm with the movies starting at sundown. Tickets: $25 for movies plus tasting (4 pours) or $15 for the movie without beverages.

LOS ANGELES ARCHIVES BAZAAR (History Fest)
The 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is being held at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. If you have an interest in SoCal’s history, then check out some of the archival materials and collections from more than 80 institutions’ archives, from the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library. In addition, there’s a great lineup of workshops, talks and other events, such as the screening of the new KCET show Lost LA, which tracks the hidden treasures of the city, and Richard Foss’ talk Imbibing L.A. about the history of cocktail culture in SoCal.

CHVRCHES (Music)
The Scottish trio Chvrches is on tour to promote its sophomore release Every Open Eye. The band plays the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday night with Mansionair and American Football. $28-$40. 8:30 pm.

HORRIBLE MOVIE NIGHT (Film)
It’s time for Horrible Movie Night at the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday night at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. Screening this time around is the 1989 film Shotgun, about two L.A. cops who track a “leather-clad maniac who has been attacking the city's sex workers [and] expose a cover-up that forces them to use unconventional methods.” The night also includes stand-up comedy and free popcorn. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

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HOME BEER BREWING (Workshop)
Learn to brew beer at home at the L.A. Arboretum with Ernest Miller on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Learn the history of beer, sample a few style and then learn the basics of brewing. Make 1/2 gallon of beer to finish fermenting at home. Ages 21+ (of course). Tickets: $30 members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum admission). Reservations are required: Call 626.821.4623.

DABSMYLA + MODERNICA INSTALLATION (Art)
The Australian art duo DABSMYLA have partnered with Modernica to transform Modernica's LA manufacturing campus into a gigantic pop-up art show. The duo has reworked a 4,000-square foot installation on a stand-alone 1930s Spanish Revival workplace building. The show features new paintings, sculptures, installations and specially built furnishings. The public opening of Before and Further is on Saturday from noon to 7 pm.

OFF THE HOOK (Seafood Fest)
Off the Hook is Santa Monica's first-ever seafood festival Off the Hook is on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday from 3-7 pm. Participating restaurants include Herringbone, The Lobster, FIG, Geoffrey's Malibu, Gladstone's, The Albright, Jolly Oyster and many more. A portion of proceeds will benefit Seafood For the Future, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration, and will hopefully help raise awareness for the sustainable seafood movement. Live music by Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Brightside and others. Tickets: $70-$100.

CHARLIE HADEN TRIBUTE (Jazz)
Jazz legend bassist Charlie Haden passed away last year, and CalArts is holding an open-air tribute concert in Haden's memory on Saturday night at 7 pm. Guest performers include Ernie Watts, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane and the Haden Triplets. Free.

>>> SUNDAY, OCT. 18

CICLAVIA (Biking)
CicLAvia, an open streets celebration of car-free returns to the Heart of L.A. route on Sunday for its fifth-year anniversary. Six miles through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and MacArthur Park will be close d from 9 am to 4 pm for participants to ride, walk, board (anything without a motor) for free. Join at your leisure for as long as you (and your legs) want. There are plenty of places to pick up eats, drinks or other treats along the way.

HERE BE MONSTERS (Live Podcast)
Creators behind the podcast Here Be Monsters present a new live show of Terrible Resonance at Cinefamily on Sunday at 7:30 pm as part of SpectreFest. Terrible Resonance, a “show about infrasound - sounds that are all around us, but so low in pitch that humans can’t hear them, at least, not in the traditional sense.” The sounds are tied to feelings of dizziness, dread or being watched. Earplugs will be provided, but children and service animals should use extra precaution during certain portions of the show. Tickets: $20.

THE EASTSIDE FOOD FEST (Food Fest)
The ‘Eastside’ Food Fest celebrates the local culinary scene on Sunday from 4-8 pm at Mack Sennett Studios. Participating restaurants include: Little Beast, Little Jewell of New Orleans, Belcampo Burgers and Butcher Shop, Momed, Whole Foods Glendale and more. The day also includes discussion panels and food demonstrations, with talks and performances by musicians, artists, chefs and others. Tickets: $50-$90. VIPs get in at 4 pm.

SHINE STORYTELLING
The SHINE storytelling night brings together story spinners to share inspiring true stories. On Sunday at 7 pm at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, get ready to listen to stories about fears, phobias and freaky encounters. Tickets: $10.

Related: LAist’s October Guide

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