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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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G1988 presents 'Robot Carnival,' a show that features the works of Dave Pressler and Mark Bryan. (Show poster, courtesy of Gallery 1988)
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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 Day of the Dead Events Guide, Halloween Parties and Spooky Film Screenings, too.

FRIDAY, OCT. 23

INDIECADE (Gaming conference)
IndieCade, the international festival of independent games—takes over several venues in Culver City this weekend through Sunday. The festival features panel discussion, salons, seminars and visiting artist conversations through the weekend with tracks tailored to game industry professionals as well as the public. There’s an opportunity to play and preview more than 150 selected indie games. Events will be held at the indoor/outdoor IndieCade Village (9300 Culver Boulevard), which serves as the fest’s main headquarters. Individual tickets / pass prices vary: $20-$525.

ROBOT CARNIVAL (Pop Art)
G1988 (West) holds an opening reception on Friday night from 7-9 pm for the opening of Robot Carnival. The art show is a look under the big top, with robots serving as muses for artists Dave Pressler and Mark Bryan. The night also features guest performances by artists Dave Chung, Joshua Ellingson, Geoffrey Gersten, Aaron Jasinksi, Gabe Lanza, Shaunna Peterson, Wade Schin and Lawrence Yang.

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FUTURE CLASSIC (Music)
Australian record label Future Classic ( Flume, Chet Faker, Flight Facilities) presents its first label club night on Friday at the Belasco Theater. The show features performances by Classixx, SOPHIE, Cyril Hahn, Basenji and others. 9 pm. 21+. Tickets: $10-$30.

LONG BEACH ZOMBIE WALK (Zombie Fest)
This weekend (Fri. to Sun.), the LBC will be invaded by the undead for the Long Beach Zombie Walk. Hordes of rotting revelers will be walking around, chilling to undead music, guts, horror and more at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. There’s freakshow wrestling, a Thriller dance workshop, a freakshow and a Zombie Walk through Shoreline Village on Saturday night. The festival runs from 5-11 pm on Friday, 2 to 11 pm on Saturday and 2 to 10 pm on Sunday. General admission tickets/passes run: $13-$20.

THE TENDERLOINS (Comedy)
The four-man comedy troupe, The Tenderloins, stars of the TruTV hit television series Impractical Jokers, are on a fall comedy tour of the U.S. The “Where’s Larry” tour make a stop on Friday at Club Nokia in DTLA. Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano are best known for coercing each other into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. The show is ages 16+ and tickets run $55-$200.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 24

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'Grand Avenue All Access' highlights the arts and cultural organizations along Grand Avenue. The day features rehearsals from the L.A. Opera's 'Moby-Dick.'
GRAND AVENUE ALL ACCESS (Performing Arts):
Grand Avenue All Access is a free community event from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday that highlights the cultural organizations along Grand Avenue. There will be performances / screenings / tours at the performing arts venues, including live a cappella performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Walt Disney Concert Hall; L.A. Opera rehearsals of Moby-Dick at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; free admission at MOCA; screenings of award-winning short animated children's films at REDCAT; Day of the Dead art installations extending from Grand Park to the Music Center Plaza; and so many more activities. Reservations not required, but first-come, first-served.

ROBOT CHICKEN ART SHOW (Art)
Stoopid Buddy Stoodies is partnering with Nerd Machine to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Robot Chicken with an art show at Iam8bit on Saturday night from 7-11 pm. The show doubles as a charity event to raise money for Operation Smile. RSVP on Facebook.

RE CREO SUPPER CLUB (Food)
Re Creo Supper Club is a private dining club that’s putting on a morbidly cool dinner on Saturday night at 7:30 pm, featuring the final meal of the RMS Titanic. Presented by chefs Jean Valcarcel (Mo-Chica) and Gabriel Cappelli (Saint Martha, The Dressing Room), the DTLA location will be revealed to guests only after reservations are confirmed. Seats at the dinner (which include the five courses, an amuse bouche and a parting gift) are available to the public for a suggested donation of $100. View the menu here.

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WAX (Vinyl Record Fest)
On Saturday and Sunday, Capitol Studios & Mastering, Capitol Records, Caroline and Harvest Records host WAX—a weekend dedicated to vinyl, music goods and record collecting culture on the lot of the iconic Capitol Records building. It’s a gathering of rare record collectors, independent record stores and record labels for a record fair. Established and developing music artists will perform, hold signings and spin tunes. The fair is family friendly and all ages. Passes: from $10-$15 to $100 (early access VIP pass).

HAMMER BASH (Party)
The Hammer Museum throws a Bash on Saturday night from 8-10 pm to celebrate its fall exhibitions UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 and The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. Dance to tunes provided by Rhonda International DJs GODDOLLARS & Paradise in between checking out the exhibitions after hours. Cash bars featuring beer, wine and specialty cocktails will be available all night. Food trucks will be around too, donating 10% of proceeds to the Hammer. The party is free to attend with RSVP.

SIXTH STREET BRIDGE FAREWELL (Festival)
Bye bye bridge. Councilmember Jose Huizar hosts a family-friendly farewell concert and festival from 2-10 pm in honor of Sixth Street Bridge, which was first built in 1932. It’s being replaced by a new bridge. Performing on Saturday are: War, Aloe Blacc, Graciela Beltran, Angela & Leonardo Aguilar, Bullet & Snowfox, Buyepongo, The Cold & Lovely and DJ Crew Subsuelo. The event is free, but RSVPs encouraged.

DTLA OYSTER FESTIVAL (Food)
Christophe Happillon, L.A.’s only Maitre Écailler (Shellfish Master) and owner of The Oyster Gourmet in the Central Market, presents a pop-up Oyster Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can buy $2 oysters directly from farms like Hama Hama in Washington State or Grassy Bar Oysters from Morro Bay. The weekend will also include free, hands-on Oyster Shucking 101 workshops led by Happillon, who will personally teach 10 people at a time how to shuck and serve oysters on the half-shell. Pre-registration for these workshops can be found on EventBrite.

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HERCULES CAMPUS TOUR (Design / history)
The L.A. Conservancy presents its Fall Tour From Hughes to Hercules on Saturday. It’s a timed tour entry starting between 10 and and 3:15 pm of the site of the former Hughes Aircraft Company in Playa Vista. Renamed the Hercules Campus, many of the historic buildings are being used by technology and creative firms such as YouTube and 72andSunny. Tickets: $35 general public; $25 Conservancy members; $15 students; $10 children 12 and younger.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Fest)
Hollywood Forever Cemetery holds its 16th annual Dia de los Muertos festival on Saturday from noon to midnight. Known as one of the largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations outside of Mexico, the day features, arts and crafts, food vendors, and beautiful and elaborate altars erected in memory of their ancestors and loved ones. There’s also a traditional procession, traditional dancers and performances by Lila Downs, Huichol Musical, La Misa Negra, El Mariachi Manchester and Edna Vazquez. Check out our other Dia de Los Muertos events. Tickets: $20.

L FESTIVAL (Latino music)
The L Festival is the biggest Latin music festival in the U.S., and it takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The family-friendly event celebrates Latin American art, cuisine and music, with performances by more than 30 artists, including Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Trevi and Juan Gabriel. Chefs/restaurants from L.A. and the O.C. will be on hand, too, to sell their wares. General admission tickets start at $80, and VIP admission tickets start at $160.

HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES 5K (5K and festival)
On Saturday, Homeboy Industries host its 2015 Every Angeleno Counts 5K and Festival presented by KPCC. Register to run the 5K run/walk with all proceeds supporting job training and therapeutic services at Homeboy Industries, which works with former gang members. After the run/walk, which begins at 8 am, there’s an an art exhibit featuring more than 50 established and emerging artists, the first Homegirl Café Thousand Friend Brunch, a DJ set from KROQ DJ Richard Blade and a book signing with actor/author Clifton Collins, Jr. for his new cookbook, PRISON RAMEN: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars.

SUNDAY, OCT. 25

SKETCHERS P2P WALK (Fundraiser)
Sketchers presents California's largest charity event 9 am in Manhattan Beach with more than 12,000 people participating in its 7th annual Friendship Walk that supports children with special needs and educational foundations. This year’s walk—from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier (about 3.5 miles round trip)—is on track to raise more than $1 million. Registration for adults and kids over 3: $25-$30.

CASA DE MI PADRE (Film + Talk)
On Sunday at 2 pm, the Hammer Museum presents a free screening of the Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre, which was selected by artist Frances Stark—whose exhibition is on view now at the Hammer—for its “political subtext and artistry.” A Q&A with Stark, actor Will Ferrell, director Matt Piedmont, writer Andrew Steele and producer Jessica Elbaum follows the screening. Free. Tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES (Book Signing)
The soap opera Days of our Lives is on a 50th anniversary book tour, which makes a stop at Barnes & Noble at The Grove LA on Sunday at 2 pm. Actors expected in attendance at the signing include: Deirdre Hall, Kristian Alfonso, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, Billy Flynn, Suzanne Rogers, Jen Lilley and more. Free, but this is a ticket/wristband event.

NEIL HAMBURGER: LIVE (COMEDY)
The Neil Hamburger: LIVE show wraps its 8-year anniversary celebration at The Satellite on Sunday at 9 pm with a lineup that includes Tim Heidecker, Brendon Walsh, Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser, Lynn Shawcroft, Hamburger and more. Doors 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. 21+. Tickets: $8.

Related: LAist’s October Guide

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