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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Gallery1988 opens a new show by Joey Spiotto on Friday. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery)
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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 the November Guide for other ideas.

FRIDAY, NOV. 6

BLVD / MANSIONS ON THE MOON (Music)
BLVD brings its fusion of indie rock and EDM to the Roxy on Friday night. Mansions on the Moon co-headlines with Rilan in support. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm
All ages. Tickets: $15.

JOEY SPIOTTO’S STORYTIME 2 (Pop Art)
On Friday night, Joey Spiotto returns to G1988 (East) with Storytime 2—a sequel to his 2014 exhibition at the gallery. Spiotto will once again put a spin on his favorite movies, TV shows, musicians and video games turning them into demented children's books. Opening reception is from 7-9 pm with the artist in attendance.

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DOCUMENTARY, WOW! (Documentary Networking)
Indie Lens Pop-up, in partnership with IDA, Film Independent and PBS SoCal, presents Documentary, Wow!, a night that celebrates documentary film and fosters conversations and networking between doc filmmakers and fans. The event takes place at the Annenberg Space for Photography - Skylight Studios. Doors at 7:30 pm, and the program begins at 8 pm. Open bar and light reception provided. RSVP required.

LOS ANGELES MUSIC VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL (Film Fest)
The fifth annual LAMVF runs Friday through Sunday with a series of screenings, panels and speakers at Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater. This year includes screenings curated from more than 600 submissions from 35 countries. Kimbra gives the artist keynote address. Tickets: $12 each session ($40 weekend pass). Free for Cinefamily members.

SATURDAY, NOV. 7

PIMPS OF JOYTIME / CON BRIO (Music)
It’s time to get funky on Saturday night at the Teregram Ballroom. The Pimps of Joytime bring the “soul and roll” while San Francisco's Con Brio opens with its own style of soul and R&B. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm, and tickets are $16. All ages.

RUN HARD ROCK CAFE 5/10K (Run)
Hard Rock’s Run Hard Rock Cafe 5/10K takes place on Saturday at 7 am with a route that takes runners past the TCL Chinese Theater, El Capitan, Capitol Records, W Hollywood and the Pantages Theater. A portion of proceeds from each runner’s registration fee will benefit My Friend’s Place, a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Fees: $50-$60.

AFI CONVERSATIONS (Film Talks)
AFI Fest opens on Thursday and runs through Nov. 12. In addition to the films being screened, there are a number of great panels and conversations. Among them: On Acting: A Conversation with Benicio Del Toro at 11 am on Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. Del Toro will talk about his extensive career (Che, Traffic, The Usual Suspects) and his performance in Sicario, with the conversation moderated by Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley. On Sunday at 3:30 pm, The Indie Contenders panel features include writer/director Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), actress Blythe Danner (I’ll See You In My Dreams), writer/director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), actress Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), actor Jason Segel (The End of the Tour), actress Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), actress Lily Tomlin (Grandma) and actress Olivia Wilde (Meadowland). Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas are available to the general public online or at the AT&T Box Office at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

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Daniel Rolnik Gallery celebrates the Live Free Podcast anniversary with an art show. (Art: Ricky Watts)
LIVE FREE (Art Show + Podcast)
The Live Free Podcast, which focuses on interviews with visual artists, celebrates its five-year anniversary with an art show curated by podcast host Mike Maxwell. The “epic art show” opens on Saturday with a reception from 7-11 pm at Daniel Rolnik Gallery in Santa Monica. Artists include Anthony Lister, Ben Venom, Mike Giant, Christian Rex Van Minnen and many more. During the course of the exhibit, Mike Maxwell and Daniel Rolnik will be conduct live podcast interviews with artists at the gallery.

CREATE:FIXATE (Art + Music)
Create:Fixate (C:F) presents the latest installment of its music/visual arts series on Saturday night. The show’s theme is “Branching Out,” and features artworks, jewelry, performances, live painting that examine nature through art, takes over Werkartz, a new multidisciplinary arts complex in LA’s Chinatown. The event begins at 4 pm with a three-hour gallery preview with the main event beginning at 7 pm. Tickets: $15-$25.

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SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS (Late-night Party)
The Music Center hosts another installment of its Sleepless: The Music Center After Hourson Saturday night, beginning at 11:30 pm and running until 3 am on Sunday. It's free night of music performances, projections, video installations and sonic sculptures. Producer/musician extraordinaire Daniel Lanois takes over the 5th floor for a breakthrough ambient/electro, visual experience. The Exclusive Founders Room is transformed into a tribute to disco and house dance floors of the past. Guests are invited to lie down in Stern Grand Hall for the DJ’s sets and curated large-scale projections while lounging on pillows, cushions and bean bags (or bring their own soft seating). So many other options, too. Free, but online timed entry signup required. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on space availability. Parking is $5 after 8 pm.

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MAMA Gallery in DTLA opens 'Hi How Are You Daniel Johnston' on Saturday night. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and artist)
HI, HOW ARE YOU DANIEL JOHNSTON (Art + Music)
On Saturday night, MAMA Gallery opens the immersive exhibition Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston. The show explores the art, music and mind of prolific cult singer-songwriter-artist, Daniel Johnston. The opening reception features Johnston’s art as well as the world premiere of the short film Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston, directed by Gabriel Sunday, starring Johnston. It’ll be playing on loop all night long. Lana Del Rey (also an Executive Producer on the film) created a haunting cover of Johnston’s song,“Some Things Last a Long Time.” The public film premiere and exhibition opening reception are from 8 to 10 pm on Saturday with spirits provided by GreenBar Craft Distillery and craft brews by Boomtown Brewery. The exhibition runs through Nov. 11.

DUNCAN SHEIK + SUZANNE VEGA (Music)
Grammy and Tony award-winning musician Duncan Sheik plays the Saban Theater on Saturday night in support of his new release Legerdemain. The album marks Sheik’s return to original material that’s not attached to a theater production since White Limousine in 2006. (He most famously composed Spring Awakening.) Co-headlining the night with Sheik is Suzanne Vega. Tickets: $28, $38, $48 + fees.

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Subliminal Projects and Library Street Collective present new works by Tristan Eaton. (Image: 'The Rocker' by Eaton)
LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE (Art)
Subliminal Projects hosts the Library Street Collective's exhibition Legacy, which features a new body of work by Tristan Eaton. The opening reception is on Saturday at 7 pm, and the first 100 guests will receive a free signed poster of Tristan’s ‘Audrey of Mulberry' mural. The show will remain on view through Nov. 14. Email info@lscgallery.com to RSVP for the reception.JACKALOPE ART & CRAFT FAIR (Craft)
The Jackalope Art & Craft Fairreturns to Pasadena, bringing 200+ handmade vendors for a weekend of art, handcrafted wares, foods and more. The fair runs 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday in Central Park.

ALLIED CRAFTS BUILDING OPEN STUDIOS (Arts)
The Allied Crafts Building in the Fashion District hosts its first building-wide open studios on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Built in 1925, the building is home to craft furniture makers, custom motorcycle builders, high-end designers of lingerie and jewelry, textile artisans and designers. The Saturday event is a celebration of all things handmade. Coffee, beer and treats will be provided.

AMERICAN INDIAN MARKETPLACE (Arts + Crafts)
The Autry holds its American Indian Arts Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday (10 am to 5 pm each day) featuring work from 200 Native American artists representing more than 40 tribes. The marketplace is the largest Native American arts market in Southern California and introduces visitors to emerging and established artists selling sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings and mixed-media works. There will also be artist demonstrations, performances, music, food and other treats throughout the weekend. On Sunday at 1:30 pm, Native Voices Artists Ensemble presents the Fifth Annual Short Play Festival: We Are Family. The works included are from Native American playwrights who explore family in every sense of the word. Admission: free for Autry members; $12 for nonmembers; $8 for students (with ID) and seniors (60+); and $4 Children ages 3-12.

PHILIPPINE ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL (Festival)
The24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture takes over El Pueblo Monument in DTLA on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. The day celebrates Filipino music, dance, crafts, culture, and of course, food. Free admission.

SUNDAY, NOV. 8

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Learn croquet while sipping on champagne and eating oysters on Sunday. (Image: Courtesy of Barnsdall Art Park)
CROQUET + CHAMPERS + OYSTERS (Fundraiser)
Barnsdall Art Park’s Croquet, Champagne + Oysters fall fundraiser takes over the park on Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Time to get all bougie for a relaxing afternoon of non-competitive croquet (with the help of the Pasadena Croquet Club) and a three champagne flight selected by Silverlake Wine, Say Cheese selections and The Oyster Gourmet. Food trucks - Postcards Soul Fusion and Bar 1969 will also be on hand to serve brunch. Guests are also welcome to bring their own blankets and picnics (no outside alcohol allowed tho). Tickets: $40, $10 for kids 3+.

RED HEN PRESS CHAMPAGNE LUNCHEON (Benefit)
Red Hen Press’s 21st Benefit Champagne Luncheon takes place on Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena. The annual fundraiser celebrates LA’s vibrant literary community. The festivities include performances from local school children, a silent auction and readings by authors Brian Turner, Amy Bloom and Major Jackson. Tickets are a little pricey at $175 per ticket, but hey, it’s a fundraiser.

THE NEW SHORT FICTION SERIES (Readings)
On Sunday, The New Short Fiction Series presents Jacqueline McKinley’s The Christmas Bitch and other stories at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. The African American television writer/producer is best known for the Emmy-Winning sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. The event features spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Ash Madison (Falling Overnight), Judy T. Marcelline (Empty Rooms, Leading With the Right) and Shanel Moore (Runaways: Chase’s Story). Performances begin at 7 pm, doors open 6 pm. Admission is $12 with advance purchase, $15 cash only at the door.

Related: LAist’s November Guide

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