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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. Check out our November guide for other suggestions, too.


CRAZY4CULT 9 (Pop Art)
Gallery1988’s most famous show Crazy 4 Cult returns to L.A. on Friday night. Now in its 9th year, the show features 219 artists who created works based on their favorite cult movie classics. This year, there’ll be new additions like Spaceballs, Clueless and Weird Science in addition to the usual suspects. The opening reception is on Friday from 7-10 pm at G1988 (West), 7308 Melrose Ave. This show will be on display until Dec. 5.

There’s a special release event for The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook All-Star Banquet by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying. On Friday night at Night+Market WeHo, guests can pick up a copy of the book, talk to the authors and eat a dinner cooked by several culinary stars. In the lineup are Bowien of Mission Chinese Food, Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market, Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, Andy Rickter of Pok Pok and Chad Robertson of Tartine. Tickets: $100. The 8:30 pm banquet is sold out, but a few tickets remain for 6 pm.

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On Friday at 7 pm, Dark Delicacies in Burbank presents author Michael Mallory who signs the new book The Art of Krampus, which documents the making of the new holiday film Krampus. He’ll be joined by one of the film’s screenwriters Todd Casey and composer Douglas Pipes. They will also be signing the new graphic novel Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas which is based on the film. Actor/artist Bill Rude will be on hand as Krampus for free photo opportunities. Just like Santa. But not.

NICK ZINNER (Photo Show)
Amoeba presents 601 Photographs, a solo photo exhibition Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner at Lethal Amounts gallery in DTLA. View Zinner’s images from tours around the world, from his time touring with YYY’s and other projects around six continents for 15-plus years. “The show’s 601 images act as both voyeuristic and documentarian, capturing everything from hotel beds to intimate portraits and those infamous crowd shots. The exhibit has previously been shown in New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco and Tokyo.” The opening reception is on Friday at 7 pm.

The Los Angeles Auto Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center and is open to the public from Nov. 20-29. Organizers are expecting nearly 60 debuts of new vehicles. Check out the trends and innovations in upcoming models and vehicle categories (luxury, performance, hybrid, electric, hydrogen fuel-cell etc.). Adult tickets: $12-$15, with passes at $85.

Amoeba Hollywood holds a listening party on Friday for Adele’s new album 25, which comes out the same day. Come hear the new album from 6-7 pm, pick it up and get a free Adele button and photo while supplies last.

Caitlin Bergh and Ever Mainard host the one-year anniversary of The Last Book Review, a free storytelling night at The Last Bookstore in DTLA on Friday at 8:30 pm. The event features storytellers, comics and writers sharing humorous tales, personal essays “and one very witty book review.” Scheduled yarn-spinners on Friday are Corey Podell, Chris Redd, Gabi Conti, Aaron Weaver, and Tess Barker. The band MILCK performs from 8-8:30 pm and the stories begin at 8:30 pm.


There’s a book signing and performance for the new book People Like Us - The Cult of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at La Luz de Jesus on Saturday from 6-11 pm. Writer/photographer Lauren Everett has been working for the past six years on documenting The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s midnight screenings and subculture. Everett will sign books for those who purchase them at the event, and songs from the musical will be performed by Claire McKeown (Honey Child). There will also be a screening of Frank-N-Furter’s Shadow and other short films.STOUTS N’ STACHES (Film)
To celebrate Movember, the Stouts N Staches Fest returns to Venice Beach on Saturday from 2-7 pm. It’s a block party for a cause—raising funds and awareness for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health organizations. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will take over the host hotel The Erwin as well as other Venice bars and restaurants with mustache madness for $5 craft beers and food specials. Live music, free MO trims, photo booth and more. Tickets: $10-$15. There’s a VIP package ($50) available, too. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Movember.

DesignerCon 2015 returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday featuring two days of collectible toys, art, apparel, ephemera and more. The convention is a great mixture of pop, urban, street and underground art with more than 300 vendors. There are also art shows, panels, presentations and exclusive releases during both days (Saturday, 9 am-6 pm and Sunday from 10 am-5 pm). Admission: $5-$7 per day or $10 for both days. (Pro-tip: This is the best place to get your Christmas shopping done early.)

The Great Los Angeles Walk takes place this Saturday (it’s a tradition the Saturday before Thanksgiving). In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Great Walk heads down Olympic Boulevard, which was once known as 10th Street before it was renamed in honor of the 1932 Olympic Games. This year, the 16-mile walk begins at 9 am at the newly renovated Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown and heads west down Olympic. The walk is free, and you’re welcome to join in for as long or as short as you wish.

Angel City’s ‘Stache Bash is on Saturday from 8 to 11 pm and will benefit the Movember Foundation USA. The night includes a moustache pageant with prizes, giveaways, food trucks, live art showcase, moustache painting and more surprises in store. Angel City will donate $1 from every Traveler Shandy and Social IPA purchased at the event to Movember.

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The Black List Live presents Ben Schwartz’s (Parks & Recreation) script El Fuego Caliente on Saturday at 8 pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. For the event, the Black List partners with NALIP (the National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and features a star cast: Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids), Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Diego Boneta (Scream Queens), Schwartz and narration from Jane the Virgin's Anthony Mendez. Tickets: $30.DAVID SEDARIS (Talk)
Writer, comedian and humorist David Sedaris takes to the stage at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN on Saturday night at 8 pm. Playwright and humorist Dylan Brody opens for Sedaris. Tickets: $35-$95.

ARTISTS & FLEAS (Flea Market)
Artists & Fleas Market returns to the Arts District on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (647 Mateo Street DTLA). Kick off the holiday shopping season by browsing 75+ stands of jewelry, vintage clothing, original artwork and home goods made by local craftsmen who’ve been especially selected for their artistry and/or fair trade practices.

Shades and Shadows, the storytelling series dedicated to dark fantasy, horror and science fiction, takes place at Mimoda Studio on Saturday at 8 pm. Hosted by Lauren Candia and Xach Fromson, the evening brings together authors who read from their own works. On the program this weekend are readings by Stephen Jay Schwartz, Chrome Oxide, Romina Garber, Taylor Grant and Maureen McHugh. Tickets: $10.

There’s a concert on Saturday night at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to raise support for the Playing for Change Foundation. California Love will feature a live 30-piece orchestra playing selections from Dr. Dre’s catalog, along with music composed by Sly5thAve and Tarek Kandil. The All-Star Orchestra includes Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell, drummer N’Dugu Chancler, flutist and saxophonist Justo Almario, Dr. Dre’s own piano instructor Steve Lindsey, trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon, drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr and keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe.

LAist had a grand time at the last Natural History Museum sleepover, so now’s your chance to go on the overnight adventures at NHM. Listen to a talk by head taxidermist Tim Bovard, go on a gallery scavenger hunt, listen to music, and enjoy a midnight munchies buffet with craft beer and wine. There will also be a natural history-themed movie screening, and more. 21+ to register. Tickets: Members $119, general $135 - parking is included.


JACO (Film + Music)
JACO, a documentary that chronicles the brief but memorable life of Jaco Pastorius, an American bass player and composer, has its premiere on Sunday night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA. In addition to the screening, there’s a post-film concert that features JACO executive producer and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo with rock collective Mass Mental (including Corey Glover, Brooks Wackerman, Stevie Salas, Armand Sabal-Lecco and Whit Crane); special guests Billy Idol, Flea and Jerry Jemmott; and Hipster Assassins, with Felix Pastorius, Mike Bendy, John Bendy, Chris Ward and Kenny Grohowski. Tickets: $21-$120 (VIP includes an artist meet-and-greet.

Norway’s Mr Little Jeans ( Monica Birkenes) headlines the El Rey on Sunday night with Good Graeff and Soren Bryce in Support. Doors at 7 pm, and the all ages show begins at 8 pm. Tickets: $19.

Related: LAist’s November Guide

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