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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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It’s Grammy weekend, Valentine’s weekend, L.A. Marathon Weekend and a three-day holiday for many of us. We found 20 events happening throughout the next few days, and some of these might make off-beat Valentine’s Day activities, if you’re inclined to celebrate the non-holiday holiday. Check out our February Guide for other suggestions, too.


ForYourArt and Goodreads present the special event EVERBOOKS: Artists and Writers Read from Their Favorite Books on Friday from 7-8:30 pm at the Million Dollar Theater in DTLA. The reading is being held in conjunction with LA Art Book Fair 2016, with writers and artists selecting short passages to read from books they “believe will inspire the artist in everyone.” Moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, scheduled participants include Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Janet Fitch, Alex Israel, Miranda July, Kori Newkirk, Vanessa Place, Aram Saroyan, Barbara T. Smith, Mary Weatherford and others. Tickets: $5.

CABIN FEVER (Film double feature)
Arena Cinema presents a special double feature on Friday night. At 10:30 pm, they’ll screen Cabin Fever (2016), followed by the original 2003 horror flick at 12:30 am, as part of Arena’s Campfire horror film series. Director Travis Zariwny and his cast will be at the screening of the latest film, while there’s a Q&A with Cabin Fever (2003) actress Cerina Vincent with film director James Cullen Bressack, who chose this month’s film. Tickets: $12.

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KPCC holds its second annual #KPCCLove Trivia Night on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. Hosted by KPCC's Erika Aguilar, the night features music, food from Golden Road, prizes and a cash bar. Tickets: $20 and support the public radio station.

It’s the final weekend for the 24th Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF) at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza’s Rave Cinemas 15. The festival honors African filmmakers and artists from around the world, screening more than 100 films. While there are a number of screening throughout the weekend, the closing night narrative feature is Miles Ahead, which stars Don Cheadle as jazz great Miles Davis. The film marks Don Cheadle’s directing debut from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman. Miles Ahead screens at 8 pm and 8:30 pm on Sunday. Closing night tickets: $20, $90 including the after party. Regular general admission for other films: $13.

La Collectionneuse series at Cinefamily screens the 1973 film The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la Putain), written and directed by Jean Eustache. The 219-minute film is a snapshot of the disillusioned generation of Parisians in the early ‘70s, focusing on the drama that evolves among the parties of a ménage à trois. The film is screened on 35mm at 7:30 pm. There’s a reception that immediately follows with drinks, treats, photobooth (dressy attire is welcomed). Music set by DJ Jim Smith from The Smell. Tickets: $12/free for members.

The 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair—an exhibition fair of rare books—takes over the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend (Friday, from 3-8 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm). On view are antique books, original manuscripts, autographs, maps, graphics and photographs, including medieval manuscripts; 17th century Shakespeare volumes; miniature books, handwritten music and lyrics from Beethoven and others; autographed books by authors such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac; first editions of pop fiction and children’s classics. More than 200 booksellers from around the world will have their goods on display. Friday tickets ($25) include admission all three days and free admission to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens during the month of February. Tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $15 and include free admission to the Huntington during the Book Fair.


LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) presents Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm at 405 Mateo St., in DTLA. Pruitt, an artist, has taken his itinerant flea market around the world, and makes its first stop in L.A. Pruitt and LAND have invited L.A.’s top artists and tastemakers to take part in a traditional-style market, selling their art and wares to the public. Participating artists include Jon Pylypchuk, James Franco, Michele O’Marah, Brendan Fowler, Pentti Monkonnen and Liz Craft, Bert Rodriguez, Kim Fisher, Matt Greene, Dean Spunt (of the band No Age), Mario Ybarra Jr., Joe Sola, Mark Verabioff and Bari Zipperstein, among others.

PROUD LOVE (Dance party)
Grand Park hosts a Proud Love event on Saturday from noon to 5 pm, featuring a free community dance party for LGBTQ and ally communities. Yee haw! Learn line and square dancing, no partner necessary. Food trucks, including No Toro (Mexican Grill) and Paradise Cookies & Ice cream, will be onsite to feed hungry participants. Picnics are also welcome (no alcohol). Free.

Resident in DTLA holds the official LAABF After Party on Saturday night with the help of Printed Matter, HOW MANY VIRGINS? and Berserktown. The party features two rooms of DJs, live performances, art installations, craft cocktails, a food truck and more from 7 pm-2 am. Sets by Honey Soundsystem, Zutzut (N.A.A.F.I), THE HAXAN CLOAK, Jock Club, Cooper Saver and a special performance by D∆WN. Tickets: $18 in advance, $25 at the door.

UCB (Sunset) presents the storytelling show, Best of Romantic Encounters, on Saturday night at 7 pm. Host Melinda Hill curates a lineup of humorists (including Stephen Glickman of Big Time Rush and special guests) who share their funniest love and sex stories. Tickets: $5.

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It’s a night for twosomes at the El Rey on Saturday night. The Knocks headline the El Rey on Saturday night with LA dance-pop duo Cardiknox and the NY-based duo Sofi Tukker playing in support. Doors at 7:30 pm for the all-ages show. Tickets: $18.50-$20.

BREAK BREAD (Art exhibition / festival)
Think Tank Gallery and Cirque du Soleil present Break Bread, an exhibition/festival that opens on Saturday with a public reception from 8 pm to 1 am at Think Tank. The exhibition features new works by Dismaland artist Scott Hove and painter Baker's Son, and a 7,500 sq. ft. cake maze installation that ends in a lounge for performances and supper clubs that will be active for the 30 days the exhibition is on view (through March 14).

GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE (Chinese New Year Festival)
The 117th annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival takes place in Chinatown on Saturday from 1-3 pm (starting at Hill and Ord). The Chinese New Year Festival takes place at Central Plaza Stage (New Chinatown) from 12-8 pm.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early for an adults-only party at the L.A. Zoo on Saturday night. Sex and the City Zoo is a 21+ event dedicated to romance in the animal kingdom. Things kick off in the Zoo's Witherbee Auditorium with a reception from 5-6 pm featuring decadent light bites, desserts, wines and “animal walk-abouts," which include chats with keepers and the chance to observe small animals up close. From 6-7 pm is a “provocative ‘birds and bees’ presentation” (and Q&A) about animal dating and sexy time and cohabitating by L.A. Zoo General Curator Beth Schaefer. The program is $40 per person.

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800)’s North Hollywood gallery presents the exhibition, Four Artists You Should Know, beginning with an opening reception on Saturday night from 5-8 pm. Gallery 800 showcases the works of guild members, and this show focuses on the artwork of Scenic Painter Bridget Duffy, Artist Gabrielle McKenna, Graphic Artist Ray Bravo and Visual Effects Artist Pete Graziano. The reception will also feature live music, a hosted bar and appetizers.

These Days, a gallery located on the second floor of 118 Winston St. in DTLA, opens the art exhibition X | Sex And Dying In High Society on Saturday with a 7 pm reception. Curated by Bryan Ray Turcotte, the show is a “celebration of the seminal and quintessential Los Angeles punk band X.” Turcotte (author of Fucked Up + Photocopied, Punk Is Dead Punk Is Everything, It All Dies Anyway) has created the exhibition out of rare fliers, original art and photographs. The works will remain on view through March 26.

It’s Grammy weekend, and Converse hosts a Converse Rubber Tracks Live concert on Saturday night headlined by musician/producer/rapper Flying Lotus at the Teragram Ballroom. The night also features a set by Calvin Valentine, who was handpicked by Flying Lotus to open. The show is free and 16+, but you must RSVP.

Happy No Fear, an exhibition of new works by The Art of Chase opens at Stone Malone Gallery on Melrose this Saturday. The Belgian-born artist moved to L.A. in the ‘90s and developed a ”quirky and humorous” painting style. The reception runs from 7 pm to midnight and runs through Feb. 27.


Spend your Valentine’s Day cheering on L.A. Marathon runners. The Stadium to the Sea course takes runners from Dodger Stadium across LA to the finish near the Santa Monica Pier. The participants will take off by 7 am, and the streets will reopen on a rolling basis as the race officially ends 6 hours, 30 minutes and 59 seconds from the time the last runner crosses the start line.

Angel City Brewery holds its annual anti-Valentine’s Day party, a circus-meets-Mardi Gras-themed bash that features stilt walkers, dancing clowns, aerialists and acrobats, face-painting and tarot or reiki readings, a photo booth, festival food (popcorn, churros, pretzels) and more. Live music from 1-6:30 pm with sets from Litty Kitter, Sara Dee and Super Tall Paul. Border Grill and Los Lobos food trucks will be in the lot. Admission is free.

Related: LAist’s February Guide

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