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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 of the coolest events happening this weekend in L.A. Want more ideas? Check out our March Guide, too.


American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica continues its tribute to the late Alan Rickman. On Friday night, they’re screening the double feature Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves at 7:30 p.m. with Die Hard screenwriter Steven De Souza in discussion between films. On Saturday, the double feature includes Galaxy Quest and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. with Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot and screenwriter Bob Gordon in person. Tickets: $11.

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FIRST FRIDAYS (Science + music)
NHM’s First Fridays series continues this Friday from 5-10 p.m. with music headliners Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa playing live. DJs Aaron Byrd (KCRW) and Val Fleury spin tunes among the taxidermied mammals. On the science side of things, there’s a behind-the-scenes tours in the museum's anthropology collection, and a panel discussion on “When in Doubt, Just Keep Swimming” with Dr. Maddalena Bearzi (Ocean Conservation Society President) and Dr. Chris Thacker (NHM’s Curator of Ichthyology). Tickets: $18 (February through May), $20 (June).

La Luz De Jesus Gallery presents the 30th edition of its annual juried group exhibition, Laluzapalooza. The no-theme show features more than 270 pieces from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and gallery artists. Some of the names are recognizable and other works are from undiscovered, emerging talents. The opening reception is on Friday from 8-11 p.m., and the works will remain on view through March 27.

M WARD (Music)
M. Ward celebrates his new album, More Rain (out Friday), with a live performance at 3 p.m. at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. A signing follows, but is limited to fans who purchase More Rain at the store. Amoeba also says that no photos or video will be allowed during the performance and signing (good luck with that, tho). Free.

The Norton Simon Museum opens Duchamp to Pop on Friday. The exhibition examines Marcel Duchamp’s influence on Pop Art and its leading artists, among them Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition also presents materials from the archives of the Pasadena Art Museum (which later became the Norton Simon Museum) that pertain to the former’s two seminal exhibitions: New Painting of Common Objects from 1962 and Marcel Duchamp Retrospective from 1963. A number of related events are scheduled throughout the exhibition’s run.

Los Angeles Walks, a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to creating a walkable city, holds a fundraiser on Friday to celebrate March 4th. The party takes place on Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m. at City Labs to honor the South Central Neighborhood Council for their work on Central Avenue and street vendors Merced Sanchez and Caridad Vasquez for their work on the L.A .Street Vending campaign. Tickets: $25-$35 and include local beers, wine, and light food provided by L.A. street vendors involved in the L.A. Street Vending campaign.

Slow Culture Gallery in DTLA holds an opening reception for its latest exhibition, PDFW: Performance. Drawing. Film. Writing. on Friday from 7-10 p.m. The show marks a new phase for the “secret international art club that is DFW,” which formed in Pittsburgh a few year ago. The show will include pieces from members Ara Peterson, Rose Luardo, Isaac Lin, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan, Jessica Ciocci, Jacob Ciocci, Lily Quan, Dan Murphy, Ben Jones, Ken Kagami, Emilia Brintnall, Jesse Geller and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. The exhibition will remain on view through April 3.


RON POPE (Music)
Nashville-based Ron Pope headlines the Teragram Ballroom on Saturday night in support of his latest release Ron Pope & The Nighthawks. Also on the bill: Jonathan Tyler, Truett. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. All ages. Tickets: $17-$20.

Daniel Rolnik Gallery opens two exhibitions in its new Culver City space with a reception on Saturday night from 6-11 p.m. On view: Kat Philbin's Codswallop and Listen04's Child's Play. RSVP for the reception.

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Giant Robot 2 presents Vivid Fields, an exhibition that features works by New York illustrator/artist Jen Tong and comics artist Kwanchai Moriya. The opening reception is on Saturday from 6:30-10 p.m. The show will remain on view through March 23.

Lethal Amounts Gallery presents (Teenage) Lobotomy, an exhibition of fanzine art and photos from the ‘70’s L.A. punk scene by Pleasant Gehman and Theresa Kereakes. The two founded the homemade Lobotomy Magazine in 1978 and featured interviews with their musician/friends, including The Runaways, The Cramps, The Damned, Billy Idol, The Go-Go’s, The Gun Club and many others.The show opens with a lecture, storytelling and reception on Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. Free. L.A. DERBY DOLLS (Roller derby)
The L.A. Derby Dolls’ all-star team The Ri-Ettes takes on the scrappy team, The Rejects, on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Dolloesseum in El Sereno. The L.A. Junior Derby Dolls (girls age 7-17) skate earlier in the day at 5 p.m. Standing admission: $15, $18 at the door; bleacher seating $35 online, $38 at the door. Discounts available for students with ID, Seniors, Veterans and kids under 12 (parental guidance suggested for Saturday night bouts). Admission includes face painting and free karaoke on the back patio. Cash bar and food trucks available onsite.

’SERIAL’ PODCAST (Live talk)
The Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN presents the program, Binge-Worthy Journalism with the Creators of SERIAL Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder, on Saturday at 8 p.m. Koenig and Snyder will walk audiences behind-the-scenes of their investigations and both seasons of their podcasts. The first season became a cultural sensation as it investigated the Adnan Syed case; the second season focused on the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Tickets: $35-$65.

YUNG JAKE (Art + video)
Yung Jake’s latest exhibition, Hydration, remains on view at Steve Turner Gallery through March 12. On Saturday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the gallery holds a reception for the artist and premieres Jake’s new video, “It's Wet.” Incorporating Yung Jake’s happening that took place at the gallery on Feb. 13, during the opening of Hydration, the detritus that remained from the opening has been incorporated into the show.

Johnny Marr (former guitarist and co-songwriter of The Smiths) plays the El Rey on Saturday night. The Portland, Oregon-based Mimicking Birds opens the night. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. All ages. Tickets: $35.

BLACK LIST LIVE! (Script reading)
Black List Live! reading takes place on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Montalban Theater. A great cast live reads the political satire Reagan, in which an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the president (as he’s falling into dementia in his second term) that he’s an actor playing the president in a movie. The cast include John Cho, Lena Dunham, Dennis Haysbert, Tony Goldwyn, Paul Scheer and others. The reading is directed by Reagan scribe Mike Rosolio. Tickets: $25.

BEARBARELLA (Drag + performance)
Peaches Christ bring her sendup of Roger Vadim’s Barbarella—Bearbarella—to the Dragonfly for two shows on Saturday night. The immersive and interactive theatrical experience/parody features Lady Bear in the title role,” a larger than life queen who’s tasked with saving the Queerniverse from a wicked knife-wielding villainous “‘The Great Tired,’” played by Peaches herself. A heads up: The show features killer dolls, poppers, dildo sex and “loads of Duran Duran.” Shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Online single tickets start at $25. Tables available.


CICLAVIA (Open streets)
CicLAvia heads over the hills and back into The Valley on Sunday. Thousands of participants are expected to hit the road on bike, on feet and on skates on the four miles of car-free streets in the Pacoima, Arleta, North Hills East and Panorama City neighborhoods from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local resident, entrepreneur and actor Danny Trejo will help kick off the event. Van Nuys Blvd. will be closed to all cars from Roscoe Blvd. to Lehigh Ave by 8 a.m., so plan accordingly. Free.

On Sunday L.A. Zine Fest 2016 is at the Majestic in DTLA, bringing more than 200 exhibitors to showcase their zines, comic books and art. The fest runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with workshops and DIY tips available throughout the day. Concurrently, there are discussion panels and readings being held at The Last Bookstore, two block away from the Majestic. Admission is free.

Bach in the Subways, a series of free music events that celebrate the life and work of Bach, returns to L.A. later this month (March 19-21). The celebratory event was founded by cellist Dale Henderson, who will perform the Bach Cello Suites as a "SuitesRaiser" on Sunday to help raise money for the operational costs for the Bach in the Subways volunteer-only event. Henderson’s concert takes place at 4 p.m. at the Pico Union Project in DTLA. Tickets start at $40.

Related: LAist’s March Guide

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