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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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

PALEYFEST (TV Festival)
The PaleyFest returns to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 11-20. The TV fan festival features screenings and panel discussions with cast and creatives from some of the hottest shows on TV. On the schedule this weekend are: FOX’s Empire on Friday; AMC’s Better Call Saul and FOX’s Scream Queens on Saturday; ABC’s black-ish and CBS’s Supergirl on Sunday. General admission tickets for the public start at $30+ fees.

SECOND OPINION (Mediums + readings)
Bruno Coviello curates Second Opinion on Friday from 2-7 pm Upstairs at the Ace Hotel. The event offers a relaxed afternoon of interdisciplinary (tarot) readings and insight featuring mediums, readers and psychics from LA. Featured personal guides this week include Tanya Love (tarot), Sarah Gottesdiener (tarot), Morgan Rehbock (astrology), Collette McGruder (tarot) and a DJ set by Bunny Michael. Free.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE RIVER COLLECTION (Music)
Morrison Hotel Gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel opens the photography exhibition, Bruce Springsteen: The River Collection, featuring images taken by legendary photographers Neal Preston, David Gahr, Lynn Goldsmith, Frank Stefanko, Jim Marchese and Joel Bernstein. The images were all selected to be in 35th Anniversary box set of The River. The exhibition will run from Friday through March 20.

DANCE IN A PANIC (Dance party)
Dance in a Panic is a new “authentic British style” monthly rock n’ roll dance party that kicks off on Friday at The Regent Theatre. Curated by Peter Hook (New Order/ Joy Division), L.A.’s Together Pangea headlines the launch party with Kav, Gateway Drugs and others also on the bill. Hook will also record an exclusive DJ set from his club FAC 251 in Manchester for the night, too. Tickets: $12.50-$35.50. 8 pm. 18+.

ARTNIGHT PASADENA (Music + Art)
ArtNight Pasadena takes place on Friday from 6-10 pm at 18 cultural institutions throughout the city. Enjoy free art, music and entertainment at places like the Armory Center, Art Center, Side Street Projects at City Hall, MUSE/IQUE, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, USC Pacific Asia Museum and many others. Free shuttles and food trucks throughout the night, too.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

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CAN I KICK IT? (Comedy + Hip Hop)
Can I Kick It? returns to NerdMelt on Saturday at 7 pm. The evening is a cross between Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie. Hosted by comedian Al Jackson, he’s joined by Joe DeRosa and special guests (this week: Josh Adam Meyers) to review and do live commentary on some choice videos from from the ‘70s to ‘90s. DJ Josh Spoon spins before the show. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

HORRIBLE MOVIE NIGHT (Bad Movie + Comedy)
Following Can I Kick It? is Horrible Movie Night at the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday night at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. Screening this time around is the 1986 “classic” Evil Laugh. Comedy from Brett Goldstein and Paige Weldon and free popcorn. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

AIRPORT ARTWALK (Festival)
Santa Monica Airport celebrates its 10th Annual Airport ArtWalk on Saturday from 12-5 pm. The public can explore the more than 60 artist studios and spaces within the airport’s converted airplane hangars. There will be art demonstrations and workshops throughout the day, performances, live music and food trucks. The restaurant Typhoon holds a special happy hour from 5-7 pm to wrap up the ArtWalk.

IPA FESTIVAL (Beer)
The Los Angeles IPA Festival is at Mohawk Bend on Saturday from 9:30 am-3 pm. More than 50 of California's top breweries will compete for the title of Best IPA. For just $4 a beer, fans can try the brews and vote for their favorites. The brewmasters will be hanging out, too, to talk shop with attendees.

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WHY MEDITATE? (Art)
Wanderlust holds a day-long conference on meditation on Saturday from 12-9 pm with speakers and leaders talking about “the science, techniques, benefits and practical application of meditation.” There are lectures, break-out workshops and guided meditations planned. Hosted by Megan Monahan, the speaker lineup includes Moby, Mallika Chopra, Davidji, Light Watkins, Keith Mitchell, Murray Hidary, Ariel Garten, Charlie Knowles, Jim Gimian, Ben Decker and Scott Schwenk. Tickets: $59.

LAYERS (Art)
The Gabba Gallery in Filipinotown presents the exhibition, Layers, featuring four solo exhibitions from artists Essi Zimm, Tōshee, Nicholas Bonamy and Joey Feldman. The artists’ reception is on Saturday from 7-11 pm. Music provided by DJ Jonathan Williams. Richeeze Gourmet Grilled Cheese Food Truck will be onsite. Find street parking or $8 at the church at 3001 Beverly Blvd. All parking proceeds benefit Iglesia Principe De Paz. The show will remain on view through April 2.PERSIAN NEW YEAR (Art + music)
The Farhang Foundation teams up with LACMA to celebrate Nowruz—the Iranian New Year and the arrival of spring. The festival brings some of the best-known Iranian and Iranian-American artists to the LACMA campus for a full day of activities on Sunday from 11:30 am to 7 pm. Activities and performers include storytelling, calligraphy, crafts, an Iranian Costume Parade, Niyaz Featuring Azam Ali‘s global trance music, Saaz O Dohol’s traditional music, dancers and more. Most of the activities are free and all are family friendly.

BREAK BREAD (Closing party)
The Break Bread exhibition at Think Tank Gallery is winding down, and organizers are throwing a closing night party and a Brew Ha Ha drinking game/comedy show on Saturday night at 8 pm. Tickets: $16.82. The first beer is included in the price of admission.

SO WHAT! - THE ARTISTRY OF MILES DAVIS (Art + music)
The exhibition So What! — The Artistry of Miles Davis opens on Saturday at The William Grant Still Arts Center with a reception from 3-6 pm. It’s the Arts Center’s 8th Annual exhibition in its African-American Composers Series and offers a look into Miles Davis the man and his music. On view will be original vinyl (LPs, 35s, and 78s), archival magazine articles and other ephemera. At the opening, Marcus L. Miller's Project World Drum featuring trumpeter Alfonse White will perform two sets “diving into fusion Miles sounds from the 70s and 80s.” The exhibit will remain on view through June 4.

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Nature)
Descanso Gardens’ Cherry Blossom Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm, celebrating Japanese culture and the trees that grace the gardens. Most activities, including origami—cherry blossom walks, shakuhachi music in the marden, cherry tree discovery stations—are free with admission unless noted. General admission $9, seniors 65 and older/students $6, children (5 to 12 years) $4. Children 5 and younger are free.

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FORCE FIELD ANNIVERSARY SHOW (Music)
Force Field PR is throwing a 10-Year Anniversary Show at the Echoplex on Saturday night. Bands on the bill include Lightning Bolt, La Sera, Wax Idols, Dent May, Jimmy Whispers, Sonny and the Sunsets, Terry Malts and others. The show is 18+ and tickets run $21.50-$40. 6 pm.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13

KITE FESTIVAL (Fest)
Redondo Pier’s Kite Festival is a free, all-ages event and one of the oldest in the country. It takes place on Sunday from 12-5 pm at the Redondo Beach pier with prizes are awarded for the best handmade kite, best ground display, highest-flying kite and other categories. The public is invited to help launch a massive 25’ by 14’ foot kite. There’s also going to be a hot dog on a stick eating contest, martial arts demonstrations and live music. The day will end with a mass group kite flying activity.

GOOD LOOKS (Comedy)
The monthly comedy show Good Looks takes over UCB Franklin on Sunday at 7:30 pm with a lineup that includes: Maria Bamford, Guy Branum, Jared Logan, Quincy Jones, Dulcé Sloan and Zach Sims. Tickets are only $5. All ages show.

PURE BATHING CULTURE (Music)
Pure Bathing Culture performs at the Echo on Sunday in support of its sophomore album, Pray for Rain, before the band heads to SXSW. Tickets: $10-$12 for the all-ages show. 6 pm.

AFTER DARK (Talk + comedy)
After Dark a live late night show found on YouTube, and they’re taping the next installment at Second City on Sunday night at 7:30 pm. The show includes special celeb guests, digital shorts and up-and-coming comedians. Sunday’s guests include Matt McGorry (Netflix's Orange Is The New Black and ABC's How To Get Away With Murder) and Katherine McNamara (Freeform's Shadowhunters and Maze Runner: Scorch Trials). Tickets: $10 and there’s an after party sponsored by Golden Road Brewing.

Related: LAist’s March Guide

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