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Weekend Planner: 23 Things To Do In L.A.

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 23 events. Now, no more excuses...so get out there and play. Don’t forget to check out other picks in our monthly column, too. Read on for all the details.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

MUSIC: English singer-songwriter Dan Croll kicks off his spring tour at the El Rey to celebrate this week’s release of his debut LP Sweet Disarray. Doors at 8 pm with show at 9 pm. Panama Wedding opens. All ages. $18.

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MUSIC: Red Bull Sound Select Presents A Night With Chuck Inglish at The Well in DTLA. Inglish, co-founder of The Cool Kids, releases his solo debut LP, Convertibles, on April 8. The evening also features LA artist Thurz, who plays with the six-piece band, The S.O.M.E. Tickets are free for those who RSVP. The event is 21+ and first come, first served for the general public until the venue reaches capacity. 9 pm.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena presents the exhibition, Face It: The Photographic Portrait from April 4 to Aug. 11. On view are 20 portraits by some of the most important artist-photographers of the 20th century, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater and Minor White. Museum admission: Admission: $7-$10.

PHOTOGRAPHY: As part of MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles) festivities, there’s an exhibition of winning work from 2013 International Photography Awards's (IPA) annual single-image, themed competition: One Shot. Held at the Loft at Liz’s on La Brea, photographers include winners Eric Schwabel and Amy Kaps; Christian Sinibaldi; Matt Henry and many others. 7-10 pm. Free.

FILM: Melnitz Movies, a free film series at UCLA, presents a sneak preview of Locke, directed by Steven Knight and starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott and Olivia Colman. 8 pm. Reservations required. The screening is followed by a Q & A with Knight (Redemption, Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things). The film takes place over the course of one car ride, exploring how one decision can change everything.

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COMEDY: At Nerdmelt, comedians Ian Karmel, Johnny Pemberton,
Andres Du Bouchet, Steve Agee, John Ennis, James Fritz, Katie Crown and Davey Johnson compete in Part Two: The Sequel Show. Participants pitch as-yet unwritten sequels to some of our fav and not-so-fav movies. Surprises and musical acts are part of the night, too. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 9 pm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

BEER + BOARD GAMES Story Tavern in Burbank helps you celebrate International Tabletop Day on Saturday at noon. Battle with your fellow beer lovers in games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Seven Wonders, Pandemic and others. A ticket ($23 + fees) to the party includes you choice of board game, live acoustic music, one Imperial Pint (20 0z) of Draft Craft Beer or Cider, an appetizer from the Story Tavern menu and tip for the serving staff. A cask of Eagle Rock Brewery Populist is being made for the event.

GRAPHIC NOVEL SIGNINGS: Dark Delicacies in Burbank hosts graphic novel signings at 2 pm with author Mike Mignola signing Hellboy: The First 20 Years; Steve Niles signing Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem and David J. Schow signing the 50th Anniversary edition of The Outer Limits. Free.

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PERFORMANCE: From 1-5 pm, The Hammer presents Terry Riley: In C, A Performance Installation by The Industry. The performance is being held as part of the LA Phil’s Minimalist Jukebox festival, with the experimental opera company, The Industry, conceptualizes Riley’s minimalist composition with “icons of everyday life in LA—undulating inflatable figures similar to those adorning car dealerships and other businesses—that will transform the museum’s courtyard into a wildly kinetic environment, while singers and musicians deliver an epic four-hour performance.” The outdoor performance is four-hours long, but visitors can stay for the whole thing or pop in and out as they please. Free. No tickets required.

MUSIC: On Saturday, KCRW darling Mr. Little Jeans plays the Bootleg. Hailing from a little down in Norway, she counts Mariah Carey, PJ Harvey and Massive Attack as early influences. Also on the bill: Beginners, Babes. Advanced tickets are sold out, but a few may be available at the door.

FILM: LACMA Muse Presents the 13th Annual Young Directors Night on Saturday at 7:30 pm. The celebration of the best in local film is hosted by Elvis Mitchell, and the event showcases short films by L.A. filmmakers, followed by a panel and Q&A. A wine reception follows. On the program are: Drum-Off by Miles Crawford; Twenty-Two Date Palm Way by Tamar Levine; Kepler X-47, by Erin Li; Me + Her, by Joseph Oxford; Mr. Bear, by Andres Rosende; Bunion by Jessica Sanders; Boys of Soweto by Meja Shoba; and Out of the Blue by Margot Ye. At LACMA’s Bing Theater. General public tickets: $45.

NOIR PARTY: The American Cinematheque with the Film Noir Foundation and The Kitchen for Exploring Foods present the closing night party of the film noir festival at the Egyptian. First up is a 7 pm screening of Detour (1946), followed by a party in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard. All ticket holders will have a choice of two free alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages from our bar, plus other options from a cash bar. Hosted beverages from Distillery No 209., Piper Heidsieck Champagne, Speakeasy Beers & Ales and Vya. Music provided by the Dean Mora Swingtet. There are also vintage vendors onsite. Come dressed in 1930s-50s attire for a little more fun. Tickets: $25.

TACO MADNESS: Taco Madness hits Grand Park in DTLA from noon to 7 pm, featuring the competition for the Best in Show taco. There’s plenty of other things to do after gorging on tacos or spending time in the beer garden and bar, including live artwork from 20 L.A. artists, from muralist Mear One to East LA’s Germs. Sounds and music curated by Azul 213* with several DJs, including B+, Canyon Cody, Cee Brown, Haycock, Mario Cotto, Panamami and Travis Holcombe.

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On view at Ohwow Gallery: Daniel Arsham's 'Rose Quartz Eroded Tire, 2014, as part of his new solo show. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and the gallery.
ART: OHWOW gallery presents Daniel Arsham’s solo exhibition Kick the Tires and Light the Fires with an opening reception from 6-8 pm. The show features a new series of Arsham’s sculptural and 2D, based on American culture and the “archeology of memory.” The works remain on view through May 3.

PERFORMANCE: The Los Angeles Premiere of the original parody “drag-driven musical stage-show,” Return to Grey Gardens is at the Ebell Theatre on Saturday at 8 pm. The production features Jinkx Monsoon and Peaches Christ with special guests Squeaky Blonde, Thomas Dekker & Lady Bear. All ages are welcome and audience members are encouraged dress for the "Either Edie Costume Contest." Tickets from $30.

BEER: Tony's Darts Away in Burbank turns 4 years old, and its celbrating on April 5-6 from 10 to close. Tony’s DA is featuring sought-after and interesting beers approximately every 1.5 hours, including Darts Away IPA Golden Road Brewing (brewed by the TDA team with GRB); Grapefruit Sculpin Ballast Point; Angel's Share Lost Abbey; BeRazzled The Bruery and many others. No admission fee, but $10 gets you a commemorative glass and one Darts Away IPA.

ART: Giant Robot presents Suspects, a group exhibition featuring the varied and different styles of Albert Reyes, Sean Chao, KMNDZ, Ray Young Chu, Prodip Leung and Aaron Brown. The opening reception is being held from 6:30-10 pm at GR2 on Sawtelle.

MUSIC: Jacaranda music presents David Byrne's The Knee Plays, a narrated work, written for the unfinished the CIVIL warS Opera, as part of the L.A. Phil’s Minimalist Jukebox Festival. The program also includes music from the Paul Schrader Film Mishima by Philip Glass. Performing are: Actor Fran Kranz, Lyris Quartet, Calder Quartet, Organist/Conductor Mark Alan Hilt, Vintage Collectibles Jazz Band and the Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble. At the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Tickets: $45 general admission; $20 students.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

FILM: Marlon Brando would have turned 90 on April 3, and the New Beverly celebrates the great actor’s legacy with a film series that runs through April 16. They’re screening a great double-feature on Sunday and Monday, with the comedy The Freshman (1990) with Brando and Matthew Broderick (Sun: 8:00 pm; Mon: 7:30 pm) and the definitely not comedy The Godfather (1975) at Sun. at 4:30 pm; Mon: 9:30 pm (note: screens first on Sun; second on Mon). Tickets: $8.

ART: MOPLA’s opening weekend also features the work of LA-based photographer, Jay Mark Johnson, which will be exhibited in conjunction with the
CicLAvia’s Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route. Focused on cultural narratives and cycling cutlure through experimental techniques, Johnson’s installation #inwheeltime will be exhibited in front of 5900 Wilshire.

COMIC BOOK TALES: Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents the Taboo Tales of Terror on Sunday at 8:30 pm at El Cid (doors at 7:30 pm). The theater troupe combines the drama and comedy of a vintage radio show by interpreting/retelling stories from old comic books. This show features stories that were banned by the Senate nearly 60 years ago. Live music and variety acts, too. Also onsite is the Phantasy Faire, a “mini-geek marketplace showcasing nerdy comics, crafts and more.” Tickets: $10+ fees.

FILM: Arena Screen in Hollywood screens Cheap Thrills on Sunday at 6:30 pm with appearances by actors Ethan Embry and Pat Healy. People can then stay for Mistaken For Strangers (which is a great documentary that’s not really about The National). Tickets: $12+ fee.

POETRY: The Last Bookstore presents a night of Red Hen Press readings of new works by poets Douglas Kearney, Jessica Piazza and Veronica Reyes. Nicelle Davis serves as moderator. Free.

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