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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 18

PALEYFEST (TV Festival)
The PaleyFest wraps up at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this weekend. 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: Difficult People on Friday night; Fear the Walking Dead on Saturday afternoon, followed by An Evening with Dick Wolf on Saturday night and closing on Sunday with AHS: Hotel. General admission tickets for the public start at $30+ fees.

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FALLUJAH (Opera)
This weekend, Long Beach Opera presents the final performances of the world premiere run of Fallujah, the first opera composed about the Iraq War. Held at the Army National Guard in Long Beach, the work was created by Canadian composer Tobin Stokes and Iraqi-American librettist Heather Raffo, the opera is “a powerful story about the anguish of war, the residual scars of battle, and the search for hope and redemption.” The performances are at 8 pm on Friday, at 2:30 and 8 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Opera talks precede one hour before curtain. Single tickets range from $67 to $137. Student tickets are $15 with ID (if space if available). If you can’t make the opera live, but are interested, KCET and the Link TV host the LIVE broadcast premiere of Fallujah on Friday at 8 pm.

RE CREO SUPPER CLUB (Food)
Re Creo Supper Club, a private dining event hosted by Chef Jean Valcarcel (Mo-Chica) and Gabriel Cappelli (Saint Martha, The Dressing Room), presents an adventurous British Isles-themed supper at 8 pm at a secret DTLA location. Seats at the dinner are available to the public for a suggested donation of $100. Featured courses include: corned beef and kimchi potatoes and a pork jerky and black pudding.

JULIE DELPY ON FILM (Film series)
American Cinematheque, the French Film and TV office and the French Consulate Los Angeles present the series Julie Delpy on Film at the Aero Theatre from Friday to Monday. Films included are ones that Delpy’s worked on as an actor as well as a writer-director. Things kick off with a double feature on Friday night at 7:30 pm with 2 Days in Paris, in which she wrote, directed and starred; and Skylab (2011), which she wrote and directed. Delpy will be in person for a discussion between films and at other screenings during the weekend. Admission: $11 per program.

UNEASY LISTENING: AN EVENING WITH CLINT MANSELL (Music)
British composer Clint Mansell brings his music to The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday night at 8 pm. Mansell is director Darren Aronofsky’s longtime collaborator, scoring films Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Noah and Pi. He’s also composed for Duncan Jones’ directorial debut Moon and Ben Wheatley’s upcoming movie of JG Ballard’s High Rise. Mansell with perform along with his band, pianist Carly Paradis and the Sonus Quartet.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

SPELLING BEE (Fun and games)
The LA Public Library holds its first dual language English/Spanish spelling bee on Saturday, hosted by writer Gustavo Arellano at 2:30 pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium. There are both adult and child competitions, if you are inclined to participate. During the contest, the Central Library will also present a dictionary-themed puppet show, word games, poetry and dictionary readings and a number of both Spanish and English word-related activities. The event is part of the Library’s month-long, city-wide exploration of the Oxford English Dictionary.

SHADES AND SHADOWS (Storytelling)
Shades and Shadows, the storytelling series dedicated to dark fantasy, horror and science fiction, takes place at Bob Baker Marionette Theater 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 Ben Loory, Steph Cha, Jim Ruland, Amelia Gray, Carlos Allende and Charlie Jane Anders. Tickets: $10.

WGFESTIVAL (Screenwriting)
The Writers Guild Foundation teams with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships programs for WGFestival 2016—a two-day conference at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills that focuses on the business and craft of screenwriting. This Saturday, the festival begins with panels on careers in screenwriting and a pitch clinic and competition. The next conference installment is Saturday, April 16 with a completely different program. Admission: $65, $120 to both programs.

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BACH IN THE SUBWAYS (Classical music)
Bach in the Subways returns to L.A. on Saturday through Monday to celebrate the 331st birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach with pop-up performances of the composer’s music throughout Los Angeles. On Sunday, there’s a marathon of performances at Union Station beginning at 7:45 am with 110 local classical musicians will bring their instruments to station for an all-day mass public concert. A map of locations and full descriptions of performances scheduled are available.

SELECTED SHORTS (Readings)
Jane Kaczmarek hosts the 25th season of Selected Shorts 2016: Dangers & Discoveries at the Getty Center this weekend. The literary feast features notable performers reading stories that keep with this year’s theme, inspired by the Getty Museum’s exhibition Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th - Century French Drawings and Prints, which means readings and performances of “adventurous fiction that leads listeners through a landscape of treachery, madness, and redemption.” The cast includes René Auberjonois, Kate Burton, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Gibson, Melora Hardin, Alex Karpovsky, Joshua Malina, Catherine O’Hara, Josh Radnor, Lance Reddick, Pablo Schreiber, and Kirsten Vangsness. (Readers vary with each program.) Tickets: $20. Performances at 4 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 4 pm on Sunday.

ZINE MELT (Comics + zines)
Meltdown Comics presents ZineMelt on March 19 from 1-5 pm. The FREE zine and comics show brings in DIYers to sell their works, from comics, patches, prints and other items.

TOPTUNE (Music)
On Saturday at 8 pm, TopTune takes over Fanatic Salon in Culver City. Six L.A. songwriters perform one of their best songs. They’re then paired into teams, given a title and then sent off for 17 minutes to write another song. Special guest commentators this week are musician Zane Carney and actor Gary Anthony Williams. Call 310.622.2046 for reservations. Tickets: $20.

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Ryan McGinness: '#metadata' opens this Saturday at Kohn Gallery. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and artist)
RYAN MCGINNESS (Art)
Kohn Gallery presents its second solo show with the New York-based artist Ryan McGinness. The exhibition,#metadata, features an experiential installation and new paintings from two of McGinness’s bodies of work: Studio Views and Screen Combines. There’s an opening reception on Saturday from 6-8 pm and the works will remain on view through April 22.

NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES (Film)
On Saturday at 1150 Olive in DTLA, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)celebrates women in film in honor of Women’s History Month. The first program of short films begins at 5:45 pm, followed by another short film program at 7 pm. The feature-length film screening of All in Time begins at 9 pm. There are pre- and post-receptions for each program as well as audience Q&A sessions. Admission to the programs are $6 in advance or $16 for all three.

BERGAMOT STATION SPRING FLING (Art + music)
The Bergamot Station Spring Fling—an arts and community celebration highlighting art, music, performances and other special events—takes place on Saturday from 12-4 pm at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Dozens of galleries are participating in the family friendly event. Please carpool or take alternative transportation to the station as parking is limited.

SELF HELP FEST 2016 (Music)
The third annual Self Help Festival takes place on Saturday in San Bernardino at the NOS Events Center. The event will be headlined by festival founders A Day To Remember along with performances by Underoath, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far,August Burns Red, Yelawolf, Issues, Crown The Empire, Further Seems Forever, Letlive, Thy Art Is Murder, Tonight Alive, One OK Rock and Cruel Hand. General admission: $44.50. 1 pm.

THE NIGHT TIME SHOW WITH STEPHEN KRAMER GLICKMAN (Comedy + talk)
Comedian Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush) hosts his monthly live talk show The Night Time Show with Stephen Kramer Glickman on Saturday at The Hollywood Improv at 10 pm. Glickman celebrates his 37th birthday and welcomes guests including Ari Shaffir, Taylor Williamson, Mike O'Connell, Rick Ingraham and a surprise guest. The first 100 audience members (21+) will receive complimentary Fireball Whisky Drinks. Tickets: $15 with a two-item minimum. 18+.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20

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The Slamdance Film Club at the ArcLight Hollywood screens 'Fursonas' on Sunday night. (Image: 'Fursonas' Facebook)
SLAMDANCE CINEMA CLUB (Film)
The Arclight and Slamdance continue the Slamdance Cinema Club film series on Sunday night in Hollywood at 8 pm. The series selects new independent films from the Slamdance Film Festival to screen at ArcLight Hollywood, followed by a filmmaker Q&A. The next screening is Dominic Rodriguez’s documentary, Fursonas, a film that amasses four years of research on the Furry world. Tickets: $12-$17.

MISS HAVISHAM’S REVENGE BALL (Speakeasy)
Lost Angels: A Dark Speakeasy—an immersive, theatrical speakeasy and art salon in secret locations—celebrates its one-year anniversary on Sunday with Miss Havisham’s Revenge Ball. During the ball, “superficial societal values are explored along with the consequences.” A one-night membership ($25) is required to attend. The price includes entry, parking and beverages. 21+ only. Location issued the morning of the event. No walk-ins accepted. The dress code is strictly enforced. Black cocktail / club attire is the minimum, but organizers encourage creativity. Leave the plaid flannel shirts and baseball caps at home.

WACKO & OZZIE DOTS PARKING LOT SALE (Shop + swap)
On Sunday from 1-7 pm, there’s a Wacko & Ozzie Dots Parking Lot Sale at the back of Wacko, Soap Plant & La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Check out books, toys, posters and knick knacks as well as the vintage apparel from nearby Ozzie Dots. There’s a Toy Swap for collectors of blind-box and art toys, too. From 4-7 pm at the Gallery there’s also a book launch party for William Emboden - Art of William Emboden, written by Tony Clark. Special guests at the reception are Emboden, Clark and Peter Shine.

Related: LAist’s March Guide

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