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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.


Gallery1988 (West) presents the group show, 30 Years Later, which pays tribute to the movies of 1986. The nearly 200 paintings, prints and sculptures wax nostalgic for films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Stand By Me, Top Gun, Little Shop of Horrors, Labyrinth, Three Amigos and others. Opening reception from 7-10 pm. The show remains on view through April 9.

Harpist, singer and songwriter Joanna Newsom performs Friday and Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre. The L.A.-based musician plays in support of Divers, her first album in five years. Tickets: $41.50.

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(IN)BODY (Music)
(In)Body performs at El Cid on Friday for the record release show of its debut album Becom(in). The soulful pop duo is collaboration between singer/songwriter Ryan Amador and producer Daniel Weidlein. Also performing: Topher Buckland, Sikora. Doors at 9 pm, show at 9:30 pm and tickets are $10. 21+.

Rack Focus is a new female-centric film series presented by The American Cinematheque and the Alliance of Women Directors with Women In Media. On Friday at 7:30 pm at Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, there’s a screening of Gas Food Lodging that’s preceded by a discussion with director Allison Anders and actors Ione Skye and Donovan Leitch. Doors at 6:30 pm. The event is sold out, but there will be a standby line. Tickets: $11.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater brings mid-20th century comic book tales to life with staging akin to an old-time radio show performance. A new show by the troupe on Saturday and Sunday at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater features a lost 1954 3D sci-fi comic from EC Comics. Captured Aural Phantasy Theater teams with 3-D SPACE to create the stories in thrilling 3-D. Live music and other surprises throughout the night. A portion of the show goes to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Tickets: $20-$25. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.

On Friday night, The Continental Club holds a Yamato Sake Night—meaning a free sake tasting in honor of Yamato Sake's launch in the U.S.. The evening features music from DJ Pyro, HILOW, TJ OKA and others. The tasting goes on until sake supplies last. 9 pm to 2 am. Dress code enforced. No casual attire including sneakers, sandals, t-shirts, caps, shorts or jeans. 21+.

REDFOO (Music)
Redfoo, one half of the duo LMFAO plays a solo show bringing electronic pop-rock beats to the Roxy on Friday night. Doors for the all ages show at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Also on the bill are: DJ Dainjazone, The Shuffle Bot and Q The Hype Man. Tickets: $25.

Murder By Death brings its orchestral indie rock to The Echoplex on Friday night to support its most recent release Big Dark Love. Opening is Tim Barry (of Avail). 8 pm. 18+. Tickets: $22-$25.

***New bonus event: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER (Film)
Director Matt Sobel's debut feature Take Me to the River plays at the Nuart Theatre this weekend. Starring Logan Miller as a gay teen from LA ​who's dragged to rural Nebraska for a family reunion. "The ensuing collision of value systems causes tensions to rise—eventually threatening to expose a painful family secret." The film also stars Robin Weigert (Deadwood), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Josh Hamilton (Kicking and Screaming). Sobel, Miller and Weigert are doing Q&As at several Nuart screenings over the weekend. Tickets: $9-$11.


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420 GAMES (Sports)
The 420 Games, which have been played in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the past two years, makes its official L.A. debut on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. Created to destigmatize pot and the people who use it. There’s a 4.20 mile race that takes runners from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach and back to the pier. You can walk, jog, skate, ride, or even SUP (Stand Up Paddle) the distance. Race registration: $10-$30 (which includes Lagunitas beer tasting). The after party features music by Pato Banton $20).

WONDERCON (Comic books)
WonderCon—a smaller version of Comic-Con—takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend (March 25-27). There’s something for all geeks (and we say that with love): comics, movies, TV, animation, exhibitors and programming, with guests including My Little Pony artist Agnes Garbowska; Annie Wu, artist for Black Canary, Hawkeye and Archie; Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez of the Love and Rockets series and many more. Panel discussions include The Legacy and Future of Battlestar Galactica and DreamWorks Animation's Voltron: Legendary Defender. Single day tickets are ($9-$30) and badges are $32-$65. No badges will be sold at the convention center.

Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins play a two-night stand at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Saturday and Sunday with career-spanning electro-acoustic sets. The awesome Liz Phair opens. Tickets: $59.50-$99.50.

KXSC Radio is USC’s independent student run radio station, and its annual music festivaltakes place on Saturday at 3 pm at the McCarthy Quad. The lineup includes Taylor McFerrin, Mansions on the Moon, Tennis System, Vox Waves, Lindy Vision, Midnight Darling and Bazaar Ensemble. Food/drinks available: Kogi, a beer garden with Angel City beer and other local vendors. The event is open to the general public, though folks who aren't USC students need an Eventbrite RSVP.

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the Library Foundation presents a special program at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday at 2 pm. Author Josh Kun will be on hand to give an illustrated lecture of Los Angeles Art Deco era restaurant menus from the Library’s collection and sign his book To Live and Dine in L.A.He’ll be joined by James Beard Award winning chef, restaurateur and author, Sherry Yard who’ll discuss the history of pastries in Los Angeles. A screening of Mildred Pierce follows the lecture. Fried chicken and pie (just like Mildred used to make) will be for sale starting at 12:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. Diners will be able to choose from crispy light or dark meat fried chicken and a choice of mashed potatoes or mac 'n cheese from Alex Peyton Events ($12) and an assortment of pies from the Nickel Diner ($5). Sodas, coffee, tea, lemonade and of course, milk will also be sold. Tickets: $11.

Tony's Darts Away celebrates its six-years anniversary on Saturday and Sunday with speciality California beer keg tappings each hour, from 10 am-7 pm. Look out for a special tap of Darts Away IPA (a custom IPA brewed with Eagle Rock Brewing). Free admission, but they’re selling a special commemorative pint glass for $10 (includes a pour of Darts Away IPA).

WATTLES SHOWCASE (Interior design)
The City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with REITZHAUS, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and Modern Luxury Media present the Wattles Mansion Showcase at the Wattles Mansion in Hollywood from Saturday through April 17. The 18 rooms of the historic estate have been staged by top local designers under the theme: Hollywood: The First 100 Years. Admission fee: $40 and it’s open Thursday to Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. Proceeds from the showcase benefit Homes for Heroes, a charity that works toward housing homeless veterans; The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation to further education and research grants; and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks for restoration of its seven historic properties. NIGHT IN FOCUS: DUCHAMP TO POP (Art + music)
The Norton Simon Museum presents Duchamp to Pop on Saturday night from 5:30-7:30 pm. Talk with the staff about works by Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha. Participate in art-making workshops or take part in one of Duchamp’s favorite pastimes, chess. Free with admission. Entry: $9-$12, free for kids 18 and younger.

Media preservationist and advertising scholar Ariel Schudson presents a screening of Commercial Value: The David Stern Collection in 16mm on Saturday night at the Echo Park Film Center. The program includes an evening of commercials, music videos and advertising content created by filmmaker Stern. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Suggested donation of $5. Special guests include David Stern’s daughter, Margo Stern, who will discuss her father’s work during the Q&A immediately following the screening.

Bad News Live, an indie political comedy show, holds a 2016 election-focused live taping on Saturday from 7:30-9:30 pm at the ACME Comedy Theater. From the organizers: “Bad News combines elements of The Daily Show, Politically Incorrect, and Chelsea Lately to present an irreverent look at politics, current events, and pop culture.” Hosted by comedian Chuck Ludwig. This event is free and open to the public.

HERAKUT (graffiti art)
German graffiti artists and storytellers Herakut—aka HERA (Jasmin Siddiqui) and AKUT (Falk Lehmann)—debut their latest exhibition Masters Of Wrong at the Corey Helford Gallery on Saturday with an opening reception from 7-11 pm. The show, which features 20 paintings and installations, will remain on view through April 20.


TONGUE & GROOVE (Storytelling)
The Tongue & Groove presents: Desert Stories on Sunday from 6-7:30 pm at The Hotel Cafe. Desert Stories leaves Joshua Tree (where the storytelling night was born) for Los Angeles as Cheryl Montelle, producer and host of the show brings together storytellers and musicians to tell desert tales. “It’s an evening of quirky and odd stories, odes, songs and poems from the land of endless vistas, weird bugs, unusual plants, wild animals and dry beauty.” Featured storytellers: Matt Perry, Vicki Juditz, Ken Layne, Marie Chambers, Steve Stajich, Cheryl Montelle and musical guest is Annachristie. Tickets: $7.

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