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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

Q Pop Shop in DTLA welcomes back artist Konatsu and her Negora cats on Friday. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery)
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There’s a mind-boggling number of great events happening in L.A. this weekend. Here are 20 of our favorites.


Q Pop shop and Q2 Gallery open their second exhibition of works by the Japanese artist-illustrator Konatsu with an artists reception on Friday from 7-10 pm. This show features new traditional artwork and her custom hand painted Negora (monster cat) figures. In addition, more than 40 guest artists will contribute their own custom-painted Negora. Konatsu will be live painting at the opening event and signing on Saturday from 2-5 pm.

The 48 Hour Film Project takes over L.A. this weekend with teams writing, shooting and editing their films in 48 hours. On April 1, participating teams (registration fee $175/team) meet at Regal Cinemas LA Live and will be given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue they must work into their film. The teams then return to Regal by 7:30 pm on Sunday to turn in their films. All completed works will be screened at Regal Cinemas at LA Live on April 12-14.

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OH, HELLO (Comedy)
Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll) and George St. Geeland (John Mulaney) continue their five-night run of their lauded stage show Oh, Hello at the Montalban Theater through Sunday. Faizon and St. Geeland are the authors of several plays as well as the hit television show “Too Much Tuna” as seen on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show. The shows are at 7 pm on Friday and Sunday and at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $39.

Gallery 1988 (East) holds an opening reception on Friday from 7-9 pm for What’s My Line, an exhibition of works by Dave Perillo and Ian Glaubinger. The show pays artistic tribute to some of the most quotable movies.

On Friday at 7 pm at the Nerdist Showroom, comedians and pals Joseph Scrimshaw (RiffTrax) and Hal Lublin (Thrilling Adventure Hour) bring audiences a new comedy game, Headcan(n)on. It's a show that's “ripped from the headlines and clickbait of pop culture.” Contestants compete in multiple rounds of odd questions and improvised scenarios to test their knowledge of pop culture, and in between rounds, guest performers do stand-up comedy or play music. This week’s guests are Jeremy Carter, Wil Wheaton, Dana Snyder and musical guest, Carter Parton Rogers. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The live concert Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is at the Pantages on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. The concert features compositions from Star Trek: The Original Series; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; Star Trek: Insurrection; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Star Trek: Voyager; Starfleet Academy and more. Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously screened in high definition onto a 40-foot wide screen. Tickets: $25-$125.

Following Headcan(n)on is an April Fool’s Day edition of Luck of the Draw—also at the Nerdist Showroom on Friday at 9 pm. Comics draw a slip of paper from a hat and then do whatever wacky thing it commands them to, including impressions, costumes, puppets etc. Hosted by Caitlin Durante and Matt Donaher, this week’s comics are: Brendon Walsh, Dave Ross, Robbie Goodwin, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Tone Bell and Beth Stelling. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

LITERARY DEATH MATCH (Readings + music)
Literary Death Match celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday night at 8 pm. The night pits four writers against each other who are judged on their work of 7 minutes or shorter (two of them are Susan Orlean and Chris Abani). Judges for the event include actors Martin Starr, Michaela Watkins and writer/actor Lena Waithe). Music by Martin Starr’s band featuring Eric Kufs and Lucinda Belle. Tickets: $30.

FIRST FRIDAYS (Science + music)
NHM’s First Fridays series continues this Friday from 5-10 p.m. with music headliners Night Beats (8 pm) and Car Seat Headrest (9:15 pm). DJs Aaron Byrd (KCRW) and Mo:Rockin spin tunes among the taxidermied mammals. On the science side of things, there are behind-the-scenes tours of bizarre props and rare specimens that inspire Hollywood blockbusters, and a panel discussion on “In Space, No One Can Hear You Emote” with Dr. Sean Carroll and Professor Clifford V. Johnson and moderated by Patt Morrison. Tickets: $18.

The Paley Center presents An Evening with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Friday night at 7 pm. There’s a screening and conversation with the cast and creatives of one of the longest running comedies in cable history (12 seasons now on FXX). Expected in person are Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and Kaitlin Olson with other guests to be announced. The event is $15 for members and $25 for the general public.

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A Current Affair Vintage Pop-up Marketplace returns to L.A.’s Cooper Design Space on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The show brings together more than 60 vintage retailers and private dealers to showcase clothing, accessories and jewelry. General admission begins at 12 pm with tickets at $12. Preview admission on Saturday at 10 am: $20. Weekend pass: $28.

The Hollywood Dance Marathon is a 6-hour dance party that takes place on Saturday from 1-7 pm at Avalon Hollywood. The event’s being held to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Now in its 5th year, the official dancers raise a minimum of $300 to participate and dance nonstop while DJs, bands, musical performers and dance groups also perform. The $30 registration fee goes toward the suggested minimum fundraising goal of $300 per dancer.

VILLAINS + VIXENS (Burlesque and black magic)
Drunken Devil presents burlesque, magic and a variety show at Redline Bar in DTLA on Saturday at 8 pm. Villains & Vixens: A Vaudeville of Vexing Voodoo & Voluptuous Vices features burlesque stars Scarlette Fox and Harley Harpurr; magicians Micah Cover and Scott Michael. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm and ends at 9 pm. Tickets are $27 and include two beverages (well liquor, beer, or wine) per guest. The event is naturally 21+.


Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants opens at LAM Gallery on Saturday. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery)
LAM Gallery presents the exhibition Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants featuring Twitchell’s newest mural (a super-sized portrait of artist Ed Ruscha), which will adorn the exterior of the American Hotel in the Arts District. A section of the Ruscha will be on view as well as studies leading to the mural. There’s an opening reception on Saturday from 6-9 pm. The show will remain on view through May 14.

PODCASTING 101 (Workshop)
Awesome workshop alert: Poketo hosts a Podcasting 101workshop on Saturday from 2-5 pm at the Line Hotel in Ktown. Led by Hrishikesh Hirway, the man behind the Song Exploder podcast, he’ll talk about the nuts and bolts of getting your show up and running as well as distribution. Bring a laptop, smartphone or tablet and examples of podcasts you enjoy. Registration: $90.


The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce presents the first Montrose Brew Festand Backyard Home Brew Competition on Sunday from 12-4 pm at the 2200 Block of Honolulu Ave., in Montrose (near the 2 and 210). There are more than 30 local breweries featured including including Wolf Creek Brewery, Golden Road Brewing, Absolution Brewing Co, Dr. Jekyll’s, Fireman’s Brew, The Brewyard, Frogtown Brewery and dozens more. Bites from several Montrose area restaurants including Frank’s Famous, Epic Taco Shop and others. Unlimited beer and food tastings are included with all tickets (except the DD ticket which is food only). VIP tickets: $45 and allow for noon entry (not available at the door). GA tickets are available for $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event with a 1pm entrance time. 21+ event.

MASTERS OF TASTE (Food + drinks)
Yep, there’s another food fest in town. Local chefs, mixologists, brewers and winemakers are coming together for the first Masters of Taste event at the Rose Bowl on Sunday from 3-7 pm. Nosh on small plates from 40 L.A. restaurants while sipping on craft cocktails and other drinks. Proceeds from the event will benefit Union Station Homeless Services. VIP admission to a “power hour” from 3-4 pm is $225 (yes, yikes). General Admission is $125.

TRAILER: What Ever Happened To Baby Jane trailer from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

From the Wayne Federman Film Festival to the Chantal Akerman retrospective, there’s so much great programming over at Cinefamily this weekend. But we had to call out their Hangover Matinees: Hollywood Gothic series for screening What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? on Sunday at 1 pm. Why? Because Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. That’s why. Get there early to put a little hair on the dog with cocktails at noon with a live Set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard. Tickets: $12.

LA CHEESE & BEER (Food tour)
LA Beer Hop and Vagabond Cheese Company are teaming up for an LA Cheese & Beer tour of three of the best and newest breweries in the area. On Sunday at 1 pm, guests will visit Mumford, Iron Triangle and Eagle Rock Brewery and pair beers curated by Hal Mooney, owner of LABeer Hop and Certified Cicerone, with cheeses curated by Alex Ourieff from Vagabond Cheese. From Beer Hop: “We'll be pairing 4 beers with 4 cheeses at Eagle Rock Brewery and at Mumford Brewery. Then at Iron Triangle we will be doing a Raclette Service (which is like fondue but way better).” The tour lasts about 5 hours. Tickets: $75

Spaceland, Alamo Drafthouse & Cinefamily present On a Very Special Episode…on Sunday night. The evening’s a feature-length homage to those times when your favorite sitcoms turned super serious, tackling topics like drugs, violence, UFOs, abandonment, etc. Doors and the Alamo-curated pre-show at 7 pm, and the feature presentation starts at 8 pm. Tickets: $11-$16. All ages.

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