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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening right here in L.A. this weekend.


Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are playing the Regent Theatre on Friday night to celebrate their new record, A Man Alive. The album deals with Thao's relationship with her father, who left the family when she was a young girl; it’s produced by produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. Also performing: Seratones, Kera and the Lesbians. Tickets: $21-$28. All ages.

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Bob's Burgers Live is a music and comedy show that brings together the cast and creator of FOX’s Bob’s Burgers for two nights at the Wiltern on Friday and Saturday nights. The promised extravaganza celebrates 100 episodes of the series, with the 100th scheduled to air May 22. The event includes a live table read of a classic episode, standup-comedy and clips from future episodes and musical performances. Tickets: $49.50 to $69.50.

Photo Independent—and its companion fair Photobook Independent—returns to Raleigh Studios this weekend. It’s a photographer-only art fair that showcases the work of fine art photographers (not represented by galleries). Photobook Independent showcases artist’s photobooks and monographs from more than 25 photographers and publishers. A new addition to this year’s fair is The Mobile Photography Show — an exhibition of 200 photos taken with mobile phones. Photo Independent opens on Friday with a party, and general show hours are Saturday from 11am-7pm and on Sunday from 11 am-6 pm. Admission: $15-$25, $50 for the VIP Pass and $95 for the opening night party.

RY X (Music)
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention RY X’s debut LA performance on Friday night at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. His first LP, Dawn, is due out May 6 on Loma Vista. RY X’s vocals are reminiscent of Bon Iver and his music reminds us of a mix of Flume and Nick Drake. The show’s sold out, but get tickets if you can through your alternative ticket purveyor. $20.

DAPPER DAYS (Vintage Disneyland)
Break out those vintage duds: Dapper Day returns to Disneyland and California Adventure Park this weekend with and California Adventure Park in Anaheim, with a two-day Dapper Day Expo held at the Disneyland Hotel nearby (on Saturday and Sunday). Participants are encouraged to dress in old-timey fashions or just dress to the nines throughout the weekend. Things kick off with a Folly party on Friday night with live music at The Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney (tickets to the party are $20). Prices vary throughout the weekend for events, and standard entrance rates apply to the Disney parks.

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Los Angeles-based writer and director Laura Lee Bahr released her novel Long Form Religious Porn a few months ago, and to celebrate there’s a one-night only party at The Stockroom Silver Lake from 8-10 on Friday night. The book is a satirical novel, based in Los Angeles and combines sex, crime, vampires, bondage games and other surreal surprises. In addition to a reading from Bahr, guests can expect bondage fashion, live music, drag performances and special guests, including Lenora Claire (LGBT celebrity and activist) and Drag Queen Meatball.



QPop Gallery presents Revolutionary Girl Utena art show in Little Tokyo this weekend. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery)
Q Pop Shop and Q2 Gallery in Little Tokyo presents a Revolutionary Girl Utena tribute art show, which opens with a reception on Saturday night from 7-10 pm. The gallery celebrates the 20th anniversary of the “groundbreaking manga,” which was adapted into the hit anime series directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Penguindrum). More than 50 artists are participating in the show and have created brilliant illustrations of favorite characters and scenes. Utena cosplay and fashion is encouraged for opening night. The art will remain on view through May 22.

Dance in a Panic—a British style rock n’ roll dance party—returns to the Regent Theatre on Saturday night for BritWeek’s 10th Anniversary. The night’s performances include a DJ set by Andy Rourke (of the Smiths), Deap Vally (live), Le Butcherettes, Kav with special guests, and TSR Airlines (Dan and Lindsay Mancini) and others. Tickets: $12-$30. 8 pm. 18+. Swagger Like Us Queer Dance Party is another dance party on Saturday night at Los Globos for L.A.’s queer community and allies. Headlining the night is raunchy rapper Cakes Da Killa with DJs davO, Lady Tragik and Schwarz with hosts Kelly Lovemonster, Blimes Brixton, Gurtress Brendan Cameron and Bashir Naim. 9 pm. Tickets: $12, $10 before 10 pm.

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THE ART OF CLIMBING (Climbing and culture)
The Stronghold Climbing Gym presents a night of culture, climbing and community on Friday from 6-11 pm. The Art of Climbing Forever Outside Art Exhibit includes a gallery of SoCal adventure themed artwork and walls/courses for climbers of all levels. Adult and kid-friendly beverages being served. A portion of all sales of swag will be donated to climbers’ restoration in the Malibu Creek State Park.

LACMA and Writers Bloc team up to present Downton Abbey creator and sole writer Julian Fellowes at LACMA on Saturday at 5 pm. Downton Abbey, which just ended its six season run, was the most nominated non-U.S. show in the history of the Emmys. Fellowes will be in conversation with longtime L.A. Times columnist and radio personality Patt Morrison to talk about his TV and film work, which includes the film Gosford Park. Tickets: $25-$30.

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so go to your local neighborhood bookstore (if you’re lucky to still have one) and support the brick and mortar stores. Participating bookstores are doing giveaways, providing refreshments and selling exclusive items. At Skylight at 2 pm, there’s a Rad American Women Musical event featuring a live performance of the song "X is For..." by songwriter Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs from Bouquet. Book Soup’s special events include author Jim Colucci discussing and signing Golden Girls Forever! and a happy hour and DJ to wind down the day.


The Eternal Telethon runs through the weekend at Human Resources in Chinatown. (Image detail: Eternal Telethon)
ETERNAL TELETHON: 55+ (Art + performance)
The Eternal Telethon, which begins Thursday afternoon and continues nonstop through Sunday night, showcases experimental art and music performances. More than 2,000 artists have contributed creatively to the Telethon. Watch live from Human Resources in Chinatown or on Founded in 2009, The Eternal Telethon raises money to create a convalescent home for retired and ailing artists.

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The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair returns to Pasadena, bringing 200+ handmade vendors for a weekend of art, handcrafted wares, foods and more. It’s a great place to buy Mother’s Day and graduation gifts. The fair runs 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday in Central Park.

YALLWEST (Young adult lit)
Yallwest is LA's young adult lit festival that takes place this weekend at the Santa Monica Public Library (Friday preview) and Santa Monica High School (Saturday and Sunday). More than 100 authors and artists will participate in programming, including 60 panels. 2014 L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist Rainbow Rowell (Carry On) gives the opening keynote on Saturday, while 2016 Newberry Award winner Matt de la Peña (Last Stop on Market Street) and 2016 Coretta Scott King Honoree Jason Reynolds (All American Boys) give the closing keynote. The majority of the events are free, but there are a few ticketed events, including a talk on Saturday between Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat and bestselling author Margaret Stohl.

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) holds its monthly screening on Saturday at 1139 South Hill St., in DTLA in conjunction with BritWeek LA. This screening includes a documentary feature program, ​two InFocus ​shorts program​s​ showcasing films from the United Kingdom​ and a feature film program. In between films, audiences can check out filmmaker Q&As or mingle during the pre- and post-screening receptions. Tickets: $16 for an all access pass, $5-$7 per screening.

ROMANTIC ENCOUNTERS (Live storytelling)
On Saturday night at 10:30 pm, Upright Citizens Brigade (Sunset) presents the Best of Romantic Encounters, a storytelling show hosted and curated by Melinda Hill, that features LA humorists sharing their funniest love and sex stories. This week’s lineup includes: Mary Lynn Rajskub (24, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), EG Dailey (Dottie from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Valley Girl, Mishna Wolff (bestselling author of I'm Down memoir), Beth Dewey (writer/ director of Erasing Eden) and a surprise special guest. Tickets: $5.


Although the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema isn’t scheduled to open in DTLA until next year, the theater powerhouse is holding a series of pop-up events around town, including a Sunday night screening of Selena, the 1997 biopic of Tejano singer/performer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, which stars Jennifer Lopez, at 8 pm at the Regent Theater. There’s a pre-show DJ set by local collective Mas Exitos and a Selena-inspired costume contest. Advance tickets $10; $15 at the door.

The dating site Three Day Rule holds its second annual white party on Sunday from 1-5 pm at Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. They’re expecting 600 guests to dance to DJ beats around the pool, get access to discounted Caliche and DonQ rum cocktails and a Caribbean BBQ. The first 200 guests to arrive will receive either DonQ white sunglasses or a Caliche fedora hat. White attire is requested. Only a few tickets remain.

The Taste of the Eastside food and drink festival returns to The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens on Sunday from 4-8 pm. Dozens of restaurants and vendors will be onsite to provide a sampling of the Eastside’s food and drink scene, including Three Weavers, Greenbar Distillery, Donut Farm, Malo, Momed and others. Tickets: $40-50.

The Hollywood Farmers Market (HFM) celebrates 25 years with a special market event on Sunday from 8:30 am-1 pm that includes live music, cooking demos, book signings and of course, fresh and prepared foods for sale. Amoeba Music Main Stage at Cahuenga & Ivar features live appearances by local performers including the Fair Market Band (Hollywood Farmers’ Market house band), Miranda Lee Richards and others. Chefs Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger (Mud Hen Tavern) and Chef Susan Tracht (Jar) are among the chefs doing demos on Sunday, too. The celebration continues each Sunday in May.

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