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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. Think we missed something or you want other options? Check out the July Guide, too.


The Skirball Cultural Center presents Into the Night: Summer SOULstice on Friday night from 8-11 pm. The night features music outdoors with performances by critically acclaimed LA-based soul acts—Gavin Turek and Open Mike Eagle live on stage—and an all-vinyl soul set from Southern Soul Spinners. The galleries are open late, and cocktails and soul food bites will be available for purchase. Tickets: $10. All ages.

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STAR TREK LIVE (Film + music)
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) screens on Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 pm. The full film will be shown on the big screen as the L.A. Phil performs Michael Giacchino's score. David Newman conducts the orchestra, which will be accompanied by the CSU Fullerton University Singers. Tickets: $14-$182.

The LA Food Fest takes over Exposition Park this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, featuring more than 100 food and beverage vendors and chefs. The weekend includes cooking demos, live podcasts, films (including a sneak peek at Sausage Party and Lights Out), music and a kids zone. Entrance starts at $15 and there are higher-ticket price options that include meals and wine and beer pairings ($95 and up). The festival kicks off on Friday night at 7 pm with a Rose Garden Pop Up Restaurant meal ($150) served up family style. (All tickets include return entry to the LA Food Fest MRKT event on Saturday or Sunday.)

FILMMOBILE (Screening + live music)
The Echo Park Film Center continues its Filmmobile Summer Screening Series—themed Ladies First—on Friday night at 8 pm somewhere in the city. The EPFC’s Filmmobile brings classic films to cinematic locations throughout L.A., with the address being released on the center’s social media sites. This week, they’re screening Salome (1923), starring and produced by Alla Nazimova. The night also features an original live score by Sonny Abegaze and Gifted & Blessed. Bring a chair and the EPFC will provide the refreshments.

LOST MOON RADIO: NIGHT (Music + variety)
The comedy/music/variety troupe Lost Moon Radio reprises its fan favorite show, Night, on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm at the Lyric Hyperion Theater. Directed by Duke Doyle, Night stars Ryan Harrison, Frank Smith, Martha Marion and Lauren Flans, who are all featured on Lost Moon Radio’s sketch comedy series, “Passive Aggressive History” found on truTV’s Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack. Live music by The Moon Units (Dylan Ris, Mike Wells, and Brenton Kossak).

Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen, premiered at Sundance earlier this year and opens in L.A. this weekend. The ArcLight Hollywood hosts a Q&A with director/writer Ross on Friday and Saturday after the 8:15 pm show. It’s one of our favorite films so far this year with Mortensen leading a great cast, playing a father who raises his six kids in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. When the family is forced to leave their world, his notions of family and child-rearing are called into question in the “modern” world. Tickets: $16.25-$17.25.

Club 90's at the Regent Theatre presents a Selena Pizza Party on Friday night beginning at 10 pm. Dance the night and your blues away while listening to your fav Selena songs and more. Tickets: $15. Ages 18+. Cash only at the doors.

GARDEN PARTY (Music + drinks + workshops)
The Natural History Museum holds a free Summer Nights in the Garden event on Friday night from 5-9 pm. Listen to DJ Aaron Byrd spinning tunes under the stars or Boom Boom Boom performing live; sip on garden-inspired cocktails; participate in arts and crafts activities and hands-on workshops (coffee roasting, stargazing) and check out the food trucks on site. Free admission. RSVPs are closed for this session, but a limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Otherwise, future Summer Nights are: July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19.

MIDNIGHT PARTY (Art + performance)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Artillery Magazine team up for a party at LACE on Friday night at 11 pm into the wee hours of Saturday morning with artist Tim Youd and DJ Patric Icon. Youd has been retyping John Rechy’s novel City of Night from 10 pm to 3 am each night since June 15 in the gallery’s storefront windows, and Friday night marks the last night of the project at LACE. The party also serves as a launch for Artillery’s summer issue.


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KEVIN MORBY (Music + museum)
The Getty and Spaceland continues the series Saturdays off the 405 on Saturday (when else?) from 6-9 pm with L.A.-based indie folk artist Kevin Morby performing in the Museum Courtyard. Formerly the bass player for Woods, Morby’s latest solo effort is the much-heralded album Singing Saw. Also performing is DJ Zach Cowie. Admission is free; no reservation required.

OUTATIME (Film + panel discussion)
The Petersen Automotive Museum holds another Back to the Future event on Saturday night. The museum presents the documentary Outatime, which chronicles the efforts to restore the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future to its glory. Led by Bob Gale (co-writer and producer, Back to the Future trilogy) with Universal Studios and a group of fans, the team works to restore one of the greatest movie props ever. The screening is at 7, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and restorers.

It’s time once again for Horrible Movie Night at the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday night at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. Screening this time around is the 2000 horror film Prison of the Dead. In the film, friends reunite at a site of a Colonial-era prison to conduct a seance in order to figure out of the ghost stories they’ve heard are true. (Spoiler alert: They are.) There’ll be comedy from Lisa Best and Dave Stone and free popcorn. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

PAIRING IS CARING (Drinks for a cause)
Pairing is Caring is a special craft beer, wine and food pairing event to benefit the spcaLA, held on Saturday afternoon from 3:30-7 pm at the LA River Studios. Taste an unlimited sampling of beers, wines and ciders, paired with various bites for a good cause. The more than 20 participating breweries / beers include El Segundo Brewing, 2 Towns Cider House, Pebble Cove Wines, Smog City Cuddle Bug, Stone Brewing Bastard's Midnight Brunch and more. The VIP ticket gets you in at 3 pm and also includes two free raffle tickets and access to the VIP section that features a rare beer "bottle share" —with personal collections brought from the Inside The Cellar team (the organization presenting the event). Tickets: $55-$65, $85-$100 for VIP. DD tickets available. Please leave pets at home.

Mexrrissey—the band that “reimagines” Morrissey ballads with Spanish lyrics and traditional Mexican sounds—plays Grand Performances’ 30th season on Saturday night. Listen or dance to the music while the players play the stage set against the waterfall at Grand Avenue’s California Plaza. Bring a picnic, but food is available for purchase, too, at the Plaza. Free. Reserved seating available for Grand Performances’ members.

RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR (Arts + crafts + shopping)
The Renegade Craft Fairreturns to LA’s Grand Park on this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm each day. The weekend features the talents and crafts of more than 250 makers and vendors as well as music, food trucks and craft workshops. Free admission.

Daniel Rolnik Gallery has a new location—a pop-up space inside Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena. On Saturday from 6-11 pm, the gallery holds an opening night party as well as an artist’s reception for the showStrangecation by Tripper Dungan. Guests can sit inside of a Cross Country Ice Cream RV for a photo opportunity. Dungan uses a special painting technique that’s enhanced when guests put on 3D Glasses that the gallery provides.

On Saturday at 7 pm at the NerdMelt Showroom, comedians 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” 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 Jordan Morris, Anthony Carboni, Renee Colvert and musical guests, The Weak Spots. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


Gallery Nucleus opens 'The Tower' on Saturday, featuring works by Elle Michalka. (Image: 'Parting of the Sensory,' courtesy of the gallery and artist)
On Saturday, Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra presents The Tower, which features new works by artist Elle Michalka. The series focuses on impending catastrophes—meteor strikes, lightning and more. The artist is inspired by spiritualism, “and in this series most especially: paganism, catholic mass and tarot cards.” The opening reception is on Saturday from 7-10 pm, and the exhibition remains on view through July 24. Also opening concurrently on Saturday at Gallery Nucleus is the art exhibition and book launch party for MidCentury Modern Women in the Visual Artsby Ellen Surrey. Images will be on view through July 24.

SuicideGirls presents the sexy cabaret Peek-A-Boo Burlesque at Pour Vous in Hollywood on Saturday night. It’s an intimate and posh setting, allowing the audience to watch the performances up close. Doors at 9 pm and there will be short performances all night long on the half hour. Cocktail attire dress code is in full effect at Pour Vous. Tickets: $10-$15.


DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Barks + beers)
The Lincoln in Venice begins a monthly Dog Day Afternoon this Sunday from 3-8 pm. The event includes a visit from a puppy up for adoption from No Kill LA (NKLA, an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society), and another “canine ambassador.” Guests are welcome to bring their own pups to the patio, and The Lincoln will provide toys, water bowls and dog treats. The bar will also offer drink specials to support Best Friends, and a matching donation given to the organization that day. 100% all beef hot dogs will be available for noshing, while the featured cocktails include Bark at the Moon (Gin, Punt e Mes, Amaretto, Mandarin, Lemon, and Egg); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Vodka, Chartreuse, Grapefruit and Smoked Salt); and The Mystery Machine (Rum, Fernet, Lemon, Pineapple and Mole) for $10 each. There's also a special rosé flight for $12.

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