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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.


In honor of re-launching its streaming music service, Red Bull Music Academy presents the live show United States of Bass featuring DJ Quik (DJ set), Big Freedia, Egyptian Lover, Arabian Prince, DJ Funk, DJ Assault, RP Boo, MikeQ, UNIIQU3, TT The Artist, Kingdom, Asmara and Star Eyes. Doors at 9 pm. 21+. Tickets: $10-$15.

POKEMON GO HIKING (Gaming + outdoors)
The National Park Service is getting in on the Pokémon GO craze by having rangers lead two hikes this weekend in the Santa Monica Mountains: On Friday at Marsh Park at 3 pm and on Saturday at 10 am at Griffith Park. Catch Pokémon while checking out nature (respectfully).

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UP OWL NIGHT (Museum sleepover)
Up Owl Night!: Owls and Other All-Nighter Birds is the Natural History Museum’s adult-only sleepover that takes place on Saturday at 7 pm to Sunday at 8 am. Tickets: $135 non-member. Experience science programs (like taxidermy), trivia, music, food and craft beers from the comfort of your pjs at the museum. Sleep under the dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Hall.

The popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale will be performed/recorded at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday at 8 pm. Like the podcast, created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the live stage version of Night Vale Tells stories from the weird town of Night Vale during a community radio show hosted by Cecil Palmer (played by Cecil Baldwin). There will be plenty of guest stars and live musical score by Disparition and featured musician Erin
McKeown. Tickets: $62 & $69.

FRIDAY FLIGHTS (Music + art)
Friday Flights returns to the Getty on Friday from 6-9 pm bringing together L.A. artists who work across a wide range of mediums. This week’s interdisciplinary works include music by Chris Cohen; Song of Eurydice, choral and movement based performance by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and mecca vazie andrews; poetry by Sarah Gale Armstrong, Andrew Choate and Scott Benzel and wild Up’s Andrew Tholl performing in multiple locations and creating live recordings. The event also features Quarry, a film program by Veggie Cloud (a film and lecture series in Highland Park programmed by Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf). Free.

The TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood presents a "Ladies-Night" public screening of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (IMAX), with Feig doing a Q&A after the 7 pm show. There’s a pre-show Ghostbuster themed-cocktail reception, free movie souvenirs, photo opps with the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and free popcorn for the women when part of a party of four or more. Tickets: $22.75.

LAUGHING MATTERS (Art exhibition)
The collective Exhibits of Humanity opens pop-up exhibit, Laughing Matters: The Experiences of Women in Stand-Up Comedy, on Friday at Nous Tous in Chinatown. Using art, objects and photography, the exhibition “explores the subtle and profound gender discrimination that women in stand-up comedy confront on a daily basis.” The curators invite a larger discussion of sexism in male-dominated industries. The exhibit previews on Friday from 7-9 pm, and will be on view July 16-31 from 12-7 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Free entry.

“Breaking Convention” Summer Soiree is Barnsdall Art Park’s interactive fundraising event on Friday on Hollyhock House's West Lawn. The Soiree also kicks off LA artist Aaron Axelrod’s three-day takeover of Barnsdall's campus with a multi-media exhibition, Dark Matter. This is the first time that Barnsdall has let a single artist take over the grounds and Hollyhock House for a solo show. Axelrod’s creating 40 pieces that will incorporated into eight different bodies of work that include projection mapping, interactive sculpture, and a piece with 700,000 Swarovski Crystals. The event’s food will be provided by Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip and Viviane. General admission tickets: $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Axelrod’s works will be open to the public on July 16-17.


The Annenberg Foundation and KCRW continue their Sound in Focus free concert series at the Annenberg Space for Photography at Century Park on Saturday night with Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal headlining. Also performing CLASSIXX and the Brazilian Girls. Doors at 5 pm with tunes provided by KCRW DJs and the live performances begin at 6 pm. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required.

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Shades and Shadows, the reading/story series dedicated to dark fantasy, horror and science fiction, takes place at on Saturday at 8 pm at The Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum in Burbank. 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 Stephen Graham Jones, Glen Hirshberg, Sara Gran, Paul Tremblay, David D. Levine and Vesta Vaingloria. Tickets: $10.

SUMMER ON SEVENTH (Arts ed party)
Inner City Arts presents its fundraising party Summer on Seventh on Saturday at 6 pm. The night is a benefit for the organization’s support of arts education for L.A.’s youth. Art installations with artists including Animal Charm, Awol Erizku, Karl Haendel, Eugene Kotlyarenko, Kathleen Ryan and Christine Wang, and music by The Gaslamp Killer, J Rocc, DubLab, and The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson ensemble. Gourmet food trucks and more will be onsite. Drinks available for purchase from Silverlake Wine and Everson Royce Bar. Tickets are $45.

Pasadena Heritage presents the Colorado Street Bridge Party, a block party with dancing, food, drinks, vintage cars, children’s activities and more. There’s live music on three stages and a silent disco to boot. Adult tickets: $10-$16.

FROG SPOT (Pizza + outdoor activities)
Masa of Echo Park partners with FoLAR (Friends of the L.A. River) at The Frog Spot on Saturday to serve up their famous masa crust deep-dish pizza free (with suggested donation) at 5 pm. Other Frog Spot activities this weekend include: meditation, Yoga for the Outdoor Enthusiast with REI, LA River Nature Walk, music by Amilia K Spicer, The Furious Seasons, Jed’s Dead and Immortal Healing Herbs of the Ancient Chinese Taoist Alchemists with Maja D’Aoust.

DANCE IN A PANIC (Music + dance)
Dance in a Panic—a British style rock n’ roll dance party—returns to the Regent Theatre on Saturday night. The night’s live performances include The Big Pink, The Bulls, La Drones and resident live artist Kav. DJ sets by Ana Calderon, Dexy Valentine, Magic Wants and Willem Wolfe. Tickets: $12-$30. 8 pm. The show is 18+.

WYE OAK (Music)
The indie duo Wye Oak plays the Teragram Ballroom on Saturday night, playing in support of Tween, a collection of songs developed between their albums, Civilian and Shriek. Tuska opens the all-ages show. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20.

The Little Labs - Workshop and Gallery is a new gallery in Burbank. It opens its doors on Saturday night with a reception from 6-10 pm for the group art show Mythology. The Little Labs invited artists from around the world to contribute to a collection of portraits of mythical characters from stories around the world. Artists include: Adam Grason, Adam Rosette, Aron Jean Shay, BENOBI, Bobby Timony, Brook Wells, Eric Romano, Frank Svengsouk, Gabby Zapata, Gautam Dutta, Greg Gunn, Hayden Aube, Jaime Ugarte, Jenny I Lee, Jisoo, Joseph Wells, Kano, Lopezgrafico, Maggie Appleton, Maggie Chiang, Mario Jacome, Melissa De Nobrega, Patrick Ian Moss, Razvan Vezeteu, Ruel Pascual, Stephanie Irigoyen, Stephen Chan, The Little Labs and Toni Tysen. Music by Nuby. The show remains open through Aug. 16.

United FORlando is an evening concert and conversation presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles LGBT Center in memory of the victims of the recent tragedy at Pulse nightclub. Held on Saturday at 8 pm in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis, the night includes musical performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the cast of the acclaimed play Hit The Wall by Ike Holter and a conversation moderated by actor and activist Wilson Cruz. The night closes out with a sing-along performance of Broadway For Orlando’s "What the World Needs Now is Love." Special guests leading the sing-along include actress Kristen Bell (Frozen), actress Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) and singer/musician Our Lady J. Tickets: $25-$45 with net proceeds from the concert benefiting the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Troop Beverly Hills continues its run at Rockwell Table & Stage this weekend with performances on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at noon. The original 1989 comedy starred Shelley Long about a rich shopaholic Beverly Hills housewife who becomes a den mother to win her husband back. Tickets to the musical version start at $22.


CELEBRATE EXPO (Art + music)
To celebrate the reconnection of two art scenes by LA’s new Expo Line, William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica co-hosts a day of art and music with Metro Art Presents.Things kick off at noon at the Gallery with a tour of survey exhibition Moses@90 with Ed Moses, followed by cocktails and brunch (RSVP to needed). At 2 pm, catch the Expo line from Bergamot Station to Union Station, where there’s music on the North Patio by Brazilian guitarist and composer Fabiano do Nascimento and DJ set by Glenn Red.

La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes presents a day of baseball memorabilia on Sunday from 2-6 pm. Collectors of Latinos in baseball memorabilia can have their collections reviewed by the Smithsonian National Museum for possible inclusion in a national Latino baseball exhibition. The fun includes free baseball clinic batting cage, art, garden and culinary workshops and Peloteros in Paradise: A Los Angeles Béisbol Story. The event is part of a multiyear collecting initiative, Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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