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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 BOY FRIEND (Film + Dress Up Party)
Cinefamily presents a rare screening of Ken Russell's The Boy Friend on 35mm. This adaptation of the 1956 stage musical was Russell's follow-up to the highly controversial The Devils and also features Twiggy in her first starring role. "Break out your low-waisted chemise and sassy cloche hats" as Friday's screening is also a dress-up party. Tickets $12/free for Cinefamily members.

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The FIGat7th Downtown Festival continues this summer with live music every Friday until Aug. 19. Eats and drinks are available to purchase at the TASTE Courtyard and upstairs plaza. Stay for the music, which begins at 7:30 pm. This week, listen to the funk and soul of Orgone with Cyril Neville. Free.

On Friday, LaunchLA and Troika are hosting a fundraiser for the upcoming Tarfest (Sept. 24) at Troika on La Brea from 6-9 pm. There’s music, silent auction and raffle as well as beer, wine cocktails, snacks and more. Please RSVP to (Guest list at the door). Caveat: There’s no parking on La Brea between 4-7 pm. Read the signs or park in the garage for a fee at 2nd Street and La Brea.

TTNG (Music)
TTNG (formerly known as This Town Needs Guns) headlines the Teragram Ballroom on Friday night. The Oxford, UK-based outfit just released its third LP Disappointment Island. Strawberry Girls, Sea Monkey See open the show. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $15.

DAPPER DAY AT LACMA (Fashion + jazz)
LACMA teams up with the Dapper Day team to present a Dapper Day at LACMA on Friday from noon to 9 pm. The day celebrates the current exhibition, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, and includes tours of the menswear exhibition, the permanent collection and culminates with a free Jazz at LACMA summer concert with Sasha’s Bloc. Dress to impress. Adult tickets: $25. The Jazz at LACMA outdoor concert is free.

CROSSFIT GAMES (Fitness competition)
The competitive CrossFit season culminates this weekend with the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games at the StubHub Center in Carson, which end on Sunday. After months of preliminary competition, the finals are open to the world's fittest 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 40 teenager and 200 masters. Tickets to watch the various competitions: $75-$500.

Zócalo Public Square presents “Tacos, Beer & a Movie,” an outdoor screening of Little Miss Sunshine at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in DTLA. Admission is free and open to the public with a reservation. Doors at 7:30 pm, screening at 8:30 pm. 6



'Southland' is a group art show that opens on Saturday in Chinatown. (Image detail of show poster, courtesy of the gallery)
SOUTHLAND (Art show)
Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown presents the group show Southland, curated by Patrick Martinez. The show features L.A.-inspired works by Sadie Barnette, Sandow Birk, Gregory Bojorquez, Kenturah Davis, Gajin Fujita, Gary Garay, Ramiro Gomez, Lauren Halsey, Kysa Johnson, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Star Montana, Kaz Oshiro, Kenton Parker, Hilary Pecis, Umar Rashid, Joe Prime Reza, Shizu Saldamando, Andrew Schoultz, Ana Serrano, Mario Ybarra Jr, Zes and José Delgado Zúñiga. There’s an opening reception on Saturday from 6-10 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through Aug. 27.

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The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra performs at The Montalbán Theatre on Saturday night at 8 pm with violin soloist Sarah Chang who plays Piazzolla's Four Seasons violin concerti. Conducted by Lucas Richman, he leads the orchestra in playing Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings as well as the rarely performed Essay for Strings composed in 1965 by John Williams. Tickets: $89/$79/$59 with student rush tickets available the night of the performance for $25.

RECREO (Brunch)
The private dining event Re Creo Supper Club, presented by chef Jean Valcarcel (Mo-Chica) and Gabriel Cappelli (Saint Martha), is holding a brunch pop-up event on Saturday at 11 am in the Arts District. The brunch celebrates Peru's Independence Day with South American-inspired dishes like Papas con Puerco, Chirimoya Creme Brulee French Toast and bottomless chicha morada mimosas. Tickets: $60.

BAD NEWS LIVE (Political comedy)
Bad News Live is an LA-based indie political comedy TV show, and it tapes a special election convention episode in front of a live studio audience at Hollywood’s ACME Comedy Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. This month’s panel of comedians includes: Quincy Jones, Tamer Kattan, Liz Stewart, Justin Martindale, with standup by Jeremiah Watkins. The show’s hosted by co-creator Chuck Ludwig. Bad News is recommended for those 18 and older because of some adult language and content. Admission: $5 ($10 at the door). Wine and beer available for a donation.

The 3rd Annual Low End Theory Festival takes over the Shrine Expo Hall and grounds on Saturday with a killer lineup: Ghostface & Raekwon, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, MixedByAli, Daedelus, Ras G, Prefuse 73, Jonwayne, Teebs, Milo, Dorian Concept, EPROM, Gonjasufi, Samiyam, Mono/Poly, Dibiase, Sosupersam, Great Dane, Penthouse Penthouse X Bobby Saint, Taylor McFerrin, Sonnymoon, Sahtyre, Eureka the Butcher, ShivaTaso and Linafornia. All Resident DJ sets by Daddy Kev, Nobody, the Gaslamp Killer & D-Styles. There are also Ableton production workshops with Penthouse Penthouse & Thavius Beck. Tickets: $35-$60.

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery screens The Muppet Movie on Saturday night. Doors at 7:15, show at 9 pm. DJ Zach Cowie spins before the movie while you picnic, and there’s a free Muppets-themed photobooth available to use, too. Tickets start at $16.

Gallery 38 presents Super Outta Pocket, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Al-Baseer Holly that runs through Aug. 7. His new works examine how language influences relationships. From the Gallery: “Using slang familiar to his Philadelphia upbringing, Al-Baseer is hoping to institute a higher level understanding of young urban relationships through conversation.” There’s an opening reception on Saturday night from 6-10 pm. RSVP to to attend the reception.

OUR NATION AWAKENS (Music + social justice)
“Our Nation Awakens” is a free concert that highlights songs that have inspired social and political movements. Presented by Grand Performances, the event also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the social justice organization, the Liberty Hill Foundation. Expect to hear music from Bob Marley, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman and others. Scheduled to appear/perform are Maya Jupiter, Cody ChesnuTT, Jimetta Rose, Barbara Morrison, Cary Brothers, Joey Dosik, Rachel Fanna, Mia Doi Todd and many more. Free.

RETRO RAD (Pop culture + comedy)
In the show Retro Rad, Kyle Clark (The Nerdist and This Is Rad! podcasts) shares his pop culture prowess of the ‘80s and ‘80s while co-host Caitlin Durante, who grew up without a TV, shares her lack of reference. With guests, they review “obscure cartoons and commercials from Kyle's curated collection of all things Retro Rad and match wits with Kyle's useless trivia.” On Saturday at 7 pm, they’re screening the CBS animated series Back to the Future with guests Dan Telfer & Matthew Broussard. At the Nerdmelt Showroom on Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Cee-lo Green plays The Roxy on Saturday night(a show that was postponed from June 23, so all those earlier tickets will be honored). We don’t know much about the show, but that it’s all ages and Nikki’s Wives open the night. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $35.


2016 JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE (Film + talk)
On Sunday night at Hollywood Forever, Linda Ramone presents The 2016 Johnny Ramone Tribute, which this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Ramones. The night features a screening of Rock’n’Roll High School, followed by a question and answer session with P.J. Soles (Riff Randell), Roger Corman, director Allan Arkush and special surprise guests. Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones hosts the evening. There will also be a pop-up gallery of Ramones and punk photography by Morrison Hotel Gallery, and a rare exhibition of Metallica guitarist Kirk “Von” Hammett’s private collection of movie monster memorabilia. The all-ages show begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets: $20-$25.

TMI Hollywood is an hour of sketch comedy at the Acme Theatre in Hollywood with inspiration borrowed from gossip sites like TMZ. This week, the show features special guest and host Bennie Arthur from Comedy Central's Drunk History. 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

The Good Weekend happens on Sunday at the French Marketplace in WeHo. It’s a celebration of social good companies and brands—including TOMS, Krochet Kids and good hYOUman. Shop without the guilt while there are live music and food trucks onsite. The weekend also serves as the final event in the historic French Marketplace.

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