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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 August Guide, too.


TOWER (Film)
UCLA’s Film and TV Archive presents a free sneak preview of the documentary Tower (2016) at the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Using archival footage, interviews and animation, the film examines the day in 1966 when Charles Whitman staged a shooting rampage from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin, shooting 49 people and killing 16. The film gathers the survivors to learn about the “human lessons that they learned and bonds that were created in the aftermath.” A Q&A with director Keith Maitland follows the screening.

100% SOFT (Art)
On Friday night, Gallery 1988 (East) opens Mass Hysteria 2, a solo show by 100% Soft that features a new collection of prints and pins. The artist will be in attendance at the reception and G1988, and they’ll have the Fluff Ice truck, Cafe Dulce LA and La Croix water on hand, too. The art will be available for purchase online on Saturday.

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Roaring Nights, the L.A. Zoo’s summer music and party series, returns on Friday night from 7-11 pm with a night of rock from the Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Well Hung Heart, Fifth Law and DJ Steve Prior. On tap are food trucks, bars, lawn games and pop-up zookeeper talks. Roaring Nights tickets are $25 and $22 for GLAZA members. The event is 18+.

9 TO 5 (Film + benefit)
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Los Angeles Women’s Network and Young Professionals Council present a benefit screening of 9 to 5on Friday at 8:30 pm at Hollywood Forever. Proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center. For $25 a ticket, relax on The Fairbanks Lawn (bring blankets, pillows or low chairs) and pack a picnic (wine & beer okay, no distilled spirits). VIP tickets are $150 for a pair and includes premiere seating, one parking spot and a picnic package. Doors at 6:45 pm.

Culture Club—a band that's sold more than 50 million albums worldwide—plays the Hollywood Bowl on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. The original lineup—including Boy George—will be joined by a 13-piece band and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Tickets: $14-$182.

The show Night Out! with the Pinup Squirrels honors a special guest each month with stand up comedy, interviews, sketches and improv based on the guest’s life and career. The all women, bicoastal sketch and improv group the Pinup Squirrels has actor and comedian Vic Cohen to fete this installment. Cohen is also the subject and star of Howie Mandel’s documentary Committed. Night Out! takes place on Friday at 8 pm at iOWest. Tickets are $10, in advance or at the door.

The Friday Flights summer series at the Getty ends for the season on Friday from 6-9 pm. The series asks L.A. artists in various media to respond to the Getty's architecture, grounds and collections through the creation of musical interventions and art installations. Expect electronic music, sound projects, poetry, dance, film—and the unexpected. Performers on Friday’s program are Martine Syms, who will be conducting a performance/lecture (at 7:15 pm); a collaborative project by artist David Horvitz and musician Xiu Xiu; a bassoon and vocal collaboration between Archie Carey and Odeya Nini presented by wild Up; and Laurel Jenkins (choreographer) presents B A S E (a durational rule game). Friday Flights are free. Parking is $10 after 3 pm.

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Jack Daniel’s is hiding 150 barrels filled with prizes around the world; the hunt comes to L.A. on Friday. Each barrel is housing prizes, including an original, a bar kit made with white oak from the barrels and a trip for two to the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in October. Clues will be available on the Jack Daniel’s Facebook page beginning on Friday.

Created by Janet Roston and Cindy Shapiro, ANAIS: A Dance Opera is a new production that’s inspired by novelist Anaïs Nin. The opera incorporates dance, music and theater to “chronicle the scandalous, enticing, and most of all controversial life of famed literary figure Anaïs Nin.” Anaïs, A Dance Opera runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 18 at the Greenway Court Theatre. The show previews on Friday night at 8 pm. Tickets: $20-$30.

Peter Bjorn and John headline The Roxy on Friday night before they take the FYF Fest stage on Saturday. The band just released its seventh full-length album Breakin’ Point in June. Also playing in support: Bayonne, Jay Som. The show is all ages. Tickets: $20. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

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The Music Center’s DJ Nights series wraps up for the summer on Friday from 8-11 pm. Curated by Cut Chemist, the night features sets from Carlos Niño (8-9 pm), Cut Chemist (9-10 pm) and Mike Styles (10-11 pm). The event is free and all ages. Small bites and beverages are available for purchase.

The 6th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival continues this weekend. LAFW's Power Lunch series happens on Friday—at Simbal, Hinoki and the Bird, Otium, Paley and other restaurants—and the Grand Tastings taking place on Saturday and Sunday in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad museum. Tickets for individual events start at $105-300. Grand Tasting tickets are $125-$175.


DJ and producerPaul Oakenfold plays a setat The Abbey on Saturday night to celebrate owner David Cooley’s birthday. The party, presented by Perfectomundo Tequila, runs from noon to 8 pm and there’s no cover (as always).

FYF FEST (Music)
FYF Fest takes over Exposition Park this weekend. Saturday’s headliners are Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala; Sunday headliners are LCD Soundsystem and Grace Jones. Sunday general admission tickets ($125) were still available on the FYF site last we checked, but you’ll have to procure Saturday tickets at your favorite alternative ticket source. Gates at 2 pm each day.

Corey Helford Gallery kicks off its 10th Anniversary Gala exhibition with an opening party from 7-11 pm on Saturday night. Ten Years Of Amazing Artists: Corey Helford Gallery And Friends Celebrate! features works from more than 100 artists who created art specifically for this exhibition. Paintings and sculptural works from: Marion Peck, Mary Jane Ansell, Chloe Early, Haroshi, Shag (Josh Agle), D*Face, Kinsey, Okuda, Eric Joyner Herakut and many more. Music will be provided by DJ Chris Muckley from KCRW/SiriusXMU. The art will be on display through Sept. 24.

2016 MUSIC FEST 11 (Music + art)
The 11th annual Venice Beach Music Fest is a day of music, dance, art, and literature that takes place on Saturday from 11 am to 7:30 pm at Windward Plaza Park in Venice Beach. Scheduled music performances by Willie Chambers, Lili Haydn, Cubensis, Jah Faith and the Royal Lineage and many others. Free.

LACMA presents the concert ​The Indian Legacy of Terry Riley on Saturday at 7:30 pm at BCAM’s Agnes Martin Gallery (Level 3). Riley, a pioneering Minimalist composer, has often been inspired and informed by Indian ragas. LACMA’s concert features a program hand-picked by the composer, featuring some of his classic works and raga-based compositions. The ensemble includes George Brooks, saxophone; Osam Ezzeldin, piano; and from India, the Carnatic violinist and vocalist, Ganesh Rajagopalan. Tickets: $30, $25 members and seniors (65+); and $10 students with ID.

Celebrate Our Heritage Walk and Bike to L.A. is on Saturday, commemorating the L.A.’s 235th birthday. The nine-mile route retraces the path that the Los Angeles’ founding families, Los Pobladores, took in 1781 from the San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at Olvera Street. The walk kicks off from the Mission at 6:30 am. There will be a ceremony and special presentations at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at approximately 10 am. There will be free bus rides back to San Gabriel after the event. (Note: There will be no road closures for the walk/bike.)

SUMMAHFEST (Food, fun and games)
NerdMelt Showroom and Meltdown Comics presents the 7th annual Summahfest for a full day of comedy, music, waterslides, food trucks, free beer, water balloon fights and more. The party starts outside at 2 pm for food, drinks and activities. Bring your bathing suit or best summah costume. At 4 pm, DJ ElectrifiyinMojoOnThatAss (aka Ricky Carmona) cranks the tunes, and the comedy show begins at 6 pm. Hosted by Howard Kremer, the show features Paul Danke, Cornell Reid, Sean Green, John Roy, Matt Knudsen, Karl Hess and others. Free with RSVP.


On Sunday, Smorgasburg LA teams up with KCRW for a Pie Pop-Up at the weekly food market in DTLA. Evan Kleiman (Good Food) will be on hand, taking signups for KCRW’s annual pie contest and answering questions about pie baking from 11 am to 3 pm. Pies, of course, will be available for purchase from Nicole Rucker of Rucker’s Pie and The Pie Hole - Los Angeles, Sugar Pie, Honey Buns and pie specials from Smorgasburg’s regular weekly vendors like Bearclaw Kitchen, Pizzanista!, Good Gravy Bakes, Cheezus,little spoon frozen pudding and others. Smorgasburg LA runs from 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission. Two hours of free parking. All you have to pay for is what you eat and drink.

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