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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

Giant Robot 2 Gallery presents 'Hocus Pocus,' a solo show by Deth P Sun. It opens on Saturday. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and the artist)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening right here in L.A. this weekend....FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

NOMO FOMO (Broad City art show)
NOMO FOMO: An Art Show About Broads in the City opens Friday at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. The show consists entirely of fan art, which Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer showcased on their Tumblr with #FanArtFridays. The opening reception, which is expected draw a lot of people, runs from 8-11 pm on Friday and features DJs, bucket drummers, food, drinks, a photobooth and more. The works will remain on view through Oct. 7.

Arena Cinema, the little indie cinema tucked around the corner from the Egyptian opens a pop-up at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on Friday. This weekend and through Oct. 6, the Arena Cinelounge at The Montalban features the family drama Milton’s Secret, the comedy Mommy’s Box, the horror/thriller ClownTown and the dramedy People You May Know. Tickets: $13.

Glen Hansard, frontman for The Frames and half of The Swell Season, returns to L.A. to play the Wiltern on Friday night. A troubadour who like to spin yarns between songs always puts on an entertaining live show. Tickets start at $35+ fees. Doors at 6:30 pm.

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MR. OIZO (Music)
On Friday night at the Fonda in Hollywood, French electronic musician Mr. Oizo takes to the Fonda stage to celebrate the release of his new album, All Wet. Also on the bill: Hudson Mohawke, Busy P, Daddy Kev and others. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9. Tickets: $22.50+. 18+.

Beyond Fest, L.A.'s largest genre festival, starts at the Egyptian in Hollywood on Friday night and runs for 12 days. The festival opens with Paul Schrader’s latest film, Dog Eat Dog, as well as a 35mm screening of Taxi Driver. Both Schrader and Dog Eat Dog star Nicolas Cage are expected to attend. Tickets: $11.

PLAYHOUSE 90 (Classic TV)
The UCLA Film & Television Archive screens episodes from the 1956 dramatic anthology series Playhouse 90. Originating from CBS Television City in Hollywood, the series ran for four seasons, featuring the talents of burgeoning TV talents such as Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer. This weekend, there’s free screenings of episodes (with original commercials) at the Billy Wilder Theater, beginning with two from Serling: "Forbidden Area" (1956) and "The Dark Side of the Earth" (1957) at 7:30 pm on Saturday night. Matthew Weiner appears in person on Saturday, too.


Giant Robot 2 presents Hocus Pocus, a solo exhibition of works by Deth P Sun. The opening reception is on Saturday night from 6:30-10 pm. The works remain on view through Oct. 19.

The DTLA Oyster Festival takes place this weekend at Grand Central Market. (Image: Courtesy of the Grand Central Market)
The DTLA Oyster Festival returns to Grand Central Market on Saturday and Sunday. Participating oyster farmers include: Hama Hama from Washington State; Sol Azul Seafarms, based in Baja California; Grassy Bar Oysters and Morro Bay Oyster Company, both from Morro Bay; Rock Harbor Oysters from Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and Glacier Point Oysters from Alaska. The shucking runs from 11 am to 8 pm both days. Oyster Gourmet owner Christophe Happillon, a certified Maitre Écailler or "oyster master," offers two sessions of Oyster Shucking 101. The workshop is free, but reservations are required. The festival also features two Oyster Tasting Classes ($20 each).

A Taste of Italy, a benefit for the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, takes place on Saturday night in Downtown L.A. from 5-10 pm. The event showcases more than 35 of the region’s best restaurants, including Valentino, Drago Centro, Il Fornaio, DiStefano Cheese, Prova Pizzeria, Celestino, Urbani Truffles, Locanda del Lago, Il Fornaio, and Antica Locanda di Sesto from Italy. Italian and California-Italian wineries will complement the flavors while performers entertain the evening’s guests. General admission tickets $60 (6 food + 6 wine food tastings); $125 Premiere (10 food + 10 wine tastings, VIP bag and red carpet entrance).

OFF THE HOOK (Seafood Fest)
Santa Monica's seafood festival Off the Hook returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday from 3-7 pm. Participating restaurants include 1212 Santa Monica, Ashland Hill, BOA, Bubba Gump, FIG, Del Frisco's Grille, Herringbone, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Maré, Red O, Salt & Straw, Spinfish Poke, Sushi Roku, The Lobster, The Albright, Yamashiro Hollywood and others. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Westside Food Bank. Tickets are $60 in advance, which includes tastings, Shock Top beer garden, drinks and access to the main stage with live music. VIP tickets are $90 in advance and include access to the Santa Monica Seafood Sustainable VIP Lounge with reserved seating, curated cocktails from Infused Spirits, Shock Top beer, Piper-Heidsieck champagne and dishes from Maré, Ashland Hill, Red O and FIG.

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CHOCOLATE SALON (Food)">The 10th (and final) Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Chocolate fans can taste and experience artisan and gourmet chocolate from such purveyors as Amano Artisan Chocolates, Valenza Chocolatier, Zenbunni, Mignon Chocolate, Copper Cauldron Candy Co., David Bacco Chocolatier, Truffles n Toffee, CACOCO, Les Beaux Chocolats, Food Market Gypsy, Fera'Wyn's Artisan Chocolates, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Hnina Gourmet, PRP Wine International, Gourmet Blends, Farm Fresh to You, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary, New Orleans Bill, Meshaz Natural Perfumes, Aether Arts Perfume, DSH Perfumes, La Fleur by Livvy and others. Tickets $20-$25.

Corey Helford Gallery presents a solo show of works by Hannah Yata this weekend. (Image: 'Insomnia,' by Yata)
Corey Helford Gallery in DTLA presents Dancing in Delirium, a solo show of new works by artist Hannah Yata. From the gallery: “[Yata] calls upon the rich symbolism of the female figure, which she often combines with parts of animals, creating metaphorical hybrid characters. Placing these characters in intriguing scenarios, she explores the depths of our social psychology and draws parallels to modern day issues.” The opening reception is on Saturday from 7-11. Yata’s works will remain on view through Oct. 29.

The Animal Museum opens its latest exhibition, Crazy Cat Ladies: Celebrating Kitties and their Champions, at the museum’s new 6,000 square foot space in DTLA’s Arts District on Saturday from 5:30-8:30 pm. The special preview features guests including Jackson Galaxy (CatDaddy). The exhibition itself explores cat lady stereotypes and busts a few of them, showcasing that some are superheroes of the cat rescue movement. The exhibition remains on view through Nov. 27. Opening party tickets: $45 (tax deductible).

NOON TO MIDNIGHT (Music + art)
Los Angeles Philharmonic’s (LA Phil) Green Umbrella contemporary music series presents Noon to Midnight, a gathering of some of L.A.’s avant-garde and experimental music collectives to perform in and around the spaces of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Performances by LA Phil Bass Quintet, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, wildUp, Piano Spheres, gnarwhallaby, St. Lawrence String Quartet, wasteLAnd, USC Percussion Ensemble, Monday Evening Concerts, Jacaranda, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Chris Kallmyer, Lucky Dragons and others. Tickets for performances between noon and 8 pm are only $15. Tickets to the 8 pm performances with four world premieres are $20-$58. Beer and food trucks will be available on site throughout the day.

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler is an art exhibition that opens on Saturday with a reception from 6-8 pm at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Curated by the nonprofit Clockshop, the show is part of a year-long celebration of the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006). Using Butler's papers at the Huntington Library as inspiration, the exhibition features six new commissions by Laylah Ali, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Lauren Halsey, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras and Cauleen Smith.


TRAILER: Satyricon from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

Cinefamily screens the bizarro Fellini Satyricon (1969), a film of loosely related mythic tales set in first century Rome, at Barnsdall Park on Sunday night. The $25 ticket price includes a wine tasting before the screening, which begins at sundown. Doors at 5:30 pm. The event is 21+. Bring a blanket, pillow and/or a picnic. No outside alcohol is allowed.

The Eastside Food Festcelebrates the local culinary scene on Sunday from 5-8 pm at Mack Sennett Studios. The more than 30 participating restaurants include: Trois Famlia, Pok Pok, Knuckle & Claw, Kettle Black, Little Beast, Jeni's Ice Cream, Homestate and others. The day also includes discussion panels and food demonstrations, with talks and performances by musicians, artists, chefs and others. Tickets: $65-$105 (discounts for nondrinkers). VIP happy hour is from 4-5 pm.

Best In Drag Show, a fundraiser for Aid For AIDS, is a beauty pageant spoof and a night of fun and comedy that takes place at the Orpheum in DTLA on Sunday night. The curtain is at 7 pm. Kathy Griffin opens the night and the celeb judging panel includes Melanie Griffith, Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show) and Rutina Wesley (OWN’s Queen Sugar). Tickets start at $50.

Rock to Recovery, a program for those in treatment and recovery, holds its first awareness event and fundraiser on Sunday at 7 pm at the Fonda Theatre. Performances by Filter, David Silveria and Zac Baird from Korn, followed by an All Star Jam featuring Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol). Mike Ness of Social Distortion will receive the first-ever Rock to Recovery Award. All ages. Tickets: $27.50-$50. VIP meet and greet begins at 7:30 pm, with presentations and performances starting at 8 pm.

CITY OF GOLD (Film + food)
L.A., Grow! The Wiltern’s food series presents a screening of the documentary City of Gold,followed by a Q&A with the film’s subject, L.A. Times food critic/writer Jonathan Gold on Sunday night. Doors at 5 pm, film at 6 pm. Tickets for the screening only start at $12. After the film, there’s a tasting party catered by local food vendors (ticket add-ons required, $15-$50).

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