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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 20 events. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF: On Friday night at 7 pm, Metro teams up with the Echo Park Film Center for a free screening of Los Angeles Plays Itself—in the historic Union Station’s Fred Harvey Room (which is featured in the film). Thom Andersen’s three-hour film essay/love letter to L.A. is comprised of clips from films shot on location throughout the city. A Q&A with Andersen follows the screening. First-come, first-served seating; Metro TAP card holders get preferred seating.

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WOMEN IN TECH: Wonder Women Tech holds its inaugural conference this weekend (Feb. 27 to March 1) at The Hanger Hercules Campus in Playa Vista. Attendees can participate in a “Wonder Women Hacks hackathon” to build mobile apps to benefit women and girls, have a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with the more than 50 speakers, panelists and other attendees to talk about the future of women in tech. Did we mention that the conference is free to attend? Kickoff party is from 6-9 pm on Friday night.

MUSICAL THEATER: Rockwell Table & Stage presents the show Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield. It’s an adaption of the Bard’s play—but with an added twist: Pat Benetar’s music. The show includes her songs like “We Belong,’ “Heartbreaker,” “Invincible” and “Love is a Battlefield.” Runs weekend through March 28. Tickets: $20-$45.

FILM: Sydney Freeland’s film Drunktown Finest’s has a limited engagement at Arena Screen in Hollywood. The film follows three young Native Americans— an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual—as they try to escape the harsh life on the reservation. Immediately following the 6:20 pm showing on Friday, there’s a Q&A with Freeland. Tickets: $12.

COMEDY: The Wheel Show returns to NerdMelt on Friday night at 7 pm with special guests Todd Glass and Beth Stelling. The show is basically a smorgasbord of choices placed on a big wheel, and the audience never knows what to expect when the wheel stops. There’s a chance for sketches, stunts and other surprise guests. Free ice cream, too! Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


MUSIC FEST: The 7th annual KXSC Fest 2015 takes place on Saturday at USC from 3 pm to midnight. The art and music event is headlined by DJ Dodger Stadium (a collaboration between LA artists Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) and features De Lux, Lavashark, Talk in Tongues and others on the bill. Kogi and Digital Dextox are some of the vendors on campus during the fest. Free.

ART: On Saturday from 11am to 6pm, ForYourArt presents A Hollywood Walk of Art: The Awards Shows, a free, self-guided, walkable Hollywood art tour. ForYourArt highlights galleries and spaces along Highland Avenue, La Brea Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, including: Blackman Cruz, Diane Roseinstein Fine Arts, Gavlak Gallery, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, JF Chen, Kohn Gallery, LAND, LAXART, Redling Fine Art, Regen Projects, Steve Turner Contemporary, Joan Scheckel Film Lab and Various Small Fires. There will be site-specific performances, art and more. Partnering restaurants include a Donut Time party and coffee from 11am to 12 pm and Mud Hen Tavern, who will be offering a sparkling wine cocktail to anyone who comes in for lunch during the art walk.

TEA FESTIVAL Descanso Gardens presentsThe Camellia & Tea Festival on Saturday and Sunday, and features lectures, tea tastings, dance performances by Invertigo Dance Theatre and walks through the Gardens. The festival also includes traditional Japanese tea ceremonies (advance ticket purchase required). Admission is $9; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. The festival’s activities are free with admission (except where noted).

ART: The Gabba Gallery presents Curate This, an exhibition that highlights the art work of contemporary Los Angeles’ artist-curators. Curated by Gabba’s Jason Ostro and Phil Santos, the show features work by Airom Bleicher, Baha Danesh, Daniel Rolnik, David Brady, Fatemeh Burnes, John Knuth, Juri Koll, L Croskey, Kelly Castillo, Kio Griffith, Kohl King, Kristine Schomaker, Mark Todd, Mat Gleason, Mike Reynolds, Max Presneill, Nathan Cartwright, Nicole Bruckman, Peggy Zask, Rob Faucette, Stephen Zeigler, and Stephen Wolkoff. Curate This opens on Saturday with an artists reception from 7-11 pm. The show runs through March 13.

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COMEDY: Comedian Brian Regan performs Saturday night at The Dolby Theatre at 8 pm. Regan, who’s appeared 27 times on Letterman’s show (the most of any comedian) can also be seen in Chris Rock’s film Top Five. Tickets: $40-$49.

ART LECTURE The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery hosts an artist talk with Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams on Saturday at 2 pm. He’ll discuss his new work in the SLANG Aesthetics! exhibit and the accompanying exhibition 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz.COMEDY: Surprise! is an evening of mystery, comedy and cookies hosted by comedians Robert Buscemi and Sofiya Alexandra. At a different location each month, the duo guides guests through an undisclosed lineup of both veteran and up-and-coming comics. Past performers include Demetri Martin, Ron Funches, Cameron Esposito, Guy Branum, Matt Braunger, Jackie Kashian, Pete Holmes, Emo Phillips and Beth Stelling. This month’s show takes place at an art loft at The Brewery 2020 N. Main St., #233, Los Angeles. Doors at 8:30; show at 9 pm. Donation: $5.

COMIC EXPO: For the first time, the Long Beach Comic Expo partners with GeekFest Film Fests to screen geek films this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. The expo celebrates comic books, pop culture, cosplay, action figures, anime & manga and gaming—with programming that showcases the works of writers, artists, illustrators and creators. The weekend features more than 140 guests and 50 panels in the full exhibition hall. Tickets and passes: $30-$45 (with other special/VIP passes available).

COMEDY: Ladies and Lobsters is being billed as a “magical night of art, wine and comedy,” featuring a surrealistic art show from Norwegian artist Matti Berglund. The evening also includes music, wine tasting and an all-women comedy show. At Oh My Ribs! Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard. Doors at 7:30 pm. $5 admission.

MUSIC: Zepparella—think Led Zeppelin meets Barbarella—is an all-female tribute band to Led Zeppelin that includes guitar player Gretchen Menn and bass player Angeline Saris, drummer Clementine and Noelle Doughty on vocals. They’re playing The Roxy on Feb. 28 with Hell's Belles (an all-female AC/DC band. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. All ages. Tickets: $17.60-$22.


VHS FTW: On Sunday from 2-4 pm, Lo-Fi Video and Dark Delicacies in Burbank teams up for the VHSwap, Buy or Die Fest at Dark Delicacies. Bring your [horror genre] VHS tapes to trade, sell or buy. Special guests include Jewel Shepard, Jay Worlfel, Mike Williamson. Cortney Palm, David DeCoteau, Rebekah McKendry, Carl Crew, Elena Sahagun, Dukey Flyswatter, Rolfe Kanefsky, Nick Principe, Jason Bene, Nico B., Davis Del Valle.

BIKES + BEER: On Sunday from 12:30 pm-6 pm, C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange) leads a community bike ride, Tweed, Moxie and Mustaches through Cypress Parkand Glassell Park. The Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride with New Belgium's Slow Ride Sideshow has participant bikers pedaling back in time (costumes encouraged). Stops include the Heritage Square Museum, as well as the former Van de Kamp Holland Dutch Bakery, built in the early 1900s. At the final stop—Verdugo—particpants can enjoy the New Belgium Brewing’s Slow Ride Sideshow, hosted by SSSsnake and Steiny. There’s a slow ride competition, comedy, entertainment, beer specials, prizes and a raffle for a New Belgium Cruiser. All participants under 18 must wear a bike helmet. The ride is free.

WRITERS PLACE The Hatchery Press, a new member-based collaborative writing spaces opens in Larchmont (on Clinton between Beverly and Melrose) and has an open house on Sunday from 12-5 pm. The space bills itself as a “supportive, distraction-free place to work.” The free event features snacks from the neighborhood, including Salt and Straw, Sam’s Bagels, Wine and Cheese, Crumbs, Go Get Em Tiger, Z Pizza and more. Artist Jonathan Crow debuts his collection of 47 original pieces, done in watercolor and pen and ink, titled Veeptopus.

VARIETY Captured Aural PhantasyTheater presents Casting Couch Confidential on Sunday night at El Cid. The troupe tells Tinsletown tales with an old-school radio show format and a comic twist—live performances of vintage Hollywood-themed comic book stories along with music, comedy and visual art. Tickets: $10.

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