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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 events happening in L.A. this weekend. (And yes, things get a little political this week.) If you need more suggestions or want to plan ahead, then check out the January Guide, too.


Subliminal Projects presents American Civics,the first-ever collaboration between Shepard Fairey and the estate of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. The exhibition features Marshall’s photography, Fairey’s interpretation of the photographer’s work from the 1960’s, as well as works by Fairey that are “inspired” by the upcoming administration and political climate. Proceeds from the collaboration will benefit five organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, No Kid Hungry, The United Farm Workers Foundation, Caliber Foundation and #cut50. The public opening reception is from 8-11 pm on Friday with the works on view through Feb. 10.

LACMA presents Edgar Arceneaux, Until, Until, Until...A Counter Inaugural Event on Friday at 7:30 pm at the museum’s Bing Theater. The night includes a free screening of Arceneaux's film Until, Until, Until... (2015-16). From the museum: “[It’s] presented as a cautionary yet uplifting tale of a courageous artist speaking truth to power at an inaugural ball for Ronald Reagan in 1981. Ben Vereen performed in blackface, as a tribute to vaudeville legend Bert Williams, in front of thousands of guests as a heartfelt and subversive political action in hopes of positively affecting Reagan's economic policies. Vereen's performance was censored that night, leaving the performance misunderstood and derailing his life and career.” Vereen’s full performance will be screened and will be followed by a discussion with Arceneaux. The night is meant to be a place for Los Angeles’s diverse community to gather, speak and be heard. Doors at 7 pm, seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

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POLITICAL JERK (Comedy + Talk)
Political Jerk is a comedy / talk / variety show that takes place at the NerdMelt Showroom on Friday at 9 pm. Hosted by Tiffany Aleman, Christine Medrano and Jason Van Glass, the night features Eliza Skinner, Andrew Solmssen, Sam Jae, Nikki Black and Ricardo Rosari. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

American Wrestlers headlines the Bootleg Theater (Bar Stage) on Friday night. Kera and the Lesbians open the show. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12. The show is 21+.

DEMOCRACY HOW? (Comedy + Music + Variety)
There’s a political comedy variety show—Democracy How?—on Friday at 8 pm at Sal’s Comedy Hole on Melrose Avenue that sounds perfect for Inauguration night. The night features standup comedy from Orlando Bishop, Brandie Posey, Rish & Kanish, Austin Highsmith-Garces and others. Then listen to political musings from KROQ's Kat Corbett, sketch comedy from UCB's Baseball and Gabby Revilla-Lugo, dance performance by Liquid Feet and the “pun-tastic stylings” of Dan Shaba and John Nonny. Proceeds will benefit the transitional residence for women, Alexandria House. Tickets: $20.

The Pancakes & Booze Art Showreturns to DTLA on Friday and Saturday at Lot 613 from 8 pm to 2 am both nights. In addition to the art, the free pancakes and beer, the pop-up includes live painting, live body painting, music and more. Tickets are $10 at the door, $13 for VIP. $21+.

Everything is Terrible! Continues its Jerry Maguire Video Store at iam8bit Gallery through Jan. 29. The long-form performance art includes fan-donated VHS tapes of Jerry Maguire (approximately 14,000 have been collected so far). The iam8bit installation is a re-creation of a video rental store (‘memba those?) circa 1996—entirely populated with rental copies of Jerry Maguire. The art work speaks of “perception of culture, waste and existence as a whole.” The store is open 7 days a week, and super cool events are scheduled throughout the exhibition. Friday’s 10 pm show lineup is awesome, featuring Daedelus, YACHT and Yung Jake.


Corey Helford Gallery opens several art shows on Saturday night. There are new collections from Hikari Shimoda and Michael Page in the Main Gallery, the Sensory Overload group show in Gallery 2 and a solo show by Kelsey Beckett in Gallery 3. The opening receptions are on Saturday from 7-11 pm, with the works remaining on view through Feb. 18.

Musician and new host of A Prairie Home Companion Chris Thile is taking the show on the road for a series of live broadcasts. On Saturday, the show makes a stop at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 2:45 pm with guests Ryan Adams, Kacey Musgraves and Kevin Nealon. Tickets: $68, $58, $38, including $3.00 facility restoration fee.

After the women’s march(es) and protests have taken place on Saturday, then hit the Bootleg Theater later that night for a concertthat continues the solidarity. Dance with “righteous anger” with three bands that are passionate about Women’s Rights, including Caught a Ghost, Clara-Nova and Dream Machines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood (and will be donated in Mike Pence's name). 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8. Ages 21+.

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EAGLE ROCK BREWERY (Anniversary Party)
The Eagle Rock Brewery is celebrating its seventh anniversary on Saturday with a party and carnival at its taproom. For the occasion, ERB also releases a specialty anniversary beer, La Suerte, a 14% imperial Mexican stout brewed with chocolate, vanilla, flaked maize, cinnamon and chile. When the brewery opened in 2009, it became the first microbrewery in decades to base its operations in L.A. Little did ERB know that it would open the floodgates—a boon for L.A.’s beer lovers. Tickets to the party are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and include commemorative glassware and five beer samples.

RISK! (Storytelling)
The Risk! Live Showalso happening at the Bootleg Theater on Saturday night at 7 pm. The show and podcast features storytellers and performers telling true tales that they “never thought they’d dare to share in public.” Hosted by Beowulf Jones, guests this installation include Greg Proops and Daniel Franzese. Tickets: $10 in advance.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday at 2 pm and on Sunday 7 pm. The performances will feature 120 singers, a full orchestra, and four soloists conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon. Tickets start at $29.

The Brand Library & Art Center hosts six of L.A.’s leading art-collectives in a show conceived and organized by curator Kara W. Tomeě. The Collectivists features the works of more than 60 artists from Durden & Ray, Eastside International, Manual History Machines, Monte Vista Projects, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and the Association of Hysteric Curators. From the organizers: “By prioritizing the group over the individual, self-promotion and publicity function as collective forms of power.” The opening reception is being held on Saturday from 6-9 pm. The works will remain on view through March 12.


DR. KATZ LIVE (Comedy)
While there’s so much happening at Riot LA this weekend, we just had to call out the Dr. Katz live show that’s happening on Sunday at 7 pm at the Orpheum. The animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, ran on Comedy Central from 1995-1999 with Jonathan Katz in the titular role. The live version brings back Katz and Laura Silverman in their original roles with a great list of guests: Bob Saget, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Thomas Middleditch and David Wain. Tickets: $25-$35. [It’s a bummer that Riot LA programmed this to compete in the same timeslot with Rachel Bloom at The Alleyway.]

The Americana at Brand celebrates the Lunar New Year(the year of the rooster) on Sunday from 2-5 pm. The festival on the green begins with a parade, followed by lion dances, a 10-person dragon, stilt walkers, acrobats, arts and crafts and a special performance by Culture Shock L.A. K-town Night Market vendors—Cloud Food Creations, Belly Bombz, Nitro-pop, The Ensaymada Project and Coco Fresh Tea & Juice—will be on site, too. Guests will get red envelopes from the God of Wealth that may contain cash, prizes and other surprises. Admission is free, but some activities require a $1 ticket(s). Prices for food vendors varies. [Or remember that Din Tai Fung is right there, too!]
This has been moved to Feb. 4 because of rain.

FEEL BETTER (Podcast Taping)
There’s a Feel Better podcast taping on Sunday at 10 pm at the Lyric Hyperion Theater & Cafe in Silver Lake. Hosted by Garrett Mendez with Dr. J, the show puts two comedians and a psychiatrist onstage together to uncover … stuff. Watch this week as comedians Julia Prescott and Darrin Chase get therapy onstage. Tickets: $5.

JEFF DYE (Comedy Taping)
Jeff Dye tapes two live comedy shows on Sunday at Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, at 7 pm and 9 pm. Also performing are Drew Lynch (America’s Got Talent), Taylor Tomlinson (Last Comic Standing) and Francisco Ramos (Netflix). For the taping, each audience member gets jelly beans and the chance to win prizes. All ages (15+). RSVP recommended.

Thomas Middleditch is all over L.A. this weekend. In addition to a sold-out Largo show on Saturday, he’s appearing at Riot LA, too, and then reunites with his iO teammates Greg Hess and Brandon Sornberger to celebrate iO West's 20th Anniversary with a night of improv on Sunday at 9 pm. Tickets for the iO West show are $10. Ages 21+.

Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Resistance Isn’t Futile: Films on the Occasion of a Presidential Inauguration on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian. The program examines forms of resistance through films by Straub-Huillet, Kelly Gallagher, Kevin Jerome Everson, Penelope Spheeris, Robert Fenz, Danny Lyon and others. Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.

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