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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

Lethal Amounts gallery presents photos taken by Barry Kleven during L.A.'s '70s and '80s club scene. Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. (Image: Courtesy of Barry Kleven Estate, Lethal Amounts)
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Not going to Coachella? No worries. Here are 20 of our favorite events happening right here in L.A. this weekend.


School Days is an exhibit that honors the work of Barry Kleven, who passed away and left behind a time capsule of the 1970's LA club scene. “During the difficult times of his death, the Kleven family discovered a box of old photos and negatives that at first glance, seemed somewhat meaningless. Not much more thought was given to the box of old photos, until Barry's nephew Chris asked for them.” Chris’ found photos his uncle had captured during his high school years and included images of the original Runaways, The Ramones first tours, Blondie's first LA appearances, Cheap Trick performing to a handful of people, and many other recognizable bands performing small club shows. There's an opening reception on Friday night at Lethal Amounts Gallery from 8-11 pm.

CINEARTE (Queer arts fest)
The Los Angeles LGBT Center holds CineArte, the third annual arts festival of the queer Latina/o community, from Friday through Sunday at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood. CineArte showcases the stories of LGBTQ, two-spirited, Latina/o, Chicana/o, and indigenous identities through feature-length films, digital media, installations and other visual and performing arts. Food vendors and a bar will be on site during the entire festival. Festival passes: $25-$30 (for all films and events); individual tickets: $8-$12.

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BARDCHELLA (Film + party)
Arena Cinema in Hollywood celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a Bardchella film series that runs Friday through April 28 with films including Chimes at Midnight w/ Falstaff, Hamlet (Denmark), The Taming of the Shrew and other titles. The festival opens on Friday night with a spectacular variety show/party that includes a Shake It For Shakespeare Bellydance Contest, Smartass Bard Trivia, Classical Monologue Karaoke and Shakespeare Cats. RSVP for the party (which begins at 8:20 pm).


Black List Live presents a reading of 'College Republicans' on Saturday night in Hollywood. (Image: Black List Live)
The Black List Live presents a live stage reading of the buddy comedy College Republicans, a script by Wes Jones on Saturday at 8 pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. Based a true story, the screenplay features Mae Whitman as Karl Rove, Alexis Bledel as Lee Atwater, Tyler Hoechlin as Tom Redstone, Skylar Astin as Terry Dolan, Danny Pudi as Robert Edgeworth, Chace Crawford as John Kinney, Zach Woods as James Costello, and Shannon Woodward as Kate King. The evening’s narrated by Cooper Thornton. Tickets: $16.82-$27.37.

BROKE LA (Music)
The poor wo/man’s alternative to Coachella—Brokechella—returns on Saturday with a new name: Broke L.A. The day-long art and music festival takes place at Imperial Art Studios in DTLA with more than 50 emerging musical acts. The ticket price—$20 plus $2.50 service fee—certainly won’t break the bank. The music begins at 3 pm. 21+.

ECHO PARK LAKE TOUR (History walk)
The Echo Park Historical Society presents the Echo Park Lake Tour at 10 am on Saturday. The tour features a discussion of the origins of Echo Park Lake and its recent renovations, a tour of the edge of Angeleno Heights, the site of the American Institute of Mentalism and Angelus Temple. Also be prepared to climb three Echo Park staircases. For location and to RSVP email

HEAR NOW (Music fest)
Hear Now—the 6th Annual Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers—continues on Saturday at 3 pm at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica featuring an electroacoustic concert, presented in collaboration with People Inside Electronics (PIE). At 8 pm on Saturday at the First Lutheran Church of Venice, there’s a chamber concert held in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Another chamber music concert (with different featured composers) takes place on Sunday at 5 pm, also at the First Lutheran Church of Venice. Tickets: $80 Festival Pass; $60 for two concerts; $35 for each general admission ticket; and $15 student ticket with valid student ID.

The Paley Center also celebrates the Bard’s 400th death-iversary with the rare opportunity for the public to catch screenings of six telecasts of Shakespeare’s work (that aren’t found on YouTube or available on DVD, streaming, etc.): Richard II, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Macbeth and Hamlet screen on Saturday and Sunday. There is a $10 suggested contribution for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children 14 and younger. Paley members get in free.

There's an advanced screening of 'Holy Hell' at Cinefamily on Saturday night. (Image: Film Rise)
Holy Hell is a documentary about the mysterious Buddhafield spiritual group—aka cult—documented from within for 22 years by director and former member Will Allen. “Over time, the group’s dark side began to surface as total devotion turned to paranoia, until finally, unexpected truths about their enlightened leader were revealed…” Cinefamily screens Holy Hell on Saturday at 7:30 pm in advance of its opening on May 27 with Allen in person, joined by other ex-members. Tickets: $14.

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PICTURE THIS! (Comedy + animation)
Picture This!—a “live animated comedy show” with standup comedians performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists and other artists—teams up with The Federal Bar to hold a special 'FUN'raiser for the East Valley Family YMCA on Saturday night at 8:30 pm. There’s comedy by Raj Desai, Melissa Stephens, Grant Lyon, John-Michael Bond and Julia Prescott, and animation by Mike Hollingsworth, Mike Mayfield, Tom Warburton, Ashlyn Anstee, Jenny Fine and Kati Prescott. Tickets: $10, VIP $30 (preferred seating and two drinks included). Held at the Federal Bar.

Track 16 in Culver City presents the art exhibition Here Comes Fluxus on Saturday with an opening reception from 6-9 pm. The show features more than 100 works from the 1960s and 70s “anti-art collective,” including George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, George Brecht, Robert Watts, LaMonte Young, Robert Filliou, Ay-O, Daniel Spoerri, Ben Vautier, Alison Knowles and others. The opening reception also includes spontaneous Fluxus Performances throughout the space. The exhibition runs through May 28.

Two cities holding restaurant weeks this week. Long Beach holds its DineLBC restaurant week from Saturday through May 1, with more than 50 restaurants offering prix fixe meals ($20-$50), including King’s Fish House, The Reef, Saint & Second and others. More than two dozen Pasadena restaurants are offering special menus and deals from Sunday through Friday (April 29) for Pasadena Restaurant Week,Green Street Restaurant, Arroyo Chop House, Sushi Roku, Il Fornaio, El Cholo, a/k/a Bistro and Parkway Grill.

The Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park presents Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot with an opening reception on Saturday from 7-10 pm. The show pays tribute to the former zine turned pop art and culture leader, exhibiting pieces from “various disciplines of contemporary art, indie publishing, vinyl toy figures, and the spaces in between.”


TOO LATE FOR TEARS Trailer from Flicker Alley on Vimeo.

L.A.’s longest-running film noir festival, now in its 18th year, returns to the Egyptian Theatre comes to a close on Sunday with a great lineup. At 5 pm, presents Too Late for Tears (1949), directed by Byron Haskin on 35mm. Get there early (4 pm) because there’s a free cocktail party to celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of FlickerAlley’s film noir titles and the last night of the festival. Tickets: $11 ($7 for Cinematheque members). It’s followed by the closing double feature at 7:30 pm: The Captive City (1952) directed by Robert Wise and Buy Me That Town (1941) directed by Eugene Forde. Both are on 35mm, but the latter title isn’t available on DVD. Double feature tickets: $11 ($7 for Cinematheque members).

The second annual Long Beach Zine Fest takes place on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). The fest promotes zine culture and brings together more than 100 writers, artists, photographers and DIYers from the LBC and surrounding areas. Attendees can browse and buy chapbooks, comics, graphic novels and zines directly from their makers. The day also features workshops, live music and panel discussions featuring Gustavo Arellano (Ask A Mexican), Griselda Suarez (Arts Council for Long Beach, CSULB) and Davy Rothbart (FOUND magazine). Admission to the Long Beach Zine Fest and MOLAA is free to the public.

The third annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival happens on Sunday from 1-5pm at 3111 Glendale Blvd., L.A. A general ticket ($37.92) gets you entry and 15 drink tickets as well as a commemorative glass. A VIP ticket ($48.47) gets you early entry at noon, a gift bag and unlimited tastings. Food is sold separately.

Neil Hamburger: LIVE is at the Satellite on Sunday night. In addition to comedy by Hamburger, the lineup includes Natasha Leggero, Caitlin Gill, Brian Barlow, Lizzy Cooperman. Doors at 8 pm and the show is 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8. 21+.

On Sunday at 7:30 pm, Cinefamily celebrates the one-year anniversary of its French film series, La Collectionneuse (“the woman who collects”) with a screening of its namesake film La Collectionneuse (1967) by director Éric Rohmer. There’s a party following the show with DJ Pierrot from Décadanse Soirée. Tickets: $12/free for members.

Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series Making A Murderer are currently on a speaking tour. They bring A Conversation on Justice to L.A. on Sunday to the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday at 8 pm. Strang and Buting will discuss the Avery case, its broader implications and the American justice system as a whole. They will also discuss suggestions for improving the imperfect system. There will be an audience Q&A following the discussion. Tickets: $49.50-$95.

Dance Dance Party Party (DDPP) is an “all-lady dance party workout” that takes place on Sunday from 3:30-6:30 pm at The Sweat Spot in Silver Lake. Their mantra is “No Boys, No Lights, No Judgement.” Dance in a dark studio with no instructors and a great playlist set up by a new DJ. Admission: $5.

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