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Weekend Planner: 22 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 carefully curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 22 events. Don’t forget to check out our May Guide, too, for other suggestions. We’ll be back on Monday to help you plan the month and week ahead.


MUSIC: Electronic music duo The Knocks plays the Echoplex on Friday night with support by Phoebe Ryan. The show is 18+. Tickets: $15-$18. 8 pm.

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FILM: There are two great, but varied screenings at Cinefamily on Friday night. Up first is Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy 10th Anniversary Program. The series, which runs through June 13, opens on Friday at 7 pm with a screening of shorts, commercials and other rarely screened items from the Henson vault. Tickets: $12 for nonmembers. At 9:30 pm, Cinefamily continues the series, La Collectionneuse — the woman who collects. It’s a monthly salon for lovers of French film and culture. Screening on Friday is the program, Shorts by Caro & Jeunet and The City of Lost Children. (Tickets: $12 for nonmembers.)

DESIGN: The 5th Annual Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF) begins Thursday and runs through June 14 with more than 70 events, including curated programs, tours, parties, community events and more. LADF also runs concurrently with the West Coast edition of Dwell on Design (May 29-31) at the Los Angeles Convention Center that features 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products. Dwell on Design tickets start at $30.

ART + MUSIC: Friday Flights at the Getty brings together L.A.-based musicians, visual artists and creative thinkers for a vibrant evening of sounds and sights. Each session is hosted by an artist or artists who brings his/her collaborators for a night that blurs the lines between music and modern art. Friday’s session from 6-9 pm is hosted by DJ and producer Total Freedom (Ashland Mines). Art and performances by Jacolby Satterwhite, Boychild, Elysia Crampton and others. Free. Parking at the Getty is $10 after 5 pm.

MUSIC: If you’re into the Americana meets old-timey jazz and pop-inspired tunes, then head over to the Crest Theatre in Westwood on Friday night for a night of music with Dustbowl Revival and Leftover Cuties. 9 pm. Tickets: $20.

FILM FEST: The 18th Annual Dances with Films Festival opens on Thursday and runs through June 8 at TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. The indie film festival, which began in 1998, isn’t about dance films (the name is a play on the Sundance, Slamdance and other defunct -dance festivals). The festival features more than 113 premieres with both feature and short film competitions, and other categories such as documentaries, midnight, fusion and downbeat. Panels and workshops throughout the festival, too. Individual screening tickets: $12.

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TV: Archive Television Treasures is a new screening series that celebrates UCLA Film & Television Archive's 50th anniversary. The series screens rare shows and snippets, including Time for Love (1955) and Our Town (1955) on Friday at 7:30 pm at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater. The former is a TV play with John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands (their first joint screen appearance), and the second is a TV adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play with Eva Marie Saint, Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra. In person: Eva Marie Saint and Illeana Douglas. Tickets: $10.


CURIOSITY: Atlas Obscura, a collaborative project that helps people rediscover the world and their own backyards, presents Obscura Day on Saturday. The day features events in 39 states and 25 countries to “celebrate the world's most curious and awe-inspiring places.” There are a number of events planned for Los Angeles, including a tour of the Rancho Los Amigos Abandoned Hospital, a Mount Hollywood Climb, a Strange & Cursed Histories - Griffith Park, Part One hike, a Private Pinball Party and more. Prices vary by activity.

ART: Qpop and Q2 Gallery celebrate Japan's Legendary Tatsunoko Studios with an art show featuring the works of more than 40 artists. Sea Dragon Brothers is a tribute to the animation studio, which created hits like Speed Racer (Mach GoGoGo), the Time Bokan series, Gatchaman, Tekkaman and Super Dimension Fortress Macross. The opening reception is on Saturday from 7-10 pm at Q2 Gallery in Little Tokyo, and the works remain on view through June 21.

ART PARTY: The A+D Museum holds its last bash at the Wilshire Boulevard location on Saturday night from 6-9 pm. The museum holds a closing party for Beyond Graffiti 2, the last show before AND makes its move to the Arts District later this summer. Tickets are free to museum members, but $20 for the general public and $10 for students.

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ART: George Billis Gallery holds an opening reception of the exhibition Terry Thompson: Dive Motels and Cheap Eats on Saturday night from 5-8 pm. The realist painter presents a series of works that continues the exploration of “text and Americana through his highly detailed and aggressively cropped oil paintings based on vintage signage and graphics.” The show will remain on view through July 11.

FESTIVAL: The fifth edition of the Venice Spring Fling takes over Windward Plaza Park in Venice from 11:30 am to 7 pm on Saturday. Expect a day of community building through art, music, dance, including a samba parade, hula hooping and music by Trulio Disgracias (Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher and his band), Dr. Madd Vibe & The Missing’ Links (Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore and band) and others. The free music continues at the after-show at Danny’s Venice from 8 pm to 1 am. Free.

MUSICAL COMEDY: In this original musical, when a straight couple runs to escape the gays’ “evil agenda” of gay marriage, they find out who the real sinners are. Armagayddon addresses issues of acceptance, tolerance and equal rights and premieres on Saturday at Second City Hollywood at 8 pm. The production runs Saturdays through Aug. 15.

WINE FEST: The 10th Annual LAWineFest takes over Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm. The festival features more than 60 wineries sampling their products. And to mix it up a bit, there will also be a number of craft beers and ciders to taste, too. In between sips, listen to live music or presentations and programs or shop at the dozens or artisan boutiques on site. General admission tickets: $85 (includes all tastings, water, bread and coffee). Designated driver tickets: $20.

ART BENEFIT: Lurie Gallery presents a Nepal Earthquake Relief Benefit on Saturday. The gallery has coordinated with others in the Culver City Arts District to collect donations (with some are giving a portion of sales) to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. The benefit is being held in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of photographs from India and Nepal by Michael Wood at Lurie Gallery. Wood has traveled Nepal extensively and wanted his work to call attention to the immediate needs of the Nepalese people post-earthquake(s) that rocked the country. Additional galleries participating in the benefit are Blum & Poe, Kopeikin Gallery and others. The opening benefit reception 6-9 pm at Lurie Gallery and Wood’s works will remain on view through June 17.

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POLO: It’s British Polo Day at Will Rogers State Park on Sunday from noon onwards. Guests and VIPs will be treated to a day of fast-paced polo in addition to a Champagne Taittinger reception, a Harrods Garden Party, a Brompton Bicycle polo match and an indulgent lunch and an afternoon tea. To request tickets and prices, e-mail


BIKING: CicLAvia takes over the streets of Pasadena for the first time on Sunday between 9 am and 4 pm. It’s also the most walkable CicLAvia to date at just 3.5 miles along parts of Colorado Boulevard with spurs on Raymond Avenue and Lake Avenue to take participants to local parks. Cirque du Soleil performers will also be entertaining participants at a parking lot at 1336 E. Colorado Blvd. to promote the upcoming show Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities™,The streets are closed off for you to ride, walk, board (anything without a motor) for free. Participate at your leisure for as long as you (and your legs) want. There are plenty of places to pick up eats, drinks or other treats along the way.

EAT + DRINK: The 5th annual Taste of the Eastside returns to The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens on Sunday from 4-8 pm. More than 25 restaurants and vendors will be onsite to provide a sampling of the Eastside’s food and drink scene, including L & E Oyster Bar, Malo, Little Dom's, Silver Lake Wines, The Greyhound Bar & Grill and more. Tickets: $50-$100. (VIP entry gets you in an hour ahead of the crowds.)

FILM: Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will present An American in Paris (1951) at the Egyptian Theater on Sunday at 5:30 pm. A panel discussion follows with Patricia Ward Kelly and other special guests in person. The event is meant to showcase the 18-minute ballet sequence in the film, the work of Oscar-winning art directors (E. Preston Ames and Cedric Gibbons) and costume designer (Irene Sharaff). Tickets: $11.

BOOKS: L.A.-based author Rachel Stuhler reads and signs her debut novel Absolutely True Lies on Sunday at 2 pm at Barnes & Noble on the Third Street Promenade in SaMo. The book is based on her real-life experiences as a ghostwriter (Stuhler has written three celebrity memoirs). In the novel, struggling entertainment writer Holly Gracin is “tasked with writing a young starlet’s tell-all ‘autobiography,’ only to discover the lives of the Hollywood glitterati are never what they seem.”

DESIGN MARKET: Downtown Modernism, an outdoor marketplace focusing on vintage modern design, takes over the Modernica Factory in Vernon on Sunday from 8 am-2 pm, Stretching across five acres, the market focuses on furniture, lighting and decor designed by people like Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia and many more. Entrance: $5 for adults and children free.

BOOKS: Ok, we admit it, we were a little late to the game, but we're now totally hooked on the historical-fantasy-romance series Outlander. The brutal final episode of the Starz TV show's first season is on Saturday night. On the heels of the episode on Sunday at 2 pm, Outlander book series author Diana Gabaldon is at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove for a Q&A and signing. Her eight-book series has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Wristbands for the event will be available beginning at 9 am Sunday morning.

Related: LAist’s May Guide

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