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Weekend Planner: 22 Things To Do In L.A.

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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 22 events (some Valentine's Day related, but some not). If you want last-minute Valentine's options, don't forget to check out Jean Trinh's great list. So no more excuses...get out there and play this weekend. Read on for all the details.


HIKING: It’s a full moon, so it’s perfect for a Friday night hike at Franklin Canyon. At 6:45 pm, get ready to explore nature at night and see some really great views. Meet at Franklin Canyon Ranch parking lot. The hike should last about two hours.

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ART: Giant Robot & L.A. Zine Fest Present: Friend-Love with Benefitsan art show from 7-10 pm at Giant Robot 2. There will be short comic readings by comic book artists, zine authors and makers Bangs & Beard, Jesse Tise, Kelsey Short, MariNaomi, Nick Sumida and Yumi Sakugawa. We’ll give you one guess what the topic will, relationships, heartbreak, friend-crushes, online dating and more.

FILM: The El Capitan Theatre screens Lady and the Tramp, followed by the new Disney short “Blank: A Vinylmation™ Love Story” a stop-motion love story. There are VIP tickets for $26 that includes a reserved seat, souvenir tub of popcorn, 20oz. twist top drink and a packaged pair of blank Vinylmation™ characters. General admission tickets are $10.

ART: Steve Turner Contemporary opens two shows from 8-10 pm. The first is the solo exhibition Out of Context by Berlin-based artist Maria Anwander whose work “explores the role that institutions play in the art world. Her latest works deal with issues of collecting, ownership, and authorship.” The second exhibition is Plegaria Muda (Silent Prayer), a performance and solo exhibition by Carlos Martiel. On Friday, the artist positions himself in the middle of the room where “thin strands of nylon will be sewn into his body that will tautly extend to the walls of the gallery where they will be attached. Bells emitting varying sounds will be attached to the nylon. While Martiel will strive to remain motionless, his inevitable involuntary movements will trigger the chimes.” On Tuesday, the gallery presents a video of the piece and accompanying exhibition.

ART:The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena puts the Spanish artist Goya in focus with an evening of activities including curator-led tours of Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints and Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, on loan from The Frick Collection, New York. In addition, there will be tapas and sangria for sale in the Garden Cafe. 6-9 pm. Museum admission: $7-$10.

FILM: UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present a double-feature of pre-code romance—when films were a little sexier and more subversive before America got all uptight about the big screen. These film are part of the series Columbia in the 1930s: Recent Restorations and include Men in her Life (1931) about a bootlegger and a socialite and Lover Come Back (1931) about a battle between two women over a man. 7:30 pm at the Billy Wilder Theater. Tickets: $10.


BIKE: The East Side Rider Bike Club presents Ride 4 Love: Explore the Changes in Watts. Through a sponsorship Metro, the East Side Riders Bike Club, with C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), leads an urban expedition through the Watts neighborhood, making three stops including visiting Watts community projects (such as the Mudtown Farms, a future community garden site), housing developments and Watts Towers. At each stop, participants will explore the deep history of the area. The ride is 10 miles and family friendly. Meet at 9:30 at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (10950 S. Central Ave., L.A.).

ZINE READINGS: The LA Zine Fest presents the third annual zine & comix readings from 4-5:30 pm at Beyond Baroque. Readings by Aaron Whitaker ("Bangs & Beard," "The Awkward Quarterly"), Alex Wrekk ("Brainscan," "Stolen Sharpie Revolution"), Kelli Callis ("That Girl," "Kurt Cobain Was Lactose Intolerant"), Kelly Dessaint ("Piltdownlad"), Kim Burly ("My Drunk Year," "Hurricane"), LB ("Truckface"), Marya Errin Jones ("Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine," ABQ Zine Fest), Melinda Boyce ("Bangs & Beard," "The Melinderly"), Red Velvet ("Catherinette", "Where Are You Going?") and Catfish Koifish ("Things & Such", "Where Are You Going?") from Hustle & Flowcharts. Emceed by Eryca Sender ("My Little Friend"). Free.

MUSIC: Here’s something a little different. At 8 pm at McCabe’s the Brazlian-born, French based vocalist and cellist Dom la Nena takes to the stage with the French-based singer-songwriter Piers Faccini (whose music has been featured on NBC’s Parenthood and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Tickets: $12.50.

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ART+MUSIC: The quarterly art party Create:Fixate presents "I Art You," at Lot 613 in Downtown L.A. featuring art from more than 40 emerging artists, designers as well as DJs and musicians. While there’s a kid-friendly preview of the art from 4-7 pm, the real party gets started on from 7 pm to 2 am. Admission: $15 before 9 pm, and $20 after. The gallery preview for early birds is only $5 suggested donation.

ART: Family bookstore holds an exhibition opening and book launch for Pud, a new book by Jason Nocito from 7-9 pm. The author will be in attendance signing copies of the book, and he promises to buy everyone one beer (to share).

BOOKS: The Los Angeles Public Library is holding its monthly Used Book Salefrom 10-noon at the Central Library Rotunda. There are hundreds of bargain books, CDs, LPs, magazines, videos and more up for sale.

FILM : The Getty Center presents the film series Victoria Regina, which focuses on the fascination (on film, anyway) with the British Queen Victoria. The series, which complements the current exhibition A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. takes place on Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. The four films and one televised play about Victoria take place at various points in her 50-year reign. Screening at 4 pm on Saturday is Victoria Regina (1961), directed by George Schaefer, with Julie Harris in the lead role. It’s followed by The Mudlark (1950), with Irene Dunn and directed by Jean Negulesco at 7 pm. On Sunday at 2 pm, The Getty screens The Young Victoria (2009) with Emily Blunt in the lead role. The screenings are free. But check Metro before you go this weekend because of that 405 construction closure.

ROLLER DERBY : Angel City Derby’s season opens with a double deader at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium. At 6:30pm, Angel City’s Road Ragers take on the Pacific Coast Recycled Rollers from Tempelton, Calif. The second game features the debut of Angel City’s newest team, the Shore Shots going against the Tough Cookies, LA Derby Dolls’ 2013 league champs. Tickets: $13 advanced or $15 at the door ($10 for students and military with ID). VIP seating is $25, which includes a “Pop Box” with snack, drink and goodies. Beer and wine also available for purchase.

PARTY: There’s an I Hate Valentines Day Dance Partyat the Bootleg Bar & Theater from 9:30 pm to 1:30 pm hosted by comedian Melinda Hill and DJed by Playlist. $10 cover. There’s a beer and wine bar as well as a photo booth for fun.

FILM: Electric Dusk Drive-In selection for Valentine’s weekend is the bittersweet classic Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart as the tough nightclub owner in Casablanca who runs into his former lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) at his club. A full snack bar with low-cost BBQ, candy, popcorn and drinks are available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm. Screening at 7 pm. A limited number of tickets available at the door.

ART: ACME. presents Arranging Family, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Carlee Fernandez with an opening reception from 6-8 pm. Her works—sculptures and large-scale photos—focus on family and lineage. The show remains on view through March 15.


**ZINE: L.A. Zine Fest 2014 takes over the Helms Bakery from 10 am-5 pm. More than 175 exhibitors of zines and small press publications come together to share their work and show that zines/print are not dead. In addition to the exhibits, panels discussions, entertainment and workshops are scheduled throughout the day. Suggested entrance donation is $1-$5 (since this is an entirely volunteer-run event.) ** We originally had this as a Saturday event, but it's SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

OPERA: At 11:30 am, the Hammer Museum and The Industry present Tod Machover’s new epic experimental opera Death and the Powers.“Using pioneering performance technology, multi-camera video streaming, and surround sound, Death and the Powers is live simulcast from The Dallas Opera to the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater.” The experience is enhanced with multimedia and interactive content. Visitors are encouraged to download the POWERS LIVE app and bring their tablets, smartphones and headphones to the theater to access additional multi-media content. Free.

BEATS+EATS: Beats Bistro is a new series at The Troubadour that pairs LA chefs and LA bands, with each show exploring a different theme. The series begins on Sunday with LA Soul, featuring Rozzi Crane, Medusa and Anderson .Paak on stage, who each bring a different twist to soul onstage, from rap, to pop to r&b. Meanwhile Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary small bite prepared by Chef Alisa Reynolds My 2 Cents.

MUSIC: The Echo & Part Time Punks present Smiths / Morrissey Nite at The Echoplex with guest DJ Jose Maldonado (from Sweet & Tender Hooligans) and DJ Michael Stock spinning the tunes. 9 pm. This is an 18+ show. Tickets: $8-10.

MODERN CLASSICAL: At downtown's Art Share LA, as part of wild Up’s WORK series, the contemporary chamber orchestra wild Up performs Ellen Reid’s "Modern Odysseus"with tenor Timur Bekbosunov, and featuring the work of writer Mandy Kahn and filmmaker Davyde Wachell. The concert also includes interactive installation, video design that will submerge the audience into soundscapes, intimate chamber music, and all-encompassing larger compositions. The concert also features improvisations and compositions of five members of wild Up: conductor and artistic director Christopher Rountree, Matt Cook, Derek Stein, Richard Valitutto and Brian Walsh.

 At 4 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 general admission.

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