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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 curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 22 events. And we covered a few other picks in our monthly column. Now, no more excuses...so get out there and play. Read on for all the details.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

FILM The horror/sci-fi flick Almost Human opens at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood this weekend. At the 9:20 pm show, there’s a Q&A with Joe Begos, writer/director/producer; Josh Ethier, actor/producer; and Graham Skipper, actor. The talk is hosted by Evan Dickson of Bloody-Disgusting. There’s giveaways at the screening, as well as on Saturday night when another Q&A takes place at the 9:20 pm show. Tickets: $12.

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CONS ART: Converse’s CONS Project comes to LA, from Feb. 21-23, offering a number of creative workshops (at 828 S. Main St.). The topics range from zine production, filmmaking, music, skate culture and a DIY merch workshop. On Friday, there’s an Art Battle Workshop between 6-9 pm. RSVP required for workshops.

FILM: In conjunction with the new production of Billy Budd at the LA Opera (opening this weekend), there’s a screening of the 1962 film version at the Aero Theatre with a pre-show discussion with LAO’s Music Director James Conlon and special guest Michael York. One attendee will win tickets to the Billy Budd opera.

ART: In honor of Black History Month, RISE: Love. Revolution. The Black Panther Party opens at Art Share LA with art from more than 30 artists, including William Cordova, Shepard Fairey, Charles Gaines, Charly Palmer, Emory Douglas and more. The works remain on view through March 21.

MUSIC: Boston-based singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler headlines a show at The Church on York at 8 pm. Also on the bill are the Canadian rock band Pink Mountaintops and the acoustic + synth sounds of Sophia Knapp. All ages. Tickets: $13-$15.

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FILM: Titmouse 5-Second Animation Night happens at the Egyptian at 7:30 pm. The Titmouse animation studio produces programs like Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros., Superjail, China, IL, Metalocalypse and Black Dynamite. They recently collaborated on the video game in Spike Jonze’s HER. The screening gives Titmouse animator
s the chance to “bring to life whatever strange/beautiful/disturbing/funny ideas they've had all year as a short-format cartoon.” They’ll also screen a few rare shorts from the studio’s archives. Tickets: $11.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

MUSIC: The acoustic tour of Scandanavians Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson are playing The Mint at 9 pm. Brun’s “Don’t Leave” was the song that Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society used for the 2014 Super Bowl ad. The show is 21+. Technically, the show is sold out, but there may be a few stand-by tickets available at the door (after the performance starts). Tickets: $22.

OPERA: Billy Budd, a Benjamin Britten opera based on a Herman Melville book, opens at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 7:30 pm. It’s the largest of Benjamin Britten’s operas with an all-male cast of 93, full orchestra, and a “massive, multi-level set that appears to be suspended over the orchestra pit.” Several more performances through March 16. Tickets: $19-$311.

ART: Gallery Nucleus opens the group art show Like a Rolling Stone: A Rock & Roll Reflection with an opening reception from 7-10 pm. The exhibition includes an international roster of artists who show “the wild history of rock and roll’s worldwide influence.” The works will remain on view through March 9. Free.

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WALK : Tom of the web series Tom Explores Los Angeles hosts a free 2.5-mile walk along the 110 freeway on a (totally legal) pedestrian right of way. Park at the south end of Cypress Park Home Depot parking lot. Free. 3 pm.

DANCE: Risky Vision, a new-ish monthly dance night at The Echoplex, is dedicated to Deep House / Techno / Hard Disco and other sounds. On the turntables are Penguin Prison (DJ Set w/ Live Vocals), SONNS, Overjoy and Valida (of KCRW). Admission: $12-$14. Ages 21+.

BOOKS: Gallery1988 (West) hosts a release event from 8-10 pm of artist Josh Cooley's book Movies R Fun. The artist will be in attendance, and the gallery will have dozens of prints and original artwork from Cooley also available. In the book, Cooley takes on “popular cult favorites in the style of classic children's' book illustrations.”

ART PARTY: Voila! Gallery and The Lyric Theatre celebrate their newest collaboration with a party that features installations, cocktails, dancing and live music at both spaces. DJ sets by Danny Parra and live music by Sista Jean & CB, Moonchild and The Mudbug Brass Band. RSVP.

MAGIC: Soirées Mystique - An Evening of Victorian Enchantment happens at the Perry House at Heritage Square Museum with Victor Ian Élan, a performer of magical and psychic entertainment. With a limited audience, the guests “witness demonstrations in 19th century conjuring, observe experiments in Victorian mind-reading, and even participate in an authentic antebellum spirit seance show.” Tickets: $62.

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COMMEMORATION: The building on First and Alameda Streets (Senor Fish and Spice Table) is being torn down for the construction of a new Metro Station. Little Tokyo Service Center is working to commemorate the building, which housed the Atomic/Troy Cafes, where bands— Blondie, the Go-Go's, X, David Byrne, Andy Warhol & David Bowie—would hang with locals after hours. JUKEBOX: Sounds of the Atomic, celebrates the building’s history with tunes played from 45s from the café's infamous jukebox. DJ set 9 pm. Party at Señor Fish Restaurant. RSVP. $15 suggested donation.

FILM: American Cinematheque started a great series this week: The French Revolutionary: Jean-Luc Godard</em>. Screening at The Aero Theatre is a great double feature starting with Breathless (A Bout de Souffle) (1960) with Jean Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg at 7:30 pm, followed by Le Petit Soldat (1963).

MUSIC : The red-hot Phantogram plays the Palladium (not the Wiltern!). Opening for the duo is White Sea, a solo project of Morgan Kibby (from M83). Tickets: $35.

SOCK PUPPETS: The Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater troupe is back at The Echo at 8 pm, where this time they’ll tackle the 1985 pilot for The Golden Girls. Doors open at 7 pm and storyteller Jessica Lee Williamson opens the evening at 7:30pm. Music provided by Hadley Meares, Stephanie Riggio, John McKnight and Kevin Widener. 21+. Tickets: $10.

PERFORMANCE: Emmy-winning actress Megan Mullally (of Will & Grace) stages two shows for the Broadway @ The Broad series. Hosted by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky, the audience of The Broad Stage in SaMo will get to hear Mullally’s stories and songs. Also dropping by is Nick Offerman (Megan's husband and Parks & Rec star). Two shows at 5 pm and 8 pm. Tickets: $69-$120.

SUNDAY, FEB. 23

OSCAR PREVIEW: KPCC’s FilmWeek records its annual Oscar Preview in front of a live audience. Host Larry Mantle is joined by Andy Klein of the L.A. Times Community Papers chain, Wade Major of IGN DigiGods podcast, Claudia Puig of USA Today, Tim Cogshell of Critic-at-Large for Alt-FilmGuide.com, Alynda Wheat of People Magazine, Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor, Henry Sheehan of Dearhenrysheehan.com, Charles Solomon of Amazon.com and Lael Loewenstein, KPCC Film Critic. They’ll discuss their picks in the Oscar race. 1 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. RSVP now.

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FILM: Cinespia & VHX presents a celebration of pioneering '70s television collective TVTV, which came before The Daily Show and Christopher Guest movies. Held at Cinefamily, the evening takes on the Oscars and features a panel discussion/reunion of TVTV members, a video lesson of great older works (featuring collaborators like Bill Murray, Lily Tomlin & Chris Guest). There’s also a screening of Lord of the Universe: their 1973 “cultsploitation exposé on sixteen-year-old Guru Maharaj Ji and the national gathering of his followers at the Houston Astrodome.” Tickets - $12/free for members.

FILM : The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles screens the Oscar-nominated animated short Room on the Broom (26 mins.) followed by a Q&A with directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer. Free, with mandatory RSVP. All ages. $1 validated parking (for events only) on weekends in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage-P1. rsvp@losangeles.goethe.org

Related: Your Ultimate Guide To February: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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