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Weekend Planner: 21 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 21 events. Don’t forget to check the January Guide, as it has other options, too. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


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SHORT FILMS: Let’s give the 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films the props they deserve. Watch them on the big screen this weekend. The Live Action and Animated shorts open at The Nuart in West L.A. and the Documentary shorts open at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. SHOP: You have two great reasons to visit the California Market Center on Friday (between 9 am and 3 pm). First of all, many showrooms will be open to the public for shopping; and secondly, there’s an Etsy Pop-up Shop open to the public at the Market on Friday, with handmade good and live art, presented by the SoCal Etsy Guild. Parking: $9.

POST-BOOK FAIR: The Ace Hotel has partnered with Printed Matter (the brains behind the LA Art Book Fair) to curate LAABF After Hours, “a weekend of art, music and subversive programming” with a different book-friendly host each night. On Friday night at 8 pm, there’s a launch party for The THING Quarterly Issue 25. Free. 21+.

FILM: The Aero Theatre celebrates its 75th anniversary on Friday with a special screening of Fantasia, prizes, a champagne toast and vintage fun. Wear your finest 1940s fashions while taking retro photos in the Aero’s ticket booth, all while munching on popcorn at vintage prices. The festivities and prize giveaways begin at 7:30 pm with an intro to the film given by David Pacheco, a veteran Disney Creative Director and former Disney animator. He'll present a brief, illustrated talk about the making of Fantasia. The film screens at 8 pm, and the night wraps up with a champagne toast. Ticket prices: $30 advance; $40 at the door (if still available). Proceeds benefit the Aero Theatre’s programming, upgrades and renovations.

FILM LOOPS: LoopdeLoop is a bi-monthly, mini-animation festival that originated in Australia and features short, animated loops united under a theme. The free L.A. screening takes place at 9 pm on Friday at Nerdmelt with the theme "faces." All ages with parent or guardian 21+. RSVP mandatory.

FILM: The Black Maria film site, which focuses on classic and indie films, holds its first screening event on Friday night at Cinefamily. They’re screening the 1936 screwball comedy classic Libeled Lady. There’s a post-screening reception, too, with a performance by jazz violinist Elana James. RSVP is mandatory:


Gallery 1988 (West) opens 'Drawings and Other Stuff by Dan Goodsell' on Friday night. (Image: Courtesy of Gallery 1988)
ART: On Friday night, Gallery 1988 West opens a solo show by Dan Goodsell. The gallery will feature more than 500 new watercolors from Goodsell, the creator of Mr. Toast and friends. The show is grab and go/cash and carry, which means you can take the work home immediately, as the works will be replenished with more Mr. Toast pieces. Opening reception is from 7-10 pm. The show runs through Feb. 15.


FREE MUSEUMS: More than 20 museums open their doors for free to visitors in the 10th annual Museums Free-for-All event. Check the museums’ websites to see if there are any timed/ticketing restrictions. A few museums aren’t usually open on Saturdays, but they’ll be giving free admission on Sunday instead. Special exhibitions are generally excluded, and, yes, you still have to pay for parking.

BROADWAY PARTY: DTLA will be hopping on Saturday night with a free Night On Broadway extravaganza from 5-10 pm. Many of Broadway's historic theaters will be open for entertainment on the same night, featuring Nova Han presents Wilderbe, String Theory, a NoH8 open photo shoot, a short film showcase, Dance Mob Nation, Conundrum Theatre Company, Chessboxing, Honolulu Avenue Strummers, Mariachi Academy of Carson and more. The street will be closed for three blocks for a street fest, pop-up shops, art galleries and a vintage car show.

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FILM: One of our favorite happenings at Night on Broadway is a screening of Fritz Lang's 1927 German-Expressionist classic Metropolis at 7:30 pm. So here’s the deal with passes: They’ll issue them at 5 pm (and hold a little party in the lobby) and the theater opens at 7 pm for screening.

ARTS NIGHT: Not to be left out, it's also Arts District Night on Saturday night. From 6-9 pm, many galleries will be open for extended hours to browse and/or buy. Check out the site for a map of participating restaurants, galleries and entertainment options in the Arts District.

GOLD RUSH: The Egyptian Theatre celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush on Saturday at 3:30 pm. See the classic comedy at the theatre where it originally premiered (that kind of blows our mind). Audience members will have a chance to "pan for gold" and take part in a snowball fight before and after the film. General admission prices: $11.

LOVECRAFTIAN ART: On Saturday at 2 pm, Peruvian horror artist Mohloco presents a gallery of 10 conceptual digital works of art inspired by Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera at Dark Delicacies in Burbank. There’s also a signing for the rock’n’roll Lovecraftian Opera: Dreams in the Witch House LP with Bruce Kulick (former KISS guitarist), Douglas Blair (of W.A.S.P.), Alaine Kashian (from Broadway’s CATS), Stefan Sauk (from The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo) and others.

ART: MAMA Gallery in DTLA opens the week-long group show Love//Warwith an opening reception on Saturday from 7-10 pm. The exhibition is an examination of “the inevitability of uncertainty and conflict.”

MUSIC: The Getty Center’s contemporary music series, Saturday Nights at the Getty returns on Saturday with a live performance by Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Bill Nace). The free concert is at 7:30 pm at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Reservations are required, limited to four seats per person.

SEX COMEDY: There’s a Major Sex Comedy at Busby’s East on Saturday night at 8 pm. It’s a comedy panel quiz show featuring adult films stars, sex-positive educators and comedians competing against each other on stage. This month’s show features Michael Cornacchia, Amy Claire and adult films stars Kelly Shibari and Ela Darling. Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

MUSIC: Jukebox the Ghost bring its pop sounds to town on Saturday, headlining the El Rey with Twin Forks and Secret Someones. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $20.


Giant Robot opens a solo show of work by Theo Ellsworth. (Image: Courtesy of GR2)
ART: Now on the Westside, Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents the exhibition Solvers, a show of new work by Theo Ellsworth. He’s the graphic novelist behind Capacity, The Understanding Monster (1+2), and an EP cover by electronic music artist Flying Lotus. Ellsworth will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday from 6:30-10 pm. The show runs through Feb. 18.


VINYL APPRECIATION: For those not interested in the Super Bowl, we found out about Vinyl Potluck at Monte Vista Projects on Sunday from 2-6 pm. The event is part of an ongoing series, created by Tom Norris, in which you’re invited to bring a record and play a few tracks to share with the group. The project is an exploration of our relationship with vinyl records and nostalgia. If you don’t have an LP, they’ll have a selection to choose from (and keep).

OPERA: Long Beach Opera presents Thérèse Raquin, a production based on the novel by French writer Émile Zola with a score by Tobias Picker and libretto by Gene Scheer. The story’s premise is just perfect for a tragic opera: “Thérèse, trapped in a loveless marriage, escapes into a passionate affair. She soon decides with her lover that the hindering husband must disappear. Shortly after his death, the two lovers are driven by their guilt into madness and despair.” The opera takes place at the Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Get there early for a pre-show talk. Tickets: $29-$160. In English with English subtitles.

LECTURE: Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel into space, lectures at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills on Sunday night. The event helps Forest Lawn Museum kick off Black History Month, and Dr. Jemison’s free talk, Find Where the Wind Goes, offers “an intimate exploration of lessons from her childhood, challenging aspirations to become a scientist, experiences in Africa as a medical student, and the historic flight aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.” The evening opens with a reception at 7 pm, followed by the lecture at 7:30 pm.

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