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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 March Guide, as it has other options, too. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


STORYTELLING: The Seems Legit storytelling show is at Nerdmelt on Friday at 7 pm, with several storytellers/comedians taking to the stage to tell their tales under the theme "Tough Luck." They’re all true—except one—and you get to call that storyteller out. Hosted by Ed Salazar and Kristen Studard, the lineup includes: Matt Kirshen, Solomon Georgio, Nicole Byer and others. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

FILM: The Crest Theater in Westwood, along with Emerging Pictures, presents the 20th Annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, beginning on Friday and running through March 19. The series offers a first time look at selections from modern French cinema. This weekend’s lineup includes: Gaby Baby Doll, directed by Sophie Letourneur and starring Lolita Chammah and Benjamin Biolay at 4:30 pm on Friday; In The Courtyard, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kervern on Saturday at 2:30 pm; and Tough Being Loved By Jerks (aka the Charlie Hebdo Documentary) at 8 pm on Sunday. Tickets: $9-$12.

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ART: Two new comedy web series The Bulbar Method and Chestnut Casting premiere at the ACME Theatre in Hollywood on Friday night with two shows at 8 and 9:30 pm. The program features two screenings and two live comedy shows. The Bulbar Method stars David Fickas as an extremely passionate acting coach who uses his "Bulbar Method" on aspiring acting students; and Chestnut Casting follows Dorian “Chestnut” Abernathy, a “sociopath and close friend of Bulbar, as he attempts to run a legitimate television casting office...." Tickets: $10-$12.

TV FEST: PaleyFest 2015 continues this weekend at the Dolby Theatre, running through Sunday. The festival welcomes the cast and creatives of Glee for a Glee Farewell on Friday at 7 pm. Scheduled to appear are: Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Darren Criss, Dot-Marie Jones, among others. The festival rounds out its weekend on Saturday with Arrow & The Flash at 4 pm and Modern Family 8 pm and on Sunday with Jane The Virgin at 4 pm and AHS: Freak Show at 8 pm. The panels are usually preceded by a preview screening of shows.

LEBOWSKI FEST: Calling all achievers: The two-day Lebowski Festbegins in LA on Friday with an evening of live music and a 35mm screening of The Big Lebowski at the Saban Theatre with the Kyle Gass Band. The bowling party with costumes, trivia and other contests at Fountain Bowl (in Fountain Valley) follows on March 14. Tickets: $25 each night.

MUSIC+FILM: The German Expressionist film The Golem screens at HM157 on Friday at 9 pm with an original live score performed by The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble (JCDE). The electroacoustic new music ensemble features founder/composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky on keyboards, Alicia Byer on clarinet, Michael G. Bauer on saxophone and Jeff Schwartz on double bass. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at door.

AMATEUR PORN: Dan Savage curates and hosts the Hump Festival, an amateur porn film festival, this weekend at the Downtown Independent. The five-minute, dirty movies included in the festival, “run the gamut of sexual styles: straight, gay, lesbian, transgender... every color in the sexual rainbow.” Tickets for each program: 25. These screenings are 21+.


FILM READ: Black List Live!presents a live read of Tom Flynn’s Gifted, a script from the Black List online scriptwriting community, on Saturday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. The cast, led by Mary Steenburgen, Armie Hammer and Mckenna Grace, will be joined by Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Michael Beach (Sons of Anarchy) and Nick Searcy (Justified). Cooper Thornton returns to narrate the script’s directions. Doors at 7 pm and reading at 8 pm. Tickets: $25.

HORRIBLE MOVIE: It’s time for Horrible Movie Night at the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday night at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. Screening this time around is the 1984 classic Body Rock starring Lorenzo Lamas. He plays Chilly D, a “street smart break-dancer and rapper who gets a shot at the NYC big time.” The evening includes free popcorn and cheap snacks. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

ART: The London-based Howard Griffin Gallery recently opened an L.A. location in DTLA and is currently featuring On Their Level, the first L.A. exhibition by Mexican visual artist Pablo Delgado. The interactive exhibition challenges viewers' perspectives, both metaphorically and literally, and features various tableaux and interesting interesting installation compositions. On Their Level is scheduled to run through April 2.

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ART: Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents the exhibition Life Forms, a solo show that features new work by French illustrator Godeleine de Rosamel. The L.A.-based artist writes and draws French children’s books, but she’s also known for her whimsical characters created out of clay. There’s an opening reception on Saturday from 6:30-10 pm, and the works will remain on view through April 1.

SM ARTWALK: On Saturday, March 14, the 9th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk takes place from noon to 5 pm, with guests being given the opportunity to explore more than 60 artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars. In addition to the art and art-making activities, there will be food trucks and live music. The Airport ArtWalk is free of charge; parking and bike valet are also free.

FOOD+BEER PAIRING: The Justice Urban Tavern in Downtown LA teams holds a prix fixe, four course, dinner that features craft beer pairings from Golden Road Brewing. (One course is crispy corned beef and cabbage spring rolls with liquid gruyere & hot mustard, paired with 2020 IPA.) The all-inclusive dinner and pairings begins at 5 pm and is $45 person.

ART: On Saturday, Regen Projects opens, Well, it’s bye-bye / If you call that gone, an exhibition of recent work by New York-based multimedia artist Glenn Ligon. The show—Ligon’s fourth solo show at the gallery—takes its names from the lyrics of blues musician Mississippi Fred McDowell’s song “What’s the Matter Now” and features paintings, neon sculpture and the artist’s great silkscreen painting, “Hands” (1996). The opening reception on Saturday is from 6-8 pm and the works remain on view through April 18.

BEER + PIE = PI: Celebrate Pi Day (3.14.15) with pie at King Harbor Brewery in Redondo Beach. The brewery teams with Pi Bake Shop and sells the shop’s both sweet and savory pies from noon to 4 pm. Beer and pies range from $4-$12. Of course, there’s a pie-eating contest in which six competitors have about 1.5 minutes to eats their pies with their arms tied. One winner receives a ticket to the Brewery's first year anniversary party on April 11. For those interested in being a Pie Eating Contestant, pie is free of charge. Must email to confirm participation.

ACE TOUR: The Los Angeles Historical Theatre Foundation presents the next installment of its next All About Tour series to learn about The United Artists Theatre—now known as The Theater at Ace Hotel. The tour, which begins on Saturday at 10 am, takes guests on stage and behind the scenes and presents a little history to boot.

ART TALK: The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park presents a curator-JuxtapozTalk with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Gwynn Vitello and Robert Williams on Saturday at 2-5 pm. 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz celebrates the alternative publication's 20th anniversary. Free.

ART WORKSHOP: The Poketo store in the lobby of The Line presents an art workshop from 2-5 pm on Saturday, led by L.A.-based set designer and art director Adi Goodrich. She’ll conduct exercises that aim to expand participants’ creative vision with various art-making exercises. Activities include: collage making, clay shape building, color theory exercises, line drawings and more. Class fee: $85.


DANCE + ARCHITECTURE: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre presents the choreographer’s latest piece Space Operaon Sunday** at 5 pm at Thom Mayne’s Morphosis in Culver City. The work explores the intersection of dance and architecture and takes audiences on a journey from multiple perspectives. The work moves through the parking lot, into the building’s open workspace and out into the garden courtyard. Tickets to the opening on Saturday are $50. Tickets to the two additional March 22 performances are $15-$25. Anyone attending the show must have a valid photo ID to enter Morphosis. ** We originally listed this under Saturday.**

FILM TALK: On Sunday at 7 pm, the IAMA Theatre Company presents six original short plays, which were written and rehearsed in under 23 hours. Performers in the 23 Hour Play Festival include: Kirsten Vangsness, Jack Falahee, Tim Peper, June Diane Raphael, Paul Scheer , Kevin Daniels, Liza Weil, Patrick J. Adams, Troian Bellisario, Cristela Alonzo, Aja Naomi King, Kelly McCreary and members from IAMA’s own company. The production is being held at the Greenway Arts Alliance on Fairfax. Tickets: $35, $50 for VIP.

FILM + LECTURE: On Sunday at 3 pm, the American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles present the lecture and screening: Bunker Hill Revisited & Angel’s Flight at the Egyptian Theatre. Architectural historian Nathan Marsak first presents a lecture on the cultural and visual record of Bunker Hill through images and film clips. It’s followed by the 50th anniversary screening of Angel’s Flight, a rare film that the Cinematheque sums up as an “oddball noir-horror-crime hybrid [that] concerns a psychically scarred stripper (Indus Arthur) who turns homicidal whenever she gets aroused.” Tickets: $7-$11.

Related: LAist’s March Guide

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