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Weekend Planner: 21 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 21 events happening this weekend. And don’t forget to check out our Septemer Guide, Outdoor Film Screenings and Summer Concert lists for more suggestions.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11

ART: On Friday night from 7-10 pm, G1988 (West) presents the exhibition In Service of Monsters, a group show that features works in tribute to the filmography of director Guillermo Del Toro. Curated by Chogrin and Gary Deocampo, dozens of artists will “reinterpret films like Pan's Labryinth, Pacific Rim and Hellboy in their own styles.” The show will remain up through Oct. 3.

MUSIC: Young Empires play The Echo on Friday in support of their debut album The Gates. SWIMM and nav/attack open the night. Tickets: $6-$12. Ages 18+.

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STORYTELLING: Don’t Tell My Mother! returns for its fourth season on Friday with The Back To School show at Busby’s East. Guests include “Flo, the Progressive Lady” (Stephanie Courtney), Facts of Life star Mindy Cohn, Jen Kober, Barry Rothbart, Diona Reasonover and creator Nikki Levy telling true stories they’d never want their moms to know. Music byAbby and The Myth. Party at 7 pm, with food and beverages available. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $15-$20.

FILM: Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery screens Grindhouse(2007), the film in which Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez pay tribute to the exploitation films of the 1970s with two features in one. Tarantino directs the slasher film "Death Proof" and Rodriguez directs the zombie movie "Planet Terror." Tickets start at $15. Gates at 6:15 pm and show at 8:30 pm.

FILM: Director Leslye Headland’s romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People stars Jason Sudeikis as a womanizer, and Alison Brie as a serial cheater. This weekend, the trio participate in Q&As following the 9 pm screenings on Friday and Saturday at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets: $16.50.

ANIMAL ART: The More Than a Cone Art Festival is at the Autry on Friday night. The art campaign asks dozens of artists to transform the “cone of shame,” to ultimately call attention and awareness about pet adoption, wellness and recovery. Hosted by actress Judy Greer, the night features live music and entertainment (including Lucient Dossier), a Petsmart fashion experience, carnival games, a cone-art exhibition and more. Proceeds will benefit Best Friends Animal Society, The Shelter Project, Angel City Pit Bulls and Kitten Rescue of Los Angeles. Tickets: $35-$75. Summer cocktail attire requested.

SURFAID: The Billabong SurfAid Cup brings top surfers to Malibu this weekend to raise funds to improve the health and well being of people living in remote iconic surf locations. The weekend kicks off with a benefit at Duke’s from 6-10 pm with a live raffle, entertainment, silent auction and more. Tickets are $25. The surfing for charity competition takes place from 10:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

MUSIC: Social Distortion celebrates the 25th anniversary of its self-titled album on Sept. 12 at the Greek Theatre. Nikki Lane and Drag the River open the night. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. Tickets: $35-$45. Only a limited number of tickets remain.

CON: Long Beach Comic Con takes over the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 12-13 celebrating comic books and pop culture. In addition to celebs from film and TV, check out the works of talented writers, illustrators and other artists. There are a number of workshops and panels planned for the weekend, including a cool series with the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey. (One of the workshops is "Sci-Fi Space vs. Reality.")

OUTDOOR MOVIES: Barnsdall Art Park launches its fundraising Outdoor Movie Night series on Saturday, running through Oct. 24. Curated by the online networking community The Black List, the screens Shaun of the Dead this week, with wine tastings and music by D.J. youNGNoon from 5:30 pm and the movie starting at sundown. Expect special guests weekly. Tickets: $25 for movies plus tasting (4 pours) or $15 for the movie without beverages.

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LIT: On Saturday night at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books presents Jonathan Franzen who reads from and discusses his latest novel, Purity, at the Aratani Theatre in DTLA. Tickets are $33 and include a copy of the book. Doors at 6:30 pm and no photos are allowed during the reading and Q&A. A signing follows the event, and Franzen will only sign copies of Purity. (He will not be posing for pictures.)

ART: The Armory Center in Pasadena holds its annual fundraiser, the Monster Drawing Rally on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. The event features live-drawing by 100 artists in front of an enthusiastic audience. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase original art pieces created during the drawing rally for $75 each. Admission is $10, and $5 Craftsman draughts will be on-tap all day. Proceeds benefit Armory exhibitions.

OPERA: The LA Opera opens its 2015/16 season on Saturday at 6 pm with double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci. Plácido Domingo, the LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, sings in the title role of Gianni Schicchi, directed by Woody Allen, and then conduct Pagliacci, which is directed and designed by Franco Zeffirelli. The double bill runs for six performances through Oct. 3 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets begin at $26.

ART: There’s an artist reception on Saturday at TAG Gallery in Bergamot Station from 5-8 pm for painter Pam Douglas, who explores lighthearted human interactions with the universe in her newest exhibition Galaxies. The show features 11 original paintings on watercolor and rice paper. FEST: The Venice Beach Music Fest 10 takes over Windward Plaza Park (1 Windward Avenue, between the boardwalk and the bike trail) on Saturday from 11 am to 7:30 pm. Now in its 10th year, the fest offers a full day of art, music and dance. Lili Haydn and Greg Douglass headline the day. There’s also a samba parade, hula hoops, literature and more. The festival is free to attend for all. The music continues at an after-show at Danny’s Venice from 8 pm to 1 am.

ART: Zeina Baltagi, A. Laura Brody and Anthony Tusler curate the art exhibition Opulent Mobility at California State University, Northridge’s West Gallery. There’s an artists reception on Saturday from 4-8 pm, and the show remains on view through Sept. 19. The international exhibit presents a number of customized works of art, designs and inventions that relate to disability and mobility, including wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetics, crutches and other assistive technology devices. Admission is free. Parking is $6.

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COMEDY: The podcast The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat takes a satirical, yet heartfelt look each week at an episode of the original Beverly Hills 90210. Special guests usually skewer along with Kat and Lizzie. On Saturday night, they’re taping a live show at NerdMelt with guest Christine Elise, who played Emily Valentine on the show. They’ll be discussing the show’s "rave" episode "U4EA." Tickets: $5.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

FESTIVAL: The U.R. Art Festivalcloses its summer series on Sunday at Bergamot Station from 1-10 pm. The festival brings community together against a backdrop of music, food, fashion, art and sustainability. Music lineup includes performances by: M.A.N.D.Y. (Philipp Jung), Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Mia Lucci, John Wander and special guests. Tickets: $25.

MUSIC FEST: The muSICKLA blog presents the Out There Musick Festival Sunday at CAP Studio in Sherman Oaks from 2:30-9:30 pm. Live music by Chakita, Deep Tribe, Realboy, Stag, Leven Kali and Ana Sia. In addition, there will be an outdoor patio and games, artists and vendors, cash bar and The Lobos Truck on site. The event is free of charge, but attendees are asked to bring back to school supplies to donate to Heart of Los Angeles.

CURLING: Did you know there’s an active curling community in L.A.? Have you always wanted to learn more about the sport you see every four years at the Winter Olympics? Well, now’s your chance to learn about sweeping and rocks and the like. There are “learn to curl” sessions happening on Sunday (and most Sundays thereafter) at 6:15 pm at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City. Fees: $20-$25.

POOL PARTY: Ouija Entertainment and L'Affaire Musicale return to Skybar at Mondrian for the summer season closer of their Wicked Paradise Pool Party on Sunday from 1-8 pm. The event features music provide by producer AEROPLANE and Bolivard, Jamie Prado, Rambo V, Anton Borin and Vibewithit. Tickets: $15.

Related: LAist’s September Guide

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