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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. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


MUSIC: Check out the indie rock/pop tunes ofColony House, Knox Hamilton and Adventure Galley at The Satellite on Friday. Doors: 8:30 pm and the show is at 9 pm. Tickets: $10.

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NIGHT MARKET: 626 Night Market takes over Santa Anita Park again for its summer finale this weekend, from 4 pm-1 am on Friday and Saturday, and 4 pm-10 pm on Sunday. Check out more than 200 food vendors, merch booths, crafts, arts, games and other entertainment. Music headliner on Friday is MC Jin; The Fung Brothers play Saturday and Jason Chen on Sunday. Admission is $3 and parking is free. Children 6 and under are free.

SIMPSONS : On Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, in conjunction with Gracie Films, presents the world premiere of The Simpsons Take the Bowl! Hosted by actor Hank Azaria, the evening features special guests Nancy Cartwright, Beverly D’Angelo, Jon Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Conan O’Brien and Matt Groening and more. Select scenes have been pulled from the show’s 25-year history and will be accompanied live by singers and performers. Tickets: $13-$188.

TIM AND ERIC: If you snoozed, you loozed with tickets to the now-sold outTim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule live show on Friday at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. So if you can’t find tickets (which started at $39.50) from your neighborhood ticket broker, then Tim and Eric will be back on the small screen next week as their latest show Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories—an "anthology series in the tradition of Twilight Zone"—bows on Sept. 18 at 12:15 am on Adult Swim.

MUSIC: On Friday, Henry Wolfe (son of power couple Meryl Streep and Don Gummer) presents Asilomar: An Immersive Sound and Lighting Experience. Wolfe's live show is done in collaboration with lighting designer Ellie Rabinowitz and video artist Elliott Glass. The sights are tailored to Wolfe's latest sounds. No cover, but seating is limited so RSVP to secure your space.

CLASSIC FILM: UCLA Film and Television Archive continues its series What I Really Do Is Magic: Edith Head and Hollywood Costume Design on Friday with a screening of Sunset Blvd. (1950), directed by Billy Wilder and costumes by Head. It’s followed by a screening of excerpts from Life With Linkletter (ABC, 11/10/50), in which Head offers fashion advice to select members of Art Linkletter’s variety show audience. 7:30 pm. Ticket: $10.

OLD FILM: The Academy at LACMA continues its William Castle Scare Classics series with a double feature of House on Haunted Hilland 13 Ghosts, both of which star Vincent Price. At 7:30 pm and 9 pm, respectively, at LACMA’s Bing Theatre. Joe Dante introduces the films. Tickets: $5 general admission.

FESTIVAL: The Kickstarter Film Fest, which has been running in Brooklyn for the past four years, makes its L.A. debut on Friday at The Autry in Griffith Park from 6-11 pm. It’s an evening of screening selections from Kickstarter-funded films as well as Kickstarter-funded food, art, music, technology and other surprises. It’s part makers conference and festival. Performances and installations by John Vanderslice, Blackrock Observatory and Carpool DeVille. Free and open to the public.


ART: On Saturday night, Barnsdall Art Park celebrates art and raises money to benefit the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on Saturday with the event: EAT.DRINK.ART. A Kaleidoscope of the Senses. The food trucks and catering are curated by L.A. food writer Lesley Balla, and the wine, beer and spirits is being curated by Silverlake Wine. KCRW’s Dan Wilcox spins the tunes in between sets of live music and live art and performance. The evening also features a silent auction of more than 45 emerging and established artists including Claire Falkenstein, Alice Fellows, Joy Feuer, John Frame, Mark Steven Greenfield, Heather Lembcke, Leonel Matheu, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Siff, and Wayne White. Trucks onsite will include The Urban Oven, Let’s Be Frank, Postcards Central American Soul Fusion, CVT Soft Serve and Coolhaus. General tickets: $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and includes three drink tickets (but not food truck fare). VIP tickets are $100 ($110 at the door) and include a VIP reception catered by Kris Morningstar and early entrance from 5:30 to 7 pm.

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FROGTOWN ART WALK: The Frogtown Artwalk happens on Saturday from 4-10 pm in Elysian Valley, along Blake Avenue. The artwalk features a number of pop-up galleries, studios and art venues featuring the work of local artists/artisans. There will be live music, art, dance, spoken word and more throughout the evening on six separate stages. Lineup includes: I See Hawks in L.A., Jessica Fichot the Vintage 45 and more. Free. Check the website for set times and detailed location/parking instructions.

COMEDY: Britain's most famous student comedy society,The Cambridge Footlights, return to NerdMelt at 8 pm on Saturday with the troupe’s most ambitious tour show yet: Real Feelings. The group has had a long history of helping launch careers of comic talents like John Cleese (Monty Python), Hugh Laurie (House) and Emma Thompson (Love Actually). Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

ART: Giant Robot 2 opens the exhibition Banana Flats on Saturday night with an opening reception with the artist from 6:30-10 pm. The works by Ako Castuera look like “anthropomorphic sculptures made from a range of clays from locally dug earth to the finest porcelain.” The exhibition remains on view through Oct. 1.

ART: Cirrus Gallery presents two solo shows, Ian Hokin’s Mirage and Margaret Nielsen’s Love Stories/Short Stories with an opening reception on Saturday night from 6-8 pm. Both artists “share an interest in images and archetypes, that in conjured from the depths of their psyche, put into question our own reality.” The works remain on view through Oct. 25.

ART: Honor Fraser Gallery opens a new show by the artist Kaws with a reception from 6-8 pm on Saturday night. In Man’s Best Friend, the artist tips his hat to another iconic series by creating “variations on small details of Charles M. Schulz's iconic drawings of characters from his Peanuts series.” The works will remain on view through Oct. 31.

ART/PERFORMANCE: Ian MacKinnon and Travis Wood present The Adonis Project: A popup gay art house—a night of performance, video and interactive queer art at Human Resources in Chinatown on Saturday night. The show reimagines the legendary Adonis Theater (a gay adult movie house that closed under pressure from developers) for one night only, with themes of assimilation, disappearing LGBTQ space and more. Artists include: Gregory Barnett, Ben Cuevas, Vestal Ward, Rich Yap and more. The gallery installations and video screenings begin at 8 pm with a show at 9 pm. Admission: $10 (ages 18+).

MUSIC : The Getty Center’sSaturdays Off the 405 series ends its 2014 summer season on Saturday from 6-9 pm with an evening of live music, great views, refreshments and, of course, art. Live music by Kan Wakan, who bring a “contemporary mash-up of psychedelic soul, electronica, and orchestral pop.” Free; no reservations required.

ART: The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) holds an opening reception on Saturday from 7-9 pm for three new exhibitions: An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle; Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin; and Stas Orlovski: Chimera. Admission to the reception: $5 for the general public, free to PCMA members.


MINI CINEMA Screening Trailer (Sept 14th) from Mini Cinema on Vimeo.

SHORT FILM: Mini Cinemascreens short films on the big screen, with the next screening on Sunday at 11 am at the Laemmle Royal Theater in Santa Monica. The program features: “The Championship Rounds” with Harold Perrineau, “Kill of the Night,” “11 Minutes,” “Bedbug” and “Duel at Bloody Creek.” The screening is free, or $5 for the VIP experience (front of line and reserved seating). The event is hosted by actor Chrissy Carpenter.

COMEDY: Joseph Scrimshaw’s Hot Comedy Dream Time—a live show and podcast—comes to The Complex in Hollywood on Sunday at 8 pm. Schrimshaw and guests Kim Evey and Greg Benson perform bits and sketches based on the guests’ “unfulfilled comedy dreams.” Tickets: $6-$8. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

BEER: Rock & Brews’ Beer Festival in El Segundo takes place from noon to 5 pm on Sunday. The restaurant hosts 15 local craft breweries and conducts food sampling throughout the afternoon. Breweries include: El Segundo Brewing, Monkish Brewing, Smog City Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewing, Dude’s Brewing, Strand Brewing, Angel City Brewing, Cosmic Ales, Bootlegger’s Brewing, Abigaile Brewery, King Harbor Brewing, Congregation Ale House, Absolution Brewing and Ohana Brewing. Beer fest tickets are $45 per person.

FESTIVAL:The Krupnick Festival of Arts culminates its summer season in a family festival on Sunday at the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown. The event showcases the Voices of LA collaborations and includes a food stage with local chefs, programmed and hosted by Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s Good Food; interactive workshops; food trucks (with kosher options); and an outdoor stage featuring performances of Klezmer, mariachi, Korean music and dance, among other communities. The festival is free, but RSVP is required.


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