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


ART: Pacific Design Center celebrates its 40th anniversary year with new contemporary art shows and site-specific installations. The PDC holds an opening reception from 5:30-9 pm on Friday night in the Blue Lobby for artists Krysten Cunningham, 2J (Justin Beal/Jesse Willenbring), Won Ju Lim and Kenny Scharf. The lobby exhibits are on view through July 31.

FILM TALK: On Friday at 7:30 pm, [ALOUD] presents the program Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film—An Evening with Patton Oswalt. The comedian and actor will be in conversation with writer, director and brother Matt Oswalt discussing Patton’s new memoir about his life as a film nut. Tickets: $39.50 and include a copy of the book. This event is being held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills and not the Central Library.

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SNOW DAY: Here’s a reason to ditch work on Friday afternoon:Angel City Brewery throws a Snow Day from 2-10 pm that features snowy activities, including playing in the snow-filled parking lot, sipping on hot toddies sponsored by Greenbar Distillery, food from Chili Philosopher, Dogtown Dogs and Sweet E’s, as well as Angel City beer specials. The Goonies screens at 3 pm and there’s live music from 6-10 pm by Champion, The Anti-Job and others. Admission to the event is free. Snow day attire is welcome.

COCKTAIL THEATER Mixologist Rob Floyd hosts his famous Cocktail Theatre at Sonoma Wine Garden on Friday at 8 pm. Described as “The History Channel meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the evening features live entertainment and an educational tasting in which Floyd talks about the the history of mixology. Tickets are $50 and include four cocktail tastings and paired appetizers.

MUSIC: Actress Alicia Witt (Justified) is also a musician and singer. Her new album, Revisionary History was produced by Ben Folds. She plays the 8 pm set at The Hotel Cafe on Friday night. Tickets: $12.50.

STORYTELLING: Hosts Caitlin Bergh and Ever Mainard present The Last Book Review, a free storytelling night at The Last Bookstore in DTLA. The evening features storytellers, comics and writers sharing humorous tales, personal essays “and one very witty book review.” Scheduled yarn-spinners on Friday are Laurie Kilmartin, Alex DiGiacinto, Lauren Cook, Chris L. Terry and Deanna Moffitt.

FILM: On Friday at 8 pm, there’s a premiere screening of the documentary, Records Collecting Dust. Written and directed by San Diego-based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore, the film explores the vinyl record collections, origins and “holy grails” of musicians Jello Biafra, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, John Reis and more than 30 others. A Q&A, hosted by Jonah Ray with panelists Jason Blackmore, Keith Morris, Danny Benair, Lisa Fancher and Justin Pearson, follows the screening. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


THEATER: Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playAnna Christieopens at the Odyssey Theater this weekend with a star-studded cast that includes Zoe Perry, Jeff Perry, Kevin McKidd, Mary Mara, Martin Gutfeldt, Jason Liska and Tait Ruppert. Directed by Kim Rubinstein, the play tells the story in which a coal barge captain is “reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a sailor, certain secrets about her past come to light.” Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Performances continue through March 8. Tickets: $25.

COMEDY BENEFIT: Comedy Night Too is an evening of laughs, libations and dancing to benefit Ivanhoe Elementary. Hosted by The Sklar Brothers, the evening features comedy by Jeff Garlin, Nick Kroll, TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjani, Rob Corddry and Carmen Esposito. Doors at 6 pm, comedy show at 7 pm followed by a DJ and dancing. The party is being held at Eyeboogie (180 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles). Tickets: $50.

CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: On Saturday and Sunday, Poketo at The Line Hotel presents Calligraphy Workshops with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. The workshop is offered several times throughout the weekend and will immerse participants in the true art of handwriting: calligraphy. The price is a little steep—at $225—but each participant receives a personalized calligraphy starter kit which includes a black ink, pen holder, nib, practice book and sheets. Light snacks and drinks will be provided by Roy Choi's Pot Cafe. Check in at the Poketo Store 15 minutes before your selected time.

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FILM+MUSIC: CineConcerts presents The Godfather Live at the Nokia Theater on Saturday at 7 pm. Francis Ford Coppola’s film is shown in high-def while the Hollywood Studio Symphony plays Nino Rota’s iconic score of traditional Italian folk music and jazz. Tickets: $35-$125.

ART: Four Six One Nine gallery in Culver City presents Very Good Abstraction, A Sculpture and a Video— a show of works by Germany’s Galerie Nagel Draxler Projects' artists: Egan Frantz, Sven Johne, Stefan Müller and Stephanie Taylor. It opens on Saturday with a reception from 3-8 pm.

THEATER: Zombie Joe’s Underground holds its14th Annual 50 Hour Drive-by Theatre Festival from Jan. 24-26. They’ll present five all-new mini-plays that were all written, directed and performed in two days. The shows run each evening (Saturday, Sunday at Monday at 8:30 pm.) Tickets: $15.

SNOW DAYS: The L.A. Zoo holds its own snow days on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. There’s a snow play area for zoo guests, including a sledding hill, and elaborate ice-carving demonstrations, a scavenger hunt for kids and more. The winter fun is included with zoo admission: $19; $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2.

COMEDY: On Saturday night at 7 pm, UCB Sunset presents the 9th anniversary show for the standup/storytelling show What’s Up, Tiger Lily. Co-created by comedians Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill, the stellar lineup on Saturday includes Hill, Nick Kroll, Brody Stevens, Kate Flannery & The Lampshades, Taylor Williamson and a special guest. No cover. Valet or street parking available.

SKATEBOARD ART: Subliminal Projects presents Agents Provocateurs, an exhibition of “provocative skateboard graphics and the pioneers that hurled skateboard artwork into the counter culture limelight.” Curators Seb Carayol and Erica Overskei have brought together a number of skateboard decks and find art pieces by a number of artists, including Andy Jenkins, Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Ben Horton, Cleon Peterson, Donny Miller, Ed Templeton, Marc McKee, Mark Foster, Michael Sieben, Nil Ultra, Sean Cliver, Todd Francis, and Winston Tseng. The opening reception with featured artists is on Saturday from 8-11 pm. The show runs through Feb. 21.

COOKIE CON: Ok, bust out the insulin: the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show takes over the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. It’s a family-friendly baking, pastry and sweets party with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Most tickets ($22-$50) are sold out, so try securing tickets your through your favorite ticket broker.

MUSIC: This much is true: one of the ‘80s great U.K. imports, Spandau Ballet, plays the Wiltern on Saturday and Sunday nights. The band is on the Soul Boys of The Western World Tour, playing North America for the first time in 30 years. Not many tickets left for either night, so hurry. Tickets: $53-$107.25. 7 pm on both nights.


SCRIPT TALK: The new speaker series Rough Draft with Reza Aslanlaunches on Sunday at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. Part salon and speakeasy, Aslan talks to various screenwriters, novelists and journalists about what inspires their work and craft. Guests this Sunday are Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) and Antonio Sanchez (composer, Birdman). Doors at 7 pm, event from 8-10 pm. RSVP:

DRINKS FOR A CAUSE: Speed Rack—an all-women speed-bartending competition—returns to L.A. on Sunday to raise money for breast cancer charities. Taking place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from 3-7 pm, the event brings together 20 of the best and fastest female mixologists from the L.A. area. Judges include Alex Day, Marcel Vigneron and others. Advance tickets: $20.

COMEDY SHOWDOWN: The Westside Comedy Theater begins its 4th Annual Standup Showdown Competition on Sunday with the prelim rounds running through Jan. 29. More than 72 comics compete for cash, pride and prizes. Sunday’s show is at 7 pm and features comedians: Danny Jolles, Nick Cobb, Scout Durwood, Steven Garza, Peet Guercio, Eddie Pence, Michael Quinones, Whitney Rice, Graham Rodgers, Jenni Ross, Kirk Sells and Jenny Yang. Mark your calendars for the finals on Feb. 7. 21+. Free.

Related: January Events Guide

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