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Weekend Planner: 24 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 24 events. Don’t forget to check the January Guide, too, as it has other options (like Cloud Eye Control, Pasadena Cheeseburger Week and more ). We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


PHOTO LA: photo la—an international photography art show—returns to LA for its 24th year at The REEF in DTLA’s LA Mart this weekend. The 2015 edition features photographic art from the 19th century onward. In addition to exhibitions by dealers, galleries, museums and nonprofit organizations, photo la’s programming will also feature lectures, discussions, installations, tours and more. Tickets/passes: $15-$450+ fees.

MUSIC: The Stooges' guitarist James Williamson plays the Bootleg for one-night only on Friday in support of his new solo album Re-Licked. Joining him are performers Alison Mosshart (The Kills/ Dead Weather), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys/Guantanamo School of Medicine), Lisa Kekaula (The Bellrays), Joe Cardamone (Icarus Line), Carolyn Wonderland, Ron Young (Little Caesar) and Jesse Malin. Opening acts are Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys) and the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs and The Richmond Sluts. 9 pm. 21+. Tickets: $35.

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PERFORMANCE: On Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Ryan Raftery brings his show, Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion: The Anna Wintour Musical, to Rockwell Table & Stage. The “biomusical” focuses on the Vogue magazine editor’s controversial decision to place Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of the magazine and the social media backlash the decision caused. Tickets start at $15. **Update: The Friday and Saturday night shows are sold out, but a Sunday show has been added at 8 pm.

COMEDY FEST: RIOT L.A.—the alternative comedy festival—returns to DTLA this week. More than 100 performers are expected, including Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Andy Kindler, Al Madrigal, Matt Braunger, Eddie Pepitone, Karen Kilgariff and more. Special events include live podcast tapings of shows like the Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon and storytelling of KCRW’s UnFictional Live at the Regent Theater at seven venues (Downtown Independent, The Regent, Five Star Bar, The Smell, The Jalisco, The Lexington and The Lot Stage). In addition to comedy shows on Friday night, there’s Weird Stories: A Short Film Showcase on Friday night at 11 pm at the Downtown Independent. Tickets are only $5.

BURLESQUE: On Friday night, Cherry Potter & the Wizards of Burlesque present the show Year 3: Prisoners Of DatAzzkaban live at Fais Do Do, L.A. Watch as the magical students take a field trip to the dreaded prison for wizards and uncover Professor Rebus Loop’s’ secret. Doors at 9 pm. Tickets: $12.

UN-SELFIE ART: Red Pipe Gallery holds an opening reception on Friday from 7-10 pm for Kill Your Selfie, an exhibition of new works by Annie Terrazzo. The mixed-media artist takes a darkly comical look into the social media “art form.” She points out that cameras were once pointed outwardly to capture the world, and these days...not so much. The show remains on view through Jan. 24. ART: The LA Art Show celebrates its 20th year this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing artists from 22 countries. The LA Art Show also features a number of special events, including tours, artists talks, lectures, tours and special exhibitions. General admission, single day tickets are $15; four-day pass: $35.


SCI-FI: Star Trek alumni participate in an one-night only reading of Orson Welles’ iconic 1938 radio drama, War of the Worlds, on Saturday at 8 pm at ACME Theater on La Brea. The evening is a fundraiser for the upcoming Sci-Fest LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival. The cast reading features series regulars from all five of the TV shows, including Wil Wheaton, Walter Koenig, Michael Dorn, René Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Tim Russ and Linda Park. Also appearing Josh Ritter and Dean Haglund. Tickets: $125-$225.

SLIDELUCK: Slideluck L.A.—where multimedia slideshows meet potluck dinners—comes to L.A. on Saturday from 6:30 pm-12 am at The Space. Enjoy an evening of food, music and art, curated by Krista Martin, Photo Curator for American Apparel, and Michael Hawley, art collector and former President of the Photographic Arts Council, Los Angeles. Bring a favorite savory or sweet treat (finger foods) to share. Live music by Henry Garf and set by DJ Kilmore. Beer and wine available for purchase from Angel City Brewery and Souverain Winery.

ART: The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Art Gallery 800, opens its first art show of 2015 on Saturday with a reception from 5-8 pm. Abstract features work from leading Art Department professionals. The show runs through Feb. 14.

FLEA MARKET: The Artists & Fleas' LA market returns on Saturday and Sunday (and every third weekend of the month) to the Arts District. The alternative marketplace brings together art, design, fashion, vintage items, vinyl, food and activities like lawn games, DIY workshops and even a beer garden. Guest DJ sets throughout the weekend, too. Free entry and free parking. The market is located at 647 Mateo Street DTLA. Hours: 11 am to 5 pm.

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FILM+TALK: The concert film Hardcore Devo Live! shot at the Fox Theater in Oakland last year, features Devo’s music as well as interviews that tell the history of the band. The film screens at the Egyptian on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. A panel discussion follows with the film’s director Keirda Bahruth, coproducer Rick Ballard and DEVO members Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale and Bob Mothersbaugh. 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets: $11.

COMEDY: On Saturday at 7 pm, NerdMelt presents Greg Behrendt’s comedy/music show I Am The King Sweater. From Behrendt: “It is in fact the mostly true story about Greg's failed mid 80's Rockabilly career in Japan, dead kangaroos, children, and my subsequent return to music having finally been given back the rights to his 1980s single 'Cakebox'…” Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

COMEDY: On Saturday at 3 pm at the Downtown Independent, Kliph Nesteroff interviews Fred Willard live onstage for the Classic Showbiz Talk Show. Nesteroff will ask the veteran comedian about subjects and projects that even some of his most diehard fans probably haven’t heard of—from acting in Salem’s Lot to 70s exploitation films like Chesty Anderson. Tickets: $10.

MUSIC: The Getty kicks off its Sounds of L.A. series with free weekend concerts performed by emerging and established musicians from L.A. and around the world. On Saturday at 7 pm and again on Sunday at 3:30 pm, the Getty presents the Cajun strains of Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours. Reservations required and a limit of four tickets per reservation.

ART: On Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at All Saints Church in Pasadena, all are invited to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life with art-making activities inspired by themes of health and health justice. Create banners and wearable art in the spirit of artist/activist Sister Corita Kent’s community arts festivals of the 1960s. At noon, people are invited to join in a procession followed by a picnic and food trucks at the church at 1 pm. The program is part of We Have No Art, a series of events leading up to the exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, a full-scale survey of work by the innovative artist, activist, and teacher at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2015. This event is free and open to the public.

ART: On Saturday at 11 am, Cartwheel Art founder Cindy Schwarzstein leads a Cartwheel Art Tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The tour showcases the murals of internationally well-known artists, emerging artists and Los Angeles graffiti crews, along with points of interest and talks with artists, historians and entrepreneurs of the area. Graffiti historian/photographer/curator/author Steve Grody (Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art) provides context and details to the art. Participants will have an opportunity to see and discuss the pros and cons of development with filmmaker Stephen Seemayer (Tales of the American and Young Turks) providing background and history. Since people will probably be working up a sweat, the tour also visits Angel City Brewery. Meet at the LA Art Show ticketing entrance and bussed over to the Arts District for a 10-12 block walk before heading back to the Art Show. Tickets: $47.50 and include the tour, a food sampling and admission the L.A. Art Show.

YACHT PARTY: Yacht’s LA-centric app 5 EVERY DAY launches a new loyalty program ($15) that connects members to discounts and exclusive experiences starting Jan. 17 (e.g., Ace Hotel rooftop bar, Cinefamily, Poketo, Moon Juice, Stumptown Coffee, Otherwild and more). The band holds a party on Saturday night at Cinefamily to celebrate with a screening of the campy Earth Girls Are Easy. Free food provided by Club 5 participating businesses, including Donut Friend and The Starry Kitchen. (The First 50 people in the door will get free Club 5 membership pins!). Screening/party tickets: $12.

TOP TUNE: On Saturday at 8 pm, TopTune takes over Busby’s East with an all-star show. Six L.A. songwriters perform one of their best songs. They’re then paired into teams, given a title and then sent off for 17 minutes to write another song. Participating songwriters on Saturday are: Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse and LOMOX); Zane Carney (John Mayer and CARNEY); Kat McDowell; Alfa Garcia, George Krikes (King Washington) and Ainjel Emme. Admission: $10.


FORENSIC SCIENCE: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association presents an afternoon (12-4 pm) in the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab to learn about the history of forensic science in Los Angeles. Ed Nordskog, senior arson investigator for the LASD and author of "'Torchered' Minds: Case Histories of Notorious Serial Arsonists" and "Fire Raisers, Freaks and Fiends: Obsessive Arsonists in the California Foothills," talks about how two of his most fascinating recent investigations were solved (one involves a Hacienda Heights church and the other pot shop firebombings). Tickets: $36.50.

COMEDY: On Sunday night, the Satellite presents an evening of comedy with Neil Hamburger: Live Entertainment. The show includes the comedy stylings of Natasha Leggero, Brody Stevens, Andy Haynes, Moshe Kasher and Hamburger. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $8. This show is 21+.

BOOK TALK: On Sunday at 4 pm at Book Soup, Gordy Grundy and friends read from and sign Gen F: An Anthology of Short Stories for the Comic Tragedies of Our Times. The book of short stories feature “comic tragedies and humiliations for those displaced by a reversal of fortune, the toxicity of failure, psychological downsizing, class disparity, vanished industries, outsourcing, mortgage collapse, bank bailouts and stimulus recovery for the wealthy.“ Readers include: Andrew Berardini, James Hayward, Buffy Visick and Mary Woronov.

COMEDY: Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins and perform at Nerdmelt Showroom on Sunday at 8 pm with some of L.A.’s top comedians. The evening features Eddie Pepitone, Erin Foley, Ben Gleib, Paul Greenberg, JF Harris and Genevieve Rice. Music by the house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery of The Office & Scot Robinson). $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

STORYTELLING: There’s an evening of Stripped Stories on Sunday at 5:30 pm at The Lexington. It’s an evening of sex misadventures and relationship stories hosted by Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi with a musical act and a game of “never-have-I-ever” with an audience interview. Other storytellers include Matt Braunger, Karen Kilgariff and Ken Reid. The event is being held in conjunction with Riot LA. Tickets: $10.

Related: January Events Guide

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