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Weekend Planner: 23 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 20 events. Don’t forget to check the February Guide, as it has other options, too. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


MUSIC: Hundred Waters brings its electro-pop sounds to the El Rey Theatre on Friday with Moses Sumney and Natalie Prass. 8 pm. Tickets start at $18.

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FLOWERS: The LA Flower District extends its hours for Valentine’s Day with some vendors open 24 hours starting on Friday at 4:30 am. through Saturday at 6 pm. The District boasts the largest flower market in the U.S., spanning four blocks. The LA Flower Market and Southern California Flower Market have a $1 admission fee on weekends and $2 fee on weekdays. The California Flower Mall is free to the public. Bring cash because most vendors don’t take checks or credit. There’s a farmers market on Wall Street on Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm, too.

ARCHITECTURE+HISTORY: Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Hollyhock House re-opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 pm on Feb. 13. Following the ceremony, the city of L.A. and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation opens Hollyhock House for self-guided tours for 24 hours until 4 pm on Feb. 14. The admission is free through 11 am on Saturday. They’re encouraging you to use the #WrightAtNight hashtag on social if you visit.

MUSIC: The Dodos play The Roxy on Friday in support of the band’s sixth, full-length album Individ. Springtime Carnivore and William Alexander play in support. The event is all ages. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $18.

LIT: La Luz de Jesus presents a slide show, book release, signing and the Annual Feral House Book Event for American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen on Friday from 7-9 pm. The hardcover book, written by Larry Lytle and Michael Moynihan, is a retrospective of grotesque, occult and erotic images by the late Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897-1965). He was “an innovative pictorialist visionary whom Ansel Adams called the ‘Antichrist’ and to whom Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible.”MOVIE: It’s time for another edition of Horrible Movie Night(HMN) at 9 pm on Friday at NerdMelt. Show organizers find some of the worst films and the audience gets to roast them out loud a la MST3K and RiffTrax. The best one-liners of the night win prizes. Hosts John Mathot (Disney's Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast) screen Death by Dialogue (1988) that features a group of kids partying in the country. They find a script and now have to avoid being killed by its characters. Comedy from Chris Fairbanks and Dave Stone, too. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MUSIC: The folk-pop sister duo Lily and Madeleine play Troubadour on Friday to support their most recent release, Fumes. Also on the bill: Young Summer and Shannon Hayden. 8 pm. All ages. $15.


ICE CREAM + CHOCOLATES: On Saturday from 1-3 pm, Salt & Straw’s Ice Cream Truck is giving away free mini-scoops at Compartes Chocolatier (while supplies last). They’re celebrating the two flavors from their February seasonal menu, which were created in collaboration with Compartes.

BURLESQUE BRUNCH: Want something a little different for Valentine's Day? How about a Burlesque Brunch at Sadie Kitchen from 1-3:30 pm? There's a jazz trio, vocalists and of course, burlesque performers. The $50-60 ticket price includes a three-course seated meal and a complimentary mimosa. There's also a $25 bar package available. If you can't make it on Saturday, then the next Burlesque Brunch happens on Feb. 22 at Bardot.

BIKING: C.I.C.L.E.'s next event, Ride 4 Love! takes place on Saturday in conjunction with Metro, the East Side Riders Bike Club and Los Ryderz. The free, 8-mile ride takes participants through southeast communities, including Watts, Florence-Firestone, South Gate and Lynwood, making stops at the Watts Healthy Farmers’ Market, Watts Towers, AM/PM and Elizabeth’s Bakery. The first 50 participants to arrive receive a “Ride 4 Love” shirt. Meet at 10 am for the ride that begins promptly at 10:30 am. Ride 4 Love! begins and ends at Ted Watkins Park (1335 E. 103rd St.).

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FILM: What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious vampire mockumentary, written and directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (director of Boy). The two are doing Q&As with after the film's 7:05 pm and 9:40 pm screenings on Saturday and Sunday at the Arclight Hollywood. Tickets: $16.

STORYTELLING: The Seems Legit storytelling show is at Nerdmelt on Saturday at 9 pm, with several storytellers/comedians taking to the stage to tell their tales. They’re all true, except one—and the audience gets to call that storyteller out. The lineup includes: Ari Shaffir, Guy Branum, Eliza Skinner, Sean Patton, Deirdre Devlin and Lisa Beth Johnson. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

ART: The new Align Gallery and event space opens in Highland Park on Saturday with Textured, ​featuring the work of Israeli and San Francisco-based artist Mia Mor ​and L.A.-based Antonio Mendoza. ”Textured is an exhibit exploring mixed media, color and materiality.” The event is free and open to the public. 6-10 pm.

ART PARTY: On Saturday from 8-11 pm, LACE holds an art party with performances by Dynasty Handbag, Geneva Jacuzzi, Tiffany Trenda and TMO. There’s also an Erotic Reading Room, curated by Artillery, with John Tottenham, Mary Woronov, Greg Walloch and Toni Bentley. On view is the soon-to-close group exhibition The Heart is the Frame, a group exhibition curated by Shoghig Halajian. Love-inspired cocktails will be served, too. Tickets: $10 per person / $8 LACE members.

COMEDY: In addition to being a Slate writer, Justin Peters’ other claim-to-fame is that he recently lost $225,000 recently on Who Wants to a Millionaire. He’s using part of the $25,000 he was able to keep toward a West Coast tour for his comedy duo From Justin to Kelly. The duo’s performing on the iOWest Mainstage at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets: $10.

MUSIC: Vaud and the Villains is a large, 1930s-themed band (nearly 20 members) that’s puts on a New Orleans Orchestra-meets-cabaret show. Bring your dancing shoes because they’re playing a Valentine’s show at the Bootleg Theater on Saturday night and take the stage around 9 pm. Tickets: $20-$25.

ART: The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena holds a special event A Night in Focus: Manet on Saturday from 5-8 pm. The museum’s been hosting Manet’s The Railway on loan from the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and Saturday's event brings audiences a closer look into the artist and his work. There are 30-minute gallery talks on Manet and his peers, art-making activities for adults and children, and live music in the sculpture garden. Cash bar available. Free with admission. SUNDAY, FEB. 15

ZINES: L.A. Zine Fest takes place on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm at Homenetmen (3347 North San Fernando Road, L.A. 90065). The day features more than 100 exhibitors of self-published works, DIY workshops and speakers. Best of all, there’s no admission fee.

FILM: Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Festival of (In)appropriation #7 on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian. Join Curators Jaimie Baron and Greg Cohen and filmmakers Maria Magnusson and John Davis in person for an evening of experimental, found footage short films. The films are being repurposed in “inappropriate” ways (at least as far as the original intent of their creators). Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.

LUNAR NEW YEAR: On Sunday from 2-5 pm, the Americana at Brand celebrates the lunar new year with two parades, including traditional Chinese lion and dragon performances, Mongolian Bowl dancers, Chinese and Korean folk dancers, stilt walkers, drummers and more. Guests can test their luck with traditional Chinese red envelopes, which may contain cash prizes or gift cards, through March 1. Between performances, there are craft stands to explore, facepainting and curated food vendors from 626 Night Market and others.

MUSIC: The Echo presents FOMO FEST 2015 (Fear Of Missing Out) a day of performances beginning at 3 pm with Line & Circle, Paul Bergmann, Harriet Brown, No Parents, Talk In Tongues, Winter, Bobby London, StaG, No Parents, Golden Daze, Kim & The Created, Bouquet, Pageants, Melted and Traps PS. All Ages. Tickets: $10-$15

BEER AND CIRCUS: On Sunday from noon to 9 pm, Angel City Brewery presents a Broken Hearts Circus party that includes a “curiosities, music and circus performances,” from a juggler, acrobats, clowns and stilt walker. The live music by Super Tall Paul, The Steaz and Eva B. Ross Foundation, too. Circus-themed food from Market Burgers, Pizza & Co. and Love Swirls Desserts will be for sale in the parking lot outside, and inside shop the Beer Bazaar featuring local artisan goods and crafts. Free admission.

MUSIC: Back by popular demand, The Theater at Ace Hotel presents a second show by the glam rock duo Sparks. Brothers Ron and Russell Mael perform their classic 1974 album Kimono My House, and some of their other tunes,, accompanied by a 38-piece orchestra. $8 pm. Tickets: $40-$129.

Related: February Events Guide

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