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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 23 events. Don’t forget to check out our May Guide, too, for other suggestions, such as the California Strawberry Festival, Lord Huron, Gilt City, Ru-Paul's Drag Con and more.

FRIDAY, MAY 15

MUSIC:Mystery Skulls(aka L.A.-based electronic artist Luis Dubuc) headlines a night of music at the Echoplex on Friday night. Also on the bill: MEISHI SMILE, Sage Caswell and Plaster Cast. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $15-$17. The show is 18+.

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MAGAZINE LAUNCH: FLOOD Magazine celebrates the launch of its first print issue with a party at the rooftop bar of the Ace Hotel on Friday from 8:30 pm to 2 am. The evening features special guest DJ sets from Wolf Alice and Midnight Surfer. The night marks the first of FLOOD’s monthly residency CURRENT at the Ace Hotel that will take place on the second Friday of the month through the summer. RSVP needed.

EVENTBRITE EVENTS: Eventbrite’s Yes Address is an event series from May 15-20 that features a number of events, including a bourbon and chocolate tasting; a cupcakes and milkshakes workshop; crafting; a community yoga class and more. Ticket prices vary.

PEEP SHOW: The Cinefamily partners with DTLA’s Lethal Amounts gallery and the online Westgate Gallery to present 35mm screenings for the Peep Show series. The official opening night screening takes place on Friday night with An Evening of Porn Chic (feat. Sexperiments Shorts Package + Through the Looking Glass). 7:30 pm. Tickets: $14. (Also on Friday, Lethal Amounts opens the art show The Devil's Playground at 8 pm with a cocktail reception and special surprise guests. The show celebrates the poster art from the “golden age” of Pornography, Exploitation, Horror, Giallo and Cult Classic films.)

COMEDY: Comedian John Early and Hamm Samwich, an “ex-successful drag rapper and current failed drag singer-songwriter” bring their act from New York to the Virgil on Friday night at 8 pm. John Hamm: LA features stand up, music, on-stage banter and more. Free.

SATURDAY, MAY 16

VEGAN BEER FEST: Now in its sixth year, the L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Fest moves from the Sunset Strip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Held on Saturday from 1-7 pm, the entry ticket includes unlimited pours from more than 40 breweries. Though not included in the ticket price, the fest also features more than 40 restaurant and food vendors with vegan dishes. Music headliners are Jamestown Revival and White Buffalo. General admission tickets: $50-$65. VIP tickets $80-$95 with early entry at noon, VIP lounge and special beers. For designated drivers, tickets are $30 (but those tickets must be bought with a general admission or VIP ticket).

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The Project Gallery opens the exhibition 'Emerging Alchemy' on Saturday night. (Image courtesy of Thomas Fryd and street artist Mikael B)
ART: Emerging Alchemy, a multimedia collaboration exhibit between artist Mikael B (aka graffiti artist KETS) and photographer Thomas Fryd debuts at the New Project Gallery in Santa Monica on Saturday night. View 15 original canvases and two sculptures at the exhibition, which opens with a reception from 7-10 pm. The show remains on view through June 11. RSVP for the opening event.

BUGS: The 29th Annual Bug Fair: The Year of the Butterfly—the larges bug festival in North America—returns to the Natural History Museum on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 pm. Beside bug meet and greets, there are more than 50 vendors and cooking demonstrations and tastings with bug chefs, including David George Gordon, Zack Lemann and David Gracer and more. Tickets: $5-$12.

MUSIC: The Getty Center’s Saturdays Off the 405 series features spectacular views, art, DJ sets and live performances by emerging bands and artists. The series kicks off on Saturday at 6 pm with the SF-based duo Cathedrals, whose sound is reminiscent of “Swedish pop, nineties trip-hop, and indie dreamwave with deeply soulful R&B-rooted vocals by Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin’s styled and intense beats.” Parking is $10 at the Getty after 5 pm. Free with RSVP.

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GREEN LIVING: KCET presents Green City, Healthy City, an event that spotlights the health benefits of urban farms, local gardens and healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Held at Earthworks Farm in South El Monte from 6-9 pm, the event features Zumba lessons, farm tours, cooking/gardening workshops, food demonstrations with chef Ernest Miller and an outdoor screening of popular SoCal Connected programming. Free entry and bike valet available.

MUSIC: On Saturday, The Well presents a night of experimental R&B with James Fauntleroy and his band 1500 or Nothin’ as well as special guest performances poolside at the Figueroa Hotel from 8 pm to 1 am. The event is 21+. Free with RSVP before 9 pm.

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A new Tyler Shields photo exhibition opens at Andrew Weiss Gallery this weekend. (Image: Tyler Shields, Girl Running from Plane, 2014)
ART: Andrew Weiss Gallery presents Tyler Shields: Historical Fiction.The exhibition of large-scale color-saturated and black and white photos are the artist’s “interpretations of iconic moments and individual reactions to 1960s American political and pop culture history.” The preview reception is on Saturday night from 6-9 pm and the works remain on view through June 27.

BOOKS: On Saturday from 7-10 pm, La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents a book release, signing event and pop-up art show for What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches by Peaches. The volume features Holger Talinski’s “evocative and sometimes erotic photos of transgressive musical icon Peaches” with text/essays by Peaches, Yoko Ono, Michael Stipe and Ellen Page. Both Peaches and Talinski will be present for the event.

COMEDY: The show Urban Dictionary is at NerdMelt on Saturday night at 9 pm. Hosted by James Davis, the night features comedians riffing on the latest slang and features material from Davis and his pals Al Madrigal and Neal Brennan. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

PROM: It’s RAPTURE Dance Party’s “Prom Night” at The Satellite on Saturday night. Listen to tunes of the ‘80s and ‘90s inspired by artists like Prince, Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Salt-n-Peppa, New Edition, Blondie, Talking Heads, Bobby Brown, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Debbie Deb, The Cure, TLC, George Michael, Depeche Mode and more. A prom king and queen will be crowned and prizes will be given out and prizes will be given to the best dressed, too. Admission: Free before 10 pm and $10 after. Drink specials like spiked punch and a selfie booth.

MUSIC PARODY: Kefi Studio presents Orange Is The New Musical: The Unauthorized Parody for one-night only on Saturday at 8 pm at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Created by Veronica Vasquez and directed by Julie Ouellette, the show features more than 30 actors and 15 original songs performed on stage by a live band. Tickets: $30-$34.99.

FOOD: Chef Brandon Boudet brings the Big Easy to WeHo on Saturday (and next Saturday, May 23) for Dominick's 6th Annual Crawfish Boil. From 12-4 pm, Boudet cooks up a selection of New Orleans-inspired specialties, including Crawfish by the pound, Creole Pork Meatballs, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, Crawfish Boil Artichoke, Soft Shell Crab Po' Boy and more.

WHISKY: World Whisky Day is Saturday, and to celebrate, Tom Bergin’s offers a specialty Tullamore DEW flight for $30. The flight includes four 1 oz. pours of Tullamore’s regular, 10-year, 12-year and special edition Phoenix. On Sunday, Bergin’s pays homage to Mad Men, with a classic cocktail menu created by Beverage Director Brandi Boles. The drinks were inspired by characters from the show. The bar will air the series finale in both its East Coast time slot at 7 pm and West Coast at 10 pm. Fans are encouraged to dress up in their best 50s, 60s, and 70s wardrobe.

DANCE: DJ/producer The Magician brings his POTION event to Exchange in DTLA on Saturday night with sets by The Magician, Darius and Dadon. Ages 21+. Tickets: $35-$125. 10 pm.

SUNDAY, MAY 17

ART WALK: The 36th annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auctions takes place on Sunday beginning at noon, with proceeds from all events, tours and auctions going to the Venice Family Clinic, which serves 20,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients of the free clinic. Hosted at Google Los Angeles, admission is free to the silent art auction and community festivities (noon to 6 pm). Enjoy gourmet food trucks and restaurants, music, muralists, a dog day care “Barking Lot,” artisan shops and more.

MUSIC + ART FESTIVAL: UR Art Festival returns to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica for its 2015 opening party featuring Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) on Sunday from 1-10 pm. The fest combines music, live-painting, food and fashion. Performing are M.A.N.D.Y. Garza (DJ set), Dance Spirit and John Wander: Roam Music. Food trucks: Soho Taco, Coconut Man LA, Van Leeuwen ice cream and more. Tickets: $25+ fees.

LIVE READ: Jason Reitman’s Live Read series is at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday night for a special event, Mad Men: Live Read and Screening of the Series Finale. The evening opens up with Reitman casting and directing a read of the Mad Men season 1 finale, “The Wheel” (surprises are guaranteed), followed by a screening of the AMC show’s series finale. Tickets: $50-$150. 6 pm.

ART: The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs presents an art show that features 2015 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artists Fellowships. These mid-career artists, who include Miyoshi Barosh, Kelly Barrie, Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu (B + U), Jeff Colson, Marcelyn Gow, Alexandra Grant, Harold Greene, Sherin Guirguis, Elizabeth Leister, Alan Nakagawa and Barbara Strasen, have created works specifically for C.O.L.A. The opening reception is from 2-5 pm on Sunday at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park. The exhibition will remain on view through June 28.

Related: LAist’s May Guide

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