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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. Now, no more excuses...get out there and play. Don’t forget to check out other picks in our monthly column, too. Read on for all the details.


COMIC BOOK ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents the book release and signing party for Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glen Bray Collection from 7-9 pm on Friday. Artists featured in the book include Charles Addams, Al Capp, Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Al Hirschfeld, Art Young and many more. Bray will be in attendance to sign his book and will be joined by Robert Williams, who wrote the book’s foreword. Free.

PHOTO: There are a couple of photography events in L.A. this weekend, including the inaugural Photo Independent Fair at Raleigh Studios . Running through Sunday, the fair focuses on the work of independent photographers and features panel discussions, lectures, roundtables and tours. Also on view is Mysterious Barricades, a solo exhibit by musician Andy Summers of The Police. Opening Night premiere party on Friday from 7-10pm ($100). Hours: Saturday from 11am-7pm and Sunday, April 27 from 11 am-6 pm. Parking: $10, Van Ness Avenue entrance.

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MOPLA: The Month of Photography Los Angeles comes to an end with its official closing night event at Boulevard3 on Friday. The evening celebrates rock’n’roll photography from artists like Neil Zlozower, Stephen Stickler and Sean Murphy, and also features projections of new and revisited work from MOPLA 2014. An RSVP is required for this event.

ART: Artist and pro-skateboarder Chad Muska opens up his private studio at WerkArtz to the public for one-night only on Friday from 7-11 pm. His solo art show, Alignment, encompasses textural painting, sculpture and more. RSVP to attend .

PHOTO: Paris Photo Los Angeles takes over Paramount Pictures Studios’ New York Street backlot from Friday through Sunday. The fair hosts more than 80 leading art galleries and art book dealers from 18 countries. There’s also a special tribute to Dennis Hopper and screenings of his film The Last Movie. Hours: noon to 7 pm on April 25 and 26; noon to 6 pm on Sunday. Admission: $20-$40. Parking: $12.

COMEDY: The Shit Show , a TBS-featured stand-up comedy showcase, is at The Good Nite in North Hollywood on Friday at 8 pm. Hosted by Ever Mainard (Just for Laughs, Bridgetown Comedy Festival), the lineup includes headliner Baron Vaughn, C.J. Toledano, Aaron Weaver, Mollie Merkel, Ryan Walker and Joe McAdam. Tickets are free in advance ( or $5 cash at the door.

FILM: Landmark’s Nuart Theatre presents a special one-week engagement of the newly restored science fiction and noir thriller, Alphaville , directed by legendary director Jean-Luc Godard. Debuting in 1965, the film’s set in a “distant, dystopian future controlled by a cloud-like computer known as Alpha 60.” Tickets: $9-$11.

MUSEUM: The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena hosts a college night for students on Friday from 7-9 pm. Meet the curators and conservator and get the down-low on the museum’s paintings and sculptures, including the special exhibition In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas or the photography exhibition Face It: The Photographic Portrait. Students get in for free with ID and receive 25% off all food. 7-9 pm. Registration is recommended but not required.

MUSIC: There’s a music showcase event at Swing House Studios in Hollywood featuring the bluesy sounds of Franky Perez & The Truth (11 pm), Illumination Road (10 pm) and Kansas City Bankroll (9 pm). Dogtown Dogs food truck will be onsite, and complimentary beverages are available from Standing Sun wines. Free, but RSVP required. 21+. Doors at 8:30 pm.


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24-HOUR FILM: Amateur and pro filmmakers alike are being asked to participate in a citywide film collaboration on Saturday called Your Day. Your City. Your Future. It’s a 24-hour filming event that asks people to document what’s happening in their community on that particular day and then contribute the video for a historic documentary. The project is from the founders of One Day on Earth —”the award-winning team behind the first documentary to film in every country in the world during the same 24-hour period of October 10, 2010 (10/10/10).”

RUN/WALK: We Run the Grove is a free 13.1 mile run/walk to support the American Heart Association. Located in The Park at The Grove, participants can enjoy breakfast, activities and a photo op after the run. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $15 that goes to the American Heart Association. 9 am-1 pm.

FALLEN FRUIT: There’s a Free Metro Art Tour with Fallen Fruit on Saturday from 11 am-2 pm in honor of Earth Day. Ride with Fallen Fruit art collective on the Metro Gold Line to explore public art and neighborhood history. The free event begins with a lemonade stand at the entrance to historic Union Station and ends at the Armory in Pasadena

PARTY: & B+B Productions present YoloPalooza an evening of fun with live bands, solo performers and DJ's on Saturday from 3 pm to 2 am at Johnny Winx's Hollywood on Las Palmas. No cover and drink specials during the day. RSVP to be put on the guest list.

FILM: The REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival 2014 begins Saturday and runs for the next three weekends with “adventurous programs filled with magical, exhilarating live-action and animated short films by acclaimed auteurs and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world.” The films screened can appeal to kids of all ages. Tickets: $5.

ART + LIT: Juxtapoz Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary at The Well in Downtown LA on Saturday for a launch of the Juxtapoz Psychedelic book release. There’s a reception from 7 pm to midnight with an accompanying exhibition from a number of artists—including Alex and Allyson Grey who will be painting live. 21+. The art will be on view through May 13.

DRIVE-IN: Electric Dusk Drive-In near DTLA’s Fashion District screens the cult classic Harold and Maude (1971), about a boy and a very very older woman who develop a friendship that turns into an unexpected love story. Gates at 6:30 pm. Screening at 8 pm. Tickets: $9-11.

FILM + MUSIC: The Goethe Institut Los Angeles presents Sempelfest on Saturday from 2-10 pm. The one-day festival welcomes filmmaker Peter Sempel who’ll screen a special eight-hour marathon of his art music films, including Dandy, 1988; Kazuo Ohno-Just Visiting This Planet, 1991; Nina Hagen Punk+Glory, 1999; Lemmy, 2002; and Ameise der Kunst/Animals of Art, 2010. Tickets: $10.

STORYTELLING: The Craigslist Monologues returns to M Bar in Hollywood on Saturday with actresses Natalie Lander and Brittany Ross inviting surprise guests to read actual posts from Craigslist, “each bringing their own take to the already outlandish postings. “ Doors at 7 pm and show at 8. Tickets: $15 at the door with a $10 food/drink minimum.


MUSIC: David J of Bauhaus / Love & Rockets fame performs solo at Los Globos on Sunday as part of his An Eclipse of Ships tour. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $15-$20.

SALON: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association presents the latest installment of its Sunday Salon with the theme Poetry Noir and the Architecture of Death. Poets Suzanne Lummis and Cece Peri and actress Dale Raoul will present a series of readings that explore poetry noir’s popular themes: “crime, decay, anonymity, hauntings from the past and a palpable sense of place and feel unique to Los Angeles.” It’s followed by a talk by architectural historian Nathan Marsak, author of Los Angeles Neon, who’ll discuss the city’s great public mausolea. The salon is free and takes place from 12-2pm on the mezzanine of Les Noces du Figaro.

ART: The exhibition Cinema Vezzoli opens at MOCA on Sunday and runs through Aug. 11. In this solo show, artist Francesco Vezzoli deconstructs film, art and celeb culture by exploring both high and popular culture. “Cinema Vezzoli outlines how Vezzoli plays with the world of classic European cinema and contemporary Hollywood stardom as a mirror to today's obsession with fame, politics and the public exposure of private lives.” Admission: $7-$12.

MUSIC: The Grand Ole Echo highlights L.A.’s Americana, roots and country scene on Sunday with an early show. On the bill: Paul Chesne Band
Fairbanks, Paul Inman's Delivery and Alana Amram. Doors at 3 pm with music starting on the back porch at 4 pm and indoors on the mainstage at 5 pm. Free and all ages.

COMEDY: Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity (HFC) movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease is putting on a standup comedy showcase on Sunday at the Comedy Living Room in Hollywood. Hosted by Jamar Neighbors, the lineup includes Joe Mande (Parks & Recreation, Kroll Show), Brett Gelman (Adult Swim, Funny or Die), Jeff Wild (Chelsea Lately), Ian Karmel (Chelsea Lately), Fahim Anwar (Neighbors), Ari Katcher (NBC Pilot), Jon Schabl, Aaron Weaver and a surprise guest. Free jarritos and beer with entrance. Tickets: $10-$13.

BEATS + EATS: Beats Bistro presents a Korean-themed LA Seoul night at the Troubadour on Sunday featuring music by headliner DANakaDAN and supporting acts KRNFX, Style 2 Kill and Ruth & the Brothers K. Little bites will be provided by Kokio Chicken. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $15-18. VIP Tix for $40.00.


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