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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. And don’t forget to check our Pride Guide and the June events guide for other suggestions.


ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery opens four art exhibitions on Friday: In Seasons Change, Chris B. Murray uses mediums such as watercolor, graphite, ink, pastel, charcoal, gouache, gold leaf and ink stamp; Joel Nakamura’s Bento Box examines what it was like growing up Japanese American; Jasmine Worth’s Sacred Feminine crafts scenes around the ever-changing meaning of “feminine”; and in Humors, William Zdan explores the “connections between medicine, secular art and social defiance.” The opening reception is from 8-11 pm and the art will be on view through June 29.

COMEDY: Cemeteries aren’t just for movies (and dead people). The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever presents the show Comedy is Dead featuring comedians Maria Bamford, Steve Agee, Matt Besser, Andy Kindler, Johnny Pemberton, Karen Kilgariff, Eliza Skinner and Solomon Georgio. The evening is hosted by the WOMEN comedy troupe (Dave Ross, Jake Weisman, Allen Strickland Williams and Pat Bishop). Doors at 8 pm. Show at 9 pm. Show is 18+. Beer and Wine bar for 21+ (cash only). Free parking on site. Tickets: $20.

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DOUGHNUTS AND DRINKS: BLD celebrates National Doughnut Day by offering a pairing of pastry chef Mariah Swan’s five doughnut creations with a flight of premium bourbons from 3-11 pm. Here’s just one example of what’s on the menu: Rocky Road Doughnut (salted caramel glaze, toasted almonds, cinnamon marshmallows, chocolate sauce) paired with the Elijah Craig 12 Year. Single doughnuts are $3, or $6 when paired with bourbon. A flight of three doughnuts is $9, or $18 with bourbon. And all five doughnuts are $15, or $24 with bourbon.

MUSIC: Los Globos presents the prog/experimental sounds of Megafauna, with support by Death Valley Girls and The Echo & The Sound. The show is 18+. Tickets: $10.

VIDEOGAMES: Nintendo kicks off a national tour in LA this weekend, by setting up a videogame playground at the Westfield Mall in Culver City, Friday through Sunday. Attendees can play popular Nintendo 2DS games, such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi’s New Island, Pokémon X, Pokemon Y, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D—for free.


BOOKS + RECORDS: Sonos Studio opens its doors on Saturday for a community event that includes a pop-up record store selling collectable vinyl and guest DJs (Ruben Molina, 12:30 Sam Swig, Liza Richardson, Egon, Lily Wen, Eilon Paz, Sheila B., Greg Belson, Chris Silver and Brian B+ Cross) spinning tunes. The event is being held to celebrate the release of photographer Eilon Paz’s coffee table book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting. Some of the photos from the book will be on view in an exhibition at the studio, too.

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MUSIC FEST: 14 cities around the world—including L.A.—are participating in the 2nd Annual Unfuck The World Day (UTW) on Saturday from 2-11 pm. UTW is a “global movement that inspires everyday people to take POSITIVE ACTION in their communities.” The day brings together local bands, live art, food vendors and inspiring projects. The UTW Day in L.A., an all-ages, zero-waste event, is being held at Fonogenic Studios in Van Nuys. The lineup features Louden Swain, Thick As Thieves Macajey, Karmi, Possum Belly, Dewey & The Peoples, Alicia Murphy, Steed Lord, Drew Imagination & DJ Cannon, Darin Bennett and more. Tickets: $15-$20.

ART: Project Gallery and Hot Rod LA present Print Show, featuring limited-edition prints by CANTSTOPGOODBOY, Moby, Serj Tankian, Brandon Boyd, Ian Ross, Jeremiah Kille, Gentleman’s Game and Hueman. The opening reception is from 7-10 pm on Saturday at Hot Rod LA on Westwood Boulevard.

MACHINE ART: Machine Inspired Art (MIA) and the band Got Damage present A L T E R — an evening of audio/visual stimuli on Saturday night. Live performances by Illie, Got Damage and VerBs (DJ Set); projections by John Gray. 9-midnight at MIA in DTLA. Tickets: $10 (available online only). 21+.

FILM : The folks at Arena Cinema in Hollywood wanted to call the Italian horror film Neverlake to our attention. A girl is called upon by 3,000-year-old spirits to help return lost artifacts and save the lives of missing kids. The film plays for two nights only (Saturday at 7:45 and 9:30 pm and Sunday at 7 pm). Admission: $12.

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ART + GAMES: GiantRobot,, DESTRUCTOID and Meat Bun present Game Over, an art exhibition and game night at Giant Robot 2. Play Kyoto Wild, a four-player weapons battle by Teddy Diefenbach; Scratch Race, a racing game, by Messhof and Ben Vancee’s The Pack with art by Rob Sato Works. Artists in the exhibition include: Aaron Brown, Alex Chiu, Andrew Hem, Dan Goodsell, Luke Chueh and so many more. The work remains on view through June 18. Opening reception is from 6:30-10 pm with the art on view through June 18.

CARNIVAL: Down the Rabbit Hole: A Bootleg Benefit Carnival is being held at the Bootleg on Saturday night from 7-11 pm, and it’s hosted by multitalented performer John C. Reilly. The adults-only Wonderland themed carnival features games (dunk tank, bounce house), performances (including Theatre Movement Bazaar, Roger Guenveur Smith, Paula Killen and aerialist Pamela Samuels), food & wine, prizes and other surprises. The proceeds go towards Bootleg Theater and its 2014 World Premiere production of Exiles. Tickets: $50 general admission and include dinner and drinks.

ART: ACME. gallery presents the group exhibition OK Great THANKS this is SO RIDICULOUS, curated by Brion Nuda Rosch. Works by Joshua Abelow, Brian Belott, Trudy Benson, Beni Bischof, Brian Bress, John Michael Boling, Nicole Cherubini, Mark Delong, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Joseph Montgomery, Tucker Nichols, Brion Nuda Rosch, Cordy Ryman, Jessica Stockholder, Russell Tyler, Lindsey White and Eric Yahnker. The opening reception is Saturday from 6-8 pm, with the works on view through July 12.

MUSIC: LACMA presents the next installment of its Latin Sounds series featuring a free concert by Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira with LA’s own Eyedentity​ on Saturday at 5 pm. Free.

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MUSIC FEST: Make Music Pasadena is a free (or $5 suggested donation), all-ages music festival in Downtown Pasadena from 11 am until 11 pm on Saturday. Headliners include Surfer Blood, Yuna, Tennis Music, SAINT MOTEL, Sylvan Esso, Finish Ticket, Andy Allo and Run River North and many others on five stages.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Noted photographer Kharen Hill presents Out the Window (5 Days in Kenya) an exhibition of her work shot during a five day tour through Kenya, accompanying the band Jars of Clay. The photos will be sold and the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit Blood:Water to fight against AIDS and provide water for Kenya. The opening reception is on Saturday from 6-9 pm at 2114 South Sepulveda Blvd.

MUSICIANS MARKET: Bring new or used gear to the Musician’s Market LA at KGB Studios in Chinatown from 10 am-6 pm. It’s a swap meet to buy, sell or trade instruments, accessories, autographs, microphones, amps, records and recording gear, collectibles, apparel, posters, art and jewelry, DJ gear or other music-related items. Admission is $5 and you can bring up to four items to sell or trade, additional items are $2 each. Vendor space is available also.

LIT: Diesel, A Bookstore in Malibu hosts Garrison Keillor at the store on Saturday at 7 pm, who read from his latest collection, The Keillor Reader. He’s being introduced by two of Keillor’s fans: Martin Sheen and Dick Van Dyke. Customers may reserve a seat with each copy of The Keillor Reader bought from Diesel call the store at 310.456.9960 for more details.

MUSIC: Good lineup at The Echo on Saturday night with LA-based band Futures League, playing their brand of ‘60’s-inflected psych-garage rock. The band’s upcoming EP, Don't Be A Drag is out on Tuesday. They open for Nashville-based punk rockers Pujol. Tickets: $8-$10. Doors at 5:30 pm. All ages.

FILM: NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) holds its monthly screening tonight of new short films and a feature at AT&T Center in Downtown LA. This month, NFMLA partners with NUVOtv’s Nu Point of View for The Emerging Latino Filmmakers program. The first short program begins at 6 pm, followed by a second slate of films at 7:45 pm. The feature screening—Dreamer by Jesse Salmeron—begins at 9 pm. There are pre-and post-receptions for each program to meet the actors and crew. Tickets: $5 online or $7 at the door or $15 for an all-night access pass, which includes complimentary drinks.


ART: The Autry opens the exhibition Route 66: The Road and the Romance on Sunday. Featuring more than 250 items and artifacts, including vintage gas pumps and neon art; Dorothea Lange’s photography; Woody Guthrie’s guitar; Jack Kerouac’s typewriter scroll of On the Road and John Steinbeck’s original handwritten manuscript for The Grapes of Wrath. The exhibition runs through Jan. 4, 2015. Admission: $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors (60+).

GRAFFITI ART: Last year, more than 150 of LA’s leading graffiti artists responded to a 16th century manuscript liber amicorum (book of friends) from the Getty Research Institute and contributed works on paper to be bound into a single book, the Getty Black Book. The Getty Research Institute and the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) present Scratch, an exhibition of new graffiti art, along with the Getty Book and liber amicorum through Sept. 21. Admission is free. Hours on Sunday are 10 am to 5 pm.

FESTIVAL: U.R ART Music Festival is a new monthly series featuring the music, food, fashion and art at Bergamot Station from noon until 11pm. Music performances by fest producer Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Philipp Jung of M.A.N.D.Y., Deep-LA's Marques Wyatt and more. Live art installations by muralists Ivo Vergara, Mario Arteaga and Mike Baker. All ages (7 and under enter free).

ART: LACMA opens its latest exhibition Expressionism in Germany and France at the Resnick Pavilion. The exhibition features Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings by more than 40 artists—including Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Signac—that the Expressionists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter and Franz Marc. The show remains on view through Sept. 14. Tickets: $10-$15.


- Your Guide to Outdoor Movie Screenings in Los Angeles
- Pride Guide
- June Events Guide

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