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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.


ART: Gallery1988 (West) opens a tribute art show dedicated to the prolific writer/director/producer, Joss Whedon with a reception from 7-10 pm. Artists have created paintings, prints, sculptures and plush works that pay homage to a number of his TV shows, films and beloved characters.

MUSIC: Jail Guitar Doors returns to the Ford Theatres on Friday at 8 pm for Rock Out 2!an all-star fundraising concert with performances by Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer and White Fence with Tim Presley. The proceeds from the concert go to new instruments for Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors (JGD-USA), which tries to reduce prisoner recidivism and raise awareness about the success rate of the arts in the corrections systems. General seats: $35-$50. A limited number of VIP packages available for $150, which includes a meet and greet with performers, reception and a JGD-USA swag bag.

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KTOWN DODGERS : It’s LA Dodgers KTOWN Baseball Night on Friday to celebrate Koreatown’s emergence as “one of the most attractive cultural hubs and tourist attractions in the city.” For $39, guests get a Dodger game ticket to the All-You-Can-Eat Pavilion with access to unlimited Dodger dogs, snacks, and soft drinks, as well as a Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead and a special KTOWN Black Card, which includes discounts from Ktown’s venues like Beer Belly, KONY Pizzeria, Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Castle 2 Korean BBQ, Eight Korean BBQ and others. The night ends with fireworks, too.

FILM FEST: The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (FICG in LA) is at the Egyptian Theatre this weekend, screening Mexican and Latin American cinema. FICG in LA includes film screenings followed by Q&As with filmmakers and talent. The gala screening of Las horas contigo (The Hours with You) directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, opens the festival on Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35.

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FILM FESTIVAL: The United Film Festival - Los Angeles is returning to the Los Feliz 3 from Sept. 5-11. It opens Friday with screenings of both shorts and feature films, including The Interview, The Cabining, For Sale and Live-In Fear. Other films screening during the festival include Chasing Notes, Burnout and #140 Characters: A Documentary About Twitter. Tickets: $10.75.

BENEFIT CONCERT: The Genesis concert, an annual benefit for Rain Phoenix’s Art of Elysium, is being held on Friday at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Curated by Spike Jones, Shepard Fairey, Karen O, Alex Ebert, Santigold, Jakob Dylan and Beck, the party starts outside behind the theater featuring live art installations. The celebration then moves indoors for live musical performances by artists such as Soko, Moses Sumney, Chuck Ellis as well as surprise guests. Tickets: $250+ fees.

MUSIC: A few tickets remain for Phantogram with special guest Tobacco. They’re playing on Friday at The Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $39.50

FESTIVAL: Feeling like a day trip this weekend? Head to the OC for the Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival. The family friendly event includes classic rock bands, BBQ rib teams coming from The BBQ Championships in Reno, Nevada. In addition to food stands and trucks onsite, there’s arts and crafts throughout variety of talents and mediums including jewelry, painting, woodworking and photography. Hours: Friday from 4-8 p.m. for art and food only; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. will feature art, food and musical performances. Individual day or weekend passes available, from $15-$65.

MUSIC: We Are Scientists play two shows in the LA area this weekend, including Friday night at The Fonda in Hollywood and Sunday night at The Glass House in Pomona(opening both nights for The Rentals). They’re touring to support their latest album TV en Français, released in March. Tickets for the Fonda show: $25. (Pomona: $20-$22).

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CHARLIE SHEEN DAY: This wins most random event of the weekend. The Infield Hot Dog Stand in Sherman Oaks celebrates Charlie Sheen’s birthday on Saturday from 12-4 pm. They’re guaranteeing at least a photo opp with Sheen’s cardboard cutout and food specials like a 2-for-1 Charlie Dogs & Deep Fried Twinkies w/Tiger Blood. They’re also holding a Charlie lookalike contest.

DANCE: To close out its season, the Ford Theatres presents choreographer Daniel Ezralow, debuting his new company, Ezralow Dance, with a site-specific world premiere performance that’s accompanied by the wild Up chamber orchestra. Tickets: $50-$80. VIP Package: $100 (includes premium seating, choice of wine or beer and on site parking). 8 pm.

ART BOOKS: The Good Luck Gallery in Chinatown turns into a bookstore this month, focusing on the collector as artist, showing selected works from the collection of renowned book dealer William Dailey. His book collection focuses on alchemy, erotica, drugs and the occult. “Extended browsing is encouraged and white gloves will not be required.” The books will be on sale from $15 to $1,500. Reception on Saturday from 7-10 pm.

ART: Regen Projects presents an exhibition of new work by LA-based artist Doug Aitken, with an opening reception on Saturday from 6-8 pm. Still Life features an "installation of new sculptural objects within a labyrinthine space." Aitken’s works will be on view through Oct. 11.

ART: The Los Angeles Art Association opens a solo show [Not Quite] Salvation with a sculptural installation by Cindy Jackson. The opening reception on Saturday night is from 6-9 pm. The works remain on view through Oct. 3.

BUSKING: The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) closes out the Summer and Music (SAM) concert season with a Buskerfest on Saturday from 5-11 pm. On the corner of 1st Street and Linden Avenue in Downtown’s East Village, the free, all-ages event features more than a dozen bands in a low-low tech setting. Performances will be held on flatbed trucks with prizes to the favorite buskers and an all-star finale to end the night.

ART: Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra holds an opening reception for two artists on Saturday night from 7-10 pm. Original watercolor artwork from Scott C.'s new children's book—Hug Machine—will be on view in the main gallery. Also, fun whimsical art from Cuddly Rigor Mortis in a collection titled Happy As Kings will also be on display. The works remain on view through until Sept. 23.

BAD FILM: Horrible Movie Night screens Sharknado 2 at NerdMelt on Saturday at 9 pm. Shouting at the screen is allowed, and the best one-liners win prizes. Hosting HMN’s big 5th anniversary show is John Mathot (Disney's Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast). There will be giveaways, standup from Sharknado expert Dan Telfer and cast appearances. Free popcorn. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MUTTS: The 5th Annual Strut Your Mutt in L.A, a canine and human run/walk to benefit the Best Friends Animal Society, takes place on Saturday at Will Rogers State Historic Park. The twilight festivities will be followed by an outdoor festival, culminating in an Eat│See│Hear (the outdoor movie, food truck and live music series) screening of Dirty Dancing. 3:30-10:30 pm. Registration fees: $20-$30.

FILM: Fester: The Mindf#ck Festival is a monthly mind-bending, and genre-bending film screening series. The films are generally not found on Netflix, iTunes or elsewhere. They’re now screening at Arena Cinema in Hollywood, and this month’s offerings include a “zombie film with a philosophical bent, a surprise party gone horribly wrong, and an incredible look at freediving.” Screening begins at 10 pm.

FILM GUIDE: On Saturday at 5 pm, Book Soup hosts film critic and writer Leonard Maltin, who discusses and signs Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide: The Modern Era—his last edition in the long-lasting book series.


COMEDY: Marty Wurst hosts a night of comedyfeaturing stand-up by Brian Scolaro, Neel Nanda, Jak Knight, Ester Steinberg, Ken Garr, Paul Danke, Maagic Collins and Rick Wood.The show is at 7 pm at The Lexington in DTLA. The event is free, no drink minimum.

FILM: The Modern School of Film’s Film: Masters series screens Female Trouble on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre. The film is director John Waters’ follow up to Pink Flamingos and was selected for screening by actor Fred Armisen and musician Harper Simon. The two then stay for a discussion about the film moderated by Modern School of Film founder Robert Milazzo after the film. Tickets: $11.

COMEDY: There’s a free showcase of rising comedy talents at The Satellite on Sunday. The Kinda Open Mic Show is a half-booked, half-open mic show featuring Guy Branum; John Roy; Janine Brito; Shadi Petosky; David Huntsberger and others. Doors at 5 pm with the show from 5:30-8pm. Drink specials.

LIT SALON: Sunset Marquis and The Agency Group present a new monthly lit series Read @ Sunset Marquis on Sunday night. The event features readings and conversations between an author and attendees. First guest is Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine, and a founding editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books.

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