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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. Check out our September Guide for details on additional events this weekend like the L.A. Chocolate Salon, Way Over Yonder Festival, the San Gennaro Festival and more.

We’ll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


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COMEDY: On Friday night at 7 pm, NerdMelt presents Arguments & Grievances—a comedy debate show (and podcast) featuring comedians taking sides on outlandish topics with audiences choosing the winner. Comedians and debate topics are: Rhea Butcher vs. Dave Ross (Garage vs. Basement); Sean O'Connor vs. Julian McCullough (Mr. Burns vs. Ken Burns); Ian Karmel vs. Joe Kilgallon (The Movie vs. The Book) and James Fritz vs. Allison Stevenson (Giving a F*ck vs Not Giving a F*ck). All ages with parent or guardian 21 or older. Tickets: $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

LOOPS: Later on Friday at NerdMelt, LoopDeLoop—an animation challenge series—presents a special screening of Moon Animate, Make-Up!It’s a sort of exquisite corpse group animation project in which animators “re-animated an entire ep of Sailor Moon, shot by shot” in their own styles. 9 pm. All ages, and best of all, the event is free.

MUSIC: Phish’s Trey Anastasio plays the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night with the LA Phil performing orchestral versions of compositions from his 30-year career. The entire program is sure to be an eclectic night of music with opener Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire (with Bryce Dessner of The National) and the yMusic ensemble, performing selections from Parry’s new release, Music for Heart and Breath. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $13-$111.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Los Angeles Center of Photography (formerly known as The Julia Dean Photo Workshops) holds an opening reception on Friday from 7-10 pm for a new group show: Visual Mixtape: New Photography. The show features the works of 14 artists and celebrates contemporary photography. The works will remain on view through Oct. 24.


BIKE RACING: Wolfpack Hustle presents its Race Series Finale: The HP Gran Prix in Huntington Park on Saturday night. This bike race is an all-out sprint starting at Pacific Boulevard (at Zoe) and single-speed only. (Riders using geared systems will be required to prove that their gear shift system is disabled.) One man and one woman will receive Dog Tags, prizes and cash for best times. The event starts at 5 pm with the finale races at 7 pm. For nonriders, there’s food trucks, DJs and other vendor booths. Free to watch the races.

BIKE TOUR: C.I.C.L.E. holds a great-sounding event, sponsored by Metro, on Saturday. Glendale: The Jewel City Tour leads riders to Porto’s Bakery, the Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Meet at 9:30 am at the Glendale Metrolink Station. The ride leaves promptly at 10 am and returns to the start by 12:30 pm. Bring water, a snack and, of course, a good working bike. Free.

POOL PARTY:Crew Love takes over the Mondrian’s pool for a party with a mix of DJs and live performance from 1-9 pm. Crew Love artists on the bill are: Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Nick Monaco and Navid Izadi (live). Tickets: $20. For table reservations please contact or call 323-848-6025.

DUBLAB: Web radio pioneer dublab celebrates 15 years of adventurous programming on Saturday with a party at Bedrock.LA from 4-10 pm. The party starts exactly 15 years to the date and hour dublab started broadcasting and will feature live music performances, DJ Sets, film projections, custom t-shirt screen-printing, food trucks and art installations. Performers include: Anenon, Carlos Niño, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Farmer Dave Scher, Gifted and Blessed, Low Limit, Metro Gnome (Butchy Fuego & Angel Deradoorian), Monkey Mark, Puro Instinct, Sana Shenai (Jimmy Tamborello & Nanny Cantaloupe), Secret Circuit, SFV Acid, Slayron, Suzanne Kraft, The Urxed and others. Admission is free before 6 pm and $10 after.

SALE: The first Melrose Sidewalk Sale takes place on Saturday along Melrose Avenue from Fairfax to just past La Brea, beginning at noon. Dozens of participating stores will set up racks and tables on the sidewalk, offering merchandise at 10-50% off) and area restaurants will offer specials all day. There are also live in-store music performances and art shows scheduled.

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ART AND SCIENCE: As part of this year’s Art and Science (AxS) Festival in Pasadena, Machine Project has taken over the historic Gamble House for a 17-day “artist intervention.” While a number of activities are happening at the house on Saturday, including spoken word, archeology activities, dance performances and projections, there’s a “secret kitchen” happening at noon. Its description piqued our interest: “A conveyor belt delivers small bites of Swiss-Japanese fusion cuisine from the Gamble House’s basement. The menu features some of original owner Mary Gamble’s recipes as well as a few other ‘secret’ menu items.”

PERFORMANCE: MOCA's performance series Step and Repeatcontinues on Saturday at The Geffen Contemporary, bringing together performance art, music, poetry and comedy. The lineup this weekend includes performances by: Le1F collaborating with Isla Jones (and featuring dancers from Reach LA); comedy collective Power Violence; and performance artists Yung Jake and Barbara T. Smith and Fade To Mind present Los Angeles based DJs Kingdom, Nguzunguzu and Prince Will. Doors open at 5:30 pm and performances run from 6-11 pm. Food trucks and cash bar from 6-10 pm. Tickets: $20; $10 MOCA members.

FARM DAY: The second annual Ventura County Farm Day takes place on Saturday. Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara County residents can explore the 21 farms that have opened their doors for the day and provide a variety of fun family-friendly activities for free. Check the website for participating farms.

ART: Scars and Stripes—a pop-up exhibition of new work by British artist, D*Face, opens Saturday at 315 S. Robertson Blvd. in WeHo. Presented by PMM Art Projects, Scars and Stripes features 30 large-scale portraits, sculptures and installations both inside and outside the gallery space. Two limited-edition prints will be available for purchase on Sept. 27-28. Opening night reception: 6:30-10 pm.

VINTAGE MARKETPLACE: A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace takes place on Saturday at Cooper Design Space in DTLA, bringing together 50 premier vintage dealers for its fall edition. Shop rare, collectable or wearable items and accessories from 1-7 pm. Admission: $10. Preview admission starts at noon and those tickets are $20.

CHICKEN + WAFFLE CONES: For one-night only, Carb & Nation brings the first West Coast Chicken and Waffle Cone experience to Glassell Park from 5-11 pm. Two different dishes are being offered on Saturday night: American Style with fried chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, apple coleslaw with a lemon-coriander dressing, fig syrup and goat cheese. The Indonesian Style waffle cone includes coconut rice, pickled veggies, Indonesian fried chicken, coconut-kaffir syrup and sambal.

MUSIC PARTY: Stones Throw has a pop-up shop celebration of Cassette Store Day on Saturday from 3-10 pm in Highland Park. Free beer from Stone Brewing Co. and free coffee from Verve. DJs include Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Mndsgn, Matthewdavid, Knxwledge and special guests who’ll be mixing cassette tapes live. Free.

FOOD CLUSTER TRUCK: Angel City Brewery holds a food cluster truck competition in which several trucks are invited to create a dish with a special ingredient. Guests vote on their favorites. This month’s ingredient is the brewery’s own Oktoberfest beer. Participating trucks include: Phantom, Hurricane Kitchen and Midnight Mission Culinary Program. Each truck will either use the beer as an ingredient or create the best dish to pair it with. 12-6 pm. Winner announced at 6:30 pm. Buy a $5 Cluster Truck ticket (to sample from each truck and get a ticket for a discounted $4 pint of Oktoberfest).

MUSICAL: Bronies: The Musical returns for six weeks only beginning on Saturday at 8 pm at Third Street Theatre. The musical focuses on “three outsiders who find purpose, meaning, love and each other thanks to My Little Pony, and also features a strong anti-bullying message.” Tickets: $25-$30.6 weeks only.

FILM TALK: Prospect House Entertainment and Glendale Arts presents the first event in the Robert Altman Series of Q&A screenings at the Alex Theatre. The director’s anti-war comedy M*A*S*H (1970) screens in 35mm on Saturday at 7:30 pm. A Q&A with cast members Elliott Gould (Trapper John McIntrye), Sally Kellerman (‘Hot Lips’ O’Houlihan) and Bud Cort (Pvt. Boone) takes place before the screening.


FESTIVAL:The 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival takes place along a mile-long stretch along Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. There are dozens of games, food trucks and booths, five live music stages and 300 quality vendors, from art to jewelry to handcrafted goods expected. The festival is free, but buy Early Bird Fast Pass tickets (i.e. skip the lines with a dedicated pickup station and dedicated bartender at any beer & spirit garden) for $35.

SHORT FILMS: The International Cinematographers Guild presents the 18th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards on Sunday at 5 pm at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The evening includes a screening of short films and an awards presentation for winners, who are some of ICGs most distinguished Directors of Photography. A cocktail reception follows. Some content may not be appropriate for children. Free parking on Hayworth. Tickets: $20.

DANCE: The Brand Associates’ Dance Series continues its series of performances at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale on Sunday at 2 pm. This series presents SoCal dance companies performing in the Skylight Gallery. Sunday features the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, and in upcoming weeks, the Djanbazian Dance Company takes to the floor on Oct. 12, followed by Benita Bike’s DanceArt on Oct. 26. The performances will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet the artists. Free.

COMEDY: On Sunday night, the Satellite LA presents Neil Hamburger: Live Entertainment, a comedy show featuring Maria Bamford, Major Entertainer Mike H, Sam Simmons, Kate Berlant, Chelsea Peretti and of course, Hamburger. Doors at 8 pm and show at 9 pm. Tickets: $8. The show is 21+.

RIVER PARTY: Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) teams with Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head, Samuel Adams, Big Sky Brewing Co and Alaskan Brewing Co to present the LA beer week-inspired Out-Of-Towners LA River Party. This little party gives out-of-town breweries a chance to give back to LA with proceeds going to benefit Friends of the LA River and The LA River Kayak Safari Community Paddle. There will be live music, food trucks and games like Bocce ball and cornhole. Tickets: $20 in advance and $22 at the door. The price includes a logo'd stainless steel pint glass, two pints of beer and two (4 oz) tasters of specialty brews (while supplies last). Additional pints are $6.


- Your Ultimate Guide to September Events

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