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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 25 events. Check out our October Guide for details on additional events, and we'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


FILM: The Academy at LACMA presents the film series Haunted Screens: Expressionism in the German Cinema and its Influence with a double feature of Faust on Friday night. At 7:30 pm, F.W. Murnau’s 1926 version screens with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla and introduction cinematographer John Bailey. It’s followed at 9:30 pm by the 1994 version directed by Jan Švankmajer. Tickets for the double feature: $5 and $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID.

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ART: Eat More Art Out Productions presents Come and Knock On Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter at NerdMelt on Friday at 7 pm. It’s a show that pays homage to one of the best sitcoms of all time with art by Dave Macdowell, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Yelley and others. There’ll be music, food trucks, an open bar, treats, photo-ops. Artwork and prints will be for sale.

MUSIC: Joe Westerlund of bands Califone and Megafaun presents his latest solo project, Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra: a Psychedelic Children’s Song-Cycle for Adults at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park. The evening features collaborations with Los Angeles musicians, including Casey Anderson, Casey Butler, Brendan Carn and Joshua Gerowitz. Miles Cooper Seaton of Akron/Family (Brooklyn) opens the night with “an improvised drone set.” Suggested donation: $5-$10.

DESIGN FAIR: The WestEdge Design Fair takes over the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from Oct. 16-19. Friday through Sunday are open to the public with various products, exhibitors, educations programs, discussions and other events. The show opens at 11 each day. Tickets are $20 or $25 onsite. Evening events require a separate ticket.

FILM + MUSIC: On Friday, Front Porch Cinema presents a free, pop-up performance by indie-pop band, SaintMotel at the Santa Monica Pier on Friday at 6 pm. The band plays before the screening of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and does a meet and greet for fans after the show.

LAUGHS: Who isn’t performing at Hilarity for Charity’s (HFC) 3rd Annual Los Angeles Variety Show on Friday night at The Hollywood Palladium? HFC is a movement led by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and inspire change. In addition to appearances by co-founders Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, other participants include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Craig Robinson and The Nasty Delicious, Mayer Hawthorne, Kumail Nanjiani, Bell Biv DeVoe and more. $150-$1,000.


ART + HOMEBOYS: Homeboy Industries is holding its 5th Annual Every Angeleno Counts 5k Run/Walk, complete with a festival and art show. There's a variety of food vendors, including the brand new Homeboy Industries food truck; music; kids’ activities; local vendors; and entertainment along the route. And 30 percent of sale proceeds from the art show—featuring art by Robbie Conal, Emerald, Richard Ahern, Wini Brewer and Shepard Fairey—goes toward Homeboy's social programs. The race begins at 8 am and the art show and festivities continue until noon.

OKTOBURFEST: Burbank celebrates OktoBURFest on Saturday, offering more than 60 varieties of craft beer, special menus from downtown Burbank eateries and tunes spun by KCRW's Gary Calamar. The second edition of the festival takes place in a special biergarten on San Fernando Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Angeleno Avenue. Tickets: $45 for general admission (2-7 pm) and $55 for the VIP reception (12-2 pm). VIP tickets include access to rare and high quality drafts.

TIME WARP: 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center, hosts the "Let's Do the Time Warp" Dance-a-thon to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The dance takes place on Saturday from 8 to midnight at The Unique Space in DTLA, and features five DJs, dancing and prizes for Best Dressed, Best Dancer, Most Convincing Robot, etc. Lots of other surprises and special guests, too, including Moby and the Sklar Brothers. Tickets: $25, which includes an open bar, courtesy of Tito's Handmade Vodka and Golden Road Brewing and other snacks and freebies.

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FILM HISTORY: There's an interesting program at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA) and American Cinematheque: Dying for Deco: The Funerary Extravagances of the Art Deco Era. "The 1920s and ’30s saw an overwhelming change in all of the decorative arts including such funerary decorations as caskets, hearses, headstones, cenotaphs, and mausoleums." Former ADSLA president Rory Cunningham gives an illustrated presentation of monuments honoring the departed from around the world; historian Nathan Marsak displays some of collection of embalming fluid bottles and other funerary relics of the period. The program is followed by a screening of the Universal horror picture Dracula's Daughter (1936). The festivities begin with cake at 1 pm to celebrate the Egyptian's 92nd birthday, and the program starts at 2 pm. Tickets: $11.

ART: The Good Luck Gallery presents a new exhibition Ye Olde Thrifte Shoppe, thrift store paintings and high fire ceramics from the collection of Tova Celine, an LA clothing designer who has been collecting from thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets for 35 years. The show's emphasis is on portraiture —ranging from "cats to kings." The show opens on Saturday and runs through Nov. 15. The opening reception is next Saturday, Oct. 25.

MUSIC: Mike Doughty, former frontman for Soul Coughing and now solo star plays an early show at 8 pm at the Mint on Saturday night. Tickets: $18 in advance / $21 day of show. Ages: 21+.

ART + MUSIC: Mosaic, a new art and music event, launches on Saturday night at The Westmoreland in Ktown (near the Vermont/Wilshire stop on the Metro). Deep house and nudisco DJ sets will be spun by MIster Blaqk, Sonder and Brian Polar, and art installations and activations are being conducted by members of Art Share LA and Cartwheel Art. 9 pm to 2 am. The event is 21+. Tickets: $10.

DRINK: Three Weavers—Inglewood's first brewery—opens to the public on Saturday, and they're throwing a party from 2-8 pm. Taste their beers, listen to live music and sample the good from the food trucks onsite. Tickets: $20 ($25 cash at the door) includes a Three Weavers pint glass to keep, four full pours (additional beer tickets will be available for purchase). Proceeds from the opening will benefit the community's I Have A Dream Foundation of Los Angeles.

ART + MUSIC: The 11:11 art collective opens The Villain Show, which features artwork that "depicts the most gruesome, the most despicable, the crooks, the scoundrels...The villains we love to hate." The opening reception is on Saturday from 7-11 pm in Tarzana, with music, live art and installations, retail vendors and art of sale. Featured artists include: 2blok, 4614, Addy Gonzalez Renteria, Alan Sanchez and many more. Admission: $5.

Home movie day at Wende Museum. (Image: Courtesy of the museum)
HOME MOVIES: Saturday marks the 12th annual Home Movie Day and this year the Wende Museum and the Goethe-Institut are hosting events. The free event asks Angelenos to bring in their old home movies for an open screening in the afternoon from noon to 4 pm, followed by a 7 pm screening of the program From the East: Home Movies in the Collection of the Wende Museum. (RSVP for evening screening needed.) Both events will be held at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles on the Miracle Mile. Formats accepted for the opening screening are 8mm, Super8 and 16mm film as well as VHS videotape. They may also be able to accommodate the more obscure formats such as 9.5mm and 28mm, too.

MUSIC: Silver Lake celebrates the 20th annual Music Box Steps Day on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. The film festival and family friendly event commemorates the "famed film site of Laurel & Hardy’s 1932 Oscar-winning short film 'The Music Box.' Its aim, first and foremost, is to commemorate the 133 stairs upon which the classic comedy team attempted, with hilarious results, to deliver a player piano to a hilltop house." In addition to the multiple screenings of the Laurel & Hardy film, the day also features Laurel & Hardy lookalikes, free food, a magic show, educational presentations and displays, prizes and surprises.


The Los Angeles Master Chorale screens 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' on Sunday. (Image: Jamie Pham)
SILENT FILM: The Los Angeles Master Chorale presents a rare screening of the restored1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" by Carl Dryer at Walt Disney Concert Hall. There's a live performance of Richard Einhorn's 1994 work "Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc," inspired by and written for the film. Tickets: $29-$129.

FILM : Women and Film and Television Group presents an advanced screening of the "bawdy Euro-comedy" Wetlands, hosted by Brie Larson (Short Term 12) on Sunday at 8 pm at Cinefamily. Tickets: $12, free for members.

DRINK: To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Angel City Brewery is holding a Pint-Sized Beer Festival to support the Keep A Breast Foundation. The multi-brewery festival will showcase beers from other leading local breweries including Eagle Rock, Golden Road and Highland Park. Each brewery will serve two styles of beer and participants can sign up for one of two sessions (2-4 pm or 4:30-6:30 pm). Flatiron and Truckquito food trucks will be on site, serving up the grub. Tickets: $20 and includes eight beer tickets and a commemorative glass.

ART: The Mistake Room has an opening reception on Sunday from 1-3 pm for a solo art show byEd Clark: A Thousand Lights of Sun. "Spanning over six decades, the exhibition is anchored around two aspects of Clark’s practice—his formal contributions and innovations in abstraction and his work’s relationship to site, context, and light." The works will remain on view through Dec. 20.

KITSCH: The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS present the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Sriracha Festival on Sunday in Chinatown's Central Plaza. More than a dozen restaurants are creating a variety of Sriracha-themed dishes, including desserts, which participants can eat at their own pace. Tickets: $59 in advance, and $69 per person at the door (if available). All food and drinks are included in the price. Go VIP for $90 in advance ($100 at the door if available) to include reserved seating and one-hour early admission from 2 pm to 3 pm. The festival ends at 6 pm.

FILM AND MUSIC: Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio is a documentary Martin Bisi's legendary Brooklyn recording studio, where he's worked with artists like Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock, the Dresden Dolls and many others. The documentary, co-directed by Ryan Douglass, Sara Leavitt, explores the music as the neighborhood's changes. The film screens at the Downtown Independent on Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets: $10. The screening's followed by a live performances by Martin Bisi and bandat The Smell. Other bands playing at The Smell are Bastidas and Upsilon Acrux.

BOWLING: Actress Jen Lilley from Days of Our Lives is hosting a celebrity bowling tournament on Sunday to benefit the Childhelp nonprofit that is dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Tickets start at $100 and includes bowling with your celebrity of choice, bowling shoes, food and drinks. Scheduled to participate are Nathan Kress, Chrishell Stause, Finola Hughes, Kristian Alfonso, Boo Boo Stewart and many more.


- Your Ultimate Guide to October Events

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