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Weekend Planner: 27 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Drinks for a cause on Sunday at Sadie with Art Beyond the Glass III. (Logo Design: Dave Stolte, Home Bar Basics; Cocktail Coupe Image: Courtesy of Eric Alperin, The Varnish.)
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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 27 events (not even counting the Street Food Fest or the L.A. scent-scape exhibition).

FRIDAY, JUNE 27

ART AND MUSIC: Friday Flights is a music and art series in which selected musicians and artists take over the Getty Center, curating a program that fuses music, art, discussion and dance. The flight—think of it like a cultural tasting menu—is inspired by In Focus: Ansel Adams and is hosted by Wendy Yao of Chinatown’s Oooga Booga, the store that features records, artsy objects, design, fashion and artist books. Installations and performance by Dave Portner (Avey Tare of Animal Collective) and Bjorn Copeland (of Black Dice); DJ set by Nguzunguzu; dance performances by Busy Gangnes (of the band Telepathe), and a reading in response to Yvonne Ranier: Dances and Films by the artist Mal Pais. 6-9 pm. Free. Park for $10 after 5 pm.

PARTY LIKE AN ANIMAL: The LA Zoo kicks off its Roaring Nights summer music series on Friday from 7-10 pm, featuring live music by Strangeheart, a dance party with DJ V Money, bars, zookeeper talks and other activities. Complimentary bike valet service by Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and free parking available. Food trucks onsite: Coolhaus, Komodo, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Ragin Cajun, The Grilled Cheese Truck and Urban Oven. The evening is 18+. Tickets: $18; $25 GLAZA members $15.

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MUSIC: Pianist, producer, composer Taylor McFerrin (yes, son of Bobby McFerrin) plays the Bootleg HIFI on Friday. The younger McFerrin mixes sampling, electronics, jazz, R&B for a distinct sound. He’s playing to support Early Riser, his debut album out on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records. 9 pm. 21+ show. Tickets: $15.

MUSIC: The L.A.-based psych-rock project Elle Belle begins its summer residency at the Kibitz Room at Canter’s Deli on Friday. The band will be playing tunes from its forthcoming EP at 10:30 pm. Big Harp goes on at 9:30 pm. Free. Elle Belle also plays the last Friday of each month at the Kibitz Room through September.

MUSIC : HM157 in DTLA presents an evening of music on Friday from 9 pm to 1 am for Honey Child's Debutante Bash. Honey Child is a project of Claire McKeown (Dirt Bird infamy), “singing with a ladies choir of gorgeous souls, and a small ensemble of instruments; sacred music of the secular.” Also performing are Nora Keys, Native Fauna, Other, Jada the Mermaid, Rachel Fannan, Emily Lacy, The Tennessee Walker and Miss Jupiter. Hosting the evening is Daiana Feuer of LA Record and Bloody Death Skull. Feel free to dress to impress if you’d like; it’s a debutante ball, after all. Admission: $10.

ART+MUSIC PARTY : The W Los Angeles, Westwood’s Living Room is being transformed into an art gallery, with works by artist and graphic designer Tiphanie Brooke aka Antigirl on view. At Friday's opening, enjoy small bites, cocktails and beats by DJ Kid Gusto. The works will be on view through the month of July. Starts at 7 pm. Free admission. RSVP to rsvpwlaevents@whotels.com.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28

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Q Pop gallery in Little Tokyo opens an exhibition for Konatsuya, creator of the kaiju Negora. (Image: Courtesy of Q Pop)
ART: Q Pop gallery hosts Japanese artist Konatsuya for her first U.S exhibition on Saturday night from 7-10 pm. She created the popular cat kaiju figure Negora. The show will feature new artwork, custom toys and an exclusive toy release. She’ll be live painting and a few guest artists paint up Negoras, too, including Chris Mitchell, Jeff Ranjo, Luke Chueh, Yumi Moriwaki and many others.

COMIC BOOKS: Meltdown Comics presents a talk by comics legend Neal Adams on Saturday at 2 pm. He’ll talk a little about his New York studio, his work on his latest graphic novel, Blood, as well as stories on comic history. Adams’s talk, How Comics Happened and the Dirty Silver Age, will be followed by a Q&A and an in-store signing. 5pm. Tickets: $5.

PARTY : Twentywonder, a carnival/party to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of L.A., is being held at the Derby Doll’s Doll Factory in DTLA. Doors at 6 pm with a roller derby match at 7 pm. There are food, drinks, attractions and performances throughout the venue from 8 pm-midnight. Performers include Dengue Fever, Two Bit Circus, Lucha VaVOOM, The Lampshades, Lucent Dossier, Tim Biskup and Ego Killers and many more. Craft beer from Golden Road Brewing and food trucks, too. Tickets: $50 for general admission and $150.00 for a VIP ticket (includes regular ticket, free valet parking, access to VIP Lounge, complimentary catered food and drinks and more). 21+.

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READING : On Saturday at 4 pm, ALOUD and the ONE Archives Foundation present the program Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America. It’s a dramatic reading of letters written between 1953-1967 to L.A.’s ONE Magazine, the first lesbian/gay magazine in the U.S. The letters have been adapted and directed by Zsa Zsa Gershick and performed by Gershick, Dalila Ali Rajah, Hunter Lee Hughes, Paul Jacek and Beverly Mickins. A Q&A with Letters to ONE editor Craig M. Loftin. Free with RSVP.

ART: MOCA (at the Pacific Design Center) presents the new exhibition Steve McQueen: Drumroll, featuring works by British artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. The exhibition takes its name from the centerpiece work—McQueen’s 1998 video installation Drumroll and also includes a series of 56 photos of “gutter barriers” or “dams,” which were found along the streets of Paris. On view through Sept. 21.

SHOP: West 3rd Street Summer Sidewalk Sale takes place on Saturday and Sunday along West 3rd Street (from La Cienega to Fairfax) with items 25-85% off. 11am- 6pm on both days. Dozens of retailers are participating, including Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook, New Stone Age, Plastica, Entrenous and many others.

TIKI PARTY: The American Cinematheque celebrates its10th Annual Tiki Night: Plastic Paradise: A Swingin' Trip Through America's Polynesian Obsession on Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. Beginning at 5 pm in the courtyard, King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers perform. There’s also a few vendors and a no-host bar and food. Booksigning by author Luis I. Reyes, who signs copies of his The Hawaii Movie and Television Book. Screenings begin at 7:30 pm with a Tiki Clip Show (30 min.), followed by Plastic Paradise: A Swingin' Trip Through America's Polynesian Obsession (2013), which explores the “Polynesian craze” that followed WWII and continues through today. Discussion following the film with filmmakers Gaspar González and Brett O’Bourke. Ticket: $11.

BET EXPERIENCE: To celebrate the BET awards, which happens on Sunday at L.A. Live, the BET Experience Fan Fest takes over L.A. Convention Center’s South Hall all weekend with a live music, a celeb basketball game and slam dunk contest, meet and greets, a “Sneakercon,” panel discussions, BET film screenings, wellness activities and youth sports clinics. Hours on Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 9 pm. Free.

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FILM: Robert Altman: A Retrospective continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm with a screening of Gosford Park (2001). The ensemble film follows the lives of the upstairs-downstairs households (like Downton Abbey),but Altman couches the whole film in a mystery. Actor Ryan Phillippe and producer David Levy in person. Tickets: $10.

RADIO + DANCE: A few tickets remain for the 10 pm show of Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Glass has partnered with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to combine his radio show and dance. Tickets: $28.50-$65.

MUSIC: There’s a “Backyard Musical” on Saturday night at The Satellite, a live rock tribute: A Night of 1000 Bob Segers. The show takes the audience on a “no-budget journey through a semi-fictitious version of Bob Seger’s career.” There's a live band, singers/dancers and a story penned by JD Ryznar, writer of the web series “Yacht Rock.” Many actors and comedians will portray Seger, including Tim Heidecker, John Konesky, Hunter Stair, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger and Mike Burns. Doors: 8:30 pm and show at 9 pm. Tickets: $12.

DESIGN : A+D Architecture and Design Museum holds its annual Celebrate gala bringing together the design community and supporters. This year, the Groundswell party celebrates California beach communities. The evening includes food and drinks, a runway show with custom surfboards, boogie boards and skateboards, and a silent auction.The gala will be held at 5900 Wilshire Blvd., across from LACMA, and not at the A+D museum. $125.

MUSIC: Downtown Long Beach’s concert series Summer and Music (SAM) takes over the Downtown Long Beach Promenade from 7-11 pm on Saturday, featuring live performances by the Allah-Las, California Lions and Greater California, and a craft beer garden by Beachwood BBQ.

ART: Self Help Graphics & Art’s Annual Print Fair & Exhibition is being held at Boyle Heights City Hall - Community Room on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. This is your opportunity to purchase new fine art prints by artists, including Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan, Angel Villanueva and others, who made art at Self Help Graphics between 2013 and 2014.

FOOD: In addition to the Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl, Tacolandia 2014 takes over El Pueblo de Los Angeles on Saturday from 3-7 pm. More than 40 tacos from Bistro LQ, Carnitas El Momo, Chichen Itza, Colonia Taco Lounge, Coni'Seafood, Don Chente Bar & Grill, Flautas, George's at the Cove, Mariscos Jalisco, SoHo Taco and SOL Cocina are available for sampling. There’s a tequila garden, too, featuring 15 different brands. General admission tickets ($25) include entertainment and tacos; $45 includes all that and a VIP gift bag and five drink tickets; $20 more gives you access to the tequila garden and 10 1/2-oz. tequila shots—oh vey!

WRITING WORKSHOP: Writing Workshops L.A. holds a literary conference at the Autry National Museum on Saturday. Half of the day’s conference is dedicated to learning how to get published and the other half is dedicated to polishing craft and technique, from POV to character, plot, imager and more. Expected presenters include Daniel Gumbiner of McSweeney's; literary agents Erin Hosier and Bonnie Nadell; writers Joanna Rakoff, Claire Bidwell Smith and Adam Wilson; and author and critic David L. Ulin. Novelist Michelle Huneven (Jamesland, Blame) will be the keynote speaker. Tickets: $220.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

MUSIC: Spaceland & KCRW present the Petersen Concert Series featuring live music by Wildcat! Wildcat! with tunes spun by DJ Dan Wilcox of KCRW. The event runs from 2-6 pm. Tickets: $20. 21+.

DRINKS: Art Beyond the Glass lll is at Sadie’s Kitchen & Lounge on Sunday afternoon from 3-7 pm, with L.A.’s top bartenders coming together for cocktails and a cause. Art Beyond the Glass raises money for the arts nonprofit Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles to restore Luchas del Mundo (Struggles of the World), created by artist Willie Herrón lll, who created it for the 1984 Olympics. Bartenders from around the city will mix it up throughout the afternoon. Live music, too.Tickets ($50) will not be sold at the door. (Sales end at 6 pm on Saturday).

DOGS + BREWS: On Sunday from 12-3 pm, Angel City Brewery brings back its popular Barks, Bubbles & Brews event, in partnership with Much Love Animal Rescue. Bring your dog to the brewery, and for a $10 donation, get your dog cleaned while you get a free beer. Angel City donates 15 percent of beer sales during the event time to the rescue, too, so drink up. They'll have dogs up for adoption at the event, too.

MUSIC: LA rockers Toy Bombs begin a residency at The Virgil now that they’ve wrapped their third EP, Life is Good, which set for release later this summer. Also on the bill are Great White Buffalo, Will & The Wont’s and Ultra Violent Rays. They also play on July 6 and 13 at The Virgil. Doors at 9 pm. Free.

COMEDY: Iron Mountain, a free new comedy show from Jesse Popp (Conan) & Vince Averill (Comedy Central) is at The Copper Still at 8 pm on Sunday. The evening features performances by Matt Goldich, Brent Sullivan, Rhea Butcher and Dave Waite. 8 pm.

Related:

Your Guide to Outdoor Movie Screenings in Los Angeles

Your Guide to Free Outdoor Concerts

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