LAist Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do in L.A.

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 20 events. Now, no more excuses...so get out there and play. Don’t forget to check out other picks in our monthly column, too. Read on for all the details.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7

MUSIC: The Boston-based band Aer headlines a show at El Rey with New Beat Fund and RDGLDGRN. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8. Tickets: $17.

MOVIES: The Petersen Automotive museum is hosting a special showing of Ghostbusters at 7 pm to honor the late, great Harold Ramis. Admission is free and Johnny Rockets will be onsite for snacks, including $1 milkshakes and free popcorn. Regular parking rates apply. Seating is limited and RSVP is required.

COMEDY: It’s time for another interactive Dead Authors session at UCB, hosted by H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins). Thanks to the miracle of science and magic, “extremely dead authors time travel to the present and are brought together to discuss their lives and works.” For this latest installment, Wells interviews E. Gary Gygax (Chris Tallman), founder of D&D. Proceeds from the evening benefit 826LA. Admission: $5. 6:30 pm.

MUSIC: The Echo, Neon Gold, Hit City USA Present a pop music club night—Popshop West 018—at The Echo with Arthur Beatrice, Babes and Gang of Youths at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $10-$12. The show is 18+.

ART: The Hammer Museum presents an exhibition featuring emerging artist Andra Ursuta. “Her latest body of work grew out of her fear of death, which fuels her obsession with the subject. She avoids cemeteries but makes imaginary visits to graveyards as a cathartic exercise.” For this exhibition, she’s created an abstract graveyard of sculptures in the vault gallery. The show is on view through May 25.

COMEDY: Diner Dinner Diner presents its premiere sketch comedy variety show, Sketchy Friday at iO West at 11 pm. In addition to standup, there’s an a cappella group, and short bits about life, love, loss and human Snakes. Tickets $5.

FILM: The Academy at LACMA film series screens Jim Jarmusch’s 1986 film Down by Law at 7:30 pm. The film stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal and Rockets Redglare in the director’s third feature, a “stylish and mordantly comical take on the classic prison drama.” In the Bing Theater. $5 general admission.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Leica Gallery LA presents works by three different photographers, including Sol Hill. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.)

Leica Gallery LA presents works by three different photographers, including Sol Hill. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.)

ART: In celebration of MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) Leica Gallery LA chose three photographers who use LA-centric subject matters in their work: Sol Hill - Signal From Noise; Domenico Foschi - Women; and Sara Jane Boyers - Gridlock. Their works are on view through April 13.

TENNIS: The city of West Hollywood hosts two tennis open house events this weekend, beginning on Saturday at West Hollywood Park (1-4 pm) and then at Plummer Park on Mar. 9 (from 1-4 pm). The events are for both beginners and advanced players alike. To participate in the tennis open house events, RSVP by email to info@itennisweho.com or call the iTennis pro-shop at (323) 450-7560.

HISTORY: The Los Angeles City Historical Society presents the free lecture Chasing Ghosts: Chronicling Los Angeles’ Hidden Italian History from 2-4 pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium in the Richard J. Riordan Central Library. Marianna Gatto of the Italian-American Museum of Los Angeles talks about the history of LA’s Italian residents from 1827 to 1927, including rare and unpublished photographs and archival documents.

ART: Forest Lawn Museum holds an opening reception from 6-8 pm of A Million and One Pieces, the first solo museum exhibition by David Tracy, featuring contemporary furniture and sculptures hand-crafted from Legos. His works range in size from 2,700 to 26,000 Lego bricks. Free.

ART: ESSNTL, a new gallery opening in Bergamot Station, presents a new solo exhibition Phantasmagoria by LA artist Wyatt Mills. He explores the “origins of overstimulation within our society from both digital and traditional media platforms. The opening reception takes place from 6-11 pm on Saturday with the works remaining on view through April 5.

ART: Edward Cella Gallery presents Beneath the Skin, a solo exhibition of new abstracts by LA-based painter Chris Trueman, and Broken - Ground, featuring work by Mark Harrington. The works remain on view through April 26.

ART: KM Fine Arts on La Cienega holds an opening reception from 6-9 pm for Alexander Yulish’s exhibition A Unquiet Mind. RSVP: KMFineArts@janeowenpr.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

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WOMEN AND ANIMATION: Women in Animation presents a panel discussion and screening, followed by backyard patio mixer at Cinefamily at 7 pm. The evening is a celebration of female animation directors. Panelists include Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls, Wander Over Yonder), Emily Hubley (The Toe Tactic, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Pigeon Within), Yvette Kaplan (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Zack & Quack), Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe, Adventure Time) and Lauren MacMullan (the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!, The Simpsons). Moderated by director/actor Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens). Tickets: $12, $8 for WIA members / free for Cinefamily members.

COMEDY Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement led by comedian Seth Rogen to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease, presents an evening of laughs at 8 pm at NerdMelt. Hosted by Jamar Neighbors, special guests include Marc Maron, Todd Glass, Eddie Pepitone, Whitmer Thomas, and Matthew Broussard. Tickets: $10.

WINE: More than 155 wineries from the Family Winemakers of California are at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday for an extensive tasting. There will be more than 750 wines available as well as opportunities to meet the winemakers. There’s a trade-only tasting from 1-3:30pm, and an additional tasting open to both the public and trade from 3:30-6: pm. Tickets: $60 in advance (through March 8); $70 at the door based on availability. No charge for designated drivers.

BUKOWSKI : The King Eddy Saloon and the Los Angeles Visionary Association honor poet, author and patron Charles Bukowski on the 20th anniversary of his death on March 9 from 6-7:30 pm. The bar creates the signature cocktail the Ham on Rye for one night only. Host Richard Schave (Esotouric's Bukowski bus tour creator) and poets Dan Fante, S.A. Griffin, Suzanne Lummis, Joan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss will also perform/read. Free, no host bar

VARIETY : Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents Forbidden Love at 7:30 pm at the El Cid. The theater troupe combines the drama and comedy of a 1950s vintage radio show by interpreting/retelling stories from old comic books that were censored in the 1950s. The show also launches Phantasy Faire, a mini-comic con and nerdy market place set up on the El Cid patio where a select group of vendors will sell items “both geek and chic.” Tickets: $10+ fees.

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