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First Fridays on Abbot Kinney.

Friday

Food trucks, open galleries, late-night shop hours: It's the triumvirate of LA street fest staples, and the perfect recipe for First Fridays on Abbot Kinney. Show up early to find a parking (or bicycle!) spot, otherwise you'll waste time circling for spots when you could've been lining up for that cheesy goodness from the perennial-favorite Grilled Cheese Truck.

For all you Eastsiders, roll out a blanket atop Olive Hill for the final night of Friday Night Wine Tastings. This Barnsdall Art Park tradition includes fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silver Lake Wine with a spectacular sunset view. There tend to be lots of kids running around—presumably hopped up on grape juice, not wine—so feel free to bring your own tots and join the fun or, for you singles, stake out a secluded spot to avoid the madness.

Culver Hotel

Saturday

Avocado and toast probably sounded like a peculiar combination a few years back. But now? Delicious. So we’re willing to give yoga and EDM the benefit of the doubt. Flight Class mixes the two into a high energy, hour-long afternoon fitness class at the Downtown nightclub Exchange LA. Grab your yoga mat and strap on a comfy pair of shoes—maybe leave the fuzzy boots at home.

Spend the early evening in the Palisades at the annual Strut Your Mutt charity walk (and waggle). Best Friends Animal Society's fun run/walk benefits homeless animals—just strap a leash on your canine companion or borrow an adoptable dog for the night through the event’s "rent-a-mutt" service. Your registration fee also gets you into Eat|See|Hear following the walk. Have the time of your live during a screening of Dirty Dancing, and make sure to hit up the food trucks for yourself and your furry friend: The Fry Girl will be selling its pooch-friendly Chloe Dogs (turkey dogs), with all proceeds benefitting local canine rescues.

Close out your night in Culver City at the Prohibition Ball. Ninety years ago, the Culver Hotel opened its doors in the midst of bootleg debauchery, and now the landmark building is celebrating its anniversary with a wild '20s themed soirée. Admission isn’t cheap, but a ticket buys your way into a night of old time glamour: endless Prohibition-inspired cocktails, burlesque performances, magic shows, hand-rolled cigars, blackjack tables, countless old-timey photo ops and jazz galore.

Sunday

Sunday’s your last chance to check out Made in L.A., the Hammer Museum’s blockbuster biennial. The exhibition showcases work from 35 emerging and under-recognized LA artists across all mediums, and on this final day, you’ll also have the opportunity to get creative on your own at a kid-friendly craft fest. Plus, you can contribute to a crowd-sourced yarn bombing project that’ll eventually be wrapped around columns in Grand Central Market.

Wrap up your weekend at Cinefamily for a screening (and HD remaster) of the now-legendary 2003 essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself. This supercut is a nearly three-hour ode to the city, composed entirely of 200-plus clips from films that feature Los Angeles—everything from Rebel Without a Cause to The Big Lebowski to The Karate Kid III. If you can’t make the screening, at least pick up the (newly released) DVD—it’s essential viewing for natives and transplants alike. Oh, and per CalArts professor and the film's director Thom Andersen: “LA”? Don’t call it that. It’s Los Angeles.


Things to do this weekend

  1. Port of Los Angeles 110 E 22nd St
  2. Mon Sep 17 - Wed Dec 31
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Opening Night Musical

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Dec 18
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  1. La Quinta Resort & Club 49499 Eisenhower Dr
  2. Fri May 24 - Sun Dec 21
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Diamond Lion

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Dec 18
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Asssscat

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sat May 25 - Sun Dec 20
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The Armando Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Sat May 25 - Sat Dec 19
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Shitty Jobs

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sun May 26 - Sun Dec 20
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  1. Japanese American National Museum 369 E First St
  2. Sat Mar 8 - Sun Sep 14
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Alex W
Alex W

LOL @Tara D ;)


Also, it bears mentioning - since I will be there, I work with LA Phil! - there's DreamWorks Animation in Concert this weekend at the Bowl. I'm bringing my sister, nephew, and his friend...fun for them, and we can picnic and drink some good wine. Hopefully see some of you there! http://hbowl.com/dreamworksanimation

Tara D
Tara D

So, are there any fun things to do this weekend?