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Your perfect LA weekend: January 29-31

By
Michael Juliano
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Friday

Start your weekend at the LA Convention Center for the long-running LA Art Show. The art fair brings together contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art galleries and experts from around the country—there's something for everyone here, from art history majors to avant-garde gallery owners.

Hungry? Take advantage of prix-fixe meals around the city during the final weekend of dineLA Restaurant Week. If you're into a multi-course meal for around $39, make sure to check out our recommendations for dineLA.

Head on over to Rockwell Table & Stage as it continues its series of campy musical spoofs with The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada, which—brace yourselves—is turning 10 years old.

If you asked us to imagine a show with three of the funniest women in comedy performing stand-up on one of LA's most stunning stages, we think it would look a little something like this: Natasha Leggero, Janeane Garofalo and Maria Bamford will appear at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday as part of the opening night of alt comedy fest RIOT LA.

Saturday

Start your Saturday with a jolt of java during CoffeeCon LA. Filled with presentations and classes with titles like "The Future of Coffee" and "Which Brew is for you?," this one-day convention at the Reef has something for both drinkers and brewers.

You'll need all of that caffeine to keep you fueled for Museums Free-For-All Saturday. More than 30 local museums will be opening their doors for free, including LACMA, the Natural History Museum and the recently renovated Petersen Automotive Museum.

Need any more convincing that Broadway is back? Then head Downtown for Night on Broadway. The free festival will take over Broadway with activities and concerts—the Spazmatics, Ozomatli and Aloe Blacc headline—as well as seven stunning historic theaters and movie palaces, with everything from stand-up by Reggie Watts to a round of Rebel Bingo.

In the mood for something a little more scandalous? Spend the evening at Avalon in Hollywood for Pole Show LA. More sexed-up circus than traditional striptease, this sultry spectacle invites 60 dancers to strut their highly choreographed (and non-nude) stuff up and down four poles.

Sunday

Ring in the Lunar New Year a week early in the real heart of LA's Chinese community at the Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park. This two-day street fair takes over five blocks of Downtown Monterey Park with folk art, delectable bites and a carnival zone, along with firecrackers and dragon and lion dances.

Craving tacos for lunch? Or feeling like you could serve up your own perfect tortilla? Then either compete in the epic competition or just eat a lot of tacos at the LA Taco Takedown at El Cid.

Head to the Hammer Museum as photographer Catherine Opie discusses her chronicle of Elizabeth Taylor's Bel Air home (on view in Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road) with both MOCA's and the Hammer's chief curators.

Spend the rest of your weekend on Main Street in DTLA for alt comedy fest RIOT LA. Some of our favorite shows at the three-day comedy festival are scheduled for this evening, including shows from Lauren Lapkus, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt and Kurt Braunohler, as well as our own Time Out Los Angeles Presents: I Love NY with Eddie Pepitone.

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar.

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