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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: Feb 16-18

Michael Juliano

We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.


Have a drink in the Garden at Walt Disney Concert Hall during a pre-show alfresco soiree before conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen takes the stage inside the concert hall.

Swing by NerdMelt for another edition of Andy Kindler’s Particular Show, with stand-up sets from Guy Branum, Joel Kim Booster, Jermaine Fowler and the frustrated, self-defeated Kindler himself.

Alternatively, indulge in blissful inanity as the Sparkle Zone, a wild, life-affirming variety hour from Philip Markle heads to the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Café.


Head to Hauser & Wirth for the opening of a trio of exhibitions at the Arts District gallery, including new works from local artist Mark Bradford, paintings from Louise Bourgeois and “Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop,” a solo show of works from disruptive and literary-inspired late forerunner in the field of Romanian Conceptualism.

Head into Chinatown for the annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival. The parade kicks off at 1pm and makes its way up Hill Street and down Broadway. Swing by Chinatown Central Plaza afterward for crafts, cooking and culture.

If you’re not into parades, Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum hosts its Lunar New Year Festival with free admission and artmaking workshops.

Take your pick between a pair of gruff, retro-inflected rock shows: Queens of the Stone Age plays the Forum tonight while the Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach is at the Wiltern.

Bow down and worship at Bushwig Does L.A. as the boldest and most brilliant drag and queer performers in town gather for this mad, joyous show at Fautline straight from New York.


Explore a hall of fame of the world’s worst inventions and now-defunct technology during the closing day of the Museum of Failure at the A+D Museum.

Partake in a free gathering of art, music, technology and fashion as NBA Crossover continues at the Downtown Majestic ahead of today’s all-star game.

Spend the afternoon outdoors at the beautiful Huntington Library during its Chinese New Year Celebration. Usher in the Year of the Dog with lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese music and more.

Scope out pop-up performances and installations as The Dialectic of the Stars takes over all corners of the Ford Theatres into the early evening.

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

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