Los Angeles Events Happening This Weekend
Movie, Music, and Other Awesome Events in LA from 9/21 to 9/23
Movie: Amelie & Assassins Double Feature at the Aero Theatre
Brush up on your French this Friday with a double feature of two fantastic films highlighting the work of Mathieu Kassowitz, who co-stars in Amelie and directs and stars in Assassins. The best part of it all? He’ll be there right in the middle to talk about his films and to handhold you through some pretty outstanding French Cinema at the Aero Theatre. The two for one movie (it’s like happy hour) starts at 7:30, and $11 tickets get you admission to both screenings and a clever way to impress a date.
Classier Rosetta Stone right here
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Music: The Chocolate and Art Show at KGB Studios
We’re big fans of chocolate and we’re pretty good with art too, but combine that with music and we’ll definitely make an Amelie face. Check out a line-up by Blue Dolphins, Bearcat, The Janks, Lava Lava, and Dax while you really look art art to get you there, in your mode. The event starts at 7 pm, but we’d get there closer to nine, and there’s a ten dollar door charge, which includes free chocolate, art to look upon, music, and nude body painting. We’re just going to drop that last one in casually and let it simmer.
1640 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Other: Riot LA Comedy Festival at the Downtown Independent (and others)
Riot Comedy Festival kicks off tonight at the Downtown Independent with a line-up of ridiculously funny names, and our faces hurt already thinking of all the hilarity that will ensue (like, from laughing so hard). Friday night has a pretty sweet line-up with Improv4Humans (Matt Besser), The Moth (hosted by Lauren Weedman), a Channel 101 Experience (Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab), and more goodness, but get tickets now before shows sell out like the Maria Bamford Show did!
251 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Movie: Edward Scissorhands at Barnsdall Park
The premise of the movie is unbeatable: a man has scissors for hands. Mix that in with some Tim Burton gold, some Johnny Depp angst, and a little Winona pre-handbag theft-paired with a nice wine in Barnsdall Park-and you’ve got a reason to give yourself a hair cut. Or other things you might do if you had scissors for hands. Think about it. Movie starts at $10 for the movie only, $25 gets you a movie and a three glass flight.
Slice up your Saturday here
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Music: Tarfest Music and Arts Festival at La Brea Tar Pits Park
In the hopes of bringing even more culture to Miracle Mile, local museums are presenting Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits. FREE music from 2 pm-9 pm features sets by Blondfire, So Many Wizards, The Makepeace Brothers, Steelwells, Helena, and Soft Swells. Perhaps the best part of this whole thing though is that LACMA and ForYourArt are presenting another 24 hour donut exhibit coinciding with a screening of Marclay’s The Clock at the same time, so you can hop away from the concert and grab a sugar LA staple to elevate your blood sugar while you rock out. Everything is totally and completely free.
5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Other: Autumn Lights LA at Pershing Square
Local artist Lilli Muller is helping you get lit this weekend. Well, sort of. Watch the sky light up at Pershing Square with Autumn Lights LA. The night features large scale sculptural light installations, interactive light and performances, life black light painting, a photo booth, and the work of several LA artists. From what we gather, it’s like really Disney-eque artistic laser tag. Let’s put it this way – your cat would probably go nuts. This event is completely FREE, and the magic starts at 6 pm.
532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Movie: Alps at Cinefamily
Lanthimos’s 2009 feature Dogtooth (which we call “Hammertime”) is a satirical (in a painful, not funny, but very thought provoking way) insight into the chaos of a Greek family who trains their young girls in a vocabulary where each word has a different meaning. We haven’t been able to stop thinking about it and haven’t seen another film like it, so we’ll be happy if his follow up film is even half as weird as Dogtooth. Alps is about people that impersonate the recently deceased in order to help family members cope. You might feel smarter when you’re done, but at the least you can say you know what’s happening in Greek cinema (which makes you sound smarter).
Get tickets here
611 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
Music: Animal Collective at Hollywood Bowl
You may love Animal Collective. You may not. People tend to have pretty distinct opinions on this sort of thing. I won’t try to sway you either way, just a friendly reminder that they’re playing at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday night alongside Flying Lotus and Huun-Huur-Tu, and the LA Philharmonic.
Coldplay tickets here
2301 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Other: Los Angeles Chocolate Salon at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Yep, it’s as good as it sounds. We’re giving you two events this weekend with chocolate in the title, and this one is devoted entirely to your biggest weakness. $25 gets in you in the door to participate in chocolate tastings, demos, chef and author talks, interviews, and features many chocolatiers, confectionars, and culinary artists to tickle your sweet tooth.
Embrace your inner Count Dracula here
1855 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401