Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [2-24-2023 to 2-26-2023]

February 23, 2023 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Mulyana: Modular Utopia. Image via USC Fisher Museum

First blizzard warning in SoCal in four decades? Well that’s something to write about! It’s going to be wet, icy, and (just maybe) snowy few days around L.A County. First priority is to stay safe out there. And the second? Let’s see if we can find something fun to do.

This February 24-26 in Los Angeles, check out the USC Comedy Festival, new works at the Fisher Museum, a Black History Month celebration in Santa Monica, MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Festival, Prosperity Market at CAAM, CicLAvia in The Valley, a zine-making workshop at The Hammer, and more. Scan all your options below, and make sure you keep on an eye on the forecast and possible event cancellations (or, ya know, just look outside your window!).


Things To Do This Weekend

USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 6 -> USC’s School of Cinematic Arts hosts a three-day (FridaySunday) event packed with panels, lectures and talks exploring the changing nature of comedy, all free to the public and taking place at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall and The Ray Stark Family Theatre. Saturday night’s program honors Emmy-winner Catherine O’Hara and the festival wraps on Sunday with discussion event featuring Billy Eichner, hosted by Emmy-winner Wayne Federman. RSVP required for each event. More info here.

Visual Language: The Art of Protest -> Now on view at Subliminal Projects, Visual Language: The Art of Protest examines of the link between dissent and action, creative works and coalitions of change. The group show features over a dozen contributing artists, including Andrea Bowers, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, El Seed, Emory Douglas, Gary Taxali, Gordon Cheung, Shepard Fairey, Stan Squirewell, Juana Valdez, and more. Subliminal Projects gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Art of Protest is on view through March 25. More info here.

The Last Improv -> This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Last Improv gathers an A-list lineup of comedians to perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts with special guests to include Nicole Byer, Neil Casey, Jon Garbrus, Bobby Moynihan, and Paul Welsh. GA tickets are $25 in advance. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Sonya: A Sunflower Network Project -> This benefit art show at Century Park continues this week, showcasing 40 works by 18 Ukrainian contemporary artists, all centered around the theme of Ukrainian resilience in the face of war. Works are on sale now, with proceeds to benefit Sunflower Network’s relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine and the organization’s support of Ukrainian artists. The show concludes with closing reception this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The gallery and reception are free to attend. Get more info here.

Dre Day at Echoplex -> After a three-year hiatus, the 8th annual Dre Day celebration returns to Echoplex this Friday for a musically infused look back at the life, career and legacy of Andre Young (or as you know him, Dr. Dre). Expect the beats to be thumping all night with multiple sets featuring Dre-related classics, samples, collaborations, and more. Tickets are $15 if you purchase in advance. Runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Get more info here.

Bob Marly One Love -> Head to Ovation Hollywood for an 15,000-square-foot exhibit celebrating the life and career of the iconic musician/songwriter Bob Marley, including the entire Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Bob Marley Archive. You can walk through an immersive “One Love Forest,” experience a silent disco, and pose for plenty of photo ops. Runs daily through April 23. Tickets start at $20 plus fees. More info here.

Mulyana: Modular Utopia -> Mulyana’s Modular Utopia comes to the USC Fisher Museum of Art starting this Saturday as part of the Indonesian artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles. Mulyana’s large kinetic environments are made of intricately woven knit modules of marine life sculptures portraying the beauty and wonder of a pristine underwater environment. USCFM is open Tuesday to Saturday, and is free to visit. More info here.

Black History Month Festival on 3rd Street Promenade -> UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to March 11 due to inclement weather. This Saturday, Downtown Santa Monica in partnership with Santa Monica Black Lives Association celebrate Black History Month with an afternoon event featuring live music, educational exhibits, and local vendors, headlined by a performance by rapper Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Free to attend. Runs 4 to 10 p.m. Be sure check back to the Eventbrite page for updates on any schedule changes due to inclement weather. More info here.

Don’t Break at The Elysian Theater -> This Saturday, a roster of 8 comedians put their money where their mouth is at this competition to see whose face can stay the straightest while fellow comics say whatever it takes to make them laugh. Winner takes home a $200 cash prize. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 the day-of. Show starts at 3 p.m. More info here.

African American Festival at AoP -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual African American Festival celebrates African American and African culture through an two-day (SaturdaySunday) affair featuring Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. All activities included with general admission, which starts at $36.95 for adults. More info here.

Prosperity Market -> Prosperity Market celebrates their second anniversary with a Black History Month event at California African American Museum this Saturday featuring family-friendly activities plus 30+ vendors offering goods from Black farmers, food producers, entrepreneurs, artists, florists, and chefs. Special wellness events for the day include a sound bath from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a self-care yoga session with Constance Hartwell from 11 a.m. to noon (both held indoors). The market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.


CicLAvia – The Valley -> L.A.’s biggest and longest running open streets initiative heads to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday with a car-free course that covers a 5-mile stretch of Sherman Way, connecting Canoga Park, Winnetka, and Reseda. Runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. Rain or shine event! More info here.

MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Festival -> Celebrate the cultural diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America this Sunday at MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Festival. Experiencing a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas including live performances, cultural exhibitions, local vendors, food, and more. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with reservation. More info here.

Zines: Art in the Palm of Your Hand -> 826LA is back at the Hammer this Sunday with a special zine-making workshop led by teaching artist Sam Sermeno, who will instruct youngsters on how to create their own paper-folded zine booklet of writing and creative collage. Recommended for ages 8–14. Free to attend but space is limited and reservations are encouraged. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

Directing Frame by Frame: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson -> Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up series pops up at The Wallis this Sunday with a discussion centering on stop-motion animation, featuring key contributors from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (including the iconic director himself). Tickets are $35. Event begins at 5 p.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

Conserva’s at Otoño. Photo courtesy of Otoño’s Instagram.

Conserva Siesta Hour at Otoño -> Otoño in Highland Park hosts an all-night Siesta Hour this Friday, February 24 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. where Chef Teresa Montaño and Harrison Weinfeld (a.k.a.  @thesardinfluencer) prepare a communal feast of tinned seafood from Matiz Foods and Arroyabe. Grab a lager from Estrella Damm and enjoy some pintxos and tapas too! 


Brazilian Carnival at Tapizon Restaurant -> In honor of Brazilian Carnival, Tapizon Restaurant in El Segundo hosts a family-friendly event on Sunday with live music, carnival dancers and a special Brazilian menu. More info here

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week -> Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week returns February 18-28, inviting the public on a food exploration around numerous Long Beach neighborhoods. Dozens of participating restaurants and bars are offering specials just for the occasion. Check out the full list of participants here

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