Free weekend? See scary puppets, shop vintage and eat dumplings

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Yes, Angelenos are already celebrating Valentine's Day. But not everyone is into the mushy stuff. This weekend, hang out with puppetzilla and his grisly friends; explore rare books and manuscripts at a downtown book exhibition, or shop vintage trinkets at a local expo. Cheers to a fun weekend.

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. VINTAGE FASHION EXPO L.A.

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Shop till you drop at one of the largest vintage fashion expos in Southern California. Enjoy a collection of mesmerizing geometric quilted coats, trinkets and other vintage goodies featured by over 85 "vintage specialists." Planning to attend both days of the Vintage Expo event? The ACE Hotel will offer a 10 percent discount to expo customers.  

When: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center | MAP 

Price: $12 to $25 | Purchase tickets here 


2. ALHAMBRA CELEBRATES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

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Visit one of the busiest Chinese-American commercial districts in SoCal for a one-day street festival that spans five blocks. Alhambra's Lunar New Year event will feature 250 booths of Asian culture, including food, games and all-day entertainment like lion dances and kung fu demonstrations. 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Valley Blvd. in Alhambra from Garfield to Almansor | MAP

Price: Free


3. ECHO PARK CLEAN-UP

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Angel City is on a roll: Cleaning up Los Angeles, one neighborhood at a time. This month, the brewing company heads over to Echo Park. Participating volunteers will gather at Short Stop on Sunset Boulevard to meet Angel City staff and pick up their garbage-picking gear. After the clean-up, head back to Short Stop for drinks. Pro tip: This place is known for its dance floor; stick around for a glorious night. 

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Short Stop | MAP

Price: Free | To register, email emily@angelcitybrewery.com


4. BIG SUNDAY COMBINES CIVIC SERVICE AND COMMUNITY DINNER

Enjoy a day of community service with members of Big Sunday this weekend. Create handmade Valentine's Day cards, try your luck at bingo and win cool prizes before a community dinner with seniors and other locals. 

When: 4 to 7 p.m.. Sunday

Where: Big Sunday headquarters | MAP

Price: Free | contact rob@bigsunday.org for more information 


5. JOURNEY OF THE DRESS

Watch: The Wrap Dress: 40 Years and Still Kickin'

Be sure to catch Diane Von Furstenberg's "The Journey of a Dress" at Wilshire May Company Building before it wraps up in April. The exhibit is a celebration of Furstenberg's iconic creation, the wrap dress, which turns 40 this year. The retrospective exhibition displays vintage and contemporary dress designs. (Take Two interviewed Furstenberg about the exhibit last month; read and listen here.)

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 

Where: Wilshire May Company Building | MAP

Price: Free 


6. ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PUPPETSLAM 

Love stinks. Why not commiserate with grumpy (and goofy) puppets? Surround yourself with "fun, edgy, inventive live puppet madness" at the Bootleg Theater Sunday. The show will feature performances by Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry members with a variety of creatures, including marionettes, table top, shadow puppets, vent dummies, and more. 

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Bootleg Theater | MAP 

Price: $10 in advance; $15 at the door | Purchase tickets here | Facebook here 


7. CERAMIC BROCCOLI 

Romanesco Broccoli: an edible variant of the cauliflower. That's the inspiration behind Patsy Cox' artwork, now on display at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. "This striking form found in nature presents itself as a natural fractal with each bud made up of a series of smaller buds arranged in a logarithmic spiral," says the museum. Cox’s forms are meant to overwhelm the eye in celebration of the beauty found in the natural world.

When: Exhibit starts Saturday and runs through March 30

Where: American Museum of Ceramic Art | MAP

Price: $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; free for children 12 and under


8. CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

 

Check out books autographed by classic writers Jack Kerouac and Charles Dickens; view handwritten song lyrics by Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan; peruse memorabilia from the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. They'll all be on display at the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend. Stop by to scope out the collection and mingle with 200 well-renowned booksellers from around the world. 

When: 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pasadena Convention Center | MAP

Price: $10-$23 | Tickets here


9. SUNDAY SPLURGE: TENACIOUS D AT THE ECHO

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Tenacious D is back in town and ready to rock out with Angelenos. The band, born in L.A. in 1994, gained steam after they rose to stardom in an epic television series and world tours. Get ready for some raw lyrics and mock rock music. (Listen to our Tenacious D interview here.)

When: Sunday, 8:00 p.m. 

Where: The Echo | MAP

Price: $50 | Limited amount of tickets available at the door


10. HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS

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Southern California Partners for Global Justice will present its annual symposium Saturday, including art, dance and poignant stories that aim to spread awareness about human trafficking. One survivor will speak about her experience as a domestic worker in Southern California. Bits from her play "Letters From my Mother" will be performed live. 

When: 8:45 a.m. Saturday | Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. 

Where: Mount St. Mary's College Doheny Campus | MAP

Price: $20 at the door


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