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Weekend Alibi: JPL open house, classic cocktails and James Bond

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NASA Director Charles Bolden tours the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Both entities are sponsoring the conference. Sanden Totten/KPCC

KPCC's Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best weekend entertainment around L.A.

Once a year NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena opens its doors to the public like Charlie's Chocolate Factory. Except instead of oompah loompahs and everlasting gobstoppers, they've got big-brained rocket scientists and robotic spacecrafts! And you don't even need a golden ticket to get in. This two-day event is free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Or, you could mix it up at the first annual L.A. Cocktail Classic. The mixology craze has arrived in Los Angeles. It's the practice of mixing multiple and often bizarre ingredients into cocktails that often sound more like witches' brews than actual beverages. Over 100 different stations will serve up unique spirits at the Vibiana in downtown L.A. this Saturday night, including an oyster bar where you can sip single malt whiskey on the half shell.

Or, you can watch Bond, James Bond. Agent 007 will be back on the big screen and up on the walls of LACMA starting this weekend as he celebrates his 50th birthday. As part of the commemoration LACMA will be hosting an exhibit showcasing the artistry of the movies' signature opening credit sequences. And the American Cinematheque will be screening every Bond movie in chronological order, starting with 1962's "Doctor No."

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