Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? The Downtown Festival, Pink's turns 75 and 'Jawbreaker' at midnight

Connan Mockasin is performing at The Downtown Festival at Regent Theatre Saturday night.
Connan Mockasin is performing at The Downtown Festival at Regent Theatre Saturday night.
Connan Mockasin (via YouTube)

Now that you've come down from your Halloween high, get ready to enjoy another weekend full of food, film and festivals.

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. Beach Cities Roller Derby

Instagram: Beach Cities Roller Derby

Get your game face ready for a Beach Cities Roller Derby bout. The Redondo Riots, the Hermosa Hitgirls and the Long Beach Banshees have spent all season battling it out to get to the home team championships this Saturday. Come out to watch them in action. 

When: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wilson Park Sports Center, Torrance | MAP

Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; kids 12 and under are free | Purchase tix here

— Daniella Segura 


2. The Downtown Festival 

Watch: Yacht performs

Watch: Connan Mockasin performs

Love cheap concerts? Good, because there's one happening this weekend at downtown Los Angeles' Regent Theatre. Friday's headliner at the Downtown Festival is pop duo YACHT, while Saturday's is the eccentric Connan Mockasin. Other bands include: Jerome LOL, BEGINNERS, Lydia Ainsworth, Corners, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Sage Caswell and KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe. Details here. 

When: 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Regent Theatre | MAP

Price: $10 to $20 for single-day passes | $25 general admission two-day pass | Purchase tix here


3. Samurai at LACMA

(Photo: The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas /Photography: Brad Flowers)

How about some time travel through the one of the world's most comprehensive samurai collections? LACMA's new exhibit from Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller is a treasure trove of battle gear made for high-ranking warriors and daimyo of the 14th through 19th centuries. Check out this video for a glimpse.

When: Museum hours through Feb. 1

Where: LACMA | MAP

Price: $15 general admission | Buy tix here


4. NKLA adoption weekend 

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In the market for a new pet? Meet over 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at No-Kill Los Angeles' adoption weekend. L.A.-area shelters will flood the La Brea Tar Pits with rescue animals. All potential pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and adopters will receive a free starter kit including pet food and toys. Plus, Green Truck, Farmers Belly and ChunkNChip are just a few of the food vendors that will be on-site.

When: 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: La Brea Tar Pits | MAP

Price: Free | Adoption fees start at $50


5. AFI Festival 

Watch: AFI promo

The eight-day AFI Festival is a free event that runs through Nov. 13. From Oscar hopefuls to low-budget foreign films, there's something for everyone. Here's the full lineup — but KPCC's "The Frame" has sorted through them and picked five movies you should see. Pro tip: Free tickets are available online only. More on this below. 

When: Various times through Thursday | Lineup

Where: The Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and Egyptian Theatre | MAP

Price: $375 and upGet free tix here | Ticket FAQ here


6. Midnight screening of "Jawbreaker"

Video: Watch trailer of "Jawbreaker"

The OG mean girls movie, "Jawbreaker," is coming to the Nuart Theatre's CineInsomnia series this weekend. Watch Judy Greer play Fern as she rises to popular girl status in this comedy thriller. Director Darren Stein will be at the screening along with some cast members from the movie (no names given).

When: 11:59 p.m. Friday

Where: Nuart Theatre | MAP

Price: $11 | Purchase tix here


7. 75 cent dogs at Pink's

(Photo: Kent Kanouse/Flickr)

For its 75th birthday, Pink's wants to fatten you up with 75 cent chili dogs. The special runs for 75 minutes (see what they did there?) over the next seven days: Friday through Thursday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Expect lines. But the good news is, you can share: Limit is seven dogs per order. Pro tip: While you're there, we suggest you grab a Patt Morrison Baja Vegan Dog

When: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Friday through Thursday 

Where: Pink's | MAP

Price: 75 cents per dog 


8. Weekend splurge: Eastside Food Fest

Instagram: Photo from El Condor

Early bird tickets are sold out, so it'll cost you about $50 to get into the Eastside Food Fest. But if you can dole out the cash, it might just be worth an evening of scrumptious consumption. Local restaurants in attendance include Eastside favorites like Starry Kitchen, Elf Cafe, El Condor, L&E Oyster Bar and the Black Cat. Entertainment will include DJs and food demonstrations.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake | MAP

Price: $47.57 for general admission | Purchase tix here


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