Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? Chinese New Year, Coffee Championships and Oscars viewing party

A family waits outside of a store in L.A.'s Chinatown on June 18th, 2013.
A family waits outside of a store in L.A.'s Chinatown on June 18th, 2013.
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Happy Chinese New Year! Let's party. We're starting the weekend with New Belgium beer followed by a celebration in Chinatown and the best coffee in the world, topped off by a sweet Oscars viewing party.

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. The Beatles and New Belgium beer

Flier: With The Beatles Concert

(Photo: Courtesy of Alpine Village Facebook)

Start your weekend with a night of music from the Beatles. The evening will start with the New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack, featuring five beers on draft. Then, jam into the night with a full bar, two dance floors and favorites from the Fab Four. 

When: Event starts at 5 p.m. Friday; concert starts at 9 p.m.

Where: Alpine Village, Torrance | MAP

Price: New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack: No cover charge | Concert: $10 cover


2. Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich

(John Malkovich as Diane Arbus's "Identical Twins." Photo by Sandro Miller.)

Chicago photographer Sandro Miller's month-long show is now on display at the Fahey/Klein Gallery — a new collaboration with actor John Malkovich. "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters" highlights a series of reproduced famous portraits with, you guessed it, actor John Malkovich as the main attraction. Recreations include Bert Stern's photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Annie Leibovitz's image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono shot for Rolling Stone Magazine. Here's how it went down: 

After a year of planning, Miller and his team of set builders, make-up experts and costume designers worked with Malkovich over six 15 hour days in Sandro's Chicago Studio. Each set was pre-lit and dressed, waiting for Malkovich to transition from one character to the next.

To hear "The Frame's" interview with Sandro Miller, click here

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 

Where: Fahey/Klein Gallery | MAP

Price: Free


3. Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

Photo: Annual Golden Dragon Parade

(Photo: cab_la/Flickr Creative Commons) 

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the 116th annual Golden Dragon Parade and New Year Festival in Chinatown. The main attraction will be the parade. Since the '80s, it's expanded to include nearly two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, entertainers, local businesses and cultural groups. Following the parade, the party will continue with everything from face-painting to paper folding. See parade route here.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Central & West Plazas in Chinatown | MAP

Price: Free


4. Insane Inflatable 5K

Photo: Insane Inflatable 5k

If you're looking to splurge on something fun this weekend, the Insane Inflatable 5k is the way to go. You know those bouncy castles for children's birthday parties? Here's your chance to bounce away in them as an adult without feeling guilty. You will climb, slide, bump and jump your way through 11 different inflatable obstacles appropriately named "big balls" and "jump around."

When: First wave begins at 9 a.m.

Where: Fairplex, Pomona | MAP

Price: $64 on Feb. 20, 2015; $75 event day


5. 2015 U.S. Coffee Championships

(Photo: David Joyce/Flickr)

Can't get enough of that morning coffee? Grab yourself a ticket to the U.S. Coffee Championships in Long Beach this weekend. It'll feature roasters from around the country — local contestants include Compania de Café and G & B. Expect tons of complimentary cups of joe and an awesome line-up of pop-up cafes. 

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Long Beach Arena | MAP

Price: $10 for day pass; $15 for 4-day pass | Purchase tix here


6. Air + Style Snowboard Competition

Watch: Shaun White presents Air + Style Los Angeles

Shaun White is hosting Air + Style’s first exhibition in the U.S. at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl this weekend. Not only will there be a giant snowboard jump that's twice the height of the Rose Bowl, but also music from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Phantogram, Kendrick Lamar and Steve Aoki. Expect a total of 18 bands on three stages, and 32 of the world's best snowboarders through the two-day event. See a full list of bands and athletes here. 

When: Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Rose Bowl | MAP

Price: $50 for one day; $90 for two days Purchase tickets here


7. Burlesque brunch

Facebook: Bardot

Take that Sunday Funday up a notch with a boozy brunch at Bardot Hollywood. A live jazz band will accompany burlesque dancers while you eat your way through the morning. Your ticket includes one mimosa, brunch (think sausage, waffles and more), coffee, OJ and entertainment. Read more about it at L.A. Weekly. 

When: 1 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Bardot, Hollywood | MAP

Price: Intimate Interior Lounge: $35 (plus fees); VIP Stage Area Seating: $45 (plus fees); Purchase tickets here


8. Oscars viewing party

Tweet: Ellen Degeneres passes the torch to this year's host

Don't have cable? Need a place to watch the 87th Academy Awards? Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub in West Hollywood is hosting an Oscars viewing party Sunday. Tickets are free, but you can reserve a seat here. Whiskey flights, Irish nachos and Neil Patrick Harris — what more can you ask for? Menu here. 

Pro tip: Avoid that Hollywood traffic! Find maps of street and sidewalk closures here.

When: 6 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Rock & Reilly's | MAP

Price: Free; eat and drink at your own will | Reserve tix here


What's we miss? Let us know on Twitter @KristenLepore and @DSeguraJourno.