Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? LA Cookie Con, Prom Party, where to watch the Super Bowl


In case you missed it, it's Friday. Cheers to the weekend! Here's everything you need to know to have an awesome couple of days off. 


1. First Fridays at NHM 

Rock trio Cherry Glazerr and psychedelic singer-guitarist White Fence perform at the Natural History Museum's First Fridays in 2015.
Rock trio Cherry Glazerr and psychedelic singer-guitarist White Fence perform at the Natural History Museum's First Fridays in 2015.
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The Natural History Museum's First Friday series kicks off this week. The theme this time around: How Hollywood inspires science exploration. Nerd out as scientists and filmmakers dissect the body mechanics of superheroes like Ant-Man and Spider-Man in a chat moderated by Patt Morrison. Pro tip: Beforehand, you'll get a behind-the-scene tour of the museum, and afterwards, enjoy a cash bar and music from local bands. 

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Natural History Museum | MAP

Price: $18 | Purchase tix 


2. Raining flower petals in DTLA

Raining flowers

Remember the 80-square-foot teahouse that illicitly popped up at Griffith Park over the summer? Word on the street is that the anonymous art collective behind the installation now plans to make it rain (with flower petals) at an alley in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday. According to the L.A. Times, the petal drop will take place between 530 and 532 S. Broadway between dawn and dusk Saturday. Check the project's Twitter and Instagram accounts for info. 

When: Between dawn and dusk Saturday

Where: An alleyway between 530 and 532 S. Broadway Avenue | MAP

Price: Free


3. Long Beach Mardi Gras

So much fun

Revelers of all ages are invited to celebrate Mardi Gras at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach. There will be stilt walkers, mimes, clowns, dancers and musicians. The parade starts at 3 p.m. in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific. 

When: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Shoreline Village | MAP

Price: Free


4. '80s Prom Party 

Whether you want to relive or do over that special evening in high school or just have too much hairspray lying around, the Fonda has got an '80s dance party for you. The Young Guns will DJ to the tune of Prince, Journey, Madonna and Bon Jovi.  Start googling dance moves now. 

When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday

Where: The Fonda Theatre | MAP

Price: $32.64


5. Hike for the Homeless

An image of people hiking.
An image of people hiking.
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The group behind the Festival of Lights hike is at it again. This time, it's a hike for the homeless. The organizers are asking that you bring good, used gear to donate. Items needed include tents, backpacks, sleeping bags and boots. You can see a full list here. REI is donating 50 sleeping bags and pads to to kick off the event. Meet at the trailhead of the Cobb Estate Sunday morning. Pro tip: You'll also get a 15 percent off certificate to REI if you donate.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Sunday

Where: The Cobb Estate | MAP

Price: Free 


6. Where to watch the Super Bowl

 A general view of the stadium at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
A general view of the stadium at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
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Super Bowl 50 is right around the corner, and we've got a list of bars where you can watch the big game. Pro tip: In case you don't follow football at all, the Denver Broncos will be playing the Carolina Panthers. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.


7. Weekend splurge: LA Cookie Con

We hope you're hungry. This weekend is the L.A. Cookie Con, the largest baking and sweets convention on the West Coast. Think absurd amounts of cookies, cannolis, ice cream, cake, pastries. And yes, there will be free samples, plus baking demonstrations, cake decorating and a cookie-eating contest. The sweet tooth extravaganza wouldn't be complete without celebrity appearances from New York pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel and Cake Master's Duff Goldman. 

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: L.A. Convention Center | MAP

Price: $50 VIP tix remain | Purchase tix here


8. Another weekend splurge: Taste of Night Market

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The food sampling isn't over yet. The group behind 626 Night Market has a new endeavor: Taste of Night Market. It'll feature a mashup of local chefs and rising tastemakers. Make room for lobster rolls, poke, hand-pulled noodles, the OG ramen burger and so much more. The event will also feature Lunar New Year performances, art and craft vendors. See a list of vendors here. 

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Barker Hangar | MAP

Price: Between $65 and $95 | Purchase tix here


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