It's the last weekend of February, the end of a drier-than-expected month (fingers-crossed for a wetter March!) and the beginning of a long presidential primary season. Whether you want to party like it's 1909, eat chili or come to an Academy Awards party where you can see the show on a very big screen, here's your weekend events guide.
Here's a guilt-free reason to hit the dance floor: The Regent will feature a lineup of female DJs for a party benefitting the Downtown Women's Center, an organization that helps women beat poverty and homelessness in Skid Row. Bonus: The event triples as a networking opportunity for female artists.
When: 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25
Where: The Regent Theater, 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles | MAP
Price: Ladies free and guys $10 with RSVP, $10 at the door
Local cinephile haunt Cinefile will showcase "a bilingual compendium of animated 'tapas'" that includes more than a dozen experimental shorts from artists of diverse backgrounds. Some sample storylines: Bear cubs hunt for unicorn blood, cyber apes battle a dictator, robo-alien cruises through a millennia of history.
When: 10:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25
Where: Cinefile, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles | MAP
You survived the work week, just like Britney Spears survived 2007, so you deserve to put on your best millennium school-girl attire and groove to throwback jams. The event, hosted by Club 90s, will feature songs from the princess of pop along with her videos playing on big screens. Tunes from other throwback faves like No Doubt and Aqua will also fill the place. Pro tip: The first 300 in the door will receive free Britney buttons, and there'll be Fuji Pop polaroids for the best dressed. Leave the live snakes at home!
When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26
Where: The Echoplex | MAP
Price: $10 presale, $12 at-the-door | Buy Tickets
It's unseasonably warm. Why not fight heat with heat? One ticket to the Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off buys you eight chili samples and a craft beer or wine. The package also includes a full bowl of Santa Anita Park's signature chili and club house admission.
When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27
Where: Santa Anita Park | MAP
Before Tim Burton, there was Edward Gorey. Inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian eras, the illustrator's whimsical body of work will come to life at the Fonda Theatre with the help of circus acts, stage shows, ballroom dancing, tarot cards, a rooftop garden, a free portrait booth, an absinthe bar, parlor games and more. Party — and dress — like it's 1909.
When: 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27
Where: The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles | MAP
Remember Emma Sulkowicz? She was the Columbia University student who carried her mattress around to protest the way her sexual assault case was handled by the school. Now, she's an artist with her first solo show opening this weekend. She'll stand on a platform during gallery hours and take questions from visitors while a life-size replica of Sulkowicz answers questions she doesn't want to handle by interacting with the audience through an app.
When: Opening 7 - 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27
Where: Coagula Curatorial | MAP
Are you ready to riot grrrl? At the Women F*** Sh** Up Fest, it's all about female-fronted bands performing for an inclusive audience. The festival's lineup features 19 artists including Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, Storeetellers and Allison Weiss. Proceeds from the festival go to Girls Rock Camp Alliance.
When: 6 p.m. - midnight, Saturday - Sunday, Feb. 27 - 28
Where: The Smell | MAP
Price: $10 for one day, $15 for both days | Buy Tickets
Conceptual art is John Baldessari's game and his work is on display at the newly opened mid-Wilshire outpost of European gallery Sprüth Magers. At age 84, Baldessari is a titan of L.A. art and this exhibition, courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery, juxtaposes text with images.
When: Exhibit runs Feb. 24 - April 9
Where: Sprueth Magers | MAP
In case you haven't heard, it's a big awards weekend, and you're better off staying away from Hollywood. Good thing The Frame is hosting a viewing party miles away at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy improv comedy, karaoke, bingo and prizes as we find out together if this is finally Leo's year. (Meanwhile, here's our awards predictor to help you out with the event's ballot contest and your office pool.) Wear something fancy.
When: 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28
Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles | MAP
If you're looking to try Long Beach restaurants that are normally out of your price range, you're in luck. Starting Sunday, it's restaurant week in the LBC. More than 40 restaurants have put out prix fixe menus, and all you have to do is show up. No special tickets are required. Enjoy fish and chips seaside at Parkers' Lighthouse, eat some Mojo Citrus Kurobota Pork Carnitas at Fuego at the Maya or devour a "Fuhgeddaboudit" pastrami sandwich smothered with melted Swiss and cole slaw at Brix at the Shore. Pro tip: Most restaurants recommend reservations. Visit dineoutlongbeach.com before you head out.
When: Feb. 28 - March 5
Where: More than 40 Long Beach Restaurants | List
Price: Menu prices vary by restaurant.