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Weekend Events: Cat art, 'Pretty in Pink' Prom, Easter fun

File: Jelly Belly says its most popular flavors include the savory-sweet Buttered Popcorn and Very Cherry.
File: Jelly Belly says its most popular flavors include the savory-sweet Buttered Popcorn and Very Cherry.
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The weekend is here and we've got fun for big kids and little kids alike. Catch a Bugs Bunny marathon and a cat art show or break out your '80s gear or superhero costume. No matter what, you'll win this weekend.


1. LAPD Art Show at Armory

Founded in 1985 on Los Angeles’s Skid Row by performance artist, director and activist John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is made up principally of homeless or formerly homeless people and has been performing and joining in urban advocacy for over 30 years. This exhibition features archival material including photographs, texts and ephemera drawn from LAPD’s archives.
Founded in 1985 on Los Angeles’s Skid Row by performance artist, director and activist John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is made up principally of homeless or formerly homeless people and has been performing and joining in urban advocacy for over 30 years. This exhibition features archival material including photographs, texts and ephemera drawn from LAPD’s archives.

No, not that LAPD. The Los Angeles Poverty Department, a performance art group comprised of homeless and formerly homeless people, has an art exhibit on display at the Armory. The exhibit has been on display since January, but this weekend is the inaugural performance of “What Fuels Development?” at the exhibit. The performance art piece looks into income inequality by layering real people's experiences with reflection.

When: Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Armory Center for the Arts | MAP

Price: Free | RSVP Required


2. WonderCon

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Thousands of people will be gathering at the L.A. Convention Center for one of the biggest comic book conventions. It's called WonderCon 2016, it's run by the same nonprofit that puts on San Diego Comic-Con and it's in Los Angeles for the first time. So suit up and cosplay your heart out. Our pop culture reporter Mike Roe will be covering the action so if you see him, say hi! (Or tweet at him here.)

When: Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27

Where: L.A. Convention Center, DTLA | MAP

Price: One-day badges left: Friday for $30 and Sunday for $15


3. Cat Art Show 2: The Sequel

Don't be catty.

Looking for the purrrrrfect art gallery to browse? Cat Art Show has returned for its sequel, featuring more than 15 artists whose works aren’t afraid to get catty. The gallery is open from 8 p.m. to 1o p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Browse works including “4 Faced Cat Chandelier” and “Apocalyptic Kitty.” We aren’t kidding. This is fur real.

When: Thursday, March 24 - Sunday, March 27

Where: Think Tank Gallery | MAP

Price: Free


4. Watch a movie on a battleship

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Start your weekend with a movie under the stars aboard the Battleship USS Iowa. The ship is hosting a screening of the film “Hop” to get your sweet tooth ready for chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs on Sunday. It’s a first-come first-serve screening, with a 450-person limit, and there's no outside food allowed. Pro tip: Bring your own chairs and blankets to set up a spot on the ship’s fantail.

When: Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Where: Battleship Iowa | MAP

Price: Free


5. 'Pretty in Pink' Prom

You're pretty in pink.

Break out your poofy-sleeved dress, blue eyeshadow and hair mousse — we’re going to prom, "Pretty in Pink" style! The '80s classic turns 30 this year and Street Food Cinema is celebrating with a screening of the film at the beautiful, historic Million Dollar Theatre in downtown L.A. The movie starts at 8 p.m., but get there early when doors open at 6 p.m. to bust a move to '80s tunes, strike a pose at the bodacious photo booth and even pick up corsages and boutonnieres. You can also stock up on Pop Rocks and Bubble Tape at the roving '80s candy shop. Pro tip: Grab a bite at Grand Central Market next door or bring your market munchies into the theater.

When: Saturday, March 26, 6 p.m.

Where: Million Dollar Theatre | MAP

Price: Starts at $20 advanced general admission


6. Splash and Dash Egg Hunt

 

The 8th Annual Splash & Dash is back this Saturday at the Aquatic Center! Kids ages 10 & under can hunt for eggs in the pool beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp!

Posted by City of Santa Clarita Government on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Santa Clarita takes searching for eggs to a whole new level with this egg hunt held in a waterslide pool. This hunt is for kids 10 years and younger, and the tykes have to be accompanied by a parent. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Santa Clarita Food Pantry.

When: March 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Santa Clarita Aquatic Center | MAP

Price: Free (but bring non-perishable food to donate)


7. Bugs Bunny Marathon

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What’s up, Doc? Hang out with the other famous bunny on Easter Sunday by watching almost two hours of classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, starting with “Easter Yeggs.” Kids in the audience get free Easter candy.

When: March 27, 4 p.m.

Where: Aero Theatre, Santa Monica | MAP

Price: $11 general admission


8. Bike the Gold Line

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Bike and ride the new Metro Gold Line extension! Arrive at the Arcadia Gold Line station and bike to each new Metro stop until you reach the end of the line in Azusa, where cyclists will board the Metro and ride back to Arcadia. Or bike the entire roundtrip. Find the hidden golden Easter egg at each station and get a prize — perhaps a trip to Willy Wonka’s factory? Participants 17 years old or younger have to wear a helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pro tip: Bring a Metro TAP card pre-loaded with at least $1.75 for a one-way fare, or bring a credit card or $3 to purchase a TAP card on site. 

When: Sunday, March 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Arcadia Gold Line Station | MAP

Price: $1.75 for one-way fare


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