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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  In this file photo, shots of Espresso are made at The Conservatory Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa, a family owned roasting coffeehouse on September 8, 2010 in Culver City, California.
CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: In this file photo, shots of Espresso are made at The Conservatory Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa, a family owned roasting coffeehouse on September 8, 2010 in Culver City, California.
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There's a whole lot going on besides the Oscars in Hollywood, from a coffee convention to a flashy Mardi Gras celebration. So seize the weekend! 


FOODIE PICK

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Lager Festival and Pig Roast 

Spring is just on the horizon and that means ditching dark brews and ushering in refreshing lagers. Enjoys pours from eight local breweries including Iron Triangle and Arts District Brewing Co. to compliment two roasted pigs to munch on. Cheers! 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, Noon - 10 p.m.
WHERE: MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys | MAP 
COST: Free 


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

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L.A. Art Book Fair 

Peruse through art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines from over 300 international booksellers, artists and independent publishers. Needless to say, you'll find plenty of inspiration if you've been in a creative lull. The fair will feature a keynote address by A.A. Bronson, titled "My Life in Books." 

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 24 - Sunday, Feb. 26 
WHERE: The Museum of Contemporary Art, DTLA | MAP 
COST:
Free 


CAFFEINE PICK

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Coffee Con L.A. 

Don't just get your weekend caffeine fix at your usual spot — instead, hit up the biggest gathering of java fanatics in SoCal for cold brew and so much more. Learn how to properly grind and brew coffee and sip on endless sample cups of the region's best espresso, but be warned, heightened senses and hyperactivity are an unavoidable side effect unless you've built up a solid tolerance. 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25 - Sunday, Feb. 26 
WHERE: The REEF, DTLA | MAP  
COST: Tickets are $10 - 40 | Get tickets 


STAFF PICK

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Oscar-nominated Short Film screening

You know those movies in the Short Film category of the Oscars that you've never heard of before then and probably will never see? Well, here's your chance to get a leg up on your film critic friends and win some bets. So, catch a screening of nominee "My Life as a Zucchini"  before the big night. Some showtimes will have a special appearance from the director for a Q&A. No elegant ball gown or tuxedo required. 

WHEN: Now through March 2, show times vary 
WHERE: Nuart Theatre, West L.A. | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $11 


LAST CHANCE PICK

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Modernism Week 

If, like us, you missed the bandwagon on Modernism Week, no need to fret, there's still time to participate. Sport your architecture cap this weekend and tour residential and commercial buildings seemingly frozen in time across Palm Springs, preserving modern design, architecture and art from the 1950-60s.  

Take a bus tour for an aerial view or take interior tours (ticketed and free) through houses like Twin Palms, where Frank Sinatra lived and another where Barry Manilow once resided, for a stroll back in time to the mid-20th century.

"Now in 2017, we have entire neighborhoods of intact homes that were build all around the same year, lets say 1958 or so, and you’ll have an entire neighborhood of beautifully restored homes that all reflect that period,” Bob Bogard, spokesperson for the event, told KPCC. 

WHEN: Now through Sunday, Feb. 26, times of tours vary 
WHERE: Palm Springs | Various locations 
COST: Prices vary


FUR-FRIENDLY PICK

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Companion Species Park Jam 

Here's your weekly dose of pet love, whether you want to check out prospective adoptable dogs and cats or get your companion free vaccinations. This events also boats some goodies for the humans, including vegan food, wine and live music. How do you say no to that?

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, Noon - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro | MAP 
COST: Free 


SEASONAL PICK

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28th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration 

In the mood for some extra brassy Zydeco music or an insane amount of party beads? There'll be no shortage of either, in addition to the strolling parade bands and Cajun cuisine at this extravaganza. Dogs don't have to be left out of the fun either. Enter your pooch in the Mutti Gras parade contest in the best jewel-toned outfit for your chance to win a prize! 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25 - Sunday, Feb. 26 
WHERE: The Original Farmers Markets | MAP 
COST: Free 


How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.