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13 fantastic things to do this Friday the 13th weekend: April 13-15

The Seaweed Sisters perform during 2017's To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier event, which is part of the Dance + Camera Festival.
The Seaweed Sisters perform during 2017's To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier event, which is part of the Dance + Camera Festival.
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So you're not going to that little music festival in the desert known as Coachella. Cons: You'll miss Beyoncé and whatever she does with her 100 new backup dancers. Pros: You'll avoid the traffic, heat, sunburn, hangover and 90,000-person crowd. Another upside: There's tons to do this weekend in Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California.


OUTDOOR PICK

Great L.A. River Cleanup

A young volunteer helps clean up the Tujunga Wash during the 2017 Great L.A. River Cleanup, an event founded in 1989 by Friends of the L.A. River.
A young volunteer helps clean up the Tujunga Wash during the 2017 Great L.A. River Cleanup, an event founded in 1989 by Friends of the L.A. River.
Friends of the L.A. River

WHEN: Saturday, April 14; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
WHERE: Balboa Sports Complex — 17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk — Glendale
COST: FREE but registration required; MORE INFO

La Gran Limpieza returns! The annual cleanup spans three weekends, each targeting a different section of the waterway. This first weekend focuses on the Upper River in the San Fernando Valley. You can join in at the Sepulveda Basin or the Glendale Narrows but you should register in advance. In 2017, volunteers removed more than 100 tons of trash from the Los Angeles River. They're hoping to beat that number this year.


ARTSY PICK

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival

The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival.
The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival.
Downtown Burbank Partnership

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 - Sunday, April 15; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: downtown Burbank — San Fernando Blvd. between Angeleno Ave. and Orange Grove Ave.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Peruse original works for sale from 200 artists. Traditional handmade art forms are displayed alongside work by animators, visual effects artists and video game creators for a unique experience. Participatory events include a teen art challenge, book signings by Disney animators, a Doodle Run and Sketch Fever drawing sessions.


VROOM VROOM PICK

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Will Power of Australia, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara, drives during warm-ups for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 19, 2015.
Will Power of Australia, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara, drives during warm-ups for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 19, 2015.
Robert Laberge/Getty Images

WHEN: Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15
WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center — 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
COST: $33-70, adult one-day general admission; $95, adult three-day general admission; MORE INFO

The big race, a 1.97-mile loop on the streets around the Long Beach Convention Center, happens Sunday afternoon. Other races — sports cars, muscle cars, trucks — fill out the rest of the weekend along with a drift challenge, concerts by Ozomatli and The Cult, a beauty pageant and a lifestyle expo.


CLASSY PICK

Victorian Tea and Fashion Show

Heritage Square Museum's Vintage Fashion Show.
Heritage Square Museum's Vintage Fashion Show.
Greg Meyer for Heritage Square Museum

WHEN: Saturday, April 14; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Highland Park
COST: $55, adults; $15 children; MORE INFO

This living history experience, comprised of eight Victorian Era mansions, serves as the backdrop for an afternoon tea. Nibble on delicate sandwiches and tarts while viewing styles worn by American First Ladies from Martha Washington to Jackie Kennedy. You'll also see designs from first ladies of fashion, stage and screen such as Coco Channel, Jeanne-Marie Lanvin, Sarah Bernhardt, Audrey Hepburn and Helen Hayes.


FLICK PICK

Film Noir Festival

A still from the film
A still from the film "Kiss Me Deadly."

WHEN: Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 22
WHERE: Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
COST: $12 per screening; MORE INFO

The American Cinematheque hosts it 20th annual tribute to menacing gangsters, diabolical dames, shadowy schemes and wide-eyed marks. The lineup includes mid-century classics "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Jealousy," as well as modern takes on the genre like "L.A. Confidential."


THEATER PICK

Native Son

Noel Arthur (left) plays The Black Rat, a manifestation of Bigger Thomas’s double consciousness, and Jon Chaffin (right) plays Bigger Thomas in Antaeus Theatre Company's 2018 production of
Noel Arthur (left) plays The Black Rat, a manifestation of Bigger Thomas’s double consciousness, and Jon Chaffin (right) plays Bigger Thomas in Antaeus Theatre Company's 2018 production of "Native Son," based on the 1940 novel by Richard Wright.
Geoffrey Wade Photography

WHEN: Thursday, April 12 - Sunday, June 3
WHERE: Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center  — 110 E. Broadway, Glendale
COST: $15-34; MORE INFO

Antaeus Theatre Company stages an adaptation of Richard Wright's novel, which tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a desperately poor man living in South Chicago in the 1930s. Hoping for a brighter future and filled with rage at his limited opportunities, he takes a job in a white household. Things don't go well.


SPORTY PICK

Walk from Highland Park to Chinatown

A pedestrian walks past the iconic entrance to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles.
A pedestrian walks past the iconic entrance to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles.
Mae Ryan/KPCC

WHEN: Friday, April 13; 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: La Monarca Bakery — 5833 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Bob Inman, author of "Finding Los Angeles by Foot," will lead an 8.5-mile walk traversing some major hills, half a dozen stairways (including the famous Eldred stairs over the spine of Mt. Washington) and the Los Angeles State Historic Park. You'll stop at Antigua coffee house and the Self Realization Fellowship before your journey ends at the Chinatown Gold Line station.


DRAMATIC PICK

Don Giovanni

Pacific Opera Project's 2018 production of
Pacific Opera Project's 2018 production of "Don Giovanni."
Martha Benedict Photography

WHEN: Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 22
WHERE: The Vortex — 2341 E. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
COST: $15-50; MORE INFO

The Pacific Opera Project aims to make opera accessible for contemporary audiences. Presented in a warehouse with seating at communal tables, this version of Mozart's opera will look more like "Dick Tracy." Don Giovanni is still a dumpster fire of a human being — a liar and pathological womanizer who treats his servants like garbage and kills the father of a woman he tried to rape. Don't worry, he gets his comeuppance... eventually. All performances feature a full orchestra, food, shared wine and English supertitles to go along with the Italian lyrics.


DANCE PICK

To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier

Dancers from Jacob Jonas The Company perform on the Santa Monica Pier during 2017's To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier event, which is part of the Dance + Camera Festival.
Dancers from Jacob Jonas The Company perform on the Santa Monica Pier during 2017's To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier event, which is part of the Dance + Camera Festival.
Sam Morrison

WHEN: Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Santa Monica Pier — 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
COST: FREE but RSVP required; MORE INFO

Part of the Dance + Camera Festival, this free concert series features a slew of troupes performing outdoors. They include Pilobolus, Jacob Jonas The Company, ILL-Abilities, Erica Sobol's LOBOS art collective and LA Contemporary Dance Company.


COMEDY PICK

Picture This!

 Brandie Posey hosts the Picture This! comedy show.
Brandie Posey hosts the Picture This! comedy show.
Sam Varela

WHEN: Saturday, April 14; 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Get ready for a different kind of sketch comedy as stand-ups tell jokes while animators and cartoonists draw their bits. Comedians Brooks Wheelan of "SNL" and Justine Marino of Comedy Central will grab the mic while artists Mike L. Mayfield of Big Mouth and Liz Climo of "The Simpsons" create the images. Hosted by Brandie Posey of Lady to Lady.


DRESS-UP PICK

Monsterpalooza

PETA supporters dressed like zombies pretend to gorge themselves on a victim during a protest against consumption of meat in Hollywood, California, on October 26, 2017.
PETA supporters dressed like zombies pretend to gorge themselves on a victim during a protest against consumption of meat in Hollywood, California, on October 26, 2017.
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center  — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
COST: $30-35; MORE INFO

If you're the kind of person who wishes Halloween was 365 days per year, this might be your event. The display floor will be filled with props, costumes and art. You'll also have a chance to meet Pam Grier, Danny Trejo, Fairuza Balk, Linda Blair, Paul Sorvino and other film and TV stars.


GAMING PICK

MineFaire

A Minecraft digital artist points at the digital version of the character Sal during a Playcraft live rehearsal at The Playhouse Theatre and Arts Centre on October 10, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
A Minecraft digital artist points at the digital version of the character Sal during a Playcraft live rehearsal at The Playhouse Theatre and Arts Centre on October 10, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 - Sunday April, 15; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: L.A. Convention Center — 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
COST: $45-69; MORE INFO

Do you love using a variety of cubes to build structures in a procedurally generated 3D world? Then maybe you'll want to join other Minecraft enthusiasts for a day of discussions, showcases, build battles, lip sync contests and game hacks.


CRAFTY PICK

Costa Mesa Bead & Design Show

An elderly Iraqi man sits at a stall selling prayer beads hanging in the Souq al-Jumaa Friday market in Baghdad's Al-Rashid Street, on July 28, 2017.
An elderly Iraqi man sits at a stall selling prayer beads hanging in the Souq al-Jumaa Friday market in Baghdad's Al-Rashid Street, on July 28, 2017.
SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Friday, April 13 - Sunday April, 15; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Costa Mesa — 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Cut out the middleman and buy your baubles direct from artisans and tradespeople. You'll find handcrafted jewelry, beads, gems, craft supplies, clothing and accessories from 200 vendors.


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