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5 ways to avoid Super Bowl Sunday




An NFL Super Bowl LI football is shown in Chicago on Jan. 25, 2017.
An NFL Super Bowl LI football is shown in Chicago on Jan. 25, 2017.
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This weekend is the big game … but what if you don’t know anything about sports? We’ve got you covered.  Here are 5 things in Southern California to check out if you are planning to avoid the game this weekend:

1. Retro Gaming Expo SoCal

Nicole and husband Blake Bolton play Wind Jammers at Neon Retro Arcade in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 4.
Nicole and husband Blake Bolton play Wind Jammers at Neon Retro Arcade in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 4.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

If you’re less into watching games and more into playing them, celebrate your inner geek at the Retro Gaming Expo at the Ontario Convention Center, where you can compete in retro gaming tournaments, and play classic and hard to find retro games. This is a 2-day expo. Tickets for Sunday are $20. Visit website for more info.

2. Super Soul Sunday

Join the soul train and put on your dancing shoes this weekend at The Short Stop for Super Soul Sunday.  Sip on some cheap drinks, and hear DJs spin all the greats like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Ben E. King all night long.  This is a free weekly event. Visit the website for more info.

 

3. "Zoot Suit" at the Mark Taper Forum

Luis Valdez (center right) with the cast of the 1978 production of “Zoot Suit” at the Mark Taper Forum.
Luis Valdez (center right) with the cast of the 1978 production of “Zoot Suit” at the Mark Taper Forum.
Photo by Jay Thompson

In 1979, “Zoot Suit" became Broadway’s first Chicano play. The production packed houses in LA for nearly a year before the move to Broadway.  “Zoot Suit” is returning to LA at the Mark Taper Forum. Dancers, actors, and singers weave fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Tickets start at $25. Sunday, Feb 5 showtimes times for “Zoot Suit” are 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum.  The production will run through March 19. For more information visit the website.

4. Doug Benson Interrupts the Super Bowl

This one technically will be showing the big game, but it’s safe to say you won’t necessarily be watching it. Comedian Doug Benson talks over the game, and discusses about whatever is on his mind. This is a potluck event, and don’t you dare just bring a bag of chips. Admission is free but RSVP required. Visit website for more information.

5. Ska Wars

Local ska and brass instruments will unite this weekend at Ska Wars.
Local ska and brass instruments will unite this weekend at Ska Wars.
Photo by Dukas Ju via Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend in a galaxy not that far way… Ska Wars. Local ska acts will take the stage at the Union Nightclub, with performances by Viernes 13, South Central Skankers, Red Store Bums, and many more. It’s unclear whether ska music can actually save and restore freedom to the galaxy, but ska puns are alive and well.  Tickets available at the door for $30. For more information visit the event website.

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