15 Things to Do This Weekend in L.A.

Spend your time off rapping along to Odd Future or gazing at Sophia Loren

Spend your weekend rapping along to Odd Future or gazing at Sophia Loren.

MOVIES: AFI Fest
Featuring premieres, shin-digs, and conversations led by industry pros, the cinema series is one of the city’s finest. On November 12 take a Roman holiday when Sophia Loren shows up for the gala in her honor. More information (November 6-13; American Film Institute)

MUSIC: Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
Headlined by Pharrell Williams, this concert features Odd Future-adjacent acts like Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet as well as up-and-coming local acts such as Cherry Glazer and Action Bronson. The man behind it all, Tyler, The Creator, will also take the mic. More information (November 8; L.A. Coliseum)

MUSIC: Downtown Festival
To celebrate the reopening of downtown’s grand Regent Theater after a lengthy revamp, programmer Mitchell Frank is throwing a two-day music fest. Local rockers YACHT and Autralian pop outfit Connan Mockasin headline a that also also include sets by Jerome LOL, BEGINNERS, Lydia Ainsworth, Corners, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Sage Casewell, and DJ Travis Holcombe of KCRW. More information (November 7-8; Regent Theater)

EXPERIENCE: Making L.A. Conference
Founded by writers Alissa Walker and Marissa Gluck, the Design East of La Brea collective presents a day of discussions about socially aware architecture and design. Compton mayor Aja Brown links up with other advocates of thoughtful urban planning. More information (November 7; Los Angeles River Center & Gardens)

ART: Larry Sultan: Here and Home
The first retrospective of California photographer Larry Sultan includes more than 100 photographs, ranging from Sultan’s conceptual and collaborative works of the 1970s to his solo works in the decades following. Five major bodies of work are represented, including: Evidence, made collaboratively with Mike Mandel; Swimmers; Pictures from Home; The Valley; and HomelandMore information (Through November 2; LACMA)

MOVIES: Pelicans Dream
The female California brown pelican found wandering down the Golden Gate Bridge is starving, viewers discover in Pelicans Dream, a must-watch documentary—despite the occasional grim moments—for anyone who’s marveled at the sight of these flying dinosaurs. The rescue and recovery of the Bay Area pelican—nicknamed Gigi—is the framework for this deep dive into how we imperil the survival of the birds. Irving will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. More information (November 7, Laemmle Royal)

DANCE: BalletBoyz
Former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt established this all-male company in 2001. They have selected and trained ten charismatic young men, who come from the top contemporary dance schools in the U.K., including Laban, Northern Contemporary, Rambert, and the Place. Closer to home, Nunn and Trevitt have appeared as guest judges on So You Think You Can DanceMore information (November 7-9; Ahmanson Theatre)

MUSIC: Shovels and Rope
Shovels and Rope are South Carolina husband-and-wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, serving up scrappy and upbeat Americana that blends folk, rock, and punk. More information (November 7; El Rey Theatre)

CELEBRATE: Beyond the Wall
To commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War museum unveil its Culver City space and the Taschen book that highlights the collection. More information (November 8; The Armory in Culver City)

THEATER:  King Lear
As Geoffrey, the exasperated butler on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Joseph Marcell was witness to unending high jinks. As Lear, the patriarch who unleashes havoc on his daughters, he bears out Will Smith’s famous lyrics: Parents just don’t understand. More information (Through November 16; The Broad Stage)

ART: Designercon
Don’t call them toys. Vinyl figurines are pop culture totems. Hundreds of vendors, including the Japanophiles at Giant Robert and poster artists COOP and Frank Kozik, offer collectibles that won’t drain your piggy-bank. More information (November 8-9; Pasadena Convention Center)

MUSIC: Mirah
The indie rocker singer-songwriter performs here as part of her nationwide tour. Her voice that can go from low and sultry one second to a high falsetto the next will have you feeling mesmerized—and that’s an understatement. More information (November 8; The Echo)

Art: Grandes Maestros
Trace the intercontinental influence of folk art at an exhibition that focuses on works from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Pieces by more than 600 artists fuse age-old materials with new-school craftsmanship. More information (Through September 13, 2015; Natural History Museum)

MOVIE: Martin Short in Conversation with Steve Martin
Prepare to laugh, and laugh some more, with funny men Martin Short and Steve Martin. The show features Short as he discusses his memoir, I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, with Martin. Don’t miss out on a show this funny that it will have you waking up with sore abs the next day. More information (November 9; The Alex Theatre)

ART: Adam Mars
He’s the Ed Ruscha of the Internet age. Painting hasghtags and pop culture phrases on faux-brick panels, Mars pokes fun at our celebrity obsession and comments on consumerism. He also deep-fries tabloids. More information (Through December 20; Gusford Gallery)

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