Our 13 Favorite Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend: Skate Like Harry Potter, Groove to Charles Bradley, Laugh at “Office Space”

Thirteen is the magic number; that’s (at least) how many awesome things there are to do in Los Angeles this weekend

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Thirteen is the magic number; that’s (at least) how many awesome things there are to do in Los Angeles this weekend.

MUSIC: Ms. Lauryn Hill
She’s out of jail and out on tour. The songwriter, rapper, and actress is back in the public eye after serving time for tax problems. She released a single last year, and there are rumors her first album in 15 years will follow soon. More information (May 17; Club Nokia)

MOVIE: Eat, See, Hear: Office Space
Projected onto the biggest movie screen west of the Mississippi, this series of outdoor screenings will show Mike Judge’s iconic comedy about exasperated office workers. Come early to munch on food truck fare and listen to local bands before grabbing a seat for the main event. More information (May 17; Santa Monica High School)

ART: Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971 – 1996
25 years of artistic experimentation mean the late, L.A.-based photographer had plenty of material to showcase in this career retrospective. Through various mediums such as black-and-white prints, videos, and canvas, Valverde gives deeper glimpses into scenes of lowriders, Day of the Dead celebrations, and other cultural moments. More information(May 17-26; Vincent Price Art Museum)

OPERA: Thaïs
A beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs, enjoys her life of passion. One monk, Athanaël, goes on a journey to save her soul but falls victim to an erotic obsession that threatens to destroy him. More information (May 17-June 7; L.A. Opera)

MUSIC: Charles Bradley
He started as a James Brown impersonator. Then the Brooklyn-based soulster stepped out on his own. His onstage energy radiates, inspiring concertgoers to shake their moneymakers. More information (May 17; Fonda Theatre)

SKATE: Harry Potter Roller Skating Night
Don your robe and round spectacles. Festivities include music from the franchise, a costume contest, and the closest thing you’ll find to a Quidditch match without attending Hogwarts. More information (May 17; Moonlight Rollerway)

ART: Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Imagine stepping into the pixels of a computer screen. At the New York artist’s first solo museum show in California, his nearly 70-foot-long pieces made up of hundreds of squares immerse viewers in color. More information (May 17-August

MUSIC: L.A. Old Time Social
Fiddle and banjo enthusiasts alike can flock to the L.A. mecca for three days of bluegrass heaven. Where else can someone listen to several concerts, attend a music workshop, and learn to square dance all in the same place? More information (May 15-17; various locations)

KIDS: Bug Fair
Bug out for a weekend full of insect collections, bug-inspired artwork, and even bug chefs. See a variety of creepy crawlies, from tarantulas to scorpions, and learn about bug products like honey, wax, and silk. More information (May 17-18; Natural History Museum) 

LIT: Dirty Laundry Lit
Hosted by former Saturday Night Live joke writer Jeff Eyres, this nonprofit reading series aims to be more like a raucous, all-inclusive party than a staid literary gathering. More information (May 17; The Virgil)

ART: The Mr. Show Show: An Artistic Tribute to Mr. Show with Bob & David
The name says it all: This is an exhibition inspired by cult comedy shows, created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. More information (May 17-24; Nerdmelt)

FOOD: Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Craft brewers and veggie-centric restaurants converge for a gathering co-curated by the guy behind Tony’s Darts Away and Golden Road Brewery. Locally sourced bands should pair well with the tsunami of suds. More information (May 17; West Hollywood)

OPERA: A Streetcar Named Desire
From singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl earlier this year to playing the emotionally fragile Blanche DuBois, opera superstar Renée Fleming has had a momentous year. She stars in the opera version of the Tennessee Williams play, which sold out multiple productions on the East Coast last year. More information (May 18; L.A. Opera)

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