10 Fun Things to do in L.A. This Weekend

Meghan Trainor, a golf tournament, professorial turntabling, history of the tortilla, and Mardi Gras at sea
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OUTDOORS: Northern Trust Open
At this Pacific Palisades bastion of elegance, you can beat the crowds and show up for the Thursday and Friday rounds before heading to the Promenade for food trucks and cocktail lounges and to the driving range for music by the jam band O.A.R. More information (February 18-22; Riviera Country Club) 

MUSIC: DJ Spooky
Paul D. Miller’s turntabling has long verged on the professorial. Following an Afrofuturism-tinged set, the artist known as DJ Spooky holds forth on his aesthetic—namely, that his music is sonic sculpture. More information (February 19; Mark Taper Auditorium)

MUSIC: Chinese New Year: From Tchaikovsky to Tan Dun
Conductor Xian Zhang leads a piano, cello, and violin trio through music from two continents. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Saëns are showcased, including pieces by Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), which are odes to twentieth-century socialism by Li Huanzhi. More information (February 19; Walt Disney Concert Hall)

COMEDY: Mike Epps
The man who would be Richard Pryor—in an upcoming biopic from Lee Daniels—mines family discord and racial politics for comedic gold. More information (February 20-21; Orpheum Theatre)

CONFABS: 13th Annual African American Festival
Mardi Gras dancers, jazz bands, and B-boys perform at an arts and culture extravaganza that serves up edibles ranging from soul food to African cuisine. More information (February 21; Aquarium of the Pacific)

MUSIC: Anne McCue
Best known for her guitar groove in Americana and blues, Anne McCue reaches back to the influence of her parents’ jazz and swing music to record Blue Sky Thinkin’. Tonight’s record release party will showcase her own batch of standards on an album that sounds so authentic, you’ll be checking the credits to see which Tin Pan Alley tunesmith wrote them. More information (February 21; Hotel Café)

CONFABS: Mardi Gras Singles Cruise
Got no one to share your beads with this year? Fear not. QueenVee Entertainment is hosting a Mardi Gras Party Cruise done singles style (although couples are welcome, too). Costume contests, DJs, and two full bars. Did we mention it’s on a three-story river paddleboat? More information (February 21; Grand Romance Cruise Line, Long Beach) 

MUSIC: Meghan Trainor
Trainor performs songs from her third album, Title, which the crowd will be happy to know includes her megahit single, “All About That Bass.” More information (February 21-22; El Rey Theatre)

TASTE: Tortilla Workshop
In Mexico, how you make a tortilla telegraphs where you come from. A two-hour seminar led by Gilberto Cetina, the chef at downtown’s Chichén Itzá, recounts the history of tortillas and invites members of the audience to help make some. More information (February 22; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles)

CONFABS: ArchitectureTALKS
From Hollywood Golden Age movie theater to twenty-first century playhouse, the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City has a lot of history. The Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation is hosting this guided tour of the building, which will focus on the Kirk Douglas Theaters transformation over the years. More information (February 23; Kirk Douglas Theater)

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