10 Ways to Have a Great Weekend in L.A.

Experimental jazz, a psychedelic opera, a live Harry Potter supercut, and a monster under the ice
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COMEDY: Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience—A Parody
Summing up seven Harry Potter films in 70 minutes, funny guys Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner enact scenes from Hogwarts and beyond in a spoof of the popular franchise. More information (February 25-March 1; The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts) 

THEATER: Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter
Sands pays tribute to the Nobel Prize-winning playwright in a solo show directed by John Malkovich. More information (February 26; Valley Center for the Performing Arts) 

MUSIC: Alice in Wonderland
For this psychedelic opera by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, director Netia Jones integrates her own video projections, the illustrations of Ralph Steadman, and large-scale costumes for an imaginative take on the children’s story. More information (February 27-28; Walt Disney Concert Hall)

OUTDOORS: L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run/Walk & Bike Ride
On Saturday hop on a bike for a 20-mile ride along the L.A. River or a 30-plus-mile excursion through the hills of Elysian Park around Dodger Stadium. Equally picturesque are the Sunday 5K and 10K runs. More information (February 28-March 1; Various locations)

MOVIES: Moulin Rouge
Venture to bawdy, bohemian Paris in Baz Luhrmann’s spectacle of song and dance, which screens at the outdoor rooftop theater downtown. More information (February 28; Electric Dusk Drive-in)

CONFABS: Rock N’ Roll Flea Market
Vintage collections, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, and all things rock n’ roll. Find yourself a new leather jacket or a rare Elvis seven inch record. More information (March 1; The Regent Theater)

MUSIC: Kevin Morby & Jessica Pratt
Kevin Morby deals in 70’s tinged soft rock and balladry on his latest album, 2014’s Still Life. Jessica Pratt’s idiosyncratic brand of nouveau folk brought her into the spotlight in 2012 when the singer released her self-titled debut album. Pratt just dropped the follow up, On Your Own Love Again this month. More information (February 28; The Echo)

MOVIES: The Thing & Runaway Train
John Carpenter’s classic horror flick The Thing chronicles a doomed Antarctic research teams efforts to fight off an ancient evil monster under the ice. In Runaway Train two convicts attempt to escape capture. Based on a screenplay by Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, the film launched among others Danny Trejo’s career. More information (December 27-28; New Beverly Cinema)

DANCE: Bodytraffic
Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett’s renowned dance troupe Bodytraffic returns to the Broad Stage to perform pieces by among others Victor Quijada and Hofesh Shechter. More information (February 26-27; The Broad Stage)

MUSIC: Slumgum
Jon Armstrong, Rory Cowal, David Tranchina, and Trevor Anderies founded Slumgum in 2008 and today the quartet is one of the most critically acclaimed acts on the Southern California’s experimental jazz scene. More information (February 27; The Blue Whale)

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