13 Great Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend: Golden Dragons, Artsy Books, Pudding, and Epic Beer

From a movie based on the black box transcripts of downed airplanes (cheery!) to a Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown (where else?), here’s a plan for your weekend. You’re welcome.

From a movie based on the black box transcripts of downed airplanes (cheery!) to a Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown (where else?), here’s a plan for your weekend. You’re welcome.

SHOP: L.A. Art Book Fair 2014
Ditch those dumbbells and start curling coffee-table books instead. You can pick them up at MOCA’s second annual event, which features more than 250 publishers of art titles, glossy mags, and zines. More information (January 30 – February 2; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA) 

CELEBRATE: 115th Golden Dragon Parade and New Year Festival
To celebrate the Year of the Horse, a lively procession of marching bands and nearly two dozen colorful floats make their way through the heart of Chinatown. More information (February 1- 2; Chinatown)

SEE: Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Now in its fifth year, the art fair features 70 international galleries that offer survey of the contemporary art scene. More information (January 30 – February 2; Barker Hangar)

HEAR: Mayer Hawthorne
Soul and hip-hop singer Mayer Hawthorne brings his Where Does This Door Go tour to his new hometown of L.A. The Michigan transplant only had one rule when making the album: It had to be fun. More information (January 31; Hollywood Palladium)

SEE: Charlie Victor Romeo
The movie puts the audience inside the tension-filled cockpits of actual flights in distress, offering a fascinating portrait of the psychology of crisis and a person’s will to live to the last second. More information (January 31 – February 6; Downtown Independent)

EAT: The Pudding Truck Launch Party
Just when you thought there was a food truck for everything, The Pudding Truck rolls up. L.A.’s newest dessert truck will be at Golden Road Brewery’s beer garden from 7 until 10 p.m., when you can taste samples of stove-top versions in flavors like butterscotch, vanilla bean, and vegan chocolate hazelnut. More information (January 31; Golden Road Brewery)

SEE: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
When a jet-setting actress returns to her family’s Pennsylvania home with her much younger beau, city slickers clash with country folk. David Hyde Pierce directs this humorous homage to Chekhov. More information (January 29 – March 9; Mark Taper Forum)

SEE: The Ruling Class
Peter O’Toole stars in the dark 1972 comedy The Ruling Class, which tells the story of a Lord who dies in a wacky way leaving way his even wackier son to inherit his estate. The British film will screen three times over three days. More information (February 2-4; New Beverly Cinema)

SEE: The Doug Benson Interruption: Sports Watching Party
You’ll have to be a Cinefamily member to attend, but if you are you can watch the Super Bowl on the theater’s big screen as comedian Doug Benson and friends offer hilarious narration, mocking whatever strikes their fancy. In true game day fashion, there will be plenty of food and drink thanks to a potluck. More information (February 2; Cinefamily)

DRINK: Epic Brewing Company Takeover
Just in time for the Super Bowl, Salt Lake City’s Epic Brewing Company arrives to take over the taps at Plan Check on Fairfax. Epic’s Brainless series makes an appearance, as do Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout and Utah Sage Saison Belgian-Style Ale. More information (January 29 – February 9; Plan Check Fairfax)

SEE: Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
This exhibition features the work of nearly 30 artists from around the world. Whether they’re working in video, photography, painting, or sculpture, all of them have turned soccer into art. Look for pieces by Miguel Calderon, Robin Rhode, and Kehinde Wiley. More information (February 2 – July 20; LACMA)

HEAR: Artists Read Baldessari
Over 45 artists and special guests will read and perform works from More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari, two new volumes of John Baldessari’s writings. With never before-published texts and facsimiles of original documents. More information (February 2; JANM)

SEE: A City in a City: Steven Holl’s Urban Blocks
As the world’s population increases, it’s become imperative to find creative habitation solutions. Steven Holl’s architectural projects in China are made accessible to the viewer through watercolor installations, models, and videos that present a glimpse of future living. More information (January 29 – Match 9; Schindler House) 

DRINK: Bockfest Winter Beer Festival
Taste some of the best winter beers before they go out of season. Take home a souvenir pint to remember the afternoon’s festivities by. More information (February 1; Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center)