13 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend: Bombs, Eagles, Joan Rivers, Parades, and Wrap Dresses

From art, fashion, and music to food, poetry, and Peking ducks, there’s plenty to see and do this weekend

SEE: photo l.a.
Perusing Instagram pics of cats and tacos is a dandy distraction, but professionals create images that can stop your heart. For 23 years this exhibition has displayed images of fashion, art, and photojournalism by top-shelf snappers. More information (January 16-19; L.A. Mart

LAUGH: Joan Rivers
At 80, the “Queen of Mean” shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s a self-directed zinger: “I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.” More information (January 17; Saban Theatre)

CELEBRATE: Kingdom Day Parade
A lively parade of marching bands, soul food stalls, and arts-oriented festivities pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 85 this year. More information (January 20; Leimert Park) 

HEAR: Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts is keeping high-energy punk alive and well. The Brooklyn band also has a sense of humor; a crowd favorite on their 2012 release, Light Up Gold, is called “Stoned and Starving.” More information (January 17; The Fonda Theatre) 

EAT: Food Is Art Dinner Installation
It’s all about color at chef Nyesha Arrington’s artful dinner, where each of four courses focuses on a single slice of the spectrum, from green nettles and pistachios in one dish to orange calamari, tangerines, and habañero chilis in another. Proceeds go to the Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), which benefits local farmer’s markets. More information (January 19-20; The Farmer’s Kitchen)

SEE: DVF 40: Journey Of A Dress
Forty years ago designer Diane von Furstenberg created a dress that would prove to stand the test of time. Four decades later and the wrap dress is as popular as ever. Furstenberg is throwing her creation a birthday party exhibit featuring different variants of the beloved design. More information (Through April 1; Wilshire May Company Building)

SEE: An Iliad
No J.J. Abrams flick comes close to the drama of Homer’s blockbuster. This one-man adaptation stars Tony winner Denis O’Hare (True Blood’s Vampire King of Mississippi), who illuminates the psychological center of the work: unbridled ego. More information (Through February 20; Broad Stage)

HEAR: Boom! American Bombings, 1876-1990
The U.S. has a hidden history of things that go boom. Arson investigator Ed Nordskog shares true stories and leads an interactive lecture about how American criminals learned to love bombs. More information (January 19; The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Cal State L.A.)

EAT: Peking Duck Dinner
Saturday is National Peking Duck Day and to celebrate, Wolfgang Puck is hosting a three-course meal with part of the proceed going to Meals on Wheels. More information (January 18; WP24)

HEAR: A Tribute to Wanda Coleman
A host of local literary luminaries including Ron Koertge, Laurel Ann Bogen, and Sesshu Foster will gather to celebrate the life of Wanda Coleman, L.A.’s unofficial poet laureate, who recently passed away. More information (January 18; Los Angeles Central Library)

HEAR: Drum Off
Guitar Center’s 25th Annual Drum-Off is, you guessed, the contest that decides who the best drummer in the country is. Five finalists will compete for the grand prize package valued at nearly $50,000. Check out sets by drum kit kings Chad Smith, Steve Ferrone, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, and Ray Luzier. More information (January 18; Guitar Center)

CELEBRATE: Lunar New Year Festival
Around the Pacific Rim, January festivities symbolize renewal. This extravaganza of pan-Asian culture includes performances based on Korean, Japanese, and Chinese traditions along with the appropriate cuisines. More information (January 18; Lunar New Year Festival)

HEAR: The Eagles
To christen the Inglewood landmark The Forum, which reopens after a $70 million makeover, the Eagles will play six dates to perform History of The Eagles Live In Concert. The band plans to play their most memorable material or what’s become the soundtrack of the Baby Boomer generation. Considering all the turmoil the band has experienced through the years, it’s a miracle all the members have come together to perform on the same stage. If you can manage a peek above the Forum, you’ll see that the roof appears to be an Eagles’ waxed LP. More information (January 17; The Forum)