18 Ways to Spend the Weekend in L.A.: Miley Cyrus, Billy Budd, Dancers in Downtown, Cali Writers, and More

From twerking to writing to twirling and racing, L.A. delivers another big weekend of events.

From twerking to writing to twirling and racing, L.A. delivers another big weekend of events.

HEAR: Writing From California: Tales From Two Cities
The three-day literary fest focuses on the unique influence of Los Angeles literature and California culture with discussions, interviews, and readings. Starting where last year’s conference in the Bay Area left off, “Writing from California” examines the literature of Southern California in all its forms: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, print, and digital. More information (February 20-22; L.A. Central Library)

SEE: L.A. Dance Project
In its return to downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. Dance Project includes ensemble performances of brand new choreographer collaborations and musical samplings. More information (February 20-22; Ace Hotel) 

HEAR: Amos Lee
Sway to Lee’s subtle soul and beautiful folky phrasing, currently touring to promote his fifth album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. More information (February 21; The Wiltern)

SEE: MOBY: Innocents
Since musician and photographer Moby moved to Hollywood in 2010, he has become fascinated by Hollywood Hills’ hidden history, as well as an obsession with cults. Innocents features large-scale photos that capture a sense of impending doom the artist finds in his subject matter. More information (February 21-March 30; Project Gallery)

FROLIC: Snow Days
Even in the midst of our solar vortex, you can enjoy two days of sledding and snowman-building when snow comes to the L.A. Zoo. Other activities include crafts based on the Disney movie Frozen and snow that has been added to certain animal exhibits. More information (February 22-23; L.A. Zoo)

CELEBRATE: 14th Annual African American Art Festival
Local Culver City artists and students will celebrate diversity and culture in L.A. through exhibits, poetry, dance, singing, drumming, food, and more at this family-friendly Black History Month event. More information (February 26; STAR Eco Station)

EAT: Cochon 555
’Twas the twerk seen round the world. Whether more booty shaking is to come, the 21-year-old pop star’s live antics are bound to inspire pearl clutching. More information (February 23; Fairmont Miramar Hotel)

HEAR: Miley Cyrus
’Twas the twerk seen round the world. Whether more booty shaking is to come, the 21-year-old pop star’s live antics are bound to inspire pearl clutching. More information (February 22; Staples Center)

SEE: Billy Budd
Herman Melville’s tale of high-seas adventure received the operatic treatment in 1951 from composer Benjamin Britten and writers E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier. This all-male production closes out L.A. Opera’s yearlong “Britten 100/LA: A Celebration.” Additional performances are scheduled for March 2, 5, 8, 13, and 16. More information (February 22; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)

CELEBRATE: Riverside Dickens Festival
Experience Charles Dickens’s England alongside 150 performers in full costume. Enjoy a military parade and a marketplace offering 19th-century wares; rumor has it that “Queen Victoria” might make an appearance. More information (February 22-23; Downtown Riverside)

SEE: A Steady Rain
Steppenwolf Theatre co-founder Jeff Perry directs the Los Angeles premiere of a drama by Keith Huff (Mad Men, House of Cards). This is a gritty, darkly poetic story about two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect consumes them—and rips them apart. More information (February 22-April 20; The Odyssey Theatre)

HEAR: Daniel Bachman
22-year-old self-proclaimed “psychedelic Appalachia” musician Daniel Bachman brings his guitar-centric blues show to Los Angeles. More information (February 21; The Velaslavasay Panorama)

SEE: Gearhead and the Realbot: a Space Odyssey Hoedown
The Unknown Artists presents a comedy tribute to the best and the worst of 1950s and ’60s science fiction films and television shows. The play follows the character of Gearhead as he seeks to prove his worth to his superiors after a villain infiltrates the spacecraft he works on. More information (February 21–March 8; Dorie Theatre at The Complex) 

HEAR: David Crosby
It’s rare to see the singer-songwriter in a venue that recalls the L.A. joints where he started out. More information (February 23-28; The Troubadour)

HEAR: Megan Mullally
Joined by husband and fellow actor Nick Offerman (you may know him as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation), Megan Mullally appears as a part of the Broadway @ The Broad series for a night of music and talk. The series is narrated and accompanied on piano by Sirius XM Radio personality Seth Rudetsky. More information (February 22; The Broad Stage) 

SEE: Freaks & Geeks: Series Retrospective
This is part of a month-long retrospective devoted to the influential but short-lived NBC series that launched the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Rashida Jones, among others, and helped make Judd Apatow a comedy hero. Admission is free; reservations required. More information (February 23; Frank Sinatra Hall, Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre)

HEAR: The Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese
Four powerful musical ambassadors come together for an exceptional night of intersecting musical styles. Drummer DeJohnette is an NEA Jazz Master, Lovano is a Grammy-winning sax legend, bassist-vocalist Spalding received the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist, and Argentine pianist Genovese is an accomplished and peripatetic performer. More information (February 22; Royce Hall)

RUN: Firecracker 10K and 5K
Run around Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park, and Chinatown in what has become one of the city’s best races. More information (February 23; Chinatown)