The 119th Golden Dragon Parade
More than 100,000 people turn out for the Golden Dragon Parade, which has been weaving its way through Chinatown since roughly 1889 (that makes it one of the oldest Chinese New Year celebrations in America). Today it has more than a dozen floats, erhu performances (Chinese violins), marching bands, celebs, and so much confetti. The pièce de résistance? A dancing golden dragon manned by up to 100 people. Take the Gold Line there if you hope to maintain your transpo sanity.
The Great Boozy Bake-Off
Why eat a regular cupcake when you could eat one that’s got a little 21+ kick to it? On Sunday, Angel City Brewing is hosting the Great Boozy Bake-Off, where local pastry slingers will be serving up cookies, candies, cakes, and more, all infused with a little booze. You’ll get to sample everything they’ve got and then vote on your favorites all while sipping on Angel City’s craft beers (heads up: Beer is not included in the ticket price). The event is $20 bucks all told, and the best part? Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Design aficionados descend on Palm Springs to drool over the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the world. The blitz includes walking and bus tours, lectures, and screenings, but everything fills up fast—be sure to book online before you go. This weekend, get in on a Door Tour of the Indian Canyon nabe, where you’ll be sure to bank a few stunning photos of hot pink and orange and yellow doors for future #TBTs.
An Invitation to Dance
This graceful film series at the Norton Simon Museum will hit Old Hollywood nostalgists right in the feels. Classic couples like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds twirl across the big screen; this weekend catch Kelley and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris.
NBA All-Star 2018
One of the biggest weekends in b-ball returns to the Staples Center, bringing with it top rookies, the league’s hottest players, and celebs. The movie stars and musicians who play in Friday’s Celebrity Game always draw a crowd, but the main event is Sunday’s All-Star showdown—unless you’re super into watching rappers play basketball, in which case you may want to try your hand at getting into 747 Warehouse St. On Friday, Adidas is hosting a basketball showdown between Snoop Dogg’s West Coast team (which includes the likes of Chris Brown, Kamaiyah, Joe Moses, etc. etc.) and 2Chainz’s East Coast team (Playboi Carti, Wacka Flocka Flame, French Montana, etc. etc.). Try to win tickets through a raffling process (info here).
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