5 Things to Do This Weekend That Will Significantly Improve Your Life

When beers, giggles, and macarons are involved, everyone wins

The Broken Hearts Circus

L.A.’s dating scene is full of enough clowns without the help of Angel City Brewing, but that doesn’t mean Angel City Brewing doesn’t feel the need to help anyway. Head to the Arts District on Sunday for an afternoon of circus-themed tomfoolery featuring magicians, acrobats, a stilt-walker, and, yes, clowns. There will be beer if you need to drown your sorrows and/or look any of those clowns in the eye for some reason, plus big toppy treats (popcorn, cotton candy, et al) from the Wafl Truck. Put on an extra miserable face in the brewery’s Broken Hearts Photo Booth before heading out, but play it cool and wait until Tuesday to ironically Instagram the result. More information (February 12, Angel City Brewing)

Mortified’s Annual Doomed Valentine’s Show

Remember that one time in middle school when you embarrassed yourself thoroughly then wrote about it in a diary? Oh, that was the entirety of your middle school tenure? Cool, me too. People who are braver than us are sharing those moments on stage at Mortified’s annual Doomed Valentine’s Day Show, an evening of storytelling focused on the horrors of past relationships (“love, lust, and awkward teenage makeouts,” as they describe it). Performers will share excerpts from old diaries, love letters, poems, and even original songs; the performance is all ages, but beware, readings can get a little raunchy. More information (February 11, Wanderlust)

The Princess Bride

Those who believe in the power of Mawwage and Twoo Wuv—and even those who don’t but who can still get behind a good fairytale trope—will appreciate this pre-V-Day screening of the Greatest Story Ever Told. Head to the Million Dollar Theater to watch Buttercup and the Dread Pirate Roberts, also known as Westley (née Farmboy) best a giant, wrestle an ROUS, go toe-to-toe (brain-to-brain?) with Wallace Shawn in the role he was born to play [1], and take on a swashbuckling Spaniard all in the name of true love. If that weren’t enough, there will be a photo booth and a DJ, plus food from Grand Central Market’s bevy of vendors. Medieval attire is encouraged. More information (February 11, Million Dollar Theater)

Upside Down

No, it’s not a Stranger Things reference. (Yes, we wish it was, too.) Co-LAb gallery in Highland Park tapped more than 15 local artists for their latest exhibition, which explores the theme “Upside Down”—whether it’s taking a project from finish to start, or creating something more from less. Admission is free, and so is the alcohol. You won’t see any Demagorgons—or will you? More information (February 11-March 12, co-LAb gallery)

The Hello Kitty Café Truck Pop-Up

Hello Kitty is not a hobby. It’s a lifestyle. Fans of the precious Sanrio character can geek out when the Hello Kitty Café Truck rolls up to the Glendale Galleria on February 11. The Pepto-pink bakery-on-wheels sells adorable treats like rainbow colored macarons (with bows, obvs), Hello Kitty cookies, HK petit cakes, bow-shaped water, and doughnuts, plus Hello Kitty mugs, t-shirts, and more. The truck will be on site from 10 a.m. to 8.p.m., but only while supplies last, so if you’re the type of person whose life will be obsolete without Hello Kitty baked goods consider getting there early. More information (February 11, Glendale Galleria)

[1] I will accept grievances regarding this claim if and only if you’d like to argue that the role Wallace Shawn was born to play was Clueless’s Mr. Hall. You might be right.