6 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, 1/8

The calendar is packed with cheeseburgers, <em>Star Wars</em>, and Renaissance Banquet Literature

FILM: The Contenders 2015: Room with Brie Larson, Lenny Abrahamson, and Jacob Tremblay
Part of the Hammer’s annual film series, this screening of Room will be followed by a Q&A with actors Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay and director Lenny Abrahamson. Online reservations are no longer being accepted, but some tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information (January 8, The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum)

MUSIC: Patti Smith
Horses, her 1975 debut album, laid the groundwork for a sound that would define NYC’s punk scene. Forty years later, Smith’s music remains compelling, and at this gig she reprises the historic release with her band. More information (January 8-9, The Wiltern)

THEATRE: An Evening with Groucho
Frank Ferrante revisits his role as the beloved comedian Groucho Marx. The show features classic songs including “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady” and “Hooray for Captain Spaulding.” More information (January 8-9, The Pasadena Playhouse)

ART: Playing the Scalco: Serving Meals Directly From Renaissance Banquet Literature
University of the Pacific professor and author Ken Albala answers the burning question: who was the Betty Crocker of postmedieval Europe? More information (January 10, the Getty Center)

CONFAB: Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention
This year’s Convention commemorates the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens with a panel of actors from the popular film. Other familiar faces include Billy Dee Williams, Stephen Constantino, and Julius Leflore from Star Wars. More information (January 10, The Reef)

FOOD: Cheeseburger Week
A bun, a meat patty, and a slice of cheese. Celebrate the simple pleasures of America’s favorite fast food when restaurants in Pasadena—the town that claims to have invented it—compete to create the best cheeseburger. More information (January 10-15, various locations)