7 Great Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

Black magic, historic homes, a worldly music festival, and more

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HEAR: Culture Collide Festival
When: Friday and Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.
Where: Various venues
Travel the world with Swedish songstress Nina Persson, South Korean indie pop band Love X Stereo, and Colombia-based cumbia aficionado Quantic when dozens of bands descend on Echo Park.

SCREAM: Raymond Hill Mortuary Haunted House
When: Saturday, 7 – 11 p.m.
Where: Fremont Center Theatre
South Pasadena takes on a frightening cast when Evil Twin Studios, which conjures scenery for film, TV, and private clients, works its black magic.

HEAR: The New Pornographers
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: The Wiltern
On tour to promote their new release, Brill Bruisers, the Canadian rockers are joined by Neko Case. The troupe debuted songs from the album in the famed N.Y. songwriting building.

TASTE: Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event
When: Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Saddlerock Ranch Malibu
Because there will be samplings from over 40 of LA’s best restaurants, celebrity chefs, wine, beer and spirits tastings and more.

SEE: Pasadena Craftsman Weekend
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:Pasadena Heritage
The annual weekend for architecture buffs includes several architectural tours: walking, bus, self-guided, and driving. Whatever mode of transport you choose, all the tours showcase top of the line examples of Craftsman homes.

SEE: Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
When: Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
Where: LACMA
The exhibition displays forty paintings by Archibald Motley, who was famous for his works chronicling African-American life in the 1920s and ’30s.

RUN (OR CHEER): Every Angeleno Counts
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.
Homeboy Industries
During his July visit to L.A., President Obama gave props to Homeboy Industries, which helps former gang members develop job skills. The organization stages an annual 5K, where you can buy Homeboy-made apparel and tasty edibles while cheering on the runners.