A few ways for you to spend the first official weekend of 2013.
First Fridays: Lord Huron and Wildcat, Wildcat
The rich, earthy folk rock of Lord Huron opens the Natural History Museum’s 2013 series, which marks the institution’s centennial with talks centered on scientific discoveries from 100 years ago and possibilities for the future. (Friday, Jan. 4; Natural History Museum) More information
An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall
Between all her monkeying around, the world-renowned primatologist and conservationist found time to serve as the Grand Marshall of the this year’s Rose Parade. On Friday night, Goodall will share stories from a lifetime of adventure as part of a fundraising evening for the Jane Goodall Institute. (Friday, Jan. 4; The Warner Grand Theater) More information
Suburban renegades, space aliens, shadowy men in black, and a glowing ’64 Chevy propel the plot, but it’s director Alex Cox’s satirical nihilism that transforms the 1984 flick into a cult classic. Plus, there’s the rocky bromance between 22-year-old Emilio Estevez and craggy Harry Dean Stanton as well as a killer soundtrack by L.A. punk luminaries Fear, Black Flag, and the Circle Jerks. Midnight screening! (Friday, Jan. 4; Cinefamily) More information
Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater
Popular Hel-Mel art space Gallery 1988 shows off new works by two talented artists. DeGraff will unveil prints from his series of movie-inspired maps, while Slater will debut paintings that display his eye for detail and love of pop culture. The opening is on Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. (Saturday, Jan. 5; Gallery 1988) More information
Animé Los Angeles
Even if Akira and costume play haven’t made it onto your OKCupid profile, you can still enjoy a pageant that almost rivals Comic-Con. Rub shoulders with artists, play life-size chess, and learn (perhaps) the beauty secret behind those saucer eyes. (Friday, Jan. 4 – Sunday, Jan. 6; Marriott LAX) More information
In case you missed the hilarious and filthy puppet musical when it was at the Pantages, here’s your chance to see the show in a smaller Hollywood setting. What’s so special about Avenue Q? It’s the musical that inspired South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone to team with Robert Lopez. The result? Book of Mormon. (Fri., Sat., and Sun. through Feb. 3; The Met Theatre) More information
50 First Jokes L.A.
The popular New York’s series returns to L.A. for its third iteration. Annoyingly enough, they haven’t announced the lineup, but last year’s roster included Maria Bamford, B.J. Novak from The Office, and writers for The Daily Show, Conan, and Leno (but don’t let that stop you). (Sunday, Jan. 6; Downtown Independent Theater) More information
Common Grains teams up with the Japanese American National Museum for a free day of rice tasting, education, and competitive onigiri (rice ball) making as part of the Oshogatsu New Year’s Festival. Judges for the competition include Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and Cooks County chefs Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern, among others. (Sunday, Jan. 6; JANM) More information