The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

A puppet party in the park, a pop-up puppy café, and more

The weather’s been weird—yeah, it snowed on Thursday—but we’re ready as hell to kick off Oscars weekend with comedy, drinks, dogs, and local journalism. From a puppet day in the park to a psychedelic art show downtown, here are some of the best things to do in L.A. this weekend.

Unitard Tard Core — Refreshed!

Thursday-Saturday, February 21-23

NYC comedy trio Unitard—that’s Mike Albo, Nora Burns, and David Ilku—are bringing their “naughty, nasty, no-holds-barred” brand of comedy to the West Coast. The RuPaul, Debbie Harry, and New York magazine-approved show is on stage at Cavern Club in Silver Lake Thursday through Saturday nights.

The LAnd Release Party & Fundraiser

Friday, February 22

From the ashes of LA Weekly (which was unceremoniously dismantled by its new owners in late 2017) has risen The LAnd, a periodical that set out to recapture the alt-weekly vibe for a city that was suddenly without a viable one. But starting a publication ain’t cheap, so The LAnd is hosting a fundraiser on Friday at the Echoplex featuring a slew of L.A. performers, including Open Mike Eagle, Brandon Coleman, Baths, Nocando, Pistol McFly, and others, plus DJ sets and spoken word by Amde Hamilton of the Watts Prophets. Grab a drink and pat yourself on the back for helping keep alt media alive.

Bob Baker Day

Saturday, February 23

Bob Baker Marionette Theater has a lot to celebrate these days. The storied L.A. puppet troupe announced just this week that it had nailed down a new permanent home, and for the fifth year running, they’re observing late founder Bob Baker’s 95th birthday with a full day of outdoor fun in Los Angeles State Historic Park. There will be puppet shows, workshops, food vendors, Bob Baker-themed carnival-style games, and even a pop-up puppet museum. And guests get a free pinwheel while supplies last—old-timey fun for all.

Snarky Puppy

Saturday, February 23

The Grammy-winning Brooklyn-based collective makes its debut with the L.A. Phil at Disney Hall. Newbies can expect a fusion of jazz, funk, and R&B; diehards will be pleasantly pumped to hear their favorite jams get some fresh orchestral arrangements.

Puppy Pop-Up Café

Saturday, February 23

The Jonathan Adler store on Melrose is teaming up with Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. to host a free pop-up coffee bar where pets are welcome. Bringing your pooch is highly encouraged, but there will also be adoptable dogs on the scene. The coffee is complimentary, but Grounds & Hounds is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from purchases of mugs, bagged coffee, etc. to local animal rescue orgs.

Corey Helford Gallery’s Psychedelia Group Show

Saturday, February 23

Purveyor of pop surrealism Corey Helford has three big shows opening on Saturday: Camille Rose Garcia’s solo show, a three-artist show (Junko Mizuno, Mayuka Yamamoto, and Travis Lampe), and then Psychedelia, a big show of psychedelic art by dozens of artists. Curated by Caro, the show features pieces by Adrian Cox, Andrew Brandou, Anthony Ausgang, Arinze Stanley, Bao Pham, Beau Stanton, and many others. Sure to be trippy.

The Oscars

Sunday, February 24

There’s no host! Will all hell break loose? Only one way to find out. By which we mean tuning in to the big show, not just scanning Twitter for details. If you haven’t been invited to a house party, don’t despair. We’ve rounded up a bunch of viewing parties all over town here.

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