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

November 3 – 6: Dress to the nines for Dapper Day at Disneyland and more
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Dapper Day Expo

Do you long for the days when fancy dress was the norm? Pine no more and join thousands, and we mean thousands, of like-minded, nattily dressed folks for Dapper Day at Disneyland and the Disneyland Resort. Revelers don their best threads (from vintage to contemporary) and simply hang out at the Happiest Place On Earth. The Dapper Day Expo, where vendors will be on hand selling everything for “stylish living from yesterday and today,” is free at the Disneyland Hotel. Pinup Girl Clothing is running shuttles between hotels, and there will be live music and events all weekend. If you can’t contain your excitement, shell out $25 for Early Bird Entry on Saturday, November 5, which gets you in for breakfast and shopping a full two hours before the EXPO begins. More information (November 5-6, Disneyland and Disneyland Resort).


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WestEdge Design Fair

 

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If you love modern design and want to shop some of the newest brands on the West Coast, stop by Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar this weekend. More than 140 brands will be in attendance, hawking everything from geometric cutout chairs to patina finish candelabras. Stop by tonight for a great opening night party tonight benefiting The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, where you can rub shoulders with host committee members like Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Kathryn M. Ireland, and Terry Crews. There will also be cooking demonstrations and design seminars. More information (November 3-6, the Barker Hangar).


Kamasi Washington/Ron McCurdy Quartet at Disney Hall

L.A. sax virtuoso, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington and the McCurdy Quartet take over Disney Hall for an evening filled with Washington’s contemporary spin on jazz. Need even more inspiration? One of the highlights of the evening is a multimedia performance of Langston Hughes’ 12-part jazz poem Ask Your Mama. More information (November 6, Disney Hall).


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Creature at the Broad

 

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The Broad’s latest installation offers a fresh perspective on human form. The works on display examine the intersection of human behavior and animal instinct, some of which evoke beauty and wonder (Jeff Koons’s Metallic Venus) while others skew sinister (Thomas Houseago’s Giant Figure (Cyclops). The exhibit highlights the works of 25 artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Jenny Holzer, and Andy Warhol. More information (November 5-March 19, the Broad).


Rising Tohoku Food Fair

Torrance’s Mitsuwa Marketplace is always stocked with authentic Japanese eats, but this weekend they’ll focus all of their attention of the cuisines of Tohoku (the northeastern region of Japan most devastated by the 2011 earthquake). The event is free and family-friendly, and in addition to amazing cuisine—eel bento boxes, Tohoku-grown vegetables—there will also be origami workshops, music, dance, and wanko soba (noodles) for all. More information (November 3-7, Mitsuwa Marketplace).

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