Moby vs. Gorey: Top 6 Weekend Events

A playfully macabre illustrator or a vegan DJ, musician and architecture fan? Check out both.

If you’re not busy prepping for or watching the Oscars (here are five places to do that), here are six things to do this weekend.

DANCE: Edwardian Ball
Celebrate the playful, macabre works of American illustrator Edward Gorey, whose line drawings influenced the art of Tim Burton and the notebook doodles of Goth teens everywhere. At a costume ball-meets-steampunk circus, his story, “The Doubtful Guest,” comes to life in a stylized theatrical version. (Saturday, February 23, Fonda Theatre)

LEARN: Moby on Modernism
Moby digs architecture — who knew? The techno star of the early 2000s joins Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture, to chat about the city’s weirdest buildings, preservation, and examples of modernism. (Saturday, February 23, The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs)

LISTEN: Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers + Otis Taylor
 “Sacred Steel” was the genre that was born when steel guitars were brought into churches in the 1940s to replace the traditional organ. Robert Randolph pays tribute to the guys who inspired him: Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent, and Chuck and Darick Campbell, known as the Slide Brothers. Opening the show is blues singer, guitarist, and banjo player extraordinaire Otis Taylor. (Saturday, February 23, Royce Hall)

LOOK: Victory Variety Hour
L.A.’s sassiest striptease joint revamps the bump and grind with its 8th annual variety show. Pairing belly laughs with plenty of belly (and boobs, and butt, and back…), this sexy twist on vaudeville stars burlesque bombshell Diamondback Annie alongside Mercury Troy, Lily La Rue, Lord Londonbridge and betassled comic Lucky DeLuxe. Produced by Penny Starr, Jr. (Saturday, February 23, Skinny’s Lounge)

RUN: Firecracker 10K
There’s a bike ride, two runs (5K and 10K), taiko drummers, and more at this annual race that celebrates the Chinese New Year. (Sunday, February 24; Chinatown)

BUY: L.A. Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention
A one-day confab of comic book peddlers and fans featuring stars of the zombie-fighting show The Walking Dead. (Sunday, February 24, Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center)