Top 7 Weekend Events: Groundhogs, Musicians from Mali and More

This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.
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Groundhog Day
“It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” It’s the 20th anniversary of the Bill Murray comedy and the American Cinematheque is holding an anniversary screening. (Saturday, February 2; Aero Theatre) More information

Vieux Farka Touré with Fool’s Gold
The son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré mixes the traditional instruments of the West African desert with the sounds of global rock and funk. (Friday, February 1; Royce Hall) More information

Beg Borrow and Steal
The original mash-up artists Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Cindy Sherman took culturally loaded symbols and mangled their meanings. Their works join those of Takashi Murakami, Jenny Holzer, and others in an exhibition that delves into the idea of appropriation as a form of expression. (Opens Saturday, February 2; Palm Springs Art Museum) More information

The Silver Lake Chorus
The merry band of singing hipsters will premiere new jams written for TSLC by Moby and The Flaming Lips. (Friday, February 1; Occidental College) More information

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum with The Gaslamp Killer
William Bensussen, better known as The Gaslamp Killer, is something of a Renaissance man when it comes to electronic music. And the DJ/producer/promoter/curator is pretty high-minded about the feel-good energy of his shows: “As artists, it’s our job to entertain as well as educate.” (Friday, February 1; Natural History Museum) More information

Sacred Rites at the Joffrey Ballet
What a difference a century makes. In 1913, pandemonium erupted at the Paris premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). One hundred years later the once controversial ballet gets a faithful restaging by the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet, which has long embraced cutting-edge pieces. (Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) More information

3rd Annual Lunar New Year Festival
Float like a lion and bite like one too at the museum’s third annual pan-Asian celebration of the new year. The fleet feet of the acclaimed Xiao Hong Hua children’s dance group from Nanjing, China, will perform, and there will be arts, crafts, food trucks, and more. (Saturday, February 2; Pacific Asia Museum) More information

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As a food writer and restaurant critic for the L.A. Weekly, Shatkin was best known for her “30 Days” missions, in which she reviewed the same item (burgers, sandwiches, ice cream) from a different restaurant for 30 consecutive days. Before that, she was a staff writer for the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times and the events and festivals editor for the paper’s short-lived Guide. Shatkin has been a contributor to the book EAT: Los Angeles, film editor of LAist, and a writer for such publications as American Cinematographer, Bitch, Toque, and Variety. She is a regular guest on KCRW’s Good Food. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, and raised in Cupertino, she is an alumnus of the UCLA School of Film & Television.