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This Weekend: Museum Party, Charlie Sheen Art and Documenting Street Photography

Also: what's going on in theater, music and events.



5:30 p.m. We were just reminded on Tuesday that the turnout at our art museums is quite dismal compared to other cities. While the sprawl of Los Angeles makes it hard for those that reside in the east valley to attend museums over the hill regularly, Natural History Museum’s seasonal monthly event is worth the drive. The schedule starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with a discussion and tour led by Collections Managers Kimball Garrett and Jim Dines on animals that lay eggs, continues at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion on microbes, and ends with performances by Pinker Tones and Ceci Bastida in Diorama Hall. There will be a lounge open all night set to the tune of KCRW DJ’s. 

900 Exposition Blvd. 90007. Tickets are available for museum and museum & concert. $9-15. 



10:30 p.m. It’s too early to go home, and the museum closed at 10. Have a nightcap in your neighborhood before turning in. I’m a veteran explorer in the L.A. bar scene, and I’ve sat in a few atrocious venues. The Valley is often disregarded as a nightlife spot, but there are many good, often hidden, watering holes. Laurel Tavern is the kind of place you meet a friend last minute for a glass of wine and a grilled artichoke. Wait, what? Yes, they have interesting gastropub appetizers for those that eat the often-required fourth meal. The exposed brick walls and center communal table add an air of urban sophistication. It is one of the best-designed bars in the East Valley. Warning: this place fills up pretty early on in the evening, and lines are a regular sight on weekends. That’s why I’m suggesting you go late! If you do end up in a line, you can busy yourself deciding over a lager or a pinot.

11938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 506-077.




7:00 p.m. is putting gallery-goers in the action of a gallery opening. Present a dress, shirt or poster to one of the artists and they will produce a work of art on the spot. Allegedly, the pieces will then be placed on a conveyor belt. This sounds like a Willy Wonka fashion factory. If you wish to have a piece of clothing designed, be prepared to wear it and walk down the “runway” after it’s finished. Artists include Rolo CastilLo, Emek, and 7 Lightning Bolt.

5310 Lauren Canyon Blvd. (818) 762-0132. To pre-order a piece, email info@ricoadair.com. $50 for each design.


8:00 p.m.Well, we all knew this day would come. A couple of weeks ago, mixologists were asked to create a Charlie Sheen drink, and now his tiger blood has spread to the art world. I’m all about an exhibit that revolves around a respectable, talented star, like last year’s Bill Murray show. But Sheen? What are his noted accomplishments, gaining millions of followers on Twitter in light speed? Well, the art does looks pretty spectacular so far and the ’s roster doesn’t disappoint. You make a good Frankenstein, Sheen. Maybe that’s a future film role? 

1928 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. (818) 972-2448. Runs through April 15.




7:45 p.m. If fashion designers make the mistake of turning to the latest issue of Vogue for inspiration, they are missing out on accessible muses: the people in the street. Bill Cunningham shot anyone in NYC who caught his attention, and he has a varied portfolio from the New York Times to prove it. All hail candid photography.

Playing at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood (8000 Sunset Blvd.) and Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino (17200 Ventura Blvd.). 



Want to know what plays are showing this weekend? Click on our for full listing of all the current productions going on in the arts district and surrounding areas. Here a a few highlights:

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Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 2 p.m.

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Having it All at the

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

 Read Radomir Luza's .

The Birthday Boys at

March 4-April 2, Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.

Theatre Unleashed recently announced this show has been extended to April 2. The show won the top award at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning Best World Premiere. Go to www.theatreunleashed.com for more information.




- Intelligent Design Free Comedy at 8 p.m. 

at the HaHa Cafe - Weekly on Thursdays, 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

- Weekly on Thursdays, 8:30pm

T-Party. Thursdays cater to the transgender crowd with frequent appearances from members of the transgender adult performing industry. Thursday features a DVD release party for Domino Presley and gogo dancers Sheebe, Star and Noriko.

- Joe Barbera


- Friday and Saturday @ 8:30 p.m. at he

Karaoke every night, Friday DJs play your requests

- Friday night is Ladies Night

- Open Mic starts at 7 p.m.

-Four Year Anniversery Party for this gay bar popular with the Latin crowd

- Billy Vera at  8 p.m.

- Afterhours party, progressive-electronica-house 11 p.m. t0 9 a.m.


- Friday and Saturday @ 8:30 p.m. at he

- Karaoke every night, Saturday DJs play your requests

- Saturday night is College Night, bring your college ID for drink specials

- DJ George spins Musica Latina all night, and the Ole Ole drag queen show

- At 10 p.m. DJ Garren spins pop, rock, and old school hits.

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- The John Novello Piano Trio has two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 

- 6 p.m.–7 p.m. at the HaHa Cafe

- Weekly on Sundays, 8 p.m.–9 p.m.

- Pre D U B Show Tour Party featuring Juice Dj Mark Lucio, DJ Hurricane, Valley Droop, Hot Dolla and LB The Hype. Hosted By: Swift and Nikki Kaos. 




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- Weekly on Thursdays, 9:30pm–1:30pm


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For a full list of Sunday services, go here. 




Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will be playing basketball against officers and cadets from the North Hollywood Community Police Station. The game will be held at the East Valley High School gymnasium, 5525 Vineland Avenue. This event is open to the public. 6:30 p.m.


- Weekly on Saturdays

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Weekly on Sundays, 12 pm–6 pm, Kinder $ Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Book Star, 12136 Ventura Blvd. and offers adoptable pets of all ages.

-  Weekly on Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.



Click on the links to find that latest showtimes:

AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 - 100 Universal City Plz, Universal City

- 12827 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood

Valley Plaza 6 - 6355 Bellingham Ave., North Hollywood

- 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

- 14424 Milbank St, Sherman Oaks

AMC Burbank 16 - 125 E. Palm Ave. Burbank

AMC Burbank Town Center 6 - 770 North 1st Street Burbank, CA



Located on Magnolia Boulevard near Cahuenga Boulevard, No Bar is a full-service cocktail lounge. Open seven days a week, it offers a cool, classy atmosphere with a full bar and flat-screen televisions. Its interior design is enhanced with red walls and darker lighting. In addition to a full bar, No Bar offers a pool table and a jukebox for entertainment.


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