Happy Chinese New Year! Let's party. We're starting the weekend with New Belgium beer followed by a celebration in Chinatown and the best coffee in the world, topped off by a sweet Oscars viewing party.
Here's everything you need to know:
(Photo: Courtesy of Alpine Village Facebook)
Start your weekend with a night of music from the Beatles. The evening will start with the New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack, featuring five beers on draft. Then, jam into the night with a full bar, two dance floors and favorites from the Fab Four.
When: Event starts at 5 p.m. Friday; concert starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Alpine Village, Torrance | MAP
Price: New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack: No cover charge | Concert: $10 cover
(John Malkovich as Diane Arbus's "Identical Twins." Photo by Sandro Miller.)
Chicago photographer Sandro Miller's month-long show is now on display at the Fahey/Klein Gallery — a new collaboration with actor John Malkovich. "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters" highlights a series of reproduced famous portraits with, you guessed it, actor John Malkovich as the main attraction. Recreations include Bert Stern's photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Annie Leibovitz's image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono shot for Rolling Stone Magazine. Here's how it went down:
After a year of planning, Miller and his team of set builders, make-up experts and costume designers worked with Malkovich over six 15 hour days in Sandro's Chicago Studio. Each set was pre-lit and dressed, waiting for Malkovich to transition from one character to the next.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Fahey/Klein Gallery | MAP
(Photo: cab_la/Flickr Creative Commons)
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the 116th annual Golden Dragon Parade and New Year Festival in Chinatown. The main attraction will be the parade. Since the '80s, it's expanded to include nearly two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, entertainers, local businesses and cultural groups. Following the parade, the party will continue with everything from face-painting to paper folding. See parade route here.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Central & West Plazas in Chinatown | MAP
If you're looking to splurge on something fun this weekend, the Insane Inflatable 5k is the way to go. You know those bouncy castles for children's birthday parties? Here's your chance to bounce away in them as an adult without feeling guilty. You will climb, slide, bump and jump your way through 11 different inflatable obstacles appropriately named "big balls" and "jump around."
When: First wave begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Fairplex, Pomona | MAP
Price: $64 on Feb. 20, 2015; $75 event day
(Photo: David Joyce/Flickr)
Can't get enough of that morning coffee? Grab yourself a ticket to the U.S. Coffee Championships in Long Beach this weekend. It'll feature roasters from around the country — local contestants include Compania de Café and G & B. Expect tons of complimentary cups of joe and an awesome line-up of pop-up cafes.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Long Beach Arena | MAP
Price: $10 for day pass; $15 for 4-day pass | Purchase tix here
Shaun White is hosting Air + Style’s first exhibition in the U.S. at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl this weekend. Not only will there be a giant snowboard jump that's twice the height of the Rose Bowl, but also music from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Phantogram, Kendrick Lamar and Steve Aoki. Expect a total of 18 bands on three stages, and 32 of the world's best snowboarders through the two-day event. See a full list of bands and athletes here.
When: Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Rose Bowl | MAP
Price: $50 for one day; $90 for two days Purchase tickets here
Take that Sunday Funday up a notch with a boozy brunch at Bardot Hollywood. A live jazz band will accompany burlesque dancers while you eat your way through the morning. Your ticket includes one mimosa, brunch (think sausage, waffles and more), coffee, OJ and entertainment. Read more about it at L.A. Weekly.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bardot, Hollywood | MAP
Price: Intimate Interior Lounge: $35 (plus fees); VIP Stage Area Seating: $45 (plus fees); Purchase tickets here
Don't have cable? Need a place to watch the 87th Academy Awards? Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub in West Hollywood is hosting an Oscars viewing party Sunday. Tickets are free, but you can reserve a seat here. Whiskey flights, Irish nachos and Neil Patrick Harris — what more can you ask for? Menu here.
Pro tip: Avoid that Hollywood traffic! Find maps of street and sidewalk closures here.
When: 6 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Rock & Reilly's | MAP
Price: Free; eat and drink at your own will | Reserve tix here