The L.A. Art Book Fair brings tens of thousands of artists, musicians, writers, and readers together for a three-day book extravaganza. In addition, a delicious pop-up serves a worldly dish, and a cult classic has a midnight showing.
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February 24 | Film
“The Big Lebowski”
The Coen Brothers cult classic The Big Lebowski is still revered and admired some 20 years after its premiere. “The Dude” is a guy who wants to avoid drama at all costs, and yet, somehow, it finds him again and again. There’s bowling, thuggish Austrians, and some seriously quotable lines delivered by memorable actors. Get your dose of pop culture at the midnight showing.
11:59 PM | Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles | $11 | website
February 24 - 26 | Books
L.A. Art Book Fair
This is the fifth year of Printed Matter’s fair dedicated to books of every shape, size, and format. Some 300 booksellers, ranging from international publishers to local artists, will be showing off periodicals, zines, monographs, and art catalogs galore. Last year’s fair drew more than 35,000 visitors, so expect a packed house again this year. Don’t miss the live readings and panel discussions taking place all weekend, including a talk and performance by musician Yung Jake and a conversation with pro skateboarder Ed Templeton.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles | Free | website
February 25 | Music
Elliott Smith Tribute Show
Elliott Smith was a highly skilled singer, songwriter, and musician proficient in meaningful ballads and wistful harmonies. A troubled artist whose music incorporated his struggles with alcohol, drugs, and depression, Smith died in his L.A. home at the age of 34 under mysterious circumstances. His work has influenced many local artists, and this event celebrates Smith’s art on the 20th anniversary of his album Either/Or. Members of Girlpool, Cleo Tucker, and Fringe will be performing; proceeds from the event will go to the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to helping abused children.
8:00 PM | The Smell, 247 S. Main St., Los Angeles | $5 | website
February 25 |
Mei Lin, a Top Chef winner and the former sous chef at Michael Voltaggio’s Ink, is known for her brand of Asian/Mexican fusion. This week, she focuses on Asian cuisine at a pop-up restaurant on Melrose Avenue. She’ll be serving congee, a popular Asian dish consisting of rice porridge and meat, fish, or other flavorings. The meal is eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner across much of Asia from India to the Philippines to Japan. Lin’s versions will be offered in both sweet and savory varieties. Snag your taste before she sells out.
6:00 PM | 6624 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles | website
February 25 - 26 | Escape the city
Take a break from your computer and the Facebook news cycle by getting into nature this weekend. Head to Bass Lake in the Western Sierra Mountains, located at the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Los Angeles proper. No need to rough it if camping’s not your thing: The Pines Resort is right on the edge of the lake and offers accommodation in chalets and cabins. Rent water skis or Jet Skis, or borrow a fishing rod and spend a slow day on the water. Dine at Erna’s Elderberry House, where chef Jonathon Perkins uses produce from the local farmers' market on a seasonally changing menu.
The Pines Resort, 54432 Rd. 432, Bass Lake | From $129 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.