The Weekend Go Go: Triforium Turns 40, Kids Film Fest, Winter Dance & Music Party + More

The Triforium turns 40 - let's party!
The Triforium turns 40 – let’s party!

Does it feel like naughty elves have been picking your pocket?

Have you done a sneaky search of your closet, book shelves and home bar for viable “re-gifting” options?

Are out-of-towners landing this weekend with big expectations for big L.A. fun?

Read on for how to be a weekend hero with zero cash.

Plus a few pricier options — $10 and up.

Hey big spender….

The Future Lives Among Us

You’ve passed by it or under it and thought, “Huh?”

Located at Fletcher Bowron Square at the corner of Temple and Main Streets, DTLA, the Triforium — a spaceship-esque sculpture that looks like three Jetson-era wishbones held together by rainbow honeycombs — is officially a “polyphonoptic tower”: an interactive union of music, light and technology.

Today is the Triforium’s 40th Birthday  and the no-charge celebratory bash  includes FREE cake from Charm City Cakes West, music by dublab DJ’s, tours of the usually-off-limit control room by Tom Explores Los Angeles, rainbow GIF photobooth memories courtesy of PHHHOTO and for-sale snackage from Seoul Sausage Company and PattyWagonLA food trucks.

The five-hour Triforium fiesta is intended to kick off a fundraising campaign to restore and upgrade the sculpture’s technology so that, among other things, people can send polyphonoptic compositions for the Triforium to play.

Time to get the kazoo out of mothballs.

TRIFORIUM TURNS 40! — Friday, Dec 11; 4-9pm.  FREE/all agesFletcher Bowron Square, NE corner of Temple and Main Streets, DTLA.  More info HERE.

FREE Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival at LACMA!
FREE Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival at LACMA!

Kid Stuff

One hundred FREE kids’ films in two days?

It sounds like a movie premise itself.

LACMA’s 11th Annual International Children’s Film Festival caters to all ages from tots to teens, screening everything from full-length and short animation, live action, and documentary films.  There’s no charge for the films and no reservations are needed.

Special screenings include: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl for teens on Saturday and  Inside Out and Lava for kids of all ages on Sunday.

Sunday’s screening of PG-rated Shimajiro and the Mother Tree includes cardboard megaphones to encourage audience interaction and participation.

And everyone will want to check out the Sunday screening of The Alchemist’s Letter, the acclaimed animated film from LAIKA designer/director Carlos Andre Stevens.

Those with short attention spans or a short viewing window can check out short films made by families and kids as well as films by teens for teens.  Other special categories include magic & mystery, comedies, and superheroes.

You may not be able to see them all but you’ll have a great time trying….

11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL — Sat, Dec 12 and Sun, Dec 13: 10:30am. FREELACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  For schedules and descriptions, go HERE.

Twistin' the night awy....
Twistin’ the night away….

How to Stay Warm

Get out your fancy pants and your best dance shoes.

The Grand Ole Echo Winter Dance Party is unleashing a night of  50’s and 60’s rock ‘n roll at the Echoplex this Sunday.  Whether you shimmy and shake or just tap your toe and listen, it promises to be a night of powerhouse music and one of the best parties of the season.

Fresh off of opening for  Dwight Yoakam, Brian Whelan headlines with the Rockin’ Rochas.  Other highlights include Foo Fighter lead guitarist-turned-songrwirter Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants and ex-Dropkick Murphys guitarist Mark Orrell of Wild Roses.

And that’s just three of the 20+ acts.

Better fortify yourself with go juice.

GRAND OLE ECHO WINTER DANCE PARTY — Sun, Dec 13; 7pm-2am. $10/18+ — Echoplex, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd, LA  90026.  Tix & more info HERE.

DIY Xmas
DIY Xmas Downtown

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

Los Angeles Punk Museum Presents the 2nd Annual Xmas Art Show — 2 nights!  Art!  Music!  Fri 12/11 & Sat 12/12

Renegade Craft Fair — 300 makers!  Grand Park!  FREE to attend!  Sat 12/12 & Sun 12/13

The Secret City LA – SUGAR — Part art show!  Part concert!  Part church!  Sun 12/13

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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