The Weekend Go Go: NHM First Fridays, Eagle Rock Art Walk, Bock Fest and SKIN

Hone your Spidey sense....
Hone your Spidey sense. (Photo courtesy Natural History Museum)

How to weekend without the pigskin.

NHM First Fridays — Bugs and bugmen are the focus of the Natural History Museum‘s February First Friday.  Sign up for: a first-come, first-served “Stranger than Fiction” tour of behind-the-scenes, movie-related weird props and strange specimans; a Patt Morrison-moderated, cinema-meets-science discussion between physicist Spiros Michalakis and entomologist Alex Wild; and music from The Hood Internet, Boulevards, Mark Redito fka Spazzkid and KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez. Why: Adult libations while learning the sci-behind-the-fi of Antman’s antics and Spidey’s web slinging.

The Sweetheart Show at Pop Secret Gallery for We Heart Eagle Rock Art Walk
The Sweetheart Show at Pop Secret Gallery for We Heart Eagle Rock Art Walk

We Heart Eagle Rock Art Walk —  Northeast L.A.’s own Mayberry launches its inaugural, all-day, family friendly art walk and shop-a-thon this Saturday.  The hyperlocal event hits the following pre-Val Day sweet spots and much more.  Kids valentine making sesh at Purple Twig? Check. Leanna Linn’s Wonderland Cute Every Day pop-up and live art plus always fab pop jewelry?  Check.  Award-winning pie at Knowrealitypie? Check.  Fifties-sexy “Sweetheart Show” at Pop Secret Gallery?  Check.  25 cent wine tasting and Girl Scout Cookie Sale at Milkfarm???? Check and check!  Many events require reservation so sign up soon.  Why: vino for a quarter while your daughter earns badges.

Bock Fest 2016 L.A. weather is more sunscreen than snowboard friendly, especially this Saturday — hello, high 70’s!  But hey, it’s winter somewhere so dangle a pair of mittens from your belt in solidarity with frozen climes and head to LA’s Winter Beer Festival & World Beer Championships.  The suds fest celebrates small and large breweries both local and international, crowns one lucky winner Best Craft Beer, and features a beer pong tournament — luckily, you’ve been practicing.  Why: So many seasonal beers and perhaps an answer to the question of why “Actress, Scream Queen and TV star Brooke Lewis” is on the beer judging panel with all the beer experts.

Art, race. identity at SKIN at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
Art, race. identity at SKIN at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

SKIN — For a thought-provoking Sunday afternoon head to Barnsdall Art Park for the opening reception of SKIN: 36 Contemporary Artists Ignite Conversations about Race & Identity.  The gorgeous group show at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery — the last municipal art gallery in the country — features trailblazing work from emerging and established artists: the latter include Kara WalkerKen Gonzales-Day and Ben Caldwell.  The artists have been inspired by strides in race relations during Barack Obama’s presidency as well as galvanized by racially charged tragedies around the country. The exhibit runs through April 17.  Why: Because you are a citizen of America.

Ready?  U Know U Want to Go Go….

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