Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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This week, it's all about the weekend. From plant workshops in Altadena to Cinespia screenings at The Cinefamily on Fairfax, it's going to be a great time to enjoy the events that Los Angeles has to offer. Of course, there's a little thing happening on Sunday called the Super Bowl (more on that in a moment) that certainly can't be overlooked. Start planning now, you're going to have a busy few days.

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If you'd like to kick things off early, you could always head to Tony's Darts Away tonight for a rare beer release of the barrel-aged Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands. The high-alcohol Russian Imperial Stout is a dark and brooding beer that we recently profiled, perfect for lightly crisp nights on the Tony's patio. Or, if you find yourself stuck on the westside, you can hop over to the L.A. outpost of the tech dojo General Assembly, where noted new media pioneer Jason Calacanis will be discussing the future of print and digital enterprises as we move forward online.

As we coast into the weekend, the L.A. Art Book Fair kicks off on Thursday evening at the Geffen Contemporary arm of downtown's MOCA. From monographs to zines, the large scale event is built to mirror the similar New York City event of the same name, with hundreds of booksellers, publishers and curious art patrons in attendance. You can also head out to Claremont to catch a free food documentary screening of PlanEat on Thursday night. The event is sponsored in part by Pomona College, where the screening is being held, and will offer a great place for discussion on the nature of the human diet and its effects on our bodies and the planet. Then again, Cinespia will be curating an evening of short films and celebrated works by filmmaker Olivia Wyatt on Thursday night at The Cinefamily, so maybe you've already got movie plans.

The weekend is going to be kicking off with a bang, as the return of First Fridays at the Natural History Museum means a science lecture from Mary Roach and the floating sounds of The Gaslamp Killer echoing through the marble halls. If you've never been to First Fridays, it's certainly something to behold. Similarly, the Lunar New Year celebration at Pasadena's Pacific Asia Museum will be a sight for the eyes, with choreographed cultural dances, readings and events for the kids.

Through Saturday and Sunday, there is no shortage of nature-centric events to keep you occupied. First up is a tree identification seminar at The L.A. Arboretum, with a focus on common Southern California foliage. In Altadena, the focus is on more beautiful plants, with a free rose bush class on pruning and propagating the beautiful beasts. Come Sunday morning, those so inclined can take the short drive down to Laguna Beach for a guided nature tour of the hills and a focus on edible and useful plant varieties.

Sunday afternoon, of course, is all about the Super Bowl. If you still don't have a solid location to snack and watch the game (or the commercials), you can head over to Hollywood with a few thousand of your closest friends. At the corner of Hollywood and Wilcox, they'll be hosting a free Super Bowl screening to anyone who happens to mosey by. You can also step into their beer garden or pick up a treat from one of the parked food trucks in attendance. Not a bad way to spend your Sunday, that's for sure. But with this many great events throughout Los Angeles, just about every day offers something fun to sink your teeth into.

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About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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