Join local and international artists as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary Los Angeles Art Show at the L.A. Convention Center. The show has recently been named the most diverse fine arts platform this side of the western hemisphere! Admission prices range from $15 to $35 and tickets can be purchased here. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. See modern, contemporary and traditional works from artists representing 14 galleries and 22 countries! (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station)
Spend your Saturday celebrating Middle Eastern art and culture during the 4th Annual Taste of Belly Dancing at Universal City Walk. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with workshops for aspiring dancers and drummers followed by an evening gala. Learn the fundamentals of rhythm and how it relates to the body from L.A.’s evolving belly dancing community. Metro riders can save $5 on admission or $6 on a workshop package by showing their TAP card at the Infusion Lounge. Ticket prices start at $15 and can be purchased at the door. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station or Metro Bus 156/656 to Cahuenga/Universal Studios)
If you love urban running, meet up with Black List LA at Hollywood/Vine Station with other like minded folks for a 14-mile run. Start time is 7 a.m. and it’s free to participate.
Attention all history buffs: The International Printing Museum is honoring Benjamin Franklin’s 309th birthday with two special presentations from the man himself! Join Franklin at 11 a.m. for a family-friendly show where he’ll explain his inventions and his life during the American Revolution. As a bonus, there will be a surprise visit from other founding fathers like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington! The 1 p.m. show is more suited for adults as Franklin will delve deeper into politics. Birthday cake and punch will be provided. Visit the print museum website to purchase tickets. (Metro Bus 205 or 550 to Vermont/Torrance, then walk east on Torrance Blvd. for about 10 minutes)
Get creative while local yarn bombers introduce the new form of street art to adults and children ages 10 and up. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., help knit and crochet the Skirball Cultural Center forest. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. General admission is $20. Be advised, there is limited space and reservations are recommended. (Metro Bus 734 to Sepulveda/Skirball Center)
John Carney, who’s been named one of the best magicians around, will perform his famous hand tricks at the Grove Theater Center at 3 p.m. Carney is best known for his eccentric style of magic with a comical twist, so don’t expect any disappearing bunnies. The show is recommended for ages 8 and up. Get your $15 tickets here. (Metro Bus 183 to Olive/Victory)
If you haven’t seen Matthew McConaughey’s latest film, Oscar-nominated Interstellar, check it out Friday or Saturday on the California Science Center’s 7-story IMAX screen — it’s a must-see! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station or take DASH F to Exposition/University.)
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