5 Fun Things to Do in L.A. This New Year's Weekend for $11 or Less
Watch an L.A. classic
Blade Runner, the sci-fi classic that turned landmarks such as downtown’s Bradbury into symbols of a dystopian future, hits the big screen once again. Relive the thrilling story of Rick Deckard’s not-so-ordinary workday. Take notes on the fierce costumes you know you want to wear to Comic-Con one of these years. Drool over the exquisite art direction. Freak out over the detail that 2019 is now less than five years away from. Yes, this story is getting pretty close to being retro science fiction, but it’s not quite there yet. Friday’s midnight screening is Ridley Scott’s director’s cut of the landmark film based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Nuart Theatre, 11271 Santa Monica Blvd., W.L.A.; Fri, Jan. 2, 11:59 p.m.; $9-$11. (310) 473-8530, landmark?theatres.com. —Liz Ohanesian
See a Pokemon-themed exhibit by one of L.A.'s strangest artists
Johnnie JungleGuts has a thing for Pokémon. The L.A.-based artist has spent more than a year drawing almost 800 of the lovable pocket monsters, and today his work is gathered at Human Resources under the title “Who Is Ken Sugimori?” — a reference to the behind-the-scenes creator of the iconic characters as well as the concept of authorship in mass media. At this evening’s opening, expect Pokémon video game tournaments from 4 to 8 p.m. and a video screening and live performance by JungleGuts at 8:30 p.m. Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home St., Elysian Park; Sat., Jan 3, 3:30-10 p.m.; free, $5 tournament entry. (213) 290-4752, facebook.com/events/1518592138397226. —Sascha Bos
See lots of turkey platters!
Much like licking the last of the gravy off a Thanksgiving plate, today is your last chance to taste the power and the glory that is the Turkey Platter Museum. A traveling cavalcade of the distinctly American art form of turkey-platter decoration, it’s the life’s work of Helen Gleason (mother of L.A. gallerist Mat Gleason). More than 200 ceramic, porcelain and earthware platters — many of which are for sale — represent 120 years of design and 40-plus years of cross-continental collecting acumen. Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sun., Jan. 4, noon-5 p.m.; free. (310) 663-1296, redpipegallery.com. —David Cotner
Courtesy of LACMA
Be a samurai
Andell Family Sundays rides again with Art of the Samurai — a chance to take your little shogun assassins to experience LACMA’s groundbreaking installation “Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints and Textiles.” After immersing yourself in swords, armor, robes and battle-soaked woodblock prints in the underrated Pavilion for Japanese Art, artists will guide you in workshops at which you’ll make your own helmets and other samurai-inflected masterpieces. Children must be accompanied by an adult, because LACMA can’t just have a bunch of savage r?nin running around the Los Angeles Times Central Court. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Sun., Jan. 4, 12:30 p.m.; free with admission. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org. —David Cotner
See a Capra double feature
The Aero’s Frank Capra retrospective closes this evening with It Happened One Night and Platinum Blonde at 7:30. There’s never a bad time to watch the Clark Gable/Claudette Colbert confection It Happened, which won all five major Oscars (picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay) and may well be the greatest romantic comedy of time: It’s enchantingly funny and sweet from first frame to last. Another rom-com — this one starring Jean Harlow, Robert Williams and Loretta Young — Platinum was not as well received at the time of its initial release but has seen its reputation rise in the decades since. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica; Sat., Jan. 3, 8 p.m.; $11, $7 American Cinematheque members. americancinemathequecalendar.com —Michael Nordine
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