THIS WEEKEND: Fun in the 818 and Over the Hill Too

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A fundraiser for CHAMPS on Friday.

“A Better Life” Screening Benefits CHAMPS:   CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts presents a screening of A Better Lifefollowed by a Q & A with director Chris Weitz. Actor Demián Bichiris is  a current Oscar nominee for his performance as a gardener in East L.A. who tries to give his son the opportunities he never had, all the while struggling to keep him away from immigration agents and gangs.  All proceeds benefit CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts. When/Where: Friday, February 17, 6 p.m., Panorama High School Auditorium, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City; $10

Noho Dine Out FridaysGet out into the community for a weekly food truck fest, boutique vendors and street performers. Dogs welcome too! Every Friday,  5 p.m. -8 p.m., The Parking Lot at 11458 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood. Admission free; food and vendors cost.

Ottmar Liebert in ConcertOttmar is a five-time Grammy nominee. Since 1990, Ottmar Liebert has released a total of 25 albums including live releases, Christmas CDs, 15 CDs of original music, a DVD and remixes. He has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the USA as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His debut album sold double-platinum and has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. When/Where: Friday, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m.Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills; $30 per person.

Astronomy WalkJoin local astronomer, volunteer naturalist Pat, on a moderate ½-mile hike to the viewing platform to see solar system. All programs meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. When/Where: Friday, February 17, 6:30pm -8:30 p.m.(Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve) North of US-101 and West of Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills;  Admission free; parking $3. Click here for directions.

Recycling Blind Drive for Habitat for HumanityBring in your old blinds. For every blind brought in for recycling JT Blinds will donate $1.00 to Habitat for Humanity. For more information and questions regarding the EZ Choice recycling program, please contact Ivan Kinkennon or Steve Tristan at (800) 732-6162 or (818) 361-2300. www.JTBlinds.comWhen/Where: Saturday, February 18, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Habitat for Humanity   1803 1st Street, San Fernando.

Bananas! The Life of Josephine BakerAn  award-winning, one-woman tour-de-force play based on the extraordinary life of international star and civil rights freedom fighter, Josephine Baker. Drama, comedy, and music recount Baker’s “rise from the slums of East St. Louis to the grand stages of Europe.” When/Where: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. J.E.T. Studios, 5126 Lankershim Boulevard, NoHo; Admission: $30; Seniors/Students: $20; Groups 10+: $25.

Masters of American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale 2012The Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale is considered the country’s most important Western art show. Each year, more than 75 nationally recognized, contemporary Western artists challenge themselves to create and exhibit their very best work. Stylistically and thematically diverse, their works represent the extraordinary range of subject matter that contemporary, historic, and mythic Western experiences inspire. When/Where: Through March 18, Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; Exhibition free with museum admission.




A very cool sale you don't want to miss.

A LIST Sample Sale: Save 40%-75% on new and resale women’s designer apparel and accessories. When/Where: Sunday, February 19th 11a.m. – 4p.m, 6410 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, “The Little House In The Back” 323.841.3000 ,Cash and credit cards.

Whale of a Weekend: It’s  the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, which completes one of the longest migrations of any species, traveling 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip between the arctic seas and the warm lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. This migration takes the whales past the Santa Monica Pier – sometimes within viewing distance from the west end observation deck. When/Where:  Feb. 18-19 from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk (beneath the Santa Monica Pier), Santa Monica; Admission is free for children 12 and under; for all others, admission is $3, with a suggested donation of $5. For groups of 10 or more, admission is $2 per person, regardless of age.

LACMA Andell Family Sundays: This program  is especially designed for families from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Make art, explore the museum, or join a bilingual gallery tour. This Sunday and next, explore Califoria Cool—from furniture and cars to Barbie and Ken! Check out clean and cool designs in the exhibition California Design to see beachwear, ceramics, jewelry, and even an Airstream aluminum trailer! Then create your own “California look” in artist-led workshops. Where/When: LACMA,  North Piazza


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