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Weekend Top Picks: Theater for couch potatoes; Puppets in the Park; celebrating Dr. Dre

By LUCY GUANUNA

If you still have the Valentine’s Day blues, don’t let them linger into the weekend. Grab some friends and review this list of Eastside weekend events get out of your funk. And for those of you who are coupled up, these picks can come in handy to continue your V-Day lovefest.



FRIDAY, Feb. 16

Entertainment – Want to go out but you’re dreading the idea of leaving the couch after a long week? Open Fist Theatre company has you covered. They brought couches to the Atwater Village theater for you to cozy up and have a drink during their “political pop-up,” One Year Later!, made up of 14 plays that explore the nation’s social and political climate since the 45th president took office. Performances run from February 16 through March 3.

SATURDAY, Feb. 17

Music:  Haters say Dre fell off. But this weekend you’ll find out he’s still got it during the 5th annual Dre Day L.A. at the Echoplex in Echo Park. Residents, Inka One and DJ Expo, and special guests, Battlecat and J.Rocc of the Beat Junkies, will be spinning sets that celebrate one of hip-hop’s most iconic producers, Dr. Dre.

Dinner & Drag:  Enhance your meal by dining at this glitzed up DRESS HALL, a monthly dinner and drag show at The Park on Sunset in Echo Park. Saturday’s show will star returning queens, Maebe A. Girl and Izzy A. She.

Poetry:  Join Luis J. Rodriguez, former gangster and current poet, for Poetry in the Heights, an afternoon of poetry at the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center. The 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate will be discussing the book Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.

Art : Are you looking to purchase some art to impress your friends? Are visits to national parks and drives through the desert your jam? You’re in luck. Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale at the Autry Museum of the American West features paintings and sculptures by 70 contemporary artists, including Tony Abeyta, Sue Lyon and Kevin Red Star. Proceeds from the show support the Griffith Park museum’s educational and community outreach programs. The exhibition will run through March 25.

SUNDAY, Feb. 18

Comedy: Enjoy some comedy, adult beverages and friendship every Sunday during the Friendship Buddies Comedy Show, at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Sunday’s show will feature comedians Alyssa Rusak, Derek Gaines and Steph Tolev.

Family Fun:  Visit Tierra de La Culebra Art Park in Highland Park for an afternoon of puppetry with Puppets in the Park!. La Culebra Action League, in collaboration with Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo, will be hosting the free puppet show followed by puppet crafts. Starting this week, Puppets in the Park! will be held every third Sunday of the month.

Art: When it comes to Dia de los Muertos events in Los Angeles, there are many imitators, but Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights are the originators, having held the first event in the 1973. Visit SHG’s exhibition, Dia de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy Past, Present and Future, to learn more about the evolution of the celebration in Los Angeles. The exhibition will run through February 24 and will have on display ofrendas, photos and prints by local artists and photographers.

Music: Dance into the night at MAST’s Thelonious Sphere Monk album release party  near Historic Filipinotown. Jazz musician, producer and composer, Tim Conley, will guide you on a cosmic journey as he bangs out beats that reinterpret the Thelonious Monk Songbook in celebration of the legendary pianist’s 100th birthday.

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