With the weekend approaching, the menu of recreational options continues to grow by the hour. There will be no shortage of things happening in Los Angeles over the next few days, but it can be tough to narrow the focus. Don’t waste time worrying. Here is a concise rundown of the best the city has to offer to ensure you don’t spend all weekend stuck in the planning phase.

Friday, November 17

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Fall Out Boy
The Forum
3900 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
(213) 480-3232

Rounding out the final domestic dates of their 2017 MANIA Tour before heading overseas, Fall Out Boy bring their signature brand of energetic rock pop to the Forum on Friday. Considering the band is still as relevant as ever, it’s hard to believe they have a catalog of tunes that stretch as far back as 2001. One of the few artists that enjoy the benefits of nostalgia with the ability to still remain on the tip of the tongue, at least part of that is due to the band’s vigor that translates live. Performing songs from their yet to be released 2018 album of the same name, there will be plenty of time chances to join in on the choruses of the old favorites while soaking in some of the newest Fall Out Boy tunes.

Saturday, November 18

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War of the Worlds
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000

In the era of fake news, a revival of the 1938 radio sensation from Orson Welles War of the Worlds couldn’t be more appropriate. This innovative direction of Yuval Sharon and the composition of Annie Gosfield utilize in the field reporters on refurbished WWII-era radios to create a real sense that Los Angeles is under attack by a superior intelligence from another planet. Combined with the ominous music from the L.A. Phil New Music Group the narration of Sigourney Weaver, this bold retelling of the classic is already a sensation. As part of the show, the music from the Walt Disney Concert Hall will be broadcast via the same two-way radios reporting back to Hall from three different locations throughout downtown Los Angeles. The working parts of this production make it something not to be missed.

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Patches & Pins Expo Los Angeles
The Union
4067 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

The subtle accent of a cool patch or rare pin make for the ideal fashion statement and the ultimate collectible. People love them so much that it only makes sense that a gathering devoted entirely to buying, selling, and trading of patches and pins is happening both here and in New York. The Union will play host to dozens of patch and pin vendors, all of whom showcase their own unique flair that help make this event so exciting. Whether you collect yourself or can appreciate the intricacy of the bite-sized art, this is a great way to spend your Saturday.

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UCLA vs USC Football
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
3911 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Their campuses may only be 12 miles apart but their rivalry runs deep! The UCLA Bruins travel to USC’s home turf this weekend for the face off that graduates, students and sports fans alike wait all year to see!

Sunday, November 19

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Kevin Hart Live
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-7360

Arguably the most bankable comedian working at the moment, Kevin Hart is an arena-sized comedian that creates a spectacle every time he announces a show. At least part of his endearing personality is attributed to his ability to be, at times, painfully honest during his comedy routine. Even in the wake of his very public troubles with infidelity, Hart has showcased an ability to be both candid and hilarious in the same conversation. While becoming a fixture on the silver screen, Hart continues to deliver as a stand up comedian. Fans will get the chance to see him in action this weekend and there is no reason to miss it.

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Enchanted: Forest Of Light
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Enchanted: Forest of Light is back again at Descanso Gardens! Starting this weekend, the botanical garden is lit up with an interactive experience like no other, with beautiful displays.
Article by Ramon Gonzales.