New year, new things to do this weekend

By Maggie McKay, KFWB afternoon anchor
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It’s a new year and with it come some new ideas for things to do this weekend.

Here’s a FREE event going on tonight (Jan. 10) – a screening of  SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN:

This documentary follows Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul as he investigates whatever happened to Mexican-American singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, whose song “Sugarman” ended up becoming a sensation in apartheid-plagued South Africa in the ’70s.  See the recent critically acclaimed and audience-favorite documentary for free at Monterey Park’s East Los Angeles College (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez) as part of LACMA’s off-site Art + Film Lab. The screening will take place in the school’s Performing and Fine Arts Center’s recital hall.

Meanwhile at LACMA they preview the sophomore season of Nick Kroll’s eponymous show, followed by a post-screening Q&A with the actor himself, which is also going on tonight (Jan. 10) at the Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Friday seems to be the day to kick off the weekend this time around.

At the Natural History Museum,  First Fridays offer dinosaurs and DJs. The first Friday of every month from January through May, as well as the first Sunday in June, the museum plays host to a KCRW-presented evening of music, allowing visitors of all ages to stay late for a night at the museum, which incidentally is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Each month offers a different lineup of musical guests and museum tours and talks. Check out the museum’s website for advance tickets and updated info.

Exposition Park, Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. between S. Figueroa St. and S. Vermont Ave., Exposition Park/USC, Los Angeles. Venue phone (213) 763-3466; venue website: www.nhm.org

And as always…..there’s always the beach! Enjoy.

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