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Free weekend? Super Bowl Sunday, a Taylor Swift exhibit and a bowling alley bike crawl

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Get ready for chicken wings and beer because we’re less than two days away from Super Bowl Sunday. In the meantime, we're checking out Oscar-nominated shorts, Taylor Swift memorabilia and one massive book fair. 

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. Mega Nutt's Funky Friday

Watch: Lonnie Meganut Marshall

Let's start the weekend right with a hearty dinner and quality music. L.A. musician Lonnie Marshall has a recurring Friday night show at Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cafe. 

Here's what L.A. Weekly has to say about it: 

Click here for a 10 percent off coupon. Yelp voucher here. 

When: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays 

Where: Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cafe | MAP

Price: No cover; menu prices vary

2. Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Photo: Art Los Angeles Contemporary

The Art Los Angeles Contemporary will showcase galleries from around the world, with a strong emphasis on Los Angeles-based works. Plus, enjoy programs through the weekend with world-class artists, museum curators and film screenings at the Barker Hangar, a 40,000-square-foot art space. Here's a list of events. 

When: 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Barker Hangar | MAP

Price: One-day pass: $24.20; Three-day pass: $32.64 

3. Oscar-Nominated shorts

(Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Have you ever wanted to see the hard-to-find Oscar-nominated films that aren't playing at your local megaplex? Here's your chance. The Nuart theater will be playing Oscar-nominated films in the "Shorts" categories, aka the films you hear about for the first time on Oscar night that you try to find on Netflix but can't. There will be two separate programs you can choose from: live action and animation short nominations. Check the Nuart's website for an updated showtime schedule. (And see KPCC's predictions for the major categories here.)

When: Starting Friday 

Where: Nuart Theatre | MAP

Price: $10.50 for adults; $8.50 for children/seniors

4. Night on Broadway

(Photo: jblackburn/Flickr Creative Commons)

Take a walk down Broadway — the Historic Broadway corridor in downtown Los Angeles, that is. The event will feature "free innovative, multi-cultural entertainment programming in seven of Broadway's historic theaters." There will also be a street festival featuring booths and pop-up shops, a vintage car show, live music and family-friendly fun. You can find an event guide with a schedule of theater tours, magic shows and more here

When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: 3rd & Broadway to 11th & Broadway in DTLA | MAP

Price: Free

5. Sunday Funday Bowl Ride 

(Photo: Courtesy of LACBC Facebook)

This is how many calories you're expected to consume while watching the Super Bowl. (Hint: A lot.) That's why you may want a Sunday Funday with a little bit of exercise. Kick off the day with a bowling alley bike crawl. It'll begin at the North Hollywood Red Line Station and climb up to the Starlight Bowl. You'll continue on a 10-mile descent through Glendale and into Atwater Village, where riders will hop onto the L.A. River Bike Path and end at Pickwick Bowl. Pro tip: Afterwards, you can ditch the game for a few games of bowling. 

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: North Hollywood Red Line Station | MAP

Price: Bike ride: free; Bowling: $5 per game and $3.50 for shoe rental

6. The Taylor Swift Experience 

Video: Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video

Got a blank space in your calendar? As if you haven't heard enough of Taylor Swift's music, L.A.'s Grammy Museum has an exhibit dedicated to the pop princess. You'll get a glimpse of her banjo, never-before-seen childhood photos, tour costumes and handwritten lyrics. Oh and this is weird: The exhibit will also include some of Swift's "early childhood reading books." Pro tip: If this isn't your thing, there's plenty more to see at this place. 

When: 11:30 to 7:30 Friday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through May 10

Where: The Grammy Museum | MAP


  • Adults: $12.95 
  • College Students: $11.95 (18 years and older, valid ID required)
  • Seniors: $11.95 (65 years and older)
  • Youth: $10.95 (6-17 years)
  • Military: $10.95 (Valid ID required)
  • Groups: $10.00 (10 or more persons

7. LA Art Book Fair

Need a reason to go back to MOCA? This is your weekend. Art and literature will unite at Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair this Friday through Sunday. Expect books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by over 250 international innovators. Last year’s event attracted over 25,000 visitors. Come early to peruse the work and stay late for performances and food trucks. Full agenda here. 

When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA | MAP

Price: Free 

8. Where to watch the Super Bowl

(Photo: Jerry Gorin/KPCC)

Looking for a last-minute spot to watch the big game? Here are a couple options: 

  • Head out early for eggs, beer and sausage at Wirthaus on La Brea. From noon to 3 p.m., you'll get dibs on a beer bar, food and six big screen TVs for $27. 
  • Can't get out the door until kickoff? Watch the game over grub and beer at Golden Road Brewing. Thirty dollars all you can drink.

Correction: We previously reported that Golden Road Brewing is opening up its back room, Chloe's. It will not be open to the public Super Bowl Sunday. We regret the error.

What'd we miss? Let me know on Twitter @kristenlepore.