We're not going to any Oscar parties unless we can choose Ben Affleck as a write-in candidate.
Experimental Electronica: Zola Jesus
Get swept up in the haunting, vulnerable vocals and brooding electronica-flecked beats of this genre-defiant up-and-comer from Wisconsin.
Opening prelude: MGMT and fun. Fans will definitely dig the opening set from LA’s like-minded Wildcat! Wildcat!
Tonight 8p. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park (213-413-8200). $3 door; $10 after 10p.
Taut Tales: Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts of 2012
Go behind the scenes with the directors of all five short films up for Oscars at this exclusive pre-Academy Awards screening.
Animated Academy: Maggie Simpson’s visit to Ayn Rand daycare highlights the follow-up airing of nominated animated shorts.
Fri 7:30p. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (323-461-2020). $12.
Nearby: Loaded; Hemingway’s; Beso
Bidding & Imbibing: Off the Wall 2013
Stake your claim to 80+ works from contemporary California artists while getting plied with microbrews and a sumptuous “strolling supper.”
Pocketbook planning: Preview the pieces up for auction – and see the ballpark prices for each one.
Sat 6:30p. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626-792-5101 x 118). $125.
Nearby: Blind Donkey; Arclight; Pasadena Playhouse
Two-Wheeled Waltz: LACBC Bike Prom
Rock your finest eighties garb and pedal to this cycle-centric dance party featuring photo booths, DJs, and food truck fare.
Dinner discount: Flash your tickets for 15% off pho, roasted-pork banh mi, and other Vietnamese vittles.
Sat 8p. American Legion Hall Post 206, 227 N. Ave. 55, Highland Park (213-629-2142). $10-15.
Nearby: Little Cave; Ba; Verdugo