12 Special Events to Make the Most of Leap Day

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Leap day is already a special occurrence, but a Saturday leap day? Those only come around once every 28 years. To help you make the most of this rare occasion, we’ve rounded up the best things to do with your whole glorious free day in Los Angeles. Just look (at this list) before you leap (into the weekend).

The Wastelanders Ball
It’s leap day, not the end of the world—but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Dress up in your best postapocalyptic chic (think: Mad Max) for the upstairs levels or cyberpunk chic (think: Blade Runner) for the basement area to party the night—and maybe the world?—away. 8 p.m. Globe Theatre, 740 South Broadway

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Los Angeles IPA Fest
More than 60 breweries bring their best and hoppiest IPAs from around California to this event at Mohawk Bend. No prepurchased tickets necessary—unless you want to eat breakfast with the judges, who help select the best of the bunch. But as with any beer event, everyone will have an opinion. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Mohawk Bend, 2141 Sunset Boulevard

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Women Empower X Los Angeles
Women empower women at this inspiring day of networking, workshops, panels, and talks on everything from business to wellness to mental health. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street

New Identities, Gender and Politics
While America enjoyed its famed Roaring Twenties a century ago, a Germany reeling from a World War I defeat—and unknowingly creeping toward instigating another—grappled with its identity through film. This program combines works from that era, 21st-century films that reflect on the same themes, and some live musical accompaniment courtesy of composer Michael Mortilla. 1 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard

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“Dangerous Erotics: A Tribute to Carolee Schneemann”
A multidimensional program to celebrate a truly multidimensional artist, this retrospective of the late Schneemann will feature film and video work, audio from collaborator James Tenney, and a panel with filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, writer Maggie Nelson, and more. 4 p.m. REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street

Norte: The End of History
At only four hours long, the breakout masterpiece from Filipino auteur Lav Diaz is actually one of the more accessible films in an oeuvre filled with epically long, complex works. Like its loose inspiration Crime and Punishment, Norte is dense and challenging, but rewards viewers patient enough to unlock its powerful effect. Diaz will join the screening for a discussion. 5 p.m. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

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African Dance Competition Los Angeles 2020
Generations of dancers flock to the African Dance Competition L.A., where longtime traditions and contemporary trends merge to carry on African dance’s vibrant, polyrhythmic performance. 5 p.m. California African American Museum, 600 State Drive

Dead Pilots Society
Accomplished writers and podcasters Andrew Reich and Ben Blacker present the best scripts you’ve never seen or heard of before in this podcast, because they weren’t given a chance (even though they deserved it). Not only do these scripts come from very successful TV writers, but Reich and Blacker get amazing actors for the live table reads, including cast members of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Righteous Gemstones, and more. 5 p.m. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street, Santa Monica

Experimentation/Abstraction
Wedged in the tumultuous period between two world wars, Germany’s Weimar Republic era saw an unprecedented flourishing of creativity and expression in film. Explore the more experimental end of that spectrum with this program of three shorts, plus the influential doc Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, featuring live musical accompaniment from composer Michael Mortilla. 5:30 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard

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The Struts
The Struts is quite possibly the most accurate band name ever. The English quartet pour two parts Queen, one part tight leather pants, and three parts exaggerated British accent into 2010s-ized glam metal. Doors open at 7 p.m. House of Blues Anaheim, 400 West Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim

Big Boy Collective Presents Dumping Hour
Big Boy Collective’s track record of supporting “outsider art” of all types means this first showing of its video zine—built entirely off submissions—is sure to have a little something for every type of eccentric. 8 p.m. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street

Pandora’s Box
Flapper extraordinaire Louise Brooks anchors this German silent film about a woman whose beauty and vivacity prove to be her undoing. Pianist Cathlene Pineda, trumpeter Stephanie Richards, and guitarist Jeff Parker will provide live musical accompaniment, while author and Brooks expert Thomas Gladysz will sign his new book before the show. 8 p.m. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard