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Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. (1-21-2022 to 1-23-2022)

January 20, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via LA Art Show

The show will go on… that’s our loose theme for this weekend’s list. While the local spread of Omicron appears to be plateauing (thanks goodness), hospitalizations are hovering close to statewide pandemic highs, and it’s still looking like a tough few weeks ahead, both in terms of spread and strain on our medical infrastructure.

That said, while some events have pushed dates into February or March, other continue as scheduled. The upcoming Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium is the most notable, obviously, but for this weekend it’s the L.A. Art Show that’s on our minds. That event kicked off with opening night on Wednesday, and will continue through Sunday.

Beyond the Art Show, we’ve curated a small but well-selected jumble of stuff to do for this weekend, including a few art exhibits, a new Tupac-inspired experience, a free experience from Freeform, a volunteer day at the Sepulveda Basin and and a little Sanrio flavor too. As we’ve been saying for basically the last two years… enjoy your weekend, but stay safe too!

Weekend Activities

L.A. Art Show -> Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the L.A. Art Show offers 180,000 feet of exhibition space featuring works from over 80 exhibiting galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations alongside special talks, performances and installations. GA Tickets run $30. Regular (non-VIP) hours are noon to 8 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday. A guide to programming for each day can be found here.

Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free -> A new in-person experience based on the life and work of rapper Tupac Shakur debuts in DTLA this Friday. Organizers, who are working with the say-so of the Shakur estate, have stated that the experience “leverages technology, contemporary art, and never before seen artifacts from Tupac’s personal archives.” We haven’t seen photos of the experience yet, so if that sounds a bit vague, then take heed. But if you’re a huge Tupac fan, the it could be interesting. The pop-up experience at L.A. LIVE near the JW Marriott at the intersection of Georgia Street and Olympic Blvd. Tickets run upwards of $40 depending on if you go on “peak” or “off-peak” times. More info here.

Mapping Fiction -> The latest exhibition at The Huntington debuted this past Saturday, and continues and. While the narrative that drives the exhibition centers on James Joyce’s Ulysses, there are several pop-fiction elements that may most people will recognize: A blow-up of the Robert Louis Stevenson’s maps from Treasure Island, J. R. R. Tolkien’s map from the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and (our favorite) a map of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles. Adult admission to the Huntington is $25 on weekdays, or $29 on weekends for non-members.

Fresh Start Mart Experience -> This Friday through Sunday, Freeform is hosting an experiential activation to celebrate the new series Single Drunk Female (starring Sofia Black-D’Elia and Ally Sheedy). Located on West 3rd street near The Grove, “The Fresh Start Mart” allows attendees to “shop” for Single Drunk Female related merchandise at no cost, and it’s free to attend too, provided you reserve a timed slot in advance online.  Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.  Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, then 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reserve a spot here.

Habitat Restoration Day -> Feeling the volunteer spirit this weekend? This Satuday morning hang with the Friends of the LA River, California Native Plant Society, and San Fernando Valley Audubon as the groups combine forces to tackle invasive plants while also leading a guided bird walk in the Sepulveda Basin. Free to attend. More info here.

Unseen Picasso -> Have you had a chance to revisit the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena since they reopened following a pandemic hiatus? This is the last weekend to catch the museum’s Unseen Picasso exhibition, which features 16 prints made between the 1930s and 1960s that showcase the artist’s experimentation in the graphic arts. Adult tickets for Norton Simon start at $15 per person.

Hello Kitty Food Truck -> Torrance: Attention Sanrio fans:  This Saturday the Hello Kitty Food Truck will pop up at the Del Amo Fashion Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Grab super-cute treats and shop Sanrio merch, while supplies last. The truck will be in the courtyard near the AMC Theaters. More info here.

Yoga at Angel City Brewery -> On Sunday, Green Tree Yoga Meditation comes to Angel City Brewery to lead a ninety minute yoga session adaptable for both experienced and beginning yoga practitioners. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. A donation of $15-$20 is kindly suggested, and each donation comes with a free beverage from the brewery. More info here.

Pasadena Comic Con -> On Sunday, the Pasadena Convention Center will host the Pasadena Comic Con, a day-long event filled with panels, guests, cosplay contest, and more. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 if you buy in advance ($15 at the door), and children 12 and under are free. More info here.

New Works for a Post-Worker’s World -> A new exhibition by Chilean artist Rodrigo Valenzuela explores the implications and philosophical consequences of what happens to laborers as technology and automation displace reorganize, and potentially destroy existing work environments. New Works for a Post-Worker’s World is the artist’s first solo exhibition, and it will be on display at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (DTLA) now through Feb. 19. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Dining and Takeout

Byrdie’s Rotisserie -> Rotisserie concept Byrdie’s recently reopened in West Hollywood serving California raised poultry and produce in a casual cafe setting. The main attraction is the rotisserie chicken, which goes through a multi-day marinating and seasoning process before making its way onto the roasting spit. The result is tender flavorful chicken offered whole, portioned off on plates, salads, wild rice bowls and shredded onto a sandwich. As an added bonus, Byrdie’s has a one for one model in support of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank providing meals to the charity for every meal purchased by the public. Byrdie’s is available for dine-in, delivery and takeout.

U Street Pizza Now Open For Lunch -> The sister restaurant to Union in Pasadena recently launched a lunch menu that includes their signature New York style pies, salads, starters like meatballs and the introduction of square slices. Available Tuesday through Sunday from noon to  3 p.m. for dine-in, delivery and takeout. More info here

Takeout Only at Needle LA -> Needle LA in Silver Lake is currently operating on a takeout only basis. Open Wednesday through Saturday (5 to 9 p.m.) Chef Ryan Wong’s Hong Kong inspired menu gets pared down to comfort dishes like Baked Pork Chop Rice, stir fried Chow Udon in black bean sauce and Almond Jello topped with fresh fruit. 

​​Smashburgers Sundays at Maple Block Meat Co. -> In celebration of the upcoming Super Bowl, Culver City’s premier barbecue spot Maple Block will host tailgating parties in their large back lot every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Pit Master Rudy Suazo will fire up the grill for double patty smashburgers ($11) along with his solid line up of wood smoked meats plus wings and beer specials. The Sunday specials will also be available for take out, call to inquiry. 

Hanks Bagels -> Is a bagel part of your weekend ritual? If you haven’t been, you need to check out Hank Bagel’s, with two locations in Sherman Oaks and Burbank. Hank’s does it right: hand rolled, firm and crisp on the outside yet fluffy and chewy on the inside. The Rosemary Salt is a winner and classics like Everything and Cinnamon Raisin are solid. Look out for daily specials including a Pizza Bialy you can only get on Saturdays and Sundays. Fans of bagel sandwiches will be delighted to hear that there are eight signature sandwiches that go beyond the common bacon, egg or lox.

Sunset Sushi -> Born during the pandemic Sunset Sushi has mastered the art of takeout sushi in both the high quality they provide and the presentation of the food. A number of boxes are offered in chirashi, sashimi, and sushi format, each are carefully crafted to create a fine dining experience right in the comfort of your home. 


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Things to do This MLK Weekend in L.A. [1-14-2022 to 1-17-2022]

January 13, 2022 by Brian Champlin
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The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Ugh. Covid.

The upshot of the current wave (and we’re not experts here, just reading the news) is that even if on average catching Omicron is less severe, it’s spreading so rapidly that’s putting increased stress on our healthcare systems. Good news: Intensive care units are not as stressed as peak 2021. Bad news: Emergency rooms are still getting flooded and that’s testing the capacity of hospital resources in regions throughout the state. The Governor and Public Health are hopeful cases will level off, then drop within the next few weeks. Fingers crossed.

So with that preface… how do we feel about recommending people socialize to their hearts content, even if vaccinated? Not super.

Hence, this week’s list is another remix of virtual and (mostly) outdoor experiences, with a side of dining/takeout for good measure. Like we’ve said in the past, we hope to be back to our regular programming soon. Hopefully the spread of COVID-19 throttles sooner than later. In the mean time, be safe out there.

Virtual MLK Day

The biggest event slated for this weekend (Monday) had been The Kingdom Day Parade. Last week, organizers cancelled it amid the spiking hospitalizations and updated state guidance on mega-events. But celebrating Dr. King’s legacy is an important hallmark, and several L.A. organizations and institutions are doing just that with online programming. Some ideas below:

The California African American Museum -> CAAM is hosting a virtual program to celebrate King Day with a discussion ing’s 1967 speech, “A Christmas Sermon on Peace” followed by a performance by members of Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. The free program goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.

Westside Coalition’s MLK Events -> This Friday, the Westside Coalition is bringing back their the free annual MLK Holiday Concert featuring the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra in a virtual format. Then on Monday there will be an online celebration featuring music by the Linda Alvarez Trio plus spoken a spoken word performance by Get Lit — Words Ignite. More details here.

A Day of Service-> LA Works hosting multiple online events this weekend to support Dr. King’s legacy of activism and volunteerism. Activities include a Minecraft March on Washington, online tutor training and teacher aid events, plus a virtual share-out of experiences from program volunteers. All events take place Monday. Get the full schedule here.

(Mostly) Outdoor Ideas

If you want something beyond virtual, then maybe it’s a good time to do some random outdoor activities and adventures where you can still keep your distance. Rain is on deck for Thursday afternoon, but it should clear for Friday. Looking forward to a cool and cloudy weekend.

Mapping Fiction at The Huntington -> If you’re willing to brave a museum, the Huntington Library is debuting a new exhibition this weekend called Mapping Fiction, explores on the ways authors and mapmakers create fictional worlds. Even if the exhibition isn’t your cup of tea, The Huntington is relaxing place for an outdoor walk, and if you haven’t been since the new Chinese Garden was finished, you must check it out.

Garden Light Walks -> Both GLOW at the South Bay Botanic Garden ($34.95) and Lightscape at the L.A. Arboretum ($32) are in their final weekends. If you want to take an evening stroll marked by colorful installations and lights displays, there’s still a chance.

Rooftop Yoga -> Thompson Hollywood has partnered with Los Angeles yoga studio, Love Yoga to host a complimentary rooftop yoga session this Saturday, Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. The hotel will be providing mats, water and towels. Participants will also be treated to mimosas or fresh fruit juice after the session. Open to the public on a first come, first serve basis, but there are only 15 spots available per session. Attendees can book their space by emailing hollywoodyoga@thompsonhotels.com. Hotel guests are able to reserve their spot at the front desk

Stairs Walks -> Speaking of exercise, how about a stair walk to kickstart your weekend morning? If you’re on the Westside, you could wake up early (ideally to beat crowds) and try out the Santa Monica Stairs, OR trek up the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Depending on how the weather shakes out after the rain, you might have a nice view of Downtown and the rest of the basin from the top of the overlook.

The Korean Friendship Bell -> Random idea: Take an afternoon walk around the The Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro, a pagoda-like structure donated by Republic of Korea in 1976. It features a 17-ton bell which is over 12-feet high. Make sure to bring your camera. Afterwards, take a ball to shoot hoops at the nearby basketball court that’s backdropped by a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean.

Greystone Mansion -> The former home of Edward “Ned” Doheny (son of the oil magnate) is a Tudor Revival mansion originally built in 1928, and today owned by the City of Beverly Hills and managed through their Parks division. As a public visitor, you can’t go inside, but the sculpted gardens and manicured landscaping are worth a walk. Parking and self-guided tours of the mansion exterior are free, although with the current COVID-19 conditions, you will have to make reservations online before you visit.

Burgers & Brewfest -> This Saturday the Burgers & Brewfest takes over Santa Anita Park for a day of burgers curated by Smorgasburg, cold craft beers and the excitement of Thoroughbred racing. Burger participants include Motzburger, Evil Cooks, Say It Ain’t So, Love Hour, and Thiccburgers.

Okay… those are just a few random ideas. If not of that sounds like your jam, and then at least you can still eat!

Dining and Takeout

Not everyone is going to be down with eating out right now. Get that. But all the food-newsy places listed below offer outdoor dining in some format, or currently pushing takeout concepts. Have a look, and maybe you’ll find something tasty for the holiday weekend.

New Sushi To-Go Boxes at IDG concepts -> IDG’s concepts Sushi Roku and Katana revealed a new $34 Signature Sushi Box. Exclusively available for pick up and delivery, the box features the restaurant’s signature White Lotus Roll made with popcorn shrimp tempura, asparagus, and avocado topped with albacore, crispy onions and wasabi truffle soy. From there it’s the diners choice between salmon or tuna poke over rice or mixed greens. Two pieces of crispy rice sushi plus a side of edamame also come with the meal. Orders for the Signature Sushi Box can be made on sushiroku.com, katanarobata.com as well as delivery apps Postmates, Doordash and Uber Eats.  

Banh Cuon Tay Ho -> Little Saigon’s Banh Cuon Tay Ho expands to the city of San Gabriel this weekend with a grand opening celebration this Saturday, Jan. 15 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) with complimentary food, DJ tunes and huge giveaways of tech products like a Nintendo Switch and Apple AirPods Pro. This particular location is the first Vietnamese concept in the area to operate solely on a to-go format. Banh Cuon Tay Ho’s signature Vietnamese street food items like Bánh Cuốn, a type of rice rolls filled with pork and wood ear mushrooms as well as a variety of spring rolls, vegetarian options, noodles and rice dishes will all be packaged up in eye-catching boxes that can be enjoyed anywhere. 

Bark & Brunches Series -> Take your best fur friend to the newly opened Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood for a special Bark & Brunch series this Saturday, Jan. 15. Occuring on the third Saturday of every month, guests can enjoy a brunch menu with fellow dog parents on the patio of the hotel’s restaurant ALK. All dogs will be treated like VIPs with a complimentary “cocktail.” 

Esters Wine Shop & Bar now open for lunch -> Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica is bringing back daytime service from noon to 4 p.m. with dishes from Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Jones. Menu highlights include a vegan Curried Butternut Squash Soup, seasonal frittata filled with farmers’ market produce, and a lineup of new sandwiches and salads. Guests can also take advantage of the “Esters Happy Lunch” option which includes a chef’s choice of two cheeses, two charcuterie, a side salad and a glass of wine for $30. 

New Happy Hour at Atrium -> Atrium in Los Feliz has a new happy hour menu inspired by European coastal cities. During happy hour (4 to 6 p.m. daily) guests can dine on fresh oysters, open face toasts topped with smoked salmon, an Apero Plate filled with manchego cheese, chorizo, jamon serrano, and basque peppers to name a few. A number of specialty cocktails by Beverage Director Ornella Ashcraft are $8 during this time.

Mardi Gras Ice Cream at Dear Bella Creamery -> Dear Bella Creamery in Hollywood has partnered with Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen for a chef collab Mardi Gras Queen Cake ice cream flavor. Available during carnival season (Jan 6 – Mar 1) the flavor is made with oat milk vanilla ice cream infused with the aroma of bread with pockets of brown sugar filling and layered with ribbons of purple, green, and yellow frosting. 

Next Week…

Bridgetown x Ronan -> Okay, not for this weekend BUT as a special look ahead… Daniel and Caitlin Cutler’s Neapolitan pizzeria Ronan and Rashida Holmes Caribbean pop-up concept Bridgetown Roti will collaborate on a special dinner next Wednesday, January 19. Named one of Eater’s “11 Best New Restaurants in America” in 2021, Bridgetown Roti is best known for delicious curry-filled, handmade patties and rotis derived from Holmes family recipes from Barbados. For the one night collaboration Holmes will work alongside the Cutler’s for an Italian Caribbean mash up of four menu items. Available à la carte, dishes include a Jerk Pork Belly Pineapple Pizza with fermented pineapple habanero; Butter Fish Escabeche with bell pepper sofrito, Thai basil and cilantro; Brown Stew Turkey Wings with five spice gravy, polenta, curried persimmons and herb salad; and a Coconut Coquito Ice with Rum Cake for dessert. Ronan’s standard menu, and tiki-inspired rum cocktails from Ronan Beverage Director Jeremy Wad will also be available for the night. Reservations are encouraged and can be made via Resy. The Bridgetown x Ronan collaboration will also be available to-go.


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21 Fun Things to do This Week/Weekend in L.A. [1-6-2022 to 1-9-2022]

January 6, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Street view of Chinatown Central Plaza / Photo by: Christina Champlin

2022 is here, and Covid is still heavy on our minds. SoCal is currently experiencing record breaking case counts, and the fallout of peak hospitalizations may still be weeks away. We wish we had better news on that front, but that’s just the reality.

Though our dispatches usually strike tones of fun and frolic, we also recognize that things are still serious in regards to pandemic, and many Angelenos are staying in hunker down mode. We totally get it. That is a wise and respectable course. For those set on going out (safely) to end the week, we’ve rounded up some of the available options, sparse as they are. This weekend’s list includes vaccine-required classic film screenings, a free community beach house tour, the Little Tokyo Flea, two new gallery openings, free yoga at CAAM, the reopening of Smorgasburg LA, and a couple of free museum options for Sunday. Scroll below to peep the list.

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Thursday

1. Who Let The Dogs Out -> Head to the El Cid in Silver Lake to see comedian Amber Rollo and her pup Boris host a comedy night with sets by Francesca Fiorentini, Niles Abston, Haley OC and Yamini Nambimadom. More info here.

2. Late Night with Dennis Hopper -> This week, the Los Feliz Theatre is hosting a series of late night screenings dedicated to actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper. The series finishes up with Red Rock West on Thursday, and Blue Velvet on Friday. GA tickets are $13. More info here.

3. Free Admission at the Martial Arts Museum -> The Martial Arts Museum in Burbank offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month from 3 to 6 p.m. More info here.

Friday

4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY -> Catch an evening screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica., projected using a 70mm archival print. The screening will be for vaccinated guests only. GA tickets are $15. More info here.

5. All Space Considered (Virtual) -> If the cosmos is your interest, but you’re committed to staying at home this weekend, you can catch an online version of the Griffith Observatory’s monthly All Space Considered program this Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Expect an update on the Parker Solar Probe, a sky report for the coming month, and lots of pretty pictures of the solar system. More info here.

6. Annenberg Community Beach House Tour -> If you’re looking for an extra excuse for a seaside walk, this Friday the Annenberg Communnity Beach House is hosting free docent-led tours of the historic site from noon to 2 p.m. Tours are about 20 minutes, and offered on a walk-up basis for groups of 6 or less. More info here.

7. Friday Restoration at Paramount Ranch -> This Friday morning at Paramount Ranch, volunteers will assemble to plant hundreds of live plants grown from locally collected seeds. The event is part of a larger effort to the regrow and restore the creek habitat that was damage by the 2018 Woolsey Fire. The volunteer session runs from 9 a.m. to noon. More info on how to participate here.

Saturday

8. Violins of Hope -> On Saturday, Violins of Hope makes a stop at the Beverly O’Neill Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theater for an unforgettable one night only performance featuring Long Beach Symphony musicians playing restored instruments originally played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. Repertoire for the evening includes John Williams “Hatikvah” from the film Munich, the Theme from Schindler’s List, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidre and Mozart’s masterpiece, Requiem in D minor. Tickets start at $40.

9. Little Tokyo Flea Market -> The Little Tokyo Flea Market returns this Saturday at Terasaki Budokan. From 11 a.m to 5 p.m. shop vintage streetwear, records, and sneakers. More info here.

10. Opening Receptions at Stanley’s -> This Saturday, contemporary art gallery Stanley’s (in Chinatown) is hosting an opening event to celebrate two new exhibitions. A solo exhibition of assemblage works South Central-based artist Teresa Tolliver will be on view alongside a two-artist exhibition featuring the New York-based painter Audrey Gair and the Long Beach-based ceramicist Christopher Suarez. The reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

11. Mirius Gallery Sneak Peak -> With existing locations already in San Franciso and Denver, Mirius Gallery set to open a new 10,000 square foot space in the Arts Distirct, and they’re kicking things off with a sneak peak this Saturday. The evening features live painting by the Futherrr Collective, a limited edition print release by Japanese artist Yoh Nagao, and live music sets. Free and open to public. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

12. Yoga Flow -> This Saturday the California African American Museum is offering free in-person 60-minute yoga flow and meditation led by instructor Constance Hartwell. No experience necessary, but you will need to bring your own mat. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

13. The Times of Harvey Milk Screening -> UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a free screening of The Times of Harvey Milk, a film about Harvey Milks life as a gay rights activist and politician. Two short documentary films about the gay experience will open the screening. Registration for tickets to the event can be made on Eventbrite. The screenings take place in the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum. More info here.

Sunday

14. Free Sundays at MOLAA -> The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach offers free admission every Sunday. Now through the end of March, visitors can check out a retrospective on acclaimed Chicano muralist and community activist Judy Baca. Get more info on how to reserve your free ticket here.

15. Free Admission at UPAM -> The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena offers free admission every second Sunday. January is the last full month to catch Intervention: Fresh Perspectives after 50 Years, which marks the museum’s 50th anniversary with contributions from seven artists who created works in response to the PAM’s collection. The exhibition ends on Feb. 6. More info here.

16. Spinning Sundays -> Swing by Angel City Brewery on Sunday evenings to sample a brew and catch live DJ sets from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Dining

17. Banh Chung Collective 2022 -> Participate in a Vietnamese Lunar New Year tradition of eating bánh chưng a glutinous rice dish stuffed with pork belly, mung beans and other ingredients wrapped and steamed in banana leaves. Now in its 10th year the Banh Chung Collective is offering Angelenos their annual bánh chưng kits, along with a Zoom cooking class on Saturday, January 29 and a bonus dish from participating restaurants and bakeries. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. This year Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra, Proof Bakery in Atwater Village and Bé Ù in Virgil Village will operate as pick up locations.

18. Quarter Sheets -> Underground pan pizza pop-up Quarter Sheets has gone legit opening a location in Echo Park. For now they’re not ready for dine-in but will be open this Friday through Sunday for pre-orders of chef Aaron Lindell’s whole pizzas, chef Hannah Ziskin’s cake and pie by the slab or slice as well as bottles of wine. Walk up orders will be taken for pizza by the slice and the dessert menu.

19. Drag Race Happy Hour ->The Abbey Food & Bar is bringing back their weekly Drag Race happy hour viewing party for season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This season’s viewing parties will be hosted by The Abbey’s own drag star Kornbread “the snack” Jete, who is also a contestant on this season’s show. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

20. Wanderlust Creamery January Flavors -> Wanderlust Creamery just released their January flavor lineup. Scoop creations include a Vegan Ube Malted Crunch, Pretzel Rúgbrauð, a Vegan Aussie Pavlova, Alpine Forrest Fruits, Tejate (Oaxaca corn cacao beverage) and Nanaimo (Canadian dessert bar.)

21. Smorgasburg Reopens-> Smorgasburg reopens this weekend with new vendors that include vegan fast food Say It Ain’t So, Philly water ice favorite Happy Ice, vegan Israeli street food pop-up B’ivrit, Korean fried chicken sandwich operation Chimmelier and Cali Dumpling. In addition Fox’s new reality cooking show Next Level Chef will host a pop-up offering attendees complimentary bites from Sushi Bar, Gracias Madre, and Howlin’ Ray’s. Guests can pick up complimentary bites from each of the three trucks on site, or choose to purchase full meals.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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Things to Do For (a safer) New Year’s Eve in L.A.

December 29, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via Grand Park / The Music Center

By the time you’re reading this on Wednesday it should be pouring. And while the rain is scheduled to clear up by this Friday (Dec. 31), the potential damper on New Year’s Eve plans goes far beyond the weather. Omicron has been a game changer, and large-scaled New Year’s events throughout SoCal are cancelling or scaling back in the face of rising COVID-19 case rates. You might already have locked in plans, but maybe in the back of your mind you’re thinking… “Should I?”

Earlier today, the L.A. Times published a round-up of advice from experts and health officials with recommendations on how to safely ring in the new year. The big headline is the same as it’s been throughout the pandemic: Avoid big crowds, avoid indoor spaces, and definitely avoid both at the same time.

The truth is that many people will ignore that warning and gather in large numbers, whether it’s at a bar, a club, or that one friend’s fancy house in the hills. We get it. You’re vaccinated. You did a rapid test beforehand. You’re willing to take the risk. That’s your business.

But in this guide, we’ll offer some other ideas. Stream the new year online. Order takeout and host a small gathering at home. Play virtual games. Consider a daytime, outdoor activity with a holiday tinge. Basically, have fun, but also be safe. If that sounds appealing, read on.

If You’re Staying at Home

The biggest New Year’s celebration in Los Angeles would have been at Grand Park right in front of L.A. City Hall. Then Omicron hit like a Mike Tyson left hook. While GP organizers have nixed in-person attendance, they’ll still be streaming their countdown and entertainment online at this link on YouTube. Consider that as your background video while you host a gathering at home.

For those actively avoiding an in-person gathering (but who still want to hang out) we invite you to go back to the heady days when Zoom was novel, and online drinking gamers were not yet a parody. You might remember that early on in the pandemic we wrote a big old guide on how to host a pandemic game night, with options ranging from online versions of table-top RPGs and virtual escape rooms to trivia and classic card games. This seems like a good time to refresh yourself on some of those ideas.

Of course, games will only get you so far. You’re also going to need food.

Takeout and Cocktails To-Go

Even if outdoor dining spots are open this Friday, it’s going to be pretty cold. In that case, takeout is the preferred option, as well as a strong way to support local businesses as we head in to the new year. Maybe you need to feed everyone at a small party, or maybe you’re just looking add a bit of pizzaz (or even pizza) to your New Year’s Eve shindig. Here are some ideas.

Sonoratown -> Make New Years Eve one epic taco night with the help of Sonoratown in Downtown Los Angeles. The Northern Mexican restaurants taco kits come with meat by the pound (one pound $34, two pounds $60) where you get to choose up to three proteins (carne asada, chicken or chorizo.) Salsa, avocado sauce, grilled green onions, chopped cabbage, limes, radish and some of the best handmade flour tortillas in the city also come with the kits. Sonoratown is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Pick up or local delivery is available by calling 213.628.3710. More info here

Employees Only -> Employees Only’s NYE prix fixe menu is available for takeout this year. Guests will enjoy a Scallop Ceviche, handmade Tagliolini in a Chanterelle Ragu sauce, Red Wine Glazed Shortrib and much more. 

Maple Block -> Maple Block is offering several NYE packages for curb-side pick up this year. From a Meat Sampler, to Smoked Chicken and a Giant Beef Shortrib, each package feeds four to six people and include your choice of two large sides, fresh Buttermilk Biscuits or Cornbread with whipped honey-butter, House Pickles and a large Market Chopped Salad. Additional sides, peach wood smoked brisket and sweets can also be added onto the packages. Orders must be placed by Thursday Dec. 30 for Dec. 31 pick up. 

Ronan -> In addition to Ronan’s standard Italian menu, a special NYE Caviar Menu will also be in place for both dine-in and take-out.

Silverlake Wine -> For all your organic, biodynamic, natural wine needs stop by Silverlake Wine. Not just a place for wine, they also offer a curated selection of spirits, beer, ciders and sake. If you need some booze for a small gathering, this is a great spot to shop.

Ocean Prime -> The Beverly Hills restaurant will offer two NYE specials for takeout and delivery. To start, guests can recreate Ocean Prime’s Berries & Bubbles cocktail at home with a take-home drink kit that includes Belvedere Citrus Vodka, marinated blackberries, fresh lemon and Domaine Chandon Brut. The restaurant is also highlighting their seasonal Holiday Sea Bass and Lobster Risotto ($69) dish for the night. Both items are available for delivery and take out. 

Lunetta -> Lunetta is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and party but if you rather stay in for the night the Santa Monica restaurant is also offering the special menu to-go. Guests start with an amuse-bouche of crispy potato pancakes with house-cured gravlax and Kaluga caviar and move on with a three course dinner with multiple options. Highlights include a Snake River Filet of Beef Carpaccio, fresh black winter truffles, Maine Lobster Thermidor and Sticky Toffee Pudding. The meal cost $175 a person. Orders can be made by phoning the restaurant directly at (310) 581-4201 and can be picked up between 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 31. 

Homestate -> TexMex eatery HomeState has catering packages that feed 10-12 people. Orders must be made three day in advance and a $100 minimum is required. On the menu is a 24 taco pack with red and green salsa, a quarter gallon of queso and guac with a two pound bag of tortilla chips, a tray of Ranch Salad and a tray of Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

Haute Mess -> Let a European inspired marketplace take care of all your charcuterie needs this New Years Eve. Haute Mess is home to affordable cheese and meat boards, as well as freshly baked breads, pastries and fantastic Italian style sandwiches.

Lock & Key -> Ring in the new year with Chicago deep dish pizzas from Lock & Key. The speakeasy in Koreatown is offering up their entire menu including beer, wine and cocktails for takeout. Delivery is available through UberEats.

Vinovore -> Wine shop Vinivore highlights wines from women winemakers and items to make a charcuterie board like cheeses, crackers, bread, cured meats and tinned fish. 

Sugar Palm ->  Sugar Palm at Viceroy Santa Monica is offering their NYE three-course prix fixe menu ($99 per person) for take out. Guests will choose one option per course, highlights include a Braise Short Rib and a seafood filled Cioppino in a lobster bouillabaisse. Call the restaurant to inquire. 

Della Terra -> Throw a pasta party for NYE. The Northern Italian Trattoria is offering their menu for takeout but it doesn’t stop at just pasta, Della Terra also serves pizzas, grilled meats, salads and more. 

Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. -> The Boyle Heights pizzeria’s to-go cocktail menu includes Boozy Aguas Frescas; cocktails that serve two and a number of wines and beer. The restaurant will be open on NYE until 5 p.m.

Outdoor Experiences Open on NYE

If you really need to get out of the house on New Year’s Eve, but don’t care so much about the midnight countdown, you could consider a series of outdoor/holiday activities that have been on our radar for the past few months. For avid readers of our previous guides, there are a lot of repeats below, but they might be worth considering if you have yet to attend and just really need to get out of the house.

Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

GLOW -> This after-hours illuminated experience is in its second year the South Coast Botanic Garden. For 2021 the series features a freshly designed array of radiant installations and musical tracks to set the mood as you enjoy an evening stroll at the garden. Runs nightly through Jan. 17. Non-member tickets will run you $34.95. More info here.

Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> For the winter season the LA Arboretum has created an illuminated nighttime attraction called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

New Years Day Specials

If you booze it up during the last moments of 2021, then it stands to reason you could wake up in vital need of a hangover cure. Here are a couple of New Year’s Day food specials that will be just what the doctor ordered (probably).

Tacos AF -> If you’ve had a wild night Tacos AF in Downtown Los Angeles wants to be there in the morning with their “Hungover AF” New Year’s Day Breakfast Burrito Box. The hangover box cost $25 and includes two Deluxe Breakfast Burritos stuffed with chorizo, sausage, bacon, hashbrown, cheese and egg with salsa and guacamole on the side, plus two bottles of Jarritos. Customers can order the hangover boxes the morning of Saturday, Jan. 1 by calling Tacos AF for pickup at 213.221.7231 or by ordering delivery through Uber Eats.  

Fat Sal’s Deli & Sandwich Shop ->  When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2022  Fat Sal’s Deli & Sandwich Shop will release an ultra-secret sandwich menu. Available between midnight and 3 a.m. the never released menu includes eight over the top sandwiches like The Fat Lombardi made of ham, pepperoni, ground beef, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and fries. Fat Sal’s ​​secret sandwich menu will only be available at all Fat Sal’s locations for dine in and in person takeout. 

All Day Brunch at Little Dom’s -> Little Dom’s in Los Feliz will offer their annual New Year’s all-day brunch menu for dine-in and take-out in lieu of serving their lunch and dinner menus on Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights include Crab Cakes, Eggs with Caviar and Black-Eyed Peas, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Breakfast Pizza and the Little Dom’s Burger.


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Things to do This Christmas Week and Weekend in L.A. [12-20-2021 to 12-26-2021]

December 20, 2021 by Brian Champlin
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Venice Canals during Christmas. Photo by Christina Champlin.

The best Christmas gift we could had this year was a Covid-free environment to host gatherings, attend events, and celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, the Delta and Omicron variants have spoiled that hope, and in the past week we’ve seen an uptick of cases in Los Angeles that mirrors rapid spread happening in many other parts of the county.

The development has forced several L.A.-area venues and team sporing events to either cancel or go crowd free. Now we hear that Grand Park’s New Years Eve gathering has been nixed and the L.A. County Holiday Celebration will be performed sans audience. Things are moving, and they’re moving pretty fast.

This is all to say that we want you to be safe (again) for the holiday this year. But if you’re vaccinated and feel like you still want to do some Christmasy-stuff or eat out, we get it. To that end, below you’ll find a rundown of holiday-themed activities for the week/weekend of Christmas, followed by a few highlights from our 2021 Christmas dining guide.

Whatever you decide, we think it’s worth keeping an eye on community spread, especially in regards to possible cancellations or updated restrictions. Hopefully we can quickly return to writing caveat-free guides soon, but in the mean time, we wish you all a very safe and happy holiday.

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Holiday-Themed Events for This Christmas Week in L.A.

Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

SPARKLE DTLA-> This holiday installation at The Bloc in DTLA feature 18 million hues of lights synchronized to festive tunes alongside a 32-foot Christmas tree and a 16-foot holiday ornament. Runs nightly every hour from 5 to 9 .m. Free and open to the public. More info here

Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -> Just in time for the holiday season, the village of Hogsmeade™ at Universal Studios Hollywood gets a special Christmas makeover, along with several seasonal entertainment options. The highlight is a nightly performances of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle,” a dazzling projection display and musical performance. More info here.

Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> For the winter season the LA Arboretum has created an illuminated nighttime attraction called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

Elf on the Shelf Magical Journey ->  Elf on the Shelf is back at the Pomona Fairplex, offering newly upgraded scenic displays, a Christmas village, ice-skating rink, and of course the signature walk-through journey of Christmas from an elf’s perspective. Tickets are $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Runs on select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. More info here.

Holiday Festivities at the Original Farmers Market -> Beginning this Friday, Dec. 17, the Original Farmers Market will offer daily holiday-themed entertainment, including live performances, kids crafting, carolers, and more. Activities continue through Christmas Eve. Check the full schedule of activities here.

OH Snap: A Holiday Experience -> Create Something Amazing presents “OH Snap: A Holiday Experience,” featuring a pop-up holiday gallery with live music, photo moments, holiday inspired cocktails, and more. All toy donations and a percentage of proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Runs Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the month.  More info here

Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of Elf on Friday and A Christmas Story on Saturday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

Christmas Dining Options

We have an entire guide of where to eat in L.A. for Christmas Eve/Day for this year, but if you want a few quick highlights, check out some of our favorite options below:

Lunetta -> Before Lunetta, Chef Raphael Lunetta and his team had JiRaffe, and this Christmas Eve guests will be treated to a “best-of” list of JiRaffe’s past dishes. For $125 per person the menu starts with a Mushroom Cappuccino amuse with black winter truffles and a three course meal with choices like a JiRaffe Classic Duck Confit, Hand cut New Zealand Red Crab Gnocchi, Jiraffe Classic Bouillabaisse and Sticky Toffee Pudding. The meal can also be ordered for take out if that’s your preference. More info here.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air -> The restaurant will host a ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas multi-course menu that ends with a ‘Beignet’ Christmas Tree, as well as a Christmas Day three-course brunch menu, including a dessert buffet and a seasonal cocktail and during Christmas dinner a three-course menu that includes a grand dessert buffet will be offered. Each holiday menu cost $225 per adult and $85 per child under 12. More info here.

Yardbird -> A Christmas feast with Yardbird’s family package includes your choice of Rosemary Herb Crusted Prime Rib or Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken both accompanied with Mac & Cheese, Whipped Mashed Potatoes, Charred Broccolini, Caesar Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits and Pecan Pie. Orders can be placed through Wednesday, Dec. 22 for Christmas Day pickup. More info here.

Caldo Verde -> Suzanne Goin and Caroline Stynes’ latest restaurant Caldo Verde located inside the Downtown L.A. Proper is offering a family style prix-fixe menu ($95 per person) for Christmas Eve serving a Portuguese meets Californian menu with Porco à Alentejana (braised pork and clams) as the main course. The restaurant will also be open on Christmas with a four course prix-fixe menu that includes Potato Gnocchi with Maine Lobster, Liberty Duck Breast with duck cracklings and a dessert “extravaganza” that includes cookies, macarons, chocolates and other sweets. The Christmas menu cost $125 for adults and $65 for kids 12 and under. More info here.

Hank’s -> Enjoy a Glazed Ham Prixe Fixe Dinner for $36 that includes four sides, an assortment of sauces and a seasonal fruit tart for dessert. More info here.

Randy’s Donuts -> Donuts are always a hit, especially paired with a cup of coffee, this season consider picking up Randy’s festive donut flavors for any gathering. Featured donuts include a Peppermint Candy Cane Twist with glaze topped with vanilla or red icing, red drizzle and crushed peppermint candies and a Holiday Sprinkles Raised Donut topped with sprinkles and glazed. Both are priced at $3.15 and are available at all Randy’s Donuts locations the entire month of December. More info here.


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32 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [12-17-2021 to 12-19-2021]

December 16, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Grand Central Market. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Three days of sunshine, and lots to do. Just like every other city in America during December, right?

This weekend in Los Angeles, from Dec. 17-19, features Season’s Screamings in Pasadena, the Santa Monica Pub Crawl, a Makers Festival at CAAM, a Patches and Pins Expo at GCM, a Japanese Christmas-themed KFC tribute, and the last Smorgasburg of 2021.

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Friday / All Weekend

1. Season’s Screamings -> Beginning Friday, the creators of Midsummer Scream are back with a dose of horror for the holidays at this weekend’s Season’s Screamings at the Pasadena Convention Center. Expect three days of haunted house and yard displays, panels with experience creators, spooky shopping, special talks, and fun trivia. One-day general admission is $30 for Friday night, or $35 for Saturday or Sunday. More info here.

2. Playhouse 90: “Alas, Babylon” -> This Friday at The Hammer, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present a special screening of Playhouse 90: “Alas, Babylon”, a CBS television special aired in 1960 that depicted life for Americans in the aftermath of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. The free screening takes place in the Billy Wilder Theater starting at 7:30 p.m. Get more info and register to attend here.

3. Holiday Festivities at the Original Farmers Market -> Beginning this Friday, Dec. 17, the Original Farmers Market will offer daily holiday-themed entertainment, including live performances, kids crafting, carolers, and more. Activities continue through Christmas Eve. Check the full schedule of activities here.

4. Luminaria Nights -> Starting this Friday, The California Botanic Garden in Claremont will light up for the holidays over two special weekends (Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18). Live musicians will provide a serene soundtrack as guests walk the garden trails and enjoy unique sculptures from the (Re)place exhibition created by Brandon Lomax. The evenings of art and nature run from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 for adults More info here.

5. Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of The Grinch on Friday and A Muppets Christmas Carol on Saturday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

6. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

7. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

8. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

9. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

10. Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

11. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> On Friday, Nov. 12, the LA Arboretum opens an illuminated nighttime attraction for the winter season called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

12. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

13. The Nutcracker Suite -> The American Contemporary Ballet is performing an immersive, one-of-a-kind version of the Tchaikovsky classic on Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 24. Tickets cost between $25 to $140. More info here.

14. Snowglobe Groundlings -> The Groundlings’ annual holiday show runs on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18. Tickets are $25. More info here.

15. Hypercars at The Petersen -> The latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum brings guests into the world of hypercars, the fastest and most exclusive cars money can buy. Over the coming months Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme will rotate up to 30 vehicles within the exhibit space, with the roster including the Aria FXE concept, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Caparo T1, Devel Sixteen, Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, and more. The new exhibit opens this Saturday, Dec. 4. GA tickets to the museum run $17. Get more info here.

Saturday

16. LA Phil Holiday Sing-Along-> This Saturday, the LA Phil hosts their annual holiday sing-along this Saturday, featuring the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s massive pipe organ, a choir, and a jazz combo lead a cheerful selection of classic holiday songs. Tickets currently available from $35 to $92 per seat. More info here.

17. Holidays at Malibu Country Mart -> The Malibu Country Mart is hosting a seasonal celebration this Saturday offering guests the chance to snap pics with Santa & Mrs. Claus, enjoy live carolers, or have the little ones write letters to Santa then drop them off in a special “North Pole-bound” mailbox. Plenty of s’mores and hot cocoa to go around. Activities runs noon to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

18. Santa Monica Pub Crawl -> This Saturday, The 13th annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl hits up dozens of SM area bars and lounges, with a portion of the proceeds from ticketed guests going to raise money for the Westside Food Bank. Each guest receives one free drink, plus access to food and drink specials and free entry to an after-party at The Victorian. General admission tickets start at $25 per person. More info here.

19. Kuumba Makers Festival 2021 -> On Saturday, the California African American Museum celebrate Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle of creativity, with a special festival highlighted by artist-led collage workshops and a one-hour family yoga session with Constance Hartwell. Mats will be not provided, so be sure to bring your own. Activities runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

20. Skid Row Christmas Benefit Concert -> Tradecraft Farms is teaming with cannabis delivery service High Times Delivery to host a special concert hosted at Arts District Brewing, with benefits going towards supplies and gifts for the less fortunate. IDK and Fatlip (formerly of Pharcyde) will headline the entertainment, and the event also features DJ sets, live art installations, and a silent auction. General admission tickets start at $25. Event goes from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. More info hre.

21. Shogun Santa -> Santa Claus will be appearing at malls and shopping spaces throughout Los Angeles now through Christmas Day, but as far as we know the Shogun Santa will only be appearing at Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo this Saturday and Sunday. Snap a photo with the Shogun Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. More info here.

22. Pawl’idays at Sofitel -> On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will host a special “Pawl’idays’ events where guests are invited to bring their furry friends in for portraits with Santa Claus taken under a giant Christmas Tree. There will also be a Christmas-themed outfit contest (for pets) plus hot apple cider and holiday treats. Photo donations of $10 will benefit Wagmor Pets. Runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the hotel lobby. More info here.

23. Patches & Pins Expo -> Do you loves patches and/or pins? Head to Grand Central Market this Saturday for a vendor-filled gathering of pins, patches, art, toys, vintage fashion, pop culture collectibles, retro nostalgia, sneakers and more. Admission is free. Runs noon to 8 p.m. More info here.

24. Yuletide Cinemaland -> Street Food Cinema’s holiday-themed movie series combines a slate of classic Christmas films with special activities at Heritage Square Museum. Tour Victorian homes, visit with Santa, check out a light tunnel, or sample from on-site food trucks before enjoying the feature presentation. This weekend the series continues with a screening of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York on Saturday, and It’s a Wonderful Life on Sunday. GA tickets start at $40 per person. More info here.

Sunday

25. Final Smorgasburg of 2021 -> This Sunday is the final Smorgasburg of the year and that means it’s the last time to feast on vendors like Bridgetown Roti, Smoke Queen BBQ, Los Dorados, Bungkus Bagus all in one place. Smorgasburg’s Holiday Market and Record Fair will also be there for last minute gift shopping and streetwear shop Bodega will join the market to host their first ever Holiday Bazaar featuring pop ups by independent vendors. Bodega will also be hosting a Toy Drive for Believe in Giving, and a Coat Drive with LA Mission during the market.  

26. Skyline Sound + Cinema Holiday Edition -> This Sunday, Head to the rooftop garage at The Bloc for an evening screening of Elf while you take in skyline views and scenery. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

27. San Fernando Valley Master Chorale -> On Dec. 18, “Holidays in the Valley” comes to the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park for an afternoon of holiday favorites, including a complete performances of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with harp and Chanukah Suite by Jason Robert Brown Concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for GA. Kids under six are free. More info here.

28. Free Sundays at MOLAA -> The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach offers free admission every Sunday. Get more info on how to reserve your ticket here.

Dining

29. OTOTO’s Kentucky Fried Chicken Tribute -> OTOTO’s “JFC Set” pays homage to traditional Japanese Christmas dinner of Kentucky Fried Chicken (yes, that’s a thing). The set includes a five piece bone-in buttermilk sansho fried chicken (breast, thigh, drumstick), along with sides of shrimp macaroni gratin, daikon salad with ume dressing, cabbage slaw with sweet potato vinegar and one large biscuit baked by All Day Baby Pastry Chef Thessa Diadem. The meal ends on a sweet note with a Strawberry Roll Cake from Konbi. The JFC Set costs $58 and serves two people. Limited quantities will be available for dine-in and takeout pre orders can be made on Tock for Dec. 22-23.

30. Gusto Green -> Gusto Green will open to the public on Saturday inside of the Green Street Building in Downtown Los Angeles. A unique concept that’s focused on redefining what it means to eat “healthy,” the dishes are mostly plant-based and supported by humanely procured fish and meat. The restaurant will also showcase the use of hemp leaves (no THC) in their culinary program partnering with the only federally approved purveyor of hemp leaf for food, Ziese Farms. Chef Michael Magliano (Animal and The French Laundry) will lead the progressive menu which starts each guest with a crispy, chickpea-battered whole hemp leaf amuse-bouche. 

31. TATEL Beverly Hills -> Spanish gastronomy newcomer TATEL Beverly Hills will debut an all new expanded outdoor patio space this weekend alongside a lunch and Sunday brunch menu. Lunch service features a three course prix fixe menu that includes a starter, main and dessert for $30 per person, available Monday – Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Brunch takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

32. Feast of the Seven Fishes Themed Pasta at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele -> Hollywood’s L’antica Pizzeria da Michele adds a new twist to the traditional ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ dinner with a themed pasta that captures the essence of the traditional Italian Christmas time custom. Available throughout the month of December the restaurant will feature a Spicy Arrabbiata di Mare Pasta with branzino, scallops, calamari, shrimp, clams, and mussels for $35.


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31 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [12-13-2021 to 12-17-2021]

December 13, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Urban Light at LACMA
Urban Light at LACMA. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Pop-ups, puppetry, holiday experiences, and a little side of horror. With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, that sounds about right to us!

This week in Los Angeles, from Dec. 13-17, features a free day at LACMA, Queer Radio Hour at Dynasty Typewriter, free performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes, an artist walkthrough at CAAM, Season’s Screamings in Pasadena, and a nuclear flashback from the 1960s.

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Monday / Throughout the Week

1. The Art and Science of Rare Jewels -> The Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels displays the largest green diamond in the world, one of the world’s largest pink diamonds, and over a hundred other necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and unmounted gems. Learn how gems play a role in scientific research, why they’re important to help understand the earth’s past, and how they end up at your jewelry store. On view through Feb. 21, 2022. NHM general admission tickets are $15. More info on the exhibition here.

2. Kumihimo Exhibition at Japan House LA –> Now through March 6, 2022, Japan House LA is hosting the first exhibition in the United States to explore the history and art of Japanese silk braiding, which over the past centuries has been an important stylistic and practical element for usage in religion, music, military, and politics. Free to visit at the Japan House gallery. More info here.

3. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

4. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

5. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

6. House of Gucci at FIDM Museum -> The House of Gucci exhibition at the FIDM Museum showcases a mix of never-before-seen photographs, footage from the film, and costumes curated by costume designer Janty Yates. Free and open to the public during normal museum hours. Runs through Dec. 4. More info here.

7. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

8. SPARKLE DTLA-> This holiday installation at The Bloc in DTLA feature 18 million hues of lights synchronized to festive tunes alongside a 32-foot Christmas tree and a 16-foot holiday ornament. Runs nightly every hour from 5 to 9 .m. Free and open to the public. More info here

9. Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

10. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

11. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -> Just in time for the holiday season, the village of Hogsmeade™ at Universal Studios Hollywood gets a special Christmas makeover, along with several seasonal entertainment options. The highlight is a nightly performances of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle,” a dazzling projection display and musical performance. More info here.

Tuesday

12. Free Tuesday at LACMA -> The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free admission every second Tuesday of each month. If you go this week, be sure to catch the museum’s latest exhibition Mixpantli: Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico. The new exhibition look backs on the conquest of the Aztec empire and establishment of Mexico through the works of indigenous artists, mapmakers, and storytellers, and in so doing flips established historical narratives on their head. Mixpantil will run through May 1, 2022. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, general museum admission for L.A. County residents start at $20.

13. Queer Radio Hour -> Queer Radio Hour is a live variety show that imagines what the Golden Age of Radio would’ve been like if the Queer Community had hosted the programming. This Tuesday, catch a special Christmas edition of the in-person show at Dynasty Typewriter. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 on day of the show. More info here.

14. Holiday Cheer on the Pier -> Starting on Monday, Dec. 6, The Santa Monica Pier gets a seasonal makeover that including festive window display installations, plus a month of programming (on select dates) that includes a Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance on Dec. 14, a holiday story time session, and roaming carolers. More info here.

15. Love Actually at The Wallis >  A multimedia adaption of the the holiday classic Love Actually is playing onstage at The Wallis on select dates, now through Dec. 31. Tickets run between $39 to $125 per person. Get more info here.

16. Elf on the Shelf Magical Journey ->  Elf on the Shelf is back at the Pomona Fairplex, offering newly upgraded scenic displays, a Christmas village, ice-skating rink, and of course the signature walk-through journey of Christmas from an elf’s perspective. Tickets are $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Runs on select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. More info here.

Wednesday

17. OH Snap: A Holiday Experience -> Create Something Amazing presents “OH Snap: A Holiday Experience,” featuring a pop-up holiday gallery with live music, photo moments, holiday inspired cocktails, and more. All toy donations and a percentage of proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Runs Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the month.  More info here

18. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> For the winter season the LA Arboretum has created an illuminated nighttime attraction called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

Thursday

19. April Bey: Atlantica, The Gilda Region Exhibition Walk-Through -> This Thursday at the California African American Museum, join artist April Bey for an in-person tour of her immersive installation, Atlantica, The Gilda Region. The one-hour tour and discussion starts at 1 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

20. Bob Baker Holiday Show in Old Pasadena-> This Thursday, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater will perform a special holiday show in the courtyard of One Colorado in Old Pasadena. Scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Early arrival suggested. More info here.

21. RUNWAY Wonderland: Holiday Movie Nights -> For the first three Thursday in December, head to Runway Playa Vista for a night of free Christmas movie screenings and complimentary popcorn. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, friends, family, and furry friends. The schedule features The Grinch on Dec. 2, Elf on Dec. 9, and Home Alone on Dec. 16. Events start at 6:30 p.m. on each Thursday. More info and RSVP here.

21. The Nutcracker Suite -> The American Contemporary Ballet is performing an immersive, one-of-a-kind version of the Tchaikovsky classic on Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 24. Tickets cost between $25 to $140. More info here.

Friday

22. Season’s Screamings -> Beginning Friday, the creators of Midsummer Scream are back with a dose of horror for the holidays at this weekend’s Season’s Screamings at the Pasadena Convention Center. Expect three days of haunted house and yard displays, panels with experience creators, spooky shopping, special talks, and fun trivia. One-day general admission is $30 for Friday night, or $35 for Saturday or Sunday. More info here.

23. Playhouse 90: “Alas, Babylon” -> This Friday at The Hammer, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present a special screening of Playhouse 90: “Alas, Babylon”, a CBS television special aired in 1960 that depicted life for Americans in the aftermath of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. The free screening takes place in the Billy Wilder Theater starting at 7:30 p.m. Get more info and register to attend here.

24. Luminaria Nights -> The California Botanic Garden in Claremont lights up for the holidays over two special weekends (Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18). Live musicians will provide a serene soundtrack as guests walk the garden trails and enjoy unique sculptures from the (Re)place exhibition created by Brandon Lomax. The evenings of art and nature run from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 for adults More info here.

25. Holiday Festivities at the Original Farmers Market -> Beginning this Friday, Dec. 17, the Original Farmers Market will offer daily holiday-themed entertainment, including live performances, kids crafting, carolers, and more. Activities continue through Christmas Eve. Check the full schedule of activities here.

26. Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of Elf on Friday and The Grinch on Saturday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

Dining

27. The Common Good -> The Common Good in Hollywood is a pop-up offering globally-inspired comfort food with a few spicy twists. Highlights include a crunchy Korean fried popcorn chicken, corn meal crusted cast iron pizzas, and creamy southern shrimp and cheddar grits. It plans to run through at least January.

28. ‘Naughty or Nice’ Cocktail Pop-Up -> There’s a ‘Naughty or Nice’ cocktail pop-up at Hotel Figueroa from Friday, Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve. Angelenos can stop by Bar Magnolia to enjoy a week-long holiday cocktail menu featuring a selection of cocktails and botanical spirit-based mocktails.

29. Cento -> Chef Avner Levi’s (Mignon; Bestia) pasta pop-up Cento officially opens a permanent spot in West Adams this Wednesday, Dec 15. Guests can expect regionally-inspired Italian fare such as Chicken Liver Crostino, Sweet Corn Carbonara and Squid Ink Paccheri with ‘nduja, prawns and serrano. 

30. Tel Aviv Night at Piccalilli -> Piccalilli in Culver City will transport diners to Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 10 p.m. with dishes inspired by the restaurant’s Israeli-born sous chef, Liyam Ezer. Highlights on the menu include a Seafood Kabab with fish, shrimp, spices, amba and charred scallions; and Lamb Malfoof a slow roast lamb wrapped in cabbage, matbucha and herbs.

31. Winter Wonderland Holiday Pop-Up at The Green Room  -> The Green Room will debut a Winter Wonderland holiday pop-up Dec. 9. Here you’ll find seasonal holiday sweets like “Whoville Holiday Cream Puffs” and festive cocktails like “Drink up Grinches.” The pop up is open Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 2. Reservations are not required but are recommended. 


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35 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [12-10-2021 to 12-12-2021]

December 9, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Marina Del Rey Boat Parade 2014
Image via mdrboatparade.org

We got holiday boats. We got holiday markets. We got fresh museum exhibitions and free admissions.

This weekend in Los Angeles, from Dec. 10-12, features the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, an NBA 2K22 experience, the ByBlack Bazaar, a rooftop holiday market, free second Sundays at USC PAM, a Parm Boyz pop-up at Ronan, and more.

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Friday / All Weekend

1. Home Alone in Concert-> As part of the LA Phil’s Deck the Hall holiday series, the Disney Concert Hall will host three screenings (Dec. 10-12) of the Christmas Classic Home Alone, with John Williams delightful score performed live to picture by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as conducted by David Newman. Tickets range from $61 to $193 per seat. More info here.

2. Poetry O’Clock –> This Friday, Metro Art is hosting a poetry exchange pop-up inside the Union Station Information Booth where guests can stop by, share their story with a poet, and receive a short original poem written on-the-spot. Live works will be written by poets Taz Ahmed, traci kato-kiriyama, and féi hernandez. Runs from 1 to 7 p.m. More info here.

3. The Shell in the Clouds -> Self Help Graphics & Art latest exhibition, The Shell in the Clouds (El caparazón en las nubes), kicks off this Friday with a special opening event from 6 to 9 p.m. In the exhibition, artist Pavel Acevedo explores issues of migration and cultural adaption through a portrayal of Zapotec stories on a series linocut prints. The exhibition runs through Feb. 19, 2022. RSVP for opening night here.

4. Luminaria Nights -> Starting this Friday, The California Botanic Garden in Claremont will light up for the holidays over two special weekends (Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18). Live musicians will provide a serene soundtrack as guests walk the garden trails and enjoy unique sculptures from the (Re)place exhibition created by Brandon Lomax. The evenings of art and nature run from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 for adults More info here.

5. Art of Tea Holiday Pop-up at Platform -> Eunbi Ceramics will pop-up at Art of Tea with an assortment of hand-crafted ceramics from local artisan Eunbi Cho for sale Friday through Sunday.

6. Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of The Grinch on Friday and A Muppets Christmas Carol on Saturday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

7. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

8. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

9. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

10. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

11. Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

12. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> On Friday, Nov. 12, the LA Arboretum opens an illuminated nighttime attraction for the winter season called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

13. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

14 The Nutcracker Suite -> The American Contemporary Ballet is performing an immersive, one-of-a-kind version of the Tchaikovsky classic on Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 24. Tickets cost between $25 to $140. More info here.

15. Snowglobe Groundlings -> The Groundlings’ annual holiday show runs on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18. Tickets are $25. More info here.

16. Hypercars at The Petersen -> The latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum brings guests into the world of hypercars, the fastest and most exclusive cars money can buy. Over the coming months Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme will rotate up to 30 vehicles within the exhibit space, with the roster including the Aria FXE concept, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Caparo T1, Devel Sixteen, Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, and more. The new exhibit opens this Saturday, Dec. 4. GA tickets to the museum run $17. Get more info here.

17. OH Snap: A Holiday Experience -> Create Something Amazing presents “OH Snap: A Holiday Experience,” featuring a pop-up holiday gallery with live music, photo moments, holiday inspired cocktails, and more. All toy donations and a percentage of proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Happening Thursday through Sunday this week and Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the month.  More info here

Saturday

18. Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade -> This Saturday luminous vessels take over the main channel of Marina del Rey for the 59th annual Holiday Boat Parade. A short fireworks show precedes the main event right before 6 p.m., and the parade should last around two hours in total. Free to attend/watch. More info here.

19. NBA 2K22 Experience -> This Saturday and Sunday, American Express is teaming up with the NBA to host the first-ever The American Express x NBA 2K22 pop-up outside Staples Center. The event will feature free NBA 2K22 merch, a face scan studio where players can perform by taking high-quality MyPlayer face scans, plus a Twitch Live-Streamed NBA 2K22 Match-Up between NBA star Paul George and WNBA star Breanna Stewart. Free to attend. Runs Saturaday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., then Sunday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. More info here.

20. ByBlack Bazaar -> On Saturday and Sunday, a pop-up market curated by actress Issa Rae comes to DTLA with an assist from American Express (Amex is really getting around this weekend!). The ByBlack Bazaar will features over a dozen black-owned brands and businesses, plus live DJ’d music and complimentary gift wrapping by Black Paper Party. Runs Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

21. Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of The Polar Express on Saturday and The Santa Clause on Sunday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

22. Pawliday Market -> If you’re shopping for the pet (or pet-lover) in your life, consider stopping by Annenberg PetSpace’s Pawliday Market where you’ll find 10+ vendors offering pet accessories and specialty items, plus kid-friendly activities and crafting. Free to attend. Runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

23. Yuletide Cinemaland -> Street Food Cinema’s holiday-themed movie series combines a slate of classic Christmas films with special activities at Heritage Square Museum. Tour Victorian homes, visit with Santa, check out a light tunnel, or sample from on-site food trucks before enjoying the feature presentation. This Saturday the series opens with a screening of Elf. GA tickets start at $40 per person. More info here.

24. Jackalope Burbank -> Indie-arts market Jackalope brings their tribe of over 150 vendors to downtown Burbank this weekend (Dec. 11-12) for a shopping event featuring trendsetting indie goods, original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, and food. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. More info here.

25. Breakfast with Santa and Tea with a Twist at Loews Santa Monica -> Loews Santa Monica is bringing the Christmas vibes hard this Saturday (Dec 11) with a Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. featuring Santa Claus, photos, reindeer antler making, cookie decorating with elves, holiday hip hop dance instructors, and more. Then from 2 to 4 p.m. the hotel will offer Tea with a Twist for adults featuring tea-infused cocktails and a variety of sweet and savory bites along with a special performance from the young musicians of Elemental Music. 

26. Kumihimo Exhibition at Japan House LA –> Beginning this Saturday, Japan Houes LA hosts the first exhibition in the United States to explore the history and art of Japanese silk braiding, which over the past centuries has been an important stylistic and practical element for usage in religion, music, military, and politics. Kumihimo: The Art of Japanese Silk Braiding by Domyo runs from Dec. 11 to March 6, 2022. Free to visit at the Japan House gallery. More info here.

27. Ron Herman Holiday Flea -> Ron Herman on Melrose is hosting a Holiday Flea Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday featuring a variety of vendors in the apparel, accessories, and home spaces. The market will take place outdoors. In addition, Ron Herman will be collecting new, unused toys in support of Baby2Baby and providing 10% off an in-store purchase to each customer who donated.  

Sunday

28. Rooftop Holiday Market -> This Sunday afternoon, Ace Hotel DTLA + Good Hands Market L.A. team up a rooftop holiday marketplace featuring local artisans, DJ’d music, specialty cocktails, latkes, and a holiday photo booth. The event starts at 1 p.m., and live performances by Bad Hombres, Austin Graham, The Cauterizers and Problemas will begin at 5 p.m. following the market. More info here.

29. Free Second Sunday at USC PAM -> The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena offers free admission every second Sunday of the month. If you go, check out the museum’s latest exhibition, INTERVENTION: Fresh Perspectives after 50 Years, and keep in mind that creative collective Narrated Objects will be spearheading a Future Museum Art Workshop on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

30. New Exhibition at LACMA -> The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s latest exhibition Mixpantli: Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico, opens this Sunday Dec. 12. The new exhibition look backs on the conquest of the Aztec empire and establishment of Mexico through the works of indigenous artists, mapmakers, and storytellers, and in so doing flips established historical narratives on their head. Mixpantil will run through May 1, 2022. Museum admission for L.A. County residents start at $20.

Dining

31. Parm Boyz Back For One Night -> After a short break, red sauce pop-up Parm Boyz returns to Ronan on Melrose for a one final night (Dec 12) that will double as a toy drive benefiting Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. On the menu is an Italian four-course meal for $40 a person that includes antipasti, Caesar salad, chicken and eggplant parm, and a tiramisu for dessert. In addition, veal chop parm and veal Tomahawk chop are available as add-ons for an extra cost. A modified vegetarian menu will also be available that night. Guests who pay it forward with a gift for the toy drive will receive a welcome nip of limoncello, on the house. Reservations can be made via Resy and are highly encouraged. 

32. Blossom Market Hall -> New 13-vendor food hall Blossom Market Hall officially opens to the public today (Dec. 9) in the historic Mission District of San Gabriel. Vendors include a number of minority or women owned food business and some familiar names like Rori’s Artisanal Creamery and Spotless Burgers.

33. Angry Egret Dinette Anniversary Food Drop -> This Saturday marks the one year anniversary of Chef Wes Avila’s Angry Egret Dinette in Chinatown. To celebrate they’ve partnered with limited edition food drop company Biite, Tecate beer, and online food platform Caviar for a special local Spiny Lobster torta for dine-in, and a limited quantity for to-go.

34. Dear Bella Creamery’s Winter Chef Series -> Dear Bella Creamery’s new winter ice cream flavor release includes two exciting collaborations, including a team-up with vegan street taco makers Cena Vegan called Gansito. Gansito is a Mexican snack cake interpreted in ice cream form with vanilla cake, chocolate sprinkles and a natural strawberry jam swirl. Yum… Oh, and 10% of sales for this flavor will go to help support Farm Sanctuary.

35. Holiday Market at Eataly LA ->  Eataly Los Angeles is bringing the Italian Holiday Market experience to Los Angeles. Stop Eataly LA to find culinary gifts from Italy, pre-made themed gift baskets, over 50 varieties of panettone, pandoro Italian cakes and other holiday desserts. More info here


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30 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [12-6-2021 to 12-10-2021]

December 6, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo by Christina Champlin

Holiday cheer, cultural contemplation, a Mr. Spock doc, rare jewels, and live poetry. And that’s just for starters.

This week in Los Angeles, from Dec. 6-10, features a live talk from Zócalo Public Square, the City of San Gabriel’s tree lighting, a shiny new exhibition at NHM, For Love of Spock at Skirball, Home Alone in concert with the LA Phil, and much more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Holiday Cheer on the Pier -> Starting on Monday, Dec. 6, The Santa Monica Pier gets a seasonal makeover that including festive window display installations, plus a month of programming (on select dates) that includes a Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance, a holiday story time session, and roaming carolers. More info here.

2. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

3. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

4. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

5. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

6. SPARKLE DTLA-> This holiday installation at The Bloc in DTLA feature 18 million hues of lights synchronized to festive tunes alongside a 32-foot Christmas tree and a 16-foot holiday ornament. Runs nightly every hour from 5 to 9 .m. Free and open to the public. More info here

7. Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

8. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

9. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -> Just in time for the holiday season, the village of Hogsmeade™ at Universal Studios Hollywood gets a special Christmas makeover, along with several seasonal entertainment options. The highlight is a nightly performances of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle,” a dazzling projection display and musical performance. More info here.

10. Snow Drops at The Grove and the Americana -> Both the The Grove and the Americana at Brand are hosting nightly snow flurries (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Santa’s trolly rides now through Christmas Day.

Tuesday

11. How Do We Begin Again? -> In the midst of dynamic economic and social change, what do we need—individually and collectively—to start new chapters and rebuild? This Tuesday, Zócalo Public Square presents a special discussion tackling this question. The event, which takes place in-person and streams online, will be moderated by L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arrellano and features three special panelists: Artist and co-founder executive director of Homeboy Art Academy Fabian Debora, TransLatin@ Coalition president and CEO Bamby Salcedo, and UCLA distinguished professor and department chair of psychology Annette L. Stanton. The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

12. City of San Gabriel Tree Lighting -> Attention SGVers! The City of San Gabriel’s 45th annual tree lighting ceremony take place this Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Plaza Park starting at 6 p.m. Festivities include food trucks, refreshments, photo booth, ornament decorating and live entertainment by Dewey Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School Orchestra and Concert Band, Community Services dance classes and the Arcadia High School Choir. Events start at 6 p.m., tree lighting is at 7 p.m., and a visit from Santa to follow thereafter. Free to attend. More info here.

13. Elf on the Shelf Magical Journey ->  Elf on the Shelf is back at the Pomona Fairplex, offering newly upgraded scenic displays, a Christmas village, ice-skating rink, and of course the signature walk-through journey of Christmas from an elf’s perspective. Tickets are $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Runs on select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. More info here.

14. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> The LA Arboretum illuminated, nighttime attraction Lightscape, is now open for the winter season. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

Wednesday

15. For the Love of Spock at Skirball -> This Wednesday, as part of the programming for their Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit, the Skirball Cultural Center will screen of For the Love of Spok, a documentary on the life and career of Leonard Nimoy. The film will be followed by a special Q&A discussion with Nimoy’s son, Adam. Tickets start at $20 for non-members. More info here.

16. The Art and Science of Rare Jewels -> The Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels, opens this Wednesday Dec. 8 and runs through Feb. 21, 2022. On display will be the largest green diamond in the world, one of the world’s largest pink diamonds, and over a hundred other necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and unmounted gems. Learn how gems play a role in scientific research, why they’re important to help understand the earth’s past, and how they end up at your jewelry store. NHM general admission tickets are $15. More info on the exhibition here.

Thursday

17. Collection Plate Comedy -> This new monthly showcase comes to the Fourth Wall Cafe in Hollywood on Thursday with a lineup that includes Sasha Boggs, Brinan Weeks, Jenn Gonzalez, Mike Moody, Rebecca Rush, Ketra Long, and headliner Mateen Stewart. Early bird tickets are $5, or it’s $10 on the day of the show. More info here.

18. RUNWAY Wonderland: Holiday Movie Nights -> For the first three Thursday in December, head to Runway Playa Vista for a night of free Christmas movie screenings and complimentary popcorn. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, friends, family, and furry friends. The schedule features The Grinch on Dec. 2, Elf on Dec. 9, and Home Alone on Dec. 16. Events start at 6:30 p.m. on each Thursday. More info and RSVP here.

19. The Nutcracker Suite -> The American Contemporary Ballet is performing an immersive, one-of-a-kind version of the Tchaikovsky classic on Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 24. Tickets cost between $25 to $140. More info here.

Friday

20. Home Alone in Concert-> As part of the LA Phil’s Deck the Hall holiday series, the Disney Concert Hall will host three screenings (Dec. 10-12) of the Christmas Classic Home Alone, with John Williams delightful score performed live to picture by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as conducted by David Newman. Tickets range from $61 to $193 per seat. More info here.

21. Poetry O’Clock –> This Friday, Metro Art is hosting a poetry exchange pop-up inside the Union Station Information Booth where guests can stop by, share their story with a poet, and receive a short original poem written on-the-spot. Live works will be written by poets Taz Ahmed, traci kato-kiriyama, and féi hernandez. Runs from 1 to 7 p.m. More info here.

22. The Shell in the Clouds -> Self Help Graphics & Art latest exhibition, The Shell in the Clouds (El caparazón en las nubes), kicks off this Friday with a special opening event from 6 to 9 p.m. In the exhibition, artist Pavel Acevedo explores issues of migration and cultural adaption through a portrayal of Zapotec stories on a series linocut prints. The exhibition runs through Feb. 19, 2022. RSVP for opening night here.

23. Luminaria Nights -> Starting this Friday, The California Botanic Garden in Claremont will light up for the holidays over two special weekends (Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18). Live musicians will provide a serene soundtrack as guests walk the garden trails and enjoy unique sculptures from the (Re)place exhibition created by Brandon Lomax. The evenings of art and nature run from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 for adults More info here.

24. Art of Tea Holiday Pop-up at Platform -> Eunbi Ceramics will pop-up at Art of Tea with an assortment of hand-crafted ceramics from local artisan Eunbi Cho for sale Friday through Sunday.

Dining

25. Bathtub Gin to Open in LA -> East Coast speakeasy Bathtub Gin just celebrated its 10 year anniversary in New York and is now opening its second location in Los Angeles on Dec. 7 with a dazzling opening night party. The speakeasy is hidden above Stone Street LA an all day cafe in West Hollywood which serves as the “front.” Once guests find the secret door and make their way up the stairs they’ll be transported to the Roaring Twenties from gin-focused cocktails, to the Victorian decor and live entertainment (happening nightly) from burlesque to live jazz and DJs. Reservations are now open. Bathtub Gin LA operates Tuesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

26. Grand Central Market Hosts Fonduel -> For one night only, Grand Central Market brings New York City’s annual cheesemonger invitational and fondue competition, Fonduel, to Los Angeles. Happening on Tuesday (Dec. 7) Angelenos can vote for their favorite cheese shop’s take on fondue and experience a variety of decadent melted cheeses paired with over-the-top accoutrements. Fonduel will be hosting seven of LA’s best cheese shops, including: Lady & The Larder, DTLA Cheese, Cailloux Cheese Shop, Jimbo’s, Milk Farm, Cultured Slice and Cheese Cave. Tickets are $20 dollars and can be purchased here.

27. Hail Mary Pizza Vegetable Dinner Series -> Atwater Village’s Hail Mary Pizza will launch a Tuesday dinner series centered around vegetables dishes, bread and seasonal accoutrements served family style. The first dinner takes place on Dec. 7 and costs $103 per person with a minimum of two diners per table. Time slots are available from 6 to 8:20 p.m., and tickets can be purchased through Hail Mary’s online ordering tab under the Vegetable Prix Fixe tab. 

28. A Love Actually Themed Dinner & High Tea Menu -> The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills current production Love Actually Live has partnered with L’Ermitage Beverly Hills to offer a festive hotel package during the show’s run from November 27 to December 3 as well as thematic culinary experiences at their restaurant Avec Nous. For a limited-time guests can enjoy a holiday Love Actually inspired dinner menu ($62 per person, served during show nights) or an English-inspired high tea service ($48 per person, served during matinee dates.) Reservation can be made through Open Table, tickets to the show are not required to enjoy the special menus.

29. ABSteak Re-Opens -> ABSteak reopened over the weekend with an all new Korean barbecue menu by Michelin-Starred Chef Akira Back. The modern KBBQ concept specializes in dry-aging meats in-house and offering smokeless grills at every table. Their on-site dry-aging room features cuts such as 30-Day, Camembert Cheese Aged New York Striploin and 30-Day, USDA Prime Ribeye. ABSteak also offers fine cuts of Wagyu Picanha, A5 Wagyu Olive Beef and Wagyu Ribeye as well as banchans and a number of elevated starters and shared plates.

30. New Taco Tuesday in the South Bay -> Enjoy Taco Tuesday specials at Vida Modern Taqueria in Redondo Beach. The newly opened South Bay taco shop is offering $3 tacos, $6 nachos, and $5 beers all day on Tuesdays.


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36 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [12-3-2021 to 12-5-2021]

December 2, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
A photo from CicLAvia: Heart of L.A., held on Oct. 10, 2021. Photo by Brian Champlin

If you commuted in the the fog today and survived, our congratulations. It’s never fun driving a car when you can’t see more than twenty feet in front. Hopefully the below list will clear things up. Not in the meteorological sense, of course, but at least helping you predict your next three days of social activity. On that note…

This weekend in Los Angeles, from Dec. 3-5, features the L.A. Comic Con, Union Station’s holiday festival, Las Posadas in the Park, Yuletide Cinemaland, CicLAvia in South L.A., a Hanukkah Festival at Skirball, and more.

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Friday / All Weekend

1. L.A. Comic Con -> The annual L.A. Comic Con event plays host to 800+ diverse artists and vendors, selling comics, collectibles, art, toys, apparel, and everything in-between, all hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year, attendees will get up close and personal with some of the biggest and best names in the entertainment industry with a handpicked selection of panels, events, special exhibits, and meet and greet opportunities. Special guests include Zachary Levi, Ming-Na Wen, Giancarlo Esposito, Bruce Campbell, Nichelle Nichols, Tom Kenny, Tom Welling, and many more. Runs Dec. 3-5. General admission for a one-day pass starts at $35. Three-day and VIP passes also available. More info here.

2. Ginger Minj’s Winter Wonderland tour -> Ginger Minj, star of RuPaul’s Drag RaceRuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6, and Netflix’s Dumplin’ and Super Drags,teams up with her bestie, Gidget Galore in this non-denominational, musical romp through the holidays! Experience all of the nostalgic, wintry, and cozy feels as they create festive magic on-stage. Tickets are $30. More info here.

3. Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of The Grinch on Friday and A Muppets Christmas Carol on Saturday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

4. Holiday Tree Lighting at 2ND & PCH -> The annual tree lighting event at 2ND & PCH commences this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be accompanied by a host of family-friendly festivities, including special photo opps, character meet and greets, balloons, face painting and more. A pre-show performance will begin at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting starts around 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

5. First Fridays Holiday Market -> Bixby Knolls’ monthly First Fridays turns into a holiday market on Dec. 3, offering music, entertainment, artist pop-ups, extended business hours, and even a few appearances from some special holiday characters. More info here.

6. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

7. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

8. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

9. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

10. Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

11. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> On Friday, Nov. 12, the LA Arboretum opens an illuminated nighttime attraction for the winter season called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

12. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

13 The Nutcracker Suite -> The American Contemporary Ballet is performing an immersive, one-of-a-kind version of the Tchaikovsky classic on Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 24. Tickets cost between $25 to $140. More info here.

14. Snowglobe Groundlings -> The Groundlings’ annual holiday show runs on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18. Tickets are $25. More info here.

Saturday

15. Union Station Holiday Festival -> Head to Union Station’s South Patio this Saturday for a day-long pop-up artisan marketplace featuring over 30 vendors plus live entertainment, and free kids crafting stations. Runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

16. Yuletide Cinemaland -> Street Food Cinema’s holiday-themed movie series combines a slate of classic Christmas films with special activities at Heritage Square Museum. Tour Victorian homes, visit with Santa, check out a light tunnel, or sample from on-site food trucks before enjoying the feature presentation. This Saturday the series opens with a screening of Elf. GA tickets start at $40 per person. More info here.

17. A Very Merry Winter Market -> This Saturday, The Typewriter Connection is hosting a special winter market place at As We Dwell in the Arts District. Shoppers can expect unique handmade gifts, original and print artwork artwork, live poetry demonstrations, letterpress arts, a professional gift wrapping station, original and print artwork, handmade gifts, and plenty of vintage typewriters. Free and open to the public. Runs noon to 6 p.m. More info here.

18. Las Posadas in the Park -> This Saturday, The Wall Las Memorias is hosting a special event to celebrate the holiday tradition of Las Posadas in the Park. The afternoon affair will feature free resources, giveaways, raffle prizes, and live music with a L.A.’s own Las Cafeteras. Free to attend. Runs noon to 4 p.m. More info here.

19. FIDM Holiday Market -> FIDM’s holiday market provides an a festive open-air atmosphere to showcase special creative products from alumni. Expect live music, food trucks, and free hot cocoa for the first two hours. Runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

20. Light Up The World Holiday Concert -> This weekend, Angel City Chorale will perform a pair of holiday concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall featuring a blend of classic songs and newer works. Tickets run between $40-$110. More info here.

21. Meaningless Work, Get To Work -> On Saturday, The Getty hosts an afternoon of contemporary experimental performances featuring musicians, dancers, and artists taking inspiration from the Fluxus art movement of the 1960s, which emphasizes the artistic process over the finished product. No ticketing required, though time-entry reservations to the Getty Center must be made in advance. This event is outdoors. Performances run from 2 to 5 p.m. Parking at The Getty is $20. More info here.

22. Free F45 Training -> This Saturday, Fitness company F45 Training is hosting a special high-intensity group workout right on the Santa Monica Pier. Registration is free, but space is limited, and you must be 18+ to participate. The thirty minute class starts at 8:30 a.m. More info here.

23. French Holiday Market at Coucou –> This Saturday, Coucou Los Angeles (located at 2400 Hyperion in Silver Lake)is hosting a special holiday market featuring French creators offering an assortment of delicacies, home decor, jewelry, accessories, and more. The event will culminate with a traditional French apéro and dance party. Runs from 1 to 6 p.m. If you plan to attend, organizers ask that you RSVP by email to adminla@coucoufrenchclasses.com. More info here.

24. Hypercars at The Petersen -> The latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum brings guests into the world of hypercars, the fastest and most exclusive cars money can buy. Over the coming months Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme will rotate up to 30 vehicles within the exhibit space, with the roster including the Aria FXE concept, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Caparo T1, Devel Sixteen, Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, and more. The new exhibit opens this Saturday, Dec. 4. GA tickets to the museum run $17. Get more info here.

25. Come Up Markets at FIGat7th -> Come Up Markets, a marketplace for Black brands, creatives, and entrepreneurs, pops up at FIGat7th in DTLA this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes a roster of over 50 vendors, including Gilded GrottoLA RAWPeople of Color, and Strange Fame. Free entry with RSVP. Get more info here.

Sunday

26. CicLAvia South L.A. -> This Sunday, Dec. 5, CicLAvia takes up over a 5.5-mile stretch of South L.A. that includes portions of South Central, Exposition Park, Leimert Park and Crenshaw. With the streets closed off to vehicular traffic, guests of all ages can bike, skate, run, walk, or skateboard at their leisure, and check out pop-up activities along the route. Runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

27. Hanukkah Festival at Skirball -> On Dec. 5, head to the Skirball Cultural Center for an afternoon of music, storytelling, and art-making to celebrate Hanukkah. Adult tickets cost $18. More info here.

28. 2021 Winter Solstice Art Show & Sale-> This Sunday, Dec. 5, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area hosts a Winter Solstice event at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center featuring handcrafted art, music, storytelling, dance, and performance. More than a dozen Native American Indian artists will be in attendance to sell artwork reflecting Chumash, Tongva, Wichita, Hupa, Cahuilla, Apache, Kumeyaay, Dine/Navajo, and many other Native cultures. Free to attend. Starts at 10 a.m., and slated to last about five hours.  More info here.

29. Shiva Rea Rhythm and Prana Flow -> This Sunday, Arts District immersive space Wisdome LA is hosting an afternoon of transformative yoga, sound, breath work, and movement guided by Shiva Rea, with music by DJ Dragonfly. Guests are invited to tour the Mystic Universe exhibition upon completion of the event. Kicks off at 2 p.m. GA tickets are $45. More info here.

Dining

30. Back Door Dumplings Pop Up -> Back Door Dumplings is popping up at Indie Brewing Company in Boyle Heights on Dec. 4 serving organic eastern european pelmeni dumplings. 

31. Toys For Tots & Free Tamales at Chicas Tacos -> This weekend, Chicas Tacos is hosting an ongoing toy drive for the holiday season. Diners can bring an unwrapped toy (or $10 gift card) into the shop’s Culver City location on Dec. 4 and receive two tamales for their generosity. The tamales are a collaboration between Chicas chef Eduardo Ruiz and Boyle Heights tamale maker Angeles Lopez.

32. Fred Segal’s Holiday Dessert Pop-Up -> Fred Segal is hosting a holiday dessert pop-up at its Sunset flagship location on select weekends this month. Some of Los Angeles’ most sought after dessert makers will be featured, view the line up below. The dessert pop-ups will be open Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with schedule of participants as follows: Dec. 4Giovanni’s Tiramisu – LA’s famous 37 year-old tiramisu wizard; Dec. 11Domi – Modern, asian-inspired desserts founded in NYC by two fine dining pastry chefs; Dec. 18Flouring LA – Chef Heather Wong specializes in pastries made only using sustainably sourced, organic ingredients from local farmers and vendors.

33. Eastside Italian Deli Now Open in Los Feliz -> Eastside Italian Deli has expanded into Los Feliz serving their legendary sandwiches to patrons on North Vermont street. Expect the same huge menu of Italian sandwiches being offered in Chinatown, including meatball subs, hot roast beef and pastrami as well as a selection of cold cuts. The new location of Eastside Italian Deli is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for now. 

34. Major Hanukkah Ice Cream Collab -> Genghis Cohen, Coolhaus and Valerie Confections have joined forces for a Hanukkah ice cream collaboration. The “Gelty Pleasures” features chocolate ganache ice cream with golden shimmer. The limited edition pint is available now through Dec. 6 at Genghis Cohen dine in and to go.

35. Dim Sum for Dinner -> Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park is now offering their dim sum menu during dinner service, items include classics like har gow, pork siu mai, and cheong fun. Evening hours of operation are 5 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

36. New Seafood Items at Toca Madera -> Toca Madera in West Hollywood has added new seafood focused items to their modern coastal Mexican menu. Highlights include the Ceviche Blanco made with wild Chilean sea bass and served with house-made plantain chips; Sashimi Mexicano a combination of wild sashimi-grade ahi tuna, sliced cucumber, radish, avocado, pomegranate seeds, chile de arbol, and leche de tigre; Scallops Amarillo, pan-seared diver scallops, served with ahi amarillo salsa, chimichurri, and lime-roasted pepitas; and a Baja Style Poke. 


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32 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [11-29-2021 to 12-3-2021]

November 29, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via Union Station

No jokes about eating too much. No shame for hoarding your left overs. No cracks about the annoying relative who nearly ruined your Thanksgiving. Just a good, old-fashioned list of events in the Southland. That’s what we do here. That’s what we’ll always do. And with that mind…

This week in L.A., from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, features an Enchanted Forest of Light, Santa’s Speedway, the Union Station Tree Lighting Celebration, live jazz at Mr. Musichead, L.A. Comic Con, Seaside Cinema, lots of special Hanukkah menus, and plenty more.

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Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Free Documentary Film Screenings -> This week American Cinematheque is hosting five a series of five National Geographic documentary film screenings over the course of three days, all free to the public with RSVP. On Monday, catch The First Wave and Fauci at The Aero Theater, on Tuesday the Los Feliz 3 screens Becoming Cousteau, and on Wednesday The Rescue and Torn will play at The Aero. More info here.

2. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

3. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience is now open for the holiday season, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

4. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

5. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

6. SPARKLE DTLA-> This holiday installation at The Bloc in DTLA feature 18 million hues of lights synchronized to festive tunes alongside a 32-foot Christmas tree and a 16-foot holiday ornament. Runs nightly every hour from 5 to 9 .m. Free and open to the public. More info here

7. Santa’s Speedway -> Now through Jan. 2, the Irwindale Speedway is hosting a nighttime drive-thu experience offering visitors a host of holiday treats for the eyes, including stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200-foot long illuminated red Christmas bow, plus a massive tree over 100-feet tall, adorned with 100,000 programmable LED lights. Tickets start at $59 per car. More info here.

8. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice -> The city’s largest outdoor ice rink has returned to L.A. LIVE for the holiday season, with daily hours now through Jan. 22. General admission, which includes skate rental, starts at $25 per adult. More info here.

9. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -> Just in time for the holiday season, the village of Hogsmeade™ at Universal Studios Hollywood gets a special Christmas makeover, along with several seasonal entertainment options. The highlight is a nightly performances of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle,” a dazzling projection display and musical performance. More info here.

10. Snow Drops at The Grove and the Americana -> Both the The Grove and the Americana at Brand are hosting nightly snow flurries (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Santa’s trolly rides now through Christmas Day.

Tuesday

11. Union Station Tree Lighting -> This Tuesday, catch the annual tree lightning celebration at Union Station’s South Patio starting at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment includes live performances from The Beverly Belles and Weekend Celebrity, along with a live mural from artist Septerhed and an appearance by a special guest from the North Pole. Free to attend. More info here

12. House of Gucci at FIDM Museum -> The House of Gucci exhibition at the FIDM Museum showcases a mix of never-before-seen photographs, footage from the film, and costumes curated by costume designer Janty Yates. Free and open to the public during normal museum hours. Runs through Dec. 4. More info here.

13. Are You Still Listening? -> Are You Still Listening is a free monthly comedy show presented by Netflix is a Joke Radio. The series returns this Tuesday to Dynasty Typewriter with a lineup featuring Asif Ali, Bri Pruett, Irene Tu, Holmes Holmes, Steve Furey, and Tre Stewart. The show starts at 8 p.m. RSVP does not necessarily guarantee entry, and admission will be based on first come, first served. More info here.

14. Love Actually at The Wallis >  A multimedia adaption of the the holiday classic Love Actually is playing onstage at The Wallis on select dates, now through Dec. 31. Tickets run between $39 to $125 per person. Get more info here.

15. Elf on the Shelf Magical Journey ->  Elf on the Shelf is back at the Pomona Fairplex, offering newly upgraded scenic displays, a Christmas village, ice-skating rink, and of course the signature walk-through journey of Christmas from an elf’s perspective. Tickets are $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Runs on select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. More info here.

Wednesday

16. The Kalia Vandever Quartet -> Brooklyn-based trombonist and composer Kalia Vandever headlines a special show this Wednesday at Mr. Musichead Gallery on Sunset. GA tickets run $30, and students can get in for $20. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert begins at 7:30. More info here.

17. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> On Friday, Nov. 12, the LA Arboretum opens an illuminated nighttime attraction for the winter season called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

Thursday

18. RUNWAY Wonderland: Holiday Movie Nights -> For the first three Thursday in December, head to Runway Playa Vista for a night of free Christmas movie screenings and complimentary popcorn. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, friends, family, and furry friends. The schedule features The Grinch on Dec. 2, Elf on Dec. 9, and Home Alone on Dec. 16. Events start at 6:30 p.m. on each Thursday. More info and RSVP here.

19. Popular Kids Club Comedy -> On Dec. 2, Popular Kids Club Comedy returns with a free outdoor show at Permanent Records (1906 Cypress Ave). This Thursday’s lineup includes Saenz and Newman, Sophie Buddle, Guy Branum, John Michael-Bond, Jon Daly, Audrey Stewart Starts at 8 p.m. RSVP and get more info here.

20. The Nutcracker Suite -> The American Contemporary Ballet is performing an immersive, one-of-a-kind version of the Tchaikovsky classic on Thursdays to Sundays through Dec. 24. Tickets cost between $25 to $140. More info here.

21. Pop-Up Holiday Gift Market -> Chefs from BLVD Kictchen are teaming up with over a dozen local artisans to create a one-of-a-kind gift bazaar just in time for the holiday season. Shop jewelry, candles, body & bath goods, ceramics, handbags, textiles, tablewares, cocktail accessories, artisan coffee, cookbooks, clothing, kitchen gifts, and of course delicious sweet and savory treats, all at a private location in the San Fernando Valley starting this Thursday at 1 p.m. More info here.

Friday

22. L.A. Comic Con -> This three-day event plays host to 800+ diverse artists and vendors, selling comics, collectibles, art, toys, apparel, and everything in-between. Expect panels, events, special exhibits, and meet and greet opportunities. with special guests including Zachary Levi, Ming-Na Wen, Giancarlo Esposito, Bruce Campbell, Nichelle Nichols, Tom Kenny, Tom Welling, and more. Runs Dec. 3-5. General admission for a one-day pass starts at $35. Three-day and VIP passes also available. More info here.

23. Ginger Minj’s Winter Wonderland tour -> Ginger Minj, star of RuPaul’s Drag RaceRuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6, and Netflix’s Dumplin’ and Super Drags,teams up with her bestie, Gidget Galore in this non-denominational, musical romp through the holidays! Experience all of the nostalgic, wintry, and cozy feels as they create festive magic on-stage. Tickets are $30. More info here.

24. Seaside Cinema -> This weekend, the Seaside Cinema & Santa’s Workshop series continues at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with screenings of The Grinch on Friday and A Muppets Christmas Carol on Saturday. Activities also include special culinary treats plus letter writing to Santa for the little ones. Events run from 6 to 8 p.m. The series continues through Dec. 25. More info here.

25. Holiday Tree Lighting at 2ND & PCH -> The annual tree lighting event at 2ND & PCH commences this Friday at 5 p.m., and will be accompanied by a host of family-friendly festivities, including special photo opps, character meet and greets, balloons, face painting and more. A pre-show performance will begin at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting starts around 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

26. First Fridays Holiday Market -> Bixby Knolls’ monthly First Fridays turns into a holiday market on Dec. 3, offering music, entertainment, artist pop-ups, extended business hours, and even a few appearances from some special holiday characters. More info here.

Dining

27. Clark Street Diner Now Open -> Clark Street Diner is scheduled to open to the public on Nov. 29. Located in the former 101 Coffee Shop, the space keeps the old school diners’ retro booths and stone walls while offering a menu of diner staples alongside Clark Street bread and pastries.

28. Hanukkah menu at Wexler’s Deli -> The Los Angeles delicatessen is offering a Hanukkah meal for pick-up and delivery at their Santa Monica store. The dinner package which serves four to six cost $295 and includes Wexler’s whole-braised brisket, potato latkes served with creme fraiche and applesauce, roasted heirloom carrots, matzo ball soup, a farmers market salad, and six individual chocolate babka loaves. The meal can be ordered and picked up from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6. 

29. Special Hanukkah menu at Kismet -> On Nov. 30, Silver Lake’s Kismet will offer a Hanukkah menu from 5 to 10 p.m. The special dinner ($85)  includes latkes and schmear, duck with horseradish, Manischewitz’d carrots, kasha mushrooms, bitter greens, and buckwheat sufganiyot. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Resy.

30. Latke Kits at The Milky Way -> Kosher focused restaurant The Milky Way is offering packaged latke kits for $36 that include a dozen latkes, apple compote, sour cream, and instructions for reheating. Orders can be made for pickup at its Pico-Robertson location and delivery via Doordash.

31. Sufganiyot at Primo’s Donuts -> In celebration of Hanukkah the doughnut shop is offering sufganiyot, a traditional jelly-filled treat (in regular and mini sized) and yeast-raised “Star of David ” sprinkle doughnuts. Both doughnuts are available now until December 6 for pick-up in store or pre-order on Primo’s website.

32. B’ivrit Pop Up -> On Nov. 30 Israeli vegan street food pop-up B’ivrit will make an appearance at Chinatown’s Pearl River Deli in Far East Plaza. The menu includes a Hummus Bowl, Falafel Basket, Falafel Pita and Cauliflower Shawarma. B’ivrit is currently taking preorders through Instagram DM and will have a limited number of items available for walkups the day of.


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Things To Do

32 Fun Things to do This Thanksgiving Week/Weekend in L.A. [11-22-2021 to 11-28-2021]

November 22, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Enchanted Forest of Light. Image via Descanso Gardens

As you’re well aware, we usually pump out two guides (one for the week, one for the weekend) every seven days, but in consideration of the shortened holiday work week, this will be our only to-do list for the week ahead. Savor it, people!

For the next seven days, from Nov. 22-28, your list of L.A. to-dos includes the Enchanted Forest of Light, LA Zoo Lights, a House of Gucci exhibition at FIDM, the Dodgers Holiday Festival, a two-day block party at ROW DTLA, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, and more.

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Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Enchanted Forest of Light -> Descanso Gardens’ annual illuminated, night-time experience opens this week, offering an array of vibrant light displays and installations over the course of a one-mile walk at the garden grounds. Special for 2021, an entire town of stained glass creations has been erected in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Standard tickets run $32-$35, depending on weekday or weekend reservations. Get more info here.

2. LA Zoo Lights -> The L.A. Zoo’s signature holiday experience is now open, featuring a plus special attractions including a pop-up storybook, the magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Run nightly through Jan. 9, except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Adult tickets start at $22. More info here.

3. LA Auto Show -> The 2021 LA Auto Show (running daily through Nov. 28) includes a dozen participating brands offering test drives, including outdoor courses from Camp Jeep, Ford Bronco, and Volkswagen. Visitors can also check an after-market showcase, Galpin’s Hall of Customs, and cutting edge concepts created by the Art Center College of Design. Adult any-day tickets start at $20. More info here.

4. Winterlit -> Winterlit transforms the Third Street Promenade into a festive experience featuring tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland, all extending on to 2nd and 4th Streets. illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. More info here.

5. SPARKLE DTLA-> This holiday installation at The Bloc in DTLA feature 18 million hues of lights synchronized to festive tunes alongside a 32-foot Christmas tree and a 16-foot holiday ornament. Runs nightly every hour from 5 to 9 .m. Free and open to the public. More info here

6. Portraits at LACMA -> The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has two new exhibitions celebrating portraiture now on view: The Obama Portraits Tour and Black American Portraitsboth on display inside the Resnik Pavilion. The Obama Portraits Tour includes Kehinde Wiley’s Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, both on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. LACMA general admission tickets are $25, and remember that L.A. County residents can get free admission on weekdays after 3 p.m. More info here.

7. Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall -> A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum spotlights the life and work of renowned scientist and chimpanzee conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. Visitors can explore Dr. Goodall’s life and work through a series of multimedia installations, including digitally rendered chimpanzees, a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent, and even a talking hologram of Dr. Goodall herself. NHM general admission tickets are $15. More info on the exhibition here.

8. Patriotism in Conflict: Fighting for Country and Comunidad -> The latest exhibition at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes looks back at the National Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles, contextualizing the rally with the events and cultural trends that led up to the historic day of activism. Over 300 materials are on display, including photographs, silkscreen prints, hand-made posters, flyers, textiles, multi-media artworks, and video and film installations; selected memorabilia, such as medals, buttons, flags, personal letters and certificates; and special reference publications from newspapers, magazines albums, and journals. LA Plaza is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. More info here.

Tuesday

9. House of Gucci at FIDM Museum -> The House of Gucci hits theaters on Nov. 24, and one day earlier a new exhibition opens at FIDM Museum in DTLA, which showcases a mix of never-before-seen photographs, footage from the film, and costumes curated by costume designer Janty Yates. Free and open to the public. Runs through Dec. 3. More info here.

10. Elf on the Shelf Magical Journey ->  Elf on the Shelf is back at the Pomona Fairplex, offering newly upgraded scenic displays, a Christmas village, ice-skating rink, and of course the signature walk-through journey of Christmas from an elf’s perspective. Tickets are $19.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. Runs on select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. More info here.

Wednesday

11. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum -> On Friday, Nov. 12, the LA Arboretum opens an illuminated nighttime attraction for the winter season called Lightscape. The mile-long, self-guided walk features thousands of twinkling lights in various themed attractions including a Winter Cathedral, Star Tunnel and Fire Garden. Adults tickets start at $32. Runs on select nights through Jan 16, 2022. More info here.

12. PIE at Akbar -> The pre Thanksgiving tradition PIE is an annual event that’s part food drive and part pie party at neighborhood bar Akbar. Now in its twelfth year, the public is encouraged to stop by and donate canned goods, boxed cake, pancake or flour mixes, boxes of stuffing, mashed potatoes and other shelf stable goods. Guests who donate to the food drive will also receive $1 off their pie purchases from drag queen SARAH PROBLEM.

13. Intervention: Fresh Perspectives at USC PAM -> To mark the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s 50th anniversary, the institution is hosting a group exhibition featuring seven asian American artists who created works in response to the PAM’s collection. The new exhibition, on display now, runs through Feb. 6, 2022. Museum admission is $10. Open Wednesday to Sunday. More info here.

Thursday

14. 9th Annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles, -> presented by UAE-USA United, returns to Downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2021, in hopes to raise $100,000 for those in need through The Midnight Mission. Get more info and register to participate here.

15. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday! -> If you’re at home for the holiday to be with family, please enjoy your day off! If you’re still mulling over possible eat-out or dine-in options to celebrate, be sure to check out our Thanksgiving dining guide here. Either way, happy Thanksgiving!

Friday

16. Dodgers Holiday Festival -> Think blue this Christmas season by checking out a new holiday-themed fan fest taking over Dodger Stadium starting this Friday, Nov. 26. Guests can explore the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza and enjoy nightly entertainment options including ice skating rink, light displays, Santa photo-ops, plus holiday-themed treats and drinks. Tickets start at $16. Runs nightly through Dec. 31. More info here.

17. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -> Beginning this Friday, the village of Hogsmeade™ at Universal Studios Hollywood gets a special Christmas makeover, along with several seasonal entertainment options. The highlight is a nightly performances of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle,” a dazzling projection display and musical performance. More info here.

18. Cookin’ With Gas Holiday Edition -> A special holiday edition of the Groundlings’ all-improv showcase runs for two performances this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20. More info here.

19. Snow Drops at The Grove and the Americana -> Both the The Grove and the Americana at Brand will host nightly snow flurries (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.) Santa’s trolly rides beginning this Friday, Nov. 26, and continuing through Christmas Day.

20. Magnolia Park Night Out -> One Friday a month, the The Magnolia Park Merchants Association in Burbank bands together to host an evening of food trucks, live music, and shopping, on Magnolia Blvd. between Catalina St. and Hollywood Way. Runs this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Saturday

21. ROW DTLA’s Small Business Weekend Celebration -> ROW DTLA is teaming up with LA Original to host a two-day block party event that includes a beer garden, free gift wrapping, and a special giveaway with a chance to win $1,000 gift card. Plus: The first 100 people will receive a free Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich. The block party is free to attend, and runs this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

22. Holiday Event in Manhattan Beach -> Manhattan Village is hosting a special holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday adjoined by fun activities for families and kids, including photo ops with Anna and Elsa and live musical performances. More info here.

23. Paws & Pages -> This Saturday and Sunday, Annenberg PetSpace is offering a special book reading session for kids featuring the opportunity to meet an adoptable pet or critter ambassador, while also receiving a craft demonstration with materials to take home and complete. Tickets are $3. More info here.

Sunday

24. Hollywood Christmas Parade -> The 89th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade returns this Sunday headlined by Grand Marshal Sheryl Underwood and featuring over a dozen dance and marching band performance groups, plus special appearances by The 501st Legion (a volunteer group that dresses up as Star Wars Imperial Storm Troopers), the Los Angeles Vespa Club, The Big Idaho Potato Truck, and Nate Truman’s Star Cars. The parade begins at 6 p.m., and the route runs east on Hollywood Blvd. from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to Vine St. where it will turn south then head back west on Sunset. Mind your street closures! More info here.

25. Smorgasburg Holiday Market -> This Sunday, Smorgasburg LA launches their annual holiday market as a special collaboration with small business marketplace Streetlet. Expect shopping options and a gift wrapping station, plus the ability to order online and pick up hassle-free. Runs every Sunday through Dec. 19.

26. Small Business Sunday at Common Space Brewery -> Common Space Brewery in El Segundo is hosting a special small business marketplace featuring over ten local vendors. Runs this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

27. Santa Monica Airport Antique & Vintage Market -> Every first and fourth Sunday of the month, antique collectors and vintage lovers head to the Santa Monica Airport for a special flea market featuring dozens of unique vendors. Admission is $5. Runs 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Dining

28. Thanksgiving Pre-Party at Good Clean Fun -> DTLA’s neighborhood natural wine bar, Good Clean Fun is throwing a Thanksgiving pre-party featuring holiday-themed Jell-O shots, live music, bottle specials and exclusive wine flights poured by Merchants of Thirst’s Johnathan Ross. The dinner menu and one night only food specials will also be available for the evening. The fun begins at 5 p.m. till close, reservations are encouraged and can be made via TOCK.

29. Birdie G’s Hanukkah -> Birdie G’s Hanukkah takeout and delivery menu will be available November 28 through December 5. The à la carte menu features a carrot miso-laced Matzo Ball Soup, savory Noodle Kugel, Sauerkraut Latkes, Corned Whole Plate Brandt Beef Short Rib with smoked tomato gravy and more. Kosher wines and cocktails will also be offered during this time. 

30. Huckleberry Hanukkah -> Huckleberry’s Hanukkah takeout and delivery menu is available Nov. 28 through December 5. The Santa Monica bakery and café is offering a heat and serve menu featuring classic like Creekstone Farms Onion-Braised Beef Brisket, Slow-Roasted Scottish Salmon, Organic Potato Pancakes, Matzo Ball Soup, Organic Double Apple Noodle Kugel, Dreidel Cooking Decorating Kits and more. 

31. Holiday Tamales at Lanea Cocktail Bar -> Santa Monica’s Lanea Cocktail Bar is offering a variety of tamales crafted by Petra Zavaleta of East LA’s Barbakush. Lanea will be offering  Holiday Tamales that include: Grilled Chicken with Petra’s Secret Seasoning, Grilled Pork with Petra’s Secret Seasoning, Vegetarian filled with Queso Mozzarella, and the Pina, a vegan tamale filled with fresh Pineapple. Each tamale costs $3 and is available on the weekends now until the end of the year. Patrons can order a dozen or half dozen for dine-in or takeout. 

32. Black Friday BOGO Slice at ROCA -> ROCA’s BOGO slice deal is available for one day only on Friday, Nov. 26 at the Americana. The Black Friday deal lets guests receive one additional complimentary slice per purchase. 


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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