Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [12-12-2022 to 12-16-2022]

Walt's Bar Eagle Rock
Walt’s Bar in Eagle Rock. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Los Angeles just swore in a new mayor. Scientists think they finally have a breakthrough on fusion energy. But here we are rummaging about trying to figure out things to do in the city of angels. What can we say? That’s our beat!

This week in L.A. (December 12-16) catch Pacific Opera Project at Angel City Brewery, a Justin Roiland art exhibit at UTA Artist Space, a pinball party benefit at Walts in Eagle Rock, free Tuesday at LACMA, Turtle Races at Brennan’s, Ugly Sweater Karaoke at GCM, and more.


Things To Do This Week

Pacific Opera Project’s La bohème -> The Pacific Opera Project brings back-to-back evenings of free hipster opera to Angel City Brewery this Monday and Tuesday. Both performances begin at 8 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Global Cuisine Cooking Lessons -> This Tuesday, join the Fowler Museum at UCLA and brothers Ignacio and Felipe Santiago of X’tiosu Kitchen for an online Oaxacan-Lebanese mash up cooking class. The virtual session offers guests a chance to learn how to make chicken shawarma tacos, tahini-based arabesque salsa and pickled turnips. Runs 5 to 6 p.m. Reserve a spot and get more info here.

Free Tuesdays -> Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

Debut at UTA Artist Space -> Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland (aka the voice of Rick Sanchez) has a new art show now on view at the UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills. Roiland’s Debut features a collection of never-before seen  acrylic-on-canvas paintings from the self-taught artist, whose painterly style borrows much from his animation technique: colorful, vibrant, idiosyncratic, and sometimes just plain weird. UTA Artist Space is open to visit Tuesday to Saturday. Get more info here.

Inspiring Walt Disney at The Huntington -> An international traveling exhibition has just arrived at The Huntington which explores Walt Disney’s fascination with European art and the use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks. Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts includes 50 works of 18th-century European decorative art and design showcased alongside hand-drawn works from the Disney archive. Access is included with general admission, which starts at $29 for adults on weekends and $25 on weekdays. The exhibition runs through March 27, The Huntington is weekly from Wednesday to Monday. Get more info here.

Beastie Boys EXHIBIT at Beyond the Streets -> Beyond the Streets and CONTROL Gallery have teamed up to create the most comprehensive Beastie Boys exhibition ever assembled in Los Angeles, which includes never-before-seen historical artifacts, ephemera, and photographs. EXHIBIT opened this past Saturday at the BTS flagship location on La Brea Ave and will run through January 13. This week, the exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday. Reserve free advance tickets here.

Four Roses Old Fashioned Film Night -> This Wednesday, Four Roses Bourbon hosts a free and festive movie screening at the Million Dollar Theater in DTLA. Guests get to sip on craft cocktails, snack on Kentucky inspired concessions and enjoy the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. More info here.

Walts + Vidiots Pinball Tournament -> Walt’s Bar has weekly pinball tournaments at their Eagle Rock bar, but this Wednesday their tourney doubles as a special benefit for beloved local video store non-profit Vidiots, which is relaunching at the historic Eagle Theatre (hopefully next year?). $5 gets you in the door for the party, and there will sneak peek tours of Vidiots’ new digs before the tournament begins at 8 p.m. More info here.

Turtle Races + Ugly Sweaters -> This Thursday, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey hosts their final turtle race of the year, and this time around the evening includes an ugly sweater contest offering a first prize of a $50 Brennan’s gift card. Race start between 8:30 to 9 p.m. More info here.


Pinocchio with director Guillermo del Toro -> As part of their MoMA Contenders series, The Hammer will screen Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio this Thursday, with the director to appear in-person for a special intro. Tickets are $20 for non-museum members, and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Ugly Sweater Holiday Karaoke -> As part of Grand Central Market’s Holiday Wonderland programming, the DTLA destination hosts an evening of karaoke this Friday. Attendees are encouraged to wear their most obnoxious colorful seasonal garb and sing their way through a holiday songbook. The event takes place in the lower level from 7 to 9 p.m. Get more info and sign up here.

Christmas To-Dos -> If you need more holiday fun, there are plenty of seasonal activities in our Christmas season to-do list. Here are few quick ideas to check out this week if you haven’t had the chance already:

Dining & Drinking

Chicas Tacos Holiday Meal Kit. Photo courtesy of Chicas Tacos.

Chicas Tacos Holiday Meal Kits -> Starting this Thursday, Chicas Tacos offers Holiday Meal Kits through December 31 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to homeless non-profit Imagine LA. Served in Chicas’ signature pink fiesta box, the kit feeds six to eight people for $80. Contained within the kit you’ll find everything you need to build your own tacos plus chips, salsa, rice and beans. Choose between chicken and steak or go vegetarian with a jackfruit, cauliflower and mushroom kit. All Holiday Meal Kits also include your choice of Chicas margaritas or spiked horchata that serves four. 

Free Scoops at McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream’s New Location -> The seventh location of McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream’s opens on Third Street Promenade this Wednesday, giving out free single scoops from 4 to 7 p.m. and free swag bags for the first 75 customers.

Zinc Community Party -> The Melrose location of Zinc is throwing a community party on Wednesday featuring Best Coast Wines tastings and bites from Zinc. Happening from 4 to 7 p.m. free to attend. More info here. 

Holiday Movie Night at Shake Shack -> This Friday, the new Silver Lake Shake Shack location will host a free screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in their parking lot, and guests can enjoy a complimentary hot cocoa or order up a cocktail by the Black Cat next door. Bring low-back chairs, blankets and dress warm. More info here.

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