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31 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [11-23-15 to 11-27-15]

November 23, 2015 by Christina Champlin

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week includes the LA Auto Show, a sunset hike at the Observatory, a poolside screening at Mr. C’s, a Back to the Future burlesque, the start of LA Zoo Lights, and plenty more options to choose from.

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Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Griffith Observatory at Sunset

Griffith Observatory at Sunset. Credit: 15

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Monday November 23rd, 2015

1. CHILL at the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary will once again be overtaken by a deep freeze for the fourth annual CHILL!  Experience the Ice Kingdom, glacier glide ice tubing, ice skating and plenty of holiday entertainment. P.S. The Ice Kingdom will be introducing the New Holiday Ice Bar for adults! For more information and discounted tickets all week, visit our friends at Goldstar.

2. Have A Turkey Mole Tacos At solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia!

The street-style Baja Mexican restaurant will be serving Turkey Mole Tacos (now till the 25th) to benefit The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Turkey Mole Tacos ($3.00 ) are topped with roasted butternut squash, melted cheese, Mole Poblano, lettuce and dried cranberries, served with a side of fresh pico de gallo. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

3. LA Auto Show

The Convention Center will host the LA Auto Show now till the 29th. Auto makers worldwide will showcase their newest, baddest and super cool cars. Expect brands from around the world and North America to make some debuts from BMW, Chevrolet to Jaguar and more.

4. LA Weekly’s The Essentials Tickets Go On Sale

Curated by food critic Besha Rodell, LA Weekly’s signature event will showcase signature bites from restaurants featured in their 99 Essentials issue that hits stands the same week. Guests can expect some of LA’s hottest chefs and wineries, all under one roof! For more information on restaurants participating and to purchase tickets, check out our post we did on The Essentials.

5. Cassia Now Open On Mondays For Dinner!

Cassia in Santa Monica will be open for dinner on Mondays starting today! Dinner service runs from 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Try the signature Vietnamese Pot Au Feu with Creekstone Farms short rib, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, bone marrow, and a side of grilled bread with a Bird’s Eye chile sauce and a walnut mustard.

6. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA

Urban wellness oasis The Springs is offering free meditation class, Monday through Fridays at 1:00pm! Grab one of their fresh pressed juices after, it’s pretty much the best in town.

7. Holiday Ice Rink In Pershing Square

From November 12 – January 18 Angelenos can skate in the heart of DTLA at Pershing Square. Each skate-session costs $9, and it’s $4 for skate rental.

Tuesday November 24th, 2015

8. Guided Sunset Walk at Griffith Observatory

One Tuesday of every month the Griffith Observatory hosts a FREE guided sunset walk led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide. If you’ve never really been to the observatory or Griffith Park, this is a nice way to get acquainted with the area while tackling only a short distance (only about a half-mile total) done at a moderate pace.

9. Back To The Future Themed Burlesque Show

Appropriately named “Rack To The Future: A Burlesque Parody” come to the Rockwell Table & Stage for some time traveling fun, burlesque and boylesque! More information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

10. Poolside Cinema Screens Good Will Hunting

The winter edition of Mr.C’s poolside cinema has arrived. Spend an evening beneath Mr.C’s poolside tent enjoying dinner, cocktails, popcorn and of course a classic film. Tuesday’s event will features Good Will Hunting. Doors open at 6:00pm, movie starts promptly at 7:00pm. Email tkajdi@mrchotels.com to reserve your spot today.

11. Free Screening of La Source At The Hammer

As Los Angeles goes through a serious drought, the Hammer will screen a documentary about a village in Haiti where obtaining safe drinking water is not an easy task. The documentary follows Josue Lajeunesse, a Princeton University custodian from Haiti who returns to his home in hopes to channel a consistent, clean water source to the village. The film is narrated by Don Cheadle. This screening is free.

12. The Ancient Forest At Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens just opened their brand new Ancient Forest over the weekend, the forest features plants virtually unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Highlight includes a new cycad collection that includes almost 175 plants representing 66 species including several endangered species.

13. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens The Blue Dahlia

LACMA will screen The Blue Dahlia. This ongoing  Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

14. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

15. Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” Journeys To El Capitan Theatre

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2015. Before the movie, El Capitan guests will be treated to an all-new, fun, festive, live musical show, celebrating 20 years of Pixar movies—from 1995’s “Toy Story” to this year’s “The Good Dinosaur”—featuring favorite Pixar characters like Buzz & Woody, Mike & Sulley and for the first time on the El Capitan Theatre stage, Joy & Sadness! Each screening also includes Disney Pixar’s new short, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” For more information and discount tickets all week, check out Goldstar.

16. 3rd Annual Naked Comedy Charity Show: MAN CANCER MOVEMBER CHARITY SHOW

The 2015 Naked Comedy annual charity show is going down at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club. This year the show will benefit charity the Movember Foundation USA. “MAN CANCER MOVEMBER CHARITY SHOW!” will tackle all things mens health and work to make conversations about prostate exams and testicular checks easier for everyone. The show will feature Nikki Glaser,T.J Miller, Drennon Davis, Sex Nerd Sandra, H. Alan Scott, Blake Wexler and hosted by Sean Green. Tickets are just $15.

17. Escape Room LA: The Detective

Picture you’re trapped inside a 1940’s film noir where you have to solve a slew of mysteries to escape. Work with your fellow detectives as you race against the clock. Do you have what it takes? Test your sleuthing skills and grab some discounted tickets via Goldstar.

18. New Seasonal Treats At HACHÉ LA

HACHÉ LA has created some tasty treats this Holiday season. Nibble on the special Pumpkin Spice Custard topped with Biscoff cookies ($6.00) or indulge in a velvety Spiced Chocolate Chip ‘N’ Fig Bear Republic Stout Float. This mixture of Bear Republic black stout poured over creamy spiced chocolate chip and fig frozen custard is a delightful indulgence to kick-off of the holiday season.

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

19. Thanksgiving 10-mile Hike With Ranger Ernie To The Hollywood Sign

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Start burning those calories before your Thanksgiving feast! Ranger Ernie is leading a 10-mile hike to The Hollywood Sign this Thanksgiving morning. Advanced hikers only, starts at 7:00am.

20. Turkey Trot L.A.

Turkey Trot Los Angeles returns to Downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning, inviting runners ages two and up to participate in friendly competition and family fun for Turkey Day. Come dressed in your best turkey, pilgrim or pie costume and enjoy the scenic race through historic Spring Street, starting and ending at City Hall. Kids can partake in the “Widdle Wobble” (ages 2-12), which is a fun run around Grand Park and features a kid zone and photo opportunities with a 20 ft. tall turkey in front of the City Hall finish line. Turkey Trot L.A. benefits the Midnight Mission.

21. Thanksgiving At Doma Kitchen

This Thanksgiving, Doma Kitchen in Manhattan Beach will be open from 2:00pm – 8:00pm for a special Thanksgiving dinner. The meal will start with a five layer herring pesto with bread, pumpkin soup and an autumn salad with fresh butternut squash and beets. Along with a whole stuffed pumpkin with ground chicken meatloaf & fresh vegetables. For the main course, a herb roasted turkey breast with pan gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry & pear relish. To top it all off a warm Apple Charlotte Cake will be served for dessert. Thanksgiving Dinner at Doma Kitchen is $55.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.

22. Thanksgiving Dinner at The Raymond 1886

Head to Pasadena and enjoy a traditional family style Thanksgiving dinner at The Raymond 1886. Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan is cooking up garlic & black pepper prime rib, organic free range oven roasted turkey and pumpkin mousse with a ginger snap crust, to name a few. Meal cost $75.00 per person.

23. The Bunny Museum Is Open

Yup a Bunny Museum is coming to Pasadena this Thanksgiving. Open from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, admission to the museum is $5 with kids 4 and under free. Hop on over and bring some vegetables and fruits to feed the real bunnies! Location: 1933 Jefferson Drive Pasadena, CA 91104.

24. Take the Thanksgiving celebration beachside and dine in at the Venice Whaler

Executive Chef Nick Liberato is cooking up a delicious Thanksgiving meal of cider glazed turkey with lager gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts, cranberry sauce with rosemary and apple brioche stuffing all for just $18.00.

25. Throwback Thursday Screens: Rocky IV

This Thursday catch a feature screening of Rocky IV at The Laemmle Theater in NoHo. Grab some movie themed munchies from a food truck parked out front and bring your meal inside the theater to eat while you watch. There will also be a playlist specifically curated for the movie before the lights dim.  More information and discount tickets available via our friends at Goldstar.

26. Thanksgiving  Reimagined By Barton G.

Barton G. LA’s lavish three-course turkey dinner will feature a plethora of reimagined Thanksgiving offerings, plated with an artful twist intended to amuse and entertain diners. The West Coast’s premier “culinary theatery” Barton G. invites diners to join in a whimsical holiday feast of herb roasted turkey breast with confit leg, pumpkin donuts and much more.

27. Bar Mattachine

Bar Mattachine, Downtown L.A.’s welcoming gay craft cocktail bar, is celebrating Turkey Day (5:00pm – 2:00am) with lavish libations! Try the Cape Coddah cocktail, an ode to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts, made with vodka, fresh muddled cranberries and homemade lime cordial poured over crushed ice.

[Need a couple more suggestion on where to eat out/order take out in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving? Read our Best Places to Eat in L.A. if You Don’t Feel Like Cooking at Home  post!]

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Friday, November 27th, 2015

28. LA Zoo Lights

Starting Friday, The LA Zoo will once again be transformed into a fantastical wonderland where glowing light animals roam the lands. Check out decked-out animal-themed LED lights, lasers, 3D projections, and spectacular new water, light and music displays. Enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars. Real reindeers will also be on display down at Reindeer Romp Village and Santa (on select dates) will even make a few stops at the beloved zoo during the holiday.

29. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Tour includes food, transportation and more. For more information and discount tickets visit Goldstar.

30. CMC Holiday Sample Sales

Visit the California Market Center for amazing shopping deals. Score incredible gifts in hundreds of showrooms carrying apparel for men, women, children as well as gift & home items all way below-retail prices. In addition the monthly Saturday Sale is happening from Friday through Saturday this time for all your holiday shopping needs. That sale is located in the CMC Exhibit Hall.

31. Rawberri A Healthy Recharge After Holiday Feasting

Need to reset your body after Thanksgiving or fuel up for Black Friday? Consider Rawberri’s frozen treats, made with gluten-free Cocowhip Fro-Yo, it’s a completely vegan soft serve ice cream created by using coconut water with no added sugar and naturally infused with probiotics. It’s only 90 calories per serving! Rawberri is the only retailer in the United States to sell Cocowhip, making this an exclusive LA-only offer. Try the vegan pumpkin granola if you love pumpkin pie this is the guilt free version!


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