15 Things To Do In LA This Thanksgiving Week

Gabba Gallery's 'Wishlist 6' — the annual affordable art show — is now on view in the gallery with additional pieces online. (Image: Anyes Galleani, 'Los Angeles In Baby Colors and Gold')

It's time to press pause and give thanks, yes, even for this crazy beautiful world. If you want to volunteer and give back on Thanksgiving, check out Gobble Gobble Give or consider running in a race to benefit the Midnight Mission. If you'd rather get some yuks, there's a hot meal waiting for you at the Laugh Factory. Non-Turkey Day activities include appearances by Cat Power, Esperanza Spalding and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Through THURSDAY, DEC. 22
Wishlist 6
Gabba Gallery — 3126 Beverly Blvd., Rampart
The gallery's latest art show is on view, featuring works by more than 100 local and international artists. Curated by Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson, artists include CANTSTOPGOODBOY, Rene Gagnon, Anyes Galleani, Val Kilmer, Leah Knecht, Andy Knights, Toxicómano Callejero and TrustyScribe, among others. Works are cash and carry (meaning you take it home when you buy it) and, for the first time, the gallery will sell the show's art online. A fresh inventory of art will be available on gabbagallery.com at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.
COST: Works are $50 - $1,000; MORE INFO

MONDAY, NOV. 19
Mezcal Mondays
Toca Madera — 8450 W. Third St., Beverly Grove
The restaurant launches a rotating mezcal cocktail menu, along with reimagined traditional Mexican tapas selections. Through the end of the month, guests 21+ can sip on cocktails like the the Siempre, made with El Silencio's Espadin, cucumber, gran classico bitter, lemon and egg white. A DJ and guitarist will perform live every Monday, too.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Through SUNDAY, JAN. 6
LA Kings Holiday Ice
L.A. Live — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Skate into the holidays at the annual LA Kings Holiday Ice rink. It's good for date night, family fun time or killing time before a game or concert. Dates and hours vary.
COST: $15 - $40; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 20; 8 p.m.
Esperanza Spalding
El Rey Theatre — 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The jazz bassist, singer and all-around musical prodigy is on tour in support of her latest release, 12 Little Spells. The concert is partially seated, so get there early if you don'r want to stand.
COST: $40; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 20; 7:30 p.m.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — Bold and Brave
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The Skirball and Writers Bloc present the Senator from New York, who's also a leading voice for women's rights. Gillibrand will also discuss her new book, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote, with actress Amanda de Cadenet (founder and CEO of Girlgaze).
COST: $20 - $33; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOV. 20; 8:30 p.m.
Ryan Bingham
Largo at the Coronet — 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
The musician and songwriter (and former frontman for Dead Horses), brings a night of storytelling and songs to the intimate theater. Tickets are sold out online but there may be a few standby tickets available.
COST: $40; MORE INFO

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TUESDAYS - SUNDAYS, THROUGH JAN. 6; 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fa La Land
ROW DTLA, Building 2, Suite 138 — 787 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
This holiday pop-up museum features immersive and interactive experiences — including lots of selfie and "eflie" stations. Wander through the Fa La Forest, a fluorescent display with trees suspended from the air; visit Jingle Bell Toys, a real life working toy factory; chat with Santa on his poinsettia throne; or hop on his flower-adorned sled with FA LA LAND vanity plates. If you think the pop-up has a SoCal vibe, then maybe that's the influence of co-creator Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde. As if!
COST: $37, free for children 3 and younger; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Truffle Day at Eataly Los Angeles
Eataly Los Angeles — 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City
The high-end Italian marketplace celebrates the beloved fungus, which has its peak season in the fall. Taste regional sauces, truffle oils or buy fresh white truffles for the Thanksgiving meal. The truffles will be sold at cost at the pasta counter.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21; 7:30 p.m.
Cat Power
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The sometimes tempermental musician with an incredible voice performs in support of her new album, Wanderer, her first in six years. Arsun opens the all-ages show.
COST: $38.50 - $48.50; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21; 8 p.m.
Funny Girls
Belly Room at The Comedy Store — 8433 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West
The 90-minute, high-energy show features a rotating lineup of 10 female comics. Produced by comedian Lisa Sundstedt, this week's show includes Dani Golub, Retta Putignano and Kari Hall. This show is 21+ with a two-drink minimum per person.
COST: $12 - $15 admission; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21; 7:30 p.m.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
Get into the holiday spirit by watching Steve Martin and the late John Candy try and get home for Thanksgiving, seemingly foiled at every attempt. This movie is even funnier when you're inside a theater and not on the 405 or at LAX.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOV. 22; 10 a.m.
Gobble Gobble Give
Downtown L.A., Echo Park and Santa Monica
For the past 20 years, a group of friends gets together to bring a dish of traditional holiday food, gently used clothes and shoes, toiletries or a blanket or two. They pack meals in take-out containers and get back into their cars, hop on their bikes or set out walking to deliver these goods to people who could use a hot meal and some company. Volunteers and donations are still needed.
COST: DONATIONS; MORE INFO

The toffee nut latte from Go Get Em Tiger, made with instant coffee, almond milk and toffee noodles and served in a toffee "Cup O' Noodles." (Photo by Jessica Zollman) (Jessica Zollman)

THURSDAY, NOV. 22; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thanksgiving Carnival Pop-Up
Go Get Em Tiger — 5916 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, live music, a DIY snow globe station and a bottomless coffee station while you try the third wave coffee shop's spin on high-end holiday drinks. They include a peppermint mocha as well as toffee nut, eggnog, gingerbread and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes. All proceeds from this family-centric event go to the Downtown Women's Center.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOV. 22; 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
Free Thanksgiving Feast
Laugh Factory — 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West
If you don't want to spend Thanksgiving alone, join the mirth and have a free meal with comics to entertain you. There are four seatings but you'll need to get there an hour ahead of time as seats are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Comedians sharing their time and serving meals include Tim Allen, Dane Cook, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Nealon, Shawn Wayans with soon to be announced comics performing live.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Turkey Trot Los Angeles benefits The Midnight Mission. (Turkey Trot LA/Facebook)

THURSDAY, NOV. 22; 8 a.m.
Turkey Trot LA
City Hall — 200 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Run off a few calories off before gorging on your Thanksgiving feast — and for a good cause, too.The proceeds from this 5K and 10K benefit the Midnight Mission, which helps those experiencing homelessness back to self-sufficiency. If you buy a pair of Bombas socks when you register, another pair is donated to the Mission along with a $6 donation.
COST: $20 - $65; MORE INFO

Other Thanksgiving Day Runs


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