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Get Out: Saturday

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It's the L.A. Ri-ettes v. Santa's Little Helpers today as the kick ass ladies of the Derby Dolls' All Star team takes on a holiday mix of All-Star skaters from across the country. Game's at 6 p.m. Get tix online or at the door. 21+ only.


Unique Los Angeles kicks off its two-day run today at the California Market Center (Penthouse) in Downtown. Today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. you'll find 200 of the best independent designers, artists, and merchants all in one place and just in time to snag someone(s) on your shopping list something special for the holidays. There will be tons of clothing, accessories, paper goods, artwork, edibles, plush toys, housewares, ceramics, jewelry, books, and more. Admission is $5 (Kids under 10 are free) and 50% of ticket sales benefiting CREATE NOW, a local arts-based charity for high-risk youth.

This weekend you can go green with your gifting (or gift yourself, you deserve it!). The Eco-Gift Festival at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is a Green gift fair, with organic food, music and special speakers like Arianna Huffington and Blake Mycoskie (TOMS founder) among many more. Tickets are $10 per day and $20 for a weekend pass, available at the door. Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 get in for free. The Fest runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. The first 300 folks in each day get a prize!

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Family Affair's Party to Rise Above Plastics is a party with a purpose. They are bringing our attention and efforts to the "Rise Above Plastics" campaign to eliminate single-use, plastics, all you have to do is show up and get down. Featuring Helios Jive, DJ's Braden, Pod, Joplin, and Mr. Caparro. 5pm to Midnight at the Naeem Residence (19237 Charles Street, Tarzana). This party will benefit GLASS, Surfriders and the Algalita Foundation.

Check out the opening of local artist Kevin Christy's show "Year of Subtraction", presented by Stop Smiling Magazine, from 7-10 tonight at the Hope Gallery in Echo Park. The show features Christy's distinctive mixed media, drawing collages, and also includes his masterful watercolor portraits of cultural icons, a fixture in Stop Smiling magazine. He might even make you smile; he's also a stand-up comedian!

Other things to do: Take Gwyneth's suggestion to heart and get Goop-y, put some funny into your gifts, hit up the Taiwanese Film Fest, take a ride on the Orange Line (now that it's back on "track")--don't forget your TAP card, read to kids, see if any of our comedy picks for tonight tickle your funny bone, or head to the Nickel Diner to find out if a Bacon Donut is your cup of tea.

Photo by delara-photos via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr