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Weekend Planner: 11 Things to Do in L.A.

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements—the good, the bad and the downright ugly. We comb through them to bring you this curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend. It’s a little quiet this holiday weekend, but there are still quite a few interesting options:


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ROSE FLOATS: Here’s a little something different to do for those of us with friends and family in town: Check out the Rose Parade floats before they hit the streets. There are three decorating locations in Pasadena: Rosemont Pavilion (700 Seco St.), Brookside Pavilion (1001 Rose Bowl Drive); and Rose Palace (835 S. Raymond Ave.). Open Noon-5 pm on Friday. Longer hours over the weekend. Admission: $10 for adults; free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.

FILM: The Egyptian screens the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo (1958) at 7:30 pm. The film stars Jimmy Stewart as a retired SF police detective who becomes obsessed with a woman (Kim Novak) he’s been hired to follow. His bouts of vertigo and obsession are only highlighted by great Saul Bass graphics, too. Tickets: $11.

MUSIC: Might not be the most ideal weather for ice skating, but the Pershing Square ice rink also features a free music series and from 8-11 pm Cody Nadeau and Cameron Trowbridge of BRKLYN spin the tunes.

FILM: Cinefamily and Part Time Punks screensThe Cure: In Orange on Friday at 9:45 pm and Saturday at 9:15 pm. The film captures The Cure’s “angular tightness, exuberant aural panoramas, and Robert Smith's shocking 'do during their tour date of August 9th, 1986 in the French countryside.” The concert took place at the Antique d’Orange, a Roman structure nearly two millennia old, and features more than 20 Cure songs. The film has never been released on DVD, so this is one of the rare times to catch it on a big screen. DJ Liz O. (Shadowplay) spins Friday night, and DJ Michael Stock (Part Time Punks, Punky Reggae Party) plays Saturday night, before the show. Tickets: $12/free for members.


FILM: The Egyptian screens the NYE-themed disaster film The Poseidon Adventure (1972) at 7:30 pm. The film, about a sinking ocean liner, originally premered at The Egyptian more than 40 years ago. There will be a champagne toast before the screening and movie memorabilia will be on view, too. Tickets: $11.

MUSIC: The Echo Presents theFunky Sole 14 Year Anniversary Party at 9 pm. Get your dancing shoes for some of the best old and new raw soul music to groove to with Cut Chemist and DJ Music Man Miles at The Echoplex. The DJs have been spinning vinyl from around the world for the past 14 years...what better way to celebrate then with a dance party? Tickets: $10.

FILM: The Aero screens screwball comedies from the 1940s in glorious black-and-white at 7:30 pm. Part one of the double feature features His Girl Friday with Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant, followed by The Major and The Minor with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Tickets: $11.

THEATER: The Visceral Company continues its run of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Mystery Plays, which present a darker take on the holiday season. The related one-act plays send their protagonists on mysterious journeys, from a sole survivor of a terrible train wreck haunted by one of the dead passengers and a lawyer who returns home for the first time since her brother murdered their parents and younger sister. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm through Jan. 5. Special 3 pm matinees on Dec. 29 and Jan. 5. Tickets are $20 for all performances. Not recommended for young children.

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MUSIC: It’s time for the third Holiday Pehrgeant & "Open Bar Mitzvah!"at Pehrspace at 8 pm. The cheeky holiday play features fav holiday characters, from Santa, Krampus, Jesus, The Grinch, The Virgin Mary, Frosty and others. Holiday songs are covered by members of Wide Streets, Mountair, Moses Campbell, Post-Life, Huxley Anne, In Tents, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Jew Cocks, Tes Elations, Coup Pigeons and others. The event’s free with a toy or canned good donation, otherwise, it’s $10. The pageant is immediately followed by an old-school 5th annual Secret Santa Mixtape Swap. Bring a decorated mixtape (CDs are ok, but cassettes are coveted).


FILM: The Egyptian is on a roll this week, screening a 70mm print of one of the late Peter O’Toole’s finest works: Lawrence of Arabia at 7:30 pm. The epic film about British colonialism in the Middle East still holds up in both story and look after all these years. Tickets: $11.

SALON: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) brings back its Sunday Salon series to Les Noces du Figaro on South Broadway from noon-2 pm. The afternoon features a formal presentation on Ordo Templi Orientis—an offshoot of Freemasonry, dedicated to the Law of Thelema: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” The presentation will also feature a Gnostic Mass or Liber XV ritual, which celebrates the deity within each person.

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