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Arts and Entertainment

Get Out: Learn How to Make Fire, Explore Art in South Los Angeles & Pay Tribute to Jazz Singer Bessie Smith

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FIRE: When the apocalypse comes, who's gonna start the fire you need to stay warm? It will be you if you go to a primitive fire-making skills workshop at Vista Hermosa Natural Park. The 2-hour lesson starts at 3pm and you will be able to learn how to make fire three different ways. Meet in the grotto. No lighters allowed!

ART: This weekend Pacific Standard Time is tackling downtown, South Los Angeles and Exposition Park, which means there will be lots of special events in the area and a lot of it will be free. At 11am, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will offer a free tour of "Artistic Evolution: Southern California Artists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1945-1963" with curator Charlotte Eyerman. At 1pm, the California African American Museum will offer a free tour of "Places of Validation, Art and Progression." From 1pm until 4:30pm, the Watts Towers Arts Center will be hosting the reception for "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center." At 2pm, the Japanese American National Museum will host a discussion "Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles." At 3pm, REDCAT will host a discussion in conjunction with "The Experimental Impulse." For more information about this weekend's focus or Pacific Standard Time, visit the event's website.

HOLIDAY: The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be performing its annual holiday spectacular "Naughty & Nice" at 8pm at the Alex Theatre in Glendale tonight. The show is family-friendly and will feature Melissa Manchester. Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles website.

TRIBUTE: A group of musicians will be coming together to honor the life of jazz legend Bessie Smith at HM157 in Lincoln Heights. In attendance will be Mysterybau, Ketchup Soup, Princess Pangolin, Evangina, Sunny War, Drawing Caves, The Dawn of Sequins, The Receptionists, Marissa Gomez & the Ghosts of Echo Park, Dorian Wood, Suzy Williams, Cat Hair Ensemble, Two Bit Opera, and Adrien Marbek. The event starts at 8pm at HM157, which is located at 3110 North Broadway, and there's a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.