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Post-Thanksgiving Things To Do Online And IRL: Nov. 27 - 29

The Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort begins on Friday, Nov. 27. (Photo courtesy of Newport Dunes)
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Run for puppies. Hunt for elves. Drive through a Dodgers holiday experience. Enjoy snow flurries. Eat a stinky burger. Watch a kitschy Christmas holiday slideshow. Shop a unique pop-up market.

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Friday, Nov. 27 - Thursday, Dec. 31

30th Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach
Starting Thursday, guests can gaze at the festive lights on more than 40 holiday trees and floats. They are illuminated at dusk.

Friday, Nov. 27; 6 p.m. PT

The Jerky Boys
Johnny Brennan, one-half of the original comedy duo, returns to release the first Jerky Boys album in almost 25 years. Brennan is joined by performers Frank Rizzo, Sol Rosenberg, Jack Tors and new characters for a livestreamed release of The Jerky Boys Live.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

A still from Whirlybird by Matt Yoka, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute, photo by Los Angeles News Service)

Friday, Nov. 27 - Sunday, Nov. 29; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Whirlybird Screening + Q&A
Film at LACMA presents a screening of director Matt Yoka's documentary. The film focuses on the pioneering helicopter reporter Zoey Tur and then-wife Marika Gerrard, who covered pivotal moments in L.A. history, from the L.A. riots of 1992 to O.J. Simpson's Ford Bronco chase in 1994. The turbulence of the era was matched by the turbulence of their family life. A post-screening discussion with Yoka follows the film screening on Vimeo.

Friday, Nov. 27; 4 and 7 p.m. PT

Louie Anderson
Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Comedian Louie Anderson makes his Segerstrom Center debut in an outdoor, in-person show. The veteran comic's career has spanned more than 30 years and includes stand-up shows and TV series including Baskets and the game show Funny You Should Ask. The ticket price for this show is for one socially distanced viewing area (or "pod"), which includes up to six seats. Only you and those attending with you will be seated in your assigned pod.

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Rooftop Cinema Club returns, opening with a drive-in of screening of 'Grease' at the Santa Monica Airport. (Courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club)

Friday, Nov. 27 - Wednesday, Dec. 30

Rooftop Cinema Club
The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport
3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica
The film series returns as a drive-in, opening with Grease on Friday night at 7 p.m. The season's other titles include Frozen 2, Jurassic Park, Home Alone and 10 Things I Hate About You. The late night screenings have all been cancelled due to L.A.'s COVID curfew.
COST: $30-45 per car, depending on occupancy and screening time; MORE INFO

Friday, Nov. 27

Run for Puppies: Golden Friday 5K
Golden Road's Golden Friday 5K run/walk is being held virtually on Friday, so run or walk 3.1 miles wherever you are on that day. There's still time to register, participate and donate to Wags & Walks dog rescue.

Friday, Nov. 27 - Thursday, Dec. 24; 5 - 11 p.m. PST

Dodgers Holiday Festival 2020
The world champion Dodgers hold a drive-through holiday experience with a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays that honor the boys in blue. Guests must remain in their vehicles and wear a mask if the windows are rolled down. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
COST: Starts at $55 per car; MORE INFO

Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23; 6 - 8 p.m.

Holiday Snow Flurries
The Point in El Segundo
850 S. Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo
Watch magical snow flurries every 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights.

Alamo Drafthouse holds a live online screening of 'Zappa,' followed by a Q&A with director Alex Winter. (Roelof Kiers, photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Saturday, Nov. 28; 5:30 p.m.

Zappa Watch Party + Live Q&A
Watch a documentary crafted from more than 1,000 hours of rare footage from Frank Zappa's personal collection. The film includes interviews and appearances from his widow Gail Zappa and several musical collaborators such as Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai and Pamela Des Barres. Stick around for a Q&A with director Alex Winter. In order to participate in this viewing party, you need to join the Virtual Scener Theater at showtime.

Saturday, Nov. 28 - Sunday, Nov. 29; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Unique Markets Holiday Pop Up
777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Shop the 13th annual holiday pop-up featuring handcrafted items from more than 50 designers, emerging brands and artists such as Lunika Designs, Remedium, Nice Beast and Pocketsquare Clothing. The festival is being held outdoors with booths spaced eight feet apart. Masks are required. Admission with online pre-paid tickets only.
COST: $10 - $20; MORE INFO

Saturday, Nov. 28; 4 p.m. PST

Magic for Humans (at Home) with Justin Willman
Magician Justin Willman presents an interactive hour of magic and comedy for the whole family through Zoom. Willman can see, hear and interact with the audience in real time.

Saturday, Nov. 28 - Friday, Jan. 1

Downtown Solvang
Solvang's annual Julefest starts with a lineup of holiday offerings set up for the COVID era. There are light displays, celebratory scenes and holiday vignettes throughout the town. During the Nisse Adventure, which also begins on Saturday, participants can take part in a city-wide hunt for the Solvang Nisse (Christmas elves). Many of Solvang's shops, Danish bakeries, restaurants and wine tasting rooms will be set up like European night markets.

Saturday, Nov. 28; 6 p.m. PST

Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Livestream
Get in the spirit of the holiday season with a YouTube jubilee. Kitschy pop culture specialist Charles Phoenix presents a living room slideshow of past, present and future traditions. He'll also discuss recipes and food ideas. A Q&A follows.
COST: $25 - $40; MORE INFO

Hollywood Legion Theater and Retroformat Silent Films present a drive-thru screening of Harold Lloyd's silent comedy masterpiece, 'The Freshman.' (Courtesy of Hollywood Legion Drive-in)

Saturday, Nov. 28; 5:30 p.m.

The Freshman
Hollywood Legion Theater
American Legion Post 43
2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
The classic silent comedy, directed by and starring Harold Lloyd, is introduced by Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, Lloyd's granddaughter. Retroformat musical director Cliff Retallick provides live keyboard accompaniment. Each ticket includes unlimited popcorn, one soda and one candy for each passenger.
COST: Tickets start at $75 per car; MORE INFO

Through Sunday Nov. 29; 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Visions in Light: Windows on The Wallis
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Intersection of Canon Dr. and South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
TZ Projects, the city of Beverly Hills and Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts present a drive-by/walk-by experience that celebrates culture and inclusion. Works by more than 40 established and rising artists including Damien Hirst, Lauren Halsey, Alison Saar, Genevieve Gaignard and Greg Ito are projected on the Wallis' walls. Please follow all safety protocols while viewing the installation.

The SGV staple, Twoheys, opened a new location in South Pasadena on Nov. 18, 2020. (Courtesy of Twoheys)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • Twoheys, an SGV staple since 1943, recently opened a South Pasadena outpost, bringing the Original Stinko burger, onion rings, sundaes and other concoctions from its soda fountain to a new neighborhood. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Miracle at The Ordinarie, a Christmas-themed pop-up, returns to Long Beach. The Ordinarie is transformed into a kitschy, Instagrammable Christmas wonderland with Christmas-inspired cocktails and food. The pop-up begins on Friday, Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 30. While there's no dining in, takeout is still available, and you can walk through the over-the-top Christmas display to pick up your order.
  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream has released a limited-edition Sparkling Berry Punch Sorbet flavor made with sparkling wine from Chandon. For an even more decadent treat, scoop the sorbet into a coupe glass and top with more bubbly. The sorbet is available on Jeni's website, Jeni's scoop shops and select retailers.
  • Prince Street Pizza officially opened in West Hollywood (9161 Sunset Blvd.). Father and son owners Frank and Dom Morano have recreated their NYC storefront, importing their proprietary mozzarella cheese and a New York City water filtration system, which they say is key for their crust.
  • Speaking of pizza, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. recently opened on the ground floor of The Paramount along Cesar Chavez Ave. in Boyle Heights. Angeleno Chef Mario Christerna's menu honors his heritage, offering items like mole pizza and Flamin' Hot Cheetos wings. The pizzeria's name is a throwback to the street's name in the early 1900s, Brooklyn Ave.