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Weekend Planner: 20 Cool Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend. If you need additional suggestions, then check out our December Guide.


The comedy and music ensemble Lost Moon Radio brings their latest show—The Last Christmas—to the stage on Friday and Saturday at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silver Lake. Expect holiday-themed comedic sketches, original music numbers and weird surprises, too. Shows at 8 pm, followed by a holiday party. Tickets: $15.

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One of art history’s most recognizable images—Van Gogh’s bedroom—is on view for the first time in Southern California at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena from Friday through March 6, 2017. The painting, on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, depicts his bedroom from his house in Arles (where he had that infamous breakdown). Museum admission fees: $9-$12.

Art Baby Make Haha is a new standup comedy show hosted by three art world dropouts, Alex Hanna, Alexa Loftus and Henry Crouch, at Club Pro LA in DTLA on Friday night. The lineup features Aparna Nancherla, Brendan Scannell, Debra DiGiovanni, Laurie Kilmartin, Raj Desai and Sam Jay. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Free.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood presents a Fantastic Beasts experience, which opens to the public on Friday. The tour features costumes worn by Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves), among others. Guests can explore through concept art, props, final designs and more. Ticket prices vary.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket plays The Orpheum on Friday night featuring material from his new solo record Eternally Even. Louisville's Twin Limb will be his backing band and also the opening act for the tour. Tickets: $35-$42.

Rapper-singer-songwriter-producer PartyNextDoor—the first artist signed to Drake’s OVO Sound record label—plays shows at the Wiltern on Friday and Saturday nights. His most recent songs "Come and See Me" and "Not Nice" have earned more than 200 million streams, and he’s also known for writing Rihanna's "Work." Also on the bill: THEY., A.Chal. Tickets: $44-$64. 7 pm.

To celebrate its sixth and final studio album, We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service, A Tribe Called Quest launches a two-day pop-up shop for their fans in LA at 114 S. La Brea Ave., from 11 am to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The shop will feature copies of the album as well as a range of merchandise. The opening coincides with the band’s performance on Friday on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

FAR FROM MOSCOW (Russian culture fest)
The Far From Moscow festival is being held at UCLAfrom Friday through Sunday, presenting Russian culture through contemporary and classical film, music, food, fashion and comic art. There are a number of events planned at several venues during the fest, including a seven-course seated dinner at Hinterland in Santa Monica each night. Three world renown chefs - all linked to the White Rabbit Restaurant (currently ranked #18 in the world) “showcase a wide and traditional range of Russian dishes with a modern, global flair.” (Dinner tickets: $95). Other events vary in price or are free.


ART FOR AMNESTY (Art + Giving)
Amnesty International USA’s Art for Amnesty program uses art, music and culture to support human rights and inspire people to act. On Saturday (1-9 pm) and Sunday (12-5 pm), artists will come together at the Container Yard in DTLA to create 12 original five-foot by eight-foot murals. Also on Saturday, Secret Walls—known for its live illustration battles—hosts a visual arts competition around freedom of expression. Free, but RSVPs requested.

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The 8th annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl returns on Saturday to raise money for the Westside Food Bank. Crawlers with an official wristband can get food and drink specials at 30 of the city's best bars and restaurants beginning at 5 pm. Participating establishments include: Ashland Hill, Bareburger, Barney's Beanery, Border Grill Truck, Britannia, CHAYA Venice, Circle Bar, Finn McCool's, JP's Grill, Loteria Grill, Lula Cocina Mexicana, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, O'Brien's Pub (on Wilshire), Ye Olde King's Head and many more. Tickets are $20 in advance.

PARALLEL (Food + Art + Music)
Parallel is a Food Tasting, Art, and Music Experience that takes place on Saturday from 4:30-6:30 pm at GLDVW gallery in DTLA. The L.A.-based band Run River North teams with other creators and chefs for a “multi-sensory showcase.” With the theme of “deconstruction,” guests will listen to live music by the band, sample foods and check out the art on view at the gallery. Tickets: $60.

Wormhole is a new live stand up comedy game show at the Nerdmelt Showroom that takes place on Saturday night at 9 pm. The search engine-influenced stand up comedy show features comedians riffing on search terms suggested by the audience. Internet tour guides/hosts Dave Merheje and Jake Adams welcome comedians Kate Berlant, Brandon Wardell, Grant Cotter, Rick Glassman and stand up from Jak Knight. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

There’s a free Aloe Blacc Concert at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on Saturday afternoon as part of the 2016 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Holiday Winter Celebration. The Debbie Allen Dance Academy also performs for thousands of children and their families from the Crenshaw community. The festivities run from 12-4 pm. (The toy giveaway begins at noon Blacc to perform at 2 pm.)

Riot Grill is an all-femme fest at The Regent in DTLA that brings together punk music and food from the Bitchin' Kitchen to celebrate LGBT rights and good times. This year’s lineup features Le Butcherettes, Girlpool, Deap Vally, Chastity Belt, & The Menstruators. Hosted by Gaby Dunn. 6 pm. Tickets: $14.50-$47.50.

Wishlist—Gabba Gallery’s fourth annual exhibition of affordable art—proved to be so popular at its November opening that they’re holding Wishlist 4.5 on Saturday. The show features art for sale with nothing more than $1,000. It’s a cash-and-carry show so when something sells, they’ll take it down and replace it with a new piece for a constantly changing show. Drinks sponsored by Perrier and Stolen Rum and music by DJ Jonathan Williams. FREE. No RSVP needed.


HOPPY HOLIDAYS (Music + Beer + Shopping)
Shop from local vendors for the holidays and enjoy an afternoon of live music, carolers and craft beers at Angel City Brewery's Hoppy Holidays party on Sunday from 12-6 pm. Live music lineup features Charlie Alley, Suez, Brenda and the Awe, Flannel Jet Duo and Kid Culver. Carols by Los Feliz Navidad Choir. Food available from Postcards Central American Soul and Romeo’s Pizza. The brewery will donate $1 from every pint of Angel City IPA sold to Skid Row Housing & Trust.

On Sunday at 4:30 pm, the Alamo Drafthouse presents the Gremlins Mondo LP release party for the new 2xLP soundtrack. The film will be shown on the big screen and a limited quantity of the vinyl will be available for sale onsite during the show. Tickets: $9-$15.

On Sunday at 2 pm, the Skirball Center presents the program Words and Ideas: Lichtenstein and Los Angeles. Art critic and author William Hackman and KCRW art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp join exhibition curator Bethany Montagano in a discussion about Roy Lichtenstein’s work in the context of the L.A. art scene. The panel will be moderated by art writer Jori Finkel. Tickets: $9-$12, free to Skirball members.

Singer-songwriter Maria Taylor (half of the duo Azure Ray) plays an album release show at The Troubadour on Sunday, where she’ll be joined by special guest Ben Lee. She’s playing in support of her latest album In The Next Life, which features guest vocals from Conor Oberst, Joshua Radin and others. Also playing on Sunday: Cillie Barnes. Tickets: $12-$14 for the all ages show.

APLA Health and Team to End AIDS present thefifth annual Jolly St. Knickers Run on Sunday at 11 am through the streets of WeHo. The fun 5K helps APLA Health raise funds for low-income LGBTQ community services. Participants are encouraged to wear their naughtiest or nicest underwear along with the holiday-themed accessories. Registration: $25 and includes a Santa hat. Check-in begins at 9:30 am at The Abbey.

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