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Weekend Planner: 19 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 19 events. Don’t forget to check the December Guide, too, as it has other options, if none of these work for you. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


VARIETY: A fourth Very Janky Christmas Spectacular has been added on Friday night at 9:30 pm at the Bootleg Theater after the first three sold out quickly. Hosted by John C. Reilly, the show features a little music, dancing and janky fun. Starring Janksy Reilly, Pinky Claus (Michael Dunn) and bandleader Christmas Toedtman (Kristen Toedtman). From the Bootleg: “We’ll go back in time to the 60’s and the Janky variety TV special that started it all! Ho Ho Ho Dancers, The Janky Players and Jewish Jello Shots return plus a bunch of new Janky surprises.” Tickets: $20, $25 at the door (if available).

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COMEDY PODCAST: All Things Comedy (ATC) network presents All Things Comedy Live Podcast with Bill Burr and Al Madrigal, on Friday at 7 pm at NerdMelt. Guests include Josh Wolf, Ryan Sickler, Erin Foley and Steve Simeon. Ticket buyers must be 18 years of age or older. Proceeds from the show help support the ATC network. Tickets: $10. The show is 18+.

MUSIC: The Mexican electronic dance trio 3BallMTY headlines The Regent Theater on Friday night. Panamanian-via-Oakland duo Los Rakas, Canyon Cody and DJ Ethos are also on the bill. All ages. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $23-$25.

FILM: The Academy @ LACMA presents an Ernst Lubitsch double feature screening Friday night as part of the series Weimar Directors in Hollywood & Berlin. The classic romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan is up first at 7:30 pm and is followed by the fantastical, silent b&w farce, The Doll (1919) at 9:20 pm with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. Tickets: are a bargain at $5 (for both films) and $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID.

DANCE:: City Ballet of Los Angeles presents The Nutcracker Swings on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The production is a “ jazzy twist on the holiday favorite set in 1942 Los Angeles during WWII.” Dancers swing to the music of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington. Tickets: $20-$50. The opening Night VIP Reception is $150 and includes orchestra seating and pre-reception at 6:30 p.m.


FILM: Arena Cinema Hollywood has two film director Q&As on Saturday. After the 7:05 screening of After the Fall, director Saar Klein talks about the film starring Wes Bentley. Before the 9:30 pm screening of Poker Night a twisted thriller with Ron Perlman, Titus Welliver and Giancarlo Esposito, there’s a reception with director Greg Francis. Tickets: $12.

ART: On Saturday from noon to 4 pm, the Women's Center for Creative Work (WCCW) is at CAFAM with a special event, The Egg & The Eye, which honors CAFAM founder Edith Wyle and the museum's previous incarnation as The Egg & The Eye. WCCW will serve up omelets and soup, along with “information and archival treats from ‘Folk Art's High Priestess’ while Los Angeles Fibershed will be demonstrating a variety of textile processes and also offering their own work for sale.” Free admission and menu items are priced between $5-$10 with proceeds benefitting WCCW and CAFAM.

FILM: Metro and Street Food Cinema present a free screening of The Wizard of Oz and accompanying costume contest on Saturday at 5 pm at Union Station. As the film celebrates its 75th anniversary, the screening also serves as the finale to Union Station’s 75th anniversary celebration. The screening is preceded by a costume contest at 4:30 pm, so all are invited to dress as their favorite Wizard of Oz character. First-come, first-served seating, but show your Metro TAP card at check-in for the preferred seats. Bring food or drinks (just no alcohol). Food trucks will be available on site, too.

HIKING: There’s a Winter Solstice Hike on Saturday at 3:30 pm at Franklin Canyon Park. Welcome winter with a moderate trail hike, discuss seasonal changes and identify planets and constellations. Meet at Franklin Canyon Ranch in the parking lot. The entire hike and program will take up to 2.5 hours.

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Set The MOOD is a multisensory art show by AMRA that has two performances this weekend. (Image: Courtesy of AMRA)
ART+PERFORMANCE: Set The MOOD is a multisensory art show by the AMRA performance art group. Visitors will be led through a “a dark vibrating space scored for our inner desires.” The evening will feature illuminated art installations, curated aromas, dance and meditation. Performances by The Mood Choir, Jeepneys, Big Bugs, AMRA and more. There are performances at Human Resources in Chinatown on Saturday at 9 pm and on Sunday at 6 pm.

SING-ALONG: The LA Phil presents its Holiday Sing-Along on Saturday at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Hosted by David Prather, special guests include Drew Carey and the Angeles Chorale. The audience will be accompanied by the Walt Disney Concert Hall's huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo during seasonal favorites. Come early and experience a Winter Wonderland with free hot drinks, courtesy of Coffee Bean. Tickets: $37-$91.50.

FILM: The Echo Park Film Center holds a free screening of It’s a Wonderful Life on Saturday at 8 pm. This time, however, you get to watch the happenings of Bedford Falls on Super 8 film.

ART: CES Gallery in DTLA opens the group show When It Is Dark Enough with a reception on Saturday night from 5-10 pm. While that show’s in the gallery’s main space, Lucien Shapiro's work "The Wore" is being shown in the focus space.

FILM: There’s a Yuletide Cinema event at the Palace Theatre on Saturday with Cary Elwes, who will read from and sign copies of his book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. He’ll also do a Q&A before the 8:30 pm screening of The Princess Bride. Doors at 6 pm. Tickets: $16-$25.


FASHION: On Sunday night at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove, Diane von Furstenberg will help present a screening of the House of DVF Finale at 7 pm. The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with von Furstenberg. Doors at 6:30 pm. Free, but seating is limited. First come, first served. RSVP: email

UKULELE: The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo presents a film screening, performance and discussion on the film Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings on Sunday at 3 pm. The film examines the virtuoso Shimabukuro’s transformation of the ukulele. The screening’s followed by a special performance by Shimabukuro, a conversation with the film’s director Tadashi Nakamura. Tickets: $24-$30.

COMEDY: Sunday marks the second annual Naked Comedy Toys for Tots Charity Show. The doors open at 9 pm at the Hollywood Improv for comedy by Tim Heidecker, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops, Guy Branum, Kate Berlant, Amber Kenny, Tamra Brown and more surprises. Hosted by Josh Androsky, the show serves as a fundraiser for Toys for Tots. Tickets are available two ways: RSVP and bring one unwrapped, unopened toy for donation or buy a$10 ticketwith 50 percent of the proceeds going to the charity. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis that night.

XMAS EXTRAVAGANZA HM157’s Christmas Extravaganza takes place on Sunday from 7 pm to midnight featuring holiday performances by Brass Tax, Fort King, Ruthann Friedman, Hank and Her Ponies, Miranda Lee Richards, The Snowflakes, Willow Willow and more. All ages show. $10.

MUSIC On Sunday at 6 pm, LACMA presents a free concert by the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra at the museum’s Bing Theater. Founded in 1986, the orchestra focuses on “reviving Black Classics,” as well as performing the works of contemporary composers from throughout the African diaspora.

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