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Weekend Planner: 19 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Looking for something fun to do this holiday weekend? Look no further than these 19 events...


There’s a free sneak preview screening of Krampus at Cinefamily on Friday at 4 pm with director Michael Dougherty in person. A boy’s fractured family Christmas gets even worse when he accidentally summons a demon for the holiday. IIt opens in theaters on Dec. 3. You must pre-register for "first-come, first-serve" admission, but get there early since registration doesn’t guarantee seats.

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WORK IN PROGRESS (Art Marketplace)
Work in Progress: A New Art Marketplace opens on Friday in DTLA from noon to 9 pm. Created by Roger Gastman and Doug Davis, the gallery/marketplace features original works from POSE, REVOK, Sage Vaughn, Richard Colman among others, and prints from John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. Buy the art and take it home immediately or shop the gift shop for holiday gifts. Works in Progress will be open through Dec. 27.

We generally avoid shopping on Black Friday, but if were were to venture out, then it would be to a record store for Record Store Day’s Black Friday specials. Instead of mass-produced products, participating record stores will feature limited special editions. Check out the stores and their specials.

The record label Hit City U.S.A. presents a showcase of its artists on Friday night at The Echoplex. “Something Good” features PAPA, Astronauts, etc., Maxim Ludwig as well as DJ sets from GROUPLOVE. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $15. 18+

L.A. ZOO NIGHTS (Holiday)
L.A. Zoo Lights returns to Griffith Park’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Friday with thousands of LED lights, projections, characters and more. The lights are on view from 6-10 pm Mondays and Thursdays and 6-11 pm Fridays through Sundays and Dec. 21-23. There’s a holiday happy hour for 21+ on Dec. 10 and a family New Year’s Eve for all ages. The lights remain on through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Admission: $13-$16 for adults/seniors and $11-$14 for children ages 2 to 12 prices), and $16 for adults/seniors and $14 for children ages 2 to 12 tickets on Fridays through Sundays.

Family of the Year plays Friday and Saturday nights at the Troubadour. Saturday’s sold out, but we hear there may be a few tickets remaining for the Friday show. KALEO and Cillie Barnes open the night. 8 pm. Tickets: $17-$20.

CALANTURA (Dance + Music)
Calentura is Fania Records' monthly global bass party, and it takes over the Los Globos on Friday night. The music is cumbia trap, salsa twerk, Afro-house, moombahton, tropical roots and future bass, featuring Louie Vega (Masters At Work), Sabo, Paul Devro (Mad Decent) and Anthony Valadez (KCRW). The event is free with RSVP. 9 pm.

The American Cinematheque has a great lineup of classic films this weekend, beginning on Friday night. Singin’ in the Rain is at the Aero at 7:30 pm and Rear Window is at the Egyptian also at 7:30 pm. Other films include Gone with the Wind on Saturday at the Egyptian and Spartacus at the Aero on Sunday. Tickets: $11.


Krampusfest is a multi-event celebration of Krampus, the dark companion to St. Nicholas, which takes place in several venues around the city. Things kick off on Saturday night with a multimedia lecture from Al Ridenour of Krampus Los Angeles. He’ll discuss authentic folklore and contemporary practice with slides, video and costumes. There are two sessions, at 6 pm and 8 pm, at The Goethe Institut. Parking tip: From Wilshire turn south on Courtyard Place for underground parking (only $1 with validation). Advance tickets only. $10+ fees.

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BOW AND TRUSS MOVEMBER (Drinking for Charity)
Bow and Truss in North Hollywood presents a Jameson-themed charity event on Saturday from 6 pm to midnight. The restaurant is offering discount shots of Jameson Black Barrel at $6, Irish Rose cocktails for $9, and Cask & Porter boilermakers for $10.

For Small Business Saturday, Skylight Books presents the Indies First program, with authors giving back to their local bookstores. Authors drop by and act as booksellers, recommending books for gift-giving needs. David Ulin works from noon to 2 pm; Aimee Bender from 12:30-2:30 pm; Amy Gerstler from 1-3 pm; Diana Wagman from 2-4 pm; Elissa Sussman from 3-5 pm; and Mari Naomi from 4-6 pm.

On Saturday from 6-10 pm, Stones Throw & Egyptian Lover present a release party for Egyptian Lover's “Egypt, Egypt” pyramid vinyl. The event features paintings by Egyptian Lover, all-vinyl, all electro DJ sets by: Peanut Butter Wolf, Arabian Prince, J Rocc and Egyptian Lover. Free show, all ages. Free beer and wine for those 21+ with ID. "THE LAST DROP OF WATER" / 1911 FILMS (Silent Film)
The American Cinematheque presents "The Last Drop of Water" and More Films From 1911 on 8mm at the Egyptian’s Spielberg Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Watch short films by director D.W. Griffith, including the Western “The Last Drop of Water” and “Fighting Blood.” Also on the program are the “adult” dark comedy “The Primal Call” and the two-reeler “Enoch Arden.” Special guest introduction by Steven Taylor, grandson of “Last Drop of Water” screenwriter Stanner E. V. Taylor and live music accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Tickets: $11.

The Getty Center gets decked out in festive holiday lights andstays open later on Saturday nights from Nov. 28-Jan. 2, 2016. The Getty Museum stays open until 9 pm, and visitors can sip complimentary mulled cider as they take in the sights as well as the art in of the following exhibitions, The Edible Monument: the Art of Food for Festivals and Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Admission to the Getty is always free. Parking is $15; $10 after 4 pm.


Neil Hamburger Live is at the Satellite on Sunday night at 9 pm with guests Kumail Nanjiani, Rich Fulcher, Randy Liedtke, Henry Philips and Melissa Villasenor. The show is 21+. Tickets: $8. Doors at 8:30 pm.

’THE MARK OF ZORRO’ (Silent Film)
The Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel starts a Silent Sundays series beginning on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Four classic silent films are screened, beginning this week with The Mark of Zorro (1920), with live accompaniment on a 1924 Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. The series continues with The General (Jan 24), Wings (March 20) and The Goddess (May 1). Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at door, discounts for groups of 10+. Series tickets for $35.

FOALS (Music)
The indie U.K. band Foals headline The Wiltern on Sunday as part of Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA. Also on the bill are Novosti and Son Little. 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

Movember Foundation presents Sunday Funday on Sunday from 1-5 pm at the Santa Monica Pier to mark the end of the Movember campaign. There will be live music, food, fun and games — rain or shine. Tickets: $20 and include beverages courtesy of Jameson Black Barrel and Shock Top.

The city of Los Angeles presents the 84th anniversary of The Hollywood Christmas Paradeon Sunday beginning at 5 pm. The parade starts down Hollywood Boulevard at Orange in front of the Chinese Theatre and turns south on Vine, and back on Sunset Bouelvard.

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