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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 20 events happening this weekend. Check out our December Guide for other suggestions, too.

FRIDAY, DEC. 11

TRIFORIUM PROJECT (Art)
On Friday from 4-8 pm, The Triforium Project has its official kick off with a picnic on the Civic Center Mall. The project, led by Tom Carroll, host of webseries Tom Explores Los Angeles and partners including YACHT, hopes to restore and retrofit Joseph Young’s kinetic sculpture. The public is invited to join in the celebration to wish the sculpture a happy 40th birthday (complete with free cake), onsite food trucks, music from dublab, as well as tours of the Triforium's normally off-limits control room.

LIGHTS + THE MOWGLI’S (Music)
Canadian electro-pop artist LIGHTS co-headlines the Wiltern with the Mowgli’s on Friday night. K. Flay opens the concert. Doors at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $25.

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FIGat7th HOLIDAY ODD MARKET (Shopping)
The FIGat7th Holiday Odd Market takes place on Friday and Saturday at Figat7th featuring handcrafted jewelry, art and home goods curated by The Odd Market, as well as a vinyl collection curated by Beat Swap Meet. Hours are Friday, from 11 am-9 pm and Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm.

MYSTERY SKULLS (Music)
Electronic artist, producer and singer Mystery Skulls headlines the opening night of Resident—a new event space in the Arts District (428 S. Hewitt St). Wes Period plays in support. Admission is free with RSVP. 21+.

SATURDAY, DEC. 12

RON ENGLISH (Art)
Corey Helford Gallery’s new DTLA space opens on Saturday with a new art show featuring work by American pop artist Ron English. The 22-piece exhibition, NeoNature: We Are the New They, is the first solo exhibition from English in Los Angeles in two years and will remain on view through Jan. 9.

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STAR WARS TRIBUTE EXHIBITION (Art)
Gallery Nucleus presents an opening reception for STAR WARS: A Saga Revisited tribute exhibition on Saturday night at 7 pm. The gallery welcomes a diverse group of talent—from Cuddly Rigor Mortis to John Mahoney and Scott Forbes—to celebrate their favorite Star Wars characters and moments. Free, all ages. No RSVP needed, but Star Wars cosplay encouraged.

A CURRENT AFFAIR (Shopping)
It seems that DTLA is the place to be for your shopping needs this weekend. On Saturday, A Current Affair Vintage Pop-up Marketplace - Holiday Show 2015 takes over the Cooper Design Space from noon to 6 pm. The show bring together more than 60 vintage retailers and private dealers to showcase clothing, accessories and jewelry. General admission begins at 12 pm with tickets at $15. Preview admission on Saturday at 10 am: $25.

CONSOLE WARS (Art)
On Friday night, Gallery1988 (West) presents Console Wars, a group show that features work inspired by Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. The opening reception is from 7-9 pm.

ALWAYS LURKING (Art)
Daniel Rolnik Gallery in Santa Monica holds an opening reception on Saturday from 7-11 pm for Always Lurking, a debut solo show by Trace Mendoza. The works will remain on view through Jan. 1.

BOB FORREST (Music)
Singer/songwriter Bob Forrest just released his solo album Survival Songs. Probably better known as the former lead singer of LA rock bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief, Forrest has also worked as a drug counselor on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. He’ll be playing Origami Vinyl on Saturday at 7 pm.

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KITTENS + HOLIDAY PARTY (Fundraiser)
Kitty Bungalow—nonprofit committed to changing the face of the oft-overlooked issue of feral cats—holds a holiday party on Saturday from noon to 3 pm at Pussy & Pooch in Beverly Hills. Come out for kitten snuggling, shopping, face painting and more fun. 15% of all shopping will be donated to Kitty Bungalow.

ESOTOURIC (Tours)
Esotouric wraps up 2015 with a Hotel Horrors and Main Street Vice, a Downtown Los Angeles true crime and social history tour on Saturday from 12-4 pm. The tour covers downtown's historic core, departing from The Daily Dose. Tickets: $58 per person.

HORRIBLE MOVIE NIGHT (Bad Movie + Comedy)
It’s time for Horrible Movie Night at the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday night at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. The night’s hosted by John Mathot and Susan Wright who’ll screen To All a Good Night that includes an all-girls school and a killer Santa. The evening includes free popcorn, cheap snacks and comedy from Joe Derosa and Lisa Best. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING x A$AP FERG (Photo + Fashion)
There’s a party on Saturday night from 6-10 pm for adidas Skateboarding x A$AP Ferg's Always Strive and Prosper photo exhibit and Traplord collection launch at HVW8 Gallery. Attendance is FREE with RSVP: info@hvw8.com.

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HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Classical Music)
The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, a new nonprofit orchestra co-founded by two TV and film musicians, Mark Robertson and Noah Galloway, makes its professional debut on Friday at 8 pm at the Ricardo Montalbán Theater. Violinist Martin Chalifour, the Principal Concertmaster of the LA Phil, serves as guest conductor and soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on the program. Tickets: $25-$99.

ECHO PARK CRAFT FAIR (Shopping)
The Echo Park Craft Fair is at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on Dec. 12-13 (10 am to 6 pm each day) featuring designers, artisans, food purveyors and craftspeople. New vendors include: Shiva Rose, Kalon Studios, Hannah Keefe, Milena Silvano and specialty caterers—Gorumando and Soo-N. Tickets: $10.

SUNDAY, DEC. 13

DOWNTON ABBEY PREVIEW (Screening)
PBS SoCal presents a special sneak preview of the Season Six opening episode of Downton Abbey at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday at 6 pm (which doesn’t air in the U.S. until Jan. 3, 2016). Doors at 5pm and Screening at 6pm. Tickets for the screening only are $13. Tickets for a special afternoon tea ($75) and post show dinner ($90) at LA Chapter Restaurant Mezzanine are sold separately via AXS.

SINATRA PARTY (Drinks)
The Room Hollywood hosts its 25th annual Sinatra Party celebrating what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday this month. This elegant affair which begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm, features Sinatra songs on the turntable with dancing and classic cocktails. Admission is free, but RSVP for guaranteed entrance until 10:30 pm. This is a formal affair, so dress accordingly.

AFTER DARK AT THE SECOND CITY (Talk Show + Comedy)
After Dark with Julian Clark at The Second City Hollywood is the next generation late night talk show. The show, which features jokes, sketches, digital shorts, a live band, celeb guests and conversation, is taped live in front of a studio audience at The Second City Hollywood and then broadcasted online. The last taping of the year is on Sunday at 7:30 pm at The Second City with Brett Dier from CW's 'Jane the Virgin,' Ginger Gonzaga from HBO's 'Togetherness,' and other surprise guests.

HOPPY HOLIDAYS (Beer)
Angel City Brewery’s Hoppy Holidays party takes place on Sunday from 1 to 8 pm. Drink good beer, shop from 35 local craft vendors and makers and support Skid Row Housing and Trust with winter coat donations (bring them if you have one to spare). Bands including Dani Poppy and Jeanette Steiner, Mimi Zulu, Denmantau and Dirty Lingo are scheduled to perform, and food from Papas Tapas and Chinese Laundry will be set up in the lot.

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