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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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MAMA Gallery holds an opening reception for 'Mister Lee’s Shangri-La' by artist Lisa Solberg. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery
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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. 18

MUSTANG (Film)
Women of Cinefamily presents the Mustang Opening Night Party on Friday at 10 pm. Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the film follows five strong-willed Turkish sisters as they are imprisoned in their own home, under the rule of their conservative grandmother and authoritarian uncle. There’s a live set from DJ Mukta Mohan of Honey Power + and KXLU 88.9fm at the party. Tickets: $12.

MOLYBDOMANCY + HOLIDAY PARTY (Art Party)
On Friday, the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) in Culver City holds a seasonal art event in two parts. The first is Molybdomancy in LACA gallery from 6-8 pm, featuring work by Sonja Gerdes, Patrick Jackson and Natalie Labriola. (The title takes its name from a New Year’s tradition practiced in Germany and Austria.) It’s followed by Holiday Party with an artistic twist in The Lodge (behind LACA) and Night Gallery from 8 pm to late. The events are presented with Ghebaly Gallery, Fahrenheit, and Night Gallery, featuring contributions from Sam Da vis and Orion Martin, Dent Dog, Marcello Dolce, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Golden Spike Press, Lindsay August Salazar, Aaron Wrinkle and others.

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BOWLMOR (Fundraiser)
From Dec. 18-Jan. 3, the Bowlero Mar Vista and Bowlmor Santa Monica strikes out hunger while bringing friends and families together during for the holidays. For every strike bowled during the “Jingle Bowl,” Bowlmor AMF will donate $1 to Feeding America and its efforts to fight hunger nationally (up to $25,000 in total).

GIRLPOOL (Music)
The folk-punk band Girlpool headlines the Echoplex on Friday night with a bill that includes French Vanilla, Wizard Apprentice and Mark Hoppus (DJ set). There’s also a holiday canned food drive during the show. Doors at 8 pm for the all ages show. Tickets: $11.50-$16.50.

FISHBONE (Music)
Fishbone brings its Crazy Glue XXX-MAS to The Roxy on Friday night with special guest Daniel "Bambaata" Marley (son of Ziggy Marley). The L.A.-based band celebrates 25 years, fusing ska, funk, punk and rock. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages.

THE MATT MCCOMEDY SHOW (Experimental Comedy)
The Matt McComedy Show is an experimental comedy show hosted by comedian and writer Matt McCarthy and features videos, variety acts, talk show segments, stand up, dance routines, interviews and more. We hear that you never know quite what to expect when Matt's persona enters the room. Guests this week include: Karen Kilgariff, Drennon Davis, Josh Fadem and others. The show takes place on Friday night at 8:30 pm at Basic Flowers, a DTLA art space on Broadway. Tickets: $5.

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GRIFFAGE & SLOW MAGIC (Music)
Hot ticket alert: Giraffage & Slow Magic co-headline the Fonda Theatre on Friday night with Lindsay Lowend opening. Doors at 8 pm for this all ages show. Tickets: $22.50-$25.

POWERPOINTLESS (Comedy)
PowerPoint presentations are usually boring. But PowerPointless is a comedy show in which comedians present crappy PowerPoint presentation downloaded from the web—with no idea of what's coming on the next slide. The next show is on Friday at 8:30 pm at The Hollywood Improv, featuring Kate Berlant, Jake Weisman, Debra DiGiovanni, David Dineen-Porter and Tom Sibley. Tickets: $5.

WE’RE GROSS WITH GILLI NISSIM (Comedy)
We're Gross with Gilli Nissim is an “unbuttoned approach to late night comedy” at UCB Franklin. The talk show format is hosted by Nissim, and she helps create a safe space for scum-baggery, pathetic-ness and maybe gross out laughs. The next show is at 11:59 pm on Friday night. Tickets: $5.

SATURDAY, DEC. 19

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GR2 presents 'Works and Sketches' by Katsuya Terada. (Image: Courtesy of GR2 and the artist)

KATSUYA TERADA (Art)
Giant Robot 2 Gallery presents the exhibition Works & Sketches: Katsuya Terada, and incldues collage, original pieces, past illustrations and comic work. There’s an opening reception with the artist on Saturday from 6:30-10 pm. The exhibition will be on view through Jan. 13, 2016. ARTISTS & FLEAS (Flea Market)
Artists & Fleas Market returns to the Arts District on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (647 Mateo Street DTLA). Kick off the holiday shopping season by browsing more than 80 stands of jewelry, vintage clothing, original artwork and home goods made by local craftspeople. The weekend also features a series of free hands-on workshops.

WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE (Hike)
There’s a Winter Solstice Hike that begins at 3:30 pm on Saturday at Franklin Canyon Park. Hike up a moderate trail, discuss seasonal changes and identify planets and constellations. The excursion runs about 2.5 hours. Meet at Franklin Canyon Ranch parking lot.

HOLLY JOLLY DAY (Skating + Santa + Sweets)
Holly Jolly Day begins at 1 pm at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on Saturday. The family-friendly event features ice skating, Santa and sweet treats. Get access to the rink at L.A. Live from 1-2:30 pm (before it opens to the general public). At 2 pm, Santa shows up and guests are treated to hot chocolate and other treats. Tickets (non-skaters welcome, too): $5-$20.

MCBAIN + 100% STUFF (Comedy)
The McBain and 100% comedy teams take over iOWest’s Main Stage on Saturday at 11 pm for an evening of absurd and sometimes dark sketch comedy. Tickets: $5. (Drink special: Ask for the “McBain” at the bar to get a PBR and a shot of whisky for $7.)

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THE DANISH GIRL (Free screening)
There’s a free screening The Danish Girl (with RSVP) at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Saturday at 7 pm. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film tells of the love story inspired by Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander). Their marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s journey as a transgender woman. Following the screening, there’s a special panel Q&A with Redmayne, Hooper and Gail Mutrux. Paintings from the film will also be on view.

AUDREY KAWASAKI + VNA (Art + Party)
VNA Magazine hosts a launch party for Limited Edition VNA 32—a box set of screen-printed works by artist Audrey Kawasaki. Each imprint comes complete with a screen-printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print. The party takes place at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City on Saturday night from 6-9 pm.

LISA SOLBERG (Art)
MAMA Gallery hosts the opening of Mister Lee’s Shangri-La, featuring works by L.A. artist Lisa Solberg on Saturday from 8-10 pm. Mister Lee’s Shangri-La is a “sensorial, immersive exotic dance club sheltered inside a lush greenhouse setting that will awaken all of the senses.” The exhibition features a series of choreographed performances, directed by Solberg, that take place amidst the artwork, pink neon lights, gardens, and a signature scent Solberg created to smell like dirt and money. The exhibit runs through the end of January.

MARK GOLAMCO: GHOSTLIGHT (Art + Performance)
Human Resources LA presents Ghostlight, which was a monthly performance cabaret founded by Mark Golamco at the infamous (and now closed) Cafe Dancer bar in New York City. Ghostlight’s L.A. edition this weekend features performances by Michael Gerald Bauer, Oscar Santos, the DJ Earthen Oxytocin and an “intimate solo performance by Golamco self-accompanied on the viola.” The public is invited to see the remnants of Ghostlight shows as well as impromptu performances during open gallery hours. Performances are on Friday and Saturday, with doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. The gallery remains open on Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

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ADHD Live teams with Lady Scoutington on Saturday night at the Hotel Cafe. (Image: ADHD)
ADHD LIVE WITH LADY SCOUTINGTON (Videos + Comedy + Music)
ADHD Live with Lady Scoutington takes place at the Hotel Cafe on Saturday night at from 8-10 pm. The event features favorite Fox ADHD songs—Scientifically Accurate Spider Man, On the Net it was a Good Day, Guile Never Fights With F**king Eyebrows and more—with performances by Heather Anne Campbell, Colton Dunn, Liz Beebe of Dustbowl Revival, David Barton Harris and others. Scout Durwood aka Lady Scoutington, star of Oxygen's Funny Girls, rounds out the night with an hour of “comedy, music and gratuitous dance breaks.” Tickets: $10.

SUNDAY, DEC. 20

TONGUE & GROOVE (Lit + Variety)
Tongue & Groove, the monthly literary reading and variety show at the Hotel Cafe, holds its last installment for 2015 on Sunday. Produced by Conrad Romo, this month’s all-women lineup includes Steph Cha, Julia Ingalls, Amanda Montell, Dawn Dorland, Ashley Perez, Vicki Juditz, Stef Willen and musical guest Rosa Pullman. The program runs promptly from 6-7:30 pm. Tickets: $7.

Related: LAist’s December Guide

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