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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Planner: 24 Things To Do In Los Angeles

The 'Crazy 4 Cult' show returns to L.A. on Friday at Gallery1988 West. (Poster detail: Courtesy of Gallery1988)
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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 24 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.


POP ART:: Gallery1988’s most famous show Crazy 4 Cult returns to L.A. after opening the past two years in NYC. The 8th annual art show, which opens Friday at Gallery1988 (West) has more than 100 artists participating in a salute to cult films. Many of the artists will be in attendance at the opening reception from 7-10 pm. People are crazy for this show, so get their early because there’s going to be a crowd.

MUSIC: My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) plays the Roxy on Friday at 8 pm to celebrate the release of her latest album, This Is My Hand (Asthmatic Kitty Records). Rabbit Rabbit opens. Tickets: $16-$22.

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MUSIC + ART PARTY: Slow Culture gallery presents its first in a series of intimate musical performances at the gallery on Friday night with a video premiere and live performance by Micah James. The gallery opens at 7 pm and will close doors at 7:45 pm since space is limited. Free, but RSVP is mandatory at If you do not receive a confirmation, then capacity has been reached.

MUSICAL COMEDY: On Friday at 8 pm, Rockwell Table and Stage presents Fellowship! The Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring - 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert! This is a one-night-only performance. Tickets: $10.

VARIETY: Rudy Casoni brings music, comedy and variety to the Trepany House on Friday night at 8 pm (and again on Dec. 17) in The Christmas Shitbird show. He’ll perform songs from his XXX-mas receord S’no-Balls with additional performances by guests including The Lampshades, Dum Dums, Rape-o’s, Boozebags, Mark Fite, James Urbaniak, Billy the Mime, Dave Higgins, Karen Kilgariff and more. Tickets: $10.

MUSIC: Roadkill Ghost Choir, Babes and Dustin Lovelis (of the Flings) play the Bootleg HiFi on Friday at 9 pm. The show is 21+. Tickets: $12.

PERFORMANCE: It’s the final weekend of the Loft Ensemble’s SoloFest,a festival of one-person shows featuring eight different performers. On Friday night at 8 pm, Lauren Cook performs her show Chinatown Bust—”a comedic, multi-character solo-show about a hypochondriac, daddy issues and Boy George…all on a Chinatown Bus.” Other performers at SoloFest this weekend include: A Lesson in Proper Bow-Fluffing Technique by Trey Nichols; Proud Marry, written and performed by Bri Giger; and Peter Coca’s The Well Dressed Marxist.

MUSIC: Spaceland presents a night of music by Museum of Love (with LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney ), New Build (members of Hot Chip) and Secret Circuit on Friday night at The Regent Theater. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $22-$25.


FOOD TALK: The Culinary Historians of Southern California present the program Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain on Saturday at 10:30 am at the Mark Taper Auditorium in the L.A. Public Library. Jeffrey Weiss, author and chef of jeninni kitchen + wine bar in Pacific Grove, California, discusses Charcutería—”the first book to introduce authentic Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques to the American market.” A reception with themed refreshments follows the talk. Free.

SHOPPING: Market West is a holiday market and sample sale in Venice’s new 800 MAIN space (a block from Abbot Kinney) and includes a group of L.A.-based boutique lines. Vendors include LACAUSA, Vere Verto, Marine Projects, Palatine Shoes, CRASH Industrial, Campover, Ella Poe, Tortugas Home and others. Attendees will enjoy complimentary items from Stumptown and Wurstkuche, too. Hours: 9 am to 4 pm.

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The 80Forty Gallery opens a pop-up exhibition with works by artist Lola Gil. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery)
ART: 80Forty Gallery hosts a pop-up art show and opening reception on Saturday from 8-11 pm for LA-based artist Lola Gil. It’s her first solo gallery show since 2011 and will feature her latest work. The Younger tells the story of her “mental, physical and spiritual journey through art and life,” and runs through Jan. 3.

ART: The new MAMA Gallery in the Arts District holds an opening reception for its inaugural exhibition Erection on Saturday from 6-10 pm. The group show features site-specific installation works by 14 LA-based artists.

ART: The Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica presents 30 Open Doors, a one-day-only holiday shopping event on Saturday from 2-8 pm. Check out the galleries’ exhibitions, participate in holiday craft workshops, listen to artist talks and live music, and partake in food and spirits. Outdoor Art21 screening at 6 pm. Bergamot Café offers festive holiday treats and drinks. Admission is free.

ART: The Gabba Gallery continues its Wishlist 2014 show, an exhibition of contemporary artwork at affordable prices. There’s a reception for Part II of the large show on Saturday from 7-11 pm for the cash-and-carry exhibition that features 55 artists with works all below $1,000. Artists include Annie Motel, anyes galleani, CANTSTOPGOODBOY, Chris James, Christine Webb, Clinton bopp, Cody Bayne, Darcy Yates, Dave MacDowell, Erik Flores, Essi Zimm, Gianni Arone, HERO and many more.

COMEDY: The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief is an evening of laughs with Middle Eastern-American comedians at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach on Saturday at 8 pm. On the bill are Aron Kader from Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil, Sammy Obeid, Tehran Ghasri, Marie-Therese Abou-Daoud, Sherwin Arae and Melissa Shoshahi, one of the few Iranian female stand-up comedians in the world. The event benefits the Levantine Cultural Center. Tickets: $35, $25 students, $45 preferred and $100 VIP seating (first best rows, limited).

COMEDY: Can I Kick It?is at NerdMelt on Saturday at 7 pm. The evening is a mashup of Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie. Comedians Al Jackson, Moshe Kasher, Rob Christensen and guests review and do live commentary on some choice videos from hip-hop’s “awkward phase” from the ‘70s to ‘90s. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

COMEDY: Following Can I Kick It? is at Nerdmelt is Horrible Movie Night—the holiday edition—at 9 pm on Saturday. HMN folks find some of the worst films and the audience gets to roast them out loud. The best one-liners of the night win prizes. Hosts John Mathot (Disney's Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast) screen The Christmas Martian (1971) in which a French-Canadian town is visited by an oddball Martian. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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. ***This has been moved to next Saturday, Dec. 20.***

MUSIC: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performs three Holiday Spectacular shows on Saturday (at 3 and 8 pm) and Sunday (at 3 pm) at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. It’s a Glee-inspired show that features selections from men’s glee clubs and songs such as “A Gleeful Christmas Medley” from the hit TV show. Enjoy both contemporary and classic holiday songs. Tickets: $38.33-$85.

VARIETY: Harry Shearer and Judith Owen hold their irreverent holiday sing-along tourChristmas Without Tears (Does This Tree make Me Look Fat?) on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 pm. They’ll be joined by special guests throughout the night including Peter Asher, Jane Lynch, Randy Minkler, The Song Birds, Doña Oxford, Julia Fordham, Amy Engelhardt, Fred Willard, The Song Birds and others to perform a mix of holiday classics and originals. The set list may include "Winter Wonderland" to "Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner" and the Spinal Tap classic "Christmas with the Devil." Tickets: $50-$75. Proceeds benefit My Friend's Place.

RECORDS: Scion Audio Visual opens a pop-up record store, Scion AV Record Shop at 7667 Melrose Ave.,) on Saturday. The shop will be open for seven weeks for and includes two dozen indie labels offering vinyl rarities for sale. Participating labels include A389 Recordings, Dim Mak Records, Duck Down Music, Echo Park Records, Fools Gold Records, In The Red Recordings, Metal Blade Records, Nuclear Blast, Prosthetic Records, Relapse Records, Riding Easy Records, Stones Throw Records, Tee Pee Records, Third Man Records, Turbo Recordings and Volcom Entertainment. The Scion AV Record Shop is open daily between 12 to 7 pm until Jan. 31.


RUN: On Sunday, AIDS Project Los Angeles and APLA Health & Wellness hosts its third annual Jolly St. Knickers 5K Fun Run in WeHo. The irreverent run also raises money for APLA’s health initiatives. Things kick off at The Abbey and you can walk, skip or run the course. Check-in begins at 10 am and the run starts around 11 am. Registration: $25.

SHOP: There’s a free community marketplace—the Anti-Mall: People B4 Profit—taking place on Sunday at Danza Floricanto/USA (4232 Whiteside St., L.A.) and again on Dec. 20 at The Pacoima Community Center. Conscious consumers get to shop for items that are sweatshop-free and ethically made. Free admission.

FILM: American Cinematheque continues the film series A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame). On Saturday, there’s a great double feature of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian, followed by Monty Python and The Holy Grail. There will also be a sneak peek clip of Absolutely Anything, directed by Jones and starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Rob Riggle, The Monty Pythons and Robin Williams. A discussion takes place in between films with Jones, moderated by fellow director Edgar Wright. Tickets: $16, $14 students/seniors, $12 Cinematheque members.

Related: December Events Guide

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