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Weekend Planner: 25 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 25 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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 5

ART: Gallery1988 (East) opens the show, Thirty Three and a Third and a Third, on Friday night with a reception from 7-10 pm. Curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg, the exhibition features more than 100 illustrators and designers reinterpreting classic album covers in their own styles. Bonus: Donut Friend provides treats at the reception.

COMEDY: Filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) is scheduled to perform his one-man show, A John Waters Christmas on Friday, Dec. 5, at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. Filled with adult humor and off-centered jokes, Waters is sure put the X in X-mas for the audience. Tickets: $50-$60; $100 for the Gold Circle Meet & Greet ticket.

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DRINKS: It’s Repeal Day, the day that ended Prohibition [of alcohol! the horror!] in the U.S. through the passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933. Celebrate by raising your favorite beverage, and many bars are holding events and offering specialty beverages. Some of our favs: Pasadena’s Magnolia House is offering The Vieux Carre ($10), first served at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans back in 1934. Townhouse and The Del Monte Speakeasy are holding a Repeal Day Party ($25) with stories from a cocktail author, old-timey cocktails, Prohibition fare (pig roast) and ragtime jazz. Angel City Brewery turns its Beer Hall into a speakeasy from 7 pm-midnight. KTCHN dtla will be catering the event with their favorite dishes from the 1920s and 30s. Period style dress is mandatory for the party. Tickets are $30 each and includes two drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres.

ART SHOW: The art collective 11:11 ACC in Tarzana opens its 8x8 Show & Holiday Boutique on Friday, featuring 8"x8" artwork all priced under $250. The group show includes more than 50 SFV and L.A. artists The opening night reception is from 7-11 pm. The show is a "Cash & Carry" show, meaning you can take the art home with you that night.

MUSICAL:: Rockwell presents the UnAuthorized Musical Parody of the 1996 horror classic Scream on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. “This hyperbolic retelling ups the ante from the camp of the original with live on-stage blood, beyond reverent narration, and the infamous killer mask donned by our very own Screamettes.” Modern Family's Sarah Hyland plays Sidney, and the cast also features Missi Pyle, Christine Lakin, Nicole Parker and Jonah Platt. Tickets: $15-$50.

BOOK + ART PARTY: Allan Amato photographs fine artists then asks them to interpret his portraits through their particular medium. The Temple of Art is a collection of the collaborative works that “provides an insightful look into the lives of some of our favorite working artists.” The book launches at La Luz de Jesus Gallery with an accompanying art show. Many of the 50 artists and collaborators will be in attendance. The reception is from 8-11 pm and the show will remain on view through Dec. 28.

FILM: The UCLA Film & Television Archive screens a digital restoration of Steve James’ documentary Hoop Dreams (1994) at 7:30 pm at the Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum). The film tells the story of two African American boys recruited to attend a predominantly white school because of their basketball skills. Steve James will attend in person. Tickets: $10.

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BOOKS: Book Soup features readings on Friday night by authors at 7 pm from The Critical Press—a publisher of books on film and culture. Peter Labuza (Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film), Tina Hassannia (Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema) and F.X. Feeney (Orson Welles: Power Heart and Soul) discuss and sign their books.

BURLESQUE: SuicideGirl's Blackheart Burlesque stops at the House of Blues on Friday night at 8 pm. “With striptease performances poking fun at Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Donnie Darko, Planet of the Apes and more, this will be unlike and other Burlesque show on the planet.” The show is 18+. Tickets: $35.

SATURDAY, DEC. 6

POST-IT: Giant Robot, Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson open the Post-It Show Ten at GR2 on Saturday at 4 pm. The annual show is a curated event featuring more than 300 artists who’ve created works on more than 2,000 Post-It notes. Each work is $25 and you must be at the show to purchase. Past artists include Todd, Watson, Gary Baseman, Nathan Ota, Rob Sato, Luke Chueh, Wayne Johnson and many others. It’s gonna be crazy...but worth it.

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 takes over the Cooper Design Space from noon to 7 pm. For its fourth year, the show bring together more than 50 vintage retailers and private dealers to showcase clothing, accessories and jewelry. The show is hosted by Jena Malone and Alia “POP” Penner with tunes provided by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges. General admission begins at 1 pm with tickets at $10. Preview admission at noon: $20.

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MUSIC CENTER CELEBRATION: The Music Center celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with two great parties. On Saturday night, the 50th Anniversary Spectacular begins at 6 pm with a champagne toast, followed by a 90-minute show with performances by the L.A. Master Chorale, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and The LA Phil, Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and other surprises. Tickets for Anniversary Spectacular start at $35. (The gala dinner tickets, which include the performances, start at $2,500). If that price is a little steep for your budget, then there’s a Next 50 Party in the Pavilion on Dec. 7 at 6 pm. Tickets start at $150 tickets and includes food, wine, beer and mixologist offerings (for the full bar option, those tickets are $250). The evening includes a dance party on the Pavilion stage, live music and performances.

ART BAZAAR: Subliminal Projects presents Holiday Bazaar, a group exhibition of local artists. The show features work by artists including: Amanda Gordon Dunn, Andrew Holder, Angela Chvarak, Anthony Sneed, Britt Harrison, Casey Ryder, Dale Dreiling, Ernesto Yerena, Francisco Reyes Jr., j.frede, Michael C. Hsiung, MR Herget, Nicholas Bowers, Nil Ultra, Richard David Sigmund, Shepard Fairey, Sterling Bartlett and Tara Smith. The opening reception is on Saturday from 2-6 pm. The show remains on view through Jan. 10, 2015.

WAREHOUSE SALE: The Gilt City Warehouse Sale returns to L.A. and the Siren Studios Orange this weekend. Shop brands from both emerging and established designers while noshing and sipping on complimentary cocktails. Clothing, accessories, home décor and more are all at up to 90 percent off retail. Choose from four different shopping sessions, beginning at 9 am. Admission: $10.

MUSIC: Listen to the harmonies of The Living Sisters—Eleni Mandell, Becky Stark, Inara George and Alex Lilly—at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge on Saturday night. Their Bonanza Holiday show celebrates the group’s new album Harmony Is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday. 8 pm. Tickets: $25.

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FILM: Downtown’s Electric Dusk Drive-In screens Scrooged, A Christmas Carol retelling featuring Bill Murray—on Saturday at 6:30 pm. The all-star supporting cast includes Alfre Woodard, Karen Allen, Carol Kane, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait and John Glover. There’s a full snack bar with low-cost BBQ, candy, popcorn and beverages. Gates open at 5 pm. Tickets: $8.50-$11 per person.

BOOK SIGNING: The Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in WeHo presents an exhibition and book signing for On Tour with Leonard Cohen with photographs by longtime Cohen collaborator Sharon Robinson. The exhibition opening takes place on Saturday from 1-4 pm. Parking available at Sunset Millennium parking garage via Sunset Boulevard.

COCKTAIL EXHIBITION: Craft in America Center presents the exhibition opening and cocktail party for Crafting the Cocktail on Saturday from 4-6 pm. The showcase features “one-of-a-kind, handmade barware that showcases innovative designs inspired by the ways in which we enjoy distilled spirits, both neat and well-mixed.” Participating artists in the show include: James Aarons, Knotwork, Old Newbury Crafters, James Vella and Bari Ziperstein.

MUSIC: The Girls (with Alison Brie of Community, Mad Men) play the Bootleg (and other people’s songs) on Saturday at 9 pm. In addition to Brie, the trio features Cyrina Fiallo and Julianna Guill. Also performing on Saturday: Valley Queen and Jones Street Station. Tickets: $15.

SUNDAY, DEC. 7

CICLAVIA : For the first time, CicLAvia takes over the streets of South L.A. on Sunday, Dec. 7. Thousands of participants are expected to explore the neighborhoods and bike, walk, skate historic Central Avenue, MLK Boulevard, Exposition Park and Leimert Park. There are plenty of family and kid friendly activities, live music along the route, a farmers market and a winter festival. The streets will be closed from 9 am to 3 pm.

ART: LACMA opens the new exhibition Nature and the American Vision on Sunday. The show is a rare opportunity to experience the Hudson River School paintings (as The New York History Society rarely allows the works to leave New York). The collection features about 45 paintings by renowned American artists: Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand, Frederic Edwin Church and many others.


FOOD+ART: L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ LA/Islam Arts Initiative presents an interesting pairing of arts and food on Sunday. Chinese Islamic Cuisine: A Delectable Discussion is a look at the role Islam has played in Chinese culture since the 7th century. The Chinese American Museum holds a no-host, family-style dinner ($20 per person) at China Islamic Restaurant (7727 Garvey Avenue, Rosemead) from 6-9 p.m. Dishes include ground lamb chuanr kebabs spiced with cumin, traditional green onion sesame bread, stews and hand-pulled noodle dishes. The evening will also feature speaker Wang Daiyu, who runs the website Islam in China Project: A project on Sino-Islamic Art, History, Culture. Past & Present. Space is limited. Reserve a seat by emailing RSVP@camla.org. FILM: The L.A. Conservancy celebrates the holidays with a matinee showing of John Hughes’ Home Alone at the Orpheum Theatre in DTLA on Sunday at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:15 pm; get there early to hear holiday tunes played by Tony Wilson on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ (the last remaining theatre organ on Broadway). Tickets: $15; $10 Conservancy members; $5 children ages 12 and younger. After the screening, ticket holders can show their tickets for discounts at nearby Umami Broadway and Two Boots Pizza.

FLEA MARKET: The Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market is held the first Sunday of every month from 10 am to 3 pm at the Regent Theater in DTLA. The RnR Flea promises to bring together vintage collections and antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. $2 cover, free if you eat at Prufrock (at the theater).

VARIETY: Captured Aural Phantasy Theater teams up with Famous Monsters magazine for the show the Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Invasion at El Cid on Sunday at 8:30 pm. “Like a B-Movie Drive-in experience brought to life, cocktail culture goes cosmic in this show that features truly mad men! The evening combines classic sci-fi comic books brought to life with live music, absurd acts, sultry singing and...cocktails!” Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

Related: December Events Guide

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