Things to do in LA this weekend

We curate an LA weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you

Friday

Go public with your secret love of Christmas carols on Friday night at the Music Center Holiday Sing Along. Sure, it's great hum along in the car, but nothing beats belting out "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with a lively crowd. Lyrics sheets are provided, so don’t worry if you forget that second verse to “Jingle Bells.” The event is free, but tickets are required (distribution starts at 6pm).

Chase that sugary holiday spirit with a screening of the technically-Christmastime movie Gremlins. The Nuart hosts this midnight showing of the '84 sci-fi black comedy; just remember, no matter how cute that furry Mogwai looks, never, ever feed it after midnight.

Saturday

Finish up any last minute holiday shopping at Saturday morning’s installment of Artists & Fleas. Peruse a selection of locally made art, fashion, vintage wares and other hip stocking stuffers. Plus, this special holiday edition will have an ugly sweater photobooth on-hand.

Afterwards, head to the Egyptian for a screening of It's A Wonderful Life. The quintessential Christmas movie finds Jimmy Stewart at his best, learning to look at his life in a whole new light thanks to the creative perspective of an angel trying to earn his wings. The film is practically unavoidable this time of year, but it begs to be seen in 35mm instead of on a TV broadcast.

Cap off a festive night at UCB Sunset for the annual Yuletide Christmas Holiday Special. Over 20 UCB comics will take the stage for holiday sketches, songs and all sorts of other festive merriment. Oh, and did we mention there’s a pie raffle?

Sunday

Join Tom Explores Los Angeles (host of the eponymous video series) and the team behind local app 5 Every Day (a.k.a. arty pop band YACHT) for an all-day celebration of the winter solstice at Elysian Park. And when they say "all day," they mean it quite literally: The event runs from 6:55am to 4:48pm. Bring food, water, blankets, chairs or whatever you so desire to Elysian Fields for an afternoon of games and guest speakers.

Relive your childhood theatergoing experiences with Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and the Mouse King with a nostalgic trip to see the Nutcracker. Take your pick between three different performance troupes: the Los Angeles Ballet at Royce Hall, the Moscow Ballet at the Wiltern and the Long Beach Ballet at the Long Beach Convention Center (backed by a full orchestra).

Close out your weekend at the Improv for the Naked Comedy Toys for Tots Charity Show. Despite the name, there's no (planned) nudity to see here, but you will find a solid lineup of comedians. Josh Androsky hosts this year's show, which includes Tim Heidecker, Greg Proops, Eddie Peppitone and Kate Berlant, one of our comedians to watch in 2015. Spend $10 and half of will go to Toys for Tots or get in for free with a toy to donate.

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goEastLos
goEastLos

I'll be at Grand Park's FREE Downtown Dia de los Muertos on SAT NOV 1 (from 3pm-10pm)!!

Alex W
Alex W

Well here I am again! Looking for things to do on Saturday and Sunday with friends in from out of town. Friday night we'll be checking out the Hollywood Bowl with trey Anastacio - as mentioned, I work with LA Phil so I see a LOT of shows there! http://hbowl.com/TreyAnastasio Sunday I am thinking the Abbot Kinney festival. See some of y'all at either place? What else is happening? 

Alex W
Alex W

LOL @Tara D ;)


Also, it bears mentioning - since I will be there, I work with LA Phil! - there's DreamWorks Animation in Concert this weekend at the Bowl. I'm bringing my sister, nephew, and his friend...fun for them, and we can picnic and drink some good wine. Hopefully see some of you there! http://hbowl.com/dreamworksanimation

Tara D
Tara D

So, are there any fun things to do this weekend?

Norma C
Norma C

@Tara D Quinceanera Magazine Expo Embassy Suites 211 E. Huntington Dr  Arcadia, CA   12 - 5pm