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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: December 16-18

Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: December 16-18

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


Indulge your love of cheese and booze at the Spirit Guild as the Arts District distillery hosts a Cheese & Spirits Pairing. They're teaming up with Vagabond Cheese Company for what's sure to be a satisfyingly decadent tasting.

Belt out Christmas classics at the Music Center Holiday Sing-Along. This free public celebration is taking over the Music Center Plaza with an hour and a half of sing-along Christmas songs.

Get ready to kick some Jedi or Sith butt at Glow Sword Battle L.A. This Star Wars-inspired nocturnal event is taking over Pershing Square with a massive lightsaber battle. May the Force be with you, but don't get carried away: Face-hitting is not allowed.


Swing by the Petersen Automotive Museum for the opening day of the Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring. See four cars and one motorcycle that the late political muralist painted in his signature style.

Take your pick between a trio of holiday performances today. Strike the harp and join the chorus with the L.A. Phil's Holiday Sing-Along, backed by the Walt Disney Concert Hall's glorious pipe organ. See a sassy extravaganza during the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Holiday Spectacular at the Alex Theatre. Head to Largo for Harry Shearer and Judith Owen Present Christmas Without Tears, a mix of traditional favorites and parody songs from the Simpsons and Spinal Tap star.

Honor 2016's low points—so few to choose from this year—at UCB Sunset's dubious awards show, the 2016 IT SUCKED! Awards. Drew Spears produces, and Devin Field and Marcella Arguello host a lineup that includes Jacob Wysocki, Natalie Palamides and Peter Banifaz.


Be dazzled by four of nature’s rarest colorful diamond masterpieces at the Natural History Museum's Gem and Mineral Vault. "Diamonds: Rare Brilliance" outlines the incredible properties of gemstones and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color.

Pause for a moment of peaceful reflection as the Getty hosts a Leonard Cohen listening party. There won't be any speeches, memorial services, performances or anything like that—just a tranquil, informal setting to listen to songs from the late singer-songwriter's celebrated career.

If you missed out on tickets for tonight's TV on the Radio-hosted Standing Rock benefit, head to the Forum instead for Stevie Nicks + the Pretenders. See the crystal visions when the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman joins up with the Pretenders on this final stop of their tour.

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar. 

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