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Your perfect LA weekend: November 20-22

Your perfect LA weekend: November 20-22


Start your weekend in the interior of Downtown's whimsical, literary sanctuary, the Last Bookstore. The space practically begs for a regular stage show, and comedians Ever Mainard and Caitlin Bergh fill that void with the Last Book Review, a comedy show that's a few parts storytelling and one part witty book review.

Alternatively, start the night at NerdMelt for another installment of Andy Kindler's Particular Show. The frustrated, self-defeated comedian is worth seeing in his own right, but Friday night's show has a can't-miss lineup with sets from Nikki Glaser, Beth Stelling, Kurt Braunohler, Johnny Pemberton and more.

Slip into your finest high-fashion, low-effort robe and dance the night away at Kaftan Discothèque. As the name implies, kaftans are required at this this free-flowing Golden Box disco.


Debunk all of those cliches about nobody walking in LA during Saturday's Great Los Angeles Walk. Hundreds of walkers will start the free urban hike at Clifton's Cafeteria and, nine hours and 16 miles along Olympic Boulevard later, end up at the beach in Santa Monica.

If you complete the walk and end up by the beach, show off your whiskers (real or fake) for Stouts N Staches, the annual Venice Beach fundraiser to benefit the Movember Foundation. Grab a drink from a beer garden at Hotel Erwin before hitting the streets for $5 food and drink specials at local restaurants.

If you'd prefer something a little more ladylike, learn how to wrap your head in a flower crown and adorn your apartment with a festive wreath at this holiday wreath and crown workshop at Poketo at the Line.

Speaking of dressing up, the Cosplay Expo arrives in the Valley today. More meet-up than proper expo, this event is an opportunity for cosplayers of all kinds to brush up on costume tips and pose for professional photos in Van Nuys' Japanese Garden.

Head up the 405 to the Valley Performing Arts Center to spend an evening with David Sedaris. Expect to hear the humorist and This American Life contributor read a batch of essays that cover everything from twisted Christmas tales to the zany Sedaris family.


Choose between a whole batch of design and gallery events on Sunday, including the Unique One-of-a-Kind Handmade Ornaments Show at iam8bit, the just-opened Pushing the Press: The Typecraft Design Library exhibition at A+D, Pasadena's toy-filled Designer Con and the Star Wars-meets-Christianity Resurrection show at the FLOOD Gallery.

Celebrate the early arrival of Christmas on Rodeo Drive in a fashion that only Beverly Hills could pull off: 16 crystal chandeliers and a confetti "snow" shower will accompany the 42 iridescent palm trees for the annual holiday lighting.

Delve into the heart and soul of Jaco Pastorius's music at the world premiere of Jaco, a documentary about the legendary jazz bass player. Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo produced the film, and afterwards he'll be taking the stage at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for a tribute show alongside Flea, Billy Idol and more.

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