The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

Find concerts, screenings, art exhibits and more of our critics’ picks with the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week
Spartina
Photograph: Courtesy Spartina
By Time Out Los Angeles editors
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If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, including concerts, comedy shows, happy hour dealsfree museum days—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now put down that TV remote. There you go. Now get out of the house and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

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Sorry to Bother You
Photograph: Courtesy MoMA
Movies

The Contenders

icon-location-pin Hammer Museum, Westwood
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Head to the Hammer Museum to see 10 influential, innovative films made in the past year that MoMA’s Department of Film believes are destined for big things.

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Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
Shopping, Pop-up shops

Tilit and Keep Pop-Up at Now Serving

Hospitality workwear brand Tilit and non-slip shoemaker Keep are popping up at Chinatown’s Now Serving for a holiday market stocked with aprons, jumpsuits, shoes and bartender bags, plus drinks from Highland Park Brewery and bites from Cafe Birdie.

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Billy Harris Hanukkah dinner party at Genghis Cohen 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Genghis Cohen
Restaurants, Jewish

“Hanukkah with Harris” Dinner at Genghis Cohen

Emcee extraordinaire Billy Harris hosts a very special Hanukkah dinner at Genghis Cohen, complete with cocktails, dreidels, gelt, a menorah lighting, live music and that timeless tradition of Chinese food in December.

Philly cheesesteak "sandwich" at the Bazaar by Jose Andres in SLS Beverly Hills
Credit: Photograph: Courtesy The Bazaar by José Andrés/Greg Powers
Restaurants

The Bazaar by José Andrés 10 Year Anniversary Party

On Tuesday, Andrés and the culinary teams from his other Bazaar restaurants—Miami, Las Vegas and South Beach, for those keeping score—will descend on the flagship location here in Beverly Hills for a night of revelry, bites and sips that celebrate the brand’s first decade.

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Kurt Vile and the Violators
Photograph: Kurt Vile and the Violators
Music, Rock and indie

Kurt Vile and the Violators

The Philadelphian troubadour—and the War On Drugs collaborator—and his crew hit the Wiltern peddling lo-fi psych and an echo-sodden, agreeably eccentric blend of folk and rock.

Music, Folk, country and blues

Fleetwood Mac

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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Expect a set list crammed with hits, during which Stevie and Christine (but sans Lindsey) graciously share the spotlightat the Forum.

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E.R.B.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Bars, Cocktail bars

Wine Wednesday at Everson Royce Bar

icon-location-pin Everson Royce Bar, Downtown Arts District
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Wind down with a flight of three wines and a culinary creation during this weekday special.

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Spartina
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Restaurants, Italian

Spartina’s 3 Year Anniversary

Help Melrose’s California-meets-Italian spot celebrate three years of sparkling wine and handmade pasta with an evening of $3 food and drink.

All My Single Friends
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Comedy

All My Single Friends

icon-location-pin The Copper Still, East Hollywood
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Partake in an evening that’s party comedy show and part live dating experience at the Copper Still.

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Artisanal LA
Photograph: Courtesy Artisanal LA
Shopping, Arts, crafts & hobbies

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market

icon-location-pin Bank of America Plaza, Downtown
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Gear up for the holiday season at this holiday pop-up, boasting over 20 artisanal vendors in the lobby of DTLA’s Bank of America Building.

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Threedom
Photograph: Courtesy Stitcher
Comedy, Podcast recordings

Pee Cast Blast

icon-location-pin The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core
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This podcast fest at the Theatre at Ace Hotel includes Throwing Shade, Off Book and Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins and Lauren Lapkus.

hip-hop artists
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Rolling Loud

icon-location-pin Banc of California Stadium, USC/Exposition Park
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See Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert headline this two-day hip-hop fest at Exposition Park’s Banc of California Stadium.

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Unique LA
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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Unique LA Holiday Market

icon-location-pin Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
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The annual Unique holiday market features clothes, accessories and art pieces from a number of quality handmade brandsduring a pop-up on the Santa Monica Pier.

Aimee Mann & Ted Leo
Photograph: Courtesy Aimee Mann
Music, Rock and indie

The Aimee Mann Christmas Show

icon-location-pin Largo at the Coronet, La Cienega
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Mann returns to Largo for her electric holiday show, featuring herself and Ted Leo in a fit of Santa-centric carols, original tunes, video displays and sketches.

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Governors Ball 2017
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Childish Gambino

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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The audacious Donald Glover enlists Rae Sremmurd (Dec 16) and Vince Staples (Dec 17) for his rescheduled shows at the Forum.

Things to do, Festivals

Enchanted: Forest of Light

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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Descano Gardens’ nighttime experience masterfully mixes hands-on art installations with atmospheric, luminescent forests, all against a background of uplit trees and shimmery sound effects.

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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Theater, Puppet shows

Bob Baker’s ‘Nutcracker’

icon-location-pin Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
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The beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater may have left behind its longtime home, but it’s not ditching its annual holiday production. For the first time since opening in 1969, the charming play and its 100-plus handmade puppets move off-site with this staging at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Exhibitions

Grand Park’s Winter Glow

icon-location-pin Grand Park, Downtown
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The Downtown park is taking advantage of this time of year’s ever-shortening daylight with a light-up activation that brings a bit of warmth to the area.

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Wicked
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus
Theater, Musicals

‘Wicked’

icon-location-pin Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
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Forget Dorothy and her ruby slippers—head to Oz for the story of Elphaba and Glindaas Wicked opens at the Pantages Theatre.

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