Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Weekly What To Do: Don't Open Your Presents Yet

Merry Happy Festive Non Discriminating Tidings of holiday cheer all ethnicities, sexes and possible sentient A.I.. We have a week of many things to do, some for the holiday season, some that are just timed to be in December. All events are filled with love and togetherness and commercialism.

In The Spirit of Things

KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball
Dec 5 - 8:00 PM
Staples Center
Starts at $50

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest
Featuring: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Becky G, Rixton, Rita Ora, Kiesza and Shawn Mendes along with special guest host Nick Jonas.

Unique LA 7th Annual LA Holiday Market
Dec 6-7, 5- 11am-6pm
The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.
$10 at the door (cash only) or Pre-sale tickets, Kids 12 and under are free.

Art, clothes, and a bunch of goodies to get for the holiday season. Unique has kept the event going for seven long years of going to a strange floor of a building. It's so weird that there's all these empty spaces around LA.

Select dates December 6, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Universal Studios Hollywood

“Enjoy an extra helping of Who-bilation this holiday season with Grinchmas™ at Universal Studios HollywoodSM.  Guests can treat themselves and their families to fun filled photo ops with The Grinch and his dog Max, story time with Cindy Lou-Who and cookie and ornament decorating.  After standing beneath the 60-foot Grinchmas tree and soaking in the festive park holiday decorations, theme park guests can journey to Whoville aboard Universal Studios Hollywood’s world-famous Studio Tour where Whos sing and dance amid the original sets from the classic, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” movie.”

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7 pm,
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Tickets range from $29 - $99

"Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all abilities – even those with no singing experience – are welcome to the Chorale’s 34th Annual Sing-Along, in which the 2,100-member audience becomes the choir.  The performance features a professional orchestra and quartet of professional soloists from the Chorale, including Holly Sedillos, soprano; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano; Ben Cortez, tenor; and David Castillo, baritone."

Holiday Matinee: "Home Alone"
Sunday, December 7, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:15) 
Orpheum Theatre
842 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014
$15 general public, $10 Conservancy members, $5 children 12 and under

The Westside Wonderland Give Back Gala
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Westside Pavilion
10800 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

"Celebrating the best of the Westside and the spirit of the holiday season, guests will enjoy tastes of fashion, beauty, discounts, food, cocktails and more from participating retailers and local businesses and eateries. Proceeds from the event benefit community organizations, including Westside Family Health Center, Ocean Park Community Center, Homeboy Industries and Westside Food Bank."


Opening Reception: Dec 4, 7-10pm
Dec 4-Dec 21
Iam8bit 2147 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
A new one, special ornaments made by artists, the results will most likely be better than Etsy.
December 5 - December 28
Hero Complex Gallery
2020 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034
This show needs a flyer, don't they all!
"To coincide with HCG’s First Annual Christmas Party we are turning the gallery into an arcade!
The gallery will be filled with classic cabinet games such as Galaga, Pacman, Street Fighter, and more, along with multicarts (60+ games in one cabinet), pinball machines, and modern gaming via our NEW PROJECTION SYSTEM... all games will be on FREE PLAY!"
December 5, 7-10 PM
Gallery1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

“Over 100 illustrators and designers reinterpret existing classic album covers in their own styles. This is the 3rd annual show, but the first at G1988.Some incredible artists will be participating,
and we'll be giving out an artist list as the show gets closer. ALSO, Donut Friend will be providing special donuts.”
Dec 5, 7:30 – 10PM
Meltdown Gallery
Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046

An exhibit of over 60 uncut sticker sheets designed by today’s best cartoonists, including the ALL-NEW 15 artist collaboration.
Artist reception: Friday, December 5th; 8-11PM
December 5 – 28, 2014

"The TEMPLE OF ART is a collection of those collaborative art works and musings that provides an insightful look into the lives of some of our favorite working artists. A documentary project evolved from this project as well, which follows the progress of the collaborations from conception to completion, alongside interviews with the artists themselves."

Opening Reception December 6 from 4pm-9pm
Dec 6 - Jan 4
Creature Features

2904 W Magnolia, Burbank, California
Huge list of artists for this one.
"This December, CREATURE FEATURES celebrates the legendary duo Arthur Rankin & Jules Bass, creators of such timeless TV perennials as RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA, THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY and more, with this group art show showcasing tributes from over 100 artists in the fields of film & TV, fine art, comics, make-up & visual FX, children’s book illustration and more!"

* Spoiler Country: Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials! @ UCB FRANKLIN Dec 5
Out and About
Starts Wed, Dec 3
120 E 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
$30.00 - $32.00 
From the people behind Race/LA comes Escape Room LA. You get trapped in a room, sent back to the 1940's and have an hour to deduce how to get out, have fun. I'm assuming they'll be no less than eighty articles on this experience by local sites and mags, maybe will be one of them.

Wednesday, December 3
5 – 7:30 pm
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free parking available in the NHM Car Park on Bill Robertson Ln.,
near the corner of Exposition Blvd.

December’s event brings Dr. Darrel Jenerette to the Museum to talk about the Los Angeles Tree Tracker project, a study of green space in L.A. that will help researchers determine which trees are most efficient at reducing the urban heat island effect.

3D, 4D and Virtual Reality Film Festival
Sat, Dec 6 10 am-2pm
Regal Cinemas LA Live and hotel Figueroa

A strange slate of films other than two mainstream movies being show in the one day festival of all the new forms of entertaining people. Cosplay Dreams 3D seems like a film shot for IMAX on how people cosplay.

Sat, December 6, 2pm
Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis.

"Join the legendary Marvel icons Stan Lee and Roy Thomas and the filmmaker Kevin Smith for an inside look at the mighty history of the House of Ideas. A Q&A and book signing of Thomas’s new book, 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen (TASCHEN), follows the discussion."
Dec 6, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

“This star-studded 90-minute show will honor The Music Center and highlight the accomplishments of the past 50 years.  The show includes special tributes to the world-class performing arts presented on The Music Center stages, as well as The Music Center’s leading national arts education programs, its 25-year history with the Academy Awards® and its role as a cultural hub in Los Angeles.”

Sunday, December 7, 7:30pm
El Cid 4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
$10 at the door or at,

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is back to get the holiday season going with sci-fi. No, there's no bearing on Christmas, but... yeah I'm not going to even try and connect aliens to Christmas, that's the History Channel's job. Come together with family or otherworldly beings and be entertained.

“Like a 50’s B-Movie Drive-in experience come to life, cocktail culture goes cosmic in this show that features truly mad men! Captured Aural Phantasy Theater teams up with the legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland to present the HI-FI SCI-FI INVASION at the historic El Cid for 1 night only Sunday, December 7! Another in a continuing series of monthly live shows, we will be showcasing mid-century science fiction stories performed in our signature variety show/ old radio show style. The evening includes vintage sci-fi comic books brought to life on stage with original art, live sound effects and a live soundtrack. Classic tales by greats like Ray Bradbury are given an absurdist treatment for the 21st Century. Along with the multi-media sci-fi stories and comic book performances, the evening includes comedic acts, prizes and the finest live music. Spend the evening with Captured Aural Phantasy Theater for an out-of-this-world geek-fest!”

CicLAvia South LA
Dec 7 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The South LA route will connect beautiful Leimert Park with historic Central Avenue, traveling along Martin Luther King Boulevard. 
The poorly named event series of shutting down streets around LA continues this weekend. Those attending can walk, run or bicycle in the street with food and music vendors.