Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Weekly What To Do: So Many Places To Get Presents for Hannukah and I Guess Christmas

Such a week for gaming in LA. We have the Game Awards Thursday and the next night the brand new DIG (Digital, Interactive & Gaming) from the same people who bring us Slamdance starts. Oh, it creeps me out, it creeps me out in a good way. All our old favorite holiday pop-up markets are back. We have special sales and art shows and Christmas events to already beat us into holiday submission. Then there's the Petersen Automotive Museum re-opening! Just a jammed weekend before the holidays kick into high gear.

The Karate Kid (The Good one)
Wed, Dec 2, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with director John G. Avildsen, Randee Heller, Martin Kove, and Billy Zabka.

The Game Awards 2015
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 - 6:00PM 
Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE)
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Performances by deadmau5 and CHVRCHES. The award show should have big names in the video game biz with clips a special trailers of upcoming games.

Dec 3 - Dec 6
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, California 90405

Huge sale on all things Adidas, so if you like track suits.

A Very Die Hard Christmas
Dec 3 - Dec 19, 2015
Crown City Theatre Company
11031 Camarillo Street North Hollywood

A play about the best action Christmas movie from the 80s.

December 3-6
Thursday & Friday at 7pm
Saturday & Sunday at 6pm
The Village at Westfield Topanga
The Koi Pond
6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Ring in the Holiday Season to Benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7 pm
King King Hollywood
6555 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
$20 in advance or $25 at the door

Live Performances from The Jazz Scribes, Rachel Grace and Saga Strings,
Buddy Sampson and Friends, Crosstown Traffic Featuring Myra Washington

Opens Friday, December 4th, 2015 from 5pm - 9pm
Open consecutive weekends
December 5th-13th (noon - 6pm)
Big Pictures Los Angeles
2424 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(between Arlington Avenue & South Wilton Place)
Admission is free and open to the public

DIG (Digital, Interactive and Gaming) is a new showcase from the Slamdance Film Festival dedicated to emerging independent artists working in hybrid, immersive, and developing forms of digital media art. Collectively, DIG represents a discovery of unique experiences. The new showcase features meta-narrative iPad applications, short films made for virtual reality, cubist-inspired video art pieces and video games being developed for PlayStation and the personal computer.

Opening Friday, Dec 4 7pm-9pm
Gallery 1988 East 
7021 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90038

An Art Exhibit by Kevin Dart + Friends. Not to be missed, Kevin Dart alone may make you weep and the pieces he props up on the subject of either science or nature.

Friday, Dec 4
Multiple Times
Laemmele Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
English subtitles
Only one day to see this screening, I doubt it'll be back in theaters.
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice.
Dec 4, 8:00pm

The Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90039

It's that time of year again The League of S.T.E.A.M. & Red Lion Tavern are teaming up to bring you our 4th annual Krampusnacht celebration.
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Valley Cruise Press curates an art show at SHQ! The line up of artists cannot be beat. 
Dec 5-6

Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Ste 200, Los Angeles, California 90015
The 2nd annual Comic Arts LA (CALA), a festival celebrating independent comic artists in Downtown Los Angeles. This is a nice get together of animators and indie comic artists and fans.

Major downside- Terrible parking downtown

The 8th Annual UNIQUE LA Holiday Market
December 5 & 6, 11am-6pm
The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.
$10 at the door (cash only), Kids 12 and under are free
Parking: There is secure, underground parking at the California Market Center for a $6 flat-rate.

A wonderful indoor market perfect for gifts for the holidays. Don't be thinking it's cheap, some of it is high end accessories. We've been a fan of the markets...since as long as they've been having them. 

Saturday, December 5, 11am-8pm
Old Pasadena

Eat, drink, be merry all while checking names off your holiday shopping list! At Artisanal LA’s Holiday Market in Old Pasadena, 150 local makers, 150 indie businesses and three city streets come together to present an all-day European market-inspired shopping experience.

December 5 & 6
Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
Get that special Doctor Who fan or whatever popular TV show item at this fair. So many bath soaps, so many scented candles.

December 5-6 and 12-13, then continues daily from December 18, 2015 through January 3, 2016
Universal Studios CityWalk and Park
Admission to Park, Free for CityWalk activities

Celebrate Grinchmass with festive activities both inside and outside the park with your favorite green guy. I’m amazed that it’s somehow not related to the Minions.

December 5 & 6, 10am – 6pm 
The Reef
1933 S. Broadway Ave, Los Angeles, CA
$10 pre-sale and $15 at the door

A new consumer electronics show. We're not completely sold on the event as it's so new and we don't know anyone behind it. Go at your own risk.
Sat, Dec 5, 6:30pm

The Downtown Independent
251 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Another Channel 101 season has come and gone... The only thing left to do is uphold a longstanding tradition of dressing up fancy and passing out awards to each other. If you haven't yet RSVP'd, send an email to and simply give them your name and let them know if you intend to bring a plus one. That's it! 

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11am to 7pm
Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 

Free holiday activities starting the month off right.

“Festival of Carols”
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2 pm
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$29 - $99; children ages 6-12, $22 - $74

New arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and traditional favorites, performed by 110 members of the Chorale and conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, set a joyful tone.

Saturday, December 5, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Moonlight Rollerway
5110 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, California 91204
Join those who love Whedon for their first social event for WhedonopolisCon2016, a skate night.

Sunday, December 6, 2:00 pm
Camino Theatre
Los Angeles City College
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, 90029
Free Parking in the Heliotrope Ave. Lot

Listen and Meet Mark Hamill in an intimate theater setting, will he tell stories of Star Wars or being the Joker on Batman?

Sunday, December 6

Two Start times Noon and 2:30pm
L.A. River Studios
2025 North San Fernando Road 
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Time Out Los Angeles editors have challenged some of the city’s best restaurants to offer creative takes on this cheesy classic in the ultimate showdown to crown LA’s top mac.

Back to the Future Special Screenings
Sunday, Dec 6
Starts 12pm
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Final screening, followed by a Q&A with Writer/Producer Bob Gale and Production Designer Rick Carter, Moderated by Timothy Dowling.

Monday, December 7
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Westfield Topanga 
Located on Level 2 inside Westfield Topanga, near American Eagle Outfitters
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, California 91303
Families are invited to come partake in the celebration, where children can create their own Menorah to take home, enjoy free latkes and doughnuts, and listen to festive music as the menorah is lit.

Mon, Dec 7
6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The general public can re-enter the fully refurbished museum with all new exhibits starting Monday. The new exhibits include automobiles from films, yes, the Bond cars. Pixar showing off some of its CGI tech for the film Cars and some Forza video game love. You can go on the 6th for a $200 preview day.

Rob Paulsen's TALKIN' TOONS Presents: A Holiday with Pinky and the Brain!
Tuesday, December 08, 8:00pm
Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA 
$15 with 
Two item minimum 
18 & over 
Pinky and the Brain are back and talking about toons. Narf! 

Tuesday, December 8,  1:00 pm-5:00 pm
1201 S Victory Blvd
 Burbank, CA 91502
As part of the celebration, this Baskin-Robbins shop will roll back prices and offer a variety of sweet deals on frozen treats. Guests at the celebration will also enjoy live entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting and fun giveaways, including Baskin-Robbins gift cards, t-shirts and ice cream scoops. There will also be a special ice cream cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate Baskin-Robbins' 70th birthday.