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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Weekly What To Do: First Weekend In December!

LA's back with a vengeance this weekend, I mean holiday spirit!

SEQUEL 2: Artists Imagine Sequels & Prequels... That Never Happened

3rd Annual Unique, One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Ornament Show
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 30, 8 to 1​1​pm
2147 W. Sunset Blvd.
LA, CA 90026

Sequel-One of iam8bit's most popular shows in our 11-year history as a gallery, SEQUEL 2 asks artists to imagine movie Sequels & Prequels... That Never Happened.

-Ornamnets Showcasing HUNDREDS of HANDMADE ornaments,
lovingly crafted by artists from around the world.

Dec 1, Thursday at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Union Station will summon the sounds of Christmas on Thursday, December 1st with the Annual Tree Lighting on the station’s South Patio, accompanied by an extraordinary collaboration from the renowned All-American Boys Chorus and L.A’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. The one-of-a-kind concert experience will treat Union Station guests to a distinctive performance of all of their favorite holiday songs.Santa Claus, one of the most popular guys in “Tinsel Town”, will kick-off the holiday season at Union Station with a Tree Lighting at on the South Patio at 7:00 p.m., followed by Santa Selfies, complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, pastries and a cotton candy bar.
Its the first in a month-long series of free “Cocoa Concerts” at the historic downtown destination.

Film Noir at Union Station | "Too Late for Tears" (1949) Dec 2

Bob’s Burgers Pop Up Diner & Art Show
Starts Dec 1-10
Unit 120 at Far East Plaza

Rumor is the pop-up will consist of burgers inspired by the show and that they'll be cooked by different chefs. There will also be art show inspired by the show, isn't that like the second one of those this year?

Featuring a performance by Run The Jewels
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 - 5:30PM
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$25.00 - $35.00

Join the biggest names in entertainment to celebrate the best video games of 2016, plus get a sneak preview of what’s next. The Game Awards 2016  highlights the cultural significance of video games with awards, world premieres, musical performances and other surprises.

Thursday, December 1
Trepany House
at The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

What makes this night different from all other nights?
Janet Klein and her Parlor Fellows will perform a special evening devoted to gobs of 
Yiddish Novelty Songs and Klezmer tunes from the 1920s & 1930s
with nice mensch guests and such tunes:
December 1–2, 5–8, & 12–15, 2016
Hammer Museum
$12 General Admission
$8 Hammer Members with valid discount code 
The Hammer Museum presents The Contenders, The Museum of Modern Art’s renowned exhibition of films. Each year, MoMA’s Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals around the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the last 12 months that they believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or cult classic status, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.

December 2, 2016 and will run through December 10, 2016
6pm - 9pm PST
Big Pictures Los Angeles
2424 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Well, someone raided IndieCade this year and took what they thought were fun artsy games. Lol, they have You Must Be 18, Infinit-O and The Magic Dance Mirror, all from IndieCade.Slamdance's DIG returns with some surreal VR games and other strange plays. Hell, they showed of Thumper last year, before it went big in VR.

Dec 2, Friday at 6 PM - 9 PM

Gallery Nucleus
210 E Main St, Alhambra, California 91801
Nucleus is proud to welcome Peow! Studio's artists Patrick Crotty and Valentin Seiche (aka. airfortress). Peow! Studio is an independent Swedish publishing company renowned in the zine and comic art world for their unique artists' vision. Peow is also known for their risograph prints and comic book shop in H├Ągersten, Sweden.

December 2 – 8
Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills
9036 Wilshire Blvd.

*Careful, this one is selling out

"Your Name." is a beautiful story about time, fate and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers, living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet somehow, it works.

Mifune: The Last Samurai
Starts Dec 2
Ahrya Fine Arts
8556 Wilshire Blvd.

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI director Steven Okazaki will participate in Q&A's at the Fine Arts after the 8 PM screening on Friday, December 2nd and after the 6 PM screening on Saturday, December 3rd.

Creature Features
2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505
Steven Spielberg’s iconic production company Amblin Entertainment is in its thirty-fifth year and over three decades has created many of the most beloved movies of all time, spanning every genre. From the Oscar-winning masterpieces Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan to adored pop culture classics that defined a generation - Back to the Future, The Goonies, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger 
Rabbit, and so many more.
December 2 – 31, 2016 Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 8PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery

During the month of December, Pool and Marianela will be presenting their “Barbie, the Plastic Religion” in Los Angeles at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Among the numerous pieces in the exhibition, the artists will be displaying two new paintings created in the style of Byzantine icon (gold leaf), portraits of Barbie (“Our Lady of Mattel”) and Ken (“Sacred Heart of Mattel”); 12 Via Crucis altarpieces; an eight piece nativity scene; 13 small good leaf paintings; and a Barbie Porsche 911 with Ken as Krishna, Buddah and Jesus.

Sips & Sweets
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
8pm – 11pm with a VIP Hour from 7pm – 8pm
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
$0 - $65
21+ event. All guests must have a valid ID for entry

Join us Friday, December 2nd from 8pm – 11pm and sample delicious confections, sip on handcrafted cocktails and shop for amazing holiday gifts and trinkets. Curated by the LA Weekly's own food critic Besha Rodell and Katherine Spiers, this eating, drinking and shopping extravaganza is one not to be missed.

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk
Friday, Dec 2, 8:00 pm
The Regent
448 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk is the first and only realistic tribute of their kind. They don replica chromed helmets and FULL SCALE pyramid stage to create the perfect Daft Punk inspired vibe and perform an awe-inspiring encore in electro-luminescent suits, reminiscent of the "Alive 2007" tour.

It's Holiday Time in PaleyLand

December 2, 2016, to January 8, 2017, in Los Angeles
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Closing at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve (12/24) & New Year's Eve (12/31).
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.

Meet Santa! Watch Holiday TV Classics! Enjoy Family Activities! FREE Hot Cocoa!

The Paley Center for Media celebrates the joy of the season with a special family-friendly experience. It's Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive, along with family activities and a visit with Santa.

December 2-3
Dolby Theatre

Adding to the roster of TEDx events hosted in the City of Angels, TEDxLA will be the largest of its kind in the area by inviting people from the greater Los Angeles community and surrounding areas to spark groundbreaking ideas.

LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec 3, 6:00 pm
Vincent Thomas Bridge

The 2016 Holiday Parade of Boats in Los Angeles Harbor. This annual parade, marks the start of the Holiday Season here in the harbor.  The Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, the official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles along with vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate including powerboats, sailboats and harbor working craft.

PlayStation Experience
Dec 3-4
Anaheim Convention Center
Two-day early bird ticket costs $60
Regular priced two-day tickets run $75. Saturday-only tickets are priced at $45 and Sunday-only tickets cost $40

PlayStation Experience 2016 will feature hands-on time with the recently announced PlayStation 4 Pro — playable on 4K TVs — and "dozens of PlayStation VR demos, PlayStation Showcase, developer panels, merchandise, and a whole lot more," Sony said. This year's PlayStation Experience will also coincide with Capcom's Street Fighter 5 Capcom Cup tournament. The Capcom Cup finals will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 6 p.m. PT.

UNIQUE LA's 9th Annual Holiday Market
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 11:00 AM –
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 6:00 PM PST
California Market Center
110 East 9th Street
13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90079

Another holiday market to get you holiday gift list finished in one go!

Dec 3, Saturday at 10 AM - 9 PM

Game Realms
137 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, California 91502
FFXV voice actors Ray Chase (Noctis Lucis Caelum) and Robbie Daymond (Prompto Argentum) will be our special guests from 1PM to 5PM, to autograph YOUR copy of the game!
It will be a Final Fantasy day, with various entries in the series on display in our gaming room, Final Fantasy videos and music on play, and a raffle with various prizes, including a copy of "The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy," signed by artist Yoshitaka Amano himself! 

December 3December 4

Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
It's both the most festive AND stressful time of the year! This year, let us help make things a little less stressful, and come shop at our holiday boutique of handmade fandom goods! Lots of vendors will be here selling unique crafts and products for that hard to shop for fan in your life. Of course, there's always time to spoil yourself, too!
The Art of Moana Panel & Signing
December 3, 2016
Dec 3, 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 E Main St, Alhambra, California 91801
Gallery Nucleus welcomes the artists of Disney's latest animated film Moana. Join us on December 3rd from 2:00 - 5:00 pm to hear the artists & animators share stories from behind the scenes and see their development work on the movie. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of The Art of Moana book!

December 3December 4

1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90007
Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary
Dec 4,5,8
Multiple Theaters

Chihiro thinks she is on another boring trip with her parents. But when they stop at a village that is not all that it seems, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave. She must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.
Don’t miss director Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®-winning animated film that became a worldwide phenomenon and further cemented Studio Ghibli’s legacy as one of the foremost animation studios in the world, presented by GKIDS, Studio Ghibli, Hot Topic and Fathom Events

Bring on the Joy

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:00pm
Wilshire United Methodist Church
4350 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010
Between Highland and Wilton. Limited free parking available at venue.

Angel City Chorale kicks off the season with its eagerly anticipated annual winter concert and sing-along. This year’s exciting 23rd edition, Bring on the Joy, will entertain audiences with an infectious blast of holiday cheer over two family-friendly nights.
The vibrant concert, a reflection of Los Angeles, features a 25-piece live orchestra and a tapestry of seasonal favorites with musical textures from diverse traditions. Audiences will also get the chance to sing with the 160+ member choir on familiar songs during the popular sing-along.

Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, Starts 4pm
Heritage Square
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Tour prices: $30 adults, $15 for children over 6 years old.  Advance reservations only.

Guests will be able to participate in a 1892 Victorian Thanksgiving and play a popular parlor game; mingle and play games with budding film industry moguls at a 1915 Christmas celebration; and join in a popular period dance at a 1945 New Year’s Eve party.

Opening December 3, 7-9 PM
G1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Ave, G1988 (East)

Seinfeld art show. 

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Christmas Special
December 3, 11AM
The Cinefamily 
$10/free for members and kids under 14 
Deck the halls with Dexter’s Lab, hang some mistletoe with Miss Piggy, and get into the spirit of the holidays! Bring your kids, your inner child, and your holiday spirit.

December 3, 7pm - 10pm
Gregorio Escalante Gallery
978 Ching King Road

Off the heels of LACMA’s Guillermo del Toro show, Gregorio Escalante Gallery presents a true Nightmare Before Christmas, with “DARK REALISM / DARK SURREALISM.” In the main gallery, Chet Zar and Greg Escalante approach the concept of Dark Surrealism - surrealistic images from each of the twenty artists on view's imagination. While each has a distinctly different aesthetic, each creates within the paradigm of the Dark Arts, searching for solace in a dark time.

2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace
December 3 & 4
Little Tokyo

Skip the Black Friday lines and experience Downtown LA’s most unique holiday shopping tradition on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th. Enjoy a weekend full of live entertainment, interactive workshops and demos, guided tours, unique gift items, and specials from Little Tokyo’s one-of-a-kind shops. Sample the neighborhood’s authentic cuisines, discover quality gifts only found in Little Tokyo and make new holiday memories with friends and family.

Pick up a free passport for more deals.

A WTF Alamo Xmas! (free show)
Sunday, Dec 4 at 5 PM - 7 PM

Non Plus Ultra
4310 Burns Ave, Los Angeles, California 90029
Our year-end gift to you for the holidaze: two of the strangest Xmas movies from the Nineties, condensed into one nirvana-inducing 90-minute highlight reel!

First up, pumpkin spice mingles with burnt ozone in an installment from a certain long-running Xmas horror franchise, here starring excitable showbiz legend Mickey Rooney as a demented, booze-guzzling evil toymaker. Contains one of the most outrageous death scenes we’ve seen in recent memory, involving an angry innkeeper and his plastic toy comeuppance.

What better thing to follow that, than Michael Keaton as a rock musician reincarnated into a sentient snowman? (Yes, this movie actually does exist.)

The Hidden Fortress
Sunday, Dec 4
Ahrya Fine Arts
8556 Wilshire Blvd
One Day Only!

Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. They do not realize, however, that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30 PM
Arclight Hollywood

Photographed over an eight-year period by Russia’s top filmmakers, Cinerama’s Russian Adventure brings together some of the most exquisite, jaw-dropping, and beautiful sequences from over six Soviet Kinopanorama productions (the Russian equivalent of three-panel Cinerama). Bing Crosby narrates the journey, offering both a grand and intimate view of a country and culture so often cited and yet so seldom seen.

Flicker Alley, Cinerama Inc. and Hal Productions are proud to present Cinerama’s Russian Adventure. The film has been digitally remastered.