Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weekly What To Do: It's Already Christmas

Things to do in LA are back with a vengeance as we build up more and more until to the dreaded week of Christmas when the city just becomes a wasteland. We call it the "wasteland". Fortunately for you, you have activities crammed up every weekend until Christmas.

We suggest recording your shows for watching later in binges, planning activities with friends and family and investing in new board and card games, local co-up games too for the "wasteland".

This week though, oh, you have plenty things to do.

Game Night: Super Smash Bros 64 Tournament + Beer and Food
Wed, Nov 29,  9 PM - 12:30 AM
The Standing Room
1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, California 90254
Welcome to The Standing Room's first instalment of Game Night! in collaboration with World-8
Featuring a Super Smash Bros. 64 Tournament with Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place! Event will be on stage on a giant projector and plenty of game statations alongside a DJ spinning lounge vibes. Stick around for a 90's inspired night of gaming Tap Beer Specials and a very tasty food menu.

MST 3000 signing w/ Jonah Ray, Felicia Day + Hampton Yount
Thursday, November 30,  6:00pm
Amoeba Hollywood
To attend: purchase MST3K: The Return - Music From The Netflix Original Series (Shout Factory!) CD in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood on 11/30 to get the album signed and meet the cast!

Amoeba Hollywood is excited to welcome Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members JONAH RAY, FELICIA DAY and HAMPTON YOUNT for an in-store signing of the new soundtrack Thursday, November 30th at 6pm.

Spawn Tribute - Group Art Exhibit -
Opening Reception:
Thursday, Nov. 30th
8pm - 11pm
Hyaena Gallery
1928 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506

Chogrin presents a group art show in tribute to 25 years of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.

Throwback Thursday Zombie House Party + Special 15th Anniversary Screening of ’28 Days Later’
Nov. 30th – 2017
Doors 6pm. Pre-show 6-8pm. Movie 8-10pm.
The Saban - Beverly Hills
8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
GA Tickets: $20 plus applicable fees [$1 each ticket to the American Red Cross]
VIP Tickets (preferred seating, vip room access, and tricks-n-treats bag): $40 plus applicable fees [$5 each ticket to The Breast Health & Healing Foundation, $1 to the American Red Cross]
Under 18 Must be Accompanied by a Paying Adult. 21 ID required for drink wristband.

Our pre-show from 6pm – 8pm includes a live terror-filled electronic music/visual set from DJ Joe Balboa and bassist David Wright; a living dead fan art poster gallery in the lobby; blood red carpet photo opps; free zombie face painting by our makeup artists; a haunted balcony lounge; and a pre-movie Q&A with ’28 Days Later’ music composer John Murphy, moderated by True Blood star Ryan Kwanten and former Fandango editor-in-chief Chuck Walton.The 15th anniversary screening of the zombie classic film ’28 Days Later’ will play from 8pm – 10pm, on the Saban’s massive wall-to-wall movie palace screen and immersive, state-of-the-art sound system.

Annual Tree Lighting at Union Station
Thursday, November 30
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.    All-American Boys Chorus Concert and Kaleidoscope Orchestra        
7:15 p.m.               Tree Lighting
Union Station
Union Station ushers in the holiday season on Thursday, November 30, at the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars on the station’s South Patio, featuring an elaborate new holiday light display. For the first time in the station’s history, a massive Christmas wreath, measuring 20 feet in diameter and weighing nearly 800 pounds, has been raised atop the iconic clock tower. The historic station has been transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering all white Christmas tree.
 The Cocoa Concert series continues Fridays featuring:
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. – Rollicking Holiday Sing-A-Long with the multi-cultural and generational Selah Choir
  •  Friday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. – Swinging Holiday Performance from Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five
  •  Friday, Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m. – A Very Salsa Christmas and dance party with La Picante
Each festive, family-friendly holiday concert will be set in a winter wonderland with a Holiday Light Display featuring thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering white Christmas tree, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone for cookie decorating and ornament making, a Kid’s Zone with a Reindeer Toss and Snowball Slam, a Naughty & Nice Photo Booth and an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest.
The Handmade Holiday Show
Thursday, November 30, 8 PM - 11 PM
2147 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
iam8bit invites you to our third annual "Handmade Holiday Show," featuring one-of-a-kind ornaments and housewares, from placemats to pottery, all with their very own unique personalities. These aren't your typical seasonally-themed offerings; instead, artists take an irreverent approach, foregoing the expected imagery of Santa etc and replacing it with pure spunk.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
December 1 - 10
LA Convention Center
$5 6-12

Check out the latest new cars from all the major sellers. The newest car tech and of course you'll see classic cars and movie cars. As always they have some of the most interesting booths you'll ever see using any methods to grab your attention. And we don't mean cute women. We remember Kia using cameras to change a person's moves to that of a hamster or maybe just to dance with hamsters? Always sights to see.

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition
December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Dec 2, 12:00PM - 9:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Free Noon-7pm

The celebration starts Dec 2 and will go all the way into next year. The opening night, oh, you know the line is gonna be out the door, will have you win prizes with a raffle every hour and let's hope for more surprises. Going with festivities is a pop-up shop for all your Christmas or yourself shopping for all things Final Fantasy.
Ron English / Miho Hirano / Attaboy, Lauren Marx & Relm at CHG
Saturday, Dec 2, 7 PM - 11 PM
Show Runs: December 2nd – December 30th, 2017

571 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, California 90033

You're invited to join us in celebrating the opening of “TOYBOX” an exhibition of all new works by Ron English. Also opening the same night in Galleries 2 and 3 – “Beauties in Nature”, a solo exhibition by Miho Hirano, and a multi-artist exhibition featuring new works by Attaboy, Lauren Marx and Relm.

The Museum of Failure
Dec 2-Feb 5, 2018
Wednesday: 2-6 pm
Thursday/Friday: 2-8 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 12 – 7 pm
Closed: Monday/Tuesday
A+D Architecture and Design Museum
900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
$16.50 online 

Is my marriage in there? The Museum has over 100 items that failed major businesses, yet those companies or individuals may still be going strong. Each piece is a story, a story of bad ideas and far too much confidence in one's self.

Union Station Holiday Festival
Saturday, Dec 2, 11 AM - 8 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
The Holiday Market will showcase an eclectic mix of vendors unique to Los Angeles.

Seasoned Greetings with Gudetama
December 2December 17
Appearance dates: Dec. 2nd & 3rd, Dec. 9th & 10th, and Dec. 16th & 17th
Appearance times each day: 11am-11:30am, 12pm-12:30pm and 1:00pm-1:30pm

Sanrio Japanese Village
115 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, California 90012
Your favorite #lazyegg will be stopping by Sanrio Japanese Village in #LittleTokyo in December. Holiday photo packages will be available for purchase, please check with store for all the gude details! Don't snooze on it, bring your family, your friends, or yourself. See you soon! 
December 2 & 3, 11AM-6PM both days 
California Market Center (CMC), 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90079
$15 GA / $35 VIP, all tickets include a free tote bag (admission is free for kids 12 and under)
Parking is available in the CMC underground garage for a special event rate of $7. Consider taking public transit, carpooling or using a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber.
This holiday season, come meet and shop directly from 400 independent designers, artists, and emerging brands. With home decor, clothing, art, baby gifts, jewelry, beauty and apothecary goods and so much more, you'll find gifts for everyone on your list! 

Saturday, December 2, 2017
(Doors 8pm, Show 9pm)
833 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 
-Come in costume

"For our fifth annual Krampus Ball, we will be folding the best of two events into one big blowout and moving the party with all its costumes, bell, and switches down to the capacious old-world ballroom of ALPINE VILLAGE. For those whove never experienced southern Californias favorite make-believe Bavaria, Alpine Village is an ├╝ber-quaint tourist spot with vendors of German foods and souvenirs housed in chalet-style buildings clustered around a diminutive onion-domed wedding chapel.  Unfortunately, the vendors are sure to have fled in terror as the Krampus descends upon the village, but the ballroom will remain well prepared to offer party guests German food and drink throughout the evening."

December 2December 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90013
From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., retail and culinary pop-ups will transform the Market's Hill Street platform into a festive emporium for gracious holiday gift shopping. Grand Central Market eateries will join in the festivities with delicacies of the season. Music and more.
Saturday, December 2, 5pm-9pm
Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa
250 S Harbor Blvd, Berth 87, San Pedro, California 90731
Battleship IOWA offers an up-close view of the Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade from her historic wooden decks. In a time-honored Naval tradition, IOWA will also fire off her 5" guns as the parade commences.

Santa Claus will make a visits along with carolers and holiday treats. There will also be face painting, hot cocoa, candy canes and much more.

The Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade features more than 60 vessels of all shapes and sizes including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft. The parade approximately runs 90 minutes.
Pasadena Convention Center
Tea Lovers in Los Angeles deserve direct access to the entire range of high quality tea free from any connection with coffee. Firm in this conviction, Devan Shah, the founder of LA’s Chado Tea Rooms and International Tea Importers launched the first Los Angeles International Tea Festival.
400 Free Mrs. Fields Cookies for 40th Anniversary
Monday, Dec 4
 a few local Mrs. Fields locations

Burbank Town Center – 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91501
Arco Plaza – 505 S. Flower St. B-7, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Howard Hughes Center – 6081 Center Dr. STE 210, Los Angeles, CA 90045
For a complete list of locations visit  

Mrs. Fields is officially celebrating its 40th Anniversary on December 4 (National Cookie Day) and will be gifting the first 400 fans at every location nationwide a free cookie—that’s 400 FREE COOKIES!

Mon, December 4, 8pm
Chinese Theatres 

w Q/A w Robin Shou, @realsandrahess Keith Cooke and Musetta Vander

The Contenders 2017
Dec 5-Dec 19, Select dates
$20 per film  
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Parking $6 
The Hammer hosts its annual showing of films destined for the awards season or at least cult status. The series already has some big names and films coming, like Get Out with director Jordan Peele in attendance, Downsizing; Q&A with Alexander Payne and The Big Sick;Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon