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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Dcon, LA Auto Show & More

Looks like holiday shopping is in full effect this weekend. We also have some great conventions this weekend with both DesignerCon, which we've been covering for years, alongside the LA Auto Show, covered over the years too. Both are gonna fill your phones with photos.

Now through Jan 20
Winterlit Signature Events and Holiday Market located on Third Street Promenade.
Ice is located on the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue at 1324 Fifth St.
Santa Monica Place events are located at 395 Santa Monica Place.
Free or priced by activity or event

Celebrate the holiday spirit with family and friends all winter long with festive attractions, special appearances by Santa Claus and more. Opening November 1, skate into the holidays with Ice at Santa Monica, presented by Plaza at Santa Monica, complete with an 8,000-square-foot real ice-skating rink. Stroll down Third Street Promenade under the glow of thousands of colorful, festive lights and décor and enjoy Winterlit signature events including the official City of Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony, and nightly menorah lightings to welcome the holidays with your loved ones.

Annual Tree Lighting & Cocoa Concert
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 p.m.
Union Station - South Patio

Union Station will become a hub for the holidays as it summons the sights and sounds of the season with the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars … and snow on the station’s south patio, accompanied by performances from the Grand Arts Chamber Singers, The Beverly Belles and the Toy Soldiers Drumline.

Cinema Italian Style 2019 
November 21 - 24
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Join us at the Aero Theatre for our annual celebration of Italian cinema! The 15th edition of Cinema Italian Style includes critically acclaimed dramas, big-budget blockbusters, intimate films with indie budgets, bittersweet comedies and more.

VIP Night | November 22, 5pm - 9pm
General Entry | November 23, 10am - 7pm
General Entry | November 24, 10am - 6pM
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

*Our top pick for the weekend
Very soon, it'll be DesignerCon or simply put DCon, the annual hard to classify with a simple name convention, but essentially all the cool stuff you're older brother has in his room will be there. (It's a designer toy convention with a lot of pop art.) It also devoted to toys, pins, art prints, plushies and designer clothes.

There's special events to check out, here's more info.

2019 LA Auto Show
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 – Sun, 1 Dec 2019
LA Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa
LA, CA 90015
$6 – $35

"Hundreds of thousands cruise to the Convention Center for LA's massive yearly car show, featuring concept cars, vehicle debuts, custom whips & free test drives."
- LEGO Bugatti Chiron, that actually drives.

Fri, Nov 22, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Discussion following with director Randal Kleiser; actors Joey Cramer, Howard Hesseman and Raymond Forchion; producers Jonathan Sanger and Dimitri Villard; and digital effects supervisor Jeff Kleiser.

David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is an ordinary boy destined for a most extraordinary adventure aboard a spectacular, futuristic spacecraft. After a mystifying disappearance, David returns, possessing vast, undiscovered knowledge about the farthest reaches of the universe.

Friday's Book Launch+ Friendsgiving Dinner
Friday, Nov. 22, 7-9PM
Presentation by Clark Thenhaus: 7:30PM
 Lately Restaurant @ Mandarin Plaza
970 N. Broadway #114, Los Angeles, CA 9001

Join us for delicious comfort food by chef Emmanual Johnson, as architect Clark Thenhaus shares his new interpretations of American residential architecture. The event is free and open to the public. Alongside Thenhaus' books, a select dinner menu inspired by Thanksgiving traditions will be available for order.

Rice Lecture & Tasting
Sat, Nov 23, 2pm or 4pm
JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Free, Must RSVP

*Yes, really a rice tasting

Since 1971, the Japan Grain Inspection Association has conducted rice taste sensory tests on a national scale, ranking each regional variant through rigorous scientific assessment to determine the best tasting rice every year. (*) This workshop features a lecture led by the National Agricultural Research Organization of Japan (NARO) in which participants will learn about Japanese short-grain rice and its regional variants, and the best way to cook rice and how to pair side dishes to complement its flavor.
Following the lecture, participants will join in a professional-level sensory test of rice, sampling four types of cooked white rice. Participants will also receive a souvenir as a small token of appreciation to take home.

Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles
Nov 23-24
Los Angeles State Historic Park

Trendy, pricey stuff with artisnial or organic in the name, it's so LA, it's crazy

35mm screening of Ben Stiller's TROPIC THUNDER
Sat, Nov 23, 2019, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027