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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Epic Slow Down Time

Hey people! It's that time of the year. The epic slowdown of LA. Activities and events are gonna be drying up this weekend and next as Christmas pretty much stops everything in LA. Sure, you can see movies and go to some of the crazy weird fun places to shop for last minute gifts still, but big events aren't coming till New Year's or next year. Here's what left. Oh, and new Star Wars is coming out, but no real high hopes there.

Now thru 21st, 2019
Rides launch every 15 minutes starting at 8pm. Last ride at 11:45pm

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group at Z.J.U.
4850 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601 


All Aboard for Zombie Joe's Underground's All-New Fun N' Freaky Ride thru Winter HolidayHELL and Back! 

Die Hard with Greg Poops
Wed, Dec 18, 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Program begins with a live recording of the Greg Proops Film Club podcast. Feature starts at 8:00 PM.

Scripts Gone Wild presents DIE HARD sold out
Thu, December 19, 2019
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
El Cid on Sunset
4212 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Yippie-Ki-Yay, Merry Christmasers! We're celebrating the holiday season and closing out our 2019 season with a rambunctious reading of John McTiernan's 1988 action masterpiece, DIE HARD, which set the standard for every single action movie that followed. This simple tale of a lone cop doing battle against a Nakatomi Plaza filled with heavily accented terrorists turned Bruce Willis into a superstar, and Alan Rickman into an immortal.

Rise of Skywalker Party!
Thu, December 19, 2019
3:00 PM – 2am
Scum and Villainy Cantina
6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
We're opening early so we can hype Rise of Skywalker together before the 6pm shows on Thursday!
Join us at 3pm on Thursday, December 19th and try to contain your excitement before the first showing of the last of the Skywalker Saga.
Save 15% off your bill by showing your movie ticket (within 24 hours of showdate)

STAR WARS Opening Day Fantopia
Thu, December 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
LA Drafthouse
Video Vortex
700 West 7th Street
#Unit U240
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Free, RSVP

The only important thing happening on this day is Star Wars - you know it, we know it, everyone knows it. To help celebrate we're transforming Video Vortex into a fan's paradise, including themed games and more. Costumes encouraged! *
Some of the things in store for all of you rebels:
  • Sabacc Gambling Den (featuring the version of the game currently seen at Galaxy's Edge)
  • a legion of cosplayers will be invading Vortex!
*RSVP gets you access to free-to-enter events in Video Vortex. Film admission must be accompanied by a paid ticket. Tickets can be purchased at, the Alamo app or box office. Please check paid ticket availability prior to your arrival if you wish to see the film.

How Did This Get Made - Live!
Fri, Dec 20, 8pm
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, California 90005

One of our favorite podcasts making fun of the worst films ever made and questioning, "How did this get made?"

Giant Robot Presents: Dragon Girl with Katsuya Terada
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, December 21, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Giant Robot 2 – GR2 Gallery 
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard

Harajuku Day #49 Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 21,12 PM – 6 PM
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka, Los Angeles, California 90012

Now-Mon, Dec 23, 2019
Egyptian and Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica 
Holiday films to watch on the big screen.
Rated R Holiday Party: The Gore The Merrier
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
Secret location

Rated R's last party of the year!
Come celebrate the holidays with Rated R Speakeasy and sponsors DREAD - An Epic Pictures Genre Label and FANGORIA

Shogun Santa Returns

Saturday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Dec. 22

11 am-3 pm

Japanese Village Plaza

335 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo


Come to Little Tokyo and take a picture* with our delightful emissary of Christmas cheer, Shogun Santa. *There is no charge for pictures with Shogun Santa when you use your own cell phone or camera. ADDED THIS YEAR: Free gift wrapping courtesy of the Roitary Club of Little Tokyo.

A Little Tokyo Christmas 2019
Saturday, December 21, 3:00PM

Aratani Theatre

244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$20 and up 
A Little Tokyo Christmas is back! Come enjoy music, laughter, and dancing by talented performers, celebrity guests, and beloved community members in this one-of-a-kind holiday show!

Shop for unique crafts and gifts at the Holiday Gift Boutique and join us for a fun-filled time for the whole family as Little Tokyo celebrates the holidays.

Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 8:00 PM Magnolia House
492 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101 
Free, Register

'Tis the season to come over, get cozy and then get bliztened at Magnolia House! This time, come decked out in your best Christmas Morning lewks aka footie pajamas, flannel nightgowns, sweatpants, fuzzy slippers, ugly sweaters and all!

Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, December 22, 2:30-5:30PM
Farmer's Market

Bring the family and celebrate the first night of Chanukah with music, arts and crafts, the building of a giant Lego menorah and a special menorah lighting ceremony! All activities take place on the Market Plaza.

12th Annual Sing-Along Fiddler on the Roof
Tues, Dec 24, 7:30pm
Multiple Laemmle Theaters

Belt out your holiday spirit … or your holiday frustrations. Either way, you'll feel better as you croon along to all-time favorites like “TRADITION,” “IF I WERE A RICH MAN,” “TO LIFE,” “SUNRISE SUNSET,” “DO YOU LOVE ME?” and “ANATEVKA,” among many others.

The evening includes trivia, prizes, and by all means -- we encourage you to come in costume! Guaranteed fun for all. Children are welcome (Fiddler is rated "G") though some themes may be challenging for young children.

Chanukah on Ice: Community Ice Skating
Tues, Dec 24, 4:30-6:30pm

Toyota Training Center
LA Kings Practice Rink
555 Nash Street, El Segundo

Skate Around a Giant Menorah
$10 per person (includes skates) Pizza and Soup will be available 

60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Tues, Dec 24, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration—presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors—provides Angelenos of all ages an opportunity to come together on December 24, and both experience and honor the dynamic, rich cultures of the County. During the free event, many diverse L.A.-based artists and community groups showcase their talent, artistry and traditions on The Music Center’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.

Rides are Free on Metro Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Tues, Dec 24, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

As is our custom all Metro Bus and Rail lines will be FREE to ride on the nights of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This means no fare will be charged on Christmas Eve from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. All Metro Rail stations with latched gates will be unlatched during this time. Metro will also run 24-hour rail service on New Year’s Eve, as well as enhanced service to the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. We’ll have more information on that in a separate post.

Friday, December 20, 2019, at 8:00 PM
Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here 
Dianne Reeves
Peter Martin, piano
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Reginald Veal, bass
Terreon Gully, drums
One of the greatest singers of our time presents holiday favorites. With an all-star ensemble – pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Terreon Gully – sharing the stage with her supreme vocal prowess, it’s a night of guaranteed good cheer.

Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Holiday Sing-Along
Melissa Peterman, host
John Sutton, conductor
Angeles Chorale
Join in song with hundreds of fellow revelers – plus a jazz combo, a choir, and the mighty pipe organ – for this joyous annual tradition. A jolly good time for the whole family! Children two and up admitted.
Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
White Christmas Sing-Along
Get dressed up in your snazzy best and sing along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and the film’s remastered soundtrack – plus hundreds of your fellow snow-dreaming Angelenos – at our special holiday screening of this classic 1954 film, presented with lyrics on screen.
Monday, December 23, 2019, at 8:00 PM
CeCe Winans
One of the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artists of all time, CeCe Winans is known throughout the world as an icon in modern music history. Having sold over five million albums, she has been awarded a staggering 12 Grammys®, 20 Dove Awards, and seven Stellar Awards, as well as multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. Marking her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, this special holiday-themed gospel concert will feature CeCe with a full band and gospel choir.