Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Oh Jeez, It's Already Christmas This Weekend

 sn't Thanksgiving next, wait it is. But, here in LA we celebrate Christmas the day after Halloween. Now, not everything is Christmas related here, but everything shifts for Xmas on the 19th...for some reason. Enjoy this week and the rest leading up to the time we here call the "nothing happening." Sure, you can get Chinese food and watch a movie, but at the end of December the calendar looks like it did at the height of Covid. Wait for that Steam sale. Oh, and Hanukkah starts on the 28th this year.

Oh, and look forward to the TTDILA Gift Guide 2021 coming out this Friday.
Starts Wed, Nov 17th
Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHP) is spreading holiday cheer by hosting the annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights, set to illuminate the Harbor beginning November 17. Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. DPHP is proud to provide the holiday lights for the community including giant whale sculptures, lighted palm trees, Christmas trees, a giant Adirondack chair, and the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy strolling carolers, holiday-themed photo ops, visits with Santa, waterfront restaurant offerings, boutique holiday shopping and more.
Santa Starts Nov 19
The annual lighting of the official City of Santa Monica holiday tree which takes place this Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. on the Third Street Promenade
Winterlit returns to Downtown Santa Monica to brighten up the holiday season as Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) transforms the world-class Third Street Promenade into an immersive one stop holiday experience.
*Special events for Hanukkah and Christmas

Starts Nov 19th 

Visitors and shoppers will catch special performances by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, ballerina performances inside the 14-foot larger-than-life Snow Globe, live DJ holiday sets, as well as festive light displays and a 50-foot iconic Christmas tree in Center Plaza.

Santa’s coming to town November 19 and taking residence under the Christmas tree in Center Plaza through December 24. Visitors will have the opportunity to snap a photo with Santa and shoppers can bring their four-legged friends to meet Santa during Pet Nights on December 15-16.

November 19 through January 2
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
$ Park Admission

Beginning November 19 through January 2, guests can enjoy the holidays at Knott's Merry Farm with a complete park transformation into a classic winter wonderland featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings. This year, the park brings back all your holiday favorites with Christmas shows like Home for the Holidays, a musical revue featuring classic seasonal tunes, outstanding performers, holiday lights and magical dancing toys, and the beloved ice show starring the famous beagle, the Peanuts Gang, and a cast of world-class ice skaters in Merry Christmas, Snoopy!, offering experiences for park-goers of all ages. With lively shows, beautiful holiday décor, and delicious holiday treats, Knott's Merry Farm is sure to create lasting holiday 
 memories for the whole family.
NOV. 19 - 28, 2021
LA Convention Center
$20 for adults
Back and recharged the LA Auto Show will be showing off cars possibly in lots by you, not sure with the shortage and everything, because KIA was pretty bad about that. They'll be having test drives and special concept cars that'll never be street legal. If you're a car fan spend a day seeing the latest.
KAJILLIONAIRE: Live Screening and Q&A with Writer/Director Miranda July
7:00 P.M. on Friday, November 19th, 2021 
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
Free, Must RSVP 

From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy. Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.
Starts This Friday the 19th
 On Thanksgiving night, a group of disgruntled toy store employees begrudgingly arrive for work to open the store at midnight for the busiest shopping day of the year. Meanwhile, an alien parasite crashes to Earth in a meteor. This group of misfits led by store manager Jonathan (Bruce Campbell) and longtime employee Ken (Devon Sawa) soon find them themselves battling against hordes of holiday shoppers who have been turned into monstrous creatures hellbent on a murderous rampage on Black Friday.
One Piece 1,000th Episode
Saturday, Nov 20th
Free, Online

To mark this momentous occasion of 1000 episodes, a celebratory virtual live streamed event will be broadcast across Funimation’s and Toei Animation’s YouTube channels simultaneously, as well as the official One Piece Facebook page. This virtual event will be hosted by YouTuber RogersBase on November 20, 2021 at 3:00 PST and will feature free streaming of episodes 998 and 999, prize giveaways, fan videos, and more.
* I just want to give shout-out to Epic Games' Fortnite to pounce on this press by adding One Piece Naruto this week to the game. Epic the company that randomly puts things in their game seemingly with disregard to anything happening.
Saturday, November 20th & Sunday, November 21st, 2021 from 10am - 4pm each 
Central Park, 275 S Raymond Ave
Free entry
Featuring over 200 local, hand-selected artisans, shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more. 

Writer/Director Mike Mills
Actor Woody Norman
Friday, November 19
7:00pm show w/Q&A
Saturday, November 20
4:00pm show w/Q&A

 A journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his young nephew in this delicate, deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children.

Largo, known for comedy shows, is back open and selling out shows. Grab some tickets before everything sells out. Many new shows from some of LA's top comedians. We see Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman to name a few.