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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Weekly What To Do: Happy Hanukkah and Squidmas!

Multiple dates/times Starts Dec 6
200 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
$15.00- $99.00
This immersive experience is a real-world interpretation of the iconic Netflix TV show that has swept the globe. In a highly-themed environment, you will be immersed in the world of Squid Game, and play a series of games drawn from, or inspired by the show. For 70 minutes, you will participate in 6 different games, accumulating points as you go. The winner is the player with the most points… but be prepared, things may not be as they seem - the world of Squid Game is full of surprises! 
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 06, 2023
Ice at Santa Monica
1324 5th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
 Over the river and through the sand, to grandmother's house we go! Where else do you think we'd find an ugly sweater to wear to the ice rink? If Grandma doesn't have any she can spare, head to the thrift store or dig out that vest Aunt Millie knitted for you, and embrace sweater weather.

Hanukkah in Santa Monica
Thursday, December 7 through Thursday, December 14 | Sundown
1400 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway)

Celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season with nightly menorah lightings on the 1400 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway). The lighting ceremonies will begin at sundown. The final lighting ceremony will take place at the ice rink.
Multiple dates/times Starts Dec7
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City - 555 Universal Hollywood Dr. Universal City, CA 91608

Holidays on The Hill is a holiday celebration in the heart of the Hollywood Hills. This outdoor market-style festival features games, activities, movies, entertainment, themed food & drinks, shopping, and more surprises to delight visitors of all ages!
Dec 7th at 12 PM to 6PM!
Perú Perú opens for the first time during the day at @game_realms in Burbank California!
Stop by for a quick bite to eat & drink! There will also be some retro games set up for you to play while you’re there inside the store FOR FREE!!
Dec 7th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Animation Guild
1105 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
Join us this year to shop unique gifts from talented TAG artisans. Hand-crafted items for sale will include crochet, candles, stationary, plush, clothing, apothecary items, woodworks, jewelry, ceramics, confections and more! 

100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World
A new exhibition featuring the world-famous
Jonker I Diamond
December 8, 2023–April 21, 2024
Museum Admission $

100 Carats brings together over two dozen gems–a never-before-seen in public collection–each a stunning and massive representation of its kind. Among them are beryl gems saturated in deep blue aquamarine, a near-flawless emerald, a spectacular royal blue sapphire, and a rainbow-filled clear goshenite. Colorful tourmalines include a deep red rubellite, a vibrant turquoise-colored paraiba, and an exquisitely-cut 111 carat green tourmaline.

The centerpiece of the exhibit, the Jonker I Diamond, is the largest stone cut from the Jonker Diamond–the fourth largest diamond in the world when it was found in 1934–and weighs in at 125 carats, placing it among the largest cut diamonds in the world. This historic gem has passed through the hands of global royalty and Hollywood stars, but has not been on public view for decades.

UNEN-UNEN (Gallery I)
Ubuntu (Gallery II)
Chimera (Gallery III)
Reflection (Gallery IV)
New Works (Viewing Room)
Channel Surf (The Doghouse Gallery)
Opening Reception:
Saturday, December 9th 6-10pm
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

with DJ, refreshments, live painting, video projections and more
December 9th, Saturday, at 12 PM (noon) to 4 PM

Sat, Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm 

The unsung creators behind the psychedelic carpets lining casinos, offices, and hotel hallways. Chief among these textile honchos is Roderick James, a Scottish expat with a self-styled outlaw-country manner—and countless schemes to grab himself a larger share of the American dream.

“I wish more documentaries were like this.” John Wilson, HBO’s How to with John Wilson

“If Errol Morris (circa Vernon, Florida), Ricky Gervais and Christopher Guest, after a night of heavy drinking in 1990, having reckoned with the burden of the death of cinema, chipped in to make a movie together about carpets, this would be it. “ – Rick Alverson, Director of The Mountain, Entertainment, The Comedy

Plus! A sneaky peek at How to With John Wilson episode 304- “How to Watch the Game”
December 9th & 10th
11am - 5pm
San Fernando Blvd in Downtown Burbank [From Magnolia to Angeleno]
Featuring 170+ local, hand-selected artisans, shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including visual art and photography, original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, food, and much more.  

Toy Drive / The Post it Show 2nd Drop
Yes, there will be a Second Drop of Post It Show work. December 9th. Begins at 12 Noon.
December 10th, 5pm
Two Bit Circus
634 Mateo St, 90021-1312

Step into the thrilling universe of 100 League Live!, where teamwork meets adrenaline-fueled competition in a hyper-social, live-action gaming spectacle. Experience a whirlwind of video game-inspired challenges with your friends and family—don’t miss out!

TOKYO GODFATHERS 20th ANNIVERSARY Screens Dec. 11th (sub), Dec. 12th (sub), Dec. 13th (encore of choice)
On Christmas Eve, three homeless companions stumble upon a baby girl in a garbage heap. They name her Kiyoko, and vow to care for her as they track down her family. Haunted by memories of their own broken pasts and pursued by a cast of shadowy characters from Tokyo's nightlife, Hana, Gin and Miyuki overcome their differences and learn to trust one another as a new, makeshift family. With the New Year fast approaching, the mystery behind baby Kiyoko deepens, and these unlikely heroes discover the surprising -- and sometimes miraculous -- connections that have brought them all together. Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, TOKYO GODFATHERS is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious, and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.




Concrete Utopia

Starts Dec 8

*Time for some crazy Korean nonsense and action.

After a massive earthquake, Seoul has swiftly been reduced to rubble. Everything in the city has collapsed, except for one building. Hwang Gung Apartments remains standing, as it was before that day. When survivors from the outside hear of this, they begin to gather at Hwang Gung Apartments. However, the original residents of the building start to feel threatened. Banding together for the sake of their survival, they elect ‘Young-tak’ as their Resident Delegate. Under his leadership, they strictly ban entry by outsiders and draw up a new set of Resident Regulations. Thanks to this, in contrast to the hellish nightmare outside, Hwang Gung Apartments stands as a safe and peaceful utopia for its residents. But amidst the continual threats to their survival, unexpected conflicts begin to arise among them…

MoMA Contenders 2023

The Hammer Museum presents MoMA Contenders, The Museum of Modern Art’s renowned series of influential, innovative films from the past 12 months. Whether bound for awards glory or cult classic status, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance.
$10 Hammer members | $20 general admission

Krampus' Cove is an immersive cocktail experience that takes the traditional celebrations surrounding Christmas and turns them on their head. This pop-up will celebrate the pulpy and macabre legend of Krampus and throw in some naughty elves, evil snowmen and more, all with innovative and delicious seasonally inspired cocktails. ​

UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.

Cinespia -Just came back this week for a new season.
This hosts screenings outside at iconic venues including The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, The Greek Theatre, and Los Angeles Historic Park.
Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán. Added Thursday nights to the line-up and themed nights in August and September.

American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.
Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love.

 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night
Electric Dusk Drive-In-A drive-in, haven't you missed them?