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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Weekly What To Do: Shogun Santa! Krampus! Totoro!

The Holidays at Rooftop Cinema Club
December brings timeless Christmas classics like Elf, It's A Wonderful Life, Home Alone, and more to the rooftop.
Special Events and Social Nights:
    Silent Discos at El Segundo: Join us Dec. 14 for our last Silent Disco of 2023 at the Ugly Sweater Party: Movie + Silent Disco

    Family Week: The El Segundo location's season has been extended to include the week of Dec. 18-23 for Family Week. During Family Week only, each adult ticket purchase for a matinee or afternoon screening includes a complimentary kid's ticket, valid for children 12 and under. The offer can be claimed on each film’s ticket page. While these screenings are open to all ages, please note the headphones used for movie sound are best suited for ages 5-and-up!


A Chanticleer Christmas – one night only

Wednesday, December 13, at 8 p.m. 


Holiday Sing-Along – two performances

Saturday, December 16, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Los Angeles Philharmonic 

Angelus Chorus

Melissa Peterman, host


DesignerCon 2023
December 15th - 17th
Anaheim Convention Center - Exhibit Hall D
800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
"DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art! DCON is over 300,000 sq. ft. and features over 700 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more! The show coordinators strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet. Join us every year at the Anaheim Convention Center for a weekend of fun, toys, and art!"




Las Posadas at Olvera Street
December 16 through December 24



 Las Posadas has been a part of Olvera Street since its founding in 1930. Reenacting the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem with traditional songs, colorful costumes, and vibrant music brings one of the oldest Christmas stories to life. While the event is rooted in Christian and Catholic traditions, all are welcome to participate. 


Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 – 9pm
Friday., Dec. 16, 6 – 9pm
Philosophical Research Society
3910 Los Feliz Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027
Two Evenings of Folkloric Holiday Traditions with author Al Ridenour, featuring pre-show Cocktail Hour, live German holiday songs, costumed Krampuses and screening of Krampus video highlight reel. 



It’s all going down from 6pm-9pm on Saturday December 16th!! Special appearance by KRAMPUS himself from 7pm-830pm!! 

3420 Eagle Rock Blvd, STE A, Los Angeles, CA

KRAMPUS VILLAGE is upon us! It’s that most wonderful time of the year when Krampus has come to teach us all a lesson, BUT FIRST let us gather and celebrate! Join us for our second annual KRAMPUS VILLAGE! This year we’ve brought some extra special friends along for the ride!
Golden Apple Comics @gapplecomics with special signings at their booth from Sammy Harkham @sammyharkham Dave Baker @xdavebakerx and Nicole Goux @ngoux
Secret Headquarters @theshq with their curated selection of holiday gifts
And to make the season even brighter we’ve teamed up with our friends Walt's @waltsbar for the worlds MOST EPIC LEGENDARY YULETIDE PINBALL TOURNAMENT hosted by Raymond @krazykittyman and Tyler @therealblacksethrogan


Go Little Tokyo Seasonal Pop-up 

Saturday, December 16 

11 a.m.–4 p.m. 

Far East Lounge located at 353 1st Street to submit their stamp card and spin the wheel for a guaranteed small prize.

Looking for the perfect gift for the Little Tokyo lover in your life? We’ve got what you need! Join us for our 1-day-only pop-up shop to pick up the washi tape, sticker, pin, t-shirt, or tote bag of your dreams!

If you’re participating in our Holiday Hop, join us to submit your stamp card* and spin-the-wheel for a guaranteed small prize.
*Prizes available while supplies last + you must have at least 4 stamps to spin-the-wheel


Holiday Hop
Friday 12/1 - Saturday 12/16
Holiday Hop returns this season with a new cast of small business partners and fun prizes!

Visit participating businesses between Friday 12/1 - Saturday 12/16 and receive a sticker for a chance to win an exclusive Little Tokyo-themed prize bag.
Pick up your stamp card + register at Yoboseyo! Superette starting 12/1!


Shogun Santa will be in town and making a special visit to Little Tokyo Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m in Japanese Village Plaza, hosted by the Little Tokyo Business Association. Visit Little Tokyo to take in the beloved neighborhood’s magical atmosphere with twinkling lights and showstopping Christmas tree while snapping the perfect holiday photo with Shogun Santa, LA’s only known Asian Santa. 

Giant Robot Store Presents: Totoro Show 2023: A Ghibli Universe Art Exhibition Begins Dec 16th
Dec 16th - JAN 1st
CASH AND CARRY for Holiday shopping!
Live Instagram Tour on @giantrobotstore and Art Available Online on Saturday,
Dec 16th, 11:00 am PST
Doors at 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyer Image by Amy Matsushita Beal
Rod Serling’s Nuclear Nightmare: Carol for Another Christmas
December 16, 2023 - 7:30 pm
Billy Wilder Theater
Artistically resembling a feature-length Twilight Zone episode with key sequences draped in noir shadows, Serling pulls no punches as his teleplay illuminates the scale of suffering at Hiroshima, the plight of innocents displaced by war, and the tragedy of hunger in a country of abundance. These harrowing scenes culminate with a wearily knowing Ghost of Christmas Future (Robert Shaw) offering a hellish vision of a post-atomic armageddon U.S.A. There, in the burned-out landscape of a former civic hall, a demented, egomaniacal cult leader self-named “Imperial Me” (played with chilling comedic verve by Peter Sellers) wantonly drives a ragtag group of nuclear holocaust survivors to abandon all vestiges of civilization.
River City Girls 2 - First Anniversary Event at Game Realms store in Burbank California!
Autograph signing & Q & A Panel!
Date: December 16th, Saturday at 1 PM to 4 PM
137 N Victory Blvd
Burbank CA 91502
 Meet the River City Girls voice actors Kira Buckland @killercoffeequeen (Kyoko) & Kayli Mills @kaylimills (Misako) & Game Dev from @wayforwardtech , with an in-store Q & A panel that will be streamed on Twitch & autograph signing with the voice actors during event!
- Q&A panel at 1 pm to 2 PM
- Autograph signing at 2 pm to 4 pm
Q & A Panel Twitch channel:
There will be River City Girls series games & merch available for purchase in-store during the event!

Saturday, December 16, 2023
5 p.m. - 2 a.m. (check-in from 5 - 9:00 p.m.)
Santa Monica
$20 in advance
More than 20 bars and restaurants across the city will come together to offer exclusive $6-$9 food and drink specials to those with the official pub crawl wristband. In addition, the ticket also includes free entry into all locations, 1 free drink (first 500 ppl), DJs, beer gardens, and live entertainment, and entry into Santa's Secret After Party at Twelve Twelve on the Promenade. There are three different routes to choose from (MAIN STREET, PROMENADE, and OCEAN AVE) or you can select the VIP Route Hopper wristband to enjoy specials at all locations. 

Opening Reception / Dec 16, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801
Co-published with Gingko press, Nucleus is proud to present UNKOWN PLEASURES, a new monograph by artist Tomer Hanuka. In celebration of the book release, Tomer will be in attendance on opening night for an exhibition of 5 new personal pieces alongside an array of previous works.  

Nucleus will have 300 exclusive special edition hardcover books signed by Tomer.
Preorders for the standard and special hardcover edition will be available on this page starting September.

Dec 17, 2023–Aug 4, 2024
Resnick Pavilion, LACMA

The act of coming together to partake of a meal is a practice shared by all cultures. Food defines us—we are what we eat. Dining with the Sultan is the first exhibition to present Islamic art in the context of its associated culinary traditions. It will include some 250 works of art related to the sourcing, preparation, serving, and consumption of food, from 30 public and private collections in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East—objects of undisputed quality and appeal, viewed through the universal lens of fine dining. The exhibition will stimulate not only the eyes but also the appetite, reminding visitors of the communal pleasure of food—both its taste and its presentation. It will provide much-needed information on the enormous class of luxury objects that may be broadly defined as tableware and demonstrate how gustatory discernment was a fundamental activity at the great Islamic courts.

Ify's Carol Fest
The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1:30pm
Scrooge, 4:15pm
Scrooged, 8pm
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041,
Vidiots welcomes back Founding Member comedian Ify Nwadiwe for a whole day of ghosts, Scrooges, Tiny Tims, and hard-learned Christmas lessons with Ify’s Carol Fest! Get ready to rattle some chains with three infamous renditions of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of wealth redistribution with the Muppets, Bill Murray, live podcast tapings, and more holiday merriment set to be unwrapped. Ify has blessed us, one and all!

UCB’s 2023 It Sucked! Awards
December 17 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre: 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

It’s the return of UCB’s long-running annual awards show!UCB’s year end tradition returns with 2023’s It Sucked! Awards, the only award show where UCB performers pay tribute to the worst people, events, trends, and everything terrible about 2023!

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?