There are soooo many great events this weekend including the Santa Monica Bar Crawl, a food show casting, multiple theatre shows, a holiday sing-a-long, “Gremlins”, classic Japanese films and a Charles Bronson double feature, the Citizens of Humanity sample sale & more!
Have a great time.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th
1st ANNUAL SANTA MONICA PUB CRAWL
Get your drink on while donating non-perishable food to the Westside Food Bank collection barrels that will be on the pub crawl route. In turn, you’ll be able to access to the spirit specials at each bar – check the site below for locales. Visit the website listed above to see which bars and pubs are participating. The Santas will be along the crawl of bars surrounding the Wilshire, 4th St., 3rd St, Main St and Broadway to Santa Monica Blvd and Ocean Ave areas.
Free w/food donation
100 Santa Monica Pier (and surrounding areas)
Santa Monica 90401
THE MENOPAUSE “CRACK-UP” SHOW
In Judith E.’s solo dramedy directed by Kaz Matamura, we witness the trials and tribulations of one woman’s trip through the minefield of changes caused by the onset of menopause. Along the way, we get to know about her life, loves, and hopes for the future. Sad, yet funny, Judith E., holding onto her sanity, comes to terms with her life as it is. But – who is that woman in the mirror? (Show contains partial nudity and explicit sexual language)
$13; Senior/Students with ID: $11
The NoHo Actors’ Studio
5215 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood 91601
“UN REY EN LA HABANA” MOVIE SCREENING
At last, Yoli’s (Yoleima Valdes) family’s money troubles appear to be over. Senor Arturo, a rich, old Spanish gentleman has come to Havana to marry the young girl. But then Senor Arturo has the nerve to suddenly die. With visions of their newfound wealth flying out the window, the family hatches a scheme to send Yoli’s ex-boyfriend Papito to Spain, impersonating Arturo, grab the money, and high-tail it back to Cuba. There’s just one minor detail they didn’t figure on; Senor Arturo had mob connections. Nothing is what it seems in this offbeat comedy.
Un Rey en La Habana
$5 Donation for The Cuban 5 Defense
Home of Rachel & Jay
601 9th Street
RSVP: email@example.com or 310.780.7363
MUSIC CENTER HOLIDAY SING ALONG
Get into the holiday cheer with friends, neighbors and other locals. Lyric sheets are provided and novices are welcome. Tickets distribution begins at 6pm with one ticket per person on the line until supplies last. Limited capacity – first come, first served.
135 North Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th
Public Star Parties
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, this family event includes guided viewings of the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects thru a variety of telescopes. You can even talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Muy interesante!
2800 East Observatory Road
Save a Stray For the Holidays Adoption Event
This Los Angeles-wide event will be held at 14 City and County animal care center locations when they will reduce adoption fees, including microchip and spay/neuter surgery fees, for the special program. Hundreds of animals will be available and trained “matchmakers” will be on hand to help visitors find the perfect pet. There are millions of wonderful animals available for adoption from the municipal shelter system each year. Due to tremendous public misconception that these animals are undesirable as only 50% make it out alive, coupled with minimal awareness in regard to shelter locations, these facilities are consistently overcrowded and underfunded. As a result, many centers are forced to put down animals simply for the lack of space. Found Animals will include special gifts for all new adoptees. Anyone who adopts a pet at the event will receive the amazing professional services of the Found Animals staff and volunteers. The organization also will provide crucial materials, such as new pet owner manuals, to make the transition to new surroundings more comfortable for both the pets and their new parents. Save a pet!
Watch a modern day classic at this noveau Drive-In movie experience. They’ll even broadcast the film audio into your vehicle through an FM transmitter. There is also an astroturf seating area for picnics. The venue is the top of a parking structure in the Old Bank District in Downtown Los Angeles surrounded by the beautiful skyline. The Angel City Derby Girls provide concessions (hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, candy, popcorn, soda and water) and will roller skate to your car window to deliver these goodies.
Devil’s Night Dive-In
240 West 4th Street
Amoeba Music Holiday Charity Auction!
Do you love music? Well if you do, you can’t miss this chance to bid on tons of totally unique collectible gift items from the Grateful Dead, Kiss, Rolling Stones and more! Amoeba matches all accepted individual bids up to $1000. Proceeds benefit Green causes and New Orleans Relief Efforts. I LOVE Amoeba!
6400 Sunset Blvd
LA ACADEMY OF FIGURATIVE ART OPEN HOUSE
Try the free instructor demos and model workshop, refreshments and the possibility of wining gift certificates!
16924 Saticoy St
FIRST YEARS & BEAUTIFUL/DECAY BOOK 2 RELEASE
The artists of “Book 2: What a Mess!” all interpret the idea of “messiness” whether through disorganized methods of displaying work, or rough hewn aesthetics. Others take a conceptually “messy” approach, creating works that cause public outrage, or manipulate typically taboo imagery or themes.
In the spirit of the theme of the issue, Beautiful/Decay got a little messy ourselves, using a playfully “messy” approach to our page layouts, including crumpling photos and creating a custom typeface of childhood favorite construction materials: googly eyes, popsicle sticks and puff balls.
Released 3 times a year, Beautiful/Decay highlights the international contemporary art scene’s best and brightest established talents and rising stars alike with a youthful flair.
4306 Melrose Avenue
COREY HELFORD GALLERY PRESENTS KUKULA “IMMORTAL ARTIFACTS”
This exhibition of extraordinary new works by highly-collected artist Kukula is inspired by the artist’s love of classical art and music from the Renaissance era to Art Deco.
Opening Reception 7-10pm
Open Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 6pm thru January 9, 2010
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City 90232
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th
REVENGE DOUBLE FEATURE
Enjoy the Charles Bronson-experience in these “Rolling Thunder” (1977) and “Death Wish III” (1985) classics
12/20 – 3:40pm & 7:30pm; 12/21 – 7:30pm; 12/22 – 7:30pm
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036
CLASSIC JAPANESE FILMS IN LITTLE TOKYO
The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, The Japan Foundation, and the Consulate-General of Japan present this film series triple feature of rarely screened Japanese cinema directly from the Japan Foundation film library in Japan and feature some of the most beautiful films from the post-war period. Catch the work of the legendary Japanese directors Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa and Tadashi Imai and their rarely screened classic Japanese films.
$10 per film; Students, Seniors & Groups 10+ are $8; festival pass is $25.
Katsudo Shashin Moving Picture Series
Aratani/Japan America Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles 90012
FLEA MARKET AT SPACE 15 TWENTY
Check out this monthly market with a special holiday DIY demo by Banshee Beat. They’ll offer vintage clothes, accessories, local designers, music, arts and crafts and more for purchase.
Space 15 Twenty
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles 90028
IBWA Winter SolStice Salon & 35th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Black Writers & Artists (IBWA) organization with live music, dance, art, poetry, vendors and food. IBWA is a network of authors, publishers, artists and community members including readers and art enthusiasts committed to the success of Black writers and artists.
St. Elmo Village
4830 St. Elmo Drive
Los Angeles 90019
FREE CLASS @ SCRATCH DJ ACADEMY IN LA
R.E.H.A.B. Projects offers a free class that features a review of things you would learn if you were a student at the Academy. After the class is the semester graduation where new graduates perform in front of their friends and family. RSVP by e-mailing your full name, number and e-mail. First come first serve so RSVP ASAP!
Rehab Projects LA
2324 Cotner Ave
POSADAS FESTIVAL @ TARGET FREE SUNDAYS MOLAA
There will be free art workshops making Ojos de Dios, star fold books & piñatas, a choir performance and more!
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21st
The Dating Game Show
Everyone wants a date. So make a date with “The Dating Game Show”! Watch 3 bachelors try to win the affection a blindfolded bachelorette. Vote on your favorite contestant. Hold your breath in suspense as the lucky couple spend 7 minutes in Heaven. Hear their true feelings in separate testimonials! Beer! Romance! What more could you ask for? Ladies come early and you too can mingle with the bachelors. “The Dating Game Show”: A modern take on the classic date.
$15, $10 when you mention this list
Tre Stage Theatre
1523 N. La Brea Ave Studio 210
FOOD SHOW CASTING!
Admit it: you’ve loved this person for years and you’d never do anything to hurt them but – and here’s the tricky part – you just don’t know how to tell them eating their signature Beef Wellington is like chewing old shoes. Help is on the way. A major cable network is putting out calls for nominations for a program slated to air early next year. The premise? You nominate your favorite culinary-challenged chef, and the network will send out a celebrity chef to help them make their signature dish, or just their cooking in general, palatable without actually hurting their feelings. The celebrity chef – you’ll know him or her when you see them – will guide your loved one through the entire process from shopping to serving. Are you noticing a lot of secrecy in this post? That’s intentional. The casting director, whom we shall call Casting Director, is eager to keep things under wraps until the show actually goes to air, but if you send in a nomination, you’ll know almost immediately afterward the identity of the network and the name of the program. Six episodes are scheduled so far. “It’s a goodhearted cooking show,” said Casting Director. “Nothing makes the person look terrible.” If your nominee is accepted, shooting will take place sometime in January or February. Ah, but there’s yet another catch. For the first season, the show will only accept nominations from around Los Angeles and Southern California. To nominate your wannabe chef, send your name, photo, and contact number, as well as your nominee’s name, city, and a brief description of their culinary issues to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then look forward to better eating!
CITIZENS OF HUMANITY & MORPHINE GENERATION SALE
The unprecedented sale will offer dramatic savings on some 20,000 pieces of pure luxury and style including women’s and men’s jeans in all sizes (this is not a traditional “sample” sale), as well as a full range of tops, jackets, dresses, sweaters, skirts and shorts. Brands normally sold at Neiman-Marcus and other high-end retailers will be offered at up to 80% off retail. Featuring the first ever Citizens of Humanity and Morphine Generation Warehouse Sale. As well as exclusive 3000 pieces of high end apparel for men and women from Erik Hart. There will also be 7 For All Mankind, AG Jeans, Antik Denim, BCBG, Chip & Pepper, Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy, Frankie B., Laguna Beach, and Monarchy at rock bottom prices! As a special holiday treat The Warehouse Sale will feature more than 5000 items of Smashbox products for lips, eyes and cheeks starting at just $5 dollars! Stock up on all your favorites and take care of any last minute gift giving. Beauty advisors will be on hand to answer any product questions. Shoppers who buy four items will receive a fifth item free (the complimentary item is the least expensive of five), and are encouraged to register in advance at www.thewarehousesale.com to receive an invitation to the event for expedited entry. You can also register at the door.
LA Convention Center
1201 South Figeroa Street Concourse West Hall
GRIFFITH PARK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Check out LA’s most popular holiday lights display.
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles 90027
DOWNTOWN ON ICE:::: ICESKATING @ PERSHING SQUARE
Enjoy one LA’s rare wintery gems where you can check out the LA skyline while you fall on your bum.
Daily thru January 18
One hour sessions: $6 Skate rental: $2
530 South Olive Street
Los Angeles 90013
ICEKATING AT THE W HOTEL
Check out to the rink at the W Hotel, on the faux-ice under the sunshine. Taste the spiked pumpkin lattes, spiked hot chocolates, smores or grilled cheese paninis.
Monday-Friday, 3-10pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-10pm
W Hotel – Westwood
930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles 90024
Train Rides to Santa’s House
This Travel Town Railroad includes a ride aboard a miniature train. At the end of the line is Santa’s house, decorated with festive light displays and scenes of winter. Rain cancels!
$6 per person; infants under 18 months free.
Thru Dec 23
Travel Town Museum
5200 Zoo Dr.