Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 12.14.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.14.12

Santa Monica Pub Crawl
Dec. 15. Dress in your favorite holiday kitsch and join one of the largest pub crawl events in the city–one that spans over 25 bars with multiple crawl routes in Santa Monica. Each bar offers food and drink specials to participants throughout the night. Crawlers must dress in Santa/Holiday attire so the streets of Santa Monica will be filled with merry cheer. $10 gets you specials at participating bars, proceeds benefit the Westside Food Bank.


harry-shearerHarry Shearer & Judith Owen, An Evening of Holiday Music and Mirth
Dec. 14. Join actor/comedian Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show) and his wife, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and humorist Judith Owen, in an evening of holiday music and mirth. The evening unites Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike, in a celebration that’s both traditional and non-traditional, reverent and irreverent and incorporates music, performance sing alongs and more, including special guests Weird Al Yankovic, CJ Vanston, Katey Sagal, Michael McKean and more. $50. Seats assigned at 6 p.m.; doors 7 p.m.; performance 8 p.m. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.855.0530.


murder-abbeyMurder Abbey
Dec. 13. Murder Abbey, named one of the “six best Downton Abbey spoofs,” by The Daily Beast, continues at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Set in a grand Downton Abbey-like estate in the roaring twenties, comedian Kate Hess gleefully deconstructs her favorite Masterpiece Theatre conventions with smart and irreverent characters—all while solving an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. $5. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., L.A., 323.908.8702.


georgetown-cupcakeCupcake Decorating Workshop at Georgetown Cupcake
Dec. 15-16. Frost, decorate, and gift-wrap your own Christmas or Hanukkah dozen to take home during this cupcake decorating workshop at newly opened Georgetown Cupcake. Festive flavors include Gingerbread, White Chocolate Peppermint, Chocolate Peppermint, Butterscotch Pudding, Christmas Caramel, Holiday Lava Fudge, English Christmas Cake, Rudolph Red Velvet, and many more. Enjoy mini cupcakes and hot holiday beverages while you work. $65. 2-4 p.m. 143 South Robertson Boulevard, L.A., 310.893.2866.


the-hudsonToys For Tots Party at The Hudson
Dec. 13. The Hudson and The Churchill reward your giving this holiday season with a special holiday soiree. Everyone who brings in an unwrapped gift will get a complimentary select cocktail in return. The night also features passed appetizers and music. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. The Hudson, 1114 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood.


paseo-art-festPaseo Arts & Holly Fest
Dec. 15-16. Pasadena’s premier holiday shopping event on the famous “Rose Parade Route” features works (from jewelry to paintings) from local and traveling artists. Shop for fine arts and crafts while you enjoy live music, food and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 208 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena.



grand-park-moivesDouble Feature: How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Home Alone
Dec. 15. Dress up in your favorite ugly holiday sweater and hit Grand Park downtown for a double holiday movie feature. Festivities kick off with face painting and food trucks, give aways and prizes. Animated feature How the Grinch Stole Christmas begins at 5:15, followed by the ugly sweater contest at 6 p.m. and Home Alone at 6:15. 4-8 p.m.


holiday-organMUSIC & DANCE
Holiday Organ Spectacular
Dec. 14. The beauty and majesty of the versatile Walt Disney Concert Hall organ are showcased in the annual Holiday Organ Spectacular, featuring organist David Higgs. Higgs along with soprano Lisa Christine Thelen perform a program of wide-ranging musical selections, from festive favorites to devotional holiday music. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


calarts-tharpCalArts Winter Dance
Dec. 14-15. See a re-staging of Twyla Tharp’s alluring Torelli and premieres of new works choreographed by CalArts faculty Laurence Blake and Andre Tyson. Tharp’s 1971 ensemble piece, which follows the course of a day in the country, begins in silence with a set of everyday, matter-of-fact movement phrases before developing a “rustic humor” as the dancers build improvisations to the Baroque elegance of Giuseppe Torelli’s Concerto in D Minor. Blake’s Rite explores interplay between the genders, while Tyson’s dArk Matter questions assumptions about reality and ponders the unknown forces that act upon human lives. $10-$20. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., downtown, 213.237.2800.


barbershopEAT / DRINK / PLAY
Barbershop Ristorante Pop-Up
Dec. 19-Jan. 12. Chef Walter el Nagar, most recently of the Michelin-starred La Botte in Santa Monica, pops-up with an indulgent menu of nouvelle Italian cuisine. Dine on a six-course prix-fixe menu at an exclusive chef’s table which serves 16 diners per seating. Menu is completely sourced from farmers market offerings and highlights classic and molecular gastronomy techniques. Sample menu items include fish crudo; fontina cheese fondue egg; linguine with Carlsbad farm’s mussels, cannellini beans, bottarga; SRF pork cheeks, pecorino cheese, tomatoes; and more. $75, $35 additional for wine pairings by Mario Vollera (Piccolo Venice). Weds.-Sun., seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Reservations required. 8700 West 3rd St., second floor, L.A., 424.272.5849.


spinSPiN LA at The Standard Downtown
Whether you need to crown your night with a serious ping-pong tournament, or perfect your backspin during the day, now you have your chance. Spin LA is officially open at the Standard Downtown. Just ascend to the mezzanine level of the hotel and pick your table, available for rent on an hourly basis. Memberships are also up for purchase and offer you perks like exclusive table reservations and half-off rental fees, member concierge services, hotel and restaurant discounts and more. Standard Downtown Los Angeles, 550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.439.3065.


penninsula-teaThe Peninsula Beverly Hills Festive Afternoon Tea
The holiday tea available during December features music by a classical harpist, champagne, a variety of sandwiches, and includes a miniature caviar cake and a “Cap Cake,” which is a delectable pastry version of The Peninsula’s signature Page hat. Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation. $60-$65. Seatings at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2736.


the-brueryCold Weather Beer Flight Night with The Bruery
Dec. 13. Sip on seasonal and difficult-to-come-by beers and discuss their finer merits with The Bruery’s Benjamin Weiss. Selections include Loakal Red, 4 Calling Birds, 5 Golden Rings and Cuir. $15 flights, $6.50 individually. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Mohawk Bend, 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.



angel-city-breweryHOLIDAY GIVING
Angel City Brewery & Midnight Mission
Dec. 14; Dec. 17-21. Angel City Brewery invites you to give back to L.A.’s Midnight Mission and get a sneak peek into the as-yet-under-renovation brewery itself. Donate any gently worn men’s attire (suits, collared button down shirts, ties, sneakers, dress shoes) or non-perishable food items (minimum of five) and get a special Angel City Brewery pint glass in addition to the exclusive preview of the new brewery. Noon-6 p.m. 216 South Alameda St., downtown, 213.622.1261.


A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens
Through Dec. 30. The Second City alums and drop-in special guests (Lance Bass, Henry Rollins, George Takei, Fred Willard, and Pulitzer prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold to name a few) give Charles Dickens’ classic tale an update with scheming politicians, sunbathing Santas and shoplifting celebrities. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


Through Dec. 23. Poisoning, beheading, cross-dressing, and betrayal become fresh and frisky thanks to Fiasco Theater’s inventive production of the epic romance Cymbeline. In a play that spans the Roman Empire, Shakespeare pits the noble intentions of Princess Imogen, pining after her banished husband, against the dastardly Iachimo, one of his most nefarious villains. Broad Stage Santa Monica, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.


nothing-to-hideNothing To Hide
Through Jan. 6. Abandoning the antiquated notions of a traditional magic show, Nothing to Hide takes the audience on an imaginary journey through a series of diverse and engaging vignettes brought to life solely from the words and hands of the two masterful magicians: Derek DelGaudio (2011 Close-Up Magician of the Year) and Helder Guimarães (2011 Parlour Magician of the Year), and director Neil Patrick Harris. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


coney-islandConey Island Christmas
Through Dec. 30. Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Marguiles presents a holiday show for people of all ages and faiths. Based on the short story The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Top Cool Things to Do in Los Angeles

Looking for a few hip, off the beaten path activities in LA? Pay a visit to the Museum of Death, where you can see Charles Manson crime scene photos, a guillotined severed head of Blue Beard, and actual death videos that will keep you up at night. Buying a ticket also gets you a peak at a live Siamese turtle next door at the Chaos Gallery. Or go hit the drive in on a city rooftop at the Electric Dusk Drive In, where you can catch flicks on the top of a building in the heart of downtown. Want a peak inside the mind of Tom Cruise? Visit the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition for an introduction to the wacky world of Scientology.