Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 12.06.13

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.06.13

By Christina Xenos

Dec. 8. Nosh on bites and sip stellar cocktails from some of LA’s best chefs and bartenders all to support Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts. Chefs and mixologists lined up for the event held at newly opened The Church Key include Micha Wexler (Mezze Wexler’s Deli), Eric Greenspan (The Foundry), Kris Morningstar (Rays + Stark Bar), Ray Garcia (Fig), Devon Espinosa (The Church Key), Joey Bernardo (Harvard & Stone) and many more. General admission $100, includes all-inclusive food and cocktail reception and silent auction; VIP $150, add on a private champagne reception from 5-6 p.m., exclusive dish tastings and a gift bag of treats courtesy of Sherry Yard. 100% of the proceeds from #LALovesPI will be donated to relief efforts in the Philippines. 8730 Sunset Blvd., L.A.


jimmy-fallonJimmy Fallon
Dec. 5. See the late-night host bust out his sidesplitting comedy, signature impressions and more, all with an entourage of hilarious speical guests that include Julian McCullough, Nate Bargatze, Nick Thune and Seth Herzog at Club Nokia. $35-$55. 7:30 p.m. 800 W Olympic Blvd., downtown.


Grammy MuseumFree Admission at the Grammy Museum®
Dec. 6. Explore music, the creative and recording processes, and Grammy Award history for free during the Grammy Museum’s 5th Anniversary celebration. Special exhibits on display include: Ringo: Peace & Love, John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone, Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me!, Placido Domingo: A Tenor’s Story, Michael Jackson, and more. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800.


Unique LA Holiday ShowUnique LA Holiday Show
Dec. 7-8. Shop the largest indie design show in the country that features wares from more than 350 designers and artists. Find free workshops, cocktails and other beverages. 11 am–6 pm daily. $10, under 13 free. Parking $6. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., downtown.


FlywheelFlywheel Secret Santa Cabs
Through Dec. 16. If you’ve indulged too much in holiday cheer, summon a cab via new mobile app Flywheel and give back to Toys for Tots. Flywheel will donate their entire one dollar service fee from every ride through Dec. 16 to the organization, and will also donate $1 for ever new user who registers within that time. You also have the option to donate additional funds to Toys for Tots through the app. As a thank you to generous givers, Flywheel will be operating Secret Santa Cabs on two consecutive weekend nights in Dec., providing free rides for the lucky users who end up in the designated cab.


fitz-and-the-tantrums-KROQMUSIC + DANCE
KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Xmas
Dec. 7-8. Today’s hottest bands take the stage at Shrine Auditorium for two nights of performances. Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend and Queens of the Stone Age headline on Saturday, while Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Fitz and the Tantrums take the stage Sunday. Shrine Auditorium, 665 W Jefferson Blvd., L.A.


enrique-jingle-ballKISS FM’s Jingle Ball
Dec. 6. Headliners of this heavy-hitting rockstar event, hosted by the radio station’s on-air personality, Ryan Seacrest, include Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke and more. The event kicks off with the KIIS FM Jingle Ball Village and public performances by Fifth Harmony, Bonnie McKee, New Politics and Travie McCoy, followed by meet-and-greets with fan favorites. 7:30 p.m. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown.


jay-zJay Z
Dec. 9. On the heels of his summer tour with Justin Timberlake, the rapper, producer, entrepreneur and international icon comes to Staples Center for his Magna Carter tour, where he’s putting on a career-spanning show covering material from his early days all the way through his latest album his latest album, “Magna Carta… Holy Grail.” 8 p.m. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000.


lamcLos Angeles Master Chorale
Dec. 7, 8, 11, 14. Ring in the holiday season with the Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. During the Festival of Carols (Dec. 7, 14), hear some of your favorite Christmas carols new arrangements and traditional songs of the season; while Rejoice! Ceremony of Carols on Dec. 8 is an evening of seasonal choral music from Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity to Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Dec. 11 brings the annual Messiah Sing-Along extravaganza where Music Director Grant Gershon will conduct you and 2,199 other carolers in this singalong. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


cap-uclaJérôme Bel: The Show Must Go On
Dec. 5-6. The Show Must Go On examines the relationship between art and life, explores the clash of fine art and entertainment and challenges audience expectations. In a minimal set up characteristic of Jérôme Bel’s work, a DJ plays clips of popular songs from past eras to more recent chart-toppers while dancers literally follow the instructions of the song lyrics. $30-$35. 8 p.m. Freud Playhouse, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A.


baroqueLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations Concert
Dec. 5. Elegant themes and opulent variations by a wide range of Baroque composers set the tone for the holidays as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra features critically acclaimed virtuoso John Schneiderman playing lute and Baroque guitar in the first of five “Baroque Conversations” concerts. LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who hosts and curates the Dec. 5 concert, is joined by LACO’s Tereza Stanislav, violin, Armen Ksajikian, cello, Nico Abondolo, bass, and Patricia Mabee, keyboard. $55. 7 p.m. (Photo of Tereza Stanislav by Michael Miller). Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown, 213 622 7001 x 1.


Gilt City Los Angeles Warehouse Sale
Dec. 7. Gilt City’s biannual mega-sale hits Hollywood, offering up to 90% off on men’s, women’s and kids’ fashions and home décor. Open to ticket holders only, shopping will include aisles upon aisles of fashions from hundreds of top brands, including up-and-coming young designers and venerable fashion houses. Expect the newest footwear styles, jewelry, denim, suits, jackets, tops and outerwear for men, women and children, as well as bedding, kitchen and bath accessories, decorative pieces, and more. $10. 6063 W Sunset Blvd., L.A.


dining-aroundEAT + DRINK
Dining Around Los Angeles
Get an exclusive taste of chefs Chloe Tran and Jason Neroni forthcoming Culver City restaurant East Borough at Bar & Garden on Dec. 8 and Supurba Snack Bar on Dec. 11. Set to open in January, the restaurant’s one-night pop-up dinner on Dec. 11 offers dishes like fried cauliflower and long beans and Phocatini with oxtail and more. Critically acclaimed neighborhood hotspot Crossroads announces the launch of their Sunday Suppers series Dec. 8, with executive chef Scot Jones offering an Italian-themed menu. The series continues with a roster of celebrated Los Angeles chefs as well as visiting chefs from around the country. Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will share their favorite tips and tricks to make holiday entertaining a breeze at Border Grill downtown LA’s festive cooking class on Dec. 8. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar offers new new Asian-inspired dishes like dim sum, Sriracha chicken sandwich, Thai noodles and more starting Dec. 5. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, Bar Nineteen12 at The Beverly Hills Hotel has introduced two specialty cocktails and two snacks to commemorate the historic occasion available through Dec. 30. Celebrate over the 912 Corpse Reviver with Tanqueray 10 gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and  lemon verbena syrup; or Haute Bee’s Knees with Plymouth gin, fresh lemon and grapefruit juice and honey.


Peter and the Starcatcher
Through Jan. 12. See the origin-story musical based on the Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson about Peter Pan’s introduction to Neverland. More than a hundred characters grace the stage in the epic story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved hero. (Photo by Jenny Anderson.) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


christmas-carol-ctgA Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!
Opening Dec. 8. Chicago improv group the Second City spoofs Charles Dickens’ holiday tale A Christmas Carol. A star-studded grab bag of special guests adds comic sparkle and a joyful surprise to each performance the lineup includes Casey Affleck, Matthew Modine, Rhea Perlman, among others. (Photo by Craig Schwartz.) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


Through Dec. 22. Set in 1930s Budapest and the inspiration for movies including The Shop Around The Corner, two rival employees at a boutique start a love affair through anonymous letters. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.



brian-dennehyThe Steward of Christendom
Through Jan. 15. In the wake of Ireland’s bloody struggle for independence, Brian Dennehy plays a Roman Catholic former police officer in Dublin confined to a mental institution. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



the-lion-kingThe Lion King
Through Jan. 12. See the Disney classic brought to life on stage by award-winning director Julie Taymor and unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.468.1770.