LA Weekend Events Roundup 11.17.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.17.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Snow Los Angeles
Nov. 17-Dec. 23. Los Angeles turns into a winter wonderland at the new snow-themed attraction, which offers 10,000 square feet of snow tubing across nine acres of snowfall near Dodger Stadium. Also, frolic with giant singing snowmen in a snowman forest, enjoy an interactive light show and find food trucks, drinks and more. Stadium Way and Scott Ave., L.A.



L.A. Zoo LightsL.A. Zoo Lights
Nov. 18-Jan. 8. The holiday light experience combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and gold touches in celebration of the zoo’s 50th anniversary. (Photo by Jamie Pham.) 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200.



Los Angeles Auto ShowLos Angeles Auto Show
Nov. 18-27. Test-drive over 100 cars and explore more than 1,000 vehicles in the show’s four exhibit halls. New this year: a showcase of cutting-edge mobility tech. Check website for hours. $5-$15, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850.



The Airbnb OpenAirbnb Open
Nov. 17-19. The conference put on by the popular lodging platform features talks from thought leaders like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Meyer. It culminates on Saturday with Airbnb Open Spotlight, a street festival downtown, which showcases the city through art, music, theater and more. Find concerts and DJs headlined by Maroon 5, red carpet screening of LA LA Land, a pop-up gift market and cabaret and theater performances from Strut & Fret.



The Americana at Brand’s Tree LightingThe Americana at Brand’s Tree Lighting
Nov. 17. Get into the holiday spirit at The Americana at Brand’s annual tree lighting ceremony. This year’s event is themed to Sammy Davis, Jr. tune, “Christmas Time All Over the World”, celebrating Christmas music from around the globe. The event features Santa Claus’ arrival, Christmas tree lighting, the season’s first snowfall and grand fireworks finale. The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale.



Stouts N Staches Brew CrawlStouts N Staches Brew Crawl
Nov. 19. The mustache-themed beer crawl that highlights some of Venice Beach’s best bars and craft brews. Enjoy food and craft beer specials at participating locations, as well as live music, free stache trims, whiskey tastings, a VIP Stache Lounge and more. The event raise awareness for men’s health issues and celebrate Movember while benefiting the Venice Family Clinic. $12-25, includes six craft beer tastings, whiskey tastings from Highland Park and gift bag from Dollar Shave Club. 3-9 p.m. Check-in is at Danny’s, 23 Windward Ave., Venice.



Spider PavilionMUSEUMS
Spider Pavilion
Through Dec. 11. This year the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County takes its spiders outside to a new roomier pavilion. Observe the daily lives of spiders like the pink toe tarantula and the jumping spider in enclosed habitats, walk through orb weavers and their intricate webs and learn about all these amazing arachnids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown.



Autrey California ContinuedCalifornia Continued
Building on its nearly three decades showcasing the art, history and cultures of the American West, the Autry has unveiled California Continued, its most transformative undertaking to date. Four main attractions covering 20,000 square feet make up the project: a long-term exhibition, Human Nature, which explores how Native Californian ecological knowledge is applicable to current environmental problems; an ethnobotanical teaching garden; The Life and Work of Mabel McKay, a show dedicated to the life and work of a modern Pomo basket weaver and healer (which includes works by fellow California Indian artists such as Harry Fonseca, whose painting is above); and the immersive film California Road Trip, which lets visitors hitch a ride on a virtual journey to iconic destinations in the Golden State. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000.



Robert Wilson/Mikhail Baryshnikov: Letter to a ManMUSIC + DANCE
Robert Wilson/Mikhail Baryshnikov: Letter to a Man
Nov. 18-19. Mikhail Baryshnikov steps inside the splintering psyche of one of the greatest dancers in history in director Robert Wilson’s staging of Vaslav Nijinsky’s diaries. Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.825.2101.



Nov. 19. Inspired by the the myth of the Minotaur, Asterion explores the life of one man who has seen the dark side of his nature and fights to regain his humanity. The play is by Katharine Noon, developed by the Ghost Road Company and reflects the ensemble’s recent work with renowned Polish theater company, Teatr Zar. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades.



Merrily We Roll AlongMerrily We Roll Along
Opening Nov. 22. This rarely staged Stephen Sondheim work (based on the 1934 play of the same name) navigates the bumpy history of three friends who began their careers in show business together and features songs like “Good Thing Going” and “Our Time.” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.



Through Dec. 18. Alena Smith’s (The Affair, Newsroom) Silver Lake-set comedy about aimless 30-somethings has its world premiere here. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



queen LeenaneThe Beauty Queen of Leenane
Nov. 9-Dec. 18. This dark comedy follows protagonist Maureen Folan and her aging mother, who meddles in her daughter’s romantic relationship with horrific results. Tony winner Garry Hynes helms this production by the renowned Irish Druid Theatre Company. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Hedwig and the Angry InchHedwig and the Angry Inch
Nov. 1-27. Glee’s Darren Criss stars alongside Tony Award-winner Lena Hall in the LA premiere of this genre-bending rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Recommended for mature audiences. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.



Model ApartmentModel Apartment
Oct. 11-Nov. 20. This early work by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies follows an elderly couple who retire to Florida but can’t escape their brutal past. (Photo by Jeff Lorch Photography.) Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



Oct. 23-Nov. 20. A timely entry for election season, this satirical play—having its world premiere—follows the tailor of a real-estate tycoon/reality TV star turned presidential nominee. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.