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LA Weekend Events Roundup November 30-December 3

Cal Mare
Cal Mare, a new Beverly Center dining destination, pays homage to coastal Italy and Southern California.

From concert performances by your favorite musicians to holiday shopping and more, here are the top LA weekend events for November 30-December 3.

Edited by Christina Xenos.


Los Angeles Auto ShowLos Angeles Auto Show
Dec. 1-10. Test drive nearly 100 of the auto industry’s latest models and explore 1,000 vehicles at this annual car show. Kids can enjoy video games, virtual-reality demos and play zones. Check website for hours. $5-$30, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850. laautoshow.com




KIIS FM’s Jingle BallKIIS FM’s Jingle Ball
Dec. 1. 102.7 KIIS FM curates the annual concert, which moves to The Forum this year, and features performances from headliners Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, among many others. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300. fabulousforum.com





Sleepless photo courtesy of the Music CenterSleepless: The Music Center After Hours
Dec. 1. The 10th edition of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s late-night event features a trio of Cuban musicians. 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org





Healing Night at Amplify AcupunctureHealing Night at Amplify Acupuncture
Dec. 2. Santa Monica’s newly opened wellness oasis invites you in for an evening of relaxation before the busy holiday season. The night begins with chakra readings followed by acupuncture, reiki with local healer April Pfender and concludes with a guided meditation. $99. 6 p.m. Amplify Acupuncture, 2717 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets




3100 Block Party & Holiday Market3100 Block Party & Holiday Market
Dec. 2. The 3100 block of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake gets in the holiday spirit with a festive block party and holiday market. Find specials from FrankieLucy Bakeshop, Sweetfin Poke, MooShoes LA, GBY Beauty, among many others. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 3100 Sunset Blvd., L.A. frankielucybakeshop.com





Taste of Tamales Food Festival
Dec. 2-3. Eat your way through a cornucopia of tamales from L.A.’s top food vendors and restaurants. Daily entertainment includes art and craft stations, live music, carnival rides and games, 20,000 free toys for children, free health screenings and more. Noon-10 p.m. Free. 8th St. & Normandie, L.A. laeventsmarketing.com




Unique L.A. Holiday MarketUnique L.A. Holiday Market
Dec. 2-3. Shop the wares of more than 400 independent designers and makers, who’ll be selling home goods, clothing, leather goods, bath products, gourmet edibles and more. Free drinks and snacks, DIY projects, photo-booth portraits and gift wrapping. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily admission $15, VIP $35 (21+). Parking $7. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Suite A727, downtown. uniqueusa.com




Chris RockChris Rock
Nov. 29-30; Dec.1-2. Comedian and actor Chris Rock takes the stage at the Dolby Theatre for four nights during his Total Blackout Tour. This is the first time in nine years that the stand-up legend has been on tour. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300. dolbytheatre.com





Tori AmosTori Amos
Dec. 1-3. Singer-songwriter Tori Amos arrives at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel for three nights in celebration of her new album Native Invader. Her 15th studio album “… looks to nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself,” says Amos. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233. theatre.acehotel.com





Westbound: Miracle on Santa FeWestbound: Miracle on Santa Fe
Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Drink and make merry at DTLA’s speakeasy-inspired bar as it transforms into a kitschy, over-the-top Christmas wonderland. Falling snow, visits from Santa and more complement 15 specialty cocktails including Chailent Night (Monkey Shoulder Whisky, Martini Rubbino Vermouth and chai-spiced rum butter) and Run Run Rudolph (blanco tequila, coffee liqueur, iced hot chocolate and Mexican spices), among others. Tu-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 5 p.m.-midnight. $7-$17. Westbound, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown. westbounddtla.com



Cal MareCal Mare
Now Open. The new Beverly Center dining destination pays homage to cuisine of coastal Italy and Southern California. The restaurant is a collaboration among chef/partner Adam Sobel in collaboration with Michael Mina and MINA Group. Dine on a menu thath features seafood from both the Mediterranean and Pacific Ocean, as well as fresh handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas. Highlights of the menu include Caviale e Mozzarella, which features two of Sobel’s favorite ingredients: caviar and mozzarella. Other winning choices from the menu include carbonara pizza from the restaurant’s brick oven; handmade dungeness crab agnolotti with truffle, butternut squash and sea urchin; and an aged roasted duck for two with lavender honey and fennel seed. Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 424.332.4595. calmarerestaurant.com



Belle Vie photo by Christina XenosBelle Vie
Now Open. Walking into the cozy bistro in West LA is not unlike how it would be in France. Owner and sommelier Vincent Samarco greets every guest from behind the bar, while diners vie for seats to chat with him there—many in French—while others filter into red leather banquettes that fill out the jewel box space. Warm hospitality teams with inventive and authentic French dishes from chef Cedric Nicolas. The beef Bourguignon tacos are a must, along with the restaurant’s signature Angel’s Eggs (their take on deviled eggs served with an addictive chipotle mayonnaise), and grilled octopus served over burnt cauliflower and cauliflower puree. The night we were there the restaurant served roasted Mary’s chicken breast with a morel mushroom sauce with pommes dauphine. M-Sa lunch and dinner, happy hour 4-7 p.m.; extended happy hour Sa noon-7 p.m. 11916 Wilshire Blvd., West LA, 424.832.7375. bellevierestaurant.com



Opa! A Sweet Greek FeastOpa! A Sweet Greek Feast
Dec. 3. On the heels of her new cookbook Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook, join chef Christina Xenos for a four-course Greek feast. The dinner, at Feastly’s Venice bungalow, takes you on a journey through familiar and exotic flavors with contemporary twists with recipes from the book like butterflied leg of lamb with spinach and sun dried tomatoes. Disclaimer: Xenos is also a freelance writer for SoCalPuse.com. 7-9 p.m. Advance tickets required $55, address revealed with ticket purchase. eatfeastly.com



Progressive Whiskey Dinner at CUT by Wolfgang PuckProgressive Whiskey Dinner at CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Upcoming | Dec. 4. Kick those Monday blues to the curb at this intimate dining experience for whiskey connoisseurs. The evening begins in CUT Lounge, followed by a chat with chef Hilary in the kitchen and a five-course dinner on Rodeo Tier. Menu highlights include dry aged Angus beef with chanterelle mushrooms and dried cranberries paired with Singleton of Glen Dullan 12 (rich and sweet with a spicy finish). 6:30 p.m. $150, excludes tax and services. CUT at the Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. fourseasons.com



Salt & StrawSalt & Straw
Through Dec. 28. The iconic ice cream purveyor is churning out five brand new flavors to celebrate the holiday season. Choose from Peppermint Cocoa, Apple Brandy & Pecan Pie, Gingerbread Cookie Dough, Caramelized Grapefruit Eggnog and Butter Roasted Chestnut, served alongside year-round staples. Available at all five L.A. locations. saltandstraw.com





L.A. Original Pop-UpL.A. Original Pop-Up
Now Open. Mayor Eric Garcetti is capitalizing on the city’s creative culture with L.A. Original, an initiative to promote local makers through a collection of L.A.-branded products. Some of the area’s coolest companies, including Clare V. and Pocket Square Clothing, contributed designs, proceeds from which support creative entrepreneurship in underserved L.A. communities. Shop the products at the L.A. Original pop-up in Westfield Century City. laoriginal.com



Good American Pop-Up photo of Good AmericanGood American Pop-Up
Opens Dec. 1. The ready to wear brand, co-founded by Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede, officially opens its doors this weekend at the award-winning The Americana at Brand shopping destination. Expect premium denim, bodysuits and sweats in an inclusive size range. The Americana at Brand, across from The Green, 889 Americana Way, Glendale. americanaatbrand.com




Jenni Kayne Pop-Up photo by Nicki Sebastian photographyJenni Kayne Pop-Up
Dec. 3-10; 12-24. To celebrate her new home collection, Los Angeles designer Jenni Kayne outfitted a renovated 1957 Airstream (pictured here) with her favorite pieces and sent it on a cross-country tour. This month, the mobile shop returns to L.A. County with two pop-ups: Dec. 3-10 at Platform in Culver City and Dec. 12-24 at the Grove. Hop aboard to shop for handwoven Peruvian alpaca pillows and color-blocked blankets, heavyweight linen travel clutches, knitted alpaca gloves and beanies, earthy candles, striped silk pajamas, shearling and suede Moroccan slippers and Tappan x Jenni Kayne photographs by SoCal native Marc Gabor. All items reflect Kayne’s warm, minimalist style and are perfect for gifting and getting. jennikayne.com




Latina Christmas SpecialLatina Christmas Special
Dec. 1-Jan. 7. Directed by Geoffrey Rivas, the hilarious and scandalous performance returns for a third year of holiday joy and laughter. Written and performed by acclaimed comedians Diana Yanez, Maria Russell and Sandra Valls. See website for showtimes. $22-$37. The Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theater 4, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. thelatc.org




Museum of Failure photo by Sofie LindbergMuseum of Failure
Dec. 1-Feb. 4. Celebrate history’s failed products and services at this quirky, experiential exhibit. Expect artifacts spanning from the 17th century right up to present day, including the Segway, one of Apple’s few unsuccessful devices and a movie case from Blockbuster (RIP). GA $15, seniors/military/A+D members $8. A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 900 E. 4th St., downtown. failuremusuem.com




Yissy GarciaYissy & Bandancha
Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Fusing funk, jazz and hip-hop, Cuban artist Yissy Garcia kicks off her U.S. tour with three shows across L.A. at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion and Grand Park in DTLA. See website for showtimes. yissygarcia.com




Sleepless photo courtesy of the Music Center. Belle Vie photo by Christina Xenos. Good American Pop-Up photo of Good American. Jenni Kayne Pop-Up photo by Nicki Sebastian photography. Museum of Failure photo by Sofie Lindberg.

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