Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

November 16-19


The Great LA Walk

Nov. 18. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, join hundreds of participants on this annual urban hike across the city. Starting at the bear statue in Griffith Park, traverse Los Feliz, Franklin, Fairfax, Pico and Western before circling back to Griffith Park. For those with extra energy, there is an additional hike up to the Observatory. Saturday at 9 a.m. For more info, visit greatlawalk.blogspot.com

L.A Zoo Shines at Night

Opens Nov. 17. The L.A. Zoo welcomes “Animals Aglow,” a celebration of it’s diverse wildlife. Discover animal-shaped lanterns in vivid colors and enjoy newly introduced nature-themed holiday displays, complete with lanterns among pine trees, ice crystals and depictions of the northern lights. The experience is enriched with various photo spots and exclusive VIP options. Starts Friday at 6 p.m. 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. lazoo.org

Holiday Ice Rink Returns

Opens Nov. 16. Pershing Square brings back their ice rink to downtown LA with a grand opening commemoration featuring special performances, live entertainment and the much-anticipated tree lighting ceremony. Professional figure skater Angela Wang will be a doing a showcase for this holiday occasion. Starts Thursday at 5 p.m. 532 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles.
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Icons of Design

Nov. 19. This first-ever design event brings together an art fair, a holiday market and a fundraiser, showcasing unique products from independent brands, including footwear, watches, and jewelry. Additionally, there will be custom car displays, live music, cocktails and popular L.A food trucks. All profits will go to the GO Campaign to help vulnerable children. Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 7933 Haskell Ave., Los Angeles. More Information

Food + Drinks

Rita’s Deluxe

Now Open. This latest venture by Chef Luke Reyes is a nod to his grandmother Rita and the meals of his childhood in Massachusetts and Maine. The menu is a throwback to nostalgic flavors of regional American cuisine, featuring dishes like fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, fried cheese curds and a rotating monthly special. Finish your meal off with a signature vanilla milkshake. 419 W 7th St., Los Angeles. ritasdeluxe.com

Holly Jolly Holiday Bar

Now Open. E.P. & L.P. is ushering in the season with a special pop-up bar adorned with tinsel, ornaments, and festive decorations. Indulge in seasonal bites and holiday-inspired cocktails, highlights including the “Milk and Cookie” cocktail, “Run Rudolph Rum” and “Feliz Navidad” – a mezcal-infused Mexican hot chocolate. Hours vary. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood. Get Tickets Now

MisoHungrry x Ayara

Nov. 16-18. Food influencer MisoHungrry and Thai restaurant Ayara are hosting a three-night dinner series to celebrate Thailand’s Festival of Light, Loy Krathong. Alongside Ayara’s regular menu, the event will feature special dishes and rituals emblematic of the festival, complemented by drinks from Veranda Cocktails. Thursday-Saturday, starts at 5 p.m. 6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles. Reserve Now

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Residency

Now Open. The Peninsula Beverly Hills hosts a private tasting event with the exclusive Champagne Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle cuvée. Set in the Grand Siècle Icon Room the one-on-one tasting session is led by a rep from Laurent-Perrier and chef-curated refreshments from Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. Wednesday-Sunday,  3p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Reserve Now

Sushi by Scratch Restaurants

Now Open. Due to overwhelming demand, The Beverly Wilshire has extended its exclusive sushi pop-up through the end of the year. Located in the luxurious Royal Suite on the eighth floor, this hidden culinary pop-up features a stunning view of Beverly Hills. Indulge in a 17-course nigiri tasting menu, showcasing premium seafood primarily sourced from Tokyo’s renowned Toyosu Fish Market. Open daily. Seating is 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills. Reserve Now

Sunday Cellar Shop

Nov. 19. For one day only, the Michelin-starred Kato restaurant is offering a unique holiday shopping experience, opening its wine cellar to the public. Guided by sommelier Ryan Bailey, you will have the opportunity to explore a curated selection of aged and limited wines. In addition to the wines, the event will also feature specially designed tableware, wine glasses and pantry items. Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 777 S. Alameda St., #114, Los Angeles. katorestaurants.com

Arts + Culture

Dudamel and the Music of Tango and Ballet

Nov. 16-19. Gustavo Dudamel leads the performance of Gabriela Ortiz’s new ballet score, inspired by the 2019 “Glitter Revolution” in Mexico City, where women protested against sexual violence. Violinist Leticia Moreno will play Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” a dramatic and nuevo tango-infused composition. Thursday-Saturday, at 8 p.m. Sunday, at 2 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog)

Nov. 18. The Broad museum presents a new exhibition featuring works from its collection by LA-based artists. Named after a piece by John Baldessari, the exhibition explores themes of Los Angeles as a changing city and broader societal issues. It is set to occupy the museum’s first floor galleries, showcasing the works of 21 artists from different generations either native to LA, like Doug Aitken and Lari Pittman. Starts Saturday at 10 a.m. 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. thebroad.org

As We Speak

Nov. 18. Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer unite their diverse talents in their latest collaboration, “As We Speak.” Known for their improvisational skills, they bridge the gaps between their distinct musical genres, blending the intricate rhythms of Indian music, the deep grooves of funky bass lines and the disciplined structures of raga. Joining them is Rakesh Chaurasia, a renowned young bansuri player. Saturday, at 8 p.m. Royce Hall, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets

Family Dinner with Jodie Sweetin

Nov. 16. Every month, Jodie Sweetin from Full House leads a panel of comedians in a discussion centered around a current theme, engaging in games and exchanging stories while enjoying a meal reminiscent of their childhood. The show’s format encourages free-flowing conversation, with the audience playing the role of the “kids table.” Thursday at 7 p.m. 6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles. bourbonroomhollywood.com

Photo credit: Grand Siècle Iteration No. 26, Vanessa Tierney Photography. Season of Gratitude meal courtesy of Snooze. Ice Rink at Pershing Square courtesy. of Red Apple Photography. E.P. L.P courtesy of Botanical Hospitality Group. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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