Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.20.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

auto-showEVENTS
L.A. Auto Show
Nov. 21-30. Automakers rev up car buyers with their latest and greatest offerings at this annual show, held at the L.A. Convention Center downtown. Expect 30 world debuts (totaling 60 vehicle unveilings overall) during the event. Hours vary; visit website for details. $5–$15, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850. laautoshow.com

 

Stouts N StachesStouts N Staches
Nov. 22. Celebrate the culture and history of great mustaches and raise awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation during the second annual fest. The block party event begins at Hotel Erwin with live music from Jack of Hearts and Black Crystal Wolf Kids, beer garden, free MO trims, flash tats, photo booth and more. From there, revelers can hit Barlo at Hotel Erwin, Danny’s, Larry’s, Bank of Venice, Townhouse and James’ Beach for $5 craft beer and food specials. VIP tickets offer access to High Rooftop Lounge, as well as Larry’s Loft, with hosted beer from Venice Duck Brewery and Goose Island Beer Co., curated cocktails by Vita Coco with Tito’s Vodka, whiskey tastings, free “man”-icures, trims and styling from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy and more. 2-8 p.m. $10 advance/$15 day-of/$50 VIP. 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice. stoutsnstaches.com

 

Great Los Angeles WalkGreat Los Angeles Walk
Nov. 22. The annual walk that usually traverses L.A. from downtown to the sea moves to the valley this year for the first time. Spend the day hiking east down Ventura Blvd. (The Valley’s main drag made famous by Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin”) through Woodland Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Universal City. See a wide range of architecture along the way as well as CBS Studio Center, Universal Studios, Los Encinos State Historic Park and the historic Campo de Cahuenga monument site. greatlawalk.com

 

Hermosa Beach Sidewalk FestivalHermosa Beach Sidewalk Festival
Nov. 22. Stroll through the many shops and restaurants in downtown Hermosa Beach and get a jump on holiday shopping. Local businesses will be getting in the holiday spirit with holiday decorations and featured merchandise on the sidewalks in front of their stores. The event will also feature live music throughout the day and children’s activities. Downtown Hermosa Beach. HBChamber.net

 

Rodeo Drive Holiday LightingRodeo Drive Holiday Lighting
Nov. 23. Whiteness nearly 150,000 lights illuminate Rodeo Drive during the annual lighting ceremony. The festivities will feature the seasonal spectacular lighting of the holiday lights, a fireworks show and a confetti “snow” shower. In celebration of their 250th anniversary, the world-renowned French luxury lifestyle brand Baccarat has partnered with Gearys Beverly Hills to hang 16 full size Baccarat chandeliers over the famed street. Additionally lining the median of Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards will be lit birch trees, 42 iridescent palm trees and hundreds of vibrant red poinsettias. 6 p.m. 300 block of Rodeo Drive near the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way, Beverly Hills. lovebeverlyhills.com

 

Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama”Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama”
Nov. 23. Cameron Carpenter is among the elite organists featured in Happy Birthday, “Hurricane Mama” concerts celebrating Walt Disney Concert Hall’s pipe organ. The organ’s striking visual design was a collaboration between Frank Gehry and organ builder Manuel Rosales. The organ, affectionately called “Hurricane Mama,” was so named by musical visionary Terry Riley after a night of improvising. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.com

 

Chill at The Queen MaryChill at The Queen Mary
Opens Nov. 21. Step into a magical holiday experience as The Queen Mary’s giant dome will be frozen over and transformed into an enormous igloo. The “ice kingdom” features larger-than-life ice creations including breaking waves, dancing dolphins and a surfing Santa. Experience frozen scenes from The Nutcracker, including sugar plum fairies and walk-through castles. Get lost in the life-size candy cane forest, explore the penguin village and slip down three ice slides off of a 30-foot high replica of The Queen Mary. Enjoy ice tubing, ice skating, holiday carolers and more. Check website for hours and schedule. $30-$40. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

 

Eva Franco BoutiqueSHOPPING
Eva Franco Boutique
You may be used to picking up your favorite Eva Franco frocks at Anthropology or directly from her studio downtown, but now you can head to Echo Park to exclusively shop at the new Eva Franco boutique. The glamorous outpost for the local designer is decked out with her current playful, yet sophisticated styles that have earned praise from top fashion publications and are favorites of celebrities from Zooey Deschanel to Taylor Swift. 1555 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, 213.250.2500. evafranco.com

 

A "Friendsgiving" Vegan Pop UpEAT + DRINK
A “Friendsgiving” Vegan Pop Up
Nov. 24. The authors behind The Lusty Vegan, Chef Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg have teamed up with Mohawk Bend for their “Authors Worth Celebrating” series to put on a special vegan “Friendsgiving.” Dine on a multi-course meal for while you chat with the authors and learn about what inspired their book. 6:30 p.m. Mohawk Bend, 2141 Sunset Blvd., L.A. mohawk.la

 

Kye’sKye’s
You’ve never seen anything like this before; the new Montana Ave. fast casual superfood stop serves up one-of-a-kind KyeRito wraps. What’s a KyeRito? Picture a burrito and then picture it filled with healthy, delicious combinations of locally sourced fare broken out into four categories—breakfast, deli style, classic comfort and Asian-inspired—wrapped with nori, romaine lettuce or collard greens. Sink your teeth into KyRitos like the Nori n’ Lox with green eggs, smoked salmon, scallion aioli, arugula, tomato, and a white rice quinoa blend wrapped in nori; Deli Turkey with premium turkey, goji aioli, sprouts, sprouted sunflower seeds, sugar snap peas and brown rice wrapped in romaine; and The Bulgolgi with marinated beef, kimchi, Asian pear, carrot, cabbage, sweet and spicy red pepper paste, sesame seeds, and a red and black rice blend wrapped in nori. 1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica,310.395.5937. kyesmontana.com

 

D'Vine Wine CellarD’Vine Wine Cellar
Discover this hidden wine bar under the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Find it under the O Hotel’s Bar + Kitchen restaurant. A warm wooden bar and soft lighting accent this subterranean spot to sip more than 50 top varietals and enjoy perfectly paired selection of rilettes, tartines, charcuterie, cheeses and more. 821 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.784.3050. More Info.

 

Hershey Felder as Irving BerlinTHEATER
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Through Dec. 21. Hailed for his one-man shows about musical greats, multitalented Canadian performer Felder now tackles the master of American music himself, Irving Berlin. The work follows Berlin’s origins in czarist Russia to his embodiment of the American dream. Expect classic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com

 

Luna GaleLuna Gale
Opening Nov. 23. This hard-hitting drama centers around a veteran social worker faced with life-altering decisions to make on behalf of children who cannot make them for themselves. Namely, she must deem whether baby Luna Gale would ultimately be better off with her young, irresponsible birth parents or an estranged grandmother. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

Kinky BootsKinky Boots
Through Nov. 30. Everything about this 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical screams fun, including the thigh-high red boots alluded to in the title and the joyous music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Watch as a struggling shoe-factory owner and drag queen Lola teach each other the importance of open-mindedness and standing out. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

What the Butler SawWhat the Butler Saw
Through Dec. 21. This classic farce—condemned as scandalous back in 1969—still holds up nicely. A psychoanalyst attempts to seduce his prospective secretary, but he’s married to a nymphomaniac who’s being blackmailed by her own illicit lover. Plot twists, mistaken identities and biting wit ensue. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

Stop KissStop Kiss
Through Nov. 30. Playwright Diana Son’s critically acclaimed and GLAAD Media Award-winning work explores the depths of emotion after two women who share their first kiss on a New York street are brutally attacked by an angry bystander. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org

 

The Gospel According to Thomas JeffersonThe Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
Through Nov. 23. This smart comedy centers around a spirited debate between the three great minds, as imagined by Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com

 

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