This holiday weekend is a great time to vist LACMA – There is so much to choose from….Here is a special one. Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation.

Beginning with Cronos (1993) and continuing through The Devil’s     Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015), among many other film, television, and book projects, del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Working with a team of craftsmen, aLACMAlightsrtists, and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture, and art-historical sources—del Toro recreates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally, with a cherished home base he calls “Bleak House” in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, the exhibition reveals his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, the exhibition is organized thematically, beginning with visions of death and the afterlife; continuing through explorations of magic, occultism, horror, and monsters; and concluding with representations of innocence and redemption.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Art Gallery of Ontario. Original music and soundscape for this exhibition created by Gustavo Santaolalla.

CLICK HERE to view the calendar and reserve tickets.

Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036
When: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Phone: (323) 857-6000


Join some of our favorite local authors at DIESEL, A Bookstore. Remember it’s Small business Saturday. To celebrate the start of the holiday season, support local authors…. choose gifts for your friends and family (or yourself!)
After all, what makes a better gift than a book, and who knows books better than authors? DIESEL’s guest booksellers for the day are: Sonya Sones, author of Saving Red; Marc Weingarten, author of Thirsty; Joe Ide,author of I.Q.; and Jennifer Caloyeras, author of Strays.

Where: DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St, Suite #33
When: All day – Saturday, November 26th
Phone: 310.576.9960


Sat-G2-giftshopIn Venice…

Another small business….Shop small at the new G2 Gallery Store between Friday November 25 – Sunday November 27 and receive a special 10% off discount to use in the store anytime in the month of December!

The G2 Gallery will be open10am – 8pm all weekend long. This is the place to find unique, green gifts arriving in the store every day.

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,90291
When: 10:00am – 8pm
Phone: 310 452-2842


We all need to laugh…so head to 2016 Alex Film Society’s

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Poking Medicine in the Eye Since 1933

This year’s lineup of shorts starring Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp:
FROM NURSE TO WORSE (1940, Jules White)
CASH & CARRY (1937, Del Lord)
SOME MORE SAMOA (1941, Del Lord)
SCRAMBLED BRAINS (1951, Jules White)

Stooges family members, friends, & co-stars will be in attendance!
Raffle baskets filled with Stooge goodies from C3 Entertainment, Inc.. All raffle proceeds support the Alex Film Society, a nonprofit community arts organization!

Walk-Up: $16 [$12.50 Ticket + $3.50 Fees]; Phone/Internet: $16.50 [$12.50 Ticket + $4 Fees] CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

What: Screening
Where: Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203
When: 2:00pm OR 8:00pm – Saturday, November 26, 2016


In San Pedro…

Holiday-2016-BattleshipIowa-iceskatingLace up your ice skates and take a spin around the only ice rink know to be on an actual battleship. The Los Angeles Kings Holiday Ice Rink will be open everyday for the holiday season beginning Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 through Sunday, January 8, 2017 on Battleship IOWA’s fantail.

Tickets: $15 (skate rentals included)
  Hours: 3 Sessions from 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm; CLICK HERE for more info.

Look no further than the Los Angeles Waterfront and the Battleship IOWA Museum to ring in the holiday season and celebrate a Winter Wonderland. The Museum is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the LA Waterfront / Port of Los Angeles.  The Battleship IOWA Museum shares the parking lot with the World Cruise Terminal.

Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard. The first hour is free, each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $16 per day.

What: Ice Skating
Where: Battleship IOWA Museum, 250 South Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA  90731
When: 3 Sessions from 3:00pm – 10:30pm
Phone: 877-446-9261


L.A. ZOO LIGHTS returns with more lights and more nights of dazzling magic for its third spectacular year as it kicks off a “ZooLAbration” of the Los Angeles Zoo’s 50th Anniversary on FriNov2016-ZooLIghts-byJamiePhamday, November 18, 2016, and remains open for seven awe-inspiring weeks through Sunday, January 8, 2017, under the stars at the L.A. Zoo.

Photo by Jamie Pham

For additional info, visit the Upcoming Event Feature. The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 644-4200.

For additional information about L.A. Zoo Lights, call 866-949-8007; call center hours are 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. For tickets and more, visit


In Santa Monica…

Returning Thanksgiving weekend to the Santa Monica Playhouse…Stogie Kenyatta’s NAACP award-winning solo show about African-American artist/activist Paul Robeson, a powerful heartfelt and humorous evening of theatre as laugh out-loud funny as it is educational, poignant and inspiring. Just returned from a sell-out England tour, this “Turn-of-the-Century Love Story” about the triumphs and tragedy of this great American, Robeson, is told with music, comedy, passion and heartfelt emotion that covers everything from his close friendship with Albert Einstein, his affection for the Jewish people, the Holocaust, Jim Crow Laws, the Harlem Renaissance, his complex 44 year marriage to Eslanda and America’s amazing, yet painful history.
Kenyatta plays 12 characters and ages from 5 to 65, with props, several wardrobe changes and a finger-snapping soundtrack by Ellington, Coltrane, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong & Robeson himself. Kenyatta is proud to bring the last performances for 2016 Thanksgiving weekend to Santa Monica Playhouse,

Saturday November 26th at 8pm and Sunday November 27th at 7pm.

Admission is $25. To order tickets, CLICK HERE.

What: Performance
Where: The Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, SM 90401-1391
When: 8:00pm

Phone: 310-394-9779 ext 1


Friday-Nov25-2016-cookingwithGAS-ImprovIn Hollywood…

The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies play together in this Holiday special edition all-improv explosion! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Featuring a surprise guest.
Saturday 11/26/16 show features:
Director: Mindy Sterling
Cast: Scott Beehner, Patrick Bristow, Josh Duvendeck, Heidi Gardner, Ryan Gaul, Phyllis Katz, Anne Lane, Jim Rash, Mitch Silpa, and Greg Worswick.

There are two shows available 8:00pm or 10:00pm. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE!

What: Comedy/Improv
Where: The Groundlings, 7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
When: 8:00pm OR 10:00pm