Critical 5 things to do in L.A.: over the slump, Dec. 14- 16
Now that we're in the middle of December, some people can start to feel the mid-month holiday slump kick in. The malls are staying open later, the shoppers are getting more frazzled, and the race to vacation days is in full force. Still, try not to let yourself get too overwhelmed with wrapping gifts and getting through the looming work days standing between you and a relaxing glass of eggnog.
Instead, clear your mind, your calendar and get out and partake in all the L.A. has going on this weekend.
RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground
Nothing puts things in perspective like the punk rock scene. This free exhibit at FIDIM explores what it meant to be a part of the punk anti-establishment through band t-shirts from the days before iTunes ruled the world. This exhibit showcases the merger between fashion, music and personal expression. Who says experiencing culture can't mean underground culture?
A Christmas Carol
It's highly likely that through school field trips, holiday dates and just being on this planet you've ended up seeing A Christmas Carol a thousand times. Still, somehow it just doesn't feel like the holidays without witnessing Jacob Marley's ghost clanking around on stage warning everyone not to be unkind. This weekend is the perfect time to see this classic play just once more and get into the, well, spirit of things.
As December 21st gets closer (along with our planet's imminent implosion), people can't help but capitalize on all the ridiculous frenzy surrounding this date. And thank goodness Doomsday Cabaret falls into that group. This tongue-in-cheek sardonic rock musical pokes fun at all the crazies out there battering down the hatches and filling their tubs with drinking water. Catch this show before it's too late!
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
This Friday the Aero Theatre will successfully be taking fans back in time to see one of Led Zeppelin's concerts. In 2007, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant reunited to create a Zeppelin experience unlike any other in London's O2 Arena. There they played a lengthy set filled with their iconic hits to 18,000 people. Now anyone in the Santa Monica area this weekend can see the same concert with all the creature comforts (read: foot rests and bottomless popcorn) of a movie theatre.
Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys
This December will mark the 17th year of Stevie Wonder's holiday-themed charity extravaganza, the Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert. Started almost two decades ago, the humanitarian and award-winning performer's yearly event has become a holiday staple in the Los Angeles area. Though he always likes to keep the lineup for the year a secret until the last minute, the talent at the previous benefits make this year seem promising. From Janelle Monáe, to Alicia Keys, Drake, and Ziggy Marley, this Saturday is a great way to help yourself to some awesome musical acts while helping others at the same time.