Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

A bento box containing salmon over rice and salmon roe over rice from a convenience store or
A bento box containing salmon over rice and salmon roe over rice from a convenience store or "konbini" in Tokyo, Japan.
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It's Friday! And this might be one of the last weekends to catch a breath before the full-throttle holiday season kicks in. We've got a full line up of under-the-radar things to do, from a nature-inspired market to an outdoor screening of "Legally Blonde." 


Rising Tohoku Food Fair 

This one's for the adventurous eater. Indulge in the cuisine of Japan's Tohoku region. You might not be able to pronounce all the different dishes, but that won't make them any less flavorful. There will also be live dance, music and workshops on origami and lantern-making. Not your thing? You can also head across town for the Taste of Montebello or the Halal Food Fest in the OC. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov 5 - Sunday, Nov. 6 
WHERE: Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance | MAP 
COST: Free admission  


Courtesy of The Broad

Creature art installation 

This one's all about the human body and the countless possible approaches to self-representation. More than 50 works will be on display from artists including some by Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. Make sure to catch Thomas Houseago's 15-foot bronze sculpture, Giant Figure (Cyclops), debuting for the first time in the U.S. — although it would be almost impossible to miss, as it sits at the entrance to the installation. We predict an outbreak of deep conversations. 

WHEN: Opens Saturday, Nov. 5 through March 19 
WHERE: The Broad, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free 


"Legally Blonde" 15th anniversary screening 

Yup, it's been 15 years since the 21st Century's "Pretty in Pink" debuted on the big screen, and like its 80s counterpart, it's become a cult classic. Settle in with some munchies and bask in all that bright pink — dressing up your dog companion is optional. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5, doors open at 5:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Pan-Pacific Park | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $13 | Get tickets 


Festival of Flight 

Head over to the Long Beach Airport for an open house and get up close and personal with aircraft without actually flying. Munch of food truck goodies, speak with flying experts and calm your flying phobia with a pour from the beer garden. If you're more of a four-wheel type of person, there will also be some classic car eye candy. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Long Beach Airport | MAP 
COST: Free 

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A bitter boozy brunch 

Cram everything that you love about the weekend into three hours: booze, food and bowling. In honor of Brad Thomas Parsons' new cocktail recipe book, "Amaro," sip on one of the 100 variations, munch on pizza and get a bowling tournament started. Pro tip: Maybe let your bowling opponents drink more to gain an upper hand. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5, noon - 3 p.m. 
WHERE: Highland Park Bowl | MAP 
COST: Free, plus cost of drinks and food | RSVP


Mercado Sagrado 

This venture into the Santa Monica Mountains will be worth it if you're passionate about nature, peace and organically sourced products. This two day festival — or "sacred market" — celebrates all those things with over 40 unique vendors in an appropriately serene setting.  Shop for handmade furniture, receive an astrology reading and enjoy bites from Moon Juice, Coconut Man, Canyon Coffee and plenty of other earth-friendly establishments. Namaste. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Paramount Ranch, Malibu Canyon | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $25 | Get tickets 


Ice skaters at the ice rink in downtown Santa Monica.
Ice skaters at the ice rink in downtown Santa Monica.
Joel Marasigan

ICE at Santa Monica

Ice skating, ubiquitous tree lights and holiday music in stores — among the only signs in SoCal that the holiday season is upon us. Head over to one of the few places in L.A. where you can forget you're not entirely subjected to SoCal weather, and try your hand at ice skating. Since we don't get a normal winter to give it much practice, we anticipate plenty of stumbling and falling on the ice. Skate safe!

WHEN: Open through Jan. 16 
WHERE: Downtown Santa Monica | MAP 
COST: Admission and skate rental is $15

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.