17 Things to Do in L.A. this Weekend: Kurt Weill, Drag Races, the X-Files, Twins, & Twisted Christmas Carols

If you’re not foraging through sale racks or pretending you live in Victorian England, here are a bunch of ways to create some holiday cheer.

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If you’re not foraging through sale racks or celebrating the Christmas season with one of L.A.’s Victorian events (NOTE: they’re BYOP—Bring Your Own Partridge), here are a bunch of ways to create some holiday cheer.

EXPERIENCE: Into the Night: Progression
Indie rock meets performance art in the live shows of People Get Ready, a Brooklyn-based band that weaves dance with guitar pop. The group joins dancer-choreographer Jmy James Kidd and the Sunland Dancers for a progressive party that inaugurates the Guerin Pavilion. More information (December 6; Skirball Cultural Center)

SEE: The Truth Is Out There: An Artistic Exploration of The X-Files
Relive the conspiracy theories, the unexplained phenomena, and the sexual tension between paranormal investigators Dana Scully and Fox Mulder at an art exhibition for alien aficionados. More information (December 6-13; Nerdmelt)

SEE: L.A. Eiga Fest
L.A. Eiga Fest is a Japanese film festival based in Los Angeles dedicated to introducing American viewers to Japanese cinema. Check out cutting edge films from across the Pacific. More information (December 6-8; Egyptian Theatre)

SEE: Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho has a long and critically acclaimed career in stand-up. In her new show she focuses on her relationship with her mother, her advocacy for LGBTQ rights, and her newfound role as a comedy “mother.” More information (December 6; The Wiltern)

LEARN: Introduction to Soba Making with Sonoko Sakai
Rather than celebrating with champagne binges and awkward smooches, usher in the new year as the Japanese do: with a bowl of soba. Learn how to make the noodles at a workshop led by Sakai, founder of Common Grains. More information (December 7; Japanese American National Museum)

SEE: Holiday Matinee: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
This year the Los Angeles Conservancy is continuing its Holiday Matinee tradition with a screening of Tim Burton’s holiday classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. More information (December 8; Orpheum Theater)

SEE: Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel
Kurt Weill’s dark, theatrical waterfront songs are all about revenge, murder and broken hearts. So what better idea than to have them performed on the Pier in Santa Monica? This event is presented by the West End Theater. More information (December 6-21; Santa Monica Pier/West End Theater)

CELEBRATE: Twin Day
The Yoruba people of West Africa, who boast one of the world’s highest rates of twin births, believe that good luck comes to mirror-image brothers and sisters. As accompaniment to the Double Fortune, Double Trouble: Art for Twins Among the Yoruba exhibition, sibling bands, art projects, and friends who dress like twins are the draw. More information (December 8; Fowler Museum)

SEE: Mooneyes Xmas Party Show & Drag
Check out the sleek speedsters and pinup girls at a holiday hot rod extravaganza complete with rockin’ bands and rubber-burning drag races. More information (December 7; Irwindale Speedway) 

SHOP: Unique L.A.
Keep your holiday shopping local as you peruse a convention with more than 350 indie craftsman and vendors peddling housewares, clothes, food, tchotchkes, and more. More information (December 7-8; California Market Center)

SEE: Into the Mystic: Documentaries by Werner Herzog
Only in the mind of the expat German filmmaker (and longtime L.A. resident) could a ski jumper, Antarctic scientists, and the world’s oldest-known cave drawings share a common bond. The series spotlights the auteur’s interest in nature and the human spirit. More information (December 7-8; Getty Museum)

SEE: Billy’s Saturday Night Community Social
This event promises a mixture of music, spoken word, comedy and burlesque. La Luz de Jesus Gallery has hosted concerts for two years. The show is a special salute to everyone who has performed there and features among others Master of Ceremonies Blaine Capatch with Michael Rozon Band, Gitane DeMone & Rikk Agnew, Speedbuggy USA, and The Groovy Rednecks. More information (December 7; La Luz de Jesus)

EAT: Sussman Bros. Cookbook Dinner
Brothers Max and Eli Sussman celebrate the release of their latest cookbook, Best Cookbook Ever, with a dinner at Huckleberry. Every dish on the menu, which features local produce, can be found in the book. Lamb shank with duck fat potatoes and roasted winter squash with chestnuts and celery vinaigrette sound like a true winter feast. More information (December 8; Huckleberry)

HEAR: Zappa Plays Zappa
Following in the footsteps of his mischievous, mustachioed dad, guitar virtuoso Dweezil performs the album Roxy & Elsewhere, which captured Frank’s legendary performance at the Sunset Strip venue. More information (December 7-9; The Roxy)

SEE: A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’s morality tale gets its annual go-round with a traditional interpretation, but you can reimagine your own: Scrooge as a hallucinating CEO who surveils a low-level employee’s family before showering them with laundered money. More information (December 7-22; A Noise Within)

SEE: A Christmas Carol
The California Shakespeare Ensemble returns to Descanso Gardens with a dramatic reading of the beloved classic. More information (December 7-21; Descanso Gardens) 

SEE: Twist Your Dickens
Joe Flaherty (Freaks and Geeks) stars as Scrooge, while MADtv’s Frank Caeti, According to Jim’s Larry Joe Campbell, The Simpsons’ Dan Castellaneta, and other familiar faces round out the ensemble in a humorous retelling of A Christmas Carol, which features improv sketches and characters written specifically for the cast. More information (December 8-29; Kirk Douglas Theatre)

SEE: UnHung Hero
The documentary follows actor-comedian Patrick Moote who was publicly rejected by his girlfriend after he asked her to marry him at a UCLA basketball game. He subsequently discovered that she turned him down because he has a very small penis. This motivated him to embark on an international odyssey exploring the cultural significance of the male reproductive organ. More information (December 6 – 12; Arena Cinema)

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