17 Things to Do in L.A. this Weekend: Walking, Boxing, Baked Goods, Beck, David Lynch, and More

What do a Mozart opera, a massive auto show, and a cross-city urban hike have in common? They’re all happening this weekend in Los Angeles.

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Whether you want to ogle a futuristic automobile or root for a tough-as-nails boxer, we’ve got you covered. And there’ll be cupcakes, too. 

SEE: Rivals in the Ring
Witness future Foremans and Tysons-to-be put up their dukes at downtown’s luxe fight club. While university pugilists spar in the ring, fans can sample cigars, cocktails, and heavyweight hors d’oeuvres. More information (November 22; Los Angeles Athletic Club) 

WALK: Great Los Angeles Walk
Join other urban explorers for the eighth annual Great Los Angeles Walk. Participants will meet at Echo Park Lake and walk down Sunset Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. all the way to the ocean. More information (November 23; greater L.A.)

SEE: Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
His mobiles seem weightless, connecting colorful forms with barely visible wires. In LACMA’s first major Alexander Calder retrospective, the abstract expressionist’s kinetic sculptures and amorphous structures are on view in a space designed by Frank Gehry. More information (November 23 – July 27; LACMA)

HEAR: Beck’s Song Reader
Beck’s book of sheet music is explored by the chameleonic cult pop-icon himself with the aid of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, lead by conductor David Campbell. Personal stories will complement this one night only performance. More information (November 24; Walt Disney Concert Hall)

DRIVE: L.A. Auto Show
The L.A. Auto Show is one of the biggest in the industry. New makes and models are revealed, cutting edge technology revealed, and smooth designs on four wheels are ogled by car enthusiasts from all over the world. More information (November 22 – December 1; Los Angeles Convention Center)

SEE: David Lynch: Naming
The exhibition and its accompanying catalog, David Lynch Naming, curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center in New York, traces how Lynch uses “naming” in film, photography, drawings, watercolors, painting and prints from 1968 to the present. More information (November 23 – January 4; Kayne Griffin Corcoran)

NOSH: Eat My Blog 5.0
The blogger-hosted charity bake sale is holding a special event in support of the Philippines Red Cross and the relief effort for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Local food writers join forces with chefs and restaurants, including Roy Choi, M.B. Post, Republique, to put on a bake sale. More information (November 23; Coolhaus Pasadena)

HEAR: The Magic Flute
Mozart’s whimsical opera becomes even more so in this L.A. Opera production that presents performers against a backdrop of surreal animations and film clips. More information (November 23 – December 15; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)

HEAR: Thomas Dolby
Live music, film, and TV merge in a happening multi-media night with Thomas Dolby, the ‘80s electronic music star (“She Blinded Me With Science”) who has shot and edited a short documentary, The Invisible Lighthouse, detailing the closure of a beautiful and mysterious lighthouse in his native England. More information (November 22; Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge)

SEE: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
Forget Disney’s Barbie-in-a-bed movie; the fairy tale goes Gothic in a dark and beautiful ballet from the guy who brought Edward Scissorhands to the stage. More information (November 21 – December 1; Ahmanson Theatre)

SEE: Jérôme Bel: Cédric Andrieux
French choreographer Jérôme Bel explores veteran dancer Cédric Andrieux’s career and artistic vision in this solo work. Bel combines excerpts from renowned choreographers (Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown) with spoken word and movement, offering a close look at Andrieux’s career that is narrated and danced by Andrieux himself. Andrieux was a featured dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Lyon Opera Ballet. More information (November 23; Royce Hall) 

NOSH: Eat to the Beat
Free Thanksgiving food and tunes courtesy of Dublab, who have teamed up with Grand Central Market’s food vendors on this event, which also features Music by dublab djs; live t-shirt and tote bag screenprinting by HIT+RUN; crafts by Little Junebugs and an historical architecture tour. More information (November 23; Grand Central Market)

SEE: The Hive Turns Five
Help The Hive L.A. celebrate its fifth anniversary at this opening exhibition featuring local artists Jasser Membreno, Laura Peters, Ariel Maccarone, Michaela Zapell, and DJs Karrie K and Nina Tarr. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. More information (November 23; Apiary Gallery)

CELEBRATE: Hanukkah Family Festival
It’s a Turkey Day twofer. This year the Jewish Holy Days overlap the Great American Gobblethon, so the Skirball is presenting a holiday mash-up of Thanksgiving-inspired snacks, roving klezmer musicians, and a concert for kids by rockers ShirLaLa. More information (November 24; Skirball Cultural Center) 

HEAR: Rokia Traoré
Critically acclaimed Malian artist Rokia Traoré performs her new album, Beautiful Africa, in its entirety. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse), it explores links between traditional African rhythms and American blues and soul, keeping Rokia at the forefront of the Malian roots movement. More information (November 23; Luckman Theater at Cal State L.A.) 

HEAR: The Elfman Project II
The American Youth Symphony continues its 49th season with Elfman Project II, a free concert that explores the music of the films of Danny Elfman. More information (November 24; Royce Hall)

HEAR: Pearl Jam
One of the few bands to outlast the grunge heyday, Pearl Jam defined the ’90s with their combination of classic rock from the ’70s and postpunk of the ’80s without leaving out jangly sing-along choruses. Their first album in four years, Lightning Bolt, came out earlier this year. More information (November 23 – 24; Los Angeles Sports Arena)

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