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12 Things to Do Before New Year's in L.A.: Shepard Fairey, Twisted Dickens, Romping Reindeer, and Magic Mike

Whether your dream hunk looks like Channing Tatum, Jimmy Stewart or a cross between the two, we've got you covered.

Whether your dream hunk looks like Channing Tatum, Jimmy Stewart or a cross between the two—George Bailey's ethics plus Tatum's abs—we've got you covered. We've also got a few suggestions for New Year's Eve.

SEE: Don Jon & Magic Mike
If you've ever wanted to see Channing Tatum take off his shirt or watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt play a sex addict, now's your chance with this double-bill of sexy flicks. More information (December 27-28; New Beverly)

SEE: Shepard Fairey & Dennis Morris Present SID: Superman Is Dead
A collaborative installation featuring paintings, prints, and photographs of iconic punk rocker Sid Vicious. The exhibition will also include a life-size replica of a hotel room destroyed by Vicious in 1977. More information (Through January 11; Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles

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 (Through December 29; Kirk Douglas Theatre)

EXPERIENCE: Reindeer Romp
The popular Reindeer Romp is back at the L.A. Zoo this year. Come meet Santa’s reindeer, enjoy the decorations, and holiday-themed arts and crafts, at this fun family friendly event. Santa himself will be available for photos during the weekends. More information(Through January 2; Los Angeles Zoo) 

SEE: Vivian Maier 
For 40 years Vivian Maier was an unassuming nanny with a secret hobby. After she died in 2009, scores of undeveloped film canisters were found in her apartment, revealing her extraordinary eye for photographing street scenes. Despite a lack of formal training, the secret master is finally getting her due. More information (Through January 25; Merry Karnowsky Gallery) 

SEE: Festival of Lights
Riverside's lavish, historic hotel is gussied up with nearly 4 million Christmas lights and raring to go with horse-drawn carriage rides. More information (Through January 4; Mission Inn)

SEE: Lawrence of Arabia
Some movies are made to be seen on screen and this desert epic is one of them. Recently deceased Peter O'Toole stars as "megalomaniac T. E. Lawrence, the eccentric British intelligence officer who became a legend by uniting the Arab tribes against the Turks during the first World War and going insanely native in the process." More information (December 29; Egyptian Theatre) 

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 (Through January 4; Kayne Griffin Corcoran)

SEE: It's A Wonderful Life
You have to do it at least once in your life—watch It's A Wonderful Life during the holiday season, that is. In a tale that may have particular resonance for those hit hard by the mortgage and/or financial crises of the last five years, Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, an everyman trying to keep his small town bank from going under. After years of sacrificing his dreams so that his friends and family could prosper, he is on the brink of suicide. It doesn't sound like a pick-me-up, but it is. More information (December 29-30; Cinefmaily)

LEARN: Los Angeles Visionaries Association's 31st Sunday Salon
Because lighting Hanukkah candles or attending Midnight Mas was just too commonplace, now you can witness a Gnostic Mass, a Eucharistic ritual written by occult guru Aleister Crowley in 1913. More information (December 29; Les Noces du Figaro)

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 (Through July 27, 2014; LACMA)

SEE: Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland 
MOCA’s exhibition is dedicated to the art and collaborations of Bob Mizer and Touko Laaksonen, aka "Tom of Finland," legendary pioneers of postwar gay culture and important figures of 20th-century erotic art. More information (Through January 26; MOCA at the Pacific Design Center)

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