Top 10 Weekend Events: Beer, Biking, Bluegrass

Go local. Not just for gifts but for fun too.

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In case you’re not in the mood for an epic, eight-hour production of The Great Gatsby (that’d be GATZ and it’s awesome), you can find plenty of giggle water and gingerbread houses this weekend in L.A.

UNIQUE LA Holiday Show: This year skip the mall and go local for gifts. The indie fair showcases apparel, furniture, housewares, and other tchotchkes from 350 artists and designers. There’ll be more owls than you can shake a nest at. More information

Brewery Bike Ride: Saddle up and join Josef Bray-Ali, owner of Highland Park bicycle shop Flying Pigeon LA, as he leads a leisure ride from the shop to Eagle Rock Brewery. Bring your own bike and the ride is free or rent one from the shop for $20. The pedaling begins on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. More information

Great Gatsby Party: Didn’t get enough 1920s fun at GATZ (see above)? A throwback soiree at L.A.’s oft-overlooked Jazz Age gem will revive the underground antics of Prohibition with flapper-approved sounds and plenty of giggle water. More information

Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys: Playing one of his first solo dates since band member Adam Yauch died, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz is joined by special friends like bawdy comedian Bridgett Everett and her band The Tender Moments. Expect a racy evening of comedy and music. More information

The Taste of Mexico: Guelaguetza, Yuca’s, and other eateries let you savor the sabor from south of the border, while Baja wines and Maestro Dobel tequila keep thirsts quenched and feet moving to mariachi music. More information

Bauer Pottery Holiday Sale: Mark your calendars. The local pottery company’s annual holiday sale happens on the first three weekends in December. Shop ’til you drop, then grab a bite to eat at the many food trucks stopping by the showroom. More information

Nas & Ms. Lauryn Hill: Two of hip-hop’s most influential voices — Hip Hop Is Dead rapper Nas and former Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill — join forces on their Life is Good/Black Rage tour. More information

A Christmas Story: What says Christmas more than ocular peril, turkey addiction, and the debate over the right to bear arms? Delight in nine-year-old Ralph­ie’s onscreen trials and tribulations as his crazy but lovable family flails through the holidays in this stalwart of the yuletide canon. More information

Punch Brothers: Mandolinist-vocalist Chris Thile received a MacArthur “genius grant,” but you don’t have to be a Mensa member to enjoy his old-timey tunes. The band’s homages to bluegrass and folk are flavored with indie rock riffs. More information

Gingerbread Academy: Can’t get your kid into Harvard-Westlake? The Gingerbread Academy is accepting ankle-biting architects to build structures made of the sweet stuff. A tree lighting and tea party will keep the kids busier—and happier—than they’d be studying for finals. More information

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