13 Things to Do in L.A. this Weekend: Renegade Crafts, Verité Photos, Sad Cakes, Rowdy Puppets, and Kanye

Want Nutcrackers and Christmas Carols? We got ‘em. Want something completely different? We got that too.

Christmas draws ever closer and with it, the opportunity to see a bunch of Nutcrackers and Christmas Carols. But there are a ton of other events too, from photography exhibitions to puppets, oddball movie extravaganzas to tasty cakes. 

SHOP: Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles Winter Market
It was the fair that launched a thousand knits. Fest participants include local artisans and designers alongside superstars from Austin, Brooklyn, and points beyond. More information (December 14-15; Los Angeles State Historic Park)

SEE: 3rd Annual Cinefamily Telethon
Cinefamily is a hosting another epic holiday telethon to raise money for the up-keep on the old Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. Last year featured Robert Downey Jr. opening a time capsule and ultimately securing the theater a new projector. Celebs attending this year include Bruce Dern, Anjelica Huston, Jena Malone, and Father John Misty. More information (December 14-15; Cinefamily)

HEAR: Kanye West
Kanye West brings his first solo tour in five years to L.A. Local star Kendrick Lamar opens for the rapper, who’s promoting his latest album, Yeezus. More information (December 13; Honda Center)

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 (December 14-January 25; Merry Karnowsky Gallery) 

EAT: The Depressed Cake Shop
Can cake cure the blues? Local baker Rebecca Swanner is betting on it. Find pies, tarts, cookies, and more in shades of gray—but one bite uncovers the vibrant hues within. Dozens of bakers are chipping in to raise awareness—and money—for the treatment of depression. More information (December 13-14; St. Joseph Center) 

HEAR: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust
Songwriter, visual artist, and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released his first solo album in 2012 titled Between the Times and the Tides. He toured to promote the album with a group of musicians now dubbed “The Dust.” Ranaldo and company are about to release their debut album, Last Night on Earth. More information (December 13; The Echo) 

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. The opening reception on December 13, 8 p.m., features punk rock all-stars Steve Jones, Billy Idol, Clem Burke, and Leigh Gorman Playing 1977 era classics live under the name Ritchie Love. More information (December 13-January 11; Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles) 

LEARN: Eating America: From Iron Horse to Iron Chef
If we are indeed what we eat, what does a country’s diet say about its culture? That’s the question posed by food historian Betty Fussell, whose free presentation serves up the history of America, one meal at a time. More information (December 13; Fowler Museum)

SEE: 10th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
This year’s festival marks the 10th time that the LA 3-D Club has brought the best new independent and rare historical 3-D motion pictures to audiences in Los Angeles. Join other movie buffs at the Downtown Independent for this annual event. More information (December 13-15; Santa Monica Pier/West End Theater)

SHOP: Stop Staring! Sample Sale
Stop Staring! is hosting their annual sample sale this coming weekend. Stock up on beautiful dresses with a vintage touch. More information (December 13-14; 14023 Paramount Blvd, Paramount) 

SEE: Puppet Town
C Here’s something kids and parents can agree on: Puppets rule. The old-school art form gets refreshed at a family-friendly sketch comedy revue that features performers from the city’s top comedy spots. More information (December 14; Nerdmelt)

HEAR: Harry Shearer, Judith Owen Holiday Sing-Along
Musician/songwriter Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer, will send up the season with their annual Holiday Sing-Along tour with special guests Van Dyke Parks, Alfie Boe, and more. More information (December 14; Largo at the Coronet)

HEAR: Jeff Tweedy
Few musicians have grown so much yet remained true to their sound. Having recovered from drug addiction, Wilco front man Tweedy has traded his alt-country roots for smart and soulful experimental rock. More information (December 15-19; Largo at the Coronet)