15 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, 12/4

’Tis the season to enjoy unauthorized musical parodies, locally made art, and socially conscious shopping
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CONFAB: 8th Annual Unique LA Holiday Market
Hit up the two-day soiree to find cool and interesting gifts for friends and family. Peruse vendors selling everything from clothing to stationary goods to gourmet edibles, and enjoy free (free!) snacks, gift wrapping, photo booths, DIY projects, manicures, and more. $10 buys unlimited re-entry on Saturday and Sunday. More information (December 5 and 6, The Penthouse at California Market Center)

MUSIC: Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis
Perhaps the most celebrated for his Hammond organ chops, Jones promises to deliver soulful jams when he’s joined by Austin bluesman Lewis, a soloing master on his trusty six-string. More information (December 4, Royce Hall)

CONFAB: Holiday Ice
Skate all month long beneath the skyscrapers at the rink that’s just a triple lutz away from the downtown hustle and bustle of L.A. Live. More information (Through December 31, LA Live)

THEATER: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone
Mom? Dad? Uncle Frank? Get into the holiday spirit with Rockwell’s take on the classic film from 1990. This production features actors Gwen Hollander and Caitlyn Gallogly as the bratty Kevin McCallister. More information (December 3-6, Rockwell Table & Stage)

CONFAB(S): Three Holiday Pop-Ups from Little Friends of Printmaking
Stop by one of three holiday pop-up shops this weekend hosted by Little Friends of Printmaking (the husband-and-wife team that is J W & Melissa Buchanan). L.A.-based artists and designers will be on hand selling wares like handmade posters and prints, jewelry, and hand-sewn toys. More information (December 4: 2421 W. Temple Street, 6 pm- 10pm; December 5: 1499 E. 4th Street, Suite 107, 2 pm – 5pm; December 6: Gallery Nucleus, 1 pm- 7 pm)

COMEDY: Unnecessary Evil
The latest installment of this stand-up showcase features comedians Beth Stelling (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chelsea Lately), Francisco Ramos (Last Comic Standing, RIO), Auggie Smith (The Great American Comedy Festival, Big Sky Comedy Festival) and others. More information (December 4, Westside Comedy Theater)

CONFAB: Los Angeles magazine’s 5th Annual Big Holiday Party
Ok, ok, technically it’s next week, but come on—it’s going to be awesome. Stop by our offices at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard for a spirits tasting, a selection of seasonal appetizers, and all of the holiday mingling you can handle. More information (December 9, 5900 Wilshire)

MUSIC: Tigran Hamasyan: Luys i Luso
The Armenian jazz pianist, backed by the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, takes centuries-old sacred music from his homeland and transforms it with his upbeat contemporary style. More information (December 5, Royce Hall)

THEATRE: La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin
With mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán as the Virgin Mary, the Latino Theater Company stages a pageant at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels that depicts an indigenous peasant’s visionsMore information (December 3 – 4, The Latino Theatre Company)

CONFAB: The Rink in Downtown Burbank
Head to the valley for ice skating, a holiday market, and fundraising activities. Learn to Skate classes are offered every Saturday. Admission is $10; skates cost $4. More Information (Opening night: December 10, at the corner of N 3rd Street and E Orange Grove Avenue behind Burbank City Hall)

ART: Site Specific L.A.
Austere, a Scandinavian design showroom downtown, opens an exhibition of contemporary L.A. design this Saturday. Curated by Sight Unseen, the show features work by studios including Waka Waka, AQQ Design, and Ben Medansky. Mast Brothers is also creating a chocolate bar in honor of the show (inspired by a ’70s and ’80s Swedish candy wrapper) and will have a full in-store installation at Austere—the Mast Brothers’ first physical presence in L.A. More information (through February 14, Austere)

CONFAB: Stocking and Dreidel Decorating Party and Holiday Face Painting at the Malibu Country Mart
In addition to a visit from Santa Claus himself, catch holiday carolers dressed up in their Victorian finest. Children can participate in festive activities including face painting, and dreidel and cookie decorating. More information (December 5, Malibu Country Mart)

ART: Return to Foreverhouse
Audience members pass through a fur-clad room to enter an installation where artist Patrick Michael Ballard’s antics unfold amid kitschy sets and talking furniture. More information (December 4-6, Machine Project)

MUSIC: The Da Camera Society Presents Mason Violin Duo
Renowned violinists Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu and Jessica Lee will perform a variety of virtuosic duets, including works by Prokofiev and Bartók. Wu is currently Artistic Partner with The Da Camera Society. More information (December 6, 700 Palms Residence)

CONFAB: Shop For Her
This event at the Lombardi House in Hollywood features products from socially conscious and female-founded companies, including The Tote Project, Parachute Home, and Ketzali. An RSVP is required. More information (December 6, Lombardi House)

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