9 Ways to Spend Your Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend

Watch the gridiron grudge match between UCLA and USC or walk across the San Fernando Valley and catch an opera inspired by Gabriel García Márquez
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If you don’t feel like running, sliding, and climbing at Grand Park’s fabulous new playground, which opens this Saturday, here are a few options.

SPORTS: USC vs. UCLA Football
The battle for city bragging rights has raged since the first skirmish at the Coliseum in 1929, when the Trojans beat the Bruins, 76-0. This year UCLA’s Jim Mora stares down new USC coach Steve Sarkisian. More information (November 22; Rose Bowl)

MUSIC: The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart are a Seattle group riding the wave of popularity of indie folk bands performing well-crafted and emotional songs, garnering them all kinds of buzz and opening slots for bands like Vampire Weekend, the Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, and Death Cab for Cutie. Los Colognes are a newer group out of Nashville who combine the full band ’70s sound of Little Feat or the Grateful Dead with a cool J.J. Cale groove. More information (November 22; The Theatre at the Ace Hotel)

OUTDOORS: The Great Los Angeles Walk
Every year this free event takes a group of avid amblers across one of the city’s great streets, moving from east to west. In its ninth year the walk will, for the first time, head to the San Fernando Valley. The trek starts at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills and continues on Ventura Boulevard before heading north up Lankershim Boulevard and ending in North Hollywood. More information (November 22; Los Angeles Athletic Club)

MUSIC: Capital Citiess
Capital Cities started as a pop duo in L.A.—two guys who met while writing catchy advertising jingles. Now they’ve expanded to a six-piece with an even bigger, catchier sound. We dare you not to dance when they play “Safe and Sound.” More information (November 22, The Fonda Theatre)

MUSIC: Florencia en al Amazones
Stow away on a steamboat with an opera singer who’s heading down the Amazon to a theater in the jungle. Inspired by the writings of Gabriel García Márquez and the real 19th-century Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, the Spanish-language production stars Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel. Check the Web site for times. More information (November 22 – December 20; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)

COMEDY: Brian Posehn and Friends
A Saturday night with comedian Brian Posehn is one well spent. Posehn, who is on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Show, will make sure you get your ticket’s worth with joke after joke. More information (November 22; The Improv)

BOOKS: FOUND Magazine’s Re-Ignition Tour & Book Release Party
The magazine dedicated to letters, scraps of paper, and other ephemera found out in the world celebrates the release of its newest book, FOUND MAGAZINE: The Early Years. The event is free but guests who pay the suggested $10 donation will receive a copy of the book as well as other goodies. Editor and publisher of FOUND, Davy Rothbart, will be on hand to share stories from his book My Heart is an Idiot and essays from his work on This American Life. More information (November 22; Bootleg Theatre)

MOVIES: Animation Breakdown
You might not know it based on the movies that make it into theaters, but there’s a whole world of alternative animation out there. This festival offers five days dedicated to the genre. There’s also an Oculus Rift VR Cafe & Arcade Lounge curated by Glitch City in the theater’s upstairs space. Each day of the fest is packed with unique movies, but we’ve broken it down to the must-attend events. More information (November 16-17; Cinefamily)

ART: Pierre Huyghe
Whether he’s turning the Sydney Opera House into a forest or building a ship out of ice, the Parisian provocateur creates a sense of wonder. Nearly 50 of Huyghe’s multimedia pieces, including an installation with a live dog, are on view at the retrospective. More information (Through February 22; LACMA)

PLAY: Champagne and Croquet
While the Hollyhock House undergoes a drawn-out restoration, the lavish green space on the hill sees some mad mallet action. Spend an elegant afternoon sipping vino from Silverlake Wine and enjoying one of the few sports you can play without spilling your drink. More information (November 16; Barnsdall Art Park) 

ART: Designercon
Don’t call them toys. Vinyl figurines are pop culture totems. Hundreds of vendors, including the Japanophiles at Giant Robert and poster artists COOP and Frank Kozik, offer collectibles that won’t drain your piggy-bank. More information (November 8-9; Pasadena Convention Center)

MUSIC: Mirah
The indie rocker singer-songwriter performs here as part of her nationwide tour. Her voice that can go from low and sultry one second to a high falsetto the next will have you feeling mesmerized—and that’s an understatement. More information (November 8; The Echo)

Art: Grandes Maestros
Trace the intercontinental influence of folk art at an exhibition that focuses on works from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Pieces by more than 600 artists fuse age-old materials with new-school craftsmanship. More information (Through September 13, 2015; Natural History Museum)

MOVIE: Martin Short in Conversation with Steve Martin
Prepare to laugh, and laugh some more, with funny men Martin Short and Steve Martin. The show features Short as he discusses his memoir, I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, with Martin. Don’t miss out on a show this funny that it will have you waking up with sore abs the next day. More information (November 9; The Alex Theatre)

ART: Adam Mars
He’s the Ed Ruscha of the Internet age. Painting hasghtags and pop culture phrases on faux-brick panels, Mars pokes fun at our celebrity obsession and comments on consumerism. He also deep-fries tabloids. More information (Through December 20; Gusford Gallery)

Tk—for now

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TOUR: Esotouric: South L.A. Road Trip
This eye-opening bus tour begins in downtown and continues through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs, and Downey to give you a unique look at L.A. landmarks and architecture. Experience Rancho San Antonio, one of the oldest adobe structures in L.A. County; the Clarke Estate, a concrete masterpiece built in 1920; and Harvey’s Broiler, a cultural hub in the ’50s and ’60s. More information (November 3; The Daily Dose)

MUSIC: Jay Z and Beyoncé
After wrapping up their solo world tours, the King and Queen of Pop Culture (sorry, Kimye) unite for a Super Bowl-size extravaganza. More information (November 2-3; Rose Bowl Stadium)

ART: Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War
To commemorate the start of World War I in 1914, the centennial exhibition illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers and politicians but by civilians on the home fronts of combatant nations. More information (November 2-November 3; The Huntington Library) 

 

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