The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

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We’re hurtling toward the holidays faster than a fat guy in a flying sled (Hanukkah starts on Sunday!), so you’ve got to take some time to enjoy L.A. before the onslaught of airport layovers and family dinners commences. Here’s some of the best stuff to do in L.A. this weekend, from a new opera to a Christmas parade in East L.A.

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Friday, November 30-Sunday, December 2

Composer Ellen Reid completes an L.A. classical-music hat trick—she’s had works premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic already this year—with this opera about the aftermath of sexual violence. “Sometimes just being confronted with these themes is polarizing,” Reid says. “I’m hoping that because we’ve been having so many conversations about it, people might be able to hear this work in a different way.”

Home Alone at Rooftop Cinema Club

Saturday, December 1

Watch (or, let’s be real, rewatch) one of the most delightfully sadistic Christmas movies of all time from the comfort of LEVEL’s downtown rooftop. Kevin McCallister’s rich, terrible family forgets him so he channels his anger by torturing two hapless ex-cons. Legit fun for the whole family—al fresco.

Girl Cult Festival 

Saturday, December 1

Feminist music fests have been a thing since the era of Lilith Fair, but Galore’s Girl Cult fest at the Novo DTLA has set out to celebrate intersectional feminism in particular. Performers and panelists include Jhené Aiko, Lauren Jauregui, Dreezy, Dounia, and Tommy Genesis, and Amber Rose and Kelis will be on hand for conversations. Why a fest that creates space for all races, genders, religions, and sexualities? According to the fest’s website, “Because freedom is necessary. Because equality is crucial. Because it’s 2018 and asking politely won’t cut it anymore.”

Hanukkah Family Festival

Sunday, December 2

Pretty sure you don’t have to be observant Jew to rock out to a Klezmer called Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, which is exactly what people young and old will be doing at the Skirball’s Hanukkah Family Festival on Sunday. Other activities include hands-on workshops (including gelt decorating), a performance by the Jewish Youth Orchestra, and a chance to check out the Skirball’s exhibits, including Notorious RBG.

East Los Angeles Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 2

In 2009, Whittier Boulevard got a little less jolly when the long-running East Los Angeles Christmas Parade went dark, but since its triumphant 2016 return, the holidays have felt more complete. Expect the usual parade trappings—floats, marching bands, local dignitaries in convertibles—but with East L.A. flair.

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