The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

Take a break from Christmas shopping and do something fun
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Another weekend, another chance to have the most fun ever. Here’s some of the best stuff to do in L.A. this weekend, from a Snoop Dogg concert to a body-positive strip show.


Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15

People flipped their lids for Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music earlier this year. The spike-heeled performance artist is bringing back the costumes, makeup, and glitter for a winter-holiday-themed show at UCLA’s Royce Hall that “reframe[s] the songs you love and the holidays you hate.”


Thicc Strip: A Body Positive Strip Show

Friday, December 14

In a big, wide world filled with so many different types of beautiful, society’s beauty standards can seem egregiously narrow. Thicc Strip is taking over Daf Creative Studios in Westlake with a show meant to normalize the real sort of beautiful body. Thirteen plus-size and body-positive female-identifying dancers take the stage to show off their curves and moves. Also, check out vendors and a relaxation lounge.


The Nutcracker by American Ballet Theatre

Friday-Sunday, December 14-16

Misty Copeland, perhaps the most celebrated ballerina dancing today, is among the ABT all stars who will perform with this touring production of the holiday classic at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The set and costumes were created by Tony winner Richard Hudson, who also created the iconic designs of The Lion King. Also December 19-23.


The Wonderful Winter of Oz

Saturday, December 15 (through December 30)

The British panto, a classic fairy tale embellished with zeitgeisty references and live music, is a genre all its own. Dip a toe in at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where The Wizard of Oz gets a seasonal twist (complete with an appearance by Kermit the Frog and tunes from Journey and Wham!).


Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour 3

Saturday, December 15

Rap legend, Long Beach native, and friend of Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg hits downtown’s Microsoft Theater with a bunch of his Dogg Pound and some other old friends. Partake in some perfectly legal cannabis (at home, not at the theater), and check out sets from Too $hort, Warren G, the Eastsidaz, and others; comedian Katt Williams hosts.


Ramen Night at Native

Sunday, December 16

This Sunday at Native, chef Nyesha Arrington is re-creating a dish she made for the Hawaii Food and Wine Fest earlier this year: seafood hot pot ramen. Expect house-made noodles, spicy miso broth, and local seafood for $15. She’ll start serving the bowls at 5 p.m. and stop when she sells out (reservations aren’t necessary, but can’t hurt).


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