The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

Animal Collective, Nyesha Arrington, and more

All of a sudden, we’re deep into the holiday season, which means your schedule is probably packed with parties and seasonal events. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a variety of other things going on for when you do get a night off from the festive circuit. Here are a few of our favorite things to do this week.

Hello Kitty x Shoe Palace Pop-Up Shop

Monday, December 10

If you have a Hello Kitty lover on your holiday gift list, stop by this Little Tokyo pop-up shop to fulfill all their wishes. The sneaker shop collaborated with Sanrio on this extensive line of apparel and accessory items for kids and adults, which will be on offer, along with signature drinks and bites from Hello Kitty Cafe and an assortment of other limited-edition Hello Kitty wares.

Animal Collective DJ Set

Monday, December 10

Didn’t snag a ticket to Animal Collective’s intimate concert at the Vista Theater before they all sold out? Don’t be too sad. The indie icons will make their way downtown to Broken Shaker at Freehand for this after-party including rooftop DJ set, stretching until 1 a.m.

An Evening with Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday, December 11

Fleetwood Mac fills the Forum with their indelible anthems tonight, though there has been a significant staffing change since their last tour: Lindsey Buckingham has decided to go his own way. See them tonight to see if the chain remains strong in his absence.

Women and the Kitchen: Nyesha J. Arrington

Wednesday, December 12

Nyesha J. Arrington of Native in Santa Monica will be interviewed about L.A.’s dining culture, the politics of food, and her own professional and personal journey on stage at the Skirball by food historian Lara Rabinovitch.

History of Central Avenue at California African American Museum 

Thursday, December 13

L.A.’s Central Avenue was the hub the jazz scene from the 1920s through the 1950s, and, beyond it’s musical legacy, it was an important gathering place for black Angelenos and was the site of pivotal moments in the Civil Rights era. Learn more about this historic boulevard at this talk by Robert Lee Johnson.

Spirited Away at the Aero Theatre

Friday, December 14

Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away was only made in 2003, but it’s already a timeless classic that feels like it will be part of the cannon for generations. We’re not the only ones who think that, given that the new Academy Museum will be opening with a Miyazaki retrospective–but that’s still a year away. Tide yourself over with this American Cinematheque screening.

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