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

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There’s no shortage of amazing happenings in L.A. every day of the week. Here are our top picks for December 11 to 15, 2017.


Rembrant’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34

Monday, December 11 (on view through March 8)

Before there was the selfie, there was the self-portrait, and Rembrant was a master of the genre. His Self Portrait at the Age of 34 (on loan from London’s National Gallery) takes up a brief residency at the Norton Simon. See it with some of the artist’s other prints and paintings from the 1630s. (Norton Simon Museum, $12)


Sweet Liberty Pops Up at LONO Hollywood

Tuesday, December 12

One of the most popular bars in Miami brings some tropical cocktail vibes to Hollywood’s favorite new-school tiki bar, LONO. For one night only, the bar and kitchen crew behind Sweet Liberty (recently named number 27 on the “50 Best Bars in the World” ranking) will offer a taste of what they do best. Between drinks and bites, catch a live set of rockabilly-soul sounds from Patrick and the Swayzees.


Thelma Golden and Gary Simmons in Conversation 

Wednesday, December 13 


Artist Gary Simmons’s Fade to Black installation—murals commemorating unrecognized films by African American actors—looms large in the lobby of the California African American Museum. He chats about his life and career with Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem.  (California African American Museum, Free)


Julien Baker at the Palace Theater 

Thursday, December 14


Memphis-based Julien Baker isn’t the musician you turn to for cheery pop ditties. But when you’re in the mood for a cathartic, leave-it-all-on-the-floor, sob-fest (in the best possible way) nobody does it better. Get all up in your feels with the indie-folkster at one of DTLA’s most historic Broadway theaters.  (Palace Theater, $25)


Milk Bar Backyard Besties Bake Sale

Friday, December 15

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The cult-fave bakery Milk Bar is hosting a pop-up in advance of the opening of their first L.A. shop. Stop by this “bake sale” party at Jon & Vinny’s to pick up the treats that will surely win any holiday party or office gathering you might have on your December calendar. (412 N. Fairfax Ave, Free)


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