Renegade Craft Fair
Back in L.A. for the eighth year, this celebration of the DIY and maker spirit features hundreds of artisans selling their wares. Plus, enjoy seasonal food and drink, hands-on craft workshops, immersive features, special events and more. Free; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; Grand Park, 200 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Bitchcraft Winter Faire
This little daylong fair that turns into a party with rock bands and flowing PBR was born under a full moon in 2009. Four witchy ladies came together to for this creative movement not yet seen in the Craft Faire world. Loving everything dark & magical they curated a select group of like-minded makers and started a series of craft fairs filled with everything from metal, crystals, magic altars, cape wearing, wand making, magic adornments, and silversmithing. Browse handmade axes and rough-hewn quartz jewelry while you wait to have your tarot cards read. Saturday; Kinship Studios, 5612 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

Echo Park Craft Fair
This popular homegrown arts and design event showcases the wares of talented local artisans. Shop jewelry, shoes, ceramics, food items and more. Check website for hours. $10/day pass; $16/weekend pass; Saturday & Sunday; Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Artists & Fleas
Shop for holiday gifts and take part in hands-on gift making workshops as part of Artists & Fleas holiday marketplace at their DTLA and Venice outposts. Learn how to craft jewelry, bows and ties, wreaths and more. Saturday (and December 17th: 740 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA); 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA

Smorgasburg + Row DTLA Holiday Shopping
Every Sunday in December (except for Christmas), head to the Smorgasburg Holiday Market for festive, tasty offerings from dozens of local food vendors. After fueling up, stroll through Row DTLA, which is hosting a Holiday Collective featuring a curated selection of unique designers, artists and retailers. Snag items like first-class luggage from Away Travel or fashion illustrations from the Cartorialist. Sunday; 777 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
The beachside city’s annual holiday celebration features a Skechers-sponsored snow park, a Santa float and live music, and a fireworks show over the pier. Free (new, unwrapped toy or cash donation to benefit the YMCA Adventure Guides Toy Drive requested for snow-park admission); Sunday, 4 pm, fireworks: 7 pm; 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
The annual parade of decorated yachts and boats in Marina del Rey, starts with a fireworks show. This year’s theme is “An Animated Holiday” and you can enjoy food trucks and snow in the park from noon-6 pm. Free; Saturday, fireworks: 5:55 pm, parade: 6-8 pm; Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA

Angel City Brewery‘s Hoppy Holidays
Join Angel City Brewery and shop at the Angel City Brewery’s retail store and Beer Bazaar while sipping on festive flights or Angel City’s decadent Imperial Chai Stout. Carolers will wander the Brewery, while the Beer Hall will have live tunes by Charlie Alley, Suez, Brenda and the Awe, Flannel Jet Duo and Kid Culver. To satiate dancers, PostCards CAS and Romeo’s Pizza will be serving their tasty dishes outside in the parking lot. $1 from every pint sold during the event, up to $500, will go to The Skid Row Housing Trust, which provides permanent supportive housing for those less fortunate. Sunday, 12-6 pm; 216 South Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Malibu Country Mart Celebrates The Holidays with Winter Wonderland
Malibu Country Mart, is celebrating the holiday season throughout December by transforming into a Winter Wonderland. Trimmed with festive holiday décor, the shopping destination will feature a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, a menorah, and plenty of twinkling lights. Get into the festive spirit with complimentary, holiday-themed activities this weekend (and next). Santa and his real live reindeer will also visit the Malibu County Mart, pose for photos and prance. Victorian carolers will stroll through the Mart, singing holiday favorites and children can participate in fun holiday activities like homemade cookie decorating. Throughout the entire holiday season, Malibu County Mart’s unique retailers are ready to welcome shoppers and assist with finding the perfect holiday gift.  A variety of in-store specials will be available along with the most exclusive gifts for friends and loved ones. Free; Saturday, Photos with Santa and Cookie Decorating Party: 12 – 4 pm (Saturday, December 17: Santa’s Reindeer visit the Malibu County Mart and Photos with Santa from 12 – 4 pm and Strolling Carolers from noon – 2 pm); Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Candy Cane Lane
Head to Woodland Hills because the homeowners on Lubao Ave and Oxnard St go crazy for Christmas decorations (since 1952). Get excited for insane decorations, because every year each house tries to outdo the others. Woodland Hills, directions here.

8th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl  
Thousands of elves, Santas and naughty reindeers will hit the streets of Santa Monica spreading good cheer and helping to raise funds for the Westside Food Bank. Pick your route, throw on a santa hat and celebrate the holidays at the beloved Santa pub crawl, presented by Grubhub! $20, $25/week of; Saturday, 5 pm; Santa Monica – Ocean Ave., Promenade, Main St., Wilshire Blvd.

The Brew Ho Ho
The temps may have dropping, but it doesn’t mean it’s not beer fest season! This annual festival has dozens of tastes from tons of breweries including Pizza Port and Ska Brew, as well as food and live music. Expect over 80 fine craft beers from some of the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond. Over half of this great selection will be special seasonal, holiday and winter ales. In addition to the four hours of unlimited 2 oz  tastings, the event will also include a collection of craft beer and brewery merchandise as a part of their Craft Beer Expo. $40+; Saturday, 12-4 pm; The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806

Kato’s Dinner Party
West side’s Kato is now branching out into parties with a few other chefs. First up is Top Chef winner Mei Lin and former Hinoki + The Bird sous chef Kei Kurobe, who will partner with Kato chef Jon Yao on a big 6-course dinner. $88.80; Sunday; 11925 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Bottlefish Opens
Located at Los Angeles’ Brentwood Gardens, Bottlefish celebrates responsibly sourced seafood, California’s produce and exceptional wine. Created from restaurant pioneers Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, best known as founders of California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), Bottlefish offers an innovative yet familiar dining experience with simply prepared fish and shellfish, signature seafood and non-seafood specialties, seasonally inspired small plates, an extensive wine selection, and a full bar with premium spirits and handcrafted cocktails. In addition to the raw bar, you can start with the small bites section with shareable plates like Smoked Trout Dip with pickled red onion, chives & house-made “everything” crackers; Black Cod Meatballs; and Smoked BBQ Oysters. The greens & sandwiches section includes the Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad with sashimi grade tuna, Tuscan kale, fresh herbs, avocado, tossed in a toasted almond dressing, and a Lobster Roll with warm Maine Lobster, tossed in tarragon butter and chives served with a side of house-made remoulade sauce. Signature large plates include Salt Spring Island Mussels with white wine, light cream, shallots, herbs, served with grilled country bread, and Whitefish Milanese with arugula & shaved parmigiana reggiano. The menu’s simply prepared section offers a grilled or seared seafood option with a choice of salsa rojo, Sicilian herb sauce or lemon caper butter. Dessert options include a Warm Apple Butter Cake with caramel braised apples featuring Sweet Rose Creamery vanilla ice cream. Bottlefish features an extensive beverage program with a full bar consisting of handcrafted cocktails, utilizing fresh ingredients prepared in-house daily. Additionally, the restaurant has a curated selection of craft beers and a rotating seasonal draft cider. Adjacent to the bar, a celebrated and fairly priced wine selection is artfully on view in a floor-to-ceiling, 450-bottle display. 11677 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA

INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table Opens
A nondescript strip of Lankershim Boulevard now has a Michelin-Star Chef ready to prepare you dinner. This Secret Supper Club in Los Angeles comes from Rob “Rob C” Ciancimino, and Executive Chef Paul Shoemaker and Manny Marroquin, multi Grammy Award winning mixer/engineer, and owner of the famed Larrabee Studios. As you walk in, you will notice the artwork that commands your full attention as INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table will be showcasing a rotating curation of artists. The month of December will feature Artist Jens Schmidt, whose art is reminiscent of early 20th century abstract masters, with a heavy stroke on raw canvas, in aggressively opaque primary colors. With your glass of prosecco in hand, you will notice the carefully constructed playlist is upbeat. The communal affair has one table and a 12-course culinary journey. The First Course is edible cocktails in three parts: Liquid Ravioli, Mojito made of mint, rum, lime, and mint carbonated sugar; Cold Fever, a Gin & Tonic with silver and gold fizz, and Green Apple Crisps with Bourbon, green apple, and bourbon caviar. The evening’s Wine Director is then introduced and he or she gives a brief rundown of the three wines chosen for this dining adventure. The Amuse is two small bites; the first comprised of Salmon Skin topped with citrus cured salmon, and Meyer lemon, and the other a Smoked Steelhead Roe on a rice cracker with whipped honey and Togarashi. Then comes the Bone Marrow Ravioli with black pearl and truffle espuma and the Pork Belly Butternut Squash Soup, with whipped crème fraiche, maple syrup, and candy cocoa nibs. Chef Shoemaker reemerges from the kitchen at the beginning of each course and introduces the components of every plate, each a masterpiece to be enjoyed in one or two bites. Two seafood dishes follow: Big Eye Tuna, with baked avocado, yuzu ponzu, caviar, smoked sesame, and bean sprouts and Spanish Octopus with Vadouvan cream, reduction of cocoa, ginger and black olive, and frisée. Then comes the Beetroot dish: Red Beet Tartare, Beet Mellow and Beet Macaron with whipped goat cheese, and passion fruit. There is a brief intermission that offers an opportunity to get up, admire the art, and mingle. Dinner resumes with Carrots, an artistic plate of honey dates, carrot, tempura hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and pâte à choux gnocchi. Pasta Alla Chitarra is earthy and rich with burgundy truffle, porcini mushrooms, and Reggiano cheese, while the Prime Hanger Steak is the perfect end of the savory courses, with Époisses fondue, garlic confit, parsley pistou, and sauce Bordelaise. Two bite-sized palette cleansers arrive, a Nickel Bag with foie gras powder, Cocoa Puffs, pine nuts, candy Cocoa Nibs encased in a vanishing edible bag, and Gold Mine made with passion fruit, macadamia, and strawberry saffron fluid gel. Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port from Portugal is poured while dessert, Pumpkin is anything but simple, is served. Pumpkin is anything but simple includes torn pumpkin bread, toffee pumpkin seeds, pistachio ganache, and bay leaf ice cream. Reservations are required. Friday & Saturday, 7:30-10 pm; 4200 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91602

Fork in the Road Returns to Santa Monica
The Santa Monica restaurant is reopening! Owners and long standing restaurateurs Spoon Singh and Tom Elliott have reimagined the restaurant, following a kitchen fire in 2015 that lead to temporary closure. Hiring Executive Chef Marco Manca to reenergize the menu, Fork in the Road serves California-Mediterranean cuisine that blends old world traditions from Chef’s background in Europe with California’s of fresh ingredients. Offering dinner six nights a week, Fork in the Road’s menu pays homage to Chef Manca’s Tuscan heritage, while incorporating California’s fresh produce and seasonal ingredients. Split into Salads, Small Plates, Wood-Fired Flatbreads, Mains and Accompaniments, the menu offers wide variety, inclusive of vegetarian and vegan offerings. Wood-Fired Flatbreads include Pork Belly Flatbread with Pecorino Foglie di Noce, fennel pollen, and spring onion; House Cured Salmon with horseradish crème fraische, spinach-dill pesto; and Wild Forest Mushroom with goat cheese, and garlic-thyme oil. Small plates and mains include Squash Blossom with ricotta, lemon, olive-thyme pesto, and Toybox tomatoes; Roasted Spanish Octopus with squid ink cannellini, and herb infused cherry tomato; vegan Bloody Mary Spaghetti Squash with caramelized red onion, roasted tomato, and celery; and Duck Leg Confit with jus, Brussels sprouts and rice-crispy orange cake. Complimented by a carefully curated wine program from Bar Manager Becky Newman, Fork in the Road serves an extensive collection of estate wines and unique wine pairings, offering you the chance to order wines by the ounce. Additionally, the restaurant provides a full bar, with large whiskey selection and hand crafted cocktails, changing seasonally. Fork in the Road’s rustic and cozy interior conceived by Singh and Elliott, features a intimate space with a color palate of warm tones and neutrals, stained concrete floors, oxidized beams on the walls and ceilings, as well as wood and iron tables and chairs. The dining room is anchored by the large wood-fired pizza oven, providing a warm glow. Saturday; 2424 Main St, Santa Monica, CA; 310.450.2244

One Colorado and KCRW Present KT Tunstall with KCRW DJ Jason Bentley
One Colorado and KCRW are pleased to offer a very special evening of music with singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and her full band. KCRW DJ and station Music Director Jason Bentley will kick off and end the night with DJ sets. Two years ago KT Tunstall pulled the plug on playing music professionally. Ten years had passed since her multi-platinum debut album, Eye To The Telescope was released, she’d lived a decade in the limelight, released three more critically acclaimed albums, but she was burnt out. Trading her UK home for Venice Beach, she tucked herself away to quietly immerse herself in the craft of film scoring. Her plan worked at first, but the urge to pick up the guitar and write riffs took over her plot for solitude. Fast forward to September 2016 and we have Tunstall’s album, KIN, born-and-bred LA. Fueled by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Tame Impala, and Devendra Banhart, she sees KIN as the long-awaited, full-blooded follow-up to her debut album years ago. Come early to grab a drink and a bite at one of One Colorado’s Courtyard restaurants or bars. Free; Saturday, 7:30 – 9:30 pm; One Colorado, 24 East Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

2001: Space A Odyssey
The Egyptian Theater will be hosting a special viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1968 sci-fi/fantasy film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick.  Sunday, 7:30 pm; The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Lichtenstein and Los Angeles
Join author William Hackman and KCRW’s Hunter Drohojowska-Philp in a discussion with exhibition curator Bethany Montagano about Roy Lichtenstein’s work and the LA art scene. $12; Sunday, 2 pm; Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Corey Helford Gallery’s Artist Talk
Check out this artist talk that is marking the closing of “Rainbeau Samsara,” the newest body of work from Los Angeles-based figurative painter Natalia Fabia. The event will feature one of today’s most prominent and multi-faceted Los Angeles-based artists Gary Baseman interviewing Fabia about “Rainbeau Samsara,” which premiered at CHG on November 5th and is part one of an ongoing series. The first 50 people will receive a free custom pin by Fabia and you will also watch one of Fabia’s paintings come to life in a burlesque art performance by Vanessa Burgundy. Free; Saturday, 2-4 pm; 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), Los Angeles, CA 90033; 310.287.2340

Valfre & Urban Outfitters Pop-Up Shop
This weekend, Isla Valfre will be holding a meet and greet/print signing benefitting non-profit organization, A Place Called Home. Hang out, get some art and listen to the beats of Holy Child, Gothic Tropic and isle&fever! Saturday, 5-9 pm; Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Gypsy 05 in Malibu Country Mart‘s Sample Sale
Gypsy 05’ was established in the spring of 2005 by a brother and sister duo, Osi and Dotan Shoham. Based in Los Angeles, the contemporary line reflects the Southern California lifestyle, with a focus on effortless, comfortable clothing. Using nature as the inspiration behind each collection, Gypsy ‘05 is hosting is first ever sample sale with prices starting at $7. Shop dresses and jumpers to pants, sweaters, and more. Saturday,10 am-6 pm & Sunday, 11 am-4 pm; Gypsy 05 located in The Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 21, Malibu, CA 90265




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