The Go Go: Turkey Day Options, Small Shopping, Urban Hike L.A Zoo Lights & VisionLA

Turkey Trot
How to trot your turkey….

Welcome to the year’s only multi-part weekend.

Thanksgiving
Laugh Factory 36th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Feast —  Turkey with a side of laughs?!  Yes, please!  Top comedians TBA!  Arrive an hour early for servings at 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Open to all!    Thurs 11/26

LAVA’s Thanksgiving at Clifton’s Cafeteria — Join The Los Angeles Visionary Association, a redwood tree and some taxidermied animals from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a no host Thanksgiving get-together at so-old-it’s-new-again Clifton’s Cafeteria.  Space limited – RSVP a mustThurs 11/26

Black Friday

Post-Thanksgiving Epic Walk — You can burn off your too-many-corn-muffins muffin top battling crazed big box shoppers for a microwave.  OR you can revel in fresh air and see L.A. sites with this twelve-mile-loop urban hike led by Big Parade founder Dan Koeppel.  The walk, which includes dirt trails, city streets and hidden stairs, has a mass transit-friendly starting point and mid-hike entry point.  Fri 11/27

Illuminated elephants at the L.A. Zoo.
Illuminated elephants at L.A. Zoo Lights.

L.A. Zoo Lights – Forget the congested drive through Griffith Park with the tired light show.  Instead, head to the L.A. Zoo for a light-and-sound extravaganza including a transformed L.A.I.R.: the zoo’s habitat featuring rare species seen nowhere else in the world.  Plus peep live reindeer while enjoying holiday treats.  Opens Fri 11/27 – Sun 1/3/16

Small (Business) Saturday

5th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party — Gotta shop?  Shop small and local at Northeast L.A.’s top foodie destination and most walkable ‘hood.  Three dozen shops and eateries will offer discounts, demos, consultations and art exhibits including a Live Drawing + Pop-Up  at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a Family Fun Zone at The Green Bean, and Milkfarm‘s Meet the Maker: Letterpress Chocolate and  25 cent wine tasting. Sat 11/28

Make It Mar Vista — This small biz Westside shopathon, which was made possible by a Great Streets grant, features 40+ local participating businesses including brick and mortars and artisan booths.  In addition to live music and an art exhibit, check out community events including a paint-by-numbers mural, a Story Corps Mar Vista History Project and a kick-off bike ride along a pop-up dedicated bike lane.  Sat 11/28

Visionary.... (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)
Visionary…. (Photo courtesy of VisionLA)

The Go Go: Beyond the Weekend….

VisionLA Climate Action Arts Festival — In December 2015, UN Delegates meet for the 21st Conference on Climate Change (COP21).

Starting Monday, November 30 in multiple venues over two weeks in the Greater Los Angeles Area, VisionLA ’15  celebrates the power of art to effect change.

You’ll want to clear your calendar….

The comprehensive range of programming includes visual arts  film, music, performance, literary, family friendly, and climate action events and workshops

Highlights include: Clare Graham’s recycled art at MorYork Gallery, Dominique Moody’s Found Object Assemblage workshop; uplifting Words to Save the World with notable L.A. writers including Linda J. Albertano, S.A. Griffin and Peggy Dobreer; TreePeople’s Earthworks workshop on how to harvest rainwater (Hello, El Nino!); and Art Makes Change, a group exhibition of 60 local artists whose work strives to bring awareness to the climate crisis through various fine art mediums.

The above are merely tip-of-the-iceberg highlights in a mind-boggling array of notable events, which include an Opening Gala with KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Envision: a closing celebration featuring a full installation dance/concert from Los Angeles based String Theory Productions and an original piece from Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez.

Who knew saving the planet could  be so much fun?

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

 

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