GTD This Weekend: Last Minute Shopping, Neon Lights

I guess first thing on everyone’s GTD list is to finish holiday shopping, eh?


  • The monthly flea market at Dodger Stadium is supposed to rival the one at the Pasadena Rose Bowl; from what I hear, it’s close enough for LA residents who don’t want to snake up the 110 to get to Pasadena on a balmy Saturday morning.  Like the USPS, the flea market is on rain or shine.  $5 (GA); $10 (Early Bird); $15 (VIP).  Early birds start arriving at 7am (ouch); normal birds who missed the worm but are ok with the leftovers arrive at 9am.  The market is open until 4pm at Dodger Stadium.
  • If you couldn’t find the antique you were looking for at the flea market, try the other end of the spectrum: the boutique shops on tony Montana Avenue in Santa Monica are having a street-wide shopping festival, with many stores offering extra special sales and discounts.  There also will be free cider.  Depending on where you are on the income bracket, you’ll be here for the great deals or for the free cider.  From 10am to 5pm.  See participating stores and specials here.
  • The present that keeps on giving (and pooping)?  A dog or cat.  Found Animals is sponsoring a Happy Pawlidays pet adoption event at a number of local shelters; swing by any of these and, for a discounted adoption fee, pick up your very own Santa’s Little Helper.  From 10am to 5pm at your local participating shelter.
  • I never, never understood the draw of the DWP Holiday Light Festival at Griffith Park.  People snarl traffic on the 5 to drive slowly through a fairly lame light show that doesn’t come close to the stuff you see in any neighborhood in the hills or in Beverly Hills?  The kid’s asleep before you even get to the entrance.  Thankfully for me and my ability to get around my local ‘hood, the light “show” was called off this year.  If you’re really missing a light show, try the Neon Museum Neon Cruise through town: you’ll see the city’s best lights on display in their natural habitats.  $65.  Meet at the Neon Museum at 136 W. 4th St. in Downtown at 7:30pm.
  • Last year’s Santa Monica Pub Crawl was such a hit, they’re doing it again this year.  You bring three non-perishable food items in exchange for a wristband; you flash said wristband at any of the participating pubs and get free drinks and/or drink and food specials.  They have this planned like a racing game: there are three suggested routes for you to follow.  With all that beer and food flowing, though, everyone wins. Sign up here, choose a route, and show up at the starting line with your non-perishable food items.  The crawl begins at 5pm.
  • The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’s holiday show is a hit every year, and this year looks to be a showstopper.  Sunday’s performance already is sold out, so you better grab these Saturday tickets before they’re gone too.  Glee, eat your heart out.  $15-$55.  Performances at 3pm and 8pm at the Alex Theater in Glendale.


  • If you missed shopping local at last week’s Unique LA and/or Renegade Craft Fair, here’s one last chance: Hand/Made 157’s Women’s Craft Event in Lincoln Heights.  There will be crafty vendors, as well as musical acts and a tarot card reader.  Don’t scoff at the latter – that shit works and, when it does, it’s scary.  $3.  From 10am to 6pm at HM157, 3110 N. Broadway Ave. in Lincoln Heights.
  • The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence introduce themselves as such:We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.”  What more do you need to know?  Likely, you’ve seen these sisters around town, either at a Prop. 8 protest or at a church.  On Sunday, they will donate a bit of their history to the ONE Archives and talk about their work.  Stripping homophobia to its embarrassing, naked self, and supporting gay rights – pretty good habits to get used to, methinks.  Free.  2pm at the ONE Archives, 909 W. Adams Blvd, near USC.

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