A Night Out

What to Do, Eat, and Drink in L.A. This Week: December 2–8

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Michelle Wolf
From an HBO special to a seminal roast at one of the last comedic White House Correspondents’ Dinners (of this administration, anyway), Wolf has more than proven herself as one of today’s working comedians who absolutely demands your attention. December 8; shows at 8 and 10 p.m. The Ice House, 24 North Mentor Ave, Pasadena

Holiday Inn
This adaptation of Irving Berlin’s 1942 musical follows Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business to pursue a simple life in a Connecticut farmhouse but finds himself soon bored and, with the help of a spirited schoolteacher, morphs the spot into a showroom to celebrate each holiday with Hollywood grandiosity. Opens December 6; various showtimes through December 15. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 East Atherton Street, Long Beach

Public Access Christmas 2
If you’re looking for a Christmas filled with the fantastic, the heartwarming, and the romantic, this collection of obscure holiday segments pulled from the dark recesses of public access television is…definitely not those things. The cringe-worthy clips assembled for your viewing delight will include some brand-new segments and a producer Q&A courtesy of sketch series The Public Access Show. December 8; 7 p.m. Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive

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Total Forking Shirt Show
The cast of one of TV’s most satisfying and groundbreaking sitcoms, The Good Place, assembles once more, though they’ll be doing so on this plane of reality, performing wonderful longform improvisational comedy in support of Improv Project for Detroit public schools. December 8; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway

Angel Olsen
Heartland troubadour Olsen’s arrangements have evolved beyond their humble origins in stripped-down singing and guitar to explore a luscious array of textures, all without sacrificing the focus on her trembling, gently breaking voice. December 5 and 6; 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 630 South Broadway

A.K. With Conversation
Go behind the scenes of Ran, Akira Kurosawa’s epic war poem of fire, wind, and blood, with this doc from French director and cinephile Chris Marker, shot by Marker during the film’s production. Afterward, screening group Secret Movie Club will host a conversation on the concept of the cinema canon and what the public discourse on cinema should look like in 2020 and moving forward. December 7; 10:30 a.m. Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue

The Underculture Live With James Adomian and Friends
The Underculture (see our interview with James Adomian here) brings together Adomian’s endless supply of brilliantly realized characters and impressions with the characters and impressions of Adomian’s favorite performers. It’s an irreverent, satirical portrait of our times like no other, and the live recordings of this podcast leave room for even more surprises, twists, and turns. December 7; doors open 9:45 p.m. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard

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Sneaker Con
Get your kicks of all kinds at the biggest event for sneakerheads L.A. has to offer, which promises the most sneakers yet for this year’s edition. Specific vendors are still TBA, but rest assured you’ll be able to buy, sell, and trade countless rare designs as you mingle with a crowd that cares about that perfect crispness just as much as you. December 7 and 8; noon–7 p.m. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim

Trevor Noah
The Daily Show host steps out from behind his desk to hit the road for an international stand-up tour. Noah mostly leaves his show’s political commentary behind when performs live, but his good-natured, autobiographical storytelling is just as stellar. December 6; doors open 7 p.m. Staples Center, 1111 South Figueroa

Anxiously Yours: A Night of Our Collected Anxiety
If the event’s name alone has you breaking out in a sweat, you can relax. This gathering of speakers from the worlds of entertainment, writing, science, and therapy will share their experiences with anxiety head-on, bringing the mental health bogeyman into a communal space where its power is reduced just by the act of shining a light on it. December 4; 7:30 p.m. LAPL Central Library-Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 West Fifth Street

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Little Black Dress: The Girls Night Out Musical
The minds behind Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody bring you this fresh musical comedy that tracks one young woman’s major life events: dates, job interviews, and sexual experiences, all united by the same little black dress. Opening December 3; showtimes through December 15. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City


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Wine Camp
Consider this your break-in course to everything wine. At the two-hour Learn About Wine session, you’ll find out about the best way to serve wine, food pairings, reading labels, and so much more. Tickets include sampling wines and cheeses. $75 per person. December 8; 3:30 p.m. Learn About Wine Loft, 530 Molino Street #218

The Nutcracker Tea
Inspired by the Los Angeles Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills offers its annual holiday high tea in the Lobby Lounge every weekend through December 29. Some nibbles include pear and Brie rolls, pumpkin quiche, pistachio cherry éclairs, speculoos macarons, and more. A harpist adds to the ambience every Saturday and Sunday. Purchase now; tickets are already selling out. Friday through Sunday through December 29. Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 9850 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills


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Dumpling & Associates
True dumpling die-hards can explore 5,500 square feet of whimsical art installations all celebrating the dumpling. Think: a dumpling pool, a garlic swing, an antigravity kitchen, and so much more in a deliciously surreal setup for the ’gram. Tickets are $35 for an hour of dumpling play, but upgrade to the VIP package and get a phone case and tote bag. December 3–March 5, 2020. The ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda Street

Dinner With Chef Tim Siadatan
Acclaimed London chef Siadatan of Trullo and Padella restaurants is known for his seasonally focused, simple Italian-inspired menus, all of which center around hand-rolled pastas and slow-cooked sauces. A perfect complement to Alameda Supper Club, where he’ll collaborate on a four-course menu with head chef Lee Foden-Clarke on a transportive meal that’s a little bit Italian, a little bit British, highlighting the very best of L.A.’s local produce. $125 ticket does not include beverage. Various sittings December 5; reservations required in advance. Alameda Supper Club, 757 South Alameda Street, Suite 160