A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: November 25–December 1

Go beyond Thanksgiving with these decidedly less-filling activities.

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Sure, this week is for turkey, gratitude, and surviving your family. But there’s way more to do in town than merely chow down. Hungry for other fun? Read on!

 

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Jitney
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s first play is set in the 1970s and follows a group of men straining to make a living by driving unlicensed cabs. Directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this production was nominated for six Tony Awards! Various showtimes now through December 29. Mark Taper Forum, 135 North Grand Avenue

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“Rodney McMillian, Brown: Videos From the Black Show”
Videos exploring topics of race, gender, class, and belonging, wherein the artist uses clips of political speeches, street scenes, and popular music to form the psychology of his characters. On view through February 16, 2020. Underground Museum, 3508 West Washington Boulevard

Santa Sangre
Cinematic provocateur Alejandro Jodorowsky’s delirious masterpiece about a boy growing up in a circus is like La Strada by way of Dario Argento, all on a heavy dose of acid. This midnight showing will be of the rare, uncut NC-17 version, in all its transgressive glory. November 29, 11:59 p.m. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard

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“Annie Lapin: Strange Little Beast”
Non-heirarchichal layers of abstraction weave new fractured landscapes that oscillate between the classical and the imaginary. On view through December 21. Shulamit Nazarian, 616 North La Brea Avenue

Westside Thanksgiving
Looking for a meaningful way to spend Thanksgiving? Volunteer at this long-running community event that makes the holiday special for those in need. Optional: Pitch in on the days leading up to Thanksgiving, including helping with setup throughout the day on Wednesday, November 27. Volunteer shifts are every two hours, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. West L.A. Civic Center, 1645 Corinth Avenue

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The Thanksgiving Play
When three woke white thespians are tasked with constructing a play to commemorate the first Thanksgiving, they face the impossible burden of perpetuating false history while avoiding culturally appropriative missteps. With a great sense of humor toward both modern p.c. culture and America’s troubling past, this new production is a delight. Various showtimes now through December 1. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue

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Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Get a head start on working off all that Thanksgiving pie with L.A.’s favorite yearly tradition for proactive holiday-goers, once again benefiting the Midnight Mission with race lengths of 5k, 10k, and 1 mile (for your little gobblers). It all wraps up in plenty of time to get home and reward yourself with a big afternoon feast. November 28; registration opens at 6:45 a.m., events: 8 a.m.–noon. L.A. City Hall, 200 North Spring Street

Communikate With Kate Berlant
The spellbinding Berlant already has been hailed many times as one of the most cutting-edge comedians today. Join her in this intimate evening as she imbues her boundary-pushing comedy with an attempt to tap into some possible clairvoyant abilities that she may or may not possess. November 27; 8 p.m. Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Café, 2106 Hyperion Avenue

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High and Mighty Live: Power Hour With Jon Gabrus
One particularly great Thanksgiving tradition is Gabrus’s very special annual live edition of his High and Mighty podcast, during which he and a panel of his favorite funny people perform a bona fide power hour with 60 shots of beer every minute on the minute onstage. It’s the wildest sort of Thanksgiving-ish gathering you may ever witness. November 27; 8:30 p.m. UCB Sunset, 5419 West Sunset Boulevard

Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive
Work up your Thanksgiving appetite for a good cause with these annual 5k and children’s 1-mile races benefiting the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge—you can even bring a (leashed) pup along! Live music and games will encourage trotters of all ages. Entry requires both a fee and donation of a nonperishable food item for the food drive. November 28; registration opens 7 a.m., 5k: 8:30 a.m., 1-mile: 9:30 a.m. Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge