Here are the five best things to do in and around L.A. this week.
This week in Los Angeles provides a good opportunity to combine your holiday shopping with some crafty creativity at the Self-Help Graphics and Art Holiday Marketplace, where you can learn how to use food to create prints. Giant Robot has its annual Post-it Show, where you can pick up small but perfectly formed pieces by famous artists for just $25. Music lovers should check out powerful blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. at the Fonda, whereas those who'd rather rock it themselves will have a blast at Harvard & Stone on Honkytonk Sunday.
December 3–5 | Music
Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. is a deeply talented blues musician, with a sprinkling of gospel and R&B thrown in for good measure. His combination of fierce guitar skills and memorable voice inspire you to jump to your feet and rock along. Hearing him sing “Bright Lights,” you'll be convinced he owns this big city. Clark is playing three nights in Hollywood as part of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim tour, and is not to be missed.
8 p.m. | Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood | (323) 464-6269 | From $36 | website
December 5 | Holiday crafts & shopping
Self-Help Graphics and Art is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating Latino art and culture in East Los Angeles and beyond. The annual Holiday Marketplace is a chance to participate in various arts workshops with the goal of making your holiday gifts yourself. One such workshop offers the opportunity to learn from printmakers paired with chefs; the duos will create unique prints using ingredients favored by the chef. If that doesn’t work out, there will be plenty of crafts for purchase, plus authentic Latin cuisine to sample. All proceeds go to support Self-Help Graphics and Arts and all of its educational programs (including the Barrio Mobile Art Studio) throughout the year.
12–5 p.m. | 1300 East 1st St., Los Angeles | (323) 881-6444 | Prices vary | website
December 5–13 | Art
Giant Robot Post-it Show
It’s hard to believe this will be the 11th annual Post-it Show, curated by Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, and Eric Nakamura. The event is a hot ticket because it’s pretty unreal to see just how much artists can create when they are confined to such a small canvas—yes, an actual Post-it note. If you’re a collector, it’s very special to own a piece from a popular artist whose canvases normally command thousands of dollars. Every piece is $25, and in the spirit of sharing, you are allowed to purchase only one piece per artist. But there are more than 300 artists featured, including the crazy talented Audrey Kawasaki, Jermiah Ketner, Ayumi Takahashi—for a total of more than 2,500 Post-its.
4 p.m. | 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles | (424) 246-7626 | Free | website
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December 6 | Drinking & dancing
Honkytonk Sundays with the Johnny Travis Jr. Band
Los Feliz institution Harvard & Stone would make a Texan proud on its Honkytonk Sundays. We’re talking live country music, a generous happy hour that runs till 9:30 p.m., and DJs with names like Bettie Blue and Shorts. Add in $5 old fashioneds, spicy margaritas, micheladas, and glasses of rosé, plus $3 cans of Olympia and you can call it a night. Swap your flip flops for cowboy boots (no, seriously, there is a dress code) and get ready to party.
8 p.m. | Harvard and Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 466-6063 | From $3 | website
Monterey is the perfect place for a getaway if you’re a fan of history, sea life, breathtaking scenery, or laid-back California culture. In other words, there is something for everyone. Perhaps the biggest draw is the beautiful and extremely impressive Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on an old sardine wharf. The expansive and educational aquarium is home to a variety of jellyfish, sea otters, penguins, sharks, and even a giant Pacific octopus. History buffs can visit Custom House, where United States Navy Commodore John D. Sloat raised the U.S. flag on July 7, 1846, and claimed California for the United States. If you want to explore the great outdoors, Fort Ord Dunes State Park includes four miles of blissful ocean beach. Dogs on leashes are welcome, and bicyclists are encouraged to ride the terrain. Stay at the stately Monterey Hotel, and treat yourself to an ocean view room and time in the spa.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.