This week in Los Angeles, jump into winter festivities with a silent disco skating party at the Holiday Ice Rink. Visit the new Animal Museum, which opens this week in the Arts District. Or get out into nature at nearby gardens. Remember Leonard Cohen with a screening of the documentary Bird on a Wire. Then finish the week with a meal at the Westside’s newest addiction, Eggslut.
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November 17 | Now open: Restaurant
Visitors to Downtown’s Grand Central Market are all too familiar with the sweeping lines in front of (and behind) Egg Slut. There’s a simple reason why so many people will spend their entire lunch hour in line: Eggslut’s food is downright delicious. Chef Alvin Cailan has created an ode to all things egg, and the results are spectacular. Now those on the Westside will get a chance to experience it closer to home, thanks to the quiet opening of a new outpost in Venice. Must-tries include the Slut—a cage-free coddled egg on top of smooth potato puree, poached in a glass jar, and topped with gray salt and chives—and the Fairfax, a combination of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, chives, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun.
1611 Pacific Ave., Los Angeles | website
December 1 | Ice skating
Silent Night Skate Party
It’s hard to prepare for a white Christmas when you’re used to sunny weather year-round. Luckily for those wishing for a bit of winter in L.A., Hollywood knows a thing or two about playing make-believe. Head to Downtown L.A. to skate at the Holiday Ice Rink, freshly set up for the winter months. The Silent Night Skate Party is a chance to skate around while listening to dance party–worthy soundtracks (piped into your headphones like during a silent disco) under dance party–worthy lighting. Although it may not be freezing outside, the rink does get cold, so remember to bring a pair of mittens.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles | From $9 | website
December 2 | Film
"Bird on a Wire"
Leonard Cohen’s music career encompassed roughly five decades. His unique gravelly baritone is soulful and memorable, and his recent passing had many people mourning the larger-than-life musician by playing “Hallelujah” on repeat. Cinefamily is offering the community a chance to memorialize Cohen with a screening of the long-lost documentary Bird on a Wire, which follows Cohen’s 1972 tour throughout Europe. The film provides an intimate look at the artist and his life both onstage and off.
7:30 PM | Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles | $12 | website
December 3 | Grand opening: Museum
The Animal Museum
The new Animal Museum celebrates furry friends and more in 6,000 square feet of museum space in L.A.’s Arts District. Multisensory and interactive exhibits exploring issues of animal protection, animal studies, and humane education are on display. Standouts include Fashion Tails, a collection of photos of over 100 celebrities and their rescue animals, and Entangled, a collaboration with the nonprofit World Animal Protection featuring artwork and artisan goods made out of ocean debris. The grand opening of this museum is a big party with vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music, art, and a fair share of celebrity sightings.
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | The Animal Museum, 421 Coylton St., Los Angeles | $45 | website
December 3 - 4 | Escape the city
There are some stunning gardens near Los Angeles. Lotusland, located about 90 minutes north of L.A., is one that’s especially worth visiting. Explore on your own or take a tour of various parts of the 37 acres, which are filled with exotic plants and a sustainable community garden. Make a weekend of discovering new blooms by taking another day to venture out to Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, a garden and nursery that sells hundreds of varieties of indoor and outdoor orchids. For a perfectly picturesque weekend, spend the night in Montecito at San Ysidro Ranch. Bordered by cliffs, the hotel’s views are worth a trip of their own.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.