Get nostalgic at a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life in honor of the holidays. Or opt for a different kind of art at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery, which is featuring an exhibit of works from three players in the Dada movement. Grab a bite at the NoHo Food Truck Collective, which doubles as a fun way to hear live music. Give back to homeless veterans with Joyful Volunteers on the 30th, and on New Year’s Eve, head to The Abbey for an over-the-top, we’ll-talk-about-this-one-all-year masquerade party.

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October 16 - January 8 | Art
“Schwitters Miró Arp”
International art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is entirely devoted to contemporary and modern art. The gallery’s Schwitters Miró Arp exhibit is only on for a couple more weeks, and it’s one no art lover can miss. Dadaists Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) and Hans Arp (1886–1966) were good friends and artists who explored and fused painting and sculpture, and artist Joan Miró (1893–1983) was strongly inspired by Schwitters, Arp, and the Dada movement. This exhibition features over 90 key works from the three, thoughtfully curated and displayed to show a fresh perspective on the relationship among the artists.
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 901 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles | Free | website

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December 23 | Film
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Nothing brings out the cheer and well wishes of the season quite like perennial classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart, this film has stood the test of time—in fact, it gets better with every passing year. Even if you’ve seen it many times before, catching this flick in theaters is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and unwind from the work week.
7:30 PM | Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles | $11 | website

December 29 | Food
NoHo Food Truck Collective
The North Hollywood Food Truck Collective is a weekly event featuring good music and even better food. This week’s version will include local favorites Kogi BBQ (order the sweet chili chicken quesadilla), the Grilled Cheese Truck (try the French onion melt), and Korean fusion truck Rice Balls of Fire. Eat and play outdoor party games while the DJ spins some tunes, and finish the evening off with liquid nitrogen ice cream from Blast. Bring your own blanket for a sunset picnic.
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM | North Hollywood Park, 11455 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood | website

“Schwitters Miró Arp”

December 30 | Volunteer
Serving U.S. Veterans During the Holidays
Joyful Volunteers is an organization of philanthropic individuals who meet up around Los Angeles to participate in various causes and encourage community outreach and goodwill. Downtown L.A. has many homeless veterans, and Joyful Volunteers is giving out home-cooked meals to say thank-you for their service to our country. All ages are welcome to participate, and there is a brief orientation before the meal begins. Volunteers are asked to donate $10 and their favorite holiday dish.
8:00 PM | U.S. Vets Homeless Service Center, 512 S. Main St., Los Angeles | $10 | website

December 31 | New Year’s Eve
Behind Closed Doors Masquerade
Ring in the new year at The Chapel (located at The Abbey) in West Hollywood, where they’re celebrating with a classy masquerade ball. Expect a Grey Goose Bar including Bacardi, Cazadores, well drinks, beer, wine, some bites, and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight. Come in your holiday finest and be prepared to dance the night away.
9:15 PM | The Chapel at The Abbey, 696 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood | $128.63 | website

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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