Like many other cities around the country, health-conscious Los Angeles offers you the chance to work off your Thanksgiving calories even before tucking into the turkey, on its 5 or 10K Turkey Trot fun run. And if you're the kind who wants to escape the post-dinner family arguments, head to Lone Wolfs Objets d'Surf in Venice to perk up with a shot of espresso from their new pop-up. Speaking of families, poetic folk rockers Family of the Year are playing in West Hollywood on Friday. Enjoy!
November 26 | Fun run
Turkey Trot LA
A 5 or 10K is just what the doctor ordered to get your metabolism ready for the big feast this Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to run through the streets of downtown and see how dynamic the neighborhood has become, with new construction on nearly ever corner. For starters, there’s the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall by famed architect Frank Gehry, with the brand new Broad Museum and MOCA Grand Avenue directly across the street. Thanksgiving day promises much less traffic since most businesses will be closed, which is certainly a rarity in the financial heart of town. Participants are asked to donate to Midnight Mission, a worthy cause for homeless families. It’s a win-win on all ends.
7:30 p.m. | Civic Center, Grand Park, Los Angeles | (310) 821-7898 | From $45 | website
November 26 | Coffee pop-up opening
Lone Wolfs Objets d’Surf
A surf shop with really great espresso may seem like a combination that exists only in your wildest imagination. No more! The crew at Lone Wolfs Objets d’Surf in Venice, who currently serve up handmade boards with sweet graphics, will add a pop-up coffee project to their repertoire. It will be run by the experts from Scapegoat in Hermosa Beach, who will be wheeling in a La Marzocco machine, among other things. It will be hard to turn down a coldbrew with their famous hazelnut and vanilla syrup. Yes, this is the stuff of dreams.
10 a.m.–7 p.m. | 2545 Lincoln Blvd., Venice | (310) 751-6169 | Prices vary | website
November 27–December 27 | Pop-up art
Work in Progress
Artist and cultural curator Roger Gastman and philanthropist Doug Davis are disrupting the way in which a traditional art gallery functions. In this new pop-up installation and marketplace, the art is exhibited on a very temporary timescale: You can buy and take home art hanging on the walls on the very same day. All of the artists are extremely hot right now; this type of buy-and-go event is quite rare, since such artists traditionally have months-long waiting lists. Gastman and Davis call it their “Christmas present to the world.” The two creative thinkers are maximizing their use of the space, which formerly functioned as a karaoke studio. There will be a working karaoke hub for anyone daring enough to embrace it, Cleon Peterson neon sculptures, and a gift shop that you won’t want to exit.
12 p.m.–9 p.m. opening day, other days vary | 317 S. Boylston St., Los Angeles | Free | website
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November 27 | Music
Family of the Year
It’s not often you hear a new band that gives Fleetwood Mac a run for its money. Family of the Year has such raw talent they could easily have come from the folk explosion of the '60s. With their poetic lyrics and melodic tunes, they create beautifully evocative music. “Carry Me” is a fan favorite recalls the Mamas and the Papas and Bob Dylan all rolled into one. And there's a good chance you’ve heard “Hero,” which debuted at SXSW back in 2013. It’s a ballad with powerful guitar harmonies complimenting sweet serenades.
Doors open 8 p.m. | Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood | (310) 276-1158 | From $17 | website
It's not often that Angelenos get to see freshwater in significant quantities, which is why a trip to Lake Tahoe is always in order. It's the largest alpine lake in North America, with a history stretching back through the ice ages. But just because you are going back in time doesn't mean you can't stay in style. Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, for example, is a gorgeous boutique hotel with fun themed rooms. The Great Indoors boasts an indoor tent, a fake firepit, and a view of the "stars," while the “Explorers Club” features three bunk buds, separate kitchenette and living area, and original art by world-renowned illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. The hotel also offers easy access to forest bike trails, paddleboarding, and kayaking, and you can always return home after a hard day's nature and enjoy a brew at the bar and a dip in the giant hot tub.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.