Best Alternatives To Shopping On Black Friday In Los Angeles

November 11, 2013 6:00 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: The downtown skyline stands beyond the dry Hollywood Hills May 14, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The rain season in Los Angeles is shaping up as the driest since record-keeping began in 1872 and the region is now in an "extreme" drought state, the second-driest ranking given by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Because of the drought, overgrowth from the second-wettest winter on record two years ago, dead leaves in much of the native chaparral habitat following a disastrous freeze in January, years of drought-induced bark beetle infestations that have killed untold thousands of pines in the mountain areas, and a fire season that continued throughout the winter, fire officials say that conditions are right for wildfires of disastrous proportions and frequency in southern California this year. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Black Friday is the kick-off to the Christmas shopping season where major retailers and small businesses open early and close late. If you’ve grown tired of shoppers rushing into stores in the pre-dawn hours, frenzied panic buying and hours spent pursuing bargains, these choices for your Black Friday will give you a different option of activities to do. It can be a great day to avoid the crowds in leisurely pursuit of the finer things in life, and if you can’t stay away from the mall, a comedy improv show provides diversion at the end of the day.

(credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for MOCA)

(credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for MOCA)

Selections From The Permanent 
Room To Live Collections
MOCA Grand Avenue
Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222

From the 1940s to this day, the MOCA Grand Avenue has built a collection of minimalism, pop, conceptual, postmodern, abstract and expressionist art. With Selections from the Permanent Collection, the curator has selected historically representative artwork in chronological order. Visitors will grasp the significance of art as it developed in the 20th century. Recent Southland artists’ works are represented as well, summing up the latest trends. The Room to Live Collection further develops an appreciation of leading edge art in the 21st century, and then compares and contrasts it with art of the 1960s. Everything from photography to video and installation art, sculpture and painting to drawing invokes a sense of the transitions in art over time.



The Rose Bowl “America’s Stadium” Tour
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100
Date: Nov. 29, 2013 at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

An hour and a half at “America’s Stadium” is more than a sport’s fan attraction – it’s a step back and a look forward. The $164.5 million renovation is in process, and upon completion, the upgrade insures many more decades as a major venue for sports, holiday celebrations, religious services, concerts and “the world’s largest flea market.” Built in 1922 and now a registered historic landmark, it is best known for the Tournament of Roses Football Game seen on national television for generations. On the tour, everyone will learn an expanded history of Super Bowl games, the Men’s and Women’s World Cup, several National College Football Championship Games and much more.

Related: A Guide To The Rose Bowl

credit: Huntington Library

(credit: Huntington Library)

Junipero Serra And The Legacies Of The California Missions
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100

Long before consumerism, the California Mission System brought a subsistence economy to the Southland. In spite of a loving desire to bring Christianity to the natives, the transition to Western Civilization was a violent cultural upheaval. This exhibition avoids the overly romanticism of past interpretations. Franciscan friar Junipero Serra lead the building and early conversions at the missions with a profound sense of dedication. This special exhibition, “Legacies of the California Missions,” includes paintings of the rudimentary lives of the fathers and neophytes (native converts). Ornate relics invoke a “mystical” and “ominous” sense of that long-ago past. Other exhibits round out a history that forever changed California. The Huntington Library also has an extensive art collection and Japanese garden.

(credit: J. Paul Getty Museum)

(credit: J. Paul Getty Museum)

Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

Abelardo Morell’s “camera obscura” art opens up the universe in plain sight, that parallel world just next door. From 1986 to the present, Morell has used photography to meld together image, impression and meaning into his exploration of perception. New and fresh visions of objects with cultural meaning are the common subjects, but their deeper meaning is brought out through photographic experimentation. From stop motion to still life and with photograms, tent cameras and more, his works are all one of a kind. After decades of working exclusively in black and white, he is now embracing color. In simplicity he finds the essentials of complexity.

(credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

(credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Late Night All-Star Improv Show
L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre
13442 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 710-1320
Date: Nov. 29, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.

Even if you delve into Black Friday’s temptations, there is still time to save the day. The Late Night All-Star Improv Show is a comedian’s comedy show. Beginning in 1977, the L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre has developed a community of entertainers to “inspire, train, develop and nurture” comedic talents. This weekly showcase is unpredictable and always unique. The goal of the theater is to use all forms of media and to bring together professional and amateur performers who love to make people laugh.

Related: LA’s Comedy Scene, As Loved By George Carlin And Wife

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