(Credit: Spin PR Group)

(Credit: Spin PR Group)

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, there will be plenty of time to bury yourself in the couch and Netflix it. Before barreling into all sorts of family time and the eventual Black Friday shopping, there is an endless list of fantastically cool things to do in this city. Make some plans with us. We did our homework and found some options.

Friday, November 20
(Credit: Gallery 1988/Artist: Jordan Soliz)

(Credit: Gallery 1988/Artist: Jordan Soliz)

Gallery 1988
7308 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 937-7088

The ninth installment of Crazy4Cult opens at Gallery 1988 this weekend. A marvelous collection of pop art derived from influential cinema ranging from the Korean crime noir, Oldboy, to family flicks that have become cult classics like “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” this is the kind of exhibit that makes purchasing art both fun and frustrating. You will certainly more than one piece from this collection.

Saturday, November 21
Los Angeles Auto Show, Day 1 (credit: Matt Hartman/Shorealone Films)

Los Angeles Auto Show, Day 1 (credit: Matt Hartman/Shorealone Films)

Attend The LA Auto Show
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151

Opening weekend of the LA Auto Show is the Super Bowl for automotive enthusiasts and a game of “Can You Top This” for manufactures. Among the more interesting teases circulating the internet, a “Back to the Future” edition of the Toyota Mirai, complete with wide open swing doors and an especially futuristic design. Land Rover is unveiling their Range Rover EVOque, a true California convertible Range Rover. Another featured gem from Lamborghini is a 571-hp Huracan that might literally melt the pavement. Automotive overload in the best way possible is happening in Los Angeles for the next week.

(credit: The Museum of Jurassic Technology)

(credit: The Museum of Jurassic Technology)

Check Out The Museum of Jurassic Technology
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
(310) 836-6131

While the scientific credibility of most of the exhibits at the Museum of Jurassic Technology are less than certain, the collection of curiosities are nothing short of wonderful. With exhibits that feature a curated collection from Los Angeles’ mobile home parks, or maybe the area devoted to oil paintings of the canines of the Russian Space Program, or oddities like the a horned woman and screaming ants Cameroon, there is almost too much to consume in one visit. Applauded for it’s originality, the museum attracts some 25,000 visitors a year with good reason.

Sunday, November 22
(Credit: Lee Joseph)

(Credit: Lee Joseph)

Geeking Out Over Collectibles
Designer Con
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-7360

What started as the Vinyl Toy Network in 2006 has since grown into an annual networking event with some 300-plus vendors all showcasing an incredible amount of creativity via collectibles under the same roof. Merging the worlds of artists, manufacturers, distributors, and enthusiasts, Designer Con is a grassroots, vendor owned and operated event that now incorporates everything from apparel to print, vinyl toys to publishing. A convention predicated on the idea of community, this is the small business equivalent of a juggernaut like Comic-Con. It’s impossible to walk away empty-handed.

A photograph of the Santa Monica pier taken on Oct. 14, 2015. (credit: Shutterstock.com)

(credit: Shutterstock.com)

Get A Free Walking Tour Of The Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

For as much of a fixture the Santa Monica Pier is to the LA scene, there are few people that realize the kind of history that resides at this Santa Monica historical piece. Every Saturday and Sunday, volunteer docents lead free walking tours of the pier to explain the stories associated with the more than 100-year-old landmark. From the iconic carousel and the state of the art Ferris wheel, to the since demolished La Monica Ballroom and the original Muscle Beach, the Pier is an important piece of LA’s identity that should be explored.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.