Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

It was a wet and rainy weekend in Los Angeles, which probably means you didn't leave your house for fear of being driven off the road. But now that the skies aren't crying, it's time to get out and experience all that the City of Angels has to offer this week. There's certainly plenty to take in, what with Christmas events in full effect. Plus, John Waters is traveling through, a popular public radio show comes to town, and there's a film festival in Echo Park so depressing that you're sure to laugh.

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First up is an Oscars-sponsored outdoor screening of the catchy 1954 musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby. The Thursday and Friday viewings are happening at the recently renovated outdoor plaza along Vine, where the Academy has been showing films all fall. But this being winter and all, it's advised that you bundle up - even though they'll be providing the hot chocolate and a dousing of fake Hollywood snow. Or if you so choose, you can let your ears do all of the work on Thursday night at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live. The popular public radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me is in town for a live taping of their off-kilter news and and call-in quiz show. Their panelists will include comedians Maz Jobrani and Paula Poundstone, and the taped event will be broadcast over the coming weekend.

If you're in the mood for something a bit more perverse, the oft-shocking conversationalist John Waters will be in town to perform his solo show A John Waters Christmas at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Perhaps best known for his socially divisive films and humoursly smutty personality, Waters will be playing into and twisting around his favorite bits of the Christmas tradition. And if you're in the mood, you can continue your socially alternative week on Saturday by attending the 13th Annual Nihilist Film Festival. Nihilists, for anyone not intimately familiar with the film The Big Lebowski, have a tendency to believe in nothing and hold even less to be sacred. That being said, they can sure have a sense of humor about it all! They'll be screening a series of short films over two hours at the Echo Park Film Center. A note: these films likely aren't for everyone, especially children.

Anyone looking to regain their appetites after the gluttony that was Thanksgiving need look no further. On Saturday, LACMA will continue its Red pop-up dinner series based on the films of Stanley Kubrick. The three-course meal will play off (and including a screening of) the film Barry Lyndon. Or, you can start your day earlier with a Foodprint L.A. walking tour of the downtown Arts District, ultimately ending up at Villains Tavern. On Sunday, Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach is hosting a dinner and discussion night titled Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: An Offal Dinner. The five courses of unusual meat cuts will also include beer pairings and focus on various stages of zombie development, while noted professionals and educators discuss the ins and outs of an eventual zombiepocalypse. If what they say is true, you'd better spend your time wisely this week, because soon enough you may find yourself stumbling around looking for brains to eat.

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About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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