Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Inside the new exhibition "Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic." Photo by Fredrik Nilsen © Calder Foundation

This week is one of many happy returns. There are some homecomings, including that of the Florida-based crime novelist and former Los Angeles Times crime reporter Michael Connelly, who is in town with his new book, and that of the art of Alexander Calder, who is focus of a new exhibition at LACMA, where one of his iconic sculptures has resided for decades. This week also marks the reappearance of such seasonal staples as "The Nutcracker" ballet and Unique L.A.'s Holiday Show. Read on for details on these and more interesting events.

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"Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic" at LACMA | Event details
In 1964, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art commissioned Alexander Calder to create the large-scale scultpure "Three Quintains (Hello Girls)" for its opening. Now, 49 years later, the museum is presenting the first-ever monographic Calder exhibition in Los Angeles. Designed by the renowned architect (and noted Calder fan) Frank O. Gehry, the exhibition features the artist's kinetic sculptures known as mobiles and his monumental structures known as stabiles. "Calder and Abstraction" will be on view through July 27.

Aloud readings: Michael Connelly at Central LIbrary and Anjelica Huston at Wilshire Ebell Theatre | Connelly details | Huston details
Two very different writers -- one a prolific crime novelist, the other a first-time author but an Academy Award-winning actress -- visit the Library Foundation's Aloud series this week to read from and discuss their new books. Connelly, the novelist who created the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series, will discuss his latest courtroom drama, "The Gods of Guilt." Huston, the actress and onetime fashion model, will discuss her new memoir, "A Story Lately Told," which recounts her childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London and her runway days in New York City.

Los Angeles Ballet: "The Nutcracker" at the Alex Theatre | Event details
The Los Angeles Ballet puts its own spin on the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" with this version set in a classic Spanish-style home in 1913 California with Mexican, Spanish, and European influences. In the fantastical ballet, Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, journey to the Land of Snow and enter the enchanted Palace of the Dolls. The show opens at the Alex Theatre this weekend and will also play at the Valley Performing Arts Center, UCLA's Royce Hall and the Redondo Beach performing Arts Center this month.

Unique L.A. Holiday Show at California Market Center | Event details
Attention, shoppers. Row upon row of American-made clothes, arts and crafts, housewares, and other goods will be available directly from the designers and artists who made them at this two-day extravaganza. The event will feature DIY arts and crafts projects, a photo booth, a cafe, and a bar with free drinks -- including cocktails. (Shop responsibly!) Admission includes re-entry over both days and a cotton tote bag.

"The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency" book release party at Mar Vista Time Travel Mart | Event details
Fifteen years seems like an eternity in Internet time, which makes the daily humor website McSweeney's Internet Tendency practically an institution. This Sunday the Tendency will celebrate the release of its new book, "The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency," which collects some of the site's best material, including "It's Decorative Gourd Season [expetive]," "Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)" and "I'm Comic Sans, [expletive]!" The party will feature libations, copies of the book for sale, and readings by such funny folks as Megan Amram, Kate Hahn, Ellie Kember, Alyssa Lang, Wendy Molyneux and Sarah Walker.

For more options this week and every week, go to kcet.org/events.

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Oliver Gettell is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles.

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