LA ZOO LIGHTS: Remembering bundling up, or at least donning your lightest scarves and gloves -- this is Southern California, after all -- for an evening toodle around Griffith Park, to see the annual holiday bulbs aglow? That favorite ended a few years back, but call this a new spin, and not too far away. It's inside the zoo, yep, the animals are a-snooze, so don't look for any prancing beasties, and the trees and more will be much a-glitter. The first night of this season-long shebang? Friday, Nov. 28
HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE: We don't have too many traditions that start to nudge up against a century 'round these parts -- okay, yes, Rose Parade and Golden Dragon Parades, you're way over that milestone now -- but this Tinseltown charmer, which draw stars from all corners of the business, will hit its centennial in just 14 years. Santa still cameos -- spoiler alert -- and Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards are the routes. And cheers to you, Mr. Stevie Wonder, the 2014 Grand Marshal. It all starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30 and benefits Toys for Tots.
THREE STOOGES ON THE BIG SCREEN: There are fan conventions and buzzed-about screenings, but few days carrying the sheer pie-in-the-face merriment that this annual Alex Theatre farce-it-up carries. It's year seventeen for the all-Stooges afternoon movie-thon, and trust that the most serious -- and nyuk-happy -- of Larry, Moe, and Curly fans show, like clockwork. But do clocks really work in the Three Stooges universe, or does everything eventually break, comically? Discuss on Saturday, Nov. 29.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: There's something so easy about brick-and-mortaring your shopping list: The place you want to buy from is just a pop around the corner, you very likely know the owner's name or they know yours, and that owner may ask you how the purchase worked out when next they see you. Shopping local now has its two-days-after-Thanksgiving holiday -- it's Nov. 30 this year -- and Montana Avenue, Long Beach, and Eagle Rock are all doing it up with street-wide convivialities.
PATCHWORK SHOW: If you're inclined to go fully Handmade Holiday, as long as it is handmade by somebody else (we're not looking down at our nose at your weaving/baking/crochet techniques, by the by), this large, many-many-boothed extravaganza is a fine place to stock up on one-of-a-kinders in the jewelry, t-shirt, and paper goods categories (and more). It's in Santa Ana on Sunday, Nov. 30. And could you do a fully Handmade Holiday, gift-wise? You could. Never underestimate the power of the homespun.