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The Week Ahead – Events for November 20-26, 2021

The 8th annual Turkey Trot benefiting The Midnight Mission will be taking place on Thanksgiving Day in DTLA.


Another big holiday has arrived, folks, and to accommodate all of that gluttony and gratefulness I’m reminding you to make sure your nicest sweatpants are clean. And to offset some of those extra calories you have the option to take part in The Great LA Walk and or the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot fun run this year, along with a few cinematic and cerebral events for good measure.


Arts & Culture (& Community)


Not much is more community-oriented than Miracle Mile’s very own home-based garden supplier, Two Dog Organic Nursery, which – as we reported last week – is now winding down after 13 years in business.  Owners Alex and Jo Anne Trigo held a last big open house and sale last weekend, but they have a few more things left, so they’ve decided to open for one more day this Saturday, November 20, offering “fall seedlings (veggies, herbs & edible flowers), beautiful passionfruit vines and lots of organic soil, worm castings, fertilizers, Smart Pots,” and more.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 25% off all soils and products, and 15% off all seedlings.

The November Hitchcock Fest continues at Hollywood Legion Theater on Saturday, November 20 with two classic flicks, starting with Dial M for Murder at 4 p.m. and Strangers on a Train at 7 p.m., both shown on 35mm. Ticket prices vary; attendees must be fully vaccinated to enter the indoor theater.

And as I mentioned last week, get a head start on your holiday calorie burn by participating in The Great LA Walk, taking place on Saturday, November 20 at 9 a.m. This 16th annual exploration event will retrace the steps of the city’s original setters (Los Pobladores) in honor of LA’s 240th birthday. The 13-mile walk will start at the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel and end in DTLA, the same route the founders took in 1781. To join in, email the event organizing folks at [email protected] (yes, it’s mail not gmail) to RSVP, or just show up! Participants must be fully vaccinated. The walk is completely free, and you can do as much or as little of it as you choose, and at whatever pace is comfortable (it’s not a race).

LACMA has another full calendar of compelling series and workshops for you this week, including FILM at LACMA, Communities Create LA! (drop-in workshops at local parks), Friday Art Night (virtual classes for adults), and its In Conversation series, which this week will feature Lonnie G. Bunch III (14th Secretary of the Smithsonian) and Micheal Govan (CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA), discussing the historic Obama Portraits Tour on Monday, November 22.

Chevalier’s Books keeps the conversations flowing with an in-store event on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. >with Illustrator Nikkolas Smith, who will discuss the highly-anticipated The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.  It’sa children’s book about a young girl who receives a family tree assignment and learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, her ancestors were taken and brought to America by white slave traders, even though – before that – they had a home, a land, and a language of their own. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived. Click here to pre-order a signed copy of the book; and don’t forget to RSVP.

And to wrap up A&C, an event for fashion and cinephiles; a limited-time, free-to-the-public House of Gucci exhibition will be opening at the FIDM Museum in DTLA on Tuesday, November 23 and will run through Friday, December 3. MGM and United Artists Releasing have partnered with FIDM for a behind-the-scenes look at director Ridley Scott’s upcoming crime drama inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. The exhibit will feature exclusive film footage and photography, costumes, and more. The film stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino and will open in the US on Wednesday, November 24. The museum is open Tues-Sat from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


(Thanksgiving) Food & Fun


Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are happening at ROW DTLA from November 22-29; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Shop a curated collection of womenswear, menswear, beauty, and home goods. Support small businesses and keep your best gift giver status with purchases from Mod Ref, Jonny Cota (2020 Making the Cut winner), Still Life Ceramics, and more!

And yet another chance to get a head start on your holiday gluttony burn, the 8th annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles is taking place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25. This fundraising holiday tradition for all ages benefits The Midnight Mission – an amazing organization that offers a path to self-sufficiency to those experiencing homelessness. The race starts and finishes in front of City Hall on Spring Street in DTLA, with the option to do a 5k, 10k, or a short Wibble Wobble run for the kiddos. Packet pick up opens at 6:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 8 a.m.  It’s probably too late to get a fundraising team together this year, but you can still participate as an individual or donate. Click here to register.

After the Turkey Trot, head over to The Cat and Fiddle on Highland Avenue for its Turkey & The Trimmings Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant will be serving a three course meal as well as its full menu, with limited onsite dining available (reservations required), delivery, and to-go. Enjoy Roasted Turkey w/ Chestnut & Apricot Stuffing & Cranberry Chutney or our Nut Roast Wellington (vegan) and Nutella Brownies with Pecan Ice Cream featured for dessert. Book by November 23 for on-site dining, and be sure to order ASAP for delivery or to-go. The restaurant will be open from Noon-9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day; the cost is $38 for adults and $19 for children.

You also have the option to head on over to Go Get Em Tiger’s Culver City location for the return of its Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 25 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The annual event is back this year with a whole new set of reimagined, next level classic seasonal drinks, including eggnog lattes, toffee nut latte, pumpkin lattes, and more! They’ll also have pies, fun activities, and a general sense of good cheer, so this Thanksgiving, start the day off right and bring your family back some holiday love in a cup.


Local Government


Greater Wilshire Neighborhood CouncilThe Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council continues its mission this week with just one meeting for the Land Use Committee on Tuesday, November 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. Click here for details and supporting documents.

And the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council has just two meetings, first up is the Arts and Recreation Committee on Monday, November 22 from 6-7 p.m. (click here for details) and next, is the Social and Racial Equity Committee on Tuesday, November 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (click here for details).



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Julia Christiansen
Julia Christiansen
Julia is a native Angeleno and jack of all trades, having worked in television, visual effects, professional sports, health and wellness, and custom design. She currently resides in El Segundo.

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