4 Festive and Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week
One of Banksy's "Rat" pieces, some of which are up for sale this week
Celebrate the holidays with free events ranging from a Fiddler on the Roof celebration to a street art auction.
See kids films that are better than what Hollywood puts out
Now in its 10th year, Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival is a chance to get youngsters hooked on film early. The weekend-long event continues on Sunday with screenings of I Am Eleven, Genevieve Bailey’s documentary about 11-year-olds in different parts of the world, and Dutch animated flick Pim and Pom: The Big Adventure. Shorts programming is organized by age group, with selections suitable for the kindergarten crowd and high schoolers. Kids aren’t just cinephiles at this festival — some are filmmakers, too. Check out cartoons made by Croatian youngsters during the VAFI Animation showcase. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13-14, 10:30 a.m.; free. (323) 857-6000, lachildrensfilm.org. —Liz Ohanesian
Celebrate a Broadway Hanukkah
Instead of fa la la, sing deedle deedle dum at this Hanukkah concert and sing-along celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. The event includes author Barbara Isenberg discussing and signing her new book, Tradition! The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical. The book chronicles how Sholem Aleichem’s stories went from a Broadway show in 1964 to an Oscar-nominated film in 1971, as well as subsequent stage revivals. Isenberg incorporates interviews with cast and crew behind Fiddler’s many incarnations, including producer Harold Prince, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, director Norman Jewison and actors Topol and Harvey Fierstein. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown; Sun., Dec. 14, 4 p.m.; free. (213) 388-2401, wbtla.org. —Siran Babayan
See street art get sold
Even if you don’t want to bid, you can get a glimpse into where street art is now, at the third biannual Street Art Auction. The event will include several Banksy “Rat” pieces — dating from “Existencilism,” his first L.A. exhibition in 2002, held at the 33? Gallery on Pico. Also on the block: works by guerrilla artists Alec Monopoly, Shark Toof, mysterious London street artist Bambi, Rene Gagnon, Retna, Thanks One, Louis Carreon (BEARHEADs) and many others. The Banksy pieces should fetch big bucks, so bid early and often. Julien’s Auctions, 9665 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. #150, Beverly Hills; Mon., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.; preview Dec. 9-15 (closed weekends), 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (310) 836-1818, juliensauctions.com. —David Cotner
Learn about the history of gift-giving
Gift giving in the Middle Ages wasn’t confined to dowries or stones placed on the throats of cholera-riddled corpses — it was a way to impart a bit of an individual human being to someone they deem just as important. The opening of the exhibition “Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages” explores how gifts — particularly books — truly connected people in an era when time was short. Drawn from the Getty’s permanent collection, the illustrations highlight how a gift’s legacy was one of the most significant ways average people could approach the lives of the saints. Getty Center, North Pavilion, Plaza Level, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood; Tue., Dec. 16, 10 a.m.; free. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu. —David Cotner
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