5 Gloriously Strange Ways to Celebrate Christmas Week in L.A. For $10 or Less
Photo by Paul Koudounaris
From a collage-making brunch to a Krampus-themed cover band, here are five cheap and offbeat ways to celebrate the holiday season in L.A.
Eggs and threads
Before it opened in 1973, the Craft and Folk Art Museum was known as the Egg & the Eye, a gallery and restaurant. Led by folk artist (and grandmother of actor Noah Wyle) Edith R. Wyle, the gallery sold craft and traditional art from around the world, and the restaurant served more than 50 types of omelettes. Paying homage to its previous incarnation, the museum joins the Women’s Center for Creative Work and Los Angeles Fibershed to host this pop-up restaurant, celebration of Wyle’s life and work and textile demonstration. Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Sat., Dec. 20, 12 p.m.; admission free, omelettes $5-$10. (323) 937.4230, cafam.org. —Siran Babayan
Santa + Rammstein
Normally, an invitation to check out a tribute band should be met with a polite decline. But when the opportunity arises to check out tribute bands that twist the templates of their namesakes into a Krampus-themed celebration, we have to accept. Krammpstein uses elaborate costumes and a wild stage show to set the mood for a dark celebration of the season, with Krampus-themed reimaginings of popular cuts from German industrial-rock giants Rammstein. We have yet to experience openers Marilyn Krampson, but go anyway — the whole night is guaranteed to be one of the most surreal holiday events of 2014. Complex, 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale; Sat., Dec. 20, 9 p.m.; $7 in advance, $10 at the door. (323) 642-7519, complexla.com. —Jason Roche
Brunching with scissors
What happens when you give a bunch of drunk people scissors? Amazing collages, apparently. At this morning’s brunch, Drinkollage, brought to you by artists Jamie Gaul and Rachel Morrison, you’ll get your pick of magazines and glue, and the food and art org Thank You For Coming will supply the morning meal. Just come with an open mind and a desire to transform old images into new images. You’ll wonder why collaging has been relegated to elementary-school classrooms, and if your work is good enough, you could end up in the Drinkollage zine. Thank You for Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; Sun. Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; collaging free, brunch menu prices. (323) 648-2666, thankyouforcoming.la. —Sascha Bos
Laugh for charity
For the past six years, Sam Varela’s Naked Comedy Productions has put together an impressive roster of comics performing all over L.A. and beyond, including Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Judd Apatow. Tonight’s Toys for Tots Charity Show is no exception, with Tim Heidecker, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops, Guy Branum, Kate Berlant and others. And they’re all appearing for a good cause. Purchase a $10 ticket and half the proceeds benefit Toys for Tots, or bring an unopened and unwrapped toy for donation with an RSVP. The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove; Sun., Dec. 21, 9:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 655-9050, hollywood.improv.com. —Siran Babayan
A musical-comedy quadruple feature
Movies are as much a Christmas tradition as mistletoe and eggnog. If you feel like spending the day indulging in lighthearted silver-screen fare but aren’t in a hurry to see Into the Woods or The Interview, head to the New Beverly for the Marx Bros. comedy Animal Crackers (2 p.m.), Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis musical At War With the Army (4 p.m.), 1939’s animated version of Gulliver’s Travels (5:55 p.m.) and the classic Fiddler on the Roof (7:30 p.m.). That’s $8 for four movies, which is pretty cheap as Christmas presents go. New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Thu, Dec. 25, showtimes as above; $8. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com. —Michael Nordine
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