Everything L.A. Actors Need to Do This Week, December 7-13

As the temperatures drop in L.A. (and, yes, it gets cold here), you might want to wind down and get ready for some holiday festivities. We’ve got you covered in that department this week. But before you mentally check out, here are a few fruitful events you’ll probably love, including screenings, network opportunities, and the chance to glean costume inspo from a world-famous artist.

Catch a showing of this season’s most buzzed-about film.
If you haven’t heard about Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, you might actually be living under a rock. The buzz around this Oscar contender is growing by the day and it’s proving its mettle as this generation’s “Juno” (even though it’s a period piece, go figure). See it while it’s hot at the Hammer Museum on Dec. 11; Gerwig will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. (Tickets: $20; sold out, but standby tickets are available night-of)

Make some new industry contacts.
Come for the films, stay for the networking at the 5th Connect Film Festival on Dec. 10 + 11 at the AMC Dine-In Sunset 5. The event calls itself “a celebration of film and creative networking extravaganza,” where you’ll have a chance to meet filmmakers involved in every aspect of production (including fellow actors). Really, the name says it all: You never know who you’ll meet, so it’s well worth the time and effort. (Tickets: free-60)

Shop ‘til you drop.
After you work hard, you’ve gotta play hard. This time of year, that sometimes means braving the shops to scoop up the perfect holiday gifts. For a much more pleasant shopping experience, head to Echo Park’s infamous Renegade Craft Fair (Dec. 9 + 10) to support local artisans, sample yummy wares, and pick up a completely unique gift for your loved ones. You may even find a little something for yourself along the way. (Free)

Experience the costumes of your wildest dreams.
You’re probably familiar with Mark Chagall’s work, whether it’s his storybook-like illustrations and paintings or his large-scale stained-glass installations. Now, see another side of Chagall: his work with costumes. “Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage,” now at LACMA through Jan. 7, features 41 of the iconic artist’s handpainted costumes for three ballets and an opera. See it now before holiday travel robs you of the rare chance to experience these creations in person. (Tickets: $16-25)

Get into the holiday spirit.
If you’re battling your inner Grinch or just can’t seem to squeeze in any holiday cheer between auditions, meetings, and maybe a day job or two, make time for the Festival of Carols at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in DTLA on Dec. 9. The Los Angeles Master Chorale and the hall’s amazing pipe organ will be busting out all of your festive favs at this concert-slash-singalong. The Man in Red himself will make an appearance and will stick around for that perfect holiday selfie. (Tickets: $29-109)

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