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The Weekender - The Top 5 Things To Do In L.A. Nov. 19 Weekend

Rebecca Kirkman |
November 18, 2010 | 8:23 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Skate in downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square (Creative Commons)
Skate in downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square (Creative Commons)
1. North by Northeast
Explore the inner-workings of the L.A. art scene at this annual tour of more than 100 artists' homes and studios in the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Mount Washington. The tour, sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective, begins at one residence where participants receive a badge and map, and then can proceed to drive or take shuttles to the remaining stops. North by Northeast offers a rare opportunity to snoop into the homes of some of L.A.'s best artists. Sounds like a unique way to spend a Sunday.
Sunday, Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

2. Downtown on Ice
Lace up your ice skates, because for two months L.A. parks and recreation transforms downtown's Pershing Square (on 5th and Olive) into an ice rink. Framed by downtown's skyscrapers, the rink is open every day and provides skates for rental if you don't have your own. Take advantage; there aren't many places where you can ice skate in sunny, 75-degree weather.
$6 entry, $2 skate rental
Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

3. Avi Buffalo @ The Echoplex
Experience the unconventional-pop sound of Long Beach two-guy, two-girl group Avi Buffallo Friday night at the Echoplex. Wildbunch and Lord Huron open. All Ages.
Friday, Nov. 19 8:30 p.m.

4. Harvest Beer Festival
Finely craft brews, live music, food trucks... all parts of Echo Park's Harvest Beer Festival this Saturday at the Echo and Echoplex. Just $30 gets you unlimited pours from noon to 7 p.m., and proceeds go to 826LA, a non-profit tutoring center. Vaud and the Villains, Shannon and the Clams, Last Round Down and The Blasting Company will perform. For a list of brews, check here.
Saturday, Nov. 20, noon - 7 p.m.

5. Huckleberry Cafe
This quaint Santa Monica cafe and bakery serves homemade, artisan foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The relaxed, homey environment is just as delicious as the food. The eatery prides itself on using only local and organic produce and ingredients. Check the website for the menu, which changes often.
$10 lunch sandwich (average)
Saturday - Sunday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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