Trust us, we're well aware that this time of year is super stressful. Between the dwindling bank account balance and spending time with estranged family members, it's tempting to turn off the smartphone and hibernate until 2013. But, rather than hide from it all, we've got five events this week that will help you decompress and take your mind off of the impending anxiety. From pop-up mani stations to meditative soul searching, we've got you covered (except for your aunt's bogus baking — you're on your own with that one!).
Kurt Vonnegut Gets The Cliffs Notes Treatment
Keeping track of Vonnegut's characters from Kilgore Trout to Eliot Rosewater can be daunting, but next time you pick up Slaughterhouse-Five or Breakfast of Champions, make sure you have a copy of Greg Sumner's Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels by your side. The tome guides readers through 15 of the author's best works — a must-have for any literary fan. And, you can give the bookworm on your list the greatest gift of a all — a signed copy of the new pageturner by visiting Book Soup tomorrow.
When: Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m.
Where: Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard (between Larrabee Street and Horn Avenue); 310-659-3110.
Be More In The Moment During Your Next Lunch Break
Whether you stay for five minutes or the entire half hour, make it a point to stop by the Hammer Museum's ongoing Mindful Awareness sessions before the holiday season really kicks in. Not only will it reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, and curtail the emotional roller coaster of the year's end, the activity will surely be a welcome change from your regular Chipotle run.
When: Thursday, November 29, 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at Westwood Boulevard); 310-206-8013.
Score Dazzling Digits At The Best New Bar In Town
Why settle for a boring salon mani when you can head on over to Kitson and have your tips transformed at trend central? Swing by the Robertson shop and the folks of NCLA will apply gold-foil manicures, free-hand nail art, or limited-edition nail wraps — just in time for all those holiday soirées! And, with such a huge selection (and appearances by celebrity nail gurus Naja Rickette and Madeline Poole), we may be getting more touch-ups this month than ever before.
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 30 through December 31
Where: Kitson, 115 Robertson Boulevard (between Alden and West 3rd streets); 310-859-2652.
Take A Trip To Mexico, Sans Airfare
Need a break from the Thanksgiving leftovers? For just $50, you can sample bites from L.A.'s top Mexican restaurants including Frida Tacos, Connie’s Seafood, Tortas Bravas, and many more. Plus, there will be tons of tequila (of course!), and loads of mariachi music to keep guests entertained throughout this year's Taste of Mexico event. We suggest you dish out the extra $20 for a VIP ticket with early admission — you'll skip the crowds and really enjoy that cerveza.
When: Friday, November 30, 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: Vibiana, 214 South Main Street (near East 2nd Street); 213-626-1507.
Game, Set, Match! Support The Arts By Heading To The Courts
Sure, the Caravaggio exhibition at LACMA is a sight to be seen (he's regarded as the original "bad boy" artist), but this Saturday's tennis match in honor of his passion for the sport may be just as enthralling as his paintings. With art darlings such as Amanda Hunt of LAXART, Eliza Osborne of Sotheby's (both previously featured on R29!), and a slew of local artists grabbing their racquets, this FRAME-produced event is bound to be one for the books.
When: Saturday, December 1, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Tennis Club, 5851 Clinton Street (at North Cahuenga Boulevard); 323-464-3194.
Photos: Courtesy of NCLA; Via Hammer Museum; Via Book Soup; Courtesy of LACMA