Whether or not you believe that this Friday marks the end of the universe, it's imperative that you spend the next seven days celebrating in style. From a concert in Joshua Tree to a can't-miss jewelry sale, this week is all about having a blast (especially before the out-of-town relatives descend upon us, which in some cases, may be more daunting than the apocalypse!). Get ready for an extra dose of fab and fun before the traditions take control of your iCal. Happy pre-holiday madness!
Book It To Bookmarc For Stephanie LaCava's West Coast Book Signing
Is your BFF's coffee table nearing hoarder status? While we earnestly believe that there's no such thing as too many tomes, why not give her bookshelf a little love with Stephanie LaCava's novel, An Extraordinary Theory Of Objects? A coming-of-age tale in the City of Light, the street-style darling will be available to sign your copy for just two hours. And, don't miss the series of special items in conjunction with the book launch — 100% of proceeds of the necklaces and pouches will be donated to Child Mind Institute.
When: Tuesday, December 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Bookmarc, 8407 Melrose Place (between North Croft and Melrose avenues); 323-944-0575.
Get Ready To Witness The Shiniest Discount Bin Yet!
Need a last-minute dash of glamour for your seasonal shindigs? Well, look no further than Tom Binns' eye-catching baubles, adored by everyone from the First Lady to Jessica Biel. And, the punk-meets-polished pieces will be discounted up to 60% off for one day only at the designer's holiday sale. Whether you prefer pearls or safety pins, make sure to arrive early — we imagine this inventory won't last long!
When: Wednesday, December 19, noon to 8 p.m.
Where: 800 Harper Avenue (near Waring Avenue); no phone.
It's The End Of The World, And We Feel Fine
Around this time of year we're typically inundated with holiday-themed invites. But, considering the end of the world is possibly nigh, it seems as though the apocalypse is trendier than tinsel. The best way to go out is with a bang, and it looks like Brooklyn-based record label Sacred Bones is throwing the bash to beat. Say sayonara to it all at this massive concert in the middle of the dessert with Zola Jesus, Wymond Miles, Pop 1280, Cult of Youth, Psychic Ills, and many more. Tickets can be purchased here.
When: Friday, December 21, 7 p.m.
Where: Pappy & Harriet's, 53688 Pioneertown Road (near Tom Mix Road); 760-365-5956.
Ride Along With B.R.M.C. Before They Head To Europe
Inspired by Marlon Brando's gang in the 1953 film The Wild One, you know the boys from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club mean business. We're stoked to see these fellas perform live before they leave L.A. for a tour around Europe. Listen to their latest tracks and keep your fingers crossed for some old-school sounds — just don't forget your slick, black leather, sure to be the uniform of the evening!
When: Friday, December 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard (near North Doheny Drive); 310-276-1158.
The Ultimate Funny Guy Tries Out A New Role
Who isn't a fan of Seth MacFarlane's ROFL-worthy scripts? And, if you can't wait until February to get your next MacFarlane fix (he's hosting the Academy Awards), get ready to see him like you never imagined — as the frontman of a live band. The funny man takes center stage at Vibrato with the Ron Jones Orchestra to belt out the best from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and many more. No joke, this guy's got talent oozing out of every pore!
When: Sunday, December 23, 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Where: Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle (near Beverly Glen Boulevard); 310-474-9400.
Photo: Via Tom Binns; Courtesy of Motormouthmedia; Via Stephanie LaCava; Via Black Rebel Motorcycle Club