Maybe you're stuck in L.A. working the next three days, or you're boycotting Turkey Day for untold reasons, or maybe you just couldn't swing the plane ticket back home -- whatever your reason, Thanksgiving orphans unite!
Just because you're not yet -- or ever again -- indulging in a bona fide Thanksgiving meal complete with tense inter-family relations and answering all those uncomfortable questions doesn't mean you can't have all the holiday fun you want right here.
So, here's what to do with the first half of your week in this sleepy, abandoned town (since no one is really from here, are they?).
Stay tuned for a souped-up, extra-long holiday Weekender, but until then, here's what's on the agenda this week:
It's not every day you get the chance to hear one of TIME magazine's (RIP) "Most Influential 100 People" speak. So, if you didn't happen to beg, borrow, or steal your way into Jeff Garlin x Sarah Silverman, head to the L.A. Central Public Library to hear physicist Lisa Randall discuss how scientific thinking has and will change our understanding of the universe.
After you've become suitably scientifically enlightened, pick up dinner from M Café for a special macrobiotic pre-Thanksgiving Feast, with the likes of Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque, Winter Field Green Salad with Fennel, Cranberries and Pear, and Tempeh Loaf with Roasted Mushrooms. After, spend some time making a dent in this brand-new list of the best drinks in Los Angeles. Since most people are probably already out of town, you'll have a good chance of making some serious tracks.
Hit play: Nite Jewel -- Autograph
We don't know when all holidays became week-long celebrations (we're looking at you, Halloween), but in the case of Thanksgiving, we're really not planning to argue. Anyway, tonight enjoy another (and not the last) feast of the week at the "Full of Thanks" prix-fixe dinner at Post & Beam. Eat off the health benefits of last night's meal via delicious soul food with a locavore twist.
After dinner, head east to either Silver Lake or Echo Park for big-time dance nights that will help you work off that pumpkin panna cotta. First of all, The Satellite is hosting a multi-band Abba tribute. In addition to happy Swedish disco and free admission, they're also offering $2 well drinks all night. If sequins and platforms aren't your bag, go to Check Yo Ponytail at The Echo. The long-running and beloved dance night is going strong this Thanksgiving weekend with performances by The Internet (1/2 of which is Syd the Kid), Quadron, and others.
Hit play: Abba -- Thank You for the Music
Your third Thanksgiving dinner of the week couldn't be farther from what the Pilgrims probably ate, but we're in Los Angeles and damned if we won't be having Mexican food at least once per week, holiday notwithstanding. Embrace this reality and head to Tortilla Republic for their Thanksgiving Eve Fiesta with drinks and food specials all night.
After, make your way to Franklin Village for the UCB Thanksgiving Feast Show. Later, check our Culver City's neighborhood-wide Pre-Gobbler Happy Hour or flashback to 2008 for Steve Aoki's Birthday Bash in Hollywood.
Hit play: Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem -- Forever (Steve Aoki Remix)