Eastside Weekend: Holiday Marketplace in Boyle Heights; Loft music at Origami Vinyl; Krampus Ball for naughty adults

Krampus Ball is here again at the Ebell Club in Highland Park | Photo by Miles Actually


Krampus is a seasonal menace who captures naughty children.

Krampus Ball is an excuse for adults

to dance to Kraftwerk music and drink Austrian beer. There’s Krammpstein, a German industrial group, Rasputin’s Marionettes, and other excuses to wear lederhosen. Saturday, December 6 at the Highland Park Ebell Club.

In this world there is nothing certain, except death and taxes. And that you will forget a gift for that one person you always forget. Self Help Graphics & Art Holiday Marketplace offers screen prints from local artists Lalo Alcaraz, photographs from Rafael Cardenas and other high quality crafts. There will be plenty of other artists on hand demoing products and answering your holiday themed questions. Saturday, December 6.

The pagan god of lofts once bestowed Orgiami Vinyl’s stage with razzmatazz. Los Angeles outfit Steppe People are a solo away from making the whole city fly away, it’s all so wild. The band plays the loft, Saturday, December 6 and it’s free.

Sometimes you just have to get that something off your chest. A poem, a song, a manifesto, a passive aggressive rant directed at your ungrateful cat. Whatever it may be, Bookshow L.A. has you covered with their EAT ART open mic, Friday, December 5.
Sure there’s that scene at the end of the Christmas film where the kids learn the true meaning of the holiday season. But try wrapping good intentions and giving them to your friends. Instead buy something at the Silverlake Flea; tangible objects like jewerly, lotions, candles, vintage radios. Maybe an old doll that will roll its eyes back so you don’t have to do that anymore. Saturday, December 6.

Eastside Handmade is exactly what it sounds like. No, not that. It’s a place to purchase handmade gifts for the holiday season from talented people who have a knack for that sort of thing. Earthy ceramics? Sure. How about some cleverly shaped candles or artisanal patterns along scarfs? Yes. Give the gift of a handmade item – without actually having to make it! Saturday, December 6 at Shopclass.

Highland Park isn’t Mayberry. But Northeast Los Angeles will march Figueroa Street in a wholesome fashion with firetrucks, cheerleaders, brass bands and children in holiday garb. Families, friends and neighbors will line the street for the 70th Annual Holiday Parade, Sunday, December 7.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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