Over the Influence gallery presents “Invader: Into the White Cube,” Nov. 17 through Dec. 23. The street artist’s mosaics are inspired by the arcade game, Space Invaders.

Invader: Into the White Cube

If you’ve walked the streets of Hollywood and DTLA, you probably have seen the work of Invader, the street artist whose mosaics are inspired by the arcade game Space Invaders.

Opening Nov. 17 and running through Dec. 23, the gallery, Over the Influence, 833 East 3rd St., is presenting “Invader: Into the White Cube.”

“Since 1998, the artist has ‘invaded’ cities worldwide, adroitly placing his tiled pieces in certain locations and awarding himself ‘points’ based on the intricacy of the mural and the difficulty in placing it,” the gallery’s website says. “Invader works incognito, often masked and largely at night. He believes that museums and galleries are not accessible to everyone, so he deliberately makes his works out in the public sphere.”

The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s work over the past two decades, as well as some new works. The exhibition is the first Invader solo show since 2005.

There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 17. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit

LA Zoo Lights

You can tell Christmas is just around the corner when the holiday light shows start popping up.

The LA Zoo Lights holiday show returns Nov. 16  and runs through Jan. 6

“Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo,” says. “Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute stroll through a large area of the Zoo filled with animal-themed displays, dynamic lights and projections and seasonal magic.”

Along the way, view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.

Tickets through Nov. 21 are $12. During what the Zoo calls “premium nights,” such as Thanksgiving weekend, the ticket price jumps to $21.95. There are value night tickets for $14.95. See for tickets and details.

The zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park.

Enchanted: Forest of Light Returns to Descanso Gardens

Speaking of holiday light displays, “Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens,” 1418 Descanso Dr. (La Canada Flintridge) on Nov. 18 and will run through Jan. 6.

Enchanted is a one-mile walk through large-scale light displays, some of which are interactive. The displays include Sycamore trees lit up like rainbows, a starlight garden with celestial shadows, a lightwave lake and the “Symphony of Oaks,” an interactive musical display.

  If you’re going to do this, buy the tickets now. Last year, I dilly-dallied for a couple of weeks before deciding to go see it, only to find tickets were already gone for weekend nights. Tickets are $30 and available through Check Goldstar for discount tickets, first.

The Great

Los Angeles Walk

You would be amazed at what you’ll see when you park the car and walk in L.A. A perfect opportunity to do just that is to join the Great Los Angeles Walk starting at 9 a.m., Nov. 17 at Pershing Square, 532 South Olive St.

This year, participants will walk from DTLA through Koreatown, to the ocean. Sights along the way include the Standard Hotel, the Jonathan Club, the Pacific Dining Car restaurant, MacArthur Park, the Park Plaza (now known as the MacArthur), Lafayette Park, Chapman Market, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, the La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

This year’s walk is dedicated to the late food critic Jonathan Gold. Participants will walk by some of his favorite dining spots, especially in the K-Town area.

You can walk the entire route, roughly 16 miles, or just pieces of it.

Three for the Holiday Shoppers

There’s a trio of special shopping opportunities this weekend:

• Jackalope Pasadena

Pasadena’s Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., is hosting the return of the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17-18. The event offers an impressive assortment of products including paper goods, original jewelry, food, home decor and housewares.

• Latin American Bazaar at The Autry

The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, is hosting the Latin American Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 17-18.

The event will feature Mexican clothing, rugs, pottery and more. Organizers say the event will include clothing and Zapotec rugs from Roberta Angeles, as well as carvings from Jacobo Angeles Ojeda. Hand-coiled Mata Ortiz pots with a wide range of designs from Jorge Quintana will also be present, alongside work from plenty of other artisans.

Admission is free.

• Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair

Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., will host an arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 18.

The event will showcase work from the park’s Art Center’s faculty and students, including paintings, photography, ceramics, handmade jewelry and plenty more. Organizers say you are sure to be inspired and find the ultimate piece for your taste and budget.


Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

Celebrating 41 years of irreverent frolicking, the Doo Dah Parade hits Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena at 11 a.m., Nov. 18.

“On Doo Dah day, dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats will accompany a legion of revelers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets with a memorable cast of local eccentrics, disruptors, pundits, mutant art cars, lone wolves, steam punks, makers and merrymakers,” organizers said. “Known as the twisted sister of the conventional Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire.”

The route runs between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard.

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