The work week's almost over, but it's no time to rest. Check in every Thursday for No Days Off, your guide to the best live shows, art openings, movie screenings, and cool events for the weekend ahead.
Film: Clueless, Friday-Sunday, IFC Center, Midnight. It's freezing outside, so why not fantasize about young, hot Alicia Silverstone (Stacey doesn't age, baby), and warm weather with this Valley Girl classic? Pay homage to the original plastics who paved the way for our fav mean girls like Lilo. Fabulousss.
Comedy: Paul Mooney at Carolines on Broadway, Sunday, 10:00p.m. ($32). The hilarious Mr. Mooney once wrote for Richard Pryor and SNL, but is remembered best by this generation for playing the prophetic Negrodamus on Chappelle's Show. Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X, word.
Live music/party: ?uestLove 5th Annual Holiday Bash at SOBs, Sunday, 9 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. start. ($14, buy here). Forget ugly sweater parties, ?uest on the 1's and 2's is the proper way to celebrate the holidays.
Keep reading to see what you should be doing in Chicago and L.A. this weekend...
Film: Enter The Void, tonight, Gene Siskel Film Center, 7:45 p.m. You don't want to miss the flick that had critics polarized this year. Gaspar NoĂ©'s film features eye-popping visuals of Tokyo's pill-popping and drug-abusing underbelly.
Dining/Christmas event: Dine Under The Giant Tree, 111 N. State St., 7th Floor, Saturday. Macy's taking over Marshall Field's couldn't stop this Christmas tradition. Head to the Walnut Room during store hours to enjoy food and the beautiful view of the Christmas tree from the wine bar. There's no reservations, so make sure you get there early.
Live show: Roy Ayers Live at The Vibe, Sunday, 10:00p.m.-4:00a.m. ($15 in advance, $25 at door). Catch the OG jazz, funk, and soul legend rock live with his band. He'll be performing a diverse set ranging from his stuff with Fela Kuti to his 80's dance hits, and more.
Art closing: The Bonkers Devotional at the Angles Gallery, Thursday. Hilja Keading's commentary on control, instinct, nature and culture closes tonight. The installation features both projected videos and oil paintings of her with an 800 lb bear (trust, it looks cooler than it sounds). Swing by Angles Gallery and get a two-for-one, Augusta Wood's photo exhibition, I have only what I remember, closes tonight as well.
Dinner/film screening: Chinese Dinner and a Movie at The Foundry, 7465 Melrose Ave., Friday ($39 per person, Reservations: 323-651-0915). If your favorite around-the-way Chinese spot isn't holding it down for Christmas Eve, swing by The Foundry where they will be serving Chinese cuisine and screening a movie.
Film: The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, New Beverly Cinema, Sunday, (4:00p.m., 7:15p.m., respectively). A double-feature of two of the greatest films of all time. If you sit through both, it'll be a long one, but well worth it.