By Rose Desena
How About A little Culture with Your Turkey?
Or What To Do Over The Holidays.
So its Thanksgiving weekend and you’re still stuffed from dinner. If you don’t get away from the fridge, you’re going to keep eating until you burst. You’re far too smart to torture yourself by going to a mall. No need for that anyway, that’s so 2007, just log on to your favorite retail site, hit a few keys and Viola; the shopping is done. Now you can have some fun.
Los Angeles is rich in holiday cheer that the whole family can enjoy. Start at the Santa Monica Play House and end up at the Music Center on Christmas Eve for their fabulous family extravaganza. The Rubicon Theater Complex in Ventura offers a huge variety of events, and check out the 24th Street Theater for a family play “Ladybird” for a mere 24 cents. Really! Who says the Holidays have to be expensive? Whatever you do it will surely bring joy.
So grab the kids, some friends or the old folks and check out the holidays LA style on the streets, at our theaters, cultural centers and malls. Some of these suggestions work great for the whole family and some just for adults. This is just a small list, log onto your community web site for more listings. All of us at the Los AngelesPost, wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season.
“Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party,” the internationally acclaimed Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy, back for the holidays. Perfect for kids 2 to 102. Sat 2pm, Sun 12:30pm, now thru Dec 15. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com 1-310-394-9779 ext 2
“A Christmas Carol.” Adaptation of Dickens’ story about Scrooge and the ghosts, with lots of music. All ages. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Opens November 29. (626) 355-4318, or www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
The festivities kick off at Old Pasadena’s own winter wonderland, located on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks, where kiddos can play in 20 tons of real snow, see live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, create art in a kid’s craft area and enjoy live music. Then head over to One Colorado where Santa is taking a break from his busy schedule to light Old Town’s 35-foot Christmas tree. He’ll stick around for Santa Sleigh photos and a few autographs. So should you! 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their very own fun, freaky and rockin’ turbo-charged version of the famous Dickens’ classic celebrating Holiday Spirit and Redemption. For Ages 12 and up.
ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Reservation Hotline: (818) 202 – 4120
World premiere comedy DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY CHRISTMAS, written/directed by Paul Storiale. In this hilarious holiday farce, Dean and Joanne are expecting their kids home for Christmas, but Grapndpa dies on Christmas Eve and all hell breaks loose! BrickHouse Theatre. www.christmasfarce.com Ages 14+.
FREE – Family
Hollywood Christmas Parade, check web site for details
THE MUSIC CENTER MONDAY
WHO: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Student performers from the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts
WHAT: Los Angeles County Christmas Tree Lighting
WHEN: Monday, December 2 at 5:00 pm
WHERE: Los Angeles County Music Center
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
“Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” Eighteenth annual production. Drunken revelry and hanky panky at Bob’s insurance office in Neuterburg, Iowa. Directed by Justin Tanner. Ages 16 to adult. At Pico Playhouse 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Opens December 4. (800) 838-3006 orwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/467753
“La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.” Spectacular holiday pageant set in 16th Century Mexico. Cast of over 100. Appearance of the Virgin Mary precedes Christmas miracles.
General admission free. Reserved seats $35. All ages. Latino Theater Company at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. December 4 and 5 at 7:30. For reservations for reserved seats, 866-811-4111. Website: www.thelatc.org. 2000 available seats nightly.
Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration —. Culver City makes this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient, lighting a beautiful 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine tree with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights. Plus Santa Claus, hot cider, coco and cookies. Town Plaza, Downtown Culver City (intersection of Culver Blvd. and Van Buren Pl., next to Culver Hotel & Pacific Theatres); www.downtownculvercity.com.
“Merry F***in’ Christmas, Y’All.” Lesbian brings her fiancee to spend Xmas in Colorado with her redneck family. She hasn’t come out to them yet. $15. Not for kids. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Opens December 6. (818) 508-3003.www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org
This world premiere, heartwarming family comedy reminds us that forgiveness may be the simplest path to love. Mom has always taken good care of her family. She expects to go to heaven, but eleven months after she’s died she’s still an earthbound ghost. Where: Lonny Chapman Theatre 10900 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood 91601
Reservations: www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990
Tickets: $15 – $22
Loser Kids Productions presents SANTASIA – A HOLIDAY COMEDY, Critics Pick for the past 13 Years! is a laugh out loud, hilarious annual holiday romp and cult hit. Compared to “Kids in the Hall”, the “Carol Burnett Show”, and the likes of Vaudeville” – December 6 – 24. Whitefire Theatre. www.santasia.com or Ages 18+.
The Grove in West Hollywood @ Fairfax and 3rd, has a gorgeous Tree and Santa Village. Also they make it snow. Snow in LA LA land how silly is that? What fun.
Check there site calendar for all there events. http://www.thegrovela.com/calendar.php
The Rubicon Theater complex in Ventura is a potpourri of great events and shows. Too many to list so please log on to their site. www. Rubicontheater.org.
Rubicon Theatre is a complete, HOLIDAY CENTRAL:
Two Musicals – the return of A RUBICON FAMILY CHRISTMAS & LITTLE MISS SCROOGE also
THE SANTALAND DIARIES! Featuring Broadway Veterans, a Reading of Wartime Love Letters, also Santa’s Village with a Holiday Boutique and Photo Opportunities, Dickensian Carolers, Tiny Tots Concert, Storytime and More!
Santa’s Village at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 (enter through Laurel St. entrance and go downstairs). Tickets are $35 each. Please call Rubicon Theatre Company’s box office at (805) 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.
December 7 and 14 – On Saturdays
Theater, 24 cents.
Ladybird –This warm, funny and unique holiday play weaves together the true stories and real-life experiences of local residents. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Appropriate for all ages. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; Admission: (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org
Los Angeles Children’s Theater is pleased to present its first CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL for this holiday season.
LACT presents magical and musical stage adaptations of the children’s classics, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT and PINOCCHIO at The Little Theater in West Los Angeles. The Little Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles 90025. www.theblackboxtheater.org
Adults and young adults
Three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told in one-woman show format by Latina comedians, SANDRA VALLS, DIANA YANEZ and MARIA RUSSELL.
Each share their own quirky Christmas experiences of growing up in Latino families within their American homes that will brighten your holiday as well as fill you up with laughter, cheer and love of the immigrant situation.Theatre Asylum – Elephant Space
Santa Claus is coming to town, and when he does, let it snow let it snow, let it snow! It’s the most wonderful time… ok, enough with the carols. Santa is arriving for the Holiday Tree Lighting on Third Street Promenade, where he will light the tree and local students from Green Brooms Music Academy will provide festive musical entertainment.
Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.
Star-studded holiday benefit SPARKLE! An All-Star Holiday Concert comes to Los Angeles for the first time with an exclusive and intimate performance at the Acme Theatre in Hollywood for one night only on Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund.
After four sold-out years in Palm Springs, CA and an additional two years in New York City, SPARKLE! comes to Los Angeles. For this special holiday event producer and host Scott Nevins has gathered an all-star cast of performers from the worlds of Broadway, television, film, and the music industry to help sing in the season. To purchase online, go to http://bit.ly/SparkleLA2013. The Acme Theatre in Hollywood 135 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036.
Forever Flamenco! presents Caminos Flamencos in “Fiesta Navidad”— Led by dynamic duo Yaelisa and Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” Caminos Flamencos returns to the Fountain for a special holiday treat, backed by cantaora Kina Mendez from one of the most iconic flamenco dynasties in Jerez, and featuring their compañeros Manuel Gutierrez, Briseyda Zarate and Mizuho Sato. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com
Free samples, discounts and a sleigh-full of beer specials at area bars and dining establishments. Stuff your stocking using Third Wednesday discounts from Downtown’s one-of-a-kind specialty stores. Downtown Culver City (south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.); www.downtownculvercity.com.
Theater/ Interactive- Family
Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Holiday Theatre” – for kids 4 to 10 and their grown-ups. Story-telling, face-painting, crafts, theatre games, fairytale enactment, refreshments and special gifts make up this interactive holiday event. Sat, Dec 21, 10:30am to noon. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com 1-310-394-9779 ext 2
Dec. 24 , 3-6 p.m – 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration – your L.A. tradition! Perfect for the whole family, more than 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of Los Angeles celebrate the season during this free, three-hour holiday show. Even the parking underneath the Music Center is free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion @ the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099; www.HolidayCelebration.org
“The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue” – the perfect family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration – complete with buffet supper, champagne, sparkling juice, hats, tiaras, noisemakers, the works! Tues, Dec 31, 6pm and 9:30pm. http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com 1-310-394-9779 ext 1