Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.19.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

LA Phil Holiday Sing-Along
Dec. 20. Drew Carey leads an evening of holiday fun, where your sining voice is accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s huge pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo. Expect to sing your favorite holiday tunes like “The 12 Days of Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and many others. Also enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee, photos with Santa and more at intermission. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.com


Los Angeles Zoo Reindeer RompLos Angeles Zoo Reindeer Romp
Through Jan. 4. The Los Angeles zoo turns into a holiday wonderland complete with a visit from Santa and his reindeer. Mingle with the majestic creatures daily, and on weekends take photos with Santa, while you check out other holiday-themed crafts and activities. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org


LA Kings Holiday IceLA Kings Holiday Ice
Through Dec. 31. Channel your inner Kopitar and hit the skating rink at Nokia Plaza LA Live to join in on skating, food and other holiday festivities this winter. Buy your tickets there or extend your night with a Supper & Skate dinner at new Ford’s Filling Station where you can dine on a three-course prix fixe menu and tickets to the rink for $40/adults; $25/children. Rink only: $15 adults; $10 children under 7; $8 military, seniors. 800 West Olympic Blvd., downtown, 310.535.4400. lalive.com


Music Center Holiday Sing-AlongMusic Center Holiday Sing-Along
Dec. 19. Don your favorite holiday regalia and head to Music Center Plaza for their annual holiday sing-along. Throughout the night sing all your favorite holiday tunes to live accompaniment. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the words, lyric sheet will be provided—just come prepared to sing. 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. musiccenter.org


A Chanticleer ChristmasA Chanticleer Christmas
Dec. 18. With their repertoire ranging from Medieval/Renaissance to spirituals/contemporary, the exquisite singers of Chanticleer never fail to spark the Christmas spirit. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.com


Breakfast With SantaBreakfast With Santa
Enjoy an extravagant buffet, children activity areas with cookie decorating and more, including gifts and a visit from Santa, of course at the Los Angeles Music Center (Dec. 20-22) and Descanso Gardens (Dec. 20-21). You can also visit with Santa in a seaside setting when the Terranea Resort (Dec. 20) welcomes him to their grand ballroom. Enjoy a breakfast buffet, children’s activities and crafts with Santa’s elves and more.


Holiday Organ SpectacularHoliday Organ Spectacular
Dec. 19. The Walt Disney Concert Hall’s magnificent organ is celebrating a decade this season and what better way than with a program of holiday music. David Higgs (one of America’s leading concert organists) hosts this program of devotional and festive holiday music. 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.com


TARTWhite Elephant Holiday Party at TART
Dec. 18. Get into the holiday spirit with festive spiked punch bowls, Naughty or Nice Nog (made with cinnamon brandy, whiskey bitters, maple syrup, and egg nog), complimentary seasonal canapés and a White Elephant gift exchange like none other. Bring your pre-wrapped White Elephant gift and get a chance to win an overnight stay at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel and two tickets to see White Arrows at the El Rey. Free/$5 valet. 7-10 p.m. 115 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.937.3930. tartrestaurant.com


$1 Tacos at Komodo Venice
Dec. 20-21. Take a break from the holiday crunch and celebrate Komodo Venice’s first anniversary by noshing on their entire “classics” taco menu for only $1. Choose from 12 creatively conceived selections like the MP3 with top sirloin steak, sunny-side-up eggs, tater tots, garlic aioli, cilantro; Java with Indonesian pork rendang braised in coconut milk, tomato cucumber salad, green onions, fried shallots; and Burgerrito with deconstructed cheeseburger, Angus ground beef, thousand island dressing, relish, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, red onion, sesame seeds. Dine in only, max 10 tacos/pp. 235 Main St., Venice, 310.255.6742. KomodoFood.com


Love & SaltLove & Salt
If you were blinded by your Thanksgiving feast, you may have missed the unveiling of Manhattan Beach’s latest culinary destination. It’s here where neighborhood diners and foodies from all over L.A. flock for Chef Michael Fiorelli’s (mar’sel) homemade English muffins with rosemary, sea salt and cultured housemade butter; handmade pastas and unexpected surprises like a roasted glazed pig head. Begin or end your meal with classic and original cocktails from consulting bartender Vincenzo Marianello (Copa d’Oro). His potions range from the Lady in the Ballroom with grapefruit vodka, bell pepper, mint, St. Germain, and lemon juice; to the Jimmy Conway with rye whiskey, rabarbaro zucca, amaro nonino, and walnut bitters. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252. loveandsaltla.com


Mezcal and top Mexican food come together at new Tacoteca from Adam Fleischman’s AdVantage Restaurant Partners, Mixologist Gilbert Marquez (El Carmen) and Chef Ricardo Diaz (Colonia Taco Lounge, Guisados). Feast on house specialty tacos like grilled octopus with serrano chile-peanut sauce and micro cilantro; lamb barbcoa with mint garlic salsa and fresh onion; and carne asada with Mexican chimichurri and roasted red peppers. Round out your feeding frenzy with smokey guacamole, street corn with lime mayo and mushroom chalupas. Find a wide selection of cocktails, including four mezcal infusions and Oaxacan tonics formulated to aid in everything from stress relief to memory and digestion. 2460 Wilshire Blvd., 310.828.2115. tacoteca.com


The NutcrackerDANCE
The Nutcracker
Dec. 20, 21, 27, 28. See the Los Angeles Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday tale across Los Angeles at Alex Theatre, Dolby Theatre, Royce Hall at UCLA and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. See losangelesballet.org for schedule, venue and ticket information. Alex Theatre, 216 N Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.243.2539; Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300; Royce Hall at UCLA 340 Royce Drive, Westwood, 310.825.4401; Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 310.318.0610. losangelesballet.org


A Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 23. Celebrate the Christmas season with the Charles Dickens classic presented by A Noise Within. The holiday favorite brings together Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge to offer the holiday message that we can all make a difference in the world. $48. 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.3100. ANoiseWithin.org


Blithe SpiritBlithe Spirit
Through Jan. 18. Theater legend Angela Lansbury stars in this comedy by playwright Noël Coward. Following sold-out runs on Broadway and London’s West End, she reprises her Tony Award-winning role of Madame Arcati, a medium who channels a novelist’s dead wife. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


Through Mar. 15. The award-winning theater phenomenon returns to L.A. with three months of performances. Learn the untold story of the witches of Oz, the “wicked” Elphaba and good witch Glinda, in this smash-hit prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com


Into the WoodsInto the Woods
Through Dec. 21. Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s critically acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning play is a modern twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org


Noel CowardLove, Noel: The Letters and Songs of Noel Coward
Through Dec. 28. Broadway star Harry Groener as Noël Coward and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) star in this cabaret that weaves together Coward’s music and his witty correspondence with his famous friends in the Lovelace Studio Theater. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org


Hershey Felder as Irving BerlinHershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Through Jan 4. Hailed for his one-man shows about musical greats, multitalented Canadian performer Felder now tackles the master of American music himself, Irving Berlin. The work follows Berlin’s origins in czarist Russia to his embodiment of the American dream. Expect classic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com


Luna GaleLuna Gale
Through Dec. 21. This hard-hitting drama centers around a veteran social worker faced with life-altering decisions to make on behalf of children who cannot make them for themselves. Namely, she must deem whether baby Luna Gale would ultimately be better off with her young, irresponsible birth parents or an estranged grandmother. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


What the Butler SawWhat the Butler Saw
Through Dec. 21. This classic farce—condemned as scandalous back in 1969—still holds up nicely. A psychoanalyst attempts to seduce his prospective secretary, but he’s married to a nymphomaniac who’s being blackmailed by her own illicit lover. Plot twists, mistaken identities and biting wit ensue. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


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