L.A. Weekend Roundup 12.10.10

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.10.10

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KROQ Acoustic ChristmasMUSIC
KROQ Acoustic Christmas

Dec. 11-12. 21st annual celebration features performances by Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Black Keys, Florence & the Machine, Broken Bells, Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Jimmy Eat World, Cake and more. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, 818.622.4440. KROQ.com

AIMEE MANN HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW AIMEE MANN HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW

Dec. 9-12. For the fifth consecutive year, local songstress Aimee Mann brings her fan favorite Christmas variety show at Largo at the Coronet. This years special guests included Michael Penn, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel, Rich Sommer and other surprises.  The New York Times has described the holiday pageant as “Delightful…a Santa-stupefying balance of naughty and nice…with the giddy warmth of an eggnog buzz. Hangover included of course.” Largo At The Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Blvd., 310.855.0350 www.largo-la.com

Upright Cabaret Holiday Celebration Upright Cabaret Holiday Celebration

Dec. 13. Experience the artistry of Upright’s finest performers as they don their gay apparel to interpret some of your favorite holiday classics in the coziest upscale venue in Los Angeles. The Upright Cabaret Revue is a wildly popular night of song featuring an eclectic mix of artists from stage, record and screen capturing the Bohemian spirit of the Moulin Rouge and bringing the golden-age of supper clubs back to Hollywood. Tickets: $20 online/$25 door (if available). Table minimums apply. Tickets bought online get first priority in seating. Upright Cabaret at Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. www.uprightcabaret.com

“BOOM TIC BOOM” West Coast Tour“BOOM TIC BOOM” West Coast Tour

Dec. 10. Celebrated New York City drummer Allison Miller headlines the special performance marking the release of her new album “BOOM TIC BOOM,” along with Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, and Todd Sickafoose on bass. Together, they musically collaborate, creatively expounding on compositions written primarily by Miller and Melford. Guests can also enjoy a tapas menu served from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Tickets $12/$8 students. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org

UNIQUE L.A. HOLIDAY SHOWEVENTS
UNIQUE L.A. HOLIDAY SHOW

Dec. 11–12. Largest indie design show in the country features wares from more than 300 designers and artists. Free workshops, an ecolounge and cafes, plus food trucks on site. 11 am–6 pm daily. $10. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., downtown. Map I16 UniqueLA.com

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat ParadeMarina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Dec. 11. At this 47th annual event, see stunning displays of creativity and the holiday spirit by boat owners in the Marina.  The parade kicks off with fireworks that go off near the main channel of the harbor, followed by two hours of feasting your eyes on lights and decorations that illustrate this year’s theme, “A Rock n Roll Christmas.” 5:55 p.m. fireworks/6 p.m. parade. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. www.mdrboatparade.org

Holiday Walk on the Avenues in West HollywoodHoliday Walk on the Avenues in West Hollywood

Dec. 10-11. Celebrate the season with a festive fusion of glamour, gifts and a good dose of holiday cheer at the Holiday Walk on the Avenues in West Hollywood. Find food and coffee trucks, carolers, music, shopping specials and cocktails. Wanna Buy A Watch will be having its 2nd annual grand giveaway: drawing names for three $500 gift certificates and one $1,000 gift certificate. Be present for one of the drawings that will be held Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. Dec. 10, 6-10 p.m. and Dec. 11, noon-4 p.m. at Melrose Village, Melrose Ave., between San Vicente and Orlando. avenueswh.com

DISNEY TRON POP-UP SHOPDISNEY TRON POP-UP SHOP

Through Dec. 23. In conjunction with TRON: Legacy, releasing in theaters on December 17, the Royal/T pop-up shop gives fans of all ages the ultimate TRON experience. This six week-long retail destination offers one-of-a-kind, limited-edition TRON merchandise (a TRON couture collection, jewelry, accessories, action sportswear, a TRON menu, collectibles, music, art, and more) inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, extended hours on Wednesdays to 10 p.m. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGTHEATER
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Through Dec. 19. The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles updates Shakespeare’s comedy, setting it in a California vineyard and scoring it with the tunes of Lyle Lovett, starring Helen Hunt, Tom Irwin and Lovett. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11

WEST SIDE STORYWEST SIDE STORY

Through Jan. 2. Classic musical about a pair of young lovers who belong to rival gangs. In this national tour, Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 1.800.982.ARTS (2787) Map W21

Next to Normal BroadwayNext To Normal

Through Jan. 2. Tony Award-winning musical from the director of Rent about a family dealing with its mentally ill matriarch. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

HERSHEY FELDER IN MAESTRO: THE ART OF LEONARD BERNSTEINHERSHEY FELDER IN MAESTRO: THE ART OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Through Dec 12. Playwright-actor-composer Hershey Felder plays the gifted composer of West Side Story, Candide and many more. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10

RANDY NEWMAN’S HARPS AND ANGELSRANDY NEWMAN’S HARPS AND ANGELS

Through Dec. 22. World premiere musical with music and lyrics from beloved composer Randy Newman, about what it is like to “be born, grow up, fall in love, and live and die in America.” Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

LOHENGRINOPERA

LOHENGRIN

Dec. 11. L.A. Opera continues its exploration of the works of Richard Wagner with the composer’s most lyrical opera. An extraordinary cast brings this tale of royalty, honor, innocence and treachery to life. Superstar Canadian tenor Ben Heppner makes his L.A. Opera debut as Lohengrin, the mysterious knight; Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski is his devoted Elsa. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H1

Choco Sutra Oliverio Beverly HillsEAT | DRINK
Choco-Sutra

Friday and Saturday nights starting Dec. 10. Step into a poolside chocolate paradise at Oliverio, where you can indulge into unlimited chocolate desserts. Selection vary depending on the night but can include anything from Triple Chocolate Truffle Pizzettas to a dark chocolate, cinnamon and red chili South-of-the-Border Pot de Crème. Guests may even wash down the chocolatey-richness with a smooth White Chocolate Martini. $28 pp/$50 per couple/$17 pp with dinner at Oliverio. Avalon Hotel, 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.277.5221. www.avalonbeverlyhills.com

Corkbar Sunday Cellar NightsCorkbar Sunday Cellar Nights

Sundays. Cap off your weekend with a weekly event features customized wine flights (4 pours for $12), in addition to pours of bottles from the co-owner’s private wine collection and chef’s dinner entree special ($10), which rotates weekly. Corkbar, 403 West 12th St., downtown, 213.746.0050. www.corkbar.com

KJAZZ SUNDAY BRUNCHKJZZ SUNDAY BRUNCH

Sundays. Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa hosts the KJAZZ 88.1 FM Sunday Champagne Brunch Series with top jazz entertainment. Brunch includes all you can eat and drink from a wide variety of stations throughout the restaurant including omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, carved prime rib, hot entrees, salads, desserts, champagne, mimosas and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Twist Restaurant, Renaissance Hollywood, Hotel, 1755 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.491.1000.

LA DOWNTOWN ON ICEHOLIDAY
LA DOWNTOWN ON ICE

Through Jan. 17. Skate on LA’s largest outdoor ice skating rink under the sun and stars at festive Pershing Square downtown. Info + detailed session schedule www.laparks.org. Pershing Square, 532 South Olive St., downtown, 213.847.4970.

ICE DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICAICE DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA

Through Feb. 15. Ice skate in Santa Monica on an 8,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink as well as a 400-square-foot kiddy rink, painted with designs by Ed Massey and area children. $10 includes rental skates. 1324 5th St. and Arizona Ave. in Santa Monica, 310.496.9880. www.iceatsantamonica.com

FELICE BEATO: A PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE EASTERN ROADMuseums
FELICE BEATO: A PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE EASTERN ROAD

Continuing. The Getty Center does a survey of the 40-year career of Beato, who, in the wake of Britain’s colonial empire, was among the first to provide images of newly opened lands Japan, China and Korea. The show runs concurrently with Photography From the New China. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 Getty.edu

THE SECRET LIFE OF DRAWINGSThe Secret Life of Drawings

Through Feb. 13. European drawings from the 1300s to the late 1800s, or Old Master drawings, were handled by artists and later by collectors.With this handling—along with poor storage and display conditions—they show the passage of time, often with distracting damage. This exhibition of thirty drawings illustrates the important role paper conservators play in reducing the effects of age and wear with treatments such as filling losses, reducing stains and mold, and repairing tears. It also reveals the mysteries conservators discover, including unknown drawings hidden beneath mounts or watermarks that help determine the date of the paper. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 Getty.edu

EXTREME EXPOSUREEXTREME EXPOSURE

Through April 17. Photography exhibition features five photographers (Clyde Butcher, Paul Nicklen, Michael Nichols and Donna and Stephen O’Meara) who have made careers documenting some of the Earth’s most extreme environments and endangered species. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560 Map J11 www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

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