Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 12.12.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.12.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
Dec. 14. The picturesque beachside city’s annual holiday celebration features a Skechers-sponsored snow park, a Santa float, a bounce park and live music, capped off by a fireworks show over the pier. To watch the fireworks in VIP fashion, head to The Strand House’s first annual Light Up the Night cocktail party, where in addition to the views you will enjoy passed appetizers, gourmet carving stations, festive music and dance and more. Snow park, float and bounce park, 4–7 p.m.; fireworks, 7 p.m. Free (new, unwrapped toy or cash donation requested for snow park admission). Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, 310.801.2202.


Santa Monica Pub CrawlSanta Monica Pub Crawl
Dec. 13. Dress in your favorite holiday attire and join one of the largest pub crawl events in the city–one that spans over 30 restaurants and bars in Santa Monica. Each location offers food and drink specials to participants throughout the night (think $3 slices at Joe’s Pizza, $5 beer at Del Frisco’s, $6 house wine and $7 truffle fries and chicken sliders at Wilshire Restaurant, among many others). Santa’s Hideaway Official After Party will be held for an additional fee at Wokcano Santa Monica with DJ, dancing, a photo booth and more fun festivities. $12 gets you specials at participating bars, proceeds benefit the Westside Food Bank.


Marina del Rey Boat ParadeMarina del Rey Boat Parade
Dec. 13. Get in the holiday spirit by viewing a parade of decorated yachts and boats in Marina del Rey. The evening of holiday lights is also kicked off by fireworks show. Fireworks, 5:55 p.m.; parade, 6–8 p.m. Free. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, 310.670.7130.


beverly Hills Holiday BazaarBeverly Hills Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 13-14. London, Paris and New York all have longstanding holiday markets and for the first time Beverly Hills adopts the tradition this year. The weekend-long market will transform the Beverly Canon Gardens into a traditional European-style holiday village where you can shop for gifts of all kinds, including glass-blown ornaments, hand painted holiday signs, novelty T-shirts, letter pressed cards, gourmet jams, candles, jewelry and more. Also enjoy free holiday entertainment from the West Beat Carolers, living nutcrackers and mimes and special performances from the Beverly Hills High School Madrigal Singers. Holiday treats and hot beverages will also be available. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 241 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills.


Renegade Craft FairRenegade Craft Fair
Dec. 13-14. Hundreds of today’s best indie artisans from Los Angeles and beyond put their works up for sale at this holiday market. Also find hands-on workshops, food from your favorite food trucks, music, local DJs spinning tunes, a photo both and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Park Ave., downtown.


Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea ChangeART + PHOTOGRAPHY
Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change
Opening Dec. 13. The beauty of L.A.’s beaches is timeless, yet the rising sea level changes the county’s coastal landscape a little bit each day—and challenges the people who live here and in similar seaside environments. The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City explores our resilience in the face of rising tides with Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change. This marks the first time the influential photography gallery has commissioned works for one of its exhibits, tapping esteemed photojournalists to capture locales such as post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans and the lake village of Ganvie, Benin. Look for Where Los Angeles contributing photographer Monica Nouwens’ photographs of the restored Malibu Lagoon. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.


 So This Is ChristmasSo This Is Christmas
Dec. 12-14. It has been 34 years since the world lost John Lennon. And what many may not know is that he was not just a talented musician, but a prolific artist as well. During the “So This Is Christmas” exhibition you have a chance to honor his legacy and view nearly 100 limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and copper etchings up close. 101 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 888.278.1969.


Ryan AdamsMUSIC
Ryan Adams
Dec. 17-18. The prolific artist is back on the scene with his fourteenth album, self-titled, Ryan Adams. The new album (follow up to 2011’s Ashes & Fire, which hit no. 7 on the Billboard 200) just dropped in September and is already earning accolades like a Grammy Award nomination for single “Gimme Something Good.” Hear the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter during his two-night engagement at The Wiltern. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.388.1400.


Mrs. Fish
Hit the new downtown nightspot for an experience that carefully layers live music, tasty food and crafted cocktails. Mrs. Fish is the latest from the team behind Perch; it’s also in the same building, but instead of heading to the top, you’ll descend down an iron staircase into the basement, which has been glamorously outfitted with details like leather couches and a 5,500 gallon chandelier brimming with sea life. Open Weds.-Sat. nights. 448 S Hill St., downtown, 213.873.4444.


Island Spa CatalinaSPA
Island Spa Catalina
The next time you need an island getaway, hop across to Catalina’s newly opened Island Spa Catalina. The first spa to ever grace the island boasts 15,000-square feet of indoor space, including nine treatment rooms with relaxing views of the Pacific Ocean. Treatments range from results-oriented skin care to rejuvenating body therapies that integrate island grown, organic and natural ingredients. Also enjoy the spa’s alfresco café, courtyard, soaking pool and vista deck, before and after treatments. 163 Crescent Ave., Avalon.


TerrineEAT + DRINK
California comfort fare from Chef Kris Morningstar is served in a stylish brasserie setting at newly opened Terrine. For the menu, Morningstar aimed to integrate bold flavors with classic techniques, which is more than evident in his house made charcuterie selection and robust dishes like veal meatballs with buckwheat strozzapretti, caraway and dill sauce; agnolotti with truffled rice filling and hen of the wood mushrooms; and boudin noir with parsnip puree, roasted apples, cippolini onions and vinegar sauce. Pair your food with a wide selection of mostly French wines and tasty classic cocktails from Ryan Wainwright like the smokey Rob Roy with scotch, chinato, and angostura and crisp Bourbon Whiskey with ginger, cynar, lime and soda. 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130.


Fords Filling StationFord’s Filling Station
If you’ve missed Chef Ben Ford’s sustainable regional cuisine from his former Culver City outpost, you can now indulge in its newest location that just opening at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Taking over the former LA Market space, Ford serves up West Coast flavors with Southwest influences like roasted Jidori chicken with dirty rice, sunny side up egg and picked peppers; braised beef cheeks with fregola and roasted vegetables; smoked pork chop (made in the onsite smoker reclaimed from Ford’s Culver City restaurant) with Brussels sprout-butternut squash hash. Falling right in line with Ford’s fare are classic and contemporary cocktails from Dushan Zaric (New York’s famed Employees Only bar). Try the Red Leader, a classic ‘shrub’ infusion of beets, lemon juice and sherry vinegar with Tito’s Handmade vodka; or the Lazy Lover, a jalapeno infused chartreuse and fresh thyme. 900 West Olympic Blvd., downtown,213.765.8630.


The NutcrackerDANCE
The Nutcracker
Dec. 13, 14, 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 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.


Blithe SpiritTHEATER
Blithe Spirit
Dec. 9-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.


Dec. 10-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.


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.


Noel CowardLove, Noel: The Letters and Songs of Noel Coward
Through Dec. 21. 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.


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.


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.


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.