LA Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 29-Jan. 1

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Dec. 29-Jan. 1

Edited by Christina Xenos

Dec. 31. Grand Park and The Music Center ring in 2017 with a downtown party that will cover 90 acres, from The Music Center Plaza to City Hall. Highlights include three performance stages with live music, DJs and dancers. Also find food vendors, photos booths, inflatable art and one giant countdown to the new year. (Photo by John McCoy.) 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown.




Prohibition NYEProhibition NYE
Dec. 31. Union Station travels back in time to the Roaring ‘20s at this New Year’s Eve party, complete with burlesque, live jazz, DJs, a dance floor and a premium open bar. Los Angeles Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., downtown.




Pink MartiniPink Martini
Dec. 31. Ring in 2017 with Pink Martini—and its fusion of Brazilian samba, ’30s Cuban dance and Parisian café music—at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.850.2000.




Viceroy Santa MonicaViceroy Santa Monica
Dec. 31. 89.9 KCRW and Viceroy Santa Monica present a black and gold soiree that features KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Travis Holcombe. The night will include a hosted open bar, hosted hors d’oeuvres, private cabana rentals and bottle service. $155-$200. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7500.




La DescargaLa Descarga
Dec. 31. Celebrate a New Year’s Eve in Havana. The event features performances from Cuban showgirls, live music, “Cabaret Tropicana” and immersive performances all night. Also enjoy an open bar, which includes all cocktails, bottomless Champagne and tacos. Table reservations and group rates: $150/pp. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1159 N Western Ave., L.A., 323.466.1324.




queen-maryQueen Mary
Dec. 31. Toast to 2017 aboard the majestic Queen Mary and ring in the new year with a night of delicious food, spectacular drinks and entertainment inspired by Hollywood’s most iconic films. Travel throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms and salons to step into your favorite films including Dirty Dancing, Urban Cowboy, Goldfinger, Avatar and more. The grand finale of the evening consists of a spectacular fireworks display. Reservations for dining at Queen Mary’s restaurants are required. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $99-$199. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.


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Tournament of RosesEVENTS
Tournament of Roses

Through Jan. 3. For more than a century, people have been welcoming the new year with the Tournament of Roses’ iconic Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. If you’re in LA, you can be a part of the action. Besides the televised parade (Jan. 2, 8 a.m.) and football game (Jan. 2, 1:30 p.m.), there are other ways to get in on the floral fun. Through Dec. 31, get a behind-the-scenes look at the parade by volunteering to help put finishing touches on the flower-covered floats. On Dec. 30–31, Pasadena City College hosts Bandfest, featuring field shows from the parade’s top-notch marching bands before they make their way down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 2. Check website for detailed schedule. Free curbside viewing of parade on first-come, first-served basis; grandstand seats start at $50 on Rose Bowl tickets start at $150. Check website for schedule, locations and fees for other events. 626.449.4100.




Enchanted: Forest of LightEnchanted: Forest of Light
Through Jan. 8. Visit Descanso Gardens for the inaugural interactive, nighttime experience that features a one-mile walk through 10 festive lighting displays. Highlights include “Pool,” an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and “Symphony of Oaks” which invites visitors to control the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. On-site restaurant Maple also serves dinner from 5-10 p.m. each night. 5-9 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.




Chill at the Queen MaryChill at the Queen Mary
Through Jan. 8. The Queen Mary hosts this annual winter wonderland, which features outdoor ice skating, ice tubing and more. This year’s immersive Alice in Winterland experience reimagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story with color and light. Check website for hours. $29.99-$59.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.




L.A. Zoo LightsL.A. Zoo Lights
Through Jan. 8. The holiday light experience combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and gold touches in celebration of the zoo’s 50th anniversary. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200.




Dec. 31. Celebrate New Year’s Eve above downtown Los Angeles. The soiree offers free flowing Billecart-Salmon Champagne, a complimentary selection of red and white wines and generous tray passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations. $250/pp. U.S. Bank Tower, 633 W. 5th St., 71st floor, downtown, 213.712.2683.




Dec. 31. Usher in 2017 at one of the best new restaurants of 2016. Highlights of the five-course tasting menu include sea urchin with crispy polenta, tuna with arugula and black olive and almond-aged ribeye. $85/pp. 5722 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.871.4160.




Dec. 31. No New Year’s celebration is complete without Champagne and caviar and the West Hollywood dining destination has them in spades. Celebrate over a three-course menu that kicks off with a caviar flight with Champagne and continues with highlights like tuna toro sashimi with cucumber ponzu, black truffle risotto and Maine lobster tail a la nage. The meal will be accompanied by a live classical string duo. $275/pp. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.271.6300.




INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s TableINTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table
Dec. 31. LA’s newest supper club is offering a black tie masquerade tasting dinner. Dine on a 10-course tasting menu from chef Paul Shoemaker. Highlights include bone marrow ravioli, butter-poached Maine lobster, edible cocktails and more, along with wine pairings and unlimited Champagne. Also look forward to DJ tunes and dancing. 4200 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.


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breaking newsMUSEUMS
Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media
Through April 30. The new exhibition at The Getty Center features works by artists who turned to mass media—both print and television—for inspiration, starting in the 1960s. View photos and videos from artists who have used appropriation, juxtaposition and mimicry to create their art, commenting on the meaning of the images. (Photo © The Robert Heinecken Trust.) 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300.




Diamonds nhmDiamonds: Rare Brilliance
Dec. 16-March 19. Get your bling on. The U.S. debut of the gemstone exhibition at the Natural History Museum features a stunning 30+ carat Juliet Pink diamond, an exceptionally rare Argyle Violet diamond and other outstanding gems. Diamonds brings to light the rare properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.




Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across TimePicasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
Through May 7. See more than 100 paintings, etchings and watercolors by artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera at this new exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The exhibit examines how both artists evolved from their classical training into modernism, with one of the galleries featuring works they created while living in Paris where they became participants of the avant-garde movement. LACMA presents their works in dialog with with dozens of ancient Greco-Roman, Iberian and Aztec objects to explore how the artists were influenced by antiquity. See paintings like Picasso’s first monumental neoclassical painting, Three Women at the Spring (1921) and Rivera’s Cubist Composition: Still Life with Bottle of Anis and Inkwell (1914-15), a painting owned by Picasso and never before displayed publicly. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.




The King and ITHEATER
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Through Jan. 21. Set in 1860s Bangkok, this musical tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, and features classic songs like “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.




AmelieAmelie, A New Musical
Through Jan. 14. This mesmerizing new musical is based on the beloved Oscar-nominated French film of the same name. Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo stars as the quirky Amélie in this pre-Broadway production. Pre- or post-show, keep the Parisian theme by dining on French favorites from Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, on-site at the Music Center. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.