L.A. Weekend Roundup 12.17.10

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.17.10

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Elephants of Asia Events
Elephants of Asia

Opens Dec. 16. Discover Asian elephants from Thailand, India, China and Cambodia at the L.A. Zoo’s newest exhibit. See the elephants explore their habitat of bathing pools, sandy hills, varied topography. The new high-tech barn is capable of care of elephants of all ages and takes visitors on a journey of discovery about Asian elephants and their place in the history and culture of their origin. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LaZoo.org

2nd Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl2nd Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl

Dec. 18. Festively frolic through Santa Monica bars and restaurants for specials on drinks and food, and help the Westside Food Bank. To participate in the pub crawl just sign up on their website www.santamonicapubcrawl.com, bring non-perishable food donations to drop at Westside Food Bank collection barrels at the official starting locations, go to the opening party to collect your wristband to gain access into the bars and enjoy the food and drink specials. Wokcano hosts the official after party that offers drink specials, DJ, dancing, costume contests, raffle prizes and more. www.santamonicapubcrawl.com

NUTCRACKERNUTCRACKER

Dec. 18–19. A centerpiece of the season for Los Angeles Ballet. It’s also a milestone for the ambitious young company, which celebrates the start of its fifth season this month, proving itself a genuine cultural force on the L.A. scene. Choreographed by LAB’s artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary and set to Tchaikovsky’s distinguished score, the ballet follows Clara and her nutcracker on a magical journey filled with dancing snowflakes and dolls that come to life. Original costumes by Mikael Melbye and L.A.-inspired sets by local designer Catherine Kanner shine. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood, 310.825.2101 Map J10 www.losangelesballet.org

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

Ozomatli Quinceanera BashMusic
Ozomatli Quinceanera Bash

Dec. 18. L.A.’s favorite genre-bending band has gone from being local heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. For their Quinceanera bash every member of Ozomatli for the past 15 years team up together on one stage, playing the old school hits. The best dressed people will get their tickets upgraded to the best seats of the house. Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd., 213.765.7000. www.clubnokia.com

Peaches Christ Superstar Peaches Christ Superstar

Dec. 17. Peaches, the bad girl of electro punk, and Chilly Gonzales, piano virtuoso and rap entertainer, bring their unique, completely stripped version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” the rock opera to the Orpheum Theater. 842 S Broadway, downtown, 811.677.4366. www.laorpheum.com

COMFORT & JOYCOMFORT & JOY

Dec. 18-19. For the Gay Men’s Cours of Los Angels holiday show, they collaborate with original “Dreamgirl” Sheryl Lee Ralph and multi-platinum, two-time Grammy© Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes. The chorus performs a broad spectrum of classical and pop selections. Look forward to bundle of beloved seasonal works, and dazzling Twelve Days of Christmas “Black-Light Puppet Spectacular.” Tickets $15 – $55. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Ave., Glendale, 800.636.7464. www.gmcla.org

MUSIC CENTER HOLIDAY SING-ALONGMUSIC CENTER HOLIDAY SING-ALONG

Dec. 17. This charming event at Active Arts at the Music Center brings together singing pros and novices alike. Gather ‘round the Christmas tree and belt out carols and other holiday favorites (lyric sheets are provided) with live music accompaniment—”no experience necessary,” according to Active Arts. Free tickets are distributed starting at 6 pm. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3660 www.musiccenter.org

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

HOLIDAY ICEHOLIDAY ICE

Continuing. Ice skate in the center of entertainment district L.A. Live. Skate with Santa on Dec. 22. Daily; call for hours. Admission and skate rental $12. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 866.548.3452 Map I15 www.lalive.com/holidayice

LES DEUXEat | Drink
LES DEUX

Opens Dec. 17. The once-celeb studded lounge now turns into a neighborhood gastropub. Find New American cuisine selections like three-cheese grilled cheese with tomato basil soup, Prince Edward Island mussels with leeks, bacon, whole grain mustard and herbed crostini; cider brined pork chops and burger wedges make with hour-ground black Angus Beef, served with herb-ailoi, daikon sprouts and picked red onion dipping sauce. Wash it down organic beverages, craft beers and wines. The renovation also includes the space which now features floor to ceiling glass windows, natural woods offset by bright green chairs. Les Deux, 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, 323.467.0200.

Tar Pit Bar One Year AnniversaryTar Pit Bar One Year Anniversary

Dec. 18. For one night Tar Pit brings back faces from their first year such as tuna tartar, crab cakes and steak tartar; wash them down with cocktails like the Old Cuban, Summer & Smoke, Dark & Stormy and Lavender Lady. Late night happy hour goes from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 609 La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.965.1300. tarpitbar.com

Choco Sutra Oliverio Beverly HillsChoco-Sutra

Friday and Saturday nights. 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.

Montana Avenue Deals & DelightsShopping
Montana Avenue Deals & Delights

Dec. 18. If you still have holiday shopping to squeeze into your schedule, you’re in luck. Find a special shopping day full of delicious noshes and over-the-top deals at select retailers on Montana Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Montana Ave., between 7th and 17th Streets, Santa Monica. www.montanaave.com

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

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

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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