Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.03.10
Dec. 5. Local radio station KIIS FM takes over Nokia Theatre L.A. Live for its annual holiday showcase of radio heavy hitters. Rock out to performers Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly, B.o.B. with Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Travie McCoy, Selena Gomez, Taio Cruz, Bruno Mars and Far East Movement. Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6030 Map I15
Dec. 4–5. 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. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.243.2539 Map T23
Dec. 5. Indulge in a Malibu tasting and epicurean experience presenting more than 100 wineries, spirits, and more than 30 of the best local restaurants and specialty foods. Noon-5 p.m. 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. malibufoodwinefestival.com
Dec. 4. Celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial unlimited tasting of regional dishes from L.A.’s top Mexican restaurants including La Monarca Bakery, La Casita Mexicana, Guelaguetza and Frida Mexican Cuisine. Also find premium tequila, mescal and spirits along with live mariachi and musical performances. Tickets $75 presale/$100 event day. Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., downtown. www.thetasteofmexico.org
Dec. 5. Bring along your family’s entire cast of characters to celebrate The Art of Ancient Greek Theater during this daylong festival of learning, crafts, and performance. Children and adults can fashion their own Greek theater masks, costume themselves as ancient actors, and applaud or join in pint-sized versions of classical Greek comedies onstage. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.440.7300 Map K7 getty.edu
Dec. 5. Adults and children can celebrate the season by creating ornaments and crafts inspired by Royal/T’s own maid-inspired Momiji Chiyo doll, while enjoying the cafe’s signature Milk Tea and Cookies and listening to a real-life Maid Chiyo reading aloud from the Royal/T coloring book. The ongoing event will give holiday shoppers the unique opportunity to put the finishing touches on blank Chiyos, as well as purchase one of 188 exclusive message dolls made especially for Royal/T—all of which are specially numbered. $10. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org
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
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
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
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
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
Dec. 4. 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
Through Dec. 4. If you’ve been yearning for Alain Giraud’s cooking, stop into Cheval Blanc Bistro where he mans the kitchen for a few days. His menu features appetizers such as Maine Scallops with Pistachios & Lemon Emulsion; entrees such as Black Cod ―Mediterranean with Clams & Chorizo and Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms, Black Truffle Sauce; and a selection of featured desserts. Cheval Blanc Bistro, 41 South De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, 626.577.4141.
Dec. 5. In honor the landmark decision that in 1933 repealed Prohibition, Comme Ca bar offers a menu of five signature 18A cocktails created by Sam Ross for Comme Ca Las Vegas ($8 each), as well as happy hour Hourglass Menu of small plates extended all night long at the bar from 5:30-10 p.m. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.1104
Dec. 5. 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
Sundays Through Dec. 5. If you didn’t catch it this summer, Chef Tony DiSalvo brings back his popular dining series Savor Sundays for a nine-week encore. Each Sunday DiSalvo highlights “family favorites” drawing from dishes his father cooked throughout his childhood. Three-course meal: $35/adult, $15/per child under 12. 5:30-9 p.m. Whist, Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7500.
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.
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
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