Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 12.20.13

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 12.20.13

L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Dec. 24. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown showcases the cultures of L.A. with holiday-inspired music and dance. More than 20 entertainment groups share their traditions in this free, Emmy Award–nominated show. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3099.


ugly-sweater-runUgly Sweater Run
Dec. 21. Fashion and fitness collide at this festive 5k. Just drag out your ugliest holiday sweater and join thousands of the city’s runners and walkers who are game to take on the 3.1-mile route around LA. The starting line will have huge inflatables, photo stations, and holiday music. Post-event action includes Sam Adams beer, awards for best real mustache, best fake mustache, worst sweater and more. 11 a.m. Los Angeles Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown.


del-friscosUgly Sweater Party at Del Frisco’s
Dec. 20. Deck the halls steps from the Santa Monica Pier with your ugliest sweaters for complementary apps, candy cane cocktails, contests, prizes and more at this festive holiday soiree. 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.


reindeerSanta’s Reindeer Visit Malibu Country Mart
Dec. 21. Get in the Christmas spirit at the Malibu Country Mart when Santa and a few of his magical reindeer arrive on site for photo opps with their admirers. While you shop for last-minute gifts, enjoy tunes by strolling carolers, festive decor and more. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310.465.7300.


Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band
Dec. 23. For more than thirty-five years, Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band have been delighting audiences with a hot mix of New Orleans inspired music. The band’s sound is firmly rooted in the music that Woody Allen has loved since his childhood and draws inspiration from such legendary artists as Sidney Bechet, George Lewis and Louis Armstrong. Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., L.A.


la-county-tree-lightingThe Music Center’s Holiday Sing-Along
Dec. 20. Celebrate the holidays with a night of singing under the stars on Music Center Plaza. Croon holiday favorites from Jingle Bells, to Winter Wonderland, to Frosty the Snowman with live accompaniment. Lyric sheets will be provided. Free. Tickets are distributed starting at 6 p.m. Event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown.


count-basieA Swingin’ Christmas: The Count Basie Orchestra
Dec. 23. One of the hottest bands anywhere cooks up a jazzy Christmas celebration featuring their inimitable Kansas City sound – from holiday favorites to the best of the Basie Band tunes. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


holiday-sing-alongHoliday Sing-Along
Dec. 21. Julie Andrews stops by the Walt Disney Concert Hall for an afternoon of caroling. Lift your voice and sing along to all your favorite Christmas and holiday songs. Performances at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


we-are-scientistsWe Are Scientists
Dec. 21. See the New York-based indie funk band before they set out on their 2014 world tour. The duo recently released their latest EP, Business Casual and are set to rock the stage at Universal Citywalk’s 5 Towers with special guests, Hands. Free. 7-10 p.m. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.


chanticleer-xmasA Chanticleer Christmas
Dec. 20. With their repertoire ranging from Medieval/Renaissance to spirituals/contemporary, the exquisite singers of Chanticleer never fail to spark the Christmas spirit. Hear their voices ring out in the fabulous acoustics of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


1913LA Grand Ensemble: “1913: Shaping Modernism”
Dec. 19-20. The work is the newest production from the LA Grand Ensemble, evoking a year that was a defining moment in both music and art. 1913 marked the controversial premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” along with other emblematic pieces like Falla’s “La Vida Breve.” The production includes pieces by Britten, Schöenberg, Satie and original adaptations of Falla’s and Stravinsky’s works, with special collaborations by choreographers, dancers and more. The Los Angeles Theatre Center. 514 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.489.0994.


Timpano at Cecconi’s
Dec. 24. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, dine on chef Andrea Cavaliere’s handmade Timpano, a domed pasta dish that features rigatoni with ragu bolognese and meatballs, baked together in a handmade dough crust. The iconic Italian dish, celebrated in the Stanley Tucci film Big Night, will be available for dine-in and take-out for $90 (serves 6-7 people). Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance and require a deposit. 8764 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310.432.2000.


neapolisFeast of the Seven Cows at Trattoria Neapolis
Dec. 24. Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena puts its unique spin on the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes with a Feast of the Seven Cows seven-course menu that includes oxtail ravioli, beef carpaccio, crispy veal sweetbread, panna cow-ta and more. Regular menu available that night as well. Four courses $59 or seven courses for $88. Make reservations to pre-order the feast by Dec 21. 5 p.m. 336 South Lake Ave., Pasadena.


wolfgang-puckWolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Dec. 24-25. On Christmas Eve dine on a four-course prix-fixe dinner that includes dishes like roasted Italian chestnut soup with black truffles, and blue fin toro tuna carpaccio and Maine lobster pot pie; 5:30-9:30 p.m., $160/pp, adults, $65/pp, children. On Christmas Day celebrate over a three-course brunch that offers highlights like Maryland blue crab cakes, soft French-style omelet and winter salad with Tuscan kale; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $125/pp, adults, $65/pp children. Later on in the day holiday carolers provide live entertainment from 6-9 p.m. during a four-course prix-fixe dinner which includes dishes such as pumpkin soup, stone crab and lobster Louis, organic Guinea hen and hand-cut tortelloni; 5-9 p.m., $160/pp, adults $65/pp, children. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., L.A., 310.909.1644.


Peter and the Starcatcher
Through Jan. 12. See the origin-story musical based on the Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson about Peter Pan’s introduction to Neverland. More than a hundred characters grace the stage in the epic story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved hero. (Photo by Jenny Anderson.) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


christmas-carol-ctgA Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!
Through Dec. 29. Chicago improv group the Second City spoofs Charles Dickens’ holiday tale A Christmas Carol. A star-studded grab bag of special guests adds comic sparkle and a joyful surprise to each performance the lineup includes Casey Affleck, Matthew Modine, Rhea Perlman, among others. (Photo by Craig Schwartz.) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


Through Dec. 22. Set in 1930s Budapest and the inspiration for movies including The Shop Around The Corner, two rival employees at a boutique start a love affair through anonymous letters. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.


brian-dennehyThe Steward of Christendom
Through Jan. 15. In the wake of Ireland’s bloody struggle for independence, Brian Dennehy plays a Roman Catholic former police officer in Dublin confined to a mental institution. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


the-lion-kingThe Lion King
Through Jan. 12. See the Disney classic brought to life on stage by award-winning director Julie Taymor and unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.468.1770.