LA Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 8-11

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Dec. 8-11

Edited by Christina Xenos

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
Dec. 11. The picturesque beachside city’s annual holiday celebration features a Skechers-sponsored snow park, a Santa float and live music, capped off by a fireworks show over the pier. Snow park, float, 4 p.m.; fireworks, 7 p.m. Free (new, unwrapped toy or cash donation to benefit the YMCA Adventure Guides Toy Drive requested for snow-park admission). 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach.



Marina del Rey Holiday Boat ParadeMarina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 10. The annual parade of decorated yachts and boats in Marina del Rey is preceded by a fireworks show. This year’s theme is “An Animated Holiday.” Fireworks, 5:55 p.m.; parade, 6-8 p.m. Plus, enjoy food trucks and snow in the park from noon-6 p.m. Free. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.



Santa Monica Pub CrawlSanta Monica Pub Crawl
Dec. 10. Don your best holiday costume and drink your way through the beachside city, all to benefit the Westside Food Bank. Local restaurants and bars on the route like Areal, Chaya Venice, Enterprise Fish Co. and many others offer food and drink specials. $25.



The contendersThe Contenders 2016
Dec. 5–8, 12–15. The Hammer Museum collaborates with New York’s MoMA for this film series that screens the year’s best films, followed by talks by filmmakers and actors. See website for complete screening schedule. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000.



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.



snow-los-angelesSnow Los Angeles
Through Dec. 23. Los Angeles turns into a winter wonderland at the new snow-themed attraction, which offers 10,000 square feet of snow tubing across nine acres of snowfall. Also frolic with giant singing snowmen in a snowman forest, enjoy an interactive light show and find food trucks, drinks and more. Stadium Way and Scott Ave., L.A.



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.



Teddy Bear Tea at The LanghamTeddy Bear Tea at The Langham
Dec. 10-11, 17-24. Get in the holiday spirit with the little ones at The Langham’s annual tea. Enjoy the hotel’s signature afternoon tea—along with child-friendly sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate, milk and other tasty goodies—paired with holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers and pictures with Santa. Check website for times. $52/pp, $42/pp children under 12. 10 a.m. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., 626.568.3900.



Echo Park Craft FairSHOPPING
Echo Park Craft Fair
Dec. 10-11. This popular homegrown arts and design event showcases the wares of talented local artisans. Shop jewelry, shoes, ceramics, food items and more. Check website for hours. One day $10; weekend pass $16. Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., L.A.



Renegade Craft FairRenegade Craft Fair
Dec. 10-11. Back in L.A. for the eighth year, this celebration of the DIY spirit features hundreds of artisans selling their wares, plus seasonal food and drink, hands-on craft workshops, immersive features, special events and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 200 N. Broadway, downtown.



Malibu Country MartWinter Wonderland at Malibu Country Mart
Dec. 10, 17. The Malibu lifestyle center celebrates the holidays with festive holiday décor and activities. Enjoy songs from Victorian carolers (Dec. 17), photo opportunities with Santa, a cookie decorating party (Dec. 10) and a visit from Santa’s reindeer (Dec. 17). 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu.



Row DTLASmorgasburg + Row DTLA Holiday Shopping
Dec. 11, 18. Every Sunday in December (except for Christmas), head to the Smorgasburg Holiday Market for festive, tasty offerings from dozens of local food vendors. After filling up, stroll through the rest of hip new Arts District shopping destination Row DTLA, which is hosting a Holiday Collective featuring a curated selection of unique designers, artists and retailers whose sought-after jewelry, apparel and high-end finds are usually only available online. Snag items like first-class luggage from Away Travel or fashion illustrations from the Cartorialist. M-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of the year. 777 S. Alameda St., downtown.,


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Van Gogh’s BedroomARTS + CULTURE
Van Gogh’s Bedroom
Opening Dec. 9. See Vincent van Gogh’s intimate 1889 masterpiece The Bedroom at the Norton Simon Museum. The second of three versions of the painting, Van Gogh painted this while at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, in September 1889. (Photo Vincent van Gogh [Dutch, 1853–1890], The Bedroom, 1889. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.) 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840.



Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across TimePicasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time
Through May 7. View 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. (Photo Diego Rivera, Flower Day [Día de Flores], 1925, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Fund, © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.



L.A. Dance ProjectL.A. Dance Project
Dec. 9-10. Benjamin Millepied’s world-renowned L.A. Dance Project returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The program features the world premiere of Homecoming—a new Millepied-choreographed piece accompanied in person by Rufus Wainwright. (Photo by Laurent Phillippe.) 933 S. Broadway, downtown.



Sushi Ginza OnoderaFOOD + DRINK
Sushi Ginza Onodera
West Hollywood is now the home of the second U.S. outpost (seventh in the world) of the Michelin-Starred sushi restaurant. It debuted domestically in New York last May and earned the accolade swiftly after six months. The omakase experience is lead by executive chef Yohei Matsuki and his team of master sushi chefs. They will craft each piece of sushi immediately in front of those sitting at the 16-seat sushi bar. All fish is wild and flown in from Japan daily. The exclusive experience runs about $300/pp. The restaurant is open Tues.-Sun. from 6 p.m. to the last seating at 9 p.m. 609 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood.



INTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s TableINTRO Art Gallery & Chef’s Table
Opens Dec. 9. An unassuming stretch of Lankershim Boulevard is where you will find a new avant-garde supper club dining experience from Michelin-Starred executive chef Paul Shoemaker, Rob Ciancimino and Manny Marroquin. The space, formerly a dance studio, will showcase a rotating collection of artists along with being the setting for the 12-course dinner. Highlights of the global menu rooted in French technique include everything from pork belly butternut squash soup; to pasta all chitarra with Burgundy truffles, porcini mushrooms and Reggiano cheese; to prime hanger steak with Époisses fondue, garlic confit, parsley pistou, and sauce Bordelaise. Wine pairings are conjured by guest wine director Jolly Sood. The experience operates every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30-10 p.m. Reservations required and there is a 24-hour cancellation policy. 4200 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.



The Tsujita Artisan NoodleThe Tsujita Artisan Noodle
Eastside ramen lovers no longer have to travel west of the 405 to dive into a bowl of artisan noodles from the acclaimed restaurant. The Tsujita’s new outpost at the Americana at Brand serves their signature bowls of Tsukemen ramen along with location specific dishes like sea urchin shooters, lobster ceviche, and black cod with Saikyo miso. While there are sure to be lines, you won’t have to wait in them. The restaurant has implemented a wait list paging system so you can be free to shop until your table is available. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.553.3822.



Rustic CanyonRustic Canyon 10th Anniversary
Dec. 8. The celebrated neighborhood dining destination, helmed by Chef Jeremy Fox, is turning 10, and celebrates the milestone with a collaborative dinner that features former Rustic Canyon chefs. Dine on a six-course menu from past chefs like Samir Mohajer (Cabbage Patch) and Evan Funke (the forthcoming Felix), who will join current talent Jeremy Fox, Jun Tan, Zoe Nathan, Chef de Cuisine Brittany Cassidy, and Sous Chef Andy Doubrava. $125/pp., purchase tickets in advance. 1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.393.7050.



The King and ITHEATER
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Opening Dec. 13. 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.



The WholeheartedThe Wholehearted
Through Dec. 11. Presented by the theater’s DouglasPlus program in association with La Jolla Playhouse, this multimedia production by Stein|Holum Projects follows a female boxer who is brutally attacked by her husband. Recommended for ages 16+. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.



queen LeenaneThe Beauty Queen of Leenane
Through Dec. 18. This dark comedy follows protagonist Maureen Folan and her aging mother, who meddles in her daughter’s romantic relationship with horrific results. Tony winner Garry Hynes helms this production by the renowned Irish Druid Theatre Company. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Through Dec. 18. Alena Smith’s (The Affair, Newsroom) Silver Lake-set comedy about aimless 30-somethings has its world premiere here. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



Merrily We Roll AlongMerrily We Roll Along
Through Dec. 18. This rarely staged Stephen Sondheim work navigates the bumpy history of three friends who began their careers in show business together and features songs like “Good Thing Going” and “Our Time.” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.