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Weekend roundup

December 10-13


LIT: A Drive-Thru Hanukkah Experience

Begins Dec. 10. Celebrate the Festival of Lights at LIT, a fully contactless drive-through Hanukkah experience. Set to a curated soundtrack, LIT showcases a blend of synchronized lighting displays and projection installations, plus the world premiere of the animated short film, The Broken Candle. This short features the voice talents of Vanessa Marshall, Tiffany Haddish, Mark Feuerstein, Eugenio Derbez, Tom Kenny, Dave Boat and Keili Lefkovitz. M-F 6-9:20 p.m., Sa-Su 5-9:20 p.m. $75. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, L.A., 310.476.8211. lithanukkah.com

Holiday Boats Light Display in Marina del Rey

Through Dec. 19. Take a stroll with the family through Marina del Rey’s waterfront this holiday season where the marina and boats are decorated with holiday lights to brighten the evenings. The locations of decorated boats include various docks throughout the marina including Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park and the Marina Promenade on Admiralty Way next to waterfront hotels and restaurants. On view nightly. visitmarinadelrey.com

Food + Drink

Akasha’s Annual Vodkas and Latkes Take-Away

Begins Dec. 10. Chef Akasha Richmond and partner Alan Schulman present Vodkas and Latkes, a Hanukkah dinner menu offered for takeout and delivery through Dec. 17. Menu offerings include Hanukkah cocktails and holiday dishes, as well as her legendary latkes (pictured). Hanukkah specials range from $8-$20 for appetizers and sides and $20-$40 for entrees. The a la carte Akasha at Home menu will also be available. All orders require 48-hour advance notice. Tu-Su 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.845.1700. akasharestaurant.com

Cooking Class with Young the Giant

Dec. 11. As far as virtual events go, you don’t want to miss this one! Meet Francois Comtois, the drummer from American rock band quintet Young the Giant (pictured), and watch him teach you how to make Moqueca de Peixe (Fish Moqueca), followed by a short live acoustic performance by YTG. This is a special family recipe that is a Brazilian seafood stew cooked in a terracotta casserole. The ingredients list is available on the website. All donations benefit Crew Nation, a global relief fund for the live music industry, launched by Live Nation Entertainment. 4-5:30 p.m. $30+ donations. impastiamoclasses.com

Hotel Figueroa x Flouring LA Dessert Pop-Up

Dec. 12, 19. Sweeten your weekend with delicious treats from local WOC-owned bakeshop Flouring LA—helmed by Chinese-Mexican chef Heather Wong—at DTLA’s historic Hotel Figueroa. At this holiday pop-up, guests can preorder and pick up a festive 8-piece holiday box, which includes gingerbread cake bars, peppermint meringue topped brownies, Cinna-sugar donuts and Belgian sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Limited quantity; all orders must be placed by emailing flouringla@gmail.com and picked up from 1-3 p.m. $44 per box. 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown. flouringla.com

Baltaire’s Holiday Prime Rib Dinners and Wine Packages

Through Dec. 31. Bring the magic to your table this holiday season with Baltaire’s thoughtfully-crafted holiday carryout dinners featuring an herb-crusted prime rib roast, traditional sides, wine and more. Baltaire’s team will have your order packed and ready for pick-up on the day and time of your choice, including instructions and all the equipment. Wine director Matthew Arnall offers curated wine packages featuring his picks for holiday pairings. Prime rib dinner: $295 for four, $495 for 6-8 people. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660. baltaire.com

Arts + Culture


Dec. 11-13, 18. Dive into the world of art activism and interactive theater with the premiere of Breathe, a live-streamed multimedia event fusing live performance, cinema and artistic swimming. Philicia Saunders (Black is King, Tabala Zo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker) wrote and stars in this one-woman live theater show portraying 20 characters. With the recent political, racial and global unrest occurring throughout 2020, Breathe offers a hybridized narrative that could only be born during these challenging, yet galvanizing times. See website for showtimes. $5-$50. Tickets

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

Dec. 11-13. Calling all theater fans! Grab your tickets to watch this beautifully live-captured performance of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man—all the way from Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London—from your own home. As one of modern dance’s most thrilling and entertaining shows and a signature production for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, this production is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen and has one of the most instantly recognizable scores in New Adventures’ repertory. See website for streaming times. $10. centertheatregroup.org

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s Holiday Concert

Dec. 11. Get your best dancing shoes on and join the Fowler Museum to mambo your way through Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and even Festivus during the Fowler Out Loud special virtual performance. Fowler Out Loud is an evening concert series that invites UCLA students from various disciplines to perform at the Museum, which is now celebrating the holidays with a concert by the UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by renowned jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill (pictured). 6-7 p.m. Free with RSVP. fowler.ucla.edu

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Begins Dec. 11. Step into the magical world of artist Marc Chagall and his wife Bella in Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This critically acclaimed theatrical production of Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh and Wise Children combines the visuals of Chagall’s paintings with the music and dance of the Russian-Jewish tradition. One ticket allows you to “rent” the show for three days, which starts from the moment you first click “play” to watch. $21.38 per household. thewallis.org

Welcome to Meadowlark Falls: Christmas At Home

Begins Dec. 12. Up-and-coming immersive theatre collective Tin Can Telephone productions presents Welcome to Meadowlark Falls: Christmas At Home—a part postal-play, part online-adventure told through letters and festive packages (on sale through Dec. 11). This holiday rom-com-inspired postal-play is experienced entirely through the U.S. Postal Service and studded with digital content, offering socially-distanced holiday fare and a way for audiences to bring the charm of a small town safely into their home. Mailings and experiences begin Dec. 12 through Dec. 26. $40 per kit plus shipping for $15. meadowlarkfalls.com

Photo credits: Francois Comtois courtesy Impastiamo. Akasha’s latkes by Anne Fishbein. “Breathe” courtesy Susan Gordon Public Relations. Arturo O’Farrill courtesy The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk” by Steve Tanner. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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