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Weekend roundup

December 14-17


Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Dec. 16. The annual Crawl offers a unique opportunity to support charity while enjoying a night out with friends. Choose from one of three routes of six pubs each around Santa Monica, visiting popular venues like the Victorian and Jameson’s Irish Pub with special food and drink deals. The $20 entrance fee benefits the Westside Food Bank. Saturday 5 p.m.-2 a.m. For specific location and tickets visit santamonicapubcrawl.com

Yuletide Cinemaland

Starts Dec. 15. In partnership with Pluto TV, Street Food Cinema and TIL Events present Yuletide Cinemaland, a festive holiday event at the historic Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. This immersive experience features Victorian home tours, a variety of food trucks, a vendor market, and heartwarming films shown outdoors. Visitors can also enjoy Santa appearances, charming photo opportunities, and bars offering holiday-inspired cocktails. Movie Elf. Starts Friday at 6:30 p.m. 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Holiday Yappy Hour

Dec. 16. Join the festive Ugly Sweater Yappy Hour, hosted by Joybird and Saturday Dog Club, for a celebration of holiday cheer and dog-friendly fun. Sip on festive drinks alongside your four-legged companion, while participating in a raffle for exciting prizes, capture the holiday spirit from the doggy portrait station, a showcase of local artists’ seasonal works and a dog treat tasting for your furry friend. Plus, there’s an opportunity for dog adoptions from local shelters. Don’s forget to dress your furry companion in a Holiday attire. Saturday at 3-6 p.m. 767 S. Alameda Street #152, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

CoComelon Party Time

Until Dec. 30. The popular Youtube channel presents a fun and interactive experience for children featuring JJ, YoYo, TomTom, Nina and Cody. Sessions include a variety of activities like ring toss, bear bean bag toss, dancing on a light-up floor to CoComelon tunes, party-themed snack bags, creative coloring, DIY party hat stations and engaging story time with sing-alongs. Hours vary. 395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica. cocomelonpartytime.com

Food + Drinks

Revamped Menu at Santo Restaurant 

Now Open. The popular Japanese Mexican fusion restaurant in Silverlake unveils a new menu featuring sashimi, rolls, nigiris and new set offerings, including various vegan options. Standout starters include Hiroshito peppers and tempura-style rock shrimp, while the nigiri section offers specialties like o’toro with dry miso and buttery salmon. One of the highlights includes Fysh, a plant-based raw fish alternative, and umami-rich mushrooms and plantain sushi. Tuesday-Sunday, 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. 3822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

East Comes West- Proper welcomes Tsubaki

Dec.16-17. The Santa Monica Proper introduces a new weekend dining series at its Siete restaurant space. This week’s showcase is a tasting menu by Tsubaki, a classic Izakaya-style tavern located in Echo Park. Led by Charles Namba and Courtney Kaplan, Tsubaki is known for its informal dining tradition and a comprehensive sake program. Saturday-Sunday, 6–9:30 p.m. seatings. 700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Reserve Now

Maydan Market Welcome Pop-Up

Dec. 15-17. The up and coming West Adams dining complex is hosting a welcome pop-up featuring shops from local businesses and culinary delights from Maydan, Poncho’s Tlayudas, Tamales Elena y Antojitos and more. Rose Previte will be present to sign copies of her cookbook. Sales will support CIELO, a women-led nonprofit serving indigenous communities in L.A. Saturday at 11 a.m. 3636 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Arts + Culture

A Christmas Carol

Starts Dec. 15. A Noise Within Theatre presents its annual production of Dickens’s beloved tale, directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. This festive and inspiring rendition, featuring imaginative costumes by Angela Balogh Calin, stars Elliott and his fellow resident artists. Known as the region’s longest-running holiday tradition, the play is set in ANW’s spacious venue, offering holiday sightlines for all. Starts Friday, at 7 p.m. 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Get Tickets Now

Beethoven Symphonies with Zubin Mehta

Dec. 14-17. Under the baton of Zubin Mehta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic brings to life Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, known as the “Pastoral,” evoking the tranquility of the Viennese countryside. This symphony, familiar to many from Disney’s “Fantasia,” contrasts markedly with Beethoven’s darker compositions. The concert’s second half features the groundbreaking “Eroica,” or Heroic Third Symphony, a work renowned for its profound impact on orchestral music. First show starts Thursday at 8 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

In a Shady Valley, Near a Running Water

Until Dec. 22. Ewa Juszkiewicz’s latest exhibition at Gagosian Beverly Hills, showcasing her distinctive new paintings, is nearing its close. Renowned for her unique approach, Juszkiewicz transforms historical portraits of women with a blend of fantastical surrealism and disconcerting alterations. Her oil paintings challenge traditional depictions, introducing a contemporary and provocative twist to classic imagery. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. gagosian.com

Photo credit: Restaurant Santo courtesy of Jakob Layman. Design Exhibitions courtesy of DesignerCon. Zubin Mehta courtesy of L.A. Phil. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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