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December 30-January 2


Life is Wonderful, Live

Through Jan. 3. Rogue Machine brings Frank Capra’s iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life, to the stage in this hilarious and heartwarming one-person show starring Leo Marks. Part fan frenzy and part tour-de-force, it’s a celebration of cinematic storytelling and the differences, big and small, that one person can make in the lives of others. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., LA. More info

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Marina del Rey

Dec. 31. Say “Bon Voyage, 2021″ as this seaside community brings back both its Marina Lights at Burton Chace Park and the annual Marina del Rey fireworks display. Enjoy food and drink specials to ring in the new year at popular waterfront restaurants, hotels and yachts. The shows will be shot from the Marina’s south jetty and can be viewed from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista and Dockweiler Beach. 9 p.m. and midnight. MDR

LA Kings Holiday Ice

Through Jan. 7. The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to L.A. LIVE on Xbox Plaza right out front of newly rebranded Crypto.com Arena. Skate your way into the new year. General admission tickets for the ice rink are available for purchase on site. Adults $25; kids 6 and under $20. Daily 4 p.m.-midnight. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., LA. LA Live

Food + Drink

Ocean Prime 

Dec. 31. Ocean Prime Beverly Hills is offering their very popular and seasonal holiday sea bass and lobster risotto for $69, plus the signature Berries & Bubbles cocktail. It features Belvedere Citrus Vodka, marinated blackberries, fresh lemon, Domaine Chandon Brut and dry-ice smoke. Unique to the Beverly Hills location is the Merry Old Fashioned, a fun riff on the classic cocktail with bourbon, citrus, and a special spiced honey. Each table will have festive hats, noise makers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Ocean Prime BH

Mr. C

Dec 31. The timeless glamour of Beverly Hills comes alive with a four-course dinner at the stylish restaurant at Mr. C. Enjoy Inventive yet traditional Italian cuisine made famous by the Cipriani family: grilled specialties, savory pizzas and risotto; as well as classic Cipriani dishes like carpaccio and baked tagliolini. Cocktails include the original bellini and the refreshing Mandarin-based Mr. C. 1224 Beverwill Drive, LA. Resy

Go French

Dec. 31. The Thompson Hollywood presents “Midnight in the French Riviera” high above the heart of Hollywood at the new Bar Lis. This chic rooftop lounge captures the iconic spirit and style of the French Riviera with a mix of classic South of France culture and modern Southern California ease. Package includes open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast; plus live jazz performances and international DJ Greg Cerrone. $125-$150. 1541 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood. Tickets

Bungalow Boogie

Dec. 31. The Bungalow Kitchen is offering two seatings for its special prix-fixe dinners on New Year’s Eve. The first seating ($105 per guest) begins at 5:30 p.m. with a three-course menu offering a choice of starters like Kona Kanpachi Crudo or Snow Crab Spaghetti Arrabbiata, and entrees like Roasted Maine Sea Scallops with sunchoke mousseline or Charcoal-Grilled Filet Mignon with black truffle and duck fat potato pave. The 8 p.m. seating, ($250) spreads into a decadent five-course dinner complete with upgrades like Michael Mina Reserve Caviar. Optional champagne selections or course-by-course wine pairing can be added. Keep the celebration going with a DJ beginning at 9 p.m. and party favors. 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy., # 200, Long Beach. Bungalow Kitchen

New Year’s Day Brunch in Beverly Hills

Jan. 1. Welcome 2022 and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel’s 94th birthday with a decadent brunch. Hand-cut French toast, Turkish Gozleme flatbread, wagyu-steak shawarma and sea-bass ceviche are only a few of the special menu items. Enhance the meal with caviar, a seafood platter, an over-the-top bloody mary bar and bottomless champagne while enjoying live music. The hotel’s talented pastry chef Riccardo Menucucci has created a dessert menu. Noon-4 p.m. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Reservations

Bartender’s Brunch at Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

Jan. 1. Petty Cash is hosting its seventh annual Bartenders Brunch. Nothing cures a hangover like signature cocktails, including the Lalo Paloma, Dr. Feelgood, the Breakfast Martini and Wake the Dead.  Pair with tacos and live music, their signature balloon man, a photo area and more. 1 -7 p.m. 7360 Beverly Blvd., LA. More Info

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