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November 11-14


Sparkle DTLA at The Bloc

Opens Nov. 11. Celebrate the holidays at The Bloc with the grand debut of Sparkle DTLA. Experience the magical holiday show—through January 2—as 18 million hues of lights illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes. On Friday, there will be free cookie decorating and a live performance from UCLA’s a capella choir group Scattertones, as well as hot chocolate and sweet treats from Starbucks and Café Balzac 310. Facial coverings and social distancing recommended. Grand debut: 6-9 p.m. Free. 600 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.454.4926. theblocla.com

Jenny Packham and CD Greene Trunk Show at The Peninsula Beverly Hills photo courtesy The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Jenny Packham and CD Greene Trunk Show

Through Nov. 12. Be enchanted by world-renowned gown designer Jenny Packham and innovative designer CD Greene’s fall and pre-spring 2022 evening gown collection, exclusively at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Guests and visitors can delight in the avant-garde designer pieces—created in partnership with Toronto-based gown boutique Hugo Nicholson—amidst the backdrop of the luxurious Peninsula for an authentic Beverly Hills experience. Appointments suggested but not required. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 416.230.0759. peninsula.com

Food + Drink

Jalisco Cosmo cocktail made with tequila, cointreau, house cranberry liqueur, ginger & thyme photo credit Suzanne Lanza

New Seasonal Cocktails at A.O.C

Now Available. Sip sip, hooary! A.O.C. debuts a new fall cocktail menu, crafted by Ignacio Murillo, at its 3rd Street and Brentwood locations. Specialty drinks to try include the Jalisco Cosmo (pictured) with tequila, cointreau, house cranberry liqueur, ginger and thyme; the Passion Project with Damrak gin, passion fruit, lemon, turmeric and cardamom; Christmas Vacation with tequila, mezcal, pomegranate, house velvet falernum and lime; and more. See website for hours. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464; 8700 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 310.859.9859. aocwinebar.com

Ramen Nagi overview of table spread photo credit Jakob Layman

Ramen Nagi

Now Open. Ramen lovers, rejoice! Legendary Japanese ramen brand Ramen Nagi makes its long-awaited SoCal debut at Westfield Century City. The noodle concept lets guests customize their bowls, starting with choosing a broth, followed by choosing the “chef’s recommendation” to further customize their bowls, picking strength of flavor, desired “richness in oil,” level of garlic, cut of pork (or none), and choice of vegetables. Additional menu items to try include sides such as the pork-and-cabbage-filled gyoza and the chashu rice. Open daily 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-9 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. ramennagiusa.com

Dinner spread from Sugar Palm at Viceroy Santa Monica photo credit Dylan + Jeni

Sugar Palm at Viceroy Santa Monica

Now Open. Experience Viceroy Santa Monica’s new coastal dining concept Sugar Palm—now open for brunch and dinner. The restaurant, which includes an indoor lounge, outdoor patio, cafe, restaurant and poolside bar scene, features a menu crafted by chef Jason Francisco who takes inspiration from his diverse background living in Singapore, Italy, Germany, Holland, Turkey, and Hawaii. The Sunrise Menu (brunch) includes elevated takes on classic breakfast favorites and savory lunch options, while the Sunset Menu (dinner) highlights a variety of seafood from the Pacific. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3-10 p.m. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7511. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Arts + Culture

The Go-Go's photo courtesy Pasadena Playhouse

Head Over Heels 

Through Dec. 12. The Pasadena Playhouse has been turned upside down for this one-of-a-kind musical experience, fueled by music of The Go-Go’s. The story follows a royal family in search of a purpose, lovers in search of each other. From the first notes of “We Got the Beat” to the final rapturous curtain call, you’ll be whisked away through a world of exuberance and wit. See website for showtimes. $30+. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org

Artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk photo courtesy USC Pacific Asia Museum

Intervention: Fresh Perspectives After 50 Years Exhibit

Opens Nov. 12. USC Pacific Asia Museum presents Intervention: Fresh Perspectives After 50 Years, a new exhibition by seven Asian American artists and scholars who created artworks that provide new ways to view and engage with the museum’s history and collection of Asian and Pacific Island art. Participating artists are Jennifer Ling Datchuk (pictured), Antonius Bui, Audrey Chan, Amir Fallah, Akiko Jackson, Alan Nakagawa and kate-hers RHEE. W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.787.2680. pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

Jeffrey Kahane photo courtesy Jeffrey Kahane

Mozart + Beethoven Concert at Royce Hall

Nov. 13. Don’t miss the return of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the launch of their 2021-22 season with two celebrated masterworks at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music director Jaime Martín leads LACO’s Conductor Laureate and acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Kahane (pictured) on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major. Martín also conducts Beethoven’s deeply emotional Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Eroica, considered among the composer’s greatest works. 8 p.m. $29+. 340 Royce Drive, L.A., 213.622.7001. laco.org

Ulla Jokisalo, "Wasteland" (detail), 2015, promised gift of The Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, © Ulla Jokisalo, digital image courtesy of the artist

New Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Exhibit at LACMA

Opens Nov. 14. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents a series of photo-based artwork made after the year 2000 by nearly 40 women artists born or working in Europe. The exhibition explores the ways in which artists and societal forces are challenging traditional descriptive categories of gender, nation, and photography. In the Now previews a selection of works from the collection of Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, which were recently donated to LACMA and the Brooklyn Museum (pictured is Ulla Jokisalo’s “Wasteland”). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6010. lacma.org

Photo credits: Sparkle DTLA by Ashley Josephine/courtesy The Bloc. A.O.C. by Suzanne Lanza. Ramen Nagi by Jakob Layman. Sugar Palm by Dylan + Jeni. Ulla Jokisalo, “Wasteland” (detail), 2015, promised gift of The Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, © Ulla Jokisalo, digital image courtesy of the artist. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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