Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Weekly What To Do: In The Year 2020

*A one day early, weekly

It's 2020, the Aztecs or Mayans were wrong, maybe learn metallurgy and you'd still be around. And, oh, there's plenty new things to do.

*Stupid dumb fun
Playing Now
CGV Cinemas
621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

For fun and suggested by the cast of the Shock Waves Podcast is the movie Ashfall at the CGV Cinemas. With a plot as dumb as something the Rock would be in, minus The Rock. We've seen some wondrous so bad, they're good films at CGV in Koreatown and this one is another great mess.

Synopsis: Stagnant since 1903, at an elevation of 9000', a volcano erupts on the mythical and majestic Baekdu Mountain.

2020 Rose Parade
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
Colorado Blvd.
Go out early to grab seats at night...in the cold.

The 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda begins at 8 AM on January 1, 2020, and will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Blvd. Experience—in person—the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena!

Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo: Japanese New Year Celebrations
Wed, Jan 1st
Little Tokyo
Free Parking 
There will be all day free parking at the Mangrove Parking (located on Temple Street, just East of Alameda Street by the Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station). 

Shuttle service from the Mangrove Parking to Little Tokyo (stops at California Florist on 1st Street for Weller Court and the Oomasa Restaurant at the Japanese Village Plaza) will be available from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

It's a festival to welcome in the New Year! Celebrate in Little Tokyo with booths, food and fun.
"The Annual Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival held at downtown Weller Court Shopping Center and Japanese Village Plaza. Japanese art and entertainment will be center stage. The Japanese New Years or "Oshogatsu" is one of the most important celebration for the Japanese."

Stephanie Yanez LIVE at Japanese New Year Oshogatsu Festival
Wed, Jan 1, 1:40 PM and 2:30pm
Weller Court Shopping Center
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Japanese Village Plaza (Between First & Second Street near Central Avenue)
"Come celebrate the New Year with me at Oshogatsu Festival in Little Tokyo!

I will have TWO performances! I will be performing at the Weller Court and Japanese Village Plaza! I will be performing 20 min sets. Both sets will not have all the same songs in them. So come out to both!"

Safe in Hell  (1931)

Gilda (Dorothy Mackaill) is a New Orleans sex worker, who, after clocking her first pimp with a bottle and setting his apartment ablaze, flees to a Caribbean isle where booze is legal and criminals live without recourse.

January 3, 2020 -
January 4, 2020
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
To ring in the New Year, the Archive is looking back on Hollywood’s days of innuendo, (light) profanity, and moral debauchery with a pre-Code weekend bonanza, featuring a double dose of Dorothy Mackaill, plus two high-hemline, high-kicking musicals choreographed by Busby Berkeley, both featuring Ruby Keeler and Ginger Rogers, straight from that sweet age cinematic of sin!

Fri, Jan 3, 6:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Discussion between films with director Greta Gerwig and actress Saoirse Ronan.

A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro
Sat, Jan 4, 6:00pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro have teamed to create some of the most acclaimed motion pictures of our time, among them TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS and CASINO. Join us for a 45-minute discussion between the two Oscar winners about their longstanding collaboration followed by a screening of their latest film Irishman

Sat, Jan 4, 5:00pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

John Travolta In Person!
Double Feature! Digitally Restored! 
Sunday, January 5, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Japanese American National Museum 
100 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free, RSVP

Special activities in the museum for the little ones.

Hatsu Ori (First-Weaving)
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1:00PM
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The original Kotohajime performance is a visual delight and artistic achievement, with dazzling performances and live music, accompanied by an award-winning set design.

The ritual shooting of the arrow, a purification ceremony will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo-Kai (Archery Group). 
Mon, January 6, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
University of Philosophical Research
3910 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Prepare yourself for a snowstorm of malevolent miners, ravenous rats, killer sex-slugs and ZED (not ZEE)-grade zombies: all this and much more can be found in the frosty annals of Canadian horror movie history. Oh, and there’s some Cronenberg in there too, of course.
Accompanying the lecture will be mind-twisting clips from movies like The Mask (Canada’ first horror feature), The Corpse Eaters (its cheapest), Shivers, Black Christmas, Rituals, and Spasms.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

New Year's Eve 2020 Guide

It's that time of the year again...the end of it. Why not celebrate it outside or at least with other people? Yes, we know, but still might as well enjoy the company of others. Here's some places you can visit New Year's Eve and don't forget:

All Metro Bus and Rail lines will be FREE to ride on the night of New Year’s Eve. No fare will be charged from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

This is because of the many DUI's that happen on that night. So, remember stay alive don't drink and drive or just get a Lyft or Uber. But it's pretty sweet using the Metro for free to get home or near home.

As making sense, all of the following taking place on the night of  Tues, Dec 31st.

Also, here are Discover LA's Guides to New Year's Parties
The Best New Year's Eve Concerts & Special Events in Los Angeles
The Best New Year's Eve Parties at Los Angeles Bars & Clubs

8:00 p.m.Doors open
11:55 p.m. Countdown begins
1:00 a.m. Event ends
Grand Park + The Music Center: 
200 North Grand Avenue 
Los Angeles, California 90012
*We get 3D projection instead of fireworks here on the West Coast. 
But we'll still have fireworks. 

For the seventh year, Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to come together and ring in the new year with live music, food, photo booths and amazing projection art on the beautiful City Hall!
New Year's Eve Celebration
Starts 7pm 
Two Bit Circus
634 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
General Admission: $99
  • Free Play all night at Midway and Arcade
  • Tickets to 1 of 2 Club 01 shows
  • Champagne Toast
  • Live DJ
  • Late Night Snacks
  • 2 Drink Tickets
 The '10s are about to end and the roaring '20s are about to begin! Is there a better way to welcome the future than partying at a futuristic venue like ours?

Of course not! That means you should come celebrate with us ;)

Come ring in the New Decade here at Two Bit Circus on December 31st!
New Year's Eve at The Wolves!!!
Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 5:00 PM –Wed, Jan 1, 2020, 2:00 AM
The Wolves
519 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
$25 – $250
 It's time to enjoy the celebrate the turn of the year and the decade! The Wolves New Year's Eve Party will launch our new year with champagne toasts and a boisterous atmosphere! Celebrate the biggest event of the year in DTLA at one of the most beautiful venues in Los Angeles! There will be a champagne toast and appetizers going around. Take your party upscale and celebrate a great time by having a great time! New Year's Eve at The Wolves! Don't miss this one
A Scummy New Year's Party
6 PM – 2 AM
Scum and Villainy Cantina
6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
Free entry

Avengers: End Game, Disney+, Galaxy's Edge, Game of Thrones Finale, The Mandalorian, Rise of Skywalker, and so much more!

Join us as we roll into the year of Natural 20 with a game of luck from 6pm to 10pm! With every cocktail purchased, roll a D20 and if you hit a nat20 well send you a $100 gift card to start your year with a CRITICAL SUCCESS!

9:00 pm-Wednesday, Jan 1, 2:00 am 
1999 N. Sycamore Ave. (Franklin Ave.)
Brimming with amenities like a 5-hour premium open bar and a live DJ heating up the dance floor with Top 40, Hip-Hop, House, and mash-up tracks, while complimentary party favors add a dash of holiday cheer. The evening culminates in a DJ-led live countdown to midnight complete with complimentary champagne toast. What to expect? (An all-around awesome night). Here are The Highlights:
New Year's Eve Aboard The Queen Mary
8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
TICKETS (21+):
Purchase tickets online at queenmary.com
  • General Admission: $120 - includes admission, fireworks viewing, and access to select parties and main music stages.
  • VIP Admission: $220 - includes a champagne toast, access to all parties and main music stages, as well as exclusive VIP nightclub experience and premium firework viewing.

    Raise a glass to 2020 aboard the majestic Queen Mary and party into the New Year with a night of captivating live entertainment and multiple parties throughout the ship’s decks and ballrooms, culminating with one of SoCal’s top New Year’s Eve fireworks displays

The Owl House Starts Jan 10

We're excited about this one.

We want to go over all the animation that's coming out in 2020, because there's a lot. So look forward to a longer write-up or guide this month. Because we love cartoons here at TTDILA.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Glen Brogan Pinup Show 2 Jan 10

One of out favorite artists is back in town and at Hero Complex Gallery, Glen Brogan. He's up to showing off all his lovely lady work. Now if only him and Shane Glines could team up; they're would just be too many boners.

From Glen's Facebook:
"Merry Christmas! The Glen Brogan Pinup Show 2 opens Jan 10 at Hero Complex Gallery in LA. AND my art book will be available at the opening, featuring 150 pieces from my entire career. AND AND I'll be doing a separate book signing at the gallery on Jan 11. LA friends come say hi!"

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Weekly What To Do: It's Christmas

Merry Christmas. We'll update it later, but it's pretty chill on events this week.

9th Annual The Greatest Cartoons Ever!

Thursday, December 26th at 2:00 & 7:00 PM
Alex Theatre
216 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
General Admission tickets are $16 / $12 seniors (65+) and students (full time with ID)

 The Alex Film Society Greatest (Classic) Cartoons Ever! Giggle along with Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Superman, Yosemite Sam, Goofy, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Donald Duck, Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker - the crème de la crème of the Golden Age of Classic Cartoons.

Animation know-it-alls Jerry Beck and Frank Gladstone are back with brand new, classic toons the whole family can enjoy!

Santa Monica's 3rd Annual Polar Bear Swim!
Saturday, December 28, 2019, 9am-1pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA, US 90402
Pool Admission: $10/adults, $5/senior adults 60+, $4/youth 1-17.

Take the plunge in the great Pacific, then warm up in the heated Beach House pool!
Celebrate this new tradition with friends and family while enjoying poolside activities including s'mores, warm beverages, games and photos with our very own polar bear mascot. Creativity and costumes are encouraged!
This event features a Polar Bear Swim, whether you just take a quick dip or do the 300 or 500 yard buoy swim is up to you. All ages encouraged. Pool admission will be charged for those Polar Bears that want to soak or swim in the warm pool, take a hot shower and munch on the tasty snacks provided.


December 29, 2019 - January 3, 2020 
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
$15 per film, free symposium
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and American Cinematheque will celebrate the best in international cinema with the 2020 Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominees Screening Series and Symposium. The screening series will take place Dec. 29 - Jan. 3, 2020 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, with the Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, featuring a panel with all five directors of the nominated films in the Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language category. The Symposium is free with RSVP on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Power Rangers Stupid Christmas Special 2019

This year's Power Ranger's Beast Morpher's Christmas/ last episode Scrozzle's Revenge has a samurai robot shooting the rangers with a Christmas tree gun, turning them into ornaments. Yup.

For the last couple years the new Power Rangers end their seasons with a Christmas special and they are clip shows...and they are dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb clip shows. The latest Christmas ending episode, which has it's opening theme 7 minutes in, in an episode that's only 22 minutes long, is another Christmas present. As always, a Christmas must to, tolaugh at what contrived story they've come up with to wrap up a kid's show with the most minimal effort of writing.

So, as stated the episode consists of the newest Ranger's ditching their robot friends on Christmas, because they seem to suck, but then being changed into or at least having their souls trapped in ornaments. They call it being "ornamentilized." Then the robots save the day after more clips from past episodes play. The Rangers are un-ornamentilized. And, hey, the Rangers were just trying to surprise their robot slaves friends with a trip to the North Pole with Santa. And Santa is in no mood for small talk. Ending the series on a note of everyone going on Santa's sleigh.

Yup. That's some dumb writing. But it will never beat Power Ranger's Megaforce Robo Knight Before Christmas. Where a very white robot visits Africa for Christmas. Where in Africa? Just Africa. It was on the box he was delivered in. Go Go Power Rangers!

Rides are Free on Metro Christmas Eve So You Don't Die Drunk Driving

Rides are Free on Metro Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Tues, Dec 24, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

As is our custom all Metro Bus and Rail lines will be FREE to ride on the nights of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This means no fare will be charged on Christmas Eve from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. All Metro Rail stations with latched gates will be unlatched during this time. Metro will also run 24-hour rail service on New Year’s Eve, as well as enhanced service to the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. We’ll have more information on that in a separate post.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

X-Mas Horror Approved

Bloody Disgusting has a wonderfully long list of holiday horror you should check twice to see whose been naughty and we guess not nice.

Above is the trailer for Deadly Games which we've already reminded you to check out for the holidays. It's Home Alone, but in the 80's with a killer Santa...inside a castle/mansion in France.

Bloody Disgusting’s Massive Guide to Over 120 Christmas Horror Films

Midsommar Christmas Collection

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This really has nothing to do with Christmas, we just happened to find a nice collection of frowny face art for Midsommar with some other choice pics. Though, it's strange no one made a Midsommar Christmas Wreath with Ms. Frowny Face in the center this year.

From the film

Brad Albright "Glad MidSommar!" Postcard Print

Nan Lawson "Midsommar" Print

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Game Hype: Inside RealDoll

We finally get a look at and hopefully a feel of iam8bit's secret Inside Huddle RealDoll. Yes, they had a real sex doll company make the thing. It's based on what you play as at the end of the game and boy is it freaky. Now, for those who specially ordered it, a wonderful coffee table conversation.

We want one for Christmas, but they're all sold out for $375.

via Polygon

Fairfax Cinema Opening On Christmas We Guess For Jews?

One of our favorite indie theaters, The Silent Movie Theater was run by The Cinefamily that was later ousted for having a lot of bad stuff going on behind the scenes was shut down a year or two ago. But it's coming back on Christmas under the same ownership, at least the same owners of the building itself. Now dubbed Fairfax Cinema. The Cinefamily seems to be quite dead. So, good news? Well, some people don't feel that way as the same owners, Daniel and Samuel Harkham were on the board of The Cinefamily and many don't feel they did enough or have been doing enough for what went done with The Cinefamily.

And Fairfax Cinema is a non-profit theater, letting it have more freedom on what movies to choose. And right now we haven't heard of any interesting selection of films.

via LA Times

As of right now the Facebook and it's own web-site have little info on upcoming programming and pretty much any other useful info.

What many people hoped was that a new, better version of Cinefamily might come about to run the theater with fun an exciting content. But now that Drafthouse LA is here it seems like that's the go to place for weird or hard to find cinema. And we have other theaters coming to for even more content. And somehow the Downtown Independent is still open and we have no understanding of how it is.
We're saying it's hard to place Fairfax Cinema's opening as good or bad until we learn more about it. But many in LA's indie film community aren't liking it. And Fairfax Cinema needs to be better at social media to tell people what it's about.

Fairfax Cinema

Facebook Page

Update: Bret Berg former employee and person in charge of The Voyager Institute explains a little more on why the re-opening is bad with allegations a lot of misconduct by those bringing back the theater at the Fairfax Cinema.

Just like the LA Times article, Berg's post shows a lot of hate like the other cinemas of LA that quite often are friendly with each other. To speak ill of another theater means quite a lot in the community.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Tower Like Die Hard But Dumber For Christmas

If you're looking for a Christmas movie, but want something like Die Hard, but not Die Hard from people who don't understand how movies work you've got to see The Tower. This Christmas in the background film stars a huge cast that die horribly as an accident causes the largest building in South Korea to burn on Christmas Eve. They're are a number of action movies plot tropes and holes in this disaster epic. That's more fun to watch as a comedy than in anyway taken seriously.

The Tower
On Amazon for streaming or in the iTunes store.

Here's the thing about a lot of mainstream Chinese, Japanese and in our case Korean films, they're  terrible. And it's because of their plots and them trying to copy American style action movies. The Tower is the most perfect example of this as it fails on almost every level with it's cheeziness even with millions of dollars in CGI. There are just so many things that don't make sense as to why, just why things happen in the film. Or the explanation is just stupid. And that's what makes it so much fun to watch.

It just happens to take place on Christmas like Die Hard and with Christmas all around it, it makes it a Christmas movie. Perfect to watch with friends, but still horribly violent at some points as people die in extremely inventive ways. Because Korea is dealing with a lot or they're just coping disaster films.

Weekly What To Do: Epic Slow Down Time

Hey people! It's that time of the year. The epic slowdown of LA. Activities and events are gonna be drying up this weekend and next as Christmas pretty much stops everything in LA. Sure, you can see movies and go to some of the crazy weird fun places to shop for last minute gifts still, but big events aren't coming till New Year's or next year. Here's what left. Oh, and new Star Wars is coming out, but no real high hopes there.

Now thru 21st, 2019
Rides launch every 15 minutes starting at 8pm. Last ride at 11:45pm

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group at Z.J.U.
4850 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601 


All Aboard for Zombie Joe's Underground's All-New Fun N' Freaky Ride thru Winter HolidayHELL and Back! 

Die Hard with Greg Poops
Wed, Dec 18, 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Program begins with a live recording of the Greg Proops Film Club podcast. Feature starts at 8:00 PM.

Scripts Gone Wild presents DIE HARD sold out
Thu, December 19, 2019
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
El Cid on Sunset
4212 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Yippie-Ki-Yay, Merry Christmasers! We're celebrating the holiday season and closing out our 2019 season with a rambunctious reading of John McTiernan's 1988 action masterpiece, DIE HARD, which set the standard for every single action movie that followed. This simple tale of a lone cop doing battle against a Nakatomi Plaza filled with heavily accented terrorists turned Bruce Willis into a superstar, and Alan Rickman into an immortal.

Rise of Skywalker Party!
Thu, December 19, 2019
3:00 PM – 2am
Scum and Villainy Cantina
6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
We're opening early so we can hype Rise of Skywalker together before the 6pm shows on Thursday!
Join us at 3pm on Thursday, December 19th and try to contain your excitement before the first showing of the last of the Skywalker Saga.
Save 15% off your bill by showing your movie ticket (within 24 hours of showdate)

STAR WARS Opening Day Fantopia
Thu, December 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
LA Drafthouse
Video Vortex
700 West 7th Street
#Unit U240
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Free, RSVP

The only important thing happening on this day is Star Wars - you know it, we know it, everyone knows it. To help celebrate we're transforming Video Vortex into a fan's paradise, including themed games and more. Costumes encouraged! *
Some of the things in store for all of you rebels:
  • Sabacc Gambling Den (featuring the version of the game currently seen at Galaxy's Edge)
  • a legion of cosplayers will be invading Vortex!
*RSVP gets you access to free-to-enter events in Video Vortex. Film admission must be accompanied by a paid ticket. Tickets can be purchased at drafthouse.com, the Alamo app or box office. Please check paid ticket availability prior to your arrival if you wish to see the film.

How Did This Get Made - Live!
Fri, Dec 20, 8pm
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, California 90005

One of our favorite podcasts making fun of the worst films ever made and questioning, "How did this get made?"

Giant Robot Presents: Dragon Girl with Katsuya Terada
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, December 21, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Giant Robot 2 – GR2 Gallery 
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard

Harajuku Day #49 Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 21,12 PM – 6 PM
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka, Los Angeles, California 90012

Now-Mon, Dec 23, 2019
Egyptian and Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica 
Holiday films to watch on the big screen.
Rated R Holiday Party: The Gore The Merrier
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
Secret location

Rated R's last party of the year!
Come celebrate the holidays with Rated R Speakeasy and sponsors DREAD - An Epic Pictures Genre Label and FANGORIA

Shogun Santa Returns

Saturday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Dec. 22

11 am-3 pm

Japanese Village Plaza

335 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo


Come to Little Tokyo and take a picture* with our delightful emissary of Christmas cheer, Shogun Santa. *There is no charge for pictures with Shogun Santa when you use your own cell phone or camera. ADDED THIS YEAR: Free gift wrapping courtesy of the Roitary Club of Little Tokyo.

A Little Tokyo Christmas 2019
Saturday, December 21, 3:00PM

Aratani Theatre

244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$20 and up 
A Little Tokyo Christmas is back! Come enjoy music, laughter, and dancing by talented performers, celebrity guests, and beloved community members in this one-of-a-kind holiday show!

Shop for unique crafts and gifts at the Holiday Gift Boutique and join us for a fun-filled time for the whole family as Little Tokyo celebrates the holidays.

Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 8:00 PM Magnolia House
492 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101 
Free, Register

'Tis the season to come over, get cozy and then get bliztened at Magnolia House! This time, come decked out in your best Christmas Morning lewks aka footie pajamas, flannel nightgowns, sweatpants, fuzzy slippers, ugly sweaters and all!

Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, December 22, 2:30-5:30PM
Farmer's Market

Bring the family and celebrate the first night of Chanukah with music, arts and crafts, the building of a giant Lego menorah and a special menorah lighting ceremony! All activities take place on the Market Plaza.

12th Annual Sing-Along Fiddler on the Roof
Tues, Dec 24, 7:30pm
Multiple Laemmle Theaters

Belt out your holiday spirit … or your holiday frustrations. Either way, you'll feel better as you croon along to all-time favorites like “TRADITION,” “IF I WERE A RICH MAN,” “TO LIFE,” “SUNRISE SUNSET,” “DO YOU LOVE ME?” and “ANATEVKA,” among many others.

The evening includes trivia, prizes, and by all means -- we encourage you to come in costume! Guaranteed fun for all. Children are welcome (Fiddler is rated "G") though some themes may be challenging for young children.

Chanukah on Ice: Community Ice Skating
Tues, Dec 24, 4:30-6:30pm

Toyota Training Center
LA Kings Practice Rink
555 Nash Street, El Segundo

Skate Around a Giant Menorah
$10 per person (includes skates) Pizza and Soup will be available 

60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Tues, Dec 24, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration—presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors—provides Angelenos of all ages an opportunity to come together on December 24, and both experience and honor the dynamic, rich cultures of the County. During the free event, many diverse L.A.-based artists and community groups showcase their talent, artistry and traditions on The Music Center’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.

Rides are Free on Metro Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Tues, Dec 24, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

As is our custom all Metro Bus and Rail lines will be FREE to ride on the nights of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This means no fare will be charged on Christmas Eve from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. All Metro Rail stations with latched gates will be unlatched during this time. Metro will also run 24-hour rail service on New Year’s Eve, as well as enhanced service to the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. We’ll have more information on that in a separate post.

Friday, December 20, 2019, at 8:00 PM
Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here 
Dianne Reeves
Peter Martin, piano
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Reginald Veal, bass
Terreon Gully, drums
One of the greatest singers of our time presents holiday favorites. With an all-star ensemble – pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Terreon Gully – sharing the stage with her supreme vocal prowess, it’s a night of guaranteed good cheer.

Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Holiday Sing-Along
Melissa Peterman, host
John Sutton, conductor
Angeles Chorale
Join in song with hundreds of fellow revelers – plus a jazz combo, a choir, and the mighty pipe organ – for this joyous annual tradition. A jolly good time for the whole family! Children two and up admitted.
Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
White Christmas Sing-Along
Get dressed up in your snazzy best and sing along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and the film’s remastered soundtrack – plus hundreds of your fellow snow-dreaming Angelenos – at our special holiday screening of this classic 1954 film, presented with lyrics on screen.
Monday, December 23, 2019, at 8:00 PM
CeCe Winans
One of the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artists of all time, CeCe Winans is known throughout the world as an icon in modern music history. Having sold over five million albums, she has been awarded a staggering 12 Grammys®, 20 Dove Awards, and seven Stellar Awards, as well as multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. Marking her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, this special holiday-themed gospel concert will feature CeCe with a full band and gospel choir.