Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 16-23 – Daily News

MUSYCA Children’s Choir performs at the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration on Dec. 24 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)


Here is a sampling of things to do in-person and online in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Dec. 16-23. Check for updates and cancellations of in-person events due to coronavirus concerns.




Las Posadas on Olvera Street: A pre-procession activity for ages 3-12 is a children’s pinata, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 (and nightly through Dec. 24, except cancelled if raining). The procession begins at the Avila Adobe, 7:15 p.m., Dec. 16-24 (a statue of Mary and Joseph are carried, Dec. 16-23, and Mary and Joseph reenactors on Dec. 24). Music from Grupo Rondalla del Sol, 6:30-8 p.m. 845 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. Map of Olvera Street area: Updates here: Details on the event here:

Disney on Ice – Dream Big: Ice skating spectacular by Disney movie characters, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19. Tickets $25 and up. Arena, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles (formerly Staples Center).

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks: Watch the decorated power and sail boats cruising the harbor, twice, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 17-18. Fireworks around 8 p.m. (weather permitting). Check website for booking cruises by Island Packers and Ventura Boat Rentals. Check website for map of harbor and viewing spots. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 805-477-0470. Updates:;

Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration: Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor Brian White (“Monogamy”) host the 62nd annual event that includes choir groups, dance and music from around the world, 3-6 p.m. Dec. 24. Show is live on PBS SoCal and streaming on and from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles (check website for repeat broadcast on Dec. 24-25). This event has been changed to online only; no live audience. 213-972-3099.

A Very Feinstein NYE: Michael Feinstein performs two New Year’s Eve shows, Dec. 31; 6:30 p.m. ($195 and up; and 10:15 p.m. ($295 and up; There is a $20 minimum for food or beverages. Purchase tickets in advance. Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. 818-769-0905.

New Year’s Eve at the Huntington: Event begins with a reception and a viewing of original Bill Graham Fillmore Auditorium rock concert posters, 6:30 p.m., followed by a concert, 7:30 p.m., and a post-concert party timed to New York’s Time Square ball-drop, 9 p.m. Minimum age: 21. Dress code: casual New Year’s Eve. Advance ticket required, $250 (purchase here: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display in Marina del Rey: Watch the display, 8:59, and also 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31. Viewing places include Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way), Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way) and near the south jetty. Details: Updates:

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood: Party hubs with a different music theme, a countdown to midnight and fireworks, 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1. EVE is included in all park admissions on Dec. 31. Tickets $134; “Express” options available. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

Golden Stag New Year’s Eve Ball: Join in an evening with costumed characters, dancers, live music and photo ops, 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Minimum age: 21. Dress code: “dress to impress” or attire inspired by the 20s, 30s, or 40s is encouraged. Tickets $100; $176 “Speakeasy VIP Access” (includes 8 p.m. entry and password to the recently discovered real speakeasy bar area at the hotel); $801 “Gold Reserve Table VIP Access” (early entry for four; see details on the website). The Historic Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Prohibition NYE: A “Roaring Twenties” theme New Year Eve’s party, 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1. Minimum age: 21. Dress code: formal, or 1920s inspired dress for women (see website). Event includes open bar, burlesque dancers, DJ Cut/Copy and a live jazz ensemble. Tickets $195; VIP package $2,500. Reservations required. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles.

Rose Parade Excursion: The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers a bus trip to the 133rd annual Rose Parade with reserved bleacher seats (at 1630 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena), 6 a.m. Jan. 1. Fee $100 (no refunds; rain or shine). Reservations and payment required in advance. Bus leaves from the Agoura Hills City Hall, 30001 Ladyface Court. Purchase tickets: Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court; phone, 818-597-7361; or




Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood: Take a tour of the working studio and enjoy seeing special attractions including sets from the television shows “The Big Bang Theory” and “Friends.” Minimum age 5 (children ages 4 and younger are not allowed). Also, ages 18 and older must show a valid government-issued photo ID. Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online: $57 (for Southern California residents through Dec. 24); $69 and up (non-Southern California residents). Parking, $15, at 3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank (follow the signs for tour parking). (Tour site is at 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank.) 818-977-8687. 818-977-8687.

Dodgers Holiday Festival: The event includes light displays, interactive light installation, including light tunnels, ice skating and photos with Santa Claus, through Dec. 31 (with some dates excluded). Hours: 5-10 p.m. weekdays; 3-10 p.m. weekends. Admission must be purchased in advance and is by time. Admission $16 and up. Special activities are also by time and must be purchased in advance: ice skating $20; photos with Santa Claus in the bullpen, $40. Parking $12 online or $15 at the gate; $20 preferred parking. Entry for parking is through Sunset Gate A. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles. Details, important facts and to purchase admission here:

Holiday Road: The event returns as a self-guided walk-through to see holiday-theme installations including Christmas tree forests, Gingerbread Lane, North Pole and Elf Village, plus light tunnels, Santa and Mrs. Claus, gift shop and food trucks, 5-10 p.m. Tickets, sold by time and online only, $34.99 and up (depending on date and time; no tickets sold at the door; purchase parking pass $9.99 at the same time as admission). Details and rules here: Event runs through Dec. 31. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru: Irwindale Speedway and Mobile Illumination present the event with theme-area dazzling light displays including “Camping Christmas Land,” “Christmas Under the Sea” and “Santa’s Village,” three, full-light tunnels and a 110 ft. tall “Tree of Lights.” Purchase timed tickets through Jan. 2. Admission per car $59 on non-peak nights; $75 on peak nights (all passengers must be wearing a seat belt). 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale. 626-358-1100. Updates on Facebook:

Enchanted – Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens: An interactive one-mile walk-through display of lights including an area of stained glass creations. Event is rain or shine through Jan. 9. Purchase a timed-ticket in advance on the website (time frame, 5:30-10 p.m.; no tickets sold at the door). Admission $32-$35 (children under age two are free but must also have a ticket). 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

L.A. Zoo Lights: The self-guided walking tour returns with dazzling light displays including a disco ball forest, a twinkle tunnel and an interactive display where lights respond to guests’ voices. Hours: 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 9 (no shows on Dec. 24-25). Rain does not cancel. Tickets $22/$24 ages 13 and older; $16/$17 ages 2-12 (higher admission is for premium nights; purchasing online is recommended). 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles.

Mystic Universe at Wisdome LA Immersive Art Park: Immersive art across three domes with fractal, graphic, installation, meditative, projection and visionary art from artists Igor Baranko, Julius Horsthuis and Luminokaya. Hours: 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 4-6 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Event runs through January 30. Tickets $50 and up. Wisdome LA, 1147 Palmetto St., Los Angeles.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit: The walk-through digital art exhibit with well-known works of Vincent van Gogh, through March 20. The exhibit was conceived and designed by Massimiliano Siccardi and the soundtrack by Luca Longobardi. Tickets $39.99 and up for adults; $29.99 children (tickets have added fees; price depends on peak and off-peak times and dates). Viewer discretion: sequences of bright flashing lights. The exhibit is at the former Amoeba Music building, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.




Santa Clarita Artists Association Gallery: “Fun Size” exhibit and sale of under 12-inches fine art. Gallery hours: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 17; 1-7 p.m. Dec. 18-19. 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. 818-322-5045.

Topanga Canyon Gallery: “Featherweights,” small works from 40 regional artists. Gallery hours: 2-7 p.m. Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Exhibit and sale runs through Dec. 19 (noon-7 p.m. on Dec. 19), and also, for last minute shopping, 3-8 p.m. Dec. 21. 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga (across the boulevard from the gallery’s previous address). Email:

Tara Gallery: Contemporary Iranian art is available to view online or by appointment at the gallery. 15425 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades. 310-489-2417. Email:




Yiwei Gallery: “Natural Women,” art from Shelley Jordon, Sasinun Kladpetch, Moeko Maeda, Ruby Yang, and curated by Yiwei Lu. Pop-up gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10-23. Exhibit and sale runs through Dec. 23. 1350 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice. Email:

Galerie Lakaye: “From Haiti to L.A.,” with art by Haitian artist Mikerson Jean (works with recycled oil drums and found objects) and Black American Cola Smith (works with collage and ceramics with painted hand-made paper). Hours: by appointment only. Exhibit runs through Dec. 27. 1550 N. Curson Ave., Los Angeles. 323-460-7333. Email:

Wood Symphony Gallery – Online: “The Art of Giving,” through Dec. 31. 818-720-7299. Email: View the exhibit here:

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: Three exhibits on view now, “Lukas Geronimas,” “Nevine Mahmoud” and “Vanessa McConnell.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Exhibits run through Dec. 12. The gallery is in Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-644-6269. Email:

Brand Library and Art Center: “A Century of California Women Artists,” celebrating 100 years of Women Painters West. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 8. 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.

Jo Mora – Mapmaker of the American West: See the exhibit of illustrated maps and ephemera at the Annenberg Gallery at Los Angeles Central Library. Library hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 6. 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. More on the exhibit:

Where Do We Go from Here?: A public art exhibition in the Los Angeles Fashion District from artists who identify as women and people of color. Art includes: moving images from: Morehshin Allahyari, Olivia Gastaldo, Kesh, Moshtari, RaFia Santana; Janna Ireland’s “How Big Is the Earth” photographs printed on silk; Ginger Q’s neon green sign “EstamosAqui – We Are Here.”  The exhibit is viewable 24-hours daily through March 1. 7MAIN, 700 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Fashion District website,




Chevalier’s Books: Mark Seal discusses “Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli – The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather,” 5 p.m. Dec. 16 (register in advance for the online talk here: Purchase books at the store, 133 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-465-1334. Email:

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Ed Swart signs “From Zandvoort to Daytona – 60 Years of Cars, Characters and the World’s Most Challenging Race Tracks,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 18. 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.

Book Soup: Spike Lee discusses “Spike” at an in-person event, 5 p.m. Dec. 19 (reservations are required in advance for this ticketed fee event; $59, plus fees, for one book and admission; $68, plus fees, for one book but two admissions; the event is at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; details here: Hannah Kozak discusses “He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard,” 6 p.m. Dec. 28 ( Register in advance for the Crowdcast events from the links. The bookstore is located, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Diesel, A Bookstore: Antoine Wilson discusses and signs “Mouth to Mouth” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11; T. Jefferson Parker discusses and signs “A Thousand Steps,” 3 p.m. Jan. 30. Masks required. In the courtyard, 225, 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.




Spread the Warmth Blanket and Socks Drive: The Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division of LA Sanitation and Environment is asking for new and gently used (washed and clean) blankets, sleeping bags and socks to be given to homeless, through Dec. 30. Donations may be dropped off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (no drop-offs on Dec. 24). Locations include: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendleton St., Sun Valley; West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge; North Central District Yard, 452 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles; West LA District Yard, 2027 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles (and three other locations). 213-485-2260. Email:




Jason Love’s Comedy New Year’s Eve: Laughs from Don Friesen, Mary Gallagher and Jason Love, 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $25 ( Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.




An Irish Christmas: Kerry Irish Productions present dancing and traditional music, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Tickets $50 and up. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

American Contemporary Ballet: “The Nutcracker Suite,” 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17; other dates through Dec. 24. Tickets $25-$140. Location, 926 N. Sycamore Ave., 6th floor, Los Angeles.

Pacific Festival Ballet: The venue’s resident ballet company is joined by Gonzalo Garcia and Tiler Peck from the New York City Ballet in “The Nutcracker,” 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19. Tickets $32 and up (purchase here: Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.




Larry Janss – Back on the Ranch: The philanthropist and photographer discusses his family’s ranching heritage in the Conejo Valley and the eventual subdivisions of the property, 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Admission $15. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, second level, Thousand Oaks. 805-405-5240.

Book talk and fundraiser for Haitian earthquake relief: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center and L.A. Louver present the event with author Myriam J.A. Chancy discussing her novel “What Storm, What Thunder” with artist Alison Saar, 4 p.m. Dec. 18. Saar curated the gallery’s “SeenUNseen” exhibit that runs through Jan. 8. Admission $25; $50. Proceeds go to FOKAL (supporting Haitian earthquake relief). Purchase admission here: L.A. Louver Art Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955.;




The Pageant: Staging Change for a Green New Deal presents a short film by Paula Cizmar and directed by Diane Wyenn, about people coming together to solve climate change, followed by a discussion with Cizmar, Tira Palmquist and Kristina Wong. Register in advance for the link to watch: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16; 6 p.m. Dec. 17; 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Created by the Climate Change Theatre Action Festival 2021. Free. Register here:




Japan House Los Angeles: New: “Kumihimo: The Art of Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO,” through March 6. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (except closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day). Free admission. The museum is at Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-516-0565.




Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Timed advance admission tickets are available for the museum that explores the art and science of movies and movie-making. Exhibits include: “Stories of Cinema,” “Backdrop: An Invisible Art,” “The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection,” a temporary exhibit of objects created by Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and “The Oscars Experience.” Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $25; $19 ages 62 and older; $15 students; free for ages 17 and younger; $15 extra for “The Oscars Experience.” 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles. 323-930-3000.

The Autry Museum of the American West: Ongoing special exhibit: “The Silent West,” American West-theme posters from the silent film era. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission $14; $10 ages 60 and older and students; $6 ages 3-12 (check website for current admission prices due to some gallery closures). 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles.

Bolton Hall Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Tujunga’s Mid-Century Modern Homes,” through January. The museum is operated by the Little Landers Historical Society. Potential volunteers for the museum or to assist the society are encouraged to apply. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420.;

California African American Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “April Bey: Atlantica, The Gilda Region” through Jan. 17; “Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch,” quilt-based artwork, through Jan. 23. “Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture,” through Feb. 27. “LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze,” the exhibit includes photography, a video and an architectural installation about the effects of the closure of the General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio, through March 20. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Free admission. Check the museum’s Facebook for updates ( 600 State Drive (in Exposition Park), Los Angeles. 213-744-2084.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks: Ongoing special exhibit: “Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956,” is open through Jan. 9. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission free; suggested donation $6. The museum is at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, second level, Thousand Oaks. 805-405-5240. Email:

California Science Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “The Art of the Brick,” sculptures made with Lego bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya, through Jan. 2. Timed-ticket entry is required. The center recommends making reservations online in advance. Admission is free to the center but there is a charge for special exhibits. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Craft Contemporary: Ongoing special exhibits: “Pouya Afshar – The Charm of the Unfamiliar” and “Moffat Takadiwa: Witch Craft – Rethinking Power” and “Consuelo Flores: The Roots of Our Resistance, Altar,” all three through Jan. 9. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission $9; $7 seniors and students; free every Sunday. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Ongoing special exhibit: “The Science of Gingerbread,” through Jan. 2. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $15.95 ages 15 and up; $13.95 ages 14 and younger. 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar.;

Forest Lawn Museum at Forest Lawn-Glendale: Ongoing special exhibit: “Unveiling the Past – The Art & History of Forest Lawn,” the exhibit includes drawings, stained glass, maps, archival photographs and paintings, mostly from the museum’s permanent collection, through March 13. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Museum, 323-340-4782.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: Ongoing special exhibit: “Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End,” contemporary textile artwork and accompanying videos, through June 19. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday (closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Free admission. Parking directions: enter from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza, turn left into the pay-by-space area of Lot 4 (198 Westwood Plaza). 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood. Details: Museum,

The Getty Center: Ongoing special exhibits: “Hans Holbein: Capturing Character in the Renaissance,” drawings and paintings, through Jan. 9. “La Surprise: Watteau in Los Angeles” and “Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours,” through Feb. 20. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required for now ( Parking $20 ( Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Holocaust Museum LA: Ongoing special exhibit: “Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist,” through April 13. Free admission but reservations are required. 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. Email:

Japanese American National Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660,” original drawings from Okubo’s 1946 graphic memoir of incarceration in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, through Feb. 20 ( Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on national holidays. Admission: $16; $7 ages 62 and older and children; free for ages 5 and younger (timed tickets required). 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. Facebook:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Ongoing special exhibits: “The Obama Portraits,” Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of former president “Barack Obama” and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former first lady “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama,” through Jan. 2. “Black American Portraits,” through April 17. “Mixpantli: Space, Time and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico,” through May 1. “Mixpantli: Contemporary Echoes,” through June 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance (no ticket sales at the museum). Plan your visit information here: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010.

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County:  Ongoing special exhibits: “Brilliance: The Art and Science of Rare Jewels,” through Feb. 21 (entry to the Gem and Mineral Hall will be timed;”Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, through April 17 (purchase tickets in advance here: Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed on Tuesday). Admission $15; $12 seniors and students with an ID; $7 ages 3-12. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Petersen Automotive Museum: Ongoing special exhibits: “Pole Position: The Juan Gonzalez Formula 1 Collection,” through June 5. “The Aesthetic of Motoring: 90 Years of Pininfarina,” highlights the Italian car design firm and coach-builder on their anniversary year, through July 17. “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme,” through Sept. 22 ( Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $16; $14 ages 62 and older; $11 ages 4-17. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Check website for health and safety guideline for museum visits. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: Ongoing special exhibit: “FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda,” through Jan. 9. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Admission: $29.95; $26.95 ages 62 and older; $22.95 ages 11-17; $19.95 ages 3-10; purchasing tickets in advance is recommended but not required ( 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Skirball Cultural Center: Ongoing special exhibit: “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” the special exhibit includes a display of artifacts and props, costumes, set pieces, original scripts and storyboards from the original television series, spinoffs and films, through Feb. 20 (admission $18; $15 seniors; $13 ages 2-12. Museum admission is by advance time-entry ticket ($12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

Valley Relics Museum: Take a trip down San Fernando Valley memory lane with an “Open Air Museum Experience,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 18-19 (choose other dates from the drop-down menu). Admission $15 and up. The museum is located at 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 and C4, entrance is on Stagg Street, Van Nuys.;;

Wende Museum of the Cold War: Ongoing special exhibits: “Soviet Jewish Life: Bill Aron and Yevgeniy Fiks,” photography of Jewish communities in the early 1980s in the USSR, and “Questionable History,” a look at how people remember history over time, both exhibits run through March 20. The museum has a collection of Cold War art, artifacts, films and other materials from 1945-1991 Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday ( Free admission. 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. Online content: 310-216-1600. Email:




CeCe Winans: The gospel singer performs a holiday show, 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets $40 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000. More Walt Disney Concert Hall events: Details on the show and tickets here:

Holiday Sing-Along: Performances at 11:30 a.m. ( and 2:30 p.m. ( on Dec. 18. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000. More Walt Disney Concert Hall events:

Big Band Alumni’s Big Band Holiday Concert and Dance Party: Listen to the music from the Debbie Reynolds MainStage or dance to the music in the Monroe Forum Theatre, 8 p.m. Dec. 18; 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets $40-$60; $30-$50 seniors. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200.;

San Fernando Valley Master Chorale: A concert “Holidays in the Valley – Caroling, Caroling” includes Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Jason Robert Brown’s Chanukah Suite, 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets $25; $20 seniors, students and veterans (with an ID); prices are good until four hours before the show. Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park.

Wagner Ensemble Holiday Concert: The ensemble performs “Nostalgic Songs of the Season,” with keyboardist Mark Holmstrom, in music by Franz Biebl, Giovanni Gabrieli, Herbert Radke, Sanborn, Sweelink and Wagner, 4 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets $15; $10 seniors and students (plus fees; purchase tickets online here: The ensemble, part of the Roger Wagner Choral Institute, is directed by Jeannine Wagner. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. Information about the ensemble:

Arturo Sandoval Big Band Swinging Holiday: Holiday tunes Latin jazz style, 8 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets $40 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000.

The Doo Wop Project: Cool vintage and contemporary holiday songs, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $40 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group perform their “Back in the High Life” show, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets $49.50 and up ( Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini: Two shows, 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $104 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000. Details and purchase tickets here:

Music at the Wende Museum: San Julian Consort performs a concert “A Song on the End of the World,” inspired by the poem by Czeslaw Milosz and a reflection on silence, stillness and night, with music by György Kurtág and Kaija Saariaho, 8 p.m. Jan. 7. Museum tour and reception, 7 p.m. Two ticket limit; free; reservations on Dec. 14. More concerts through June (no concert in April). 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600.

REO Speedwagon: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets $62 and up ( Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Vasily Petrenko conducts the orchestra, with pianist Olga Kern, in music by Britten, Elgar and Grieg, 8 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $41 and up. The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000.;

Bank of America Performing Arts Center: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 8 p.m. Jan. 15 ($41 and up; Kavli Theatre;; David Foster, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 ($62 and up; Kavli;; Rockapella, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 ($40, $50; Scherr Forum Theatre;; Edwin McCain, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 ($50, $60; Scherr;; Roseanne Cash, 8 p.m. Feb. 18 ($72; Kavli;; Kenny G, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 ($52 and up; Kavli; 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan: Performances, 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets $41 and up. The Soraya at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000.;




Beasley’s Christmas Party: Theatre 40 presents a rehearsed reading of the 1909 play by Booth Tarkington about a well-respected man who has a habit of talking to people who can’t be seen, 7 p.m. Dec. 20. A short question and answer session follows the live presentation (part of the company’s Monday Night Seminars). Free. Donations appreciated ( Watch on the Zoom link here:

Kwanzaa – A Celebration of Unity: The Robey Theatre Co. presents a live online reading of the play by Marie Y. Lemelle and Barbara Bullen, 3 p.m. Dec. 26 (register in advance for the premiere here: Register in advance for the Zoom link, or subscribe to the theater company’s YouTube channel to watch at 7 p.m. Dec. 27-Jan. 1 ( Free/donation $10 appreciated (

A Magical Cirque Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 28. Tickets $50-$70 ( Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787.




A Journal of the Plague Year: Write Act Repertory presents Williard Manus’s adaptation of the nonfiction work by Daniel Defoe about the 1664 plague in London, 8 p.m. Dec. 18; 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Minimum age: 10. Tickets $15 plus service fee online (; $20 (cash only at the door). The Brickhouse Theatre, 10850 Peach Grove St., North Hollywood.

Miracle on 34th Street: Canyon Theatre Guild presents the play about a man who gets hired to portray Santa Claus at Macy’s – but could he really be the “jolly old elf”? Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 17; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 18-19; 7 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Tickets $22; $19 for ages 62 and older and ages 17 and younger. 24242 Main St., Newhall. 661-799-2702.

Santasia – A Holiday Comedy: Whitefire Theatre presents the off-Broadway show of sketch comedy and music. Minimum age: 13. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 17-18; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19; 8 p.m. Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 25. Tickets $30. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to be given to Aviva Family and Children’s Services (collection box in the lobby; Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.;

Christmastime Origins: The Group Rep presents four radio plays that concern the source origins of Christmas traditions. The company’s upstairs venue is turned into a radio station – K-GRT (no elevator). Show runs 4 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 2. Tickets $20; $17 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays): A whodunit play by Ken Ludwig set in a country house in 1936 during Christmastime. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 2 (except, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, and no show on Dec. 24). Tickets $30; $25 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990.

Good People: A play by David Lindsay-Abaire about circumstances and the choices people make in life. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 16-18; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 8 p.m. Dec. 20; 8 p.m. Jan. 5-8; 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Tickets $35. Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills (on the campus of Beverly Hills High School). 310-364-0535.

The Children: Lucy Kirkwood’s Tony-nominated play about two retired nuclear physicists living a quiet life in a remote cottage when a former colleague comes to visit. Minimum age: 12. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 17-18; 2 p.m. Dec. 19; dates through Jan. 23. Tickets $25-$45. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525.


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