Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 23-30 – Daily News

Local residents once again enjoy the “Lights on Display” in Sherman Oaks after a 2-year break, Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021. Mike Ziemkowski has put on a Hollywood-quality animated light and sound show since 2003, keeping up a family tradition. The location is 3901 Longview Valley Road, Sherman Oaks. Facebook page for times, www.facebook.com/LightsonDisplay (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

 

Here is a sampling of things to do in-person and online in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Dec. 23-30.

Check websites of call for updates and cancellations of in-person events due to coronavirus concerns.

 

EVENTS

 

Las Posadas on Olvera Street: A pre-procession activity for ages 3-12 is a children’s pinata, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23-24 (except cancelled if raining). The procession begins at the Avila Adobe, 7:15 p.m., Dec. 23-24 (statues of Mary and Joseph are carried, Dec. 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: calleolvera.com. Updates here: www.facebook.com/olverastreetevents. Details on the event here: www.olveraevents.com/olvera-street-las-posadas

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 pbssocal.org and kcet.org 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. www.holidaycelebration.org

Equestfest: Meet the horses and riders who will participate in the Jan. 1 Tournament of Roses Parade, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 29. The equestrian show, noon-2 p.m. Tickets $20; free for ages 5 and younger; $45 VIP reserved seats. Purchase tickets here: tickets.sharpseating.com/p/tickets/events/equestfest. Parking $15. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. bit.ly/2Ecyo6w

Bandfest Presented by Remo: Three shows by bands marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade, 2 p.m. Dec. 29, and  10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets $20; free for children age 5 and younger (tickets.sharpseating.com/p/tickets/bandfest-presented-by-remo). Parking in structure 4 off of Del Mar Avenue. Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. tournamentofroses.com/events-calendar/bandfest/

A Very Feinstein NYE: Michael Feinstein performs two New Year’s Eve shows, Dec. 31; 6:30 p.m. ($195 and up; bit.ly/3IST9Dm) and 10:15 p.m. ($295 and up; bit.ly/3m4kIiX). 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. www.feinsteinsatvitellos.com

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: bit.ly/30tKAwW

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: bit.ly/3EEPKoS. Updates: www.facebook.com/VisitMarinaDelRey/

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. www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us

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. www.goldenstagnye.com

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 bit.ly/3y7GfMu

Tournament of Roses Parade: “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” is the theme of the 133rd parade with actor-entertainer and children’s literacy advocate LeVar Burton as grand marshal, 8 a.m. Jan. 1. Grandstand seating $60 and up (626-795-4171). Parade begins at Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, north on Orange Grove to Colorado Boulevard, east on Colorado to Sierra Madre Boulevard, north on Sierra Madre to Villa Street, Pasadena (the route map here: sharpseating.com/rose-parade-route). Information about the parade events and the parade: www.tournamentofroses.com; tournamentofroses.com/about/about-rose-parade/#theme-grand-marshal

Bird Walk at King Gillette Ranch: Join volunteer interpreter Kerry Perkins for a less-than-a-mile walk, 8:30-10 a.m. Jan. 1. Meet at the flagpole, 8:30 a.m. sharp. Suggested items to bring: binoculars, a bird guide, camera. Heavy rain cancels. 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. bit.ly/3mnLEub

Star Stories at Verdugo Hills Cemetery: Friends of Verdugo Hills Cemetery present a storytelling on constellations by local historian Craig Durst, 7-7:45 p.m. Jan. 1. Bring your own seating. No bathroom facilities at the cemetery. Donations go to construction of a Veterans Tribute and Memorial at the cemetery. 7000 Parsons Trail, Tujunga. friendsofverdugohillscemetery.com

Pasadena Bead and Design Show: Find designer accessories, antique and handcrafted beads, hand-sewn clothing, jewelry findings, hand-printed fabrics, jewelry and jewelry-making workshops, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 7-9. Admission $8 online; 410 at the door. Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles Ave. www.beadanddesign.com

Little Landers Historical Society: The society presents a screening of a documentary on the musical instrument, the theremin, “Theremin – an Electronic Odyssey,” 1 p.m. Jan. 8. The film is followed by a question and answer talk with the filmmaker Steven M. Martin. There will be a chance to play the instrument. Admission is $3 donation. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: [email protected] boltonhall.org; www.facebook.com/boltonhallmuseum/

 

ONGOING EVENTS

 

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. www.wbstudiotour.com

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: holidayroadusa.com/faq/. Event runs through Dec. 31. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. www.holidayroadusa.com

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: www.facebook.com/SantasSpeedway. www.santasspeedway.com

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. www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/enchanted/

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. www.lazoo.org/plan-your-visit/special-experiences/zoolights/

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. wisdome.la/gomystic

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. www.vangoghla.com

 

ART

 

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: [email protected] taragallery.org

William Turner Gallery: “Greg Miller: Flashbacks.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 29. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. 310-453-0909. Email: [email protected] www.williamturnergallery.com

 

ONGOING ART

 

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: [email protected] yiweigallery.com

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: [email protected] www.galerielakaye.com

Wood Symphony Gallery – Online: “The Art of Giving,” through Dec. 31. 818-720-7299. Email: [email protected] View the exhibit here: www.woodsymphony.com/art-of-giving-2021

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. www.womenpainterswest.org. brandlibrary.org

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. www.lapl.org/branches/central-library. More on the exhibit: bit.ly/3omWnHc

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, fashiondistrict.org

 

BOOKS

 

Book Soup: Hannah Kozak discusses “He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard,” 6 p.m. Dec. 28 (bit.ly/3oyuBr2). Jonathan Evison discusses “Small World” and Benjamin Percy discusses “The Unfamiliar Garden,” 6 p.m. Jan. 17 (bit.ly/3yRmqto). Photographer Mike Hipple discusses “Lived Through That – 90s Musicians Today,” 6 p.m. Jan. 20 (bit.ly/3st0IdS). Register in advance for the Crowdcast events from the links. The bookstore is located, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110. www.booksoup.com

Vroman’s Bookstore: Gina Apostol discusses “Bibliolepsy,” 6 p.m. Jan. 6 (online on Crowdcast; register in advance; bit.ly/3qq3a2u). Leonard Mlodinow discusses “Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking,” 6 p.m. Jan. 11 (ticketed in-store event; purchase in advance; $34.61 includes a copy of the book; bit.ly/3mujOwv). Xochitl Gonzalez discusses “Olga Dies Dreaming,” 7 p.m. Jan. 13 (ticketed in-store event; purchase in advance; $33.49 includes a copy of the book). The bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. www.vromansbookstore.com

Diesel, A Bookstore: Antoine Wilson discusses and signs “Mouth to Mouth” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11; Julia Cameron discusses “Seeking Wisdom: A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection,” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 (this is a ticketed Crowdcast event; $26 for admission online and a paperback back copy to be sent; contact the bookstore if you prefer a hardcover copy; bit.ly/3phefn0); 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. www.dieselbookstore.com

 

CHARITY

 

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: [email protected]

 

COMEDY

 

Jason Love’s Comedy New Year’s Eve: Laughs from Don Friesen, Mary Gallagher and Jason Love, 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $25 (bit.ly/2ZE9XvU). Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. bapacthousandoaks.com

 

MUSEUM

 

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.  www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles

 

ONGOING MUSEUM

 

Check the website or call ahead for holiday closures.

 

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. academymuseum.org

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. theautry.org

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. www.facebook.com/boltonhallmuseum; www.boltonhall.org

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 (bit.ly/3oq0tLa). 600 State Drive (in Exposition Park), Los Angeles. 213-744-2084. caamuseum.org

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: [email protected] www.cmato.org

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. californiasciencecenter.org

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. www.craftcontemporary.org

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. www.facebook.com/TheDiscoveryCube; www.discoverycube.org

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. forestlawn.com/exhibits-and-events/museum/

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: bit.ly/3GuLCIy. Museum, fowler.ucla.edu/

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 (bit.ly/2SbTzys). Parking $20 (www.getty.edu/visit/center/parking-and-transportation). Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu

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: [email protected] www.holocaustmuseumla.org

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 (www.janm.org/exhibits/mine-okubo-masterpiece). 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: www.facebook.com/jamuseum. janm.org

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: bit.ly/2P3c7iR. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010. www.lacma.org

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; nhm.org/brilliance).”Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, through April 17 (purchase tickets in advance here: nhm.org/plan-your-visit/nhm-buy-tickets). 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. nhmlac.org

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 (www.petersen.org/hypercars). 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. www.petersen.org

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 (bit.ly/3f1Aecr). 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganfoundation.org

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; www.skirball.org/visit). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org

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. 26 and Jan. 2 (choose other dates in January 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. bit.ly/3kWHgjx; www.facebook.com/valleyrelics; valleyrelicsmuseum.org

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 (bit.ly/2YyzIx5). Free admission. 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-216-1600. Online content: wendemuseum.org/content/wendeonline. 310-216-1600. Email: [email protected] wendemuseum.org

 

MUSIC

 

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 (bit.ly/3rDB9qr). Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. www.bapacthousandoaks.com

Glendale Noon Concerts – Online: Violinist Alexander Knecht and pianist Alexis Amor perform a “Celebrate the Winter Season” program of music, 12:10 p.m. Jan. 5. Free; donations welcome. 818-244-7241. Use the link to watch the concert from here: glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

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. www.wendemuseum.org/content/music-wende

REO Speedwagon: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets $62 and up (bit.ly/3pFMpkY). Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. www.bapacthousandoaks.com

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. www.thesoraya.org; bit.ly/3GKT4j5

Bank of America Performing Arts Center: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 8 p.m. Jan. 15 ($41 and up; Kavli Theatre; bit.ly/3tGAweC); David Foster, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 ($62 and up; Kavli; bit.ly/3pZrgAJ); Rockapella, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 ($40, $50; Scherr Forum Theatre; bit.ly/3EZodyX); Edwin McCain, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 ($50, $60; Scherr; bit.ly/3EYJxV9); Roseanne Cash, 8 p.m. Feb. 18 ($72; Kavli; bit.ly/3oYmYdK); Kenny G, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 ($52 and up; Kavli; bit.ly/3m5ZYaA). 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. www.bapacthousandoaks.com

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. www.thesoraya.org; bit.ly/3yrAB8k

 

THEATER

 

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: bit.ly/3sagLxi.) 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 (www.youtube.com/c/TheRobeyTheatreCompany). Free/donation $10 appreciated (therobeytheatrecompany.org/donate). www.therobeytheatrecompany.org/our-events

A Magical Cirque Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 28. Tickets $50-$70 (bit.ly/3D8N1CL). Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-449-2787. www.bapacthousandoaks.com

 

ONGOING THEATER

 

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 7 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets $22; $19 for ages 62 and older and ages 17 and younger. 24242 Main St., Newhall. 661-799-2702. www.canyontheatre.org/miracleon34thstreet

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. 23 and 25. Tickets $30. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to be given to Aviva Family and Children’s Services (collection box in the lobby; www.santasia.com/toy-drive). Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. www.santasia.com/tickets; www.santasia.com

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. www.thegrouprep.com

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. www.thegrouprep.com

Good People: A play by David Lindsay-Abaire about circumstances and the choices people make in life. Show runs 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. www.theatre40.org

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. Jan. 8; 2 p.m. Jan. 9; 8 p.m. Jan. 10; other dates through Jan. 23. Tickets $25-$45. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com

 

Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to [email protected] 818-713-3708.


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