Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA, Dec. 2-9 – Daily News


Stained glass houses, created from recycled materials by artist Tom Fruin, are lit up at the “Enchanted Forest of Light” attraction at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA, on Monday, November 22, 2021. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)


Here is a sampling of things to do in-person and online in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Dec. 2-9.




Holiday Gift Market: BLVD Kitchen presents the event with sales of clothing, food, housewares, jewelry and BLVD kitchen gifts, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Mask wearing is required. Reservations requested here: Outdoors at 4641 Libbit Ave., Encino.

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. 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.

Chanukah at the Shoppes in Westlake Village: Chabad of the Conejo presents the celebration with a “Grand Menorah Lighting,” a circus act by Ivan Pecel, music by Jimmy Gamliel and Yossi Levy, dreidels, jelly donuts and latkes, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 2. 30770 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village.

Museum of the San Fernando Valley – 2021 Public Art Initiative Artist Showcase and Art Auction: Meet the museum’s board members and local artists, participate in an auction of decorated chairs and purchase a gift basket, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 2. Reservations required (818-347-9665 or email Parking is at 18860 Nordhoff St., Northridge (ADA parking is at 9015 Wilbur Ave.). The event is at Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 18904 Nordhoff St., Northridge.

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. Dec. 3. 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.

Granada Hills Holiday Tree Lighting: Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council and Granada Hills Rotary present the event, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Chatsworth Street at Zelzah Ave.

Quilt Walk and Holiday Bazaar: Quilting for Community presents the event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4. Location, 8923 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. 818-477-2273. Details here:

Holiday Art Fair and Makers Market: Shop for handcrafted gifts from local artists and small businesses, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4. Items on sale include chili bowls and ceramics, candles, cards, leather goods, honey, jewelry and ornaments. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga.

A Very Merry Winter Market: Typewriter Connection hosts the market that includes sales of letterpress art, original and print artwork, handmade gifts, live poetry demonstrations and vintage typewriters, noon-6 p.m. Dec. 4. Free admission but register in advance is requested here: As We Dwell, 441 Seaton St., Los Angeles. Email:

Valley Cultural Foundation’s Arts and Music Festival: The event includes arts and crafts activities for children, music by emerging entertainers, a snow area, photos with Santa Claus, vendors selling gift items and food trucks, 3-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the ABC-7 and Southern California Firefighters’ “Spark of Love” toy drive. Warner Park, 5001 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-704-1358.

Holidays on the Homestead at Antelope Valley Indian Museum: The 10 annual event includes a “country craft” boutique plus music around a campfire with cowboy poetry singer Michael Tcherkassky and a tour of the historic grounds, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Admission $10; $5 ages 6-12 (complimentary bowl of chili). 15701 E. Ave. M, Lancaster. 661-946-3055.

Holiday Tree Lighting in the City of San Fernando: Event includes live entertainment, photo opportunity with Santa Claus and shopping for gifts from local vendors, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4 San Fernando Mall, 900 San Fernando Road, San Fernando. 818-898-1290.;

2021 Winter Solstice Art Show and Sale: Shop for Native American handcrafted items, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Art reflects the cultures of Chumash, Tongva, Apache, Cahuilla, Diné/Navajo, Hupa, Kumeyaay, Witchita and other cultures. Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park (directions: from the 101 Freeway, exit at Wendy Drive and drive south; right turn on Lynn Road; from Lynn make a left turn on Via Goleta; continue to the parking lot where the road ends; walk 0.3 of a mile to the center. 805-370-2301.

Granada Hills Holiday Parade: The 38th annual parade – the parade in 2020 was a “best of parades” video – with the theme “A Charles Dickens Christmas,” 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Grand marshals: members of the 1970 Granada Hills High School football championship team. The 1.8 miles long parade begins at Chatsworth Street and Petit Avenue and goes west on Chatsworth to Zelzah Avenue, Zelzah to Kingsbury Street. Rain or shine.

Hanukkah Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center: Event includes art-making, storytelling and music from Dublab DJ Callue Ryan, and klezmer band Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi and Zingarella, 2-6 p.m. Dec. 5. Reservations required (no tickets at the door). Admission $18; $15 ages 65 and older and students with ID; $13 ages 2012. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. Purchase admission here:

Schmaltzy – Storytelling and Tasting Event on the last night of Hanukkah: NuRoots, the young adult initiative within the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles present the event put together by the Jewish Food Society, a nonprofit based in New York, 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Listen to stories by guest speakers on food memories, followed by tasting the food items. Admission $54; no tickets sold at the door. Location is in Culver City and exact address given to confirmed guests only).;

Bob Blumenfield’s Holiday Drive: The Los Angeles City councilmember for District 3 holds a get-together and donation drop-off event, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 9. Donation needs: new, unwrapped toys; new socks; gently used jackets and blankets; hygiene projects; non-perishable canned and dry food. Event is rain or shine. Reservations requested here: Warner Park, band shell, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-774-4330.

Gem Faire in Santa Barbara: International gem and jewelry dealers show and sell bead strands, crystals, fossils, minerals, loose gem stones, finished jewelry and jewelry supplies, noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12. Jewelry cleaning, repair and ring sizing available. Admission $7 (good for all three days); free for ages 11 and younger. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. 503-252-8300 or email:

Winter Wonderland and Toy Drive: North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce holds the event that includes crafting activities for children, music and gift vendors, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 11. Craft beer from 8one8Brewing available for ages 21 and up. Build-a-Snowman Contest (separate fee to enter). Bring an unwrapped toy and take a photo with Santa Claus. Toys donations go to Los Angeles Police Department PALS and Child Care Resource Center for distribution. Location is at Rancho Cordillera del Norte, 9015 Wilbur Ave., Northridge. Email:

Little Landers Historical Society Holiday Party: Entertainer Franny McCartney is the mistress of ceremonies for the event that includes the Randy Van Horne Singers, a Christmas carol sing-along and refreshments, 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Free/donations appreciated. Parking available at the Elks Lodge (up the hill from the museum). Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email:

Holidays in the Village: A European-style marketplace that includes shopping for unique gifts, children’s activities, carolers and live music, European food and beverages including glühwein and craft beers, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 12. Free admission and parking. Presented by the Rotary clubs of Westlake Village (Sunrise and Noon). Lakeview Canyon and Agoura roads, Westlake Village.

Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival: The Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth presents the “Joy to the World” theme parade, 1 p.m. Dec. 12. Festival, noon-4 p.m., with arts and crafts and food vendors (Canoga Avenue between Devonshire and Mayall streets).  Parade route: East on Devonshire Street from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Lurline Avenue. Email:




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:

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit: The walk-through digital art exhibit with well-known works of Vincent van Gogh, through Jan. 2. 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’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:

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.

The 90s Experience: A pop-up, limited time, immersive experience from more than 20 local artists who have created exhibits of the 1990s. Purchase a timed admission: noon-7 p.m. Thursday; noon-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 30. Admission $29; $15 ages 3-17. Located at Westfield Topanga (across from the Lego Store and near Target), 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park.

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. Tickets $50 and up. Wisdome LA, 1147 Palmetto St., Los Angeles.




Wood Symphony Gallery – Online: “The Art of Giving,” Dec. 2-31. 818-720-7299. Email: View the exhibit here:

Topanga Canyon Gallery: “Featherweights,” small works from 40 regional artists, 2-7 p.m. Dec. 3. Reception, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 4. Hands-on demonstration of alcohol ink painting by Delbar Azari, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 11. 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 this Sunday), except, 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:




Nicodim Gallery: “Larry Madrigal – How Dare We Now Live” and “Robert Yarber – The Ayahuasca Drawings.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Dec. 4. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166.

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University: “Environmental Reflections: Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.” Free to visit, but an advanced reservation is required. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 5. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4851.

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Lindsay August-Salazar – There’s No Place Like No Place,” large-scale paintings and works on paper.  Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through Dec. 11. 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. Email: 323-413-2584.

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:

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,




Book Soup: Diana Campoamor, editor of “If We Want to Win – A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy,” discusses the book online with contributors Anjanette Delgado, Olga Garay-English and Julio Marcial, 6 p.m. Dec. 2 ( Steven Reigns discusses “A Quilt for David,” online at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 ( Tom Bissell discusses “Creative Types and other stories, online at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 ( Freda Payne discusses her memoir “Band of Gold,” online at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 ( Sharon Gless discusses her memoir “Apparently There Were Complaints,” online at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 ( 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: Register in advance for the Crowdcast events from the links. The bookstore is located, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Author Don Emde has cancelled his appearance on Dec. 4, but signed copies of his book “Freddie Ludlow: His Life on Two Wheels” are available for purchase. 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.

Flintridge Bookstore: Louise Wannier discusses/signs “Tree Spirits, an interactive children’s book for ages 4-8,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4. 858 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. 818-790-0717. Details here:

Dark Delicacies: “A Dark Delicacies Anniversary Party” with author book signings, 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Steven Banks signs “Out for Blood,” a “Middle School Bites” novel, 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Screenwriters Candie Langdale and Doug Langdale and director Jorge R. Gutierrez sign “The Art of Maya and the Three,” 3 p.m. Dec. 5. Masks and vaccine card required to attend. 822 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank. 818-556-6660. Email:

Diesel, a Bookstore: Missy Dunaway discusses and signs “The Traveling Artist: A Visual Journal,” 3 p.m. Dec. 5 ( Masks required. 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960. Email:

Chevalier’s Books: David Alan Sklansky discusses “A Pattern of Violence – How the Law Classifies Crimes and What it Means for Justice,” online at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 (register in advance here: Natashia Deon discusses “The Perishing,” online at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 (register in advance here: Purchase books at the store, 133 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-465-1334. Email:




HAULidays Toy Drive: Junk King San Fernando, an eco-friendly junk removal company, is holding the drive that will benefit a local Boys and Girls Club. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at two locations through Dec. 13: 21803 Devonshire St., Chatsworth; 9036 Tampa Ave., Northridge. 818-275-5851.;

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Toy Drive: The association’s 23rd annual event for the public to donate new, unwrapped toys for later distribution by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to foster and needy children, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Gelson’s parking lot, 4520 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-377-4590. See details here:

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel’s Drive-Thru Holiday Open House: Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to families in need in the District 45 local community, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Masks required. West Valley Food Pantry at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-4521.

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.




American Contemporary Ballet: “The Nutcracker Suite,” 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 4-5; other dates through Dec. 24. Tickets $25-$140. Location, 926 N. Sycamore Ave., 6th floor, Los Angeles.

The Getty Center: “Meaningless Work, Get to Work,” a dance performance with music scores from the 1960s-1970s world-wide experimental arts movement, and also, the premiere of “Sky, Stone, Sea” by the Phoebe Berglund Dance Troupe, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 4. Free to watch, but a timed-ticket to the Getty Center is required ( Parking $20. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

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.

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.




Luis Barragán – Architect of Poetry and Mystery: Art and cultural history lecturer Gregorio Luke discusses the Mexican architect-engineer’s vision, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets $9.58. Register here to purchase tickets for the Zoom presentation:

Culinary Historians of Southern California: Baker and author-historian Genevieve Bardwell discusses “The Appalachian Tradition and Culture of Salt Rising Bread,” 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11. Free. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting (reservations close 24-hours before meeting): Email:

The Aging Landscape – Emerging Trends and Changing Perspectives: UCLA Extension presents a panel discussion on the topic, 1-3 p.m Dec. 9. Free. Register in advance for the Zoom talk here:




Hanukkah Film Festival – Online: Menemsha Films and ChaiFlicks, in association with synagogues and Jewish film festivals, present 11 films on the eight days of Hanukkah, through Dec. 5. Cost $36 with a promo code (use Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival code LAFEST, or a code from another participating organization here:

Date Night Drive-In at Paramount Ranch – A Fundraiser: The event includes a guided tour, 4 p.m., followed by a screening of “Love Actually” (2003, rated R), 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Gates open, 3:30 p.m. Purchase admission in advance, $35 per car. Cash sales for gift items, popcorn and raffle. Proceeds go to rebuilding four historic structures that were destroyed in the 2018 Woolsey fire (the Paramount Project: 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills.




Discovery Cube Los Angeles: New: “The Science of Gingerbread” and a gingerbread “house” contest. Check the website for gingerbread house rules; creations must be delivered to the museum by Dec. 4. 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.;

Petersen Automotive Museum: Dec. 4: “Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme,” through Sept. 22 ( 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. 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.




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. 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. 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 in America: Ongoing special exhibit: “Pinatas: The High Art of Celebration,” through Dec. 4. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles. 323-951-0610.;

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.

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.

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 exhibits: “Jack Boul: Reflections of a Post-War Europe,” through the end of November. “Passports for Life,” an exhibit curated by the Pilecki Institute in Switzerland on how Polish diplomats helped to save Jews during the Shoah, through Dec. 15 (the exhibit is presented with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles; USC Shoah Foundation’s “Dimensions in Testimony,” a virtual and interactive conversation with Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone. 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: “Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation Ink Collection,” an exploration on the impact of ink on contemporary art, through Dec. 12 ( “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; and also “Black American Portraits,” through April 17. 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: The Spider Pavilion, through Dec. 5 (pavilion tickets, $6, here: “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, through April 17 (purchase tickets in advance here: 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.

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. 4-5 (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:




Santa Clarita Encore Chorale – The 12 Days After Christmas or Your Christmas Gifts are for the Birds!: The group performs carols, songs and comedy, 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Free admission. Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Road, Newhall. Cheri Walters, 661-313-6526; Roberta Kessler, 661-296-5085.

Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s – St. Matthew’s Music Guild: Dwayne S. Milburn conducts the orchestra in “A Baroque Christmas” with a program of Handel’s Concerto a due cori No. 1 and Messiah (Part 1) and Michel Corrette’s Symphonie des noëls, 8 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets $35. 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. 310-573-7422. Email:

San Fernando Valley Chorale: The group performs a concert “This Shining Night,” 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets $15. Chapel of the Cross, 10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. 818-724-5966. Email:

Scotty Sire: Concert, with Bruce Wiegner, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets $18 plus fee. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Scotty Sire:; Details here:

Courtney Barnett: 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $39.50 and up. Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 213-623-3233.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles: Perform “A Holiday Homecoming,” 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets $25 and up. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. 310-267-4465.

Los Angeles Jewish Symphony – Violins of Hope: Noreen Green conducts the orchestra, with violinist Lindsay Deutsch, 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets $41-$109. The Soraya, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge.

A Chanticleer Christmas: 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets $41 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000.

Take 6 – Christmas Show: The a cappella group perform various holiday songs, 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $25; $50. Smothers Theatre at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522. Details and to purchase tickets:

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:

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.

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:

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.




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. 3-4; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and other dates through Dec. 23. Tickets $22; $19 for ages 62 and older and ages 17 and younger. 24242 Main St., Newhall. 661-799-2702.

Christmastime Origins: The Group Rep presents four radio plays that concern the source origins of Christmas traditions, opens 4 p.m. Dec. 4. 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 Zip Code Plays – Antaeus Theatre Co.: Listen to the audio play by Khari Wyatt’s “91331: Pacoima – Gold & Shine,” 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and a followup discussion with Wyatt, the director Saundra McClain, Pacoima Historical Society president Crystal Jackson, Pacoima Branch librarian Rachel Rose and artistic director/moderator Bill Brochtrup. The Zoom event and discussion is in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library. Register in advance for the Zoom event here: Free. Also, listen to the play here:

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.




Good People: A play by David Lindsay-Abaire about circumstances and the choices people make in life. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 2-4; 2 p.m. Dec. 5; other dates through Dec. 22. 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.

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Motown: Troubadour Theater Co. and Garry Marshall Theatre present the musical holiday parody, preview 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Show runs 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12; 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 18; other dates through Dec. 24. Tickets for preview, $65; $75 regular shows. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101.

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.

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. 3-4; 2 p.m. Dec. 5; 8 p.m. Dec. 6; other dates through Jan. 23. Tickets $25-$45. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525.


Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to 818-713-3708.

Source link