21 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week: Dec. 9 - 12

Mickey Mouse and friends return to the ice. Madame Gandhi brings her music and activism to the stage. Foodies debate the "most Jewish" foods. Drag queens celebrate the holidays with (what else?) style. And the Los Angeles Times names its 101 Best Restaurants.

The members-only dinner club the Tasting Collective holds their next event at Otoño in Highland Park. (Courtesy of the Tasting Collective )

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9; 7:45 - 9:45 P.M.
Ode To Valencia
Otoño — 5715 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
Tasting Collective, a members-only dining club, presents its next event, featuring Otoño executive chef and co-owner Teresa Montaño. The Collective takes over the entire restaurant (which is usually closed on Mondays) as Montaño prepares a multi-course meal, testing out new dishes she's been playing with. Guests will get to chat with the chef, who'll share stories and participate in a Q&A. Tasting collective membership runs $99 to $165.
COST: $50+ tax/tip for members; $70+ tax/tip for members' guests; MORE INFO

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9; 7 - 9 P.M.
In Times of Rain/Tiempo de lluvia
UCLA Downtown Labor Center — 675 S. Park View St., downtown L.A.
Filmmaker and scholar Itandehui Jansen, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, and now at the University of Edinburgh, screens her fil, which follows the changing way of life for indigenous people in Oaxaca due to migration and globalization. Jansen will do a post-screening Q&A and discussion.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9; 7 - 9 P.M.
Classical Music By Candlelight
Immanuel Presbyterian Church — 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
This series presents an evening of classical Christmas music featuring Tchaikovsky, Beehoven, Bach and traditional holiday tunes performed by musicians bathed in candlelight. Most of the concerts in this series sell out quickly, so act fast.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

'The Farewell' screens at the Hammer as part of MoMA's 2019 Contenders Series. (Courtesy A24)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
MoMA Contenders 2019
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Every year, New York's Museum of Modern Art in selects a handful of recent films that they think will stand the test of time. Each screening is followed by conversations with directors and actors. The L.A. edition of the series includes continues this week with The Farewell with Lulu Wang (Monday); Booksmart with Olivia Wilde (Tuesday); The Irishman with Sebastian Maniscalco (Wednesday); and Marriage Story with Laura Dern (Thursday). The screenings begin at 7:30 p.m.
COST: $20 ($10 for museum members); MORE INFO

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9; 7 - 10 P.M.
Los Angeles Times 101 Best Restaurants Launch Party
Vibiana — 214 S Main St., Los Angeles
On Monday, the Los Angeles Times publishes its annual list of 101 Best Restaurants as restaurant critics Bill Addison and Patricia Escárcega continue Jonathan Gold's tradition. Head to a launch party where you can sample bites from 30 restaurants including Alta Adams, Bar Amá, Bavel, Burritos La Palma, Carnitas El Momo, Cassia, Here's Looking At You, Jitlada, Kato, Konbi, Ma'am Sir, Meals by Genet, Northern Thai Food Club, Porridge & Puffs, Republique, Rossoblu, Sonoratown and X'tiosu Kitchen. The event is 21+.
COST: $135, includes unlimited tastings and pours; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10; 7 - 9 P.M.
Go All the Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop
Chevalier's Books — 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Larchmont
Power pop gets the royal treatment in a new anthology. Contributors Rex Weiner and Heather Havrilesky along with editor Steve W. Lauden discuss the new collection and Beatles-inspired pop of the past five decades.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10; 7 - 9 P.M.
An Evening with the Cast and Creative Team from Tyler Perry's The Oval
The Paley Center for Media, 465 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Enjoy a screening of and conversation about BET's popular drama series. The show follows a newly elected President and First Lady, placed in the White House by people of influence.Their lives are filled with secrets, power and revenge. You'll get to see an episode of the show followed by a conversation with series stars Ed Quinn (Hunter Franklin), Kron Moore (Victoria Franklin) and other members of the cast and crew.
COST: $24 - $30; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10; 8 - 11 P.M.
Cyndi Lauper' Home For The Holidays concert
The Novo — 800 W. Olympic Blvd a335, downtown L.A.
The ninth edition of Lauper's star-studded fundraising show takes place in L.A for the first time. It benefits True Colors United, a nonprofit that aims to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. The concert features Lauper, her band and special guests Kesha, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlile, Belinda Carlisle, Charlie Musselwhite and Henry Rollins.
COST: $50 - $150; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10; 9 - 11 P.M.
Madame Gandhi
Echoplex — 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
The electronic musician and activist performs with her all-womxn/gender non-conforming band. She's touring in support of the release of her second EP, Visions. Also on the bill: Jarina De Marco. All ages.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11; 7 - 9 P.M.
#AngryBirds10
Gallery 1988 — 7308 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
Rovio and the gallery celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Angry Birds video game. The exhibition features paintings, limited-edition prints and pins.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Musco Center presents Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico on Dec. 11. (Courtesy of Nochebuena )

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11; 7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico
Musco Center for the Arts— One University Drive, Orange
Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jamie Cuéllar present an evening of musical traditions from Mexico. The night features music, dance, costumes and Christmas themes.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11; 8 - 9 P.M.
PAGE7 Podcast
Regent Theater — 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
Watch a live taping of the Last Podcast Network's show featuring Jackie Zebrowski, Holden McNeely and Molly Knefel dishing out celebrity gossip. Also taping is Wizard and the Bruiser, in which Holden McNeely and Jake Young serve as guides on a "psychotropic journey into the secret origins of nerd culture." All ages.
COST: $19.50; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Auntie Mame
The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Outfest teams with the American Cinematheque for its annual holiday screening of the classic film starring Rosalind Russell as a jet-setting aunt who takes her nephew under her wing. On Wednesday, there's a pre-screening reception from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. At Thursday's screening, there's a costume contest. All ticket buyers will be eligible to participate in a prize drawing.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Mickey's Search Party
STAPLES Center — 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
Disney On Ice returns with a show that features Mickey and friends doing high-flying acrobatics, fast skating and other stunts. As the gang searches for Tinker Bell, they travel through Coco's Spirit Realm, meeting up with Moana, Belle, Elsa and Aladdin along the way. The show moves to other Southern California cities including Anaheim, Long Beach and Ontario.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater presents 'What Remains' at the Wende Museum. (Keanu Narciso)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
What Remains
The Wende Museum — 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City
Heidi Duckler Dance presents a new site-specific work created for the museum's garden. It focuses on the dual stories of Orpheus and Eurydice as imagined by the poet Ranier Maria Rilke, who is under surveillance by the Stasi (East Germany's secret police) in the fictional short story What Remains.
COST: $50, $35 for senior and students ; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12; 7 - 9 P.M.
Mastering Spice Cookbook Launch Party
Manuela — 907 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
The restaurant at Hauser & Wirth welcomes Lior Lev Sercarz, chef-owner of NYC's La Boîte, to celebrate the launch of his fourth cookbook, Mastering Spice: Recipes and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Cooking. Sercarz prepares a dinner alongside Manuela's executive chef Kris Tominaga. The night also features a conversation between Sercarz and Genevieve Ko, cooking editor at the Los Angeles Times.
COST: $100; MORE INFO

Listen to poetry in the Broad galleries inspired by 'Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again.' (Courtesy The Broad)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12; 7 - 7:30 P.M.
The Logic of Poetry and Dreams - Sholeh Wolpé
The Broad — 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
In conjunction with Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, this literary series features poets and artists of varied backgrounds reading, performing and reflecting upon Neshat's works. This week, hear from Iranian-born poet and playwright Sholeh Wolpé.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Latrice Royale performs at Fashion Rocks 2014 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12; 8 - 10 P.M.
A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour
The Orpheum Theatre — 842 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Watch holiday performances from some of your favorite RuPaul's Drag Race contestants including Nina West, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon and Willam. Check out costumes, performances, a new stage production and lots of shenanigans. While all ages are welcome, there is adult content in the show.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

Is Matzo ball soup the most Jewish of Jewish foods? Join the debate at the Skirball. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Food historian and writer Lara Rabinovitch moderates a conversation with editor Alana Newhouse, former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl and James Beard Award-winning chef Edward Lee on this highly debatable list. A tasting follows the program, and admission to this discussion also includes museum admission.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12; 5 - 8 P.M.
Annual Christmas Lights Run
5338 E. 2nd St., Long Beach
Runners High in the LBC hosts their annual three-mile run through Naples to check out the dazzling Christmas lights. There's free hot chocolate, Santa hats and jingle bells.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO