21 Fabulous Happenings In Southern California This Weekend: Dec. 27-29
Once you've come out of your eggnog and latke stupor, explore the city while everyone else is out of town.
Watch a Swedish vampire flick at the New Beverly, a triple feature fundraiser of twisted Christmas films in Santa Ana, or the Golden Globe-nominated foreign-language films.
Feel like a swim instead? Take a dip in the Pacific (away. from. the. storm. drains).
You can also mingle with flamingos, ice skate outdoors, and celebrate Kwanzaa through dance, music or rap and comedy.
And so much more.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
Eight Crazy Nights of Cocktails
InterContinental Los Angeles -- 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Century City
The hotel continues to serve up special cocktails for each night of Hanukkah. The menu includes Jewish twists on some of beverage manager Silvia Rho's favorite festive libations, which change each day and are only available on the specific night. There's still time to partake in the Sufaganiyah Jelly Donut Martini (night 5), He-Brewed (night 6), Vodkas & Latkes (night 7) and Star of Century City (night 8). The cocktails are available in both Mari (which has a Hanukkah prix fixe menu, too) and the hotel's Copper Lounge.
COST: $12 per cocktail; MORE INFO
Gateway Hotel Santa Monica -- 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken return to Santa Monica with their newest restaurant, located within the Gateway Hotel. Socalo is now serving breakfast and lunch, with dinner service to follow. The duo serves up "Mexican fare with a California sensibility." A sneak peek of the menu included: Buenos Dias Bowl, impossible chorizo, crunchy quinoa, fried egg, spinach, queso fresco, salsa verde; guava cheese empanada; vampiro steak and shrimp tacos, griddled cheese, salsa macha; and jackfruit tinga tacos with roasted poblano, crispy jalapeño, avocado tomatillo salsa.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Lula Washington Dance Theatre -- 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw
The dance company presents three days of family-friendly, cultural celebration with drumming and dancing that mixes African dance, modern dance, and ballet. The performances showcase both Lula Washington's youth dancers and the professional members the touring company. The program illuminates the seven principals of Kwanzaa, "all of which advocate for the development of families; children; communities; and individual well being."
COST: $10 - $100; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
STAPLES Center -- 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The SoCal comedian, also known as Fluffy, plays hometown shows this weekend. Currently in the midst of his Beyond The Fluffy World Tour, Iglesias plays the Staples Center on Friday night and the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday.
COST: $45.50 - $79.50; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
National Visit The Zoo Day
Los Angeles Zoo -- 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
The zoo has special activities planned for the special day.There's a Flamingo Mingle ($25 per person) with specific feeding times; Giraffe Feedings ($5 per person), zoo keeper talks and animal demos, a children's zoo and a World of Birds Show. In addition, the zoo has partnered with an organization to recycle cell phones and tablets to help with gorilla conservation.
COST: $17 - $22 admission; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27; 2 - 4 P.M.
Let the Right One in
New Beverly Cinema -- 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
The New Bev's "Freaky Fridays" film series screens the 2008 modern horror directed by Tomas Alfredson. In the film, a bullied boy finds a true friend in a new 12-year-old neighbor, whose arrival coincides with a rash of local disappearances and murders. It's a "beautiful dark fairy tale" set in Sweden. Screened in 35 mm with English subtitles.
COST: $6; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 23; 5 P.M. - 1 A.M.
The Galaxy Bar
TCL Chinese Theatre -- 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The Star Wars-inspired intergalactic speakeasy opened to coincide with The Rise of Skywalker. So stop by the cantina to check out the visuals and drinks. Each ticket includes a signature cocktail and a souvenir LED bracelet.
COST: $23 - $35; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28; 7 P.M. - 12 A.M.
The Devil & Father Christmas: Twisted Christmas Triple Feature
The Frida Cinema -- 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana
This triple feature doubles as a fundraiser for theater, screening Black Christmas (1974), Dial Code Santa Claus (1989) and Santa Claus (1959). The night features spiked egg nog (for those 21+), holiday goodies, vendors, photo ops and giveaways. So throw on your ugly Christmas sweater one more time before you pack it away for next year.
COST: $15; MORE INFO
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27; 8 - 10 P.M.
Drumline Live Holiday Spectacular
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts -- 18000 Park Plaza Dr., Cerritos
Favorite holiday songs get a toe-tapping drumline treatment. Classic songs get a marching band twist of gospel, jazz, soul, Motown and hip-hop. In addition to the band, watch vocalists, choreography and costumes.
COST: $60 - $85; MORE INFO
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
El Portal Theatre -- 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Enjoy a night of comedy and magic headlined by prestidigitator Chipper Lowell. He's joined on the bill by Stoil & Ekaterina, a quick change and magic act; and the young sibling act Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn Nicole Rockett.
COST: $25; MORE INFO
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28; 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.
3rd Annual Polar Bear Swim
Annenberg Community Beach House -- 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica
End the year on a cold note by taking a plunge in the Pacific. Dip your toes, dunk your head or go for a 300-yard or 500-yard buoy swim in the ocean, then warm up in the heated Beach House pool. Enjoy the pool and poolside activities including snacks, warm beverages, and photos with Pat the Polar Bear.
COST: $4 - $10; MORE INFO
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28; 7:30 - 8:30 P.M.
F--- This Year
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset -- 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
If you think that 2019 was a pretty craptastic year, then toast the year away by sharing what made your year suck badly. The cast will then take your stories of woe and spin them into comedy gold. It's like airing of the grievances and therapy in public rolled into one. The cast includes Eli Gonzalez, Leonard Smith Jr., Ann Maddox, Riley Westling, Annabel Seymour, Christopher Renfro, Courtney Sevener and Jeff Whitaker. Drink specials will be available in the lobby before the show.
COST: $12; MORE INFO
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29; 11:55 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Lingerie Night with Midnight Insanity!
Art Theatre of Long Beach -- 2025 E 4th St., Long Beach
In addition to the regular screening of the RHPS, it's also Lingerie Night. The night offers a chance to strut what you got in skivvies for prizes. Midnight Insanity does the the live shadowcast and will have prop bags available for audience participation.
COST: $12; MORE INFO
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominees Series
Aero Theatre -- 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
Watch the Golden Globe-nominated foreign-language films beginning on Sunday with Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory, followed by Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire on Monday, Ladj Ly's Les Misérables on Wednesday, Bong Joon Ho's Parasite on Thursday and Lulu Wang's The Farewell on Friday. The series culminates with a directors' symposium at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Jan. 4.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29; 8:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Neil Hamburger LIVE
The Satellite -- 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
Close out the year with a night of comedy and anti-comedy by Neil Hamburger. The lineup includes Sarah Squirm, Paul Danke, Open Mike Eagle, Max & Nicky and a secret guest (a really good one!). The Satellite is a 21+ venue.
COST: $8; MORE INFO
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29; 9:30 - 10:30 P.M.
A Kwanzaa Rap Battle
UCB Franklin -- 5919 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
Kwanzaa is traditionally observed from Dec. 26 -Jan. 1, and Zora Bikangaga and Shaun Fisher host a night of comedians celebrating the holiday in their own way. The official lineup includes: Jiavani Linayao, Leonard Smith Jr., Sherry Cola, Ahsohn Williams, Christopher Eddins, Biniam Bizuneh, Priscilla Davies and Greg Smith. Soundtrack provided by David Romo aka DJ RomoFace.
COST: $12; MORE INFO
Ongoing Holiday Events
Through MONDAY, JANUARY 20; 12 - 1 P.M.
Bai Holiday Ice Rink
Pershing Square -- 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
L.A.'s largest outdoor ice-skating rink returns with a number of free, seasonal and festive events. The rink begins its 22nd season with an Icebreaker Opening Celebration on Thursday at 11 a.m. featuring a live performance of the Oscar-winning hit "Let It Go" from the cast of the North American tour of Disney's Frozen the Broadway Musical with a skate performance choreographed to the song. Every Tuesday throughout the ice rink season will be Let It Go Tuesdays. The rink lights will be predominantly blue and every third song played will be from the Frozen Original Broadway Cast Recording during the 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (if applicable) sessions.
COST: $9 general admission, $5 skate rentals ; MORE INFO
Through SUNDAY, JANUARY 19; 12:30 - 1:30 P.M.
Los Angeles County Arboretum -- 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
The lantern art festival features new and interactive displays this season. There are two new themes, Polar Dreams which features penguins and cuddly sled dogs, and Ocean Visions, which features exotic fish, giant sharks and undersea creatures.
COST: $23 - $28; MORE INFO
Through SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Bob Baker's Nutcracker
Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse -- 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
The holiday ballet is adapted by Bob Baker's marionettes for a show fit for kids of all ages. More than 100 handcrafted puppets take the audience on an adventure through the Land of Sweets. Meet the Sugarplum Fairy and her Promenading Cakes, dance with the waltzing flowers and listen to tunes from the Nutcracker band, The Go-Go's.
COST: Tickets start at $20, children 2 and younger get in free; MORE INFO
Through FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
The Danish town -- already ripe for a Hallmark holiday movie -- opens its monthlong annual holiday celebration this weekend. In addition to Santa's Village, a Julefest parade, candlelight tours and a Skål Wine & Stein Stroll, some of the newer experiences this year included the celebration of Saint Lucia Day on Dec. 13; a Christmas drone show on Dec. 21, and a new play area Santa's Lade (Santa's Barn) with snow and live animals.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
Through SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Love Actually Live
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The multimedia concert celebration of Richard Curtis' now beloved holiday film returns to the Wallis after last year's smash run. 2018 cast members Rex Smith, Carrie Manolakos, Doug Kreeger, Tomasina Abate, Carson Higgins and Emily Lopez return, while new cast members include Rogelio Douglas Jr., Declan Bennett, Jon Robert Hall and Chris Mann.
COST: $39 - 125 ; MORE INFO