L.A.'s brightest holiday tradition returns as bright as ever this year with its wild wonderland of holiday lights. At the 2017 edition of L.A. Zoo Lights, as the animals sleep, make unforgettable memories as you take an evening stroll through an expanded area of the zoo that's been transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals rendered by lasers, 3-D projections and musical water-and-light displays. Delight in mischievous light-monkeys run amok, a stained glass menagerie, fanciful elephants and a giant glowing snake. This year's event features real reindeers, seasonal goodies and a chance to hang with Santa on select dates. Complete this festive cheer with holiday treats and hot chocolate to warm your fingers on a wintery night.
Descanso Gardens is famed for its daytime beauty, and now you can enjoy this SoCal treasure illuminated in glorious light. As the sun sets, the gardens transform into Enchanted: Forest of Light. During this colorful interactive experience you can stroll through a mile of Descanso Gardens' most beloved areas while marveling at 10 distinct lighting displays. Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso is a 160-acre outdoor wonderland featuring the Camellia Forest, Rose Garden, natural growth in the world-famous Japanese Garden and Oak Woodland. At Enchanted: Forest of Light, these sights are now even more magical.
Put a little adventure in your holiday season at Queen Mary's CHILL Ice Adventure Park. In this revamped take on the annual favorite, you'll experience Christmas as Santa might, taking in the world's traditions all in one trip. Taste international foods -- from gourmet German pretzels to Swiss chocolate s'mores (roast them yourself!) -- while enjoying live music and dance from around the world. Then get ready for adventure with ice-skating, a two-story ice-tubing slide and a giant rocking horse. For additional purchases, you can hop in an ice bumper car, swoop down a zip line, race ice-cycles and more. A Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus put the final magical touches on your holiday adventure, and Sunday nights will end with a bang during a fireworks show.
Step right up into the Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium and discover the surreal world of LUZIA, where an imaginary Mexico springs to life to the soundtrack of brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Inspired by the cultural richness of Mexico, Cirque du Soleil's new big-top show LUZIA features original music written for a live acoustic setting mixed with the electro-pop of Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible. Catch LUZIA -- a combination of the Spanish words luz (light) and lluvia (rain), two elements at the heart of the show -- on the Los Angeles stop of its world tour. VIP ticketholders can enjoy these high-flying acrobatics from the comfort of superior seats complete with an open bar cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres before the show and access to an exclusive VIP terrace and restrooms.
One of the most unlikely music stars ever, Lindsey Stirling has defied expectations with her hugely popular and original mashup of violin, electronic music and dance. Stirling's energetic performance style, which combines choreographed movements with expressive violin playing, has made her a YouTube sensation, with nearly 8 million subscribers to her channel. Now the critically acclaimed violinist makes her way to The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where she'll perform hits from her first-ever holiday album, Warmer In the Winter. Get into the festive spirit with stunning onstage visuals and Stirling's cheerful take on holiday classics.
Direct from Broadway, Something Rotten! is a "big, fat hit!" (New York Post). Set in the '90s -- the 1590s, that is -- this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway's Josh Grisetti), two brothers desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is "The Producers plus Spamalot plus The Book of Mormon. Squared!" (New York Magazine). Don't miss this dazzling show when it comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Fill your holidays with music! Walt Disney Concert Hall is proud to present its beloved Holiday Sing-Along and the Grammy(r)-winning 12-man chorus, Chanticleer. A cappella sensations Naturally 7 produce their "instrumental" accompaniments with their own voices in a holiday-themed program. Rounding out this series is a sing-along screening of the beloved 1954 film classic White Christmas, and their always-spectacular New Year's Eve concerts!
Airfare to Rome may be out of reach this holiday season, but Westfield Topanga Mall has got you covered with an immersive exhibit that allows you to get up close and personal with the stunning frescoes of Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Reproduced to near original size by state-of-the-art technology -- and displayed on illuminated panels at ground level so you won't have to constantly crane your neck to look up at a ceiling -- this acclaimed collection features 34 of the artist's masterpieces, including the famed Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. Experience the awesome power of one of the world's most historic and moving artistic achievements this holiday season, and yes, there's a gift shop.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 10:00am-8:00pm (Last Entry at 7:30pm)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)
The Clippers are back for another exciting season of cool dunks, hot passes and buzzer beaters, and you can be at STAPLES Center to see it all from a variety of vantage points, from regular seats to luxurious Premier Level tickets and VIP Suites. In the Premier Level, you'll never miss another exciting play standing in line for concessions, because you'll have in-seat food and beverage service featuring high-end sandwiches, sushi, burgers and more from your own server. These seats, located in the 200 Level, offer some of the best views of Doc Rivers' squad as they light up the scoreboard. If you opt for the suites, you can enjoy the game in climate-controlled comfort, with in-suite plasma TVs and a private seating concourse. Root for the Clippers, and treat yourself to a special night thanks to some of the best seats at STAPLES.
Disney's The Little Mermaid invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom alongside her crabby sidekick, Sebastian. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there, trading in her tail for human legs with some "help" from a sea witch named Ursula, in order to be by the side of the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs like "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World" and more at the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood.
Harbor Breeze's Whale Watching Cruise is your chance to channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and create some lifelong memories. And since one of the country's best aquariums is right next door, you're in good hands on this seafaring adventure. An educator from the Aquarium of the Pacific will guide you as you marvel at gray or blue whales (depending on the season), plus others majestic creatures, like the distinctive humpback, killer whales and several kinds of dolphins.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)
Once upon a time, holograms were either some sci-fi fantasy ("Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope") or some sort of futuristic technology you'd never hope to see in your lifetime. But when a holographic Tupac Shakur materialized at the 2012 Coachella alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, minds were forever blown. Now, you can experience the phenomenon yourself in this cutting-edge concert presented by Hologram USA, featuring the best of jazz icon Billie Holiday. Through the use of innovative motion capture, high-tech projections and sound editing, legendary stars like Holiday are digitally resurrected on the stage -- and not only can these life-like re-creations perform all of your favorite tunes, they can also interact with the audience. Step inside L.A.'s Hologram USA Theater and see the future as it's unfolding while marveling at a musical genius of the past.
Over the hills and through the valley to Holiday Spectacular you go! Come home for the holidays with Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles for a family oriented show with everything from traditional holiday tunes to modern jingles with a stage full of Malibu Monks, elves that are juust a little "extra," snow, sparkle and a Santa or two. This annual holiday musical extravaganza, a must-see L.A. event, features the 200 powerful voices of this acclaimed chorus. Don't miss this perennial favorite at Alex Theatre that's sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This year, GMCLA is partnering with Raise a Child and Extraordinary Families, two local organizations devoted to finding homes for children, specializing in LGBTQ families.
This stunning version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet by artistic director David Wilcox has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for over 30 years years. Accompanied by full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Nutcracker also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of over 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects -- along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet's gorgeous white Arabian horse. The Los Angeles Times calls Long Beach Ballet's The Nutcracker "opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment," and The Huffington Post raves that it "enchants children and their parents with spectacle and awe."
Hosts Ray J and Kato "House Guest" Kaelin present the best of L.A.'s alternative performers in Hologram USA's Sexy Hollywood Freakshow. This hilarious hologram performance features the talents of Chris Wonder, Scot Nery and Tosh Burlesque. Experience the endlessly appealing possibilities of holographic 3D tech at this cutting-edge Beverly Hills event.
The Los Angeles Kings return to the ice for the with hopes of adding another Stanley Cup trophy to their franchise thanks to their core group of Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick. They've also added Michael Cammalleri to spark the offense and help L.A. get back to the postseason. But no matter what the outcome of the game, the Kings always make things exciting for the fans. You can watch the action from a variety of vantage points at STAPLES Center, but nothing beats a private suite, where you get to enjoy customized catering options, a VIP entrance to the arena, flat-screen televisions and more. Or go with a Premier Level seat to kick back with in-seat service and great views. Get fired up in style as the Kings fight to lead the Pacific Division into the postseason.
Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose puts a fun, modern spin on the beloved tale. Featuring alumni of So You Think You Can Dance, acclaimed TV and Broadway performers, choreography by Mandy Moore (La La Land), musical direction/arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol) and direction by Tony nominee Sheldon Epps, this production will get the whole family in the Christmas spirit. Kelli Berglund of Disney XD's Lab Rats, James Snyder of Broadway's If/Then, Harrison White of Broadway's The Lion King, Jonah Platt of Broadway's Wicked and Gedde Watanabe (John Hughes' Sixteen Candles) are just a few of the stars appearing in this delightful show. Packed with laughs and hit songs by Bruno Mars, Sam Cooke and Taylor Swift, this show from the acclaimed Lythgoe Family Panto comes to the stage in the style of a classic British holiday panto, which takes a well-known fairy tale and gives it a cheeky, modern twist. So, gather the family and come out to Pasadena Civic Auditorium to cheer the heroes and boo the villains in this fun, interactive play.
The Magic of Christmas is Southern California's largest Christmas spectacular! This holiday experience features 250 performers, over 6,000 costumes, 30 festive scene changes, and more than 45 musical holiday favorites. Full choruses, dancing penguins and favorites from the Nutcracker Suite and Handel's Messiah make The Magic of Christmas a must-see when it comes to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
L.A. might not have a whole lot of lakes, but we do have 16 NBA Championships to our name -- which happens to make our beloved Lakers one of the most dominant franchises in all of sports. And there's only one way to watch the best: in style (this is L.A., after all). Okay, so maybe you won't be shelling out for courtside seats between Jack and Leo, but that's not the only way to live it up while this exciting young team tears it up on the court. The STAPLES Center's Premier Level seating and Suites both treat you to a bit of the V.I.P. experience. Forget standing in concessions lines, because you can get everything from high-end burgers and sushi to scotch and margaritas served to you without leaving your Premier Level seats. And you won't want to miss a single play with this 200 Level view of the action. Or kick back in a climate-controlled private suite, catch that slam-dunk instant replay on the in-suite plasma TVs and enjoy the game in luxury as the Lakers go for 17.
It's the movie event all Star Wars fans have been waiting for, and it's finally arrived. In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. See the film in grand style at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre, where you can experience an all-new Laser Lightsaber Show before each screening and get an up-close look at actual costumes from the film.
Husband-and-wife songwriting duo Alan and Marilyn Bergman have blessed the Great American Songbook with such classics as "The Way We Were" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Now playwright Josh Ravetch has tapped their timeless talents for his new Tyne Daly-helmed musical Chasing Mem'ries. The show features a selection of pre-existing songs with lyrics by the Bergmans and music by composers including Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand. Daly stars as a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she's loved and the love of her life. Ravetch returns to the Geffen with a beautiful ode to love, nostalgia and our resistance to the passage of time. Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Twin Peaks) co-stars in this world-premiere production at the Gil Cates Theater in Los Angeles.
Board a historic battleship and see history come to life before your eyes. Named one of the best exhibits to see with your kids by CBS Local, the Battleship Iowa Museum is the West Coast's only battleship open to the public. Walk the wooden decks and check out the guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas and the world famous Captain's Cabin -- with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for a president. Known as "The Battleship of Presidents," Iowa has hosted three presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. New for 2017, you'll get an up-close look at a Korean War-era Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever helicopter, fully restored and sitting on Iowa's flight deck. You'll also be able to have an augmented reality HUP Experience of flying an actual HUP helicopter, as well as take a simulated ride in a virtual reality Navy Flight Theater. The Battleship Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet prior to World War II and an area rich in maritime history.
This Hollywood supper club hosts great live jazz and cabaret in a setting with Old World charm. Catalina has lived up to its slogan "Nothing But the Best in Jazz" by presenting a veritable who's who of music legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Carmen McRae, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and vocalists like Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jane Monheit, Barbara Morrison and many more.
They've taken on '90s film faves like Scream, Cruel Intentions and Clueless. Now Rockwell: Table & Stage is ushering in the holidays with their unauthorized musical parody of John Hughes' cute Christmas ode to child endangerment, Home Alone. Join Kevin as he takes on the Wet Bandits, neighborhood creeps and his father's aftershave ("Ahhhhhh!") in this campy comic homage to the film that taught millions of kids that all you need to defend your home are some strategically positioned Christmas tree ornaments and a bucket of feathers. This cheeky, song-filled parody at Rockwell: Table & Stage stars L.A.-based actor-singers from TV, film and the Broadway stage.
Prepare to take flight on a magic carpet ride and discover a whole new world filled with plenty of humor, whimsy and pop tunes when Aladdin and His Winter Wish soars into Laguna Playhouse for the third year in a row. Produced in the style of a classic British Yuletide panto, which traditionally takes a well-known fairy tale and gives it a wacky, melodramatic makeover, Aladdin and His Winter Wish updates the classic tale from Arabian Nights with plenty of singing, dancing and audience participation, along with modern pop songs from One Direction, Right Said Fred and Earth Wind and Fire. Bring the whole family and enjoy this fun holiday tradition.
There's plenty of room for funny business at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, which just happens to be the world's largest comedy club, at 12,500 square feet. And just like its fellow outlets in Chicago and L.A., this venue regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from the Southland and beyond, and big-name stars from TV and film. Plus, you never know who may drop by for a set. The Long Beach club is also home to the official Laugh Factory Stand-Up Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum, which boasts more than 500 pieces of comedy memorabilia from the likes of Groucho Marx and Rodney Dangerfield, plus wax figures of greats like Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.
Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of mom Doris Walker, who doesn't want her six-year-old daughter Susan's head filled with silly holiday notions. With Christmas approaching, Fred Bailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at the Macy's department store where Doris works. Susan becomes convinced that this Macy's Santa might just be the real Kris Kringle. Filled with humor and beloved songs like "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," the heartwarming holiday musical is fun for the whole family. This live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with a live foley artist and a twinkle of holiday cheer, stars Alfred Molina, Peri Gilpin and Beth Grant on the stage of the Pasadena Playhouse.
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as A Noise Within presents Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol, as adapted by the company's own Geoff Elliott. This holiday show tells the story of surly miser Scrooge, whose cold heart has isolated him from his community and the spirit of Christmas. Watch as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future send Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to open your heart and be fully human. Bring the whole family and revel in this joyous holiday tradition.
He's taken us on a tasting tour of Victorian England's back alley pie shops (Sweeney Todd), through a magical fairy tale forest (Into the Woods) and even inside a work of art (Sunday in the Park with George). But never has Stephen Sondheim played a more raucous musical tour guide than in his laugh-out-loud ancient Roman comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The winner of six Tonys, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, seamlessly merging situations from timeless Roman comedies with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in this feel-good romp that sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of comely courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one fun night of theater. Step into the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank and enjoy classic show tunes like "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the beloved Broadway showstopper that actually starts the show, "Comedy Tonight." Actor-singer Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) is set to appear as Pseudolus from November 22 through December 10, and Paul Vogt (Hairspray Live, MADtv, Broadway's Chicago) stars November 17-19 and December 14-31.
Laemmle NoHo 7 and Eat|See|Hear have come up with the perfect film series for all you cinephiles, pop culture-lovers and nostalgia buffs: Throwback Thursdays. Come out to the North Hollywood cinema haven and rediscover popular classics and buried gems that are rarely, if ever, shown on the big screen. You might even get treated to a special guest appearance by a celebrity connected to the film. There's something for every taste at Throwback Thursdays -- from When Harry Met Sally to The Maltese Falcon and beyond, with tributes to stars like Dennis Hopper and directors like Paul Thomas Anderson.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dennis Hopper Dec.: Waterworld)Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: Boogie Nights)Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: There Will Be Blood)Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: Hard Eight)Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: Magnolia)
New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia join Pacific Festival Ballet's resident production of The Nutcracker. Complete with opulent sets and costumes, dazzling choreography for a cast of 200 and returning international guest artists including Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe, this 24th annual Nutcracker season promises visions of sugar plums and a 100% chance of snowfall! Don't miss Pacific Festival Ballet's spectacular holiday classic at Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
Pasadena Dance Theatre brings Tchaikovsky's classic score to life in The Nutcracker ballet. The dance tells the timeless story of young Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker soldier comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Mouse King, into the land of snow, and on to the Sugar Plum Fairy's majestic kingdom and the grand waltz of the flowers. More than 80 dancers take part in this year's colorful holiday spectacular, sure to delight both young and old.
California is America's largest and most diverse state, home to people, traditions, languages and ideas from every corner of the world. California's dynamic population, culture and geography have made a notable impact on the state's artistic output, which has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. This spirit is always on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which showcases works by California artists in exhibitions like In the Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture, which features paintings of California life from the past 150 years, and "a sky in the palm of a hand", which pays tribute to local artists Lloyd Hamrol and Joan Perlman.
Downtown L.A. transforms into a winter wonderland at the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai. Few activities go with the season better than ice skating, so grab your loved ones and come out to the heart of beautiful downtown for some festive fun. Whether you're gliding under the sun or skating under the stars and glittering lights of the skyline, you're sure to create some lasting memories.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 / Various Times (One Hour Session)
You think Robin Hood is a hero? Get real! He and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich and give to no one but themselves... until bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good. The twist on the world's most infamous outlaw comes to the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, showing not just a battle for Nottinghamshire, but a battle for the heart of a hero. The Boston Globe says "It's a romance, a comedy and a drama. It has swashbuckling, cross-dressing and acrobatics... by the time of its final glorious romantic tableau, it will be a rare theatergoer who's not won over."
A total high-energy package, Howl at the Moon is the experience that brings together a live concert AND a full bar, and the fun doesn't stop short at their spot in Universal City. Try switching out the DJ for a live show that features musicians jamming out to their own renditions of dance anthems and party hits. Whether it's that pop song you hear on repeat on the radio or a good old '90s throwback, Howl at the Moon re-charges each tune with a new, refreshing kick that gets the crowd jumping. Massive buckets of sugar-fueled cocktails also lend a hand to the party, with treats like sparkling vodka apple lemonade, a Fruit Roll-Up-inspired medley and more.
The Levity Live Comedy Club welcomes stand-up comic Steve Byrne, from Chappelle's Show and star of the TBS series Sullivan & Son. A comedian for more than a decade now, Byrne has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan, Comic View, Good Morning America and Premium Blend. He's had his own Comedy Central special, and shared the stage with the likes of Colin Quinn, Drew Carey, Kevin James, Vince Vaughn, Lisa Lampanelli, Russell Peters and more. Byrne has also appeared in feature films such as Four Christmases, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard and Couples Retreat. He just put out another comedy special earlier this year Tell The Damn Joke; come check out the new material in Oxnard.
A Christmas Story: The Musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts -- an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story: The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't. This production at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi.
Spamilton, the show that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, makes its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda claims he laughed his brains out upon seeing this theatrical parody. Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway), the show features a talented young cast that has drawn flattering comparisons to their Broadway counterparts. Spamilton is not just a send-up of its Tony-winning source material; it also pokes fun at such Broadway icons as Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim and more. See the spoof that the New York Times called "convulsively funny" and the Chicago Tribune called "a revolution all its own."
Hip-hop superstar Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and his partner in rhyme Redman (of Def Squad) raise the roof at The Novo. Two of the most popular MCs of the '90s, Method Man and Redman first teamed up in 1999 with their platinum album Blackout! and have since continued to make waves in both music and movies, with Method Man popping up in The Wire, CSI and Soul Plane, and Redman playing a role in Seed of Chucky. Together they starred in the film How High and the Fox sitcom Method & Red, but in Los Angeles it's all about the hip-hop as two legends of the genre storm the stage.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
It's warm in Los Angeles, so you get to experience A Christmas Carol in a way few others do: See the film classic, starring George C. Scott, from The Old Zoo at Griffith Park. Don a cozy sweatshirt, pack a picnic dinner and a thermos of cocoa and settle in to watch the film from a low lawn chair or blanket. Sing along with the Dickens Carolers, get a photo with Santa, and hang out with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as you get into the holiday spirit. There will even be elves on hand (hey, they need a break from the cold North Pole now and then too) with presents and giveaways.
Amazement awaits you and your guests inside Black Rabbit Rose, a swanky multi-space venue boasting a theater for magic and variety acts, plus a bar featuring craft cocktails and Thai-Chinese small plates. This retro-style cabaret show sets out to impress with an array of burlesque and specialty performers, while the world's finest close-up illusionists dazzle you with their magical talent. VIP admission grants you front-row seating at this intimate Hollywood nightspot.
It just isn't the holidays without The Nutcracker, the magical story of Claire, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker soldier has come to life. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. A Terre School of Dance in Fontana presents this holiday treat, brought to life by local artists of all ages at The Grove Theatre in Upland. It's a show the entire family can enjoy.
At Springfield High School, you better believe that the female population has hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! This holds especially true for the Wondrettes -- four gals with incredible voices who all want to make it big, and by the second act's 10-year high school reunion, you'll find out which of them did. The leading ladies keep this nostalgic romp rocking with their versions of '50s and '60s jukebox classics like "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "It's My Party" and many more. Discover for yourself why The New York Times called The Marvelous Wonderettes "an utter charm bomb" at this Crown City Theatre production in North Hollywood.
Break out the leg warmers and off-the-shoulder tops, it's time for a totally tubular tribute to some of the greatest music of the '80s at That BIG '80s Party. From Cabbage Patch Kids, Rubik's Cube, spandex and shoulder pads to Live Aid, Flashdance and Purple Rain, growing up in the '80s was rad. DJ Dave Paul plays all the hits you loved and recorded onto a cassette tape off the radio by legends like Bon Jovi, U2, The Beastie Boys, INXS, The Cure, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Depeche Mode, George Michael and more. If you grew up in the '80s, break out your best retro punk, new wave or hip-hop gear, come by Resident in L.A. and relive the decade. If you weren't around in the '80s, come experience what you missed.
You would be hard-pressed to find a comedy club with more history or greater pedigree than the Comedy Store's West Hollywood location along the Sunset Strip. Since its beginnings in the early '70s, the venue has regaled audiences with an unrelenting torrent of the biggest names in comedy, ranging from Sam Kinison to Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, Dane Cook and beyond. Through it all, the Comedy Store has never lost its quirky, intimate atmosphere, making it as inviting for the audience as it is the comics. At any given show you're guaranteed to see some of today's best and brightest stand-ups testing out material, and you never know what surprise guests might drop by to do a set.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm (Dane Cook, George Wallace, Darrell Hammond and Very Special Guests)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 10:30pm (Neal Brennan, Nikki Glaser, Jamie Kennedy, Theo Von and Very Special Guests)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Main Room Headliner)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 7:00pm (Main Room Headliner)
It's New Year's 2017 in Rotterdam. Alice has finally found the courage to email her parents and tell them she's a lesbian. But just before she hits Send, her girlfriend reveals that she's always identified as male, and now wants to start living as one. After playing in 2015-16 to sold out houses and critical acclaim in London, Rotterdam won the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theater; the first time a transgender-themed play has ever won. Playwright Jon Brittain's groundbreaking play features deeply relatable characters who are flawed and hilarious and a story line that asks powerful questions about love and identity. Now Skylight Theatre Company brings Rotterdam's West Coast premiere to the Los Angeles stage.
Jump, Jive and Jingle Bells! Nobody keeps the season swinging with as much flair as the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Since he was little, legendary rocker Brian Setzer dreamed of fronting a big band with an electric guitar. Now, as lead guitarist and vocalist for the BSO, he's backed by trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, upright bass and drums. Achieving international success with their cover of "Jump, Jive an' Wail," the band is equally well known for their rockin' take on the Christmas classics. A favorite of the Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony, their exhilarating holiday shows are fan favorites from coast to coast. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy holiday songs, including selections from the BSO's latest record, Rockin' Rudolph, when the 14th annual Christmas Rocks! tour swings through the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with special guests The Texas Gentlemen.
It's hard to get in the holiday spirit in Los Angeles when everyone's wearing shorts and t-shirts. The Rink in Downtown Burbank puts wonder into the season with a beautiful outdoor ice skating rink next to hundreds of shops, restaurants and businesses decked out for the holiday season. Attracting local communities and visitors alike, this iconic gathering place adds the special activity and ambiance that makes for a joyful and memorable family outing. Your ticket includes the rental of a pair of skates, letting you bask in the frozen wonderland of this quintessential winter activity.
Rock pianists Scott Doyle and Tim Butterworth are limbering up their fingers for the holiday edition of their popular dueling piano show, Blazing Pianos, at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. During this rollicking, interactive night chock-full of crowd-pleasers, the talented twosome takes requests and dukes it out on the ivories, drawing on an impressive repertoire of songs old and new. Sing along with your favorite holiday tunes in what's sure to be a fun night. If you work up an appetite, you can chow down on everything from pulled-pork fries to homemade guacamole to brownie sundaes. Cool down with the extensive menu of craft beers, cocktails and boutique wines.
The famed iX Tapa Cantina's lively one-hour mariachi show features a rotating lineup of some of the best musicians and ensembles in the country, and comes complete with a traditional three-course Mexican dinner. Choose from fajitas, carne asada and more from the special Goldstar menu, while you sip on a margarita or signature sangria available for purchase from the bar. A fine pairing of culture and cuisine, the Corazon De Mariachi dinner show will transport you from Old Town Pasadena to Old Mexico. Please see the full event description for menu options, which you can order upon arrival.
L.A. favorite Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for this powerful pairing of music and musicians. Extraordinary pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is his partner in Mozart, and Bruckner's Seventh Symphony caps the program in triumph.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Burbank for a wide range of lively shows, from stand-up lineups featuring national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, to comedy contests showcasing up-and-coming performers. Throw in some weekly hilarious themed shows and a menu full of fries, wings, tots and margaritas. Flappers Burbank also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm (Shared Holiday Party With Kristin Key from Last Comic Standing)Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 10:00pm (Shared Holiday Party With Kristin Key from Last Comic Standing)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 4:30pm (Two Milk Minimum)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Shared Holiday Party With Kristin Key from Last Comic Standing)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 10:00pm (Shared Holiday Party With Kristin Key from Last Comic Standing)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 8:00pm (Celebrity Drop In Tuesday - Brian Kiley)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 10:00pm (Thirsty Thursday - Jerry Rocha)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tom Clark from Comedy Central )
With its focus on everyday people taking a stand against oppression, the World War II-set musical Letters to Eve returns with a timely update. The year is 1943, and the spirit of music and literature is alive in several stories playing out in parallel narratives: that of a Japanese-American family in a U.S. internment camp, a Jewish woman dealing with a horrible secret and an African-American jazz musician being held captive in a German concentration camp. A timeless tale of love, friendship and honor, this mesmerizing musical reveals the true power of the human spirit at The Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:00pm (Doors at 1:30pm)
There are few better targets for humor -- scathing, loving or just plain wacky -- than the holidays. From family get-togethers to insane gift-shopping to neurotic friends, family and significant others, this season is perfect fodder for the Groundlings, L.A.'s premier comic troupe, and the beloved Groundlings Holiday Show. Groundlings alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and many more who've taken their comedic chops to the world at large. The holiday-themed sketches will keep you laughing through the holidays at their home base theater in Los Angeles.
If you're looking for a last-minute infusion of holiday cheer, Yuletide Cinema is like a shot of peppermint-scented adrenaline straight to the heart. For this screening of the Will Ferrell Christmas classic Elf, L.A.'s Saban Theatre is getting a total holiday makeover. Enjoy the musical stylings of some carolers (and DJs), get a perfect Christmas card photo at the photo booth, dine at your favorite food trucks, sip on a holiday cocktail or two and meet the hilarious Drunk Santa -- who's definitely sipped on more than two cocktails. Then, all that's left is to watch Buddy the Elf go on a wild and cheerful New York adventure in search of his real dad. By the time the credits roll you'll have enough Christmas spirit to get you all the way through New Year's.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Elf - Doors open at 6:00pm)
Disney's Beauty and the Beast comes to L.A.'s CASA 0101 Theater, sharing the classic story of Belle and the young prince trapped in the body of a gruff beast. If Belle can help him learn to love and be loved, the curse that's trapping him will end and he'll be transformed to his former self. But time is running out.
These knights don't ride horses or sit at a round table, and instead of thick armor and chainmail they prefer bell-bottoms, fringed jackets and out-of-this-world hair. For more than 20 years, the Boogie Knights have been one of America's top disco revival shows, covering everything from the Bee Gees to K.C. and the Sunshine Band to Heatwave. They've performed for more than two million people across America and beyond and made appearances on MTV and at major stadium sporting events. Now these polyester-clad, wah-wah pedaling disco virtuosos are coming to The Rose in Pasadena for another funny, groovy and totally funkadelic concert.
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
The Eclectic Company Theatre is celebrating the holiday season with its brand-new show, All Is Bright. Featuring the writing of Rochelle Perry, Thomas Prosser and Linda Rand, there are tales new and old, including stories from Louisa May Alcott and Clement Clarke Moore. Come celebrate in the festivities with caroling, crafts and -- yum! -- hot cocoa. The whole family will delight in this fun, festive show at the cozy Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood, with 25 percent of the ticket sales being donated to the SoCal fire relief efforts.
If the puppets from Avenue Q ever dropped by Sesame Street, the censors would have to keep their fingers ready to lunge for those bleep and screen blur buttons at any second. Filled with hummable tunes co-written by The Book of Mormon's Robert Lopez ("Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," "I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today"), this hilarious smash hit scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins. The lovable cast of characters -- both flesh and felt -- includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl-monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. Now, the Kentwood Players will tell you how to get to Avenue Q at Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
The Latina Christmas Special returns to the Los Angeles Theatre Center this holiday season with three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past. You'll hear seasonal stories filled with first-generation flair, as told by acclaimed Latina comedians Sandra Valls (Showtime's Latin Divas of Comedy), Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho's The Sensuous Woman Show) and Maria Russell (FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
The boys of Baker Street have their most "Wilde" adventure yet in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, from playwright Katie Forgette (Assisted Living). History and fantasy mingle when Oscar Wilde brings his dear friend, the actress Lillie Langtry, to see detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson. Someone has stolen the highly intimate letters Lillie exchanged with the Prince of Wales, and now she is being blackmailed. Holmes takes the case, even doffing his deerstalker to disguise himself as a character from Wilde's upcoming play, The Importance of Being Forthright (working title). Meanwhile, Watson falls head-over-heels for Langtry as a wicked professor tries to disgrace the Crown. Experience this witty play in Beverly Hills at Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre.
To sing the blues and soul, you have to have lived. To sing gospel, you have to have come through it all still filled with the joy of living. That's The Blind Boys of Alabama. For over 70 years, this group has sung together, and are still bringing down the house with passionate performances, led by original member Jimmy Carter. The six-time Grammy winners have performed at the White House under three different administrations and collaborated with a who's who of great musicians, including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson and many more. Now they bring their joyful and stirring Christmas show to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, featuring New Orleans' Preservation Hall Legacy Horns and vocalist Ruthie Foster.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir while you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with Sherman Oaks' The Woodman to bring folks together to Drink, Paint & Create for a memorable evening. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art. If you get hungry in the midst of a creative spark, you can purchase some savory dishes like grilled corn lollipops and beer battered shrimp tacos. Art nights are a fun spin to a date night, girls' (or boys"!) night out or a simple way to get out there and express yourself freely. With painting materials provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
The waters off Dana Point are a whale- and dolphin-watching haven, and Dana Wharf's boat captains are masters at spotting the majestic mammals. During this two-hour seafaring voyage, your captain will keep you entertained with interesting facts and anecdotes as you scout out whales (gray or blue, depending on the season), three different types of dolphin, sea lions and more. Dana Wharf, the originator of whale watching in Orange County, has an 85 percent success rate at spotting marine mammals. They guarantee you'll see whales or dolphins during the voyage -- or you'll ride again for free.
Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-course meal. As you dine on your gourmet entree, you'll be captivated by an energetic show of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, live music and more. Teatro Martini's performers come from across the globe to provide you with a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors Open 6:30pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)
The Group Rep presents William Shakespeare's beloved popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Marc Singer and produced by Mannette Antill. This romantic fantasy, set in royal court and an enchanted forest, weaves together four plots all joined to the upcoming nuptials of the Duke and his Amazon queen. Under the light of the moon, you'll be privy to the magical adventures of four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors, all controlled and manipulated by a warring fairy King and Queen. Enjoy A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
'Tis the season to be Mary. It's that time of year again -- and we ain't talkin' gingerbread men -- the fan favorites of RuPaul's Drag Race are werking it in the Christmas Queens world tour. It's time to put a little naughty in your nice because when it comes to this sassy concert, "the phrase "yas, queen" has never been more appropriate." (People Magazine) But don't let all of the fabulous fun fool you, these dancing divas have got the pipes and can sing circles around those holiday hits. They may be belting festive jams, but this will be anything but a "Silent Night". The only thing better than a drag show is a holiday drag show, so join hostess Michelle Visage and the eight maids a milking it (Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, Phi Phi O'hara, Sharon Needles, Thorgy Thor and Ivy Winters) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
Welcome to Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future. A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists has burrowed deep into an underground laboratory to find a cure. As they search for an antidote and fight to save the world, each move becomes crucial -- if they accidentally set off the computerized decontamination system, they might be smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Only it isn't actually an underground laboratory, it's the stage at Six01 Studio in Burbank. And there are no scientists, it's just you and your friends as you participate in one of Los Angeles' most exciting and immersive escape room live theater experiences. The Virus utilizes digital technology and virtual reality from some of Hollywood's top craftspeople to create a totally realistic experience, placing you deep within a thrilling science-fiction epic that you won't soon forget.
Thousands of people put their pride on the line and answer questions every week to win beer! These are people just like you -- upstanding citizens by day, beer-soaked know-it-alls by night. Think you have what it takes? Think you can compete? Prove it! Bring along some friends and experience King Trivia for yourself at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach.
Come and enjoy some jazz in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel with The Ralph Gibson Quartet, featuring some of Los Angeles' finest jazz musicians. All from the local jazz stomping grounds, the members of this talented quartet are sure to inspire you with their smooth sound this holiday season.
This lively new adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens Christmas story returns for a fifth year to the Long Beach Playhouse. In this timeless tale, grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge is given a second chance at becoming a loving and generous human being. Through the aid of three spirits who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taught valuable lessons about how to treat those around him. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? This dazzling tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and enjoy the opportunity to find local, artisanal gifts for everyone on your list (and, ahem, yourself) at the Hera Collective Holiday Marketplace. L.A.'s YES Creative Co will be packed with a diverse range of women designers and artists selling everything from vintage clothes and jewelry to handcrafted home goods, skincare and art. It's the perfect place to pick up that meaningful, one-of-a-kind present that you won't be able to find at the mall. Shop 'til you drop or just browse and feel good about supporting the work of talented women at this unique holiday market.
The Athena Cats proudly present Debbie Bolsky's screwball comedy Ashes to Ashes at The Odyssey Theatre. Ex-couple liberal Sara and right-winger Jefferson are polar opposites about everything -- except their love and devotion for their two, newly deceased, filthy-rich best friends. Trapped by the time-constraints of their friends' will, the two are forced to spend the next 16 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes together, scattering ashes across Europe. Whether they make it or not, the audience is in for a bumpy and funny ride.
Yippee ki-yay, Father Christmas! This holiday season, celebrate with a vengeance at Theatre Unleashed's gut-busting annual production of A Very DIE HARD Christmas. An off-duty New York cop arrives in Los Angeles to try to reconcile with his wife. Instead he finds himself hiding inside a high-rise office building where a team of terrorists have taken everyone hostage. This stage version of the action holiday classic is chock-full of humor, adventure, Professor Snape, singing, dancing, the guy from Family Matters and a whole lot more. There may even be an appearance by the big guy himself -- Santa Claus!
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
Winner of the 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award, Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump. This original parody musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. 400 years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet because due to crazy Trump, the earth blew up! If you're tired of American politics, don't worry -- this will make you laugh about 'em. Don't miss Trump in Space at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
From the producers of the hit shows Smoke and Mirrors and Magic Monday comes this festival of magic for the holidays. A Very Merry MagicMania at the historic Santa Monica Playhouse runs over two weekends in December, featuring different acts during each family-friendly performance (weekend matinees are your best bet for the younger set).
I Am Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce stars Ronnie Marmo as the stand-up comic and social commentator, with three-time Emmy nominee Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) directing. Bruce's passionate crusades for free speech led to obscenity charges and arrests, paving the way for the honest and uncensored acts of Richard Pryor and George Carlin, among many more. Stage Scene LA calls this solo performance at NoHo's Theatre 68 "scabrously funny" and "heartbreakingly poignant."
The Klezmatics have not only performed for millions of fans over the past quarter century -- they're also the only klezmer band to win a Grammy Award. These globally renowned music stars emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City's East Village in 1986. Now they celebrate Hanukkah the way they do best, performing klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality while incorporating contemporary sounds. As outspoken human rights advocates, their holiday concert Happy Joyous Hanukkah embraces audiences of all cultures and backgrounds. Be there when they bring the joy to Valley Performing Arts Center's Great Hall.
Get ready for a fast-paced, high-flying brand of basketball as the USC men's basketball team seeks to improve on last year's record-setting wins under coach Andy Enfield. The young Trojans will hit the court ranked No. 10 in the country with eight of their top scorers returning -- including Jordan McLaughlin, who's racked up over 1000 points so far -- alongside a stellar recruiting class headed by sophomore guard Derryck Thornton. The Pac-12 is one of the toughest conferences in college basketball, but the Trojans have the lineup to return to the NCAA tournament. Catch the fast and furious action at the Galen Center as USC embarks on this dunk-filled season.
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 8:00pm (vs. Princeton; Gates Open at 7:00pm)Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 / 8:00pm (vs. Washington State; Gates Open at 5:00pm)
Forget the airport -- the quickest way to get from Long Beach to Spain is an evening of authentic Spanish entertainment and cuisine at Alegria Cocina Latina's Ultimate Flamenco Dinner Show Experience. Full of passionate dance and vibrant guitar playing, Andalusia-native La Sole-Yvette Garcia's artistically diverse show encompasses the culturally rich, technically intricate art of flamenco. Along with an evening's worth of exceptional entertainment, you'll enjoy Alegria's delicious Spanish and Latin American cuisine, which includes classic dishes like paella Valenciana and a sinful tres leches cake. Please see the full event description for detailed menu information.
The bitch'n-est cover bands in the country take over Throwback Thursdays, a totally tubular celebration of '70s, '80s and '90s pop. It all kicks off with everyone's favorite pocket-protected '80s cover nerds, The Spazmatics. Then grunge-loving group The BlockBusters are kind and rewind to '90s-era slacker rock like Nirvana and Green Day, followed by the new wave Devo-tees known as the M-80s. And it's all topped off by the "greatest disco revival show in the world," otherwise known as Boogie Knights. Just imagine -- by the time this series gets to the Bee Gees, you'll most likely have experienced The Cure, gone to Nirvana and still be "Hungry Like the Wolf" for more at The Canyon Santa Clarita.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 10:00pm - The Boogie Knights (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 / 10:00pm - The Spazmatics (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 / 10:00pm - The Spazmatics (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 / 10:00pm - The Boogie Knights (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 / 10:00pm - The Spazmatics (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Every winter, Dionysus and Aphrodite come together to join the forces of wine and love, honoring religions of the past, present and future. Check out what their collaboration has in store for Culver City at the Winter Solstice Pagan Holiday Show. There'll be magic sprinkled amongst an extravaganza of acrobats, aerialists, comedians and more at The Actors' Gang Theater.
Add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply your own personal me-time with Drink, Paint, Create. Jalapeno Pete's in Studio City hosts this artistic affair, where you can unleash your inner Picasso. Your artist guides provide the supplies and step-by-step instructions on how to complete your painting in two hours. Order a drink, let those creative juices flow and at the end of the evening you'll get to take home your very own masterpiece to show off to friends and family.
The Doors were a legendary live band, and Wild Child has more than 20 years of experience painstakingly reproducing the music, voice, look and on-stage energy of the original members, right down to their instruments. They've toured nationally, and their act has earned praise from The Doors' own Ray Manzarek (who called them "as close as you'll get to the real thing"). In fact, when Manzarek and John Densmore toured Europe, they brought Wild Child's Dave Brock along to re-create the magic and charisma of the late Jim Morrison. Now Wild Child is ready to rock The Canyon Santa Clarita.
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
If you're admittedly a vicarious listener of sex-love talk shows on the radio, then Some F*cking Advice is the comedy show for you. A standout lineup of LGBTQIA and straight performers tell it like it is through a series of sketch scenes, setting out to explore individuals understanding themselves, their hidden fantasies and their relationship dynamics -- but not without some f*cking advice from others. Tune in at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
Filled with creative experiences for children ages 8 and under, the Zimmer Children's Museum offers discovery-based exhibits, as well as classes in art, music, movement, school readiness and language immersion. Families can play together and become pilots as they fly the Discovery Airplane to distant lands, save their friends from the ball pit at the Rescue Harbor, splash at the Water Ways Water Table and cook a meal at the Blue Bagel Cafe. Through immersive play, this L.A. museum guides children to take positive action toward building a better future.
Antidote for Christmas déjà vu recipe: throw all of your favorite holiday shows and songs into a blender, add some on-point parody and enjoy. Warning: this variety show cocktail can cause tears from laughing too hard. The menu at this happy hour: comedy, music, dance (kinda, well, you'll see), puppetry, plays, slapstick, inspired madness and an optional white elephant gift exchange. Whether you live for this season or are the Grinch, you'll get a kick from the irreverent spice in this Bloody Mary spoof. Get drunk on the wild wit of three wise guys from the Reduced Shakespeare Company at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts with The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged).
98 Degrees is coming to Thousand Oaks outside L.A. this Christmas to warm your cockles and melt your heart with cuts off their all-new holiday album, Let It Snow. The amazing vocal stylings of Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons first ruled the airwaves in the late '90s with their pristine harmonies and hits like "Thank God I Found You" and "The Hardest Thing," selling a staggering 10 million records. Now, 18 years after the release of their platinum-certified disc This Christmas, the boys are back with their first new album in four years, featuring more cool seasonal tunes like "What Christmas Means To Me," "Little Saint Nick" and "Run Rudolph Run." This concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre is also set to include the guys' greatest hits, as well as a possible paso doble or two courtesy of Dancing With the Stars winner Drew Lachey, and his brother Nick, who competed in the show's Season 25.
Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Los Angeles on this fun food tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you on a leisurely three-hour walking adventure through this extraordinary downtown area, sharing stories of the city's early settlers, Hollywood's heyday, architectural background and the transformation of L.A.'s culture and food scene. Along the way you'll get to enjoy tastes from unique eateries, including the best bakeries, authentic ethnic restaurants and renowned establishments currently creating a buzz in the foodie universe -- six stops in all. By the end of the tour, you'll be able to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of the city and its hidden culinary gems.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale has inspired a family musical with some fun new twists: ballet, cha-cha and rap music. The story of a youngster who is rejected for being different, The Ugly Duckling encounters kindness from a friendly dog and peril from one of her own kind before discovering she is actually a beautiful swan. The adaptation was written by Lloyd J. Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch), with music and lyrics by Adryan Russ.
It's the classical music highlight of every holiday season. Handel's Messiah is a glorious tradition expressing birth, death and resurrection in song, and featuring the famous "Hallelujah" chorus. Unlike most of Handel's oratorios, Messiah showcases the chorus as a whole, rather than the soloists, giving the work a greater emotional impact. Under the joyful baton of Artistic Director Grant Gershon, the voices of the LA Master Chorale will fill the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall with its soaring sounds this Christmas season. It's a work that was composed in a mere 24 days, but more than 250 years later it remains one of the most popular and performed classical works of all time.
Craving a little splash of vodka in your Christmas cheer? Prefer watching Bad Santa over It's a Wonderful Life? Think naughty > nice? David Sedaris sympathizes. In 1992, the now-famous humorist wrote an autobiographical essay about being broke and working as an elf at the massive Macy's department store in New York. The essay was adapted into a one-man show, and it's now the funniest, most irreverent anti-holiday classic. If you need a break from a crazy family, mall madness or cloying carols, Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights for a heaping dose of (anti)holiday hilarity in The Santaland Diaries at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse. Arrive half an hour early for a little extra cheer -- your ticket includes a pre-show toast with a glass of champagne or nonalcoholic eggnog.
Spend a relaxing evening outdoors with a brush in one hand and a glass of wine or craft beer glass in the other, at this Drink, Paint, Create gathering. Whether you're a novice painter or an experienced artist, this event at the Claim Jumper in Burbank offers a fun and relaxing way to express your creativity. All the materials you need to create your own masterpiece are provided for you, including an easel, canvas and paint, of course, and you can purchase food and drink from the venue.
Enjoy a little bump and grind at TRiPTease Burlesque, which was featured in Thrillist's 2016 list of "Best Burlesque Shows in LA." TRiPTease is Santa Monica's longest-running weekly burlesque show, showcasing L.A.'s best headlining burlesque soloists and international touring performers -- so it's never the same show twice. TRiPTease combines the art of the tease with comedy, burlesque, boylesque, singing, fan dances, fire, bar dancing and more. You're in for a night of fun and fantasy as the lights dim at TRiP Santa Monica, an intimate venue serving wine, beer and light snacks.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 10:00pm (Live Music Begins at 8:30pm)Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 / 10:00pm (Live Music Begins at 8:30pm)Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 / 10:00pm (Live Music Begins at 8:30pm)
Take in the sights, listen to relaxing music, linger in the sun and enjoy a leisurely brunch on this two-hour cruise. Hornblower Cruises' lavish brunch buffet features a savory selection of all your favorites and includes complimentary free-flowing champagne.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding at 11:30am)
Keith doesn't necessarily need a roommate, but he definitely wants one. A female roommate. And it just so happens that Pen needs a place to live ... plus a whole lot more. bled for the household truth tells us a little about intimacy, a little about yearning and the potentially painful effects of simple human interaction. Rogue Machine Theatre presents this new play at The MET Theatre in Los Angeles.
Acclaimed Long Beach stage actor Timothy Cable plays Scrooge -- everybody's favorite holiday humbug -- in Art-In-Relation's fourth annual The Christmas Carol. The theater may have changed from Warner Grand to Ernest Borgnine, but the story remains the same cherished tale of redemption and forgiveness that captures the true spirit and magic of the season. Conceived with original music by Ray Buffer and featuring music arrangements by Robert Gross, this carol-infused production of Charles Dickens' Yuletide classic follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who finds a second chance to become a loving, generous and kind human being through the aid of three ghosts who visit him on Christmas Eve.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Claremont's historic Packing House building. A wide variety of shows include stand-up talent from national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, comedy contests with up-and-coming performers, hilarious themed shows and more. The club also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set. Please see the full event description for a link to information on upcoming shows.
New-Wave pop group Berlin was one of the top hitmakers of the 1980s, particularly after the iconic appearance of their hit song "Take My Breath Away" in the movie Top Gun. Berlin's unforgettable melodies and cutting edge synth-pop sound earned them such hits as "No More Words," "Masquerade" and "The Metro." To this day, the band is led by its original sizzling vocalist Terri Nunn, who earned the No. 11 spot on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Rock." See this classic '80s band when they play their hits at The Rose in Pasadena.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Join Ralphie Parker on his Christmas quest for the greatest present any kid could want-- a Red Ryder BB gun. Ralphie's shenanigans unfold live at Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse in Newhall, featuring all your favorite characters and scenes from the beloved film -- scary Macy's Santa, neighborhood bullies, tongue-frozen-to-the-flagpole, sexy leg lamp and of course Ralphie's eccentric, lovable family. This holiday classic is so much fun you just might shoot your eye out!
Like no Dollface Dames show you've seen before, Dames Holiday Burlesque is an immersive, after-dark experience that transforms North Hollywood's Bar-B-Que Bar into an intimate, tempting playground. As the show distorts your perceptions and excites your senses with its fully interactive experience -- filled with a rotating roster of special guests that include musicians, circus performers, songbirds and more -- you'll realize it's definitely not for the faint of heart. Experience the power of the tease with the Dollface Dames and Dames Holiday Burlesque.
Head to the sexiest venue in Long Beach, the underground speakeasy Harvelle's, for a night of comedy and burlesque. There you'll catch some of the biggest names and fastest-rising stars on the comedy circuit -- including comedians seen regularly on top late night shows, hit sitcoms and comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central -- who often pop in to try out new material. You'll also get to enjoy burlesque by professional local dancers, who will present the city's finest adults-only, risque romp. Don't miss this show, which pits stand-up comedians and sultry striptease dancers together in a classic vintage environment.
There's always something funny going on at the Yoo Hoo Room, the second stage of Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, right in the heart of the entertainment district. Pulling from Los Angeles and the Valley's vast talent pool, the intimate room features established veterans along with rising stars, showcased in a variety of stand-up and musical comedy performances, comic essay readings, magic and more. There's also a full-service restaurant on-site, offering everything from appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas to hearty entrees and desserts. The bar is well-stocked as well, with specialty drinks galore available for purchase. Please see the full event description for a link to information on upcoming shows.
The Lovely Hearts bring their annual UpMazing Holiday Show back for the third year, soaring into Studio City's Up Flying Yoga with plenty of holiday spirit. It's an interactive aerial show filled with elves, sugar plum fairies and even Mrs. Claus. They'll all be displaying aerial feats from 20 feet in the air.
While exploring an ancient library, you discover a secret passage that leads you into the mysterious lab of an ancient alchemist. The door slams shut and locks behind you -- now, with only an hour until the alchemist returns, you must uncover and unite the four lost elements to release the hidden power of the Philosopher's Stone and escape the room. This live action event at Escape Room L.A. is a fun and frantic challenge requiring critical thinking, creativity and plenty of teamwork.
The award-winning GGC Players stage their latest production with passion, politics and romance in William Shakespeare's take on one of the most famous couples in history. Antony & Cleopatra were two of the greatest lovers to ever walk the earth, and their tempestuous, doomed love affair came with political pressures and the demands of their public lives, eventually tearing them apart. Cleopatra remains one of the Bard's most complex female roles, all too human underneath the tragic grandeur, portrayed with beauty and subtlety at Gray Studios in NoHo.
Calling all comedy-lovin' kings and queens: Join comic Aidan Park for an evening of Rainbow Pop at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. This comedy showcase highlights some of the country's top drag queens, some of the LGBTQ community's finest comics and L.A.'s fiercest female stand-up stars.
Cookin' With Gas has been a weekly staple at the Groundlings since 1992, when Melanie Graham created the night to give members of the famed improv troupe's various companies a chance to come together and create short-form hilarity based on audience suggestions. But even though this particular show is now older than your average college student, don't expect it to be any more polite or respectable than, say, your average college student. With a rotating cast of Groundlings members and surprise special guests (who have included Ana Gasteyer and MADtv's Mo Collins), this is an improv comedy show that's boiling over with laughs.
The soundalike bands handpicked to play this series are some of the best in the biz when it comes to re-creating the real rock experience. From A to Z (Aerosmith to Zeppelin) and way beyond, you'll hear favorites from just about every era and marvel at how close these tribute groups come to nailing the look and sound of the originals, note-for-note and lick-for-lick. There's nothing like rocking out to your favorite classic hits played live, at Katie Jakes in Covina.
Rock singer-songwriter John Waite, whose four-decade career includes multiple successful solo albums as well as stints with bands Bad English and The Babys, takes the stage at the venerable Troubadour in West Hollywood. Waite scored a solo success with the early-'80s MTV-radio staple "Change," not to mention his two No. 1 pop hits -- "Missing You" and "When I See You Smile," which he recorded as the lead singer of Bad English. He's rarely been off the road since then, and is famed for his engaging live performances. Waite's latest is an all-acoustic EP, Wooden Heart.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:45pm (Doors at 8:00pm)
Live Rude Girls is an all-female comedy revue that carefully considers the question of whether women can be funny ... and then takes the paper that the question was written on, tears it up, pours gasoline all over it and uses it to start a dumpster fire protesting the patriarchy. The cast of comedians fearlessly tackles topics like body shaming, street harassment and more in this no-holds-barred satirical take on the female experience. If you've ever been called "shrill" or told you'd be "prettier if you smiled," this weekly Second City Studio Theatre showcase is for you.
It's a Wonderful Life, one of the all-time great Christmas stories -- the tale of George Bailey, a down-on-his-luck man whose guardian angel shows him what his town would have been like had he never been born -- comes to life onstage in a 1940s-style radio broadcast. This show-within-a-show takes place at KAWL, where a struggling radio station owner is desperately trying to keep his endeavor alive. Calling on some old friends with big hearts -- and even bigger personalities -- he decides to present a live, on-air production of this sentimental Christmas classic. And it may be his last live show ... unless a miracle can save the station. A tearjerker even the biggest Grinch won't be able to resist, this show at Theatre Unleashed in NoHo is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 3:00pm (Doors open at 2:30pm)
In this world premiere by Gordon Dahlquist (author of the international best-seller The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters), Irene awakes from her deep slumber in a cryogenic chamber and finds herself in a future where her terminal cancer has been cured but the world as she knew it no longer exists. She's welcomed by curious humans who command and are commanded by "Platform," a vast computer network that appears to have replaced all known reality. Has the Singularity occurred? Is Earth still the recognizable planet it once was? In Wake, Dahlquist examines a society where lives are long, all wants are met, and there's no need for cooperation beyond the response to solitude. See it at City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. Without the aid of props or costumes, one remarkable actor, Duffy Hudson, brings all 30 characters to life in this 75-minute adaptation of A Christmas Carol at Burbank's Generation DCD Studio. Three spirits usher Scrooge through the lessons of his past, present and possible future in this stripped-down, charming and heartfelt classic. In keeping with the spirit, you may bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the toy drive if you choose.
You're trapped inside an old haunted theater and it's up to you to free the spirit in order to escape. In this fun, spooky new take on the immensely popular escape-room experience, you're led through the stage door and into a theater haunted by an unnamed ghost. Suddenly the door locks behind you, and the game begins. You have one hour to free the ghost or be trapped inside the theater forever! As you explore the backstage and dressing rooms, you'll uncover clues and puzzles that will lead you to the objects you need to create a magical spell and release the ghost before your time runs out. Will you make it out in time?
You're in for a night of fun and fantasy as the lights dim and L.A.-based theatrical burlesque troupe the Dollface Dames slink down the stairs and through the crowd. Now in their fourth year at the Britannia Pub, the Dames change up their show every week, offering a variety of burlesque acts and special guests. These ladies combine the art of the tease with fan dances, pointe, tap, contortion, magic, hoop tricks, singing, comedy and more. The sexy experience is spread out over three sets at Britannia Pub in Santa Monica.
Two longtime friends grapple with family, faith and an emotional decision in the drama One Way Ticket to Oregon by BC Caldwell. June and Leigh Anne have been friends for years, and their Louisiana upbringing has placed them right in the middle of some sticky issues, including race. But when Leigh Anne is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she, with help from June, must deal with the issue of dying with dignity while also navigating unresolved family issues, especially with her son, Bobby. See this emotionally charged work at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.
Looking for the best burlesque in Los Angeles? Bobbie Burlesque Presents is an always-entertaining show featuring sexy striptease artists, circus feats and more. The ever-changing mix of male and female headliners, variety acts and acrobatic aerialists is designed to provide a different, yet equally stimulating, entertainment experience each time out. A legend on the local scene, boylesque star Bobbie Burlesque has been producing cutting-edge cabaret shows for more than a decade, and was chosen as one of the area's best purveyors of the form by TimeOut Los Angeles. Now he's bringing the party to Harvelle's Long Beach.
Yerma is desperate for a child, but her husband Juan shies from her touch. How can she reconcile her urge for motherhood, maintain her sense of honor and still do her job without going mad? Set in an elite university, Yerma in the Desert focuses on the custodial and public safety staff who clean up the mess and tell no tales in a dystopia where personal grudges lead to deportation and worse. Catch this world premiere production of Yerma in the Desert at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.
Hundreds of feet below downtown Los Angeles, a lost civilization's ancient treasure awaits discovery, and Escape Room LA's The Cavern is waiting for you to find it. Join the expedition for an interactive live-action adventure in which you'll descend into a mysterious underground lair where the mission begins to go horribly wrong. Trapped in the depths of the creepy cavern, you'll have less than an hour to escape, working with your team to find clues and solve the challenging puzzles needed to break free and climb back to the glorious light of day. Will you make it?
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from Simi Valley's Santa Susana High School Performing Arts Center.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir while you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with Geezer's Public House in Woodland Hills to bring folks together to Drink, Paint & Create for a memorable evening. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art. If you get hungry in the midst of a creative spark, you can also purchase sausage arancini or a gigantic shrimp po'boy or burger. Art nights are a fun spin to a date night, girls' or boys' night out or just a simple way to chill out and get creative. With all painting materials and instruction provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
If you're looking for some holiday empathy, stop your search -- Holiday Dilemmas' collection of short plays likely has something right up your alley, whether it's a story about heartache or surprise visits home for Christmas. It's around for a pretty limited run, and includes a good range of genres both comedic and sentimental. Offbeat things DO happen in these plays though. For example, No Expectations features a drag queen who finds out he has a daughter when she makes a surprise visit to him on Christmas day. Intrigued? Get into the holiday spirit at Studio C in Los Angeles.
Add an unexpected blend of spice to your laughter on Monday nights when The Laugh Factory Hollywood's Comedy Bazaar brings an eclectic assortment of the best and brightest up-and-comers with Middle Eastern roots to the stage. Sprinkled throughout will be a dash of surprise guests, many of whom are well-known comics. You never know who's going to perform, but with the club's reputation for quality, you know they're going to be good. Live comedy is always the best kind, so head to The Laugh Factory and laugh the Monday blues away.
The Wakefield Second Shepherds Play is a 14th-century Christmas pageant written by the man known only as "The Wakefield Master." The production features comedy and ritual, and original and classic holiday music. See this Yuletide feast for the eyes and ears at the Long Beach Shakespeare Company's Richard Goad Theatre.
Since 1977, L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre has been inspiring, training, developing and nurturing improvisational talent in performers of all ages. With a list of alumni that includes Will Ferrell, Matthew Perry and Chris Kattan, L.A. Connection has been the launchpad for some of the biggest names in comedy. Their long-running hit show Improv Comedy for Kids by Teens features a talented cast of young improvisers who create a show based on audience suggestions in the style of the hit series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Running for years at its Sherman Oaks location, this improv extravaganza at L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre in Burbank is an event the whole family can enjoy.
When did Beethoven become Beethoven? Renowned cellist Antonio Lysy is teaming up with fortepiano virtuoso Tom Beghin to find out in this concert performance at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles, where they'll be tackling five of Beethoven's sonatas in a musical journey that spans the acclaimed composer's career. Covering all three of Beethoven's major creative periods, the selections performed in Tracing Beethoven's Genius give a cross-section of his work that illustrates how one of the most influential figures in the history of music developed his voice -- even as he gradually lost the ability to hear the works he was composing.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 2:00pm (Pre-Show Lecture at 1:20pm)
When he's not grabbing tabloid headlines, Tyga is headlining sold-out concerts and recording songs with artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. Known for his hit singles "Make It Nasty," "Baller Alert" and "Gucci Snakes" as well as "Ayo" and "Rack City," the popular hip-hop celeb will have the entire club rocking when he performs live at this Holiday Jam at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood. Dress to see and be seen, because this party is gonna be filled with special guests, dancing and the most happening hip-hop in town.
Add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply me time with Drink, Paint, Create. Dark Horse Tavern in Tarzana hosts this artistic affair, where you can unleash your inner Picasso. Your artist guides provide the supplies and step-by-step instructions on how to complete your painting in two hours. Order a drink, let those creative juices flow and you'll be taking home your very own masterpiece to show off to friends and family.
Enter the world of a down-on-its-luck theatre company and their haphazard attempts at staging their annual production of A Christmas Carol. When rehearsals are at a standstill, a horrible actor shows up to audition for the show and the company, assuming he must be an undercover inspector from National Endowment of the Arts, offers him a role. The company is, of course, wrong and thus sets the course for a madcap, hilarious farce of holiday proportions. Enjoy Inspecting Carol at Three Clubs in Los Angeles.
The Nashville-based cult faves known as The Cordovas were picked by Rolling Stone as one of "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know" in June 2017, while NPR recently raved about their tender ballad "I'm the One Who Needs You Tonight." Rooted in harmony, songwriting and musicianship, these country-rockers have spread their Americana sound across the U.S., Mexico and Sweden, and now they're coming to Hermosa Beach's St. Rocke. They're touring behind their full-length album That Santa Fe Channel, produced by two-time Grammy Nominee Kenneth Pattengale of Milk Carton Kids.
A Hunger Games parody for the geek set, The Video Games is a live-action battle to the death ... between beloved characters from some of the most popular video games ever made. It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains such as Donkey Kong, Mega Man and more compete to win the coveted title of "Player One." What's more, you the audience get to determine the outcome, by voting on your favorite combatant via Twitter. Hilarious and action-packed, The Video Games has entertained audiences at Long Beach Comic-Con, Nerd Con, and now comes to Flight Theatre @ The Complex in Los Angeles.
For more than four decades, Oakland natives Tower of Power have been entertaining audiences with their unique brand of funky, brass-heavy soul and R&B. The legendary 10-piece outfit is best known for a string of soulful radio hits in the 1970s, including "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go," "What is Hip?" and "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)." Founded in 1968 and still going strong, you can see them live when they headline The Canyon. Sayed Sabrina opens the concert.
For more than four decades, Oakland natives Tower of Power have been entertaining audiences with their unique brand of funky, brass-heavy soul and R&B. The legendary 10-piece outfit is best known for a string of soulful radio hits in the 1970s, including "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go," "What is Hip?" and "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)." Founded in 1968 and still going strong, you can see them in concert when they headline at The Canyon Santa Clarita.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Los Angeles Urban Adventures takes you on a trip back in time, as you follow the legendary Walk of Fame and stop in at some of the most famous restaurant-lounges in town for a literal taste of Old Hollywood. Admire the gorgeous Art Deco architecture and interiors as you sample the famous drinks favored by the greats of the Golden Age and sample a favorite local street food. Your entertaining guides will share the history of these hotspots, many of which played host to Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and other celebrities, and they'll also help you keep an eye out for film openings and current stars. You never know when you'll find yourself walking right across a red carpet. This three-hour walking tour begins in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex on one of the most iconic corners in L.A., and winds up at the elegant and historic Roosevelt Hotel on the boulevard itself.
Second City Hollywood's latest sketch comedy revue tackles a whole slew of modern issues. We are living, after all, in a world where people are protesting to an unprecedented degree, female Uber drivers feel forced to take drastic measures in order to protect themselves, and California is considering seceding from the Union ... assuming we don't get nuked first. But don't worry, if the content of Purple Mountain Travesty sounds alarmingly serious to you, it's also filled with more than its fair share of juvenile humor. Catch this clever sketch show at Second City's Studio Theatre in Hollywood.
The Crazy Uncle Joe Show is one of L.A.'s longest-running long-form improvisation shows. Watch as the Groundlings take three suggestions from the crowd and then proceed to weave the stories together, traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. There's no games, no director, just side-splittingly spontaneous comedy. After a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new audience suggestions.
This year, Christmas comes a little early for SoCal musical theater fans. Hot off starring in Broadway's Significant Other, Lindsay Mendez returns with her new solo cabaret show, Back From Broadway. With a roof-raising voice and searing stage energy, Mendez has appeared in Broadway faves like Grease, Godspell and Wicked. Her star turn in Dogfight earned her Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards nominations. Spring an early Christmas present on your special someone or treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of stories and songs, including some holiday favorites, as Mendez takes the stage as part of Musical Theatre West's New Broadway in Concert series at the Beverly O'Neill Theatre in Long Beach.
New Wave pop group Berlin broke through in a big way in the 1980s, particularly after the iconic appearance of their hit song "Take My Breath Away" in the movie Top Gun. Berlin's unforgettable melodies and cutting edge synth-pop sound also earned them huge hits like "No More Words," "Masquerade" and "The Metro." To this day, the band is led by its original sizzling vocalist, Terri Nunn, who claimed the No. 11 spot on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Rock." They're currently working on new material for an upcoming album release and are set to rock the house at The Canyon Santa Clarita.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Put a little va va voom into your holidays with The Damn Devillez, a strangely sexy cabaret and burlesque crew from Los Angeles. They've got "a devilish" Christmas show planned for you that gives you what you truly want for the season. There'll be plenty of studs, splits and sexy hip twirls at The Three Clubs, so 'tis the season to be prepared!
Look, you're already getting a stocking stuffed with coal, may as well have a little fun in the meantime. Come celebrate Christmas Damn Devillez style, with A Devilish Christmas -- a sexy, holiday-themed show that will secure your place on the naughty list. Here's a tip: Don't forget to bring some money for tips to this fun night at Club Burlesque in North Hollywood.
If you like the long-running TV improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? then you'll love ComedySportz, a fun, fast-paced live comedy show that's great for the whole family. Watch two teams battle for laughs -- and points -- as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. Full of off-the-cuff humor and unpredictable moments, it's never the same show twice at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The longest-running stage show in Los Angeles, ComedySportz has been turning great improv into hilarious sport for more than 25 years.
Featuring sassy, sexy and sizzlin' numbers in honor of America's veterans, We Are America showcases performers 60 years young and over at Canoga Park's Madrid Theatre. The New Year's Eve performance will feature included hors d'oeuvres, champagne and mingling with the show's creators after the show. Founded by The Pink Lady, Jackie Goldberg, Senior Star Power Productions has been filling houses in its mission to promote healthy, creative aging for seniors and veterans through theater arts, with a vision to establish a year-round Senior Star Power Theatre & Arts Complex with performances, workshops, mentoring programs and master classes.
Some of the funniest people join forces with some of the sexiest for The Naughty Show, an evening of comedy, pole dancing, sketches, and blue interviews with some of the porn industry's top stars. Hosted by Sam Tripoli, this anything-goes evening features stand-up sets from big-time comics, with past performers including Dane Cook, Jim Norton, Bill Burr and Margaret Cho. If that's not enough, you'll get to hear from some A-list X-rated stars, including Jenna Haze, Belladonna and Kayde Kross. You'll have the chance to participate in the show and win a gift bag, or be a part of amazing improv sketches, thanks to the comedians who are often planted in the crowd.
Virtuoso rock guitarist Gary Hoey may be best-known for his Top 5 cover of "Hocus Pocus" and his tours with the likes of Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, the Doobie Brothers and Queen's Brian May. But his amped up take on holiday tunes is gaining a reputation all its own. For this Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday Show, the guitarist -- who's equally renowned as a master of blues-rock and surf rock -- will play a show that's filled with holiday classics from his popular Ho Ho Hoey Christmas album series, along with his other (non-seasonal) hits. He'll share the stage at Saint Rocke with guitarist Mark Castrillion and Moondog.
L.A. Connection is moving its weekly flagship show from its Sherman Oaks Comedy Theatre to Burbank. In 2001: An Improv Odyssey, a rotating cast of veteran performers present short-form improv scenes and games in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? They're known for their heavy interaction with the crowd, sometimes even inviting audience members up on stage to assist with popular recurring features like "Supply the Word" and "Repeat Performance." It's the same big laughs, just a different location!
Harvelle's Long Beach gets extra steamy when the talented Black Veils Troupe brings their sexy goth-inspired burlesque to the stage. A group of skilled dancers, these women come with an air of mystery, simple masques covering their eyes -- yet long locks of hair fly. The ladies entrance with sultry, hip-heavy moves, suggestive chair dances and even aerial silks.
Want to get away but lack the time or money? This daylong tour "takes you away" to all the best that Los Angeles has to offer. Explore on foot and by public transit as you get a feel for what it really means to live in Los Angeles. Sure, you'll see all the tourist musts like the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach, but you'll also visit a hidden garden oasis on Hollywood Boulevard, learn about film and television history at a local media museum, and take a bike ride along the Pacific Ocean's famous beach path. Locals know that the best lunch to be had isn't in a fancy restaurant, but at the Farmers Market, which is a historic landmark that's been running continuously since 1934. You'll grab lunch from one (or more) of the plethora of food vendors before heading to a bakery and then on to a stroll along the glamorous Rodeo Drive. By the end of this 8-hour guided adventure, you'll come away feeling like you've gotten away -- and having a new appreciation for this wonderful city.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is an organization that showcases innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the L.A. community with a wide variety of great movie screenings. Presented at South Park Center, the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival features screenings of documentary, short and feature films that have been submitted from around the world. The program also offers post-screening Q&As and special events so the audience can meet the filmmakers.
Comedian Jason Love presents Laugh Out Loud Comedy, featuring headliners with credits ranging from Showtime and Comedy Central to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show With David Letterman and America's Got Talent. Round up your friends or take your sweetheart, and celebrate hump day monthly at the Paseo Camarillo Regency with some of the hottest stand-up comedians around and movie-theater concessions available for purchase. It's 90 minutes of live, "TV clean" laughs.
Join award-winning songwriter Glitter Rose ("American Girl"), musician and actor Sean McNabb (Tacoma on Sons of Anarchy) and more as they bring a whole lotta country fun to Pasadena's The Rose with Country Girls Shake It. Dance the night away to your favorite country tunes, try to beat your best time on the mechanical bull, and sing along to Hot Country's live renditions of hits by Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert, along with faves by Brooks and Dunn, Shania Twain and Johnny Cash. Whether you're down for a line dance to "Boot Scootin' Boogie" or ready to shake it to "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)," this fun night at The Rose is a great way to get your country fix.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
For every mega-success like the iPhone, VCR and Ford Mustang, there's a couple of Apple Newtons, Betamaxes and Edsels that crashed and burned before them -- and the pop-up exhibition known as The Museum of Failure celebrates these marketing missteps in all their glory. This primo collection of product blunders, curated by a Swedish innovation researcher, brings the best worst ideas together in an Instagram-friendly collection at DTLA's A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum. You'll see artifacts spanning from the 17th century right up to the present, including a Trump-based board game, Casio's tiny color TV, New Coke and plenty more. No word on whether Ishtar is included in this Hollywood edition, however.