The 2nd week of December is here….Happy Hanukkah. Any signs of Santa??

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 6, 2018 – Los Angeles Magazine’s Big Holiday Party is tonight…see the homepage. Dec6-LAMagHolidayParty

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December 6, 2018:

The Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting celebration takes place tonight. Downtown Culver City businesses provide the hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats that are sure to make everyone feel merry. Enjoy performances local choirs, as well as appearances by the Mayor and city council members. Tree lighting: 6:00pm; Town Plaza – at the intersection of Culver Blvd. and Van Buren Pl. (next to the Culver Hotel and ArcLight Cinemas). https://www.downtownculvercity.com/

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December 6, 2018:
Neutra Museum & Gallery hosts a group exhibition tilted “ONE HUNDRED VIBRANT ARTISTS OF LA,” curated by Geoffrey Levitt. Artist Frederika Roeder said she is excited to be participating in the group show. She will be exhibiting two works on paper. On View: December 6 – 27, 2018; Art Party: 6pm – 10pm; Poetry reading at 8pm; Neutra Museum & Gallery, 2379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 
http://neutra.org/the-neutra-museum/

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Don’t forget to check our Upcoming Page for lots more events….see our Features drop-down, AND our Performance drop-down for more events in December.  Plus performances such as Dixie Tupperware’s party running now thru Dec 30 – scroll down to the bottom of this post for more info 

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 8, 2018 – Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue Holiday Walk takes place tonight…
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The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will be performing up and down the street – come on by to say hi…see the home Page for details.

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December 8, 2018
Launch LA hosts a discussion and exhibition walk-through of “Marie Thibeault: By Water, By Fire” with with Daniel Dove, Professor of Painting and Drawing, CSULB. There will be a reception to follow. On view: December 8 – 22, 2018; Walk through 4:00pm – 5:00pm; Reception to Follow; Launch 170, S. LaBrea Ave., LA 90036; https://www.launchla.org/

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December 8, 2018

In Long Beach…C Gallery on Broadway features a pre-opening event for the mathematical paintings of Annie Clavel for “Everything Begins Elsewhere.” See more information about the exhibition Upcoming Event Feature. (Save the date Dec 15, for a 2nd opening). Event runs 5-8pm; C Gallery on Broadway, 441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802; https://www.cgalleryonbroadway.com/

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December 8, 2018:

FIG hosts an opening reception for “Ray Brown Narrative Works from the 1960’s.” On view: December 5 – December 29, 2018; Art Party: 5-7pm; FIG, Bergamot D2, 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM; http://figgallery.com/

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December 8, 2018:
MOAH Cedar presents “Faces from the Southern Ocean & Shackleton’s Hut Series,” a solo exhibition by JJ L’Heureux. Find our more about JJ and the exhibition on the Upcoming Event Feature. On view: December 8, 2018 to February 9, 2019; Art Party: 6:00pm – 8:00pm; MOAH Cedar, 44857 Cedar Avenue, Lancaster, California 93534; https://www.lancastermoah.org/moah-cedar http://www.jjLHeureux.com

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December 8, 2018:

The Marina Boat parade takes place tonight. This longstanding tradition originally started with just 100 boats, and now boasts nearly 6,000 boats since the first boat parade in 1963. Arrive early, as parking can be tough; Wear warm clothes and bring extra jackets.
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Event runs: 6-8pm; The Marina Boat Parade, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, https://mdrboatparade.org
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December 9, 2018:
Arcana Books on the Arts hosts a book signing event for Songs and Photographs by Anthony Wilson. The photographer/songwriter will also perform at the event. Wilson is the son of legendary jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson, his musical lineage has deeply influenced his creative trajectory, compositional choices, instrumental groupings, and the wide-ranging twelve album discography that blooms out of them. Performance and Book Signing: 4-6pm; Arcana: Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232; https://www.arcanabooks.com/blog/

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December 9, 2018:

sp[a]ce gallery presents “The Universe is in Us,” curated by Mark Todd. The exhibit features the work of eight artists whose work often explores a mixed media approach, including collage, sculpture, painting and drawing: Abira Ali, Anita Kunz, Saiman Chow, Seonna Hong, Shannon Freshwater, Somsara Rielly, Souther Salazar and Sung Jik Yang. On view: thru March 31, 2018; Opening: 12-6pm; sp[a]ce gallery, 39 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91103; http://space.ayzenberg.com/

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 10, 2018 – LACE celebrates 40 years…see the home Page.


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December 13, 2018:

Gloria Delson Fine Art presents “The Meaning of L,” by Ty Joseph. Although influenced by Pop Art, with its bold, eye-catching images and impersonal approach, at the core of Ty Joseph’s work is an intense desire to express individuality, elegance, and social interactions by applying symbolic overtones. Art Party: 6-10pm; GDCA, 727 S. Spring St. LA, 90014; http://www.GDCAgallery.com

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December 15, 2018:
Head to San Pedro for an art talk and gallery tour at the Loft. VICA founder Juri Koll offers a walk-through of the solo exhibition “William Turtle: An Undiscovered Legacy.” Read more about the exhibition on the Event Feature (located on the Artists / Exhibitions Page under the On View drop-down. Event runs: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; The Loft in San Pedro, 401 S Mesa St, San Pedro, 90731; https://www.veniceica.org/

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December 15, 2018
In Long Beach…C Gallery on Broadway presents the official opening for “Everything Begins Elsewhere,” a solo exhibition by Annie Clavel. Find out more on the Upcoming Event Feature. Art Party: 5-8pm; C Gallery on Broadway, 441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802; https://www.cgalleryonbroadway.com/

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December 15, 2018:
ShockBoxx Projects presents the “Miniature Art Show.The group show features artists Lark, Eva Montealegre, Ronen Pollak, Tom Wright, and many more. ShockBoxx Projects is located at 636 Cypress Ave, Hermosa Beach, 90254; https://www.shockboxxproject.com/


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December 15, 2018:

Los Angeles Art Association presents the 2018 Open Show, LAAA’s signature survey exhibition featuring the very best in emerging art, juried by Cynthia Corbett, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. Artists include: Julia Alexander-Bates, Danielle Bewer, Liza Botkin, Ellen Cantor, Cung-Ping Cheng, Connie Conway, Paula, Craioveanu, Michelle Lynn Dyrness, Tony Gangitano, Carlos Grasso, Brooke Harker, Meghan Hedley, Shelley Heffler, Gina Herrera, Peter Hiers, Julienne Johnson, Caroline PM Jones, Joes Joseph, Carol Kleinman, Shannon Lee, Margaret Lewis, Mercedes McDonald, Janet Milhomme, Chris Shelby, Carl Shubs, Stephen Spiller, Mara Zaslove, and many more. On view: December 15, 2018 – January 11, 2019; Art Party: 6- 9pm; Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069; https://www.laaa.org

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December 16, 2018:
bG Gallery presents “Gifted,” a table show of gift-able artworks and fine crafts created by artists. One-day holiday festivities occur on the 16th and 22nd for last minute gifters. Artist Ray Ford will be exhibiting his wood sculptures at this event. Original works of art make for a perfect gift for your loved ones. Event runs: 1-5pm; BG Gallery, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405; http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com

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December 16, 2018: 
In Venice…Public Works Improvisational Theatre presents A Voice In The Well Production. Ring in the holiday season with “Jingle Bell Rock” an evening of lively variety arts programming – celebrating talented singers, storytellers, poets, musicians and comics. Performers include Lee Boek, Fred Rubin, Peter Kosenko, the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers. Produced and hosted by Eric Vollmer.
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Admission $10 /donation based; Students and Seniors $6 / Members Free; Event runs: 7-9pm; Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; (323) 762-6073; http://www.beyondbaroque.org/

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Last half of December…
Take in some fine art at local museums. We are so lucky to live in a city that is FILLED with wonderful art institutions such as LACMA, the Hammer Museumthe BroadMOCAHauser & Wirth, and the Skirball Cultural Center. Don’t forget to check our Upcoming Events Page for additional options. See Performances drop-down for our staff picks for theatre productions. Plus we have more events posted on our Features drop-down too.

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December 22, 2018:
bG Gallery presents a chance for you to find original art gifts for your holiday list. “Gifted” is a table show of gift-able artworks and gift-able fine crafts created by artists. Ray Ford will be exhibiting his wood sculptures at this event. It’s a perfect one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones this holiday season.
Event runs: 1-5pm; BG Gallery, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405; http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 22, 2018 – All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 performance at The Broad Stage …see the home Page.

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December 23, 2018:

Sing-a-long with the classic film White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The entire audience will join in as the movie plays on the big screen with the lyrics of the musical numbers projected at the bottom of the screen. Admission ranges from $34-$69. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Two shows – one day only: 3pm and 8pm;  Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown; https://www.laphil.com/

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Dec 1 – December 30, 2018:
Dixie Tupperware’s party returns to Los Angeles, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living room and into the 21st century. Written by Kris Andersson, the one-woman show is directed by Patrick Richwood. Performances: Wed-Sat 8:00pm & Sat matinee 2pm, Sun matinee 1pm; Admission ranges from $35 to $75 for VIP tix. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; 9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232; https://www.centertheatregroup.org

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December is the time to put some ice skates on. Many of you may not know, I starting ice skating when I was just 6 years old and toyed with the idea of going professional – Remember Olymic champion Dorothy Hamill?…she skated at my neighborhood skating rink. My skating partner (my brother) dropped me way too many times…that helped change my mind. 

Head downtown to the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, celebrates its 20th anniversary, in downtown LA. Surrounded by city lights, it made a fantastic romantic or family setting. During the day the views are breathtaking as well.
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Photo courtesy of Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Open thru: January 15, 2019; Check the website for admission and hours. http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/

Or in Santa Monica…take advantage of its holiday pop up 8,000 square-foot ice skating rink located on 5th and Arizona. Head to the beach AND do some skating while you are there…what more could you want? Check website for admission for all-day skating, which includes skate rental. Find more info on http://www.downtownsm.com/

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  • TOP TEN ALERT: December 31, 2018 – LA Music Center’s New Year’s Eve LA at Grand Park…see the home Page.

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