We’ve got lots of additional fun for you…

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December 1, AND 2, 2018:
Head downtown…Hauser and Wirth celebrates the season with a two-day marketplace showcasing LA-based makers, nonprofits, artists, and performers. The market will offer hand-crafted products and locally-made wares, as well as family workshops led by educators. Enjoy specialty foods; Event runs: 11am-6pm; Hauser & Wirth, 901 E 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90013; https://www.hauserwirth.com

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December 1, 2018:
In Mar Vista….Get into the holiday spirit with a vendor sip and shop event at the Hängar, while supporting a great cause. This special event will support two important nonprofits, that are making a difference in the lives of the residents affected by these horrible wild fires. 
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Wood Sculptor Ray Ford will be selling his beautiful hand carved works. There will also be an art auction and a furniture and home Accessories raffle. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to two nonprofits: United Way of Greater Los Angeles, AND Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation. Event runs 12-5pm; The Hängar, 3472 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066; 310.915.9977; https://thehangarla.com/

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December 1, 2018:
Downtown….Support local artists this holiday season and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. Selected artists, artisans and creatives from 1340 E 6th St are opening their doors and hosting a Winter Open Studio Event today; Participating artists/designers include: Atacama Home (Suite #405), Cynthia Desser  (Suite #513), Catherine Ruane (Suite #613), Antonio Muniz (Suite #602) and many more. Event runs: 1-6pm; 1340 East 6th St Open Studios is on Dec 1st. For more info, see the FB Event Page.

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December 1, 2018: 
Stop by Gronk’s studio Saturday December 1st and pick up some art just in time for the holidays. Other artists included will be Patssi ValdezTanner GoldbeckUrban Iconic, & Roberto Vázquez. Event runs: 1pm-10pm; 725 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2905; See FB Event page.

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 1, 2018: Remember Skidmore Contemporary Art celebrates two new artists AND Santa Monica’s Main Street Holiday event take place tonight AND “The Lost Warhol…see the home page for more info on these THREE Top Ten events.

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December 1, 2018:
TAG Gallery hosts an art party to celebrate the opening of three solo exhibitions by Deborah Decker, Shelley Lazarus, Joe Pinkelman. On view: November 20 – December 15, 2018; Art Party: 5-8pm; TAG Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd., LA; https://www.taggallery.net/

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December 1, 2018:

In Santa Monica…NO FREE BREAD GALLERY celebrates its grand opening tonight. The inaugural exhibition, “Life Lessons” features the abstract paintings of Santa Monica based artist, Sara Abbott. Petite plates and cocktails provided by Ingo’s Tasty Diner. Art Party: 6-9pm; NO FREE BREAD GALLERY, 1150 18th Street, Santa Monica CA 90403; https://www.facebook.com/nofreebreadgallery/

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December 1, 2018:
William Turner Gallery presents “It’s About Time,” an exhibition of large format color photographs by artist Jay Mark Johnson. The works display a range of subject matter — people, cars, trains, waterfalls and waves, shot from locations around the globe – all united by Johnson’s ongoing inquiry into the possibilities of timeline photography. Also opening tonight….”Reflections of Nature in Motion,” an exhibition of selected works by artist Michel Tabori.On view: December 1, 2018 – January 19, 2019; Art Party: 6:00 – 8:00pm; William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue E-1, Santa Monica, CA 90404; http://www.williamturnergallery.com

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December 1, 2018:
In the Echo Park area…One One Six Two presents “Light of the world,” a solo photography exhibition. This debut show offers a look at a body of work by humanitarian photographer Letticia Bissondut. She give her audience a glimpse why she has fallen in love with her subjects.
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On view; December 1 – December 8, 2018; Art Party: 7–11pm; One One Six Two, 1162 Glendale Blvd, LA 9002; (323) 351-1990; https://www.1162.la/

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December 1, 2018:
KP PROJECTS hosts its inaugural exhibition at the gallery’s new location at 633 N. La Brea Avenue. Enjoy a new exhibition of Vivian Maier photographs entitled “LIVING COLOR’ featuring new chromogenic color prints, black and white gelatin silver prints, and a rare selection of Lifetime prints from the Maloof collection. The event is hosted by Tim Roth. Art Party: 7-10pm; RSVP necessary – to rsvp@kpprojects.net; NEW ADDRESS : 633 N. La Brea Avenue., LA, 90036; https://kpprojects.net/

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Top Ten Alert:December 2, 2018 – Skirball Cultural Center
hosts its annual Hanukkah Festival…see the home Page.

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December 2, 2018:
Blue 7 Gallery and Collective hosts an opening reception for a group show titled “It’s a Celebration.” Curated by Lucius Peterson, the group exhibition includes all media: paintings photography, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, fabric art, etc. On view: December 2, 2018 – January 12, 2018; Art Party: 2-5pm; Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 90405; http://blue7gallery.com/

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December 2, 2018:

Matter Studio Gallery presents a group show titled “Unearthing Matter.”Artists include: Karla Funderburk, Louis Jacinto, Walter johnson, Walter Kerner, Trazail Tucker. On View: December 2 – 30, 2018; Art Party: 4-7pm; Matter Studio Gallery, 5080 W. Pico Boulevard, LA, 90019; https://matterstudiogallery.com/

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 6, 2018 – Los Angeles Magazine’s Big Holiday Party is tonight…see the home Page.

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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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TOP TEN ALERT: December 8, 2018 – Santa Monica’s Montana Avenunue Holiday Walk, with the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers…see the home Page.

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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:
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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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:

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: 
Public Works Improvisational Theatre presents A Voice In The Well Production. Ring in the holiday season with “Jingle Bel 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 / Students & 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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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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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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