In West LA..

CeleSun-Dec13-Skirball20131124Hanukkah-1388brate Hanukkah at Skirball Cultural Center.

Photo by BeBe Jacobs, courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

The event features music and dance, hands-on arts and crafts and tasty Hanukkah treats. This year’s event focuses on the theme Celebrating Our Light. Entertainment features Noah Shalom and Brendan Brandt, the Bazaar Ensemble, S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi West African dance and drumming, GRAMMY-nominated singer, Lisa Loeb and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Included with museum admission.

Admisssion: $10 General; $7 Seniors 65+ and Full-Time Students; Free to member and children under 12; There is free parking in the North Lot structure

What: Hanukkah at Skirball Cultural Center
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
When: December 13, 2015, 11:00 am – 4 pm


Sun-Dec13-AKblvdHolidayIn Venice…

Enjoy a bit of holiday cheer.

Abbot Kinney Blvd hosts its annual Holiday event …

Bring the family to the Dec. 13th  Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll and Family Snow & Fun Day!

Enjoy an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, Shopping Spree, Store Events, Carolers, Face Painting, Holiday Crafts, Real Snow Sledding, and Santa Claus.

What: Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll
Where: at the Brigg Parking lot (at AK and Palms)
When: 11:00am – 5:00pm


The Hive Gallery (729 South Spring St., LA 90014) hosts a holiday event titled DOLLMINATION Sunday Funday from 2-6pm. The event will feature vendors, art and live music


Head to the Miracle Mile area…

FM Fine Art Gallery celebrates the photography of Sumit Dua.

SumSun-Dec13-SumitDua Real-it Dua was born in India and moved to the United States at the age of 10. Later in life, he developed a love for photography. A spontaneous trip through India during 2004 sparked a passion for traveling and photographing the people, places and landscapes of this beautiful, colorful country. In 2008, Sumit spent seven weeks discovering his beloved birthplace. Sumit’s other hobbies include magic, technology, and business. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to capture the beauty of this dynamic, fastpaced, multicultural state.

Sumit Dua has traveled and photographed Turkey, India, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Hawaii, Korea, New Orleans, San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, China, Chicago, Canada, and Washington DC.

On view: December 13th – December 28th

What: Openingreception
Where: FM Fine Art Gallery, 834 N. La Brea Ave.
When: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Phone: 323 466-9999


Barbara Mendes Gallery/ IVAN Gallery (2701 S. Robertson Blvd. LA 90034), hosts a Hanukah Wonderland Gift shop from 3-7pm. (323) 533-6021;


VeniceCAnals-BarbarandJohn-XmasBoatparadeThe Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade takes place today at 4 pm (you may want to arrive by 3:30pm….as it gets pretty crowded. That’s when the boats line up at Eastern (which runs parallel to Pacific Ave) and Sherman Ave.

See image of a previous year’s boat “ACME Fruitcake Removal Service,”designed by Barbara Mastej and John Ransom.

Gondolas, row boats, kayaks and other mini vessels will be decked out in twinkly lights and paddled by locals in Santa suits and pointy hats to the theme of Jingle Bell Rock. Everyone is welcome to participate and enter to win cash prizes.

There are also awards for decorated homes in the Best-Dressed Homes & Bridges contest. Judging for this competition will be Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 6 p.m., and the winners will be announced at the beginning of the parade.


Have a great weekend and remember to stop and enjoy the season…