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10 Best Holiday Events in L.A. This December

Can you believe it? We’re already nearing the middle of the holiday season, which means your schedule is probably packed with parties and seasonal events. From an evening with Fleetwood Mac and a Christmas tour performance by John Legend, an interview with chef-owner Nyesha J. Arrington of the restaurant Native in Santa Monica and a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away at the Aero Theatre, here are a flurry of L.A. events to help you celebrate the holidays.

An Evening with Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Fleetwood Mac is at the Forum tonight, and a few tickets are still available. There’s been a serious staffing change since their last tour: Lindsey Buckingham has split ways with the band. Nobody in the group is quite willing to say Buckingham was “fired,” but they don’t completely object to the term. The new lineup has been on a massive 52-date tour that will be wrapping up in Philadelphia in April 2019. Tickets $49-$229. 

Nyesha J. Arrington of Native in Santa Monica

Women and the Kitchen: Nyesha J. Arrington

Wednesday, December 12

Nyesha J. Arrington, chef-owner of the restaurant Native in Santa Monica, will be interviewed about L.A.’s dining culture, the politics of today’s restaurant kitchens, and her own professional and personal journey on stage at the Skirball by food historian Lara Rabinovitch, Ph.D. The event is slated for Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tastings of Arrington’s food will be available after the talk.

History of Central Avenue at California African American Museum

Thursday, December 13

From the 1920s to the 1950s, Central Avenue, or “The Avenue,” was the hub of West Coast jazz. This event will feature a series of conversations about Central Avenue and its history of eventual decline. The first program focuses on the beginnings of Central Ave as a downtown gathering place for L.A.’s black residents, while sessions two and three look at the jazz scene and how the gathering place was pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement. History of Central Avenue is presented in partnership with CAAM’s History Council and led by Robert Lee Johnson, author of Notable Southern Californians in Black HistoryCalifornia African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037.

Spirited Away at the Aero Theatre

Friday, December 14

Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is a Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film that tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a sullen 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world of Japanese Shinto-Buddhist folklore. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. Check out this American Cinematheque screening of an instant classic! Friday, December 14; 7:30 p.m.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Nutcracker by American Ballet Theater

December 14-16 & 19-23

Misty Copeland, perhaps the most celebrated ballerina dancing today, is among ABT legends who will perform this touring production of the holiday classic. The set and costumes were created by Tony-winner Richard Hudson, who also created the famous designs of The Lion King. Don’t miss out—December 14-16 and 19-23 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; tickets $29-$179.

White Christmas Sing-Along

Sunday, December 23

The Walt Disney Concert hall is transformed into a massive, fancy movie theater for this holiday screening event. The movie will play on a big screen with the lyrics of the musical numbers projected so you can sit back with your loved ones and sing along to the Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney classics. December 23 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown; tickets $34-$69.

Geffen Playhouse

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

November 27-December 16

This latest adaptation by Jefferson Mays promises to be good. Mays, a veteran stage actor, has edited the story down to a one-man show in which he shifts into 50 different roles. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; tickets $30-$120.

Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night Double Feature

Tuesday, December 18

If you’re in for a scare this holiday season, this double feature night at the newly-reopened New Beverly Cinema should do the trick. Black Christmas from 1974 and Silent Night, Deadly Night from 1984 will give you the necessary dose of scary to get you through the holidays. December 18 at 7:30 p.m. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; tickets $10.

Holiday Screenings at Rooftop Cinema Club

December 1-22

Microsoft Theater

Rooftop Cinema Club is featuring a series of holiday classics at their L.A. venues this December. Catch Elf, Home Alone, and other favorites throughout the month. December 1-22. Various Locations; tickets $17.

John Legend: A Legendary Christmas Tour

December 23

John Legend is performing his new jazzy Christmas album in this live, holiday-themed concert. The album features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, and Raphael Saadiq, so who knows who might drop in as a guest at the show. December 23 at 7 p.m. Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown tickets $49-$250.

By: Nico Picciuto
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