Los Angeles Union Station ushers in the holiday season with its 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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Los Angeles Union Station’s 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony ushers in the holidays with help from special guests from the North Pole. Taking place on the station’s South Patio, the family-friendly holiday event includes live musical performancesfrom Mariachi Los Servidores (a mariachi ensemble made up of LAPD and civilian personnel) as well as the vintage touring act, The Beverly Belles. The night includes arts and crafts and a variety of activities for all ages.
Actress Illeana Douglas, seen here attending the American Cinematheque’s new 4K restoration world premiere of “F.T.A.” in 2020 in Hollywood, stops at Book Soup this week to discuss her latest book, ‘Connecticut in the Movies.’
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Filmmaker and film historian Illeana Douglas is currently on tour for her second book, Connecticut in the Movies: From Dream Houses to Dark Suburbia. Born and raised in New England and Connecticut, Douglas takes readers through Connecticut’s geography and celluloid history, adding her personal perspectives and behind-the-scenes stories.
Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez, Louie Perez, David Hidalgo and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos seen here performing during the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island earlier this year. They play a hometown show at The Paramount this week.
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East L.A.’s own Los Lobos have created a legacy in music that resonates around the world. Mixing musical styles including rock and roll, Tex-Mex, zydeco, cumbia and boleros, the band has created more than two dozen albums. They play a hometown show to celebrate five decades of work with Tropa Magica opening. Tickets are scarce, but there is a waitlist for the show.
November 19, 2023 through January 7, 2024 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted Forest of Light is now open for the holiday car.
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Take a one-mile nighttime stroll through the garden’s foliage, which is illuminated with interactive installations. Popular returning favorites include an entire town of “stained glass” creations from contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin, sparkling geometric installations from HYBYCOZO, Flower Power on the Promenade, and lighting effects in the Ancient Forest. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The Forest of Light is open rain-or-shine.
The 58th American Open Chess Championship comes to Orange County over Thanksgiving weekend.
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One of the longest-running chess tournaments in the U.S. takes place this week in Garden Grove. Established in 1965, the tournament features chess players of all levels from all over the world, from novices to Grandmasters. Held annually over Thanksgiving weekend, the tourney is open to all players, adults and children. There will be concurrent tournaments: Scholastic Tournaments (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), Blitz (Saturday) and Action Chess (Sunday). Side events include a master class with a chess grandmaster.
Ellie Goulding, seen her performing in Milan earlier this month, makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut.
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English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has a voice that’s been heard at dance clubs and concert venues around the world. But Goulding is switching gears to channel her lifelong passion for orchestral music into three performances in New York, San Francisco and in L.A., where she makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She’ll sing orchestral arrangements of some of her biggest hits and other favorites.
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM
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‘Love Actually Live’ returns to The Wallis this holiday season.
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The multimedia concert celebration of Richard Curtis’ beloved film returns to the Wallis, in time for the holidays — and the film’s 20th anniversary. Actors, singers and a live orchestra perform soundtrack faves including “Christmas is All Around,” “Trouble With Love,” and “Both Sides Now.” Rex Smith returns as Billy Mack, the character played so memorably by Bill Nighy.
Watch two episodes of Netflix’s ‘Beef,’ followed by a Q&A with showrunner Lee Sung Jin.
If you missed the Netflix limited series Beef, here’s a perfect chance to catch up. The darkly comic series follows the aftermath of a road rage incident between two strangers (Steven Yeun and Ali Wong). He’s a bitter, failing contractor and she’s a “self-made entrepreneur with a picturesque life.” Their feud unravels their lives and relationships, as witnessed in Episode 101, “The Birds Don’t Sing, They Screech in Pain,” and Episode 110, “Figures of Light.” A Q&A with creator, showrunner, writer and director Lee Sung Jin, moderated by Jenelle Riley, follows the screening.
Kevin Hart’s Hart House holds the ‘Hart House Holiday Giveback’ this month to support the local community.
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Hart House Holiday Giveback is an initiative of Kevin Hart’s plant-based eateries to support the local community. To kick it off on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers forward Jarred Vanderbilt takes a shift at Hart House Hollywood, working the drive-through and taking orders starting at 5 p.m. Plus, 30% of the sales will be donated to both the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills and the Jarred Vanderbilt Foundation. From Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, all Hart House locations (Westchester, Monrovia, Hollywood, University Park South) will host a toy drive on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Drop new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for kids in grades K-12 and receive a free side and free drink, with the purchase of any entree for one toy donation. For two toys, if you buy one meal, get a lesser-priced meal on the house.
The Christmas-themed Miracle cocktail bar pops up at Truss & Twine in Palm Springs this season.
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Miracle, a Christmas-themed cocktail bar, pops up at Truss & Twine in Palm Springs. Cocktail creator Joann Spiegel crafts new holiday-themed cocktails such as The Krampus and Marshmallows & Unicorns as well as returning favorites, including Rudolph’s Replacement and the Christmapolitan (vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, lime, rosemary and absinthe mist). On Mondays, Truss & Twine also offers fresh oysters from Le Sel’s Oysters.
Every week from November 15, 2023 through December 31, 2023 Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery in Pasadena has launched ‘Wine Wednesdays.’
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Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery recently launched Wine Wednesdays, a recurring midweek celebration that gives patrons a chance to explore Agnes’s all-natural wine list at 50% off (for bottles $50 or more only) alongside Agnes’ contemporary fare. Wines included in the promotion include Paul Bara Brut Rosé, Grand Cru; Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon; and Maison Pascal Clément Chardonnay. Reservations can be made on Resy and walk-ins are welcome.
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