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Holiday Happenings

There are lots of holiday happenings like the Ice Rink is open at Pershing Square is open now through January 7, 2024.

Under these times that are fraught with tension and worry we in our section of the planet can turn to the beauty that the arts are bringing to us.

Let’s all take a deep breath and see some of what is offered.

The Arts speak to us about the beauty that our minds are able to create. The Arts are not escapism they do good things to our brains as I will delve into in another article.

Here are many suggested events that are happening around us and will contribute to our health care as well as our delight.

The holiday season marks the spread of cheer, lights, and “The Nutcracker.” The ballet tradition is well-loved across the ages and countries.

Where to see some performances of “The Nutcracker” – Here are some suggestions:

The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (photo from
  • American Ballet Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker” makes its way to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from December 8 to 17. Tickets start at $29 and more details can be found on Segerstrom’s website.
  • Hollywood Ballet a recently launched dance company in L.A., presents “The Nutcracker” as its first production. The show is at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday at Aratani Theatre in downtown L.A., and tickets start at $69. More information can be found on Hollywood Ballet’s website.
  • American Contemporary Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite” immerses viewers into the world of ballet from the company’s performance space high up in a downtown L.A. skyscraper. The show runs until December 24. Tickets range from $70 to $135 and more information can be found on ACB’s website.
  • Los Angeles Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is set in 1912 Los Angeles and explores the landscape of the city. Shows start Friday and run until December 26 across Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Royce Hall in Westwood, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and Dolby Theatre. Tickets start at $40 and more information can be found on LAB’s website.
  • Inland Pacific Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” brings the holiday tradition to the Inland Empire, venturing to Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, Bridges Auditorium in Claremont and Fox Performing Arts Centerin Riverside. The show runs from Saturday to December 23. Prices range across venues and more details can be found on IPB’s website.
  • Long Beach Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” celebrates its 41st anniversary of the production this December. Performances are at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center from December 16 to 23. Tickets range from $35 to $125 and more details can be found on LBB’s website.

Hanukkah at the Skirball:

Make Hanukkah memories at the Skirball on Sunday, December 10 from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.

Gather with family and friends to make new memories at the Skirball. Beloved klezmer rockers Mostly Kosher return to headline this year’s festival and Skirball Storytellers bring the Hanukkah story to life with a theatrical performance featuring music and puppetry.

Make Hanukkah memories at the Skirball. Join us for music, storytelling, food, art making, a photo booth, and a community candle lighting on Sunday, December 10, 12:00–5:30 p.m.

At our wonderful Walt Disney Hall:

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini (photo

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini
Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
Sunday, December 31, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 31, at 10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic – DECK THE Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012

A Chanticleer Christmas – one night only.
Wednesday, December 13 at 8 p.m.

Holiday Sing-Along – two performances.
Saturday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Angelus Chorus.
Melissa Peterman, host

Home Alone in Concert – three performances.
Monday, December 20 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 21 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22 at 8 p.m.
David Newman, conductor
Angeles Chorale
John Sutton, Artistic Director

Arturo Sandoval Swinging Holiday – one night only.
Saturday, December 23 at 8 p.m.
Arturo Sandoval

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini featuring China Forbes – two performances.
Sunday, December 31 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Pink Martini
China Forbes, vocals

The Ice Rink is now open at Pershing Square:

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
November 16, 2023 – January 7, 2024.

Hoping all will find happiness and peace this holiday season.

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Sheila Tepper
Sheila Tepper
Backstage with the Buzz is written by Sheila Tepper, Producer Cultural Programming. Sheila has lived in the Larchmont area for fifty years, among her passions have been passing legislation for children with disabilities and interviewing outstanding artists appearing in the Los Angeles area.

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  1. American Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” is a dazzling spectacle and a beloved holiday tradition for audiences of all ages. Created by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, the ballet brings together a cast of over 100 dancers alongside Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and Tony-award winning sets and costumes by Richard Hudson.


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