Larchmont Chronicle 2019
Dining & Entertainment Guide No time to cook a holiday turkey? No problem! By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be quite a chore. Of course, with all the wonderful restaurants that abound in our com-
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munity, you always can go out for the feast — if the restaurants are open on the holiday. But eating at a home is the most likely Thanksgiving scenario for most of us, and that usually involves much time spent planning, shopping, preparing, cooking and baking. As an alternative, you can just as easily pick up the phone and call one of these local grocers or restaurants who have conveniently prepared everything for you! So, if you find yourself just wanting to relax and leave the cooking to someone else, here are a few local ideas: Opened just five months ago, Sprouts at 1302 S. La Brea Ave. and San Vicente Blvd. is offering several different dinner selections that will appeal to every hungry family member’s tummy. As of press time, prices were still being finalized, but based on previous years’ pricing, here’s what you can expect: Dinner for
two ($29.99) includes a cooked turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread, a vegetable, stuffing, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. The family meal, which serves six to eight people, includes a 10- to 12-pound precooked turkey, plus all the same sides as the two-person order ($59.99). For those who want something a little different, Sprouts also offers a Thanksgiving feast with ham or prime rib ($69.99). For dessert, don’t forget to snatch up the fresh pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie! Jenny Mendez, Sprout’s deli manager at the S. La Brea location, has ordered the feasts for over a decade. “I’ve been working here for 12 years, and I buy one of these meals for my family every year,” she reveals. To order, go online to Sprouts. com, or call the store directly at 323-801-7510. (Please turn to page 12)
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Sip and shop at JLLA’s Harvest Boutique Dec. 8 Tickets are on sale now for the Junior League of Los Angeles 20th annual Harvest Boutique, which will be held on Sun., Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montage Beverly Hills. A VIP shopping hour, from
9 to 10 a.m., will be followed by Sip and Shop, brunch and the program at this “2019 Emerald Anniversary Celebration.” A silent auction closes at 2 p.m. This year’s honorees are philanthropists Ginger Barnard,
Lucia Diaz and Alex Morales. Tickets start at $25 for Sip and Shop, which includes admission to a curated boutique with 30 vendors and a champagne reception. Tickets can be purchased at jlla.org. Visit JLLA.org.
Pink’s Hot Dogs, at historic Pink’s Square, 709 N. La Brea Ave., will celebrate its 80th year beginning Fri., Nov. 8 through Fri., Nov. 15. To help celebrate, customers can purchase “Chili Dogs for Charity” for 80 cents
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OCT. 27 FAMILY FAIR pie baking contest, adult division, was won by Adena and Jonathan Goldstein (holding Rockstar), shown with son Samson and the winning apple crumble pie.
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No time to cook? No problem (Continued from page 9) • • • Not far up the road, you’ll find Trader Joe’s at 263 S. La Brea Ave. Instead of pre-orders, the grocery will be offering “grab and go” items. All of the mains and sides you would expect will be offered throughout the month: Pre-cooked turkeys, creamed cauliflower,
macaroni & cheese, corn pudding, mashed sweet potatoes, four-cheese scalloped potatoes, fresh turkey gravy and several holiday pies, as well as kosher turkeys (big birds and little birds). “Most turkeys don’t come pre-brined, but ours do,” says store manager Garrett Williamson. “We’re known for that.”
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• • • Directly across the street at 260 S. La Brea Ave. is Ralphs grocery, which will be offering a slew of holiday choices. Shoppers can choose from a boneless ham or turkey dinner for four to six people, which includes stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes, gravy, Kings Hawaiian Rolls and a 10-inch pumpkin pie. For parties of six to eight, Ralphs will be offering a prime rib dinner or bone-in choices of a seven to nine pound ham, 10- to 12-pound turkey or 10to 12-pound smoked turkey with all of the aforementioned sides and desserts. • • • At the time the Chronicle went to press, prices had not yet been published. Stop by the store or go online (Ralphs. com) to order. • • • The Fairfax Whole Foods Market at 6350 W. Third Street will be selling a traditional Thanksgiving meal as well. As of press time, details were unavailable, but we’re told that Sat., Nov. 16 will be the date customers can begin ordering online (wholefoodsmarket. com). Then, starting Thurs., Nov. 21, customers can walk into the store to place in-person orders at the holiday table,
usually toward the meat section. • • • In addition to grocery stores, Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery at the Original Farmers Market, as well as Wilshire Blvd.’s new Eleven City Diner, also will be offering Thanksgiving options for cookingaverse customers. • • • At Du-Par’s, the mouth-watering options are abundant. Both dine-in and take-out orders include fresh roasted turkey, served with house-made butternut squash soup, homemade garlic mashed potatoes and stuffing, glazed carrots, green beans amandine, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. The Whole Turkey Feast ($225), serving eight to 10 people, comes with two pies, while the Small Turkey Feast ($155), serving four to six people, includes one pie. Guests can also order individual Thanksgiving dinner plates for $29.50 or a child’s plate (three to 11 yrs.) for $17.95. Individual holiday pies include cherry, blueberry, pumpkin, peach, boysenberry, apple, raspberry, mincemeat, sweet potato and pecan, ranging in price from $14.95 to $15.95. Du-Par’s Thanksgiving feasts, both for dine-in and
take-out, are incredibly popular, so if you want to order or make a dine-in reservation, don’t wait! “We sell out and start distributing on the Monday of Thanksgiving week,” reminds Frances Tario, president and CEO of Du-Par’s Restaurants and Bakeries. To order, email Frances at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-933-8446, 323-9338447 or 323-933-8440. • • • Eleven City Diner, one of the Miracle Mile’s newest eating establishments (5400 Wilshire Blvd.) will be closed for Thanksgiving, but is offering three spectacular preorder dessert options for pick up. “We will be taking orders for three cakes, which have been a super hit, for pick up the day before the holiday, on Wed., Nov. 27,” says owner Bradley Rubin. The three cakes available are the To-Die-For Chocolate Three Layer Cake for $60, the Juniors NYC Cheesecake (14 slices) for $75, and the Crazy Delish Carrot Cake, a threelayer extravaganza with cream cheese frosting for $60. All orders must be placed no later than Mon., Nov. 25. Call 323761-1211 to place your order. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and bon appétit!
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LACMA is packing, preparing for construction in early 2020 By Suzan Filipek Statues and portraits are being packed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in preparation for construction of the David Geffen Galleries, set to start in early 2020. The 347,500-square-foot permanent collection building, which will span Wilshire Blvd., replaces four buildings: Ahmanson, Art of the Americas, Bing and Hammer. The latter have already mostly closed pending demolition, and the 31-year-old Pavilion for Japanese Art — in the middle of a two-year renovation — is temporarily closed. Meanwhile, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) and the Resnick Pavilion will remain open throughout construction. Visitors also can continue to eat and drink at Ray’s and Stark Bar. Also
god of wine, es,” perhaps the most popular Bacchus, and painting at the Getty, accordthe princess are ing to getty.edu. depicted on the Six sculptures are on loan to Greek island of the South Coast Botanic GarNaxos in the den in Palos Verdes and other painting dating objects are at The Huntington from 1619-20. and at Cedars Sinai Medical Another at the Center. Getty is RemOn view in an original buildbrandt’s com- ing at LACMA is the SnapchatGEFFEN GALLERIES, view east from BCAM. Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner / The Boundary manding “Por- inspired exhibition, “Christrait of Marten tian Marclay: Sound Stories,” open is LACMA Café, located committee is scheduled to reLooten,” a wealthy merchant through Mon., Nov. 11 in the in an Airstream trailer on the view the project Nov. 6. plaza outside of Ray’s. The museum’s holdings con- in 1632. J. Paul Getty pur- Art of the Americas building. “Building LACMA,” feaThe Geffen Galleries build- tinue to be accessible as part of chased the painting in 1938 and gave it to LACMA in 1953, turing renderings of Peter ing is expected to be com- its active traveling program. pleted by the end of 2023 and Seven European paintings a year before he opened his Zumthor’s Geffen Galleries project, is in the Ahmanson open in early 2024, a museum are on display at the Getty Cen- own museum in Malibu. Cezanne’s “Sous-Bois” until the end of the year. Free. spokesperson said. ter, 1200 Getty Center Dr. The $650 million project Guido Reni’s mythological hangs next to Van Gogh’s “Iris- Visit lacma.org. was approved by the Los An- “Bacchus and Ariadne” is “one geles County Board of Super- of the great masterpieces in Brooklyn flavor visors in April and is pending LACMA’s collection,” accordCalifornia“FRESH” approval by City Council for ing to Getty senior curator of the museum’s use of air rights paintings Davide Gasparotto – since 1997. above Wilshire Blvd. A city on the blog Un Framed. The The go-to stop on the Boulevard for pizza, pasta, salad, sandwiches and people watching. Enjoy watching our local sports teams with a beer or beverage.... and let’s not forget those delicious homemade meatballs! Village Pizzeria has been your Larchmont Pizzeria for 23 years now! Cheers to you all!
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It would be easy to overlook the small cottage restaurant on a nondescript section of Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s equally easy to ignore it because neither its façade nor its name, Bowery Bungalow, indicates what one might find inside. On this particular night, we crawled through rush hour traffic to Silver Lake because the eatery could accommodate the 10 people in our mini-family reunion at the last minute and it satisfied our various requirements: it was reasonably convenient to the various neighborhoods from which we were all coming (Pasadena, Echo Park, Beverly Grove, Hollywood Hills, Larchmont), and there were plenty of options for those who were vegetarian, dairy-free, lowcarb or suffered from celiac disease. (Such is the state of modern dining!) It turned out to be a very good choice. Large parties are seated on the charming back patio since the interior is quite small. We had asked for — and got — a conventional table and chairs with backs; the more casual counter-height tables with backless stools appeared mostly filled with friends sharing appetizers and drinks after work. Unlike most restaurants these days, the considerable laughter and chatting never reached a cacophonous level. Ample heaters kept us warm on the chilly night, and string lights and plants created a lovely atmosphere. One of restaurateur George Abou-Daoud’s establishments, it exempifies his tradition of crafting a different cuisine for each of his restaurants, from Italian to gastropub, Mexican to deli. The Bowery Bungalow menu notes that dishes pay homage to the flavors of North Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Crete, Palestine and Israel. The menu is divided into four sections: vegetables, meat, fish and sweet. By all means, share. For a change, everything is truly sized for sharing, unlike the puny plate concept that has swept the industry. The vegetable dishes, ranging from $12-14, ruled the night. Babaganoush presented a wonderfully smoky and creamy eggplant dip topped with crunchy roasted shishito peppers and served with pita (they brought cucumber slices for the carb- and glutenfree among us). Potatoes were tossed with the North African spice paste harissa, and served with feta cream on the side to accommodate dairy-free eaters. It’s difficult to resist potatoes in any form; these, with their hint of heat, are addicting. Also satisfying were large florets of fried cauliflower. The normally neutral vegetable was ably enhanced with dukkah, a cumin- and coriander-scented seed and nut-spice mixture,
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Larchmont Chronicle’s Eateries abound in and around the neighborhood The following list is a mere sample of the dining options available in and around our neighborhood. (If you find that a favorite was overlooked, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Note: The Original Farmers Market is at 6333 W. Third St. The Grove is next door at 189 The Grove Dr.
225 N. Larchmont Blvd. 8412 W. 3rd St. 323-798-5886 323-852-0642 vernetti.la berrisla.com Hours: Tues. to Thurs., 11:30 Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. daily. a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sat. and CANTER’S DELI Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 419 N. Fairfax Ave. to 11 p.m. 323-651-2030 cantersdeli.com Larchmont Boulevard Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 6 a.m. to 3 VILLAGE PIZZERIA a.m.; Fri. and Sat., open 24 hours. 131 N. Larchmont Blvd. BURGER LOUNGE 323-465-5566 217 N. Larchmont Blvd. villagepizzeria.net 323-462-2310 THE CAT AND THE Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. burgerlounge.com FIDDLE Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11:30 PUB AND RESTAURANT to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., noon to 9 742 N. Highland Ave. p.m. a.m. to 10 p.m. 323-468-3800
LARCHMONT VILLAGE WINE, SPIRITS & CHEESE 223 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-856-8699 larchmontvillagewine.com Hours: Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Farmers Market 6270 Sunset Blvd. 323-933-8446 323-467-2882 dupars.net fabiolus.com Du-Par’s Restaurant is open 24 Hours: Tues., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 hours a day, 365 days a year. p.m. to 10 p.m.; Weds., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. EAST INDIA GRILL to 10 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 1245 S. Fairfax Ave. Sun. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 323-936-8844 eastindiagrillla.com Hours: Sun. to Wed., 10:30 a.m. FARMERS MARKET to 10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10:30 323-933-9211 a.m. to 11 p.m. farmersmarketla.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. THE EDMON
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Neil Simon’s Musical; ‘Penny Dreadful’ farce on the moors Neil Simon’s Musical Fools is an adaptation of the Simon play “Fools,” with book and lyrics by Neil Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West. Yes, we’re talking about that Neil Simon. There are several apocryphal tales as to why he chose to write this play. The time is 1893, the place the Ukraine. In the opening scene, we are traveling by train to the small town of Kulyenchikov, bringing the new tutor Leon Tolchinsky (the engaging James Byous) to the town. Kudos to scenic designer Jan Munroe, whose scenic art was inspired by the visual tradition of Ukrainian pysanky eggs (wooden decorated Easter eggs). We soon learn that the village’s population is a parade of stupid — every kind possible. This allows the puns, double entendres, misdirec-
tions and funny malaprops full reign in the dialogue. It seems the town of Kulyenchikov is cursed. Two hundred years ago, all townspeople and their domestic animals (plus future ancestors of same), were cursed with stupidity — no more intelligence than a bump on a log. Dr. Nikolai Zubrinski (Derek Manson) and his wife Lenya Zubrinski (Robyn Roth) hope that the new tutor will find a way to deliver them from the curse. On a personal level, the doctor hopes that he’ll be able to open jars. Leon vows to break the curse by education. As the curse started with Sophia Zubrinski in 1696, Leon feels the Sophia of 1893 (Clare Snodgrass), a direct descendant, is key to the cure. When he meets her, he falls instantly and deeply in love. Enter Count Gregor
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Patricia Foster Rye Yousekevitch (Jason Paige), the villain. What ensues is not so much divine intervention, as several cases of mistaken identity, that wrap the evening perfectly. This is a whimsical two acts filled with lots of laughs, some very hummable music and the inevitable happy ending. The timely and lively choreography is by Louisa Kendrick Burton. The cast is excellent. An onstage band is led by musical director Jan Roper. Director Ron West has kept the fairy tale feeling and the comedic pace perfectly. Through Sun., Nov. 17. Open Fist Theatre Company at the Atwater Village Theatre,
3269 Casitas Ave., 323-8826912, openfist.org. 4 Stars • • • The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Penny Dreadful, by Charles Ludlam, was first performed in 1987. A word about penny dreadfuls; originally, they were cheap, sensationalist, serial books produced circa late 1800s and they included characters such as Sweeney Todd, Dick Turpin and Varney the Vampire. The various lurid subjects have always appealed to audiences, and in 1991, “The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Penny Dreadful,” was the most produced play in the United States. With deep bows to Gothic literature like “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier and “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, plus the horror films of Hollywood in the 1930s, this two-actor many, many character play leaves no stone unturned in pursuing their quest. The first act takes place at
Mandacrest on the moors, complete with fog, howling wolves, dead wolves, creepy portraits and more. Jane, the prickly servant (my favorite character played by John Allee) and a groundskeeper Nicodemus (Isaac Wade) are stressing over Lord Edgar’s (Allee) new wife Lady Enid (Wade). John Allee and Isaac Wade play all the gender fluid characters — their talent and stamina are amazing. Mind-blowing quick changes plus carefully delineated characters, plus off-stage voices, abound and have you swearing there are two of each of the actors. Act two takes place in Egypt — same actors, some new characters. This is funny, fun and worth seeing. Through Sun., Nov. 10. Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower St., 323-462-8460, actorscoop.org. 4 Stars
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The Kingmaker (8/10): 100 minutes. NR. Imelda Marcos was a beautiful young woman when she married Ferdinand Marcos 11 days after they met. Eventually he became the president of the Philippines and it slowly morphed into a brutal, corrupt dictatorship that often resulted in the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of opponents and made the Marcos billionaires. This will be shocking to most Americans who don’t think or know much about the Philippines, especially what’s going on today. Especially egregious was how they decimated the few hundred peaceful inhabitants of Calauit Island by trying to turn the island into a preserve for African animals. Gemini Man (7/10): 116 minutes. PG-13. The 3-D in this movie is the best I’ve ever seen. Shot at 120 frames per second (standard is 24) and in 4K (resolution) 3-D, it’s far superior to other 3-D films. However, the film is better than just the 3-D. Will Smith is a U.S. government assassin who is targeted by his employers and by an assassin who anticipates his every move. While Smith gives a very good performance in a
dual role, Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a sterling performance as someone sent by his employers to track him down. The other notable supporting performance is by Clive Owen. I always thought he would make a perfect James Bond, a lot better than the guy they have now. I generally disdain the car and motorcycle chases that are de rigueur now in these types of movies, but the one in this film is eye-popping, mainly due to the exceptional 3-D and cinéma vérité-style filming. Although it tends to drag at the end, this film is an entertaining treat. Zombieland: Double Tap (7/10): 99 minutes. R. While this sequel is in the horror genre, it is totally played for laughs. The four humans trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, are living in the abandoned White House when Emma Stone gets freaked out by Jesse Eisenberg’s proposal of marriage and splits. Up until this point it has gone along without much involvement. But after Emma runs away, Zoey Deutch gets into the picture as another human trying to survive, and the film picks up from moderately entertain-
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Frankie (7/10): 100 minutes. PG-13. Highlighted by the gorgeous location of Sintra, Portugal, Frankie (Isabelle Huppert), an actress, gathers three generations of her family for a vacation. Throughout the day husbands, wives, parents, children, friends and lovers mingle and inspire emotions long hidden. With a fine supporting cast that includes Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei (she doesn’t look the way I remember her) and Greg Kinnear, whose appearance is basically a cameo, for me the star was Sintra and the gorgeous locations and cinematography (Rui Poças). This is a lot of talk, so it’s not for everybody, but I enjoyed it. The Terminator: Dark Fate (7/10): 128 minutes. R. It seems they can keep remaking this movie forever. It’s
the same story and it still has Arnold and it still has the unexplainable bad machines that can be killed in any number of ways but keep coming back to life until the denouement. It’s entertaining enough, but my female assistant hated it, so it might be a male thing. The Current War: Director’s Cut: (6/10) 113 minutes. PG-13. Telling the story of the development of electricity and the battle among Thomas Edison, Nicolas Tesla and George Westinghouse, it certainly has a POV. It shows Edison as prickly and rigid in his defense of Direct Current (DC) vs. Tesla’s Alternating Current (AC). While educational, it is convoluted and necessarily superficial considering the topic. At no time do you really believe you are watching anything but a Hollywood movie.
Art+Film Gala at LACMA Nov. 2 Los Angeles-based artist Betye Saar and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón will be honored at the Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Sat., Nov. 2. The museum’s ninth annual premiere fundraising event will be co-chaired by museum
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‘Jack and the Giant’ launches Nine O’Clock Players 90th season Watch Jack rescue Queen Violet from the Giant as the Nine O’Clock Players launch their 90th anniversary season with performances of “Jack and the Giant” at the Assistance League Theatre, 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl., Sundays Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Julia Holland, director of the production, was named “2011 Music Educator of the Year” by Malibu Music Awards, and she also was nominated as best director of
a musical for “Wild Party” by the NAACP in 2011. The Nine O’Clock Players has been producing plays since 1929 and is the oldest children’s theater company in Southern California. Built in 1938, the Assistance League Theatre is the oldest barn theater west of the Mississippi River. The Assistance League of Los Angeles was formed in 1919 and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Visit assistanceleaguela.org.
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Performers, Santa at Hollywood Christmas Parade Dec. 1 Save space in your Thanksgiving holiday weekend schedule for the 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Sun., Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.
Hosted by Dean Cain, Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie and Montel Williams, the parade, in partnership with Marine Toys for Tots, will feature
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SINGER Jan Daley will sing tunes from her latest CD.
Jan Daley celebrates the release of her latest CD, “Broadway Memories,” Tues., Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Catalina Supper Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd. Hancock Park resident Daley’s “Way of a Woman” CD knocked Diana Krall off the Billboard Jazz & Traditional Jazz charts for 22 weeks. The 2017 Global Music Award winner appeared in a Lifetime movie this year, and in the past has appeared in movies with Bruce Willis, Alec
Baldwin and Tom Hanks. Daley broke into television at a young age, after stints as Miss California and Miss Glendale, and she worked with Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny and Glenn Campbell. Her most treasured career highlight was participating in annual Bob Hope Christmas Tours, singing to 40,000 GIs in Vietnam and around the world. For reservations call 323466-2210 or go to email@example.com.
GUEST OF HONOR Santa Claus waves to spectators at last year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade.
See tree lighting, Santa at Grove See fireworks, a snowfall and the annual tree lighting at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Sun., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Santa also will arrive and children can visit him beginning Mon., Nov. 18 at his house and tell him what they
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Take in the smell of fresh Douglas and Noble firs at the Wilshire Rotary Christmas Tree lot, 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. Scheduled to arrive Fri., Nov. 29, trees and wreaths will be on sale through Sun., Dec. 23 or whenever they run out, says Wendy Clifford, a rotary member and volunteer who manages the lot each year with her family.
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MAGICAL LIGHTS illuminate the Los Angeles Zoo through Jan. 5. Photo by Jamie Pham
6th annual Zoo Lights returns Nov. 15 – Jan. 5 See the “World’s Largest Illuminated Pop-Up Book” and other light creations at Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr., beginning Fri., Nov. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. Running through Sun., Jan. 5, the self-guided 60-to90-minute stroll wanders through wildlife-inspired dis-
plays and past dynamic lights and projections. The show engages visitors in immersive interactive experiences. Cocoa and other holiday treats are available for purchase. Photographs with Santa Claus are also available at select times. Zoo lights will be closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Visit lazoolights.org
Tree lighting is Dec. 2 at Music Center Plaza Kick off the holiday season with the Los Angeles County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the newly renovated Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave. Mon., Dec. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. The celebration will include performances by Brass Pacifica and a local school choir. Hot cocoa will be served at the free event. Visit musiccenter.org.
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Holidays on ice at Pershing Square Enjoy skating through the holidays at the Bai Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., starting Thurs., Nov. 14 and running through Jan. 20. General admission is $9; skate rental is $5. Visit holidayicerinkdowntownla.com.
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Free Dia de los Muertos concert at Grand Park Nov. 1 Celebrate the end of the fall season and Dia de los Muertos and hear music featuring the all-female lineup of Los Angeles-based Latinx at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Fri., Nov. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Set on the park’s Performance Lawn near Hill Street, the concert, “Selena for Sanctuary,” features Empress Of, San Cha, Ceci Bastida, Maya Murillo, August Eve and Loyal Lobos. The house band for the evening will be Selenamos and DJ Zuri Adia. Los Angelesbased Salvadoran poet Yesika Salgado will host. Visit grandparkla.org.
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