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Tuesday, December 23

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

ALOUD @ Central Library

630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles CA, CA 90071


Oswalt—comedian, actor, social media genius—illuminates the story of his early days of the comedy scene in Los Angeles and his unshakeable addiction to the New Beverly Cinema. From Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast to Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, the bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland chronicles his coming of age from fledgling stand-up at the Largo to self-assured sitcom actor.  Oswalt’s witty prose proves that funny is just as fit for the page as it is the stage. 

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Wednesday, December 24

The Grammy Museum (Christmas Eve)


800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0

11:30am to 5:00pm

The GRAMMY Museum is an exciting and interactive celebration of the power of music occupying a vibrant new space in downtown Los Angeles. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience — engaging, educational, celebratory and inspirational.

Debuted December 2008 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards

One-of-a-kind, 30,000 square foot museum with interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits

Four floors of dynamic and stimulating exhibit space

More than two dozen exhibits that explore the greatest GRAMMY music, everything from rock and hip-hop to country, classical, Latin, R&B, and jazz

200 seat state-of-the-art Clive Davis Theater

Target Terrace - Roof top terrace perfect for special programs and private events

Interesting and thought-provoking educational and public programs featuring films, lectures and performances

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55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center

135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, 90012


The Emmy® Award-winning 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration – your L.A. tradition! Music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this free, three-hour holiday show that is perfect for the whole family. And, for the first time, this beloved program will be broadcast on PBS SoCaL, the PBS station for Greater Los Angeles. New to the show this year are the all female, Latin Grammy-nominated music group Trio Ellas; Verizon Wireless How Sweet the Sound regional finalist Greater LA Cathedral Choir; Western Standard Time, a 20-piece Jamaican jazz big band, performing holiday classics with a ska twist; and Latin/jazz fusion ensemble Buyepongo, presenting cumbia infused holiday music. Dance highlights include Los Angeles Ballet, performing the “Arabian dance” from The Nutcracker; JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, returning with a new piece inspired by Hebrew and Arabic melodies; and Hālau Keali`i O Nālanis, who perform traditional Hawaiian dance to Grammy Award®-winner Daniel Ho’s “Soon It Will Be Christmas.” Spreading holiday cheer are choral groups Palmdale High School Choral Union; Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus; Young Angels Choir, performing a traditional Korean folk song; and more. Watch it live on PBS SoCaL and pbssocal.org from 3-6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. - midnight. See it free at The Music Center, 3-6 p.m. Stream it live at www.kcet.org. Dec 24; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012; FREE; Information hotline: (213) 972-3099 or www.HolidayCelebration.org

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Olvera Street

845 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


(DEC. 24) The Las Posadas celebration commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for to Jesus’ birth.  
Las Posadas has been played out in Mexico for centuries.  The tradition goes back to 1538, when Jesuit priests came to New Spain to convert the natives to Roman Catholicism. At the time, the natives celebrated a nine day feast honoring the coming of an Aztec sun god. The missionaries used the nine-day framework and adapted it to Christianity. The tradition has thrived for nearly six centuries in Mexico and throughout Latin American.

On Olvera Street, Las Posadas is one of Los Angeles’ oldest Christmas events.  “Seasonal entertainment” commences nightly at 5:30pm, and will be played out for nine nights by the Olvera Street Merchants, from December 16 through Christmas Eve.  The event will feature a candlelight procession starting at the historic Avila Adobe at approximately 7pm.  The leaders of the march, usually children, will be dressed as shepherds, angels, and Mary and Joseph.  They will be followed by dozens of other worshipers.  The public is invited to join in or merely observe.
The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.  

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