It’s the end of another long year and almost the start of a new one, so why not celebrate by leaving home that day, or not, without judgment. You can do it as low-key as watching a movie in an old theater, or you can do it all and end up at Studio 54 in Hollywood Roosevelt. Whatever your plans, be careful, let go and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
[Editor’s note: at publication time, these events were still scheduled to go on as planned. Due to the quickly evolving COVID-19/Omicron situation this week, however (9,988 new cases were reported today), it could become likely that at least a few of the events listed below could be cancelled or rescheduled. So it would be a good idea to check on the status of any event you plan to attend – especially large New Year’s Eve gatherings – as we get closer to the event date.]
Arts and culture and end of the year
Yeah, movies! If you’re a moviegoer or just alone this Christmas, good news: New Beverly Cinema has a projection of the Hateful eight to the day of Christmas at 7:30 p.m.., and screenings of the new coming-of-age film by Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza, all week, from Sunday 26 December. Click on here for a looky on New Bev’s calendar.
the Academy Museum will also have screenings at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. So after a morning of opening presents, take the family to see The Muppets’ Christmas Carol the day of Christmas, Saturday 25 December at 11:00, and discover the host Hayao Miyazaki in the documentary film The Endless Man: Hayao Miyazaki at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. on NYE, Friday December 31. The film focuses on a period of transition in the filmmaker’s life, spanning a two-year period in which Miyazaki transitioned from a decades-long career in mainstream animation, in retirement, to an “unexpected adventure.” In the CG animation. See full calendar for more information and events.
It’s your last week to catch Love makes it live to Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This multimedia concert celebrating the beloved holiday movie was back this year by popular demand. Film and live action blend seamlessly with exceptional staging and cutting-edge video design, a cast of star singers and a live orchestra. There will be shows every night this week, so don’t miss them! Tickets are always available and range from $ 39 – $ 125. PS, the production contains adult content and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Youpi ki yay with Bruce Willis in Die hard to Thursday, December 30 at Hollywood’s very first drive-in theater at Hollywood Legion Theater. If you haven’t seen this classic movie in a while, now is the time! Driving tickets are $ 30 per car and include unlimited soda, candy, and popcorn. The time of the show is at 8 p.m.
Then shift gears Thursday, December 30 and hear stories of survival and resilience with one of the LA Holocaust Museumregular online programs, Discussion of Holocaust survivors at 11:00. This week, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remberance Foundation Ben Lesser, will be the guest speaker. Lesser was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1928. He survived Auschwitz and came to the United States in 1947, where he settled in Los Angeles and had two daughters.
Return to the glamor, style and music of the disco era and Studio 54 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Tropicana Pool next Friday night and early morning. Join fellow NYE revelers at One night at Studio 54, a new year’s eve party from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. The evening will feature DJ’s Bad Boy Bill and Tony Arzadon. The cost varies from $ 65 for general admission at $ 6500 for their premium bottle service. To maintain the spirit of 54, NY-themed specialties and cocktails will be sold at the Tropicana Bar and Cafe. So put on your dancing shoes and have fun celebrating the New Year, dammit!
Or you could spend an equally entertaining NYE with Pink Martini to Walt Disney Concert Hall, Friday December 31 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Celebrate the end of 2021 with Portland’s beloved ‘Little Band’. Conducted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, this eclectic ensemble mixes Brazilian samba, the festive sounds of 1930s Cuban dance music and a “pinch of cool Parisian coffee”. Tickets range from $ 80 to $ 220 and are still available, but don’t wait!
And last but not least, since 1890, the Tournament of Roses The Pasadena New Years Parade is part of American culture, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game to the world. This year, come see it in person by watching from Grandstand seats. The cost varies from $ 60 to $ 110, along with several other big events taking place throughout the week. And after the parade, you can head to the Floatfest and appreciate the craftsmanship of these works of art up close.
Nothing on the schedule for the GWNC until after the new year, but the Mid City West Neighborhood Council holds true with three meetings next week starting on Tuesday 28 December with the Social and Racial Equity Committee meeting at 6.30 p.m., and continue on wednesday 29 december with “Wednesday walks” at 6.30 p.m. The last is the HRRRT (Homelessness, refugees and tenants’ rights) Commission on Thursday, December 30, when they meet to discuss planning for the homeless count in 7:00 p.m. Click on here for more information.