The annual Enchanted Forest of Light attraction opens, an exciting nighttime light show as Descanso’s oak trees and botanical collections are illuminated with large-scale light displays, designed by lighting company Lightswitch, including some interactive displays. Various enhancements are included over years past, including “Aqueous,” an interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light, and “Flower Power,” a sea of radiant, lighted tulips filling planting beds. The display is open daily starting Sunday, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. (except Nov. 23, Dec. 4, 11, 24 and 25), continuing through Jan. 7. Tickets are $28 to $30 general admission for adults, seniors and children, free for children younger than 2 and $23 to $25 for members. Visit enchantedla.com for advance tickets (required).
Performances begin of the Dickens holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the inspirational tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in a story of greed, epiphany and redemption, starting at 8 p.m., continuing through Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 and up.
The Museum presents an installation of Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait at the Age of 34,” on view Friday through March 5. The 1640 painting is on loan from the National Gallery, London. The painting captures the image of the artist in middle age, affluent, self-confident and wise. It is on view in the US for the first time, and is part of a loan exchange program between Norton Simon and the National Gallery.
HOME SWEET HOME presents a collection of art by Los Angeles based artist Seeroon Yeretzian, celebrating a city which gave her wings as an artist and a permanent home. From growing up in a ramshackle refugee camp in Lebanon with Armenian parents who survived Genocide in Turkey, to fleeing civil war and settling in a faraway city such as Los Angeles, Seeroon has often grappled with the idea of home, especially in her early art. In a huge city full of unfamiliar people and spaces, Seeroon found the familiar in the homeless people of skid row whom she approached and interviewed, and in discarded Japanese dolls she found on the streets, in which she found comfort. This was contrasted to the lifeless mannequins tucked away in the cozy reflective showcases of Beverly Hills. This cosmopolitan city is where she blossomed as an artist, ultimately returning to her ancestral roots as a modern master of the art of the medieval illuminated manuscript. Her gift back to L.A. was “Angel of the Century,” a piece painted in the illuminated art style, depicting angels of different nationalities dwelling in Los Angeles, which was part of the citywide “A Community of Angels” sculptural project.
Opening reception Friday, December 8 – 7:00pm
Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm
SEEROON YERETZIAN is an accomplished artist with diverse talents in painting, sculpture, and illustration. Born in 1951 at the Tiro refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, Seeroon was exposed to both the beauty and suffering of the world. This dichotomy has emerged in her work in what she calls her “Sunshine” and “Moonshine” art. The “Sunshine” pieces are rich in color, showcasing many life-giving earthly elements and produced during daytime. Conversely, the “Moonshine” pieces reflect themes based on personal experiences ranging from the Armenian Genocide to homelessness and self identity. Recognized for reviving the art of prehistoric Armenian petroglyphs and medieval Armenian ornamental art, her masterpieces include the elaborate Four Seasons and her 17 alphabets of different languages executed in the tradition and style of the Armenian ornate initials. Seeroon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1985 from the Otis-Parsons Art Institute and School of Design. She has authored three books, her self titled art book, Seeroon Yeretzian, her book of poetry, Word Weaving & Black Seat Confessions, and her best-seller, Seeroon Darer: Armenian Ornate Initials. This book served as the artistic inspiration for the design of the Armenian American Rose Float Association’s award winning float in the 126th Annual Rose Parade, entitled, Cradle of Civilization. In 2014, the City of Glendale, California, bestowed upon her its “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the arts. Although she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2012, Seeroon continues to create to this day. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and her art is found in private collections and major institutions.
Clara’s Christmas Eve dream comes to life in a mesmerizing tapestry of dance, music and color as the Nutcracker Prince, swirling Snowflakes, mischievous mice and a host of others vie for your attention. For the 21st consecutive year, Pasadena Dance Theatre’s Cynthia Young pairs her original choreography with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score to dazzle audiences of all ages. Come celebrate the season with Pasadena Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” a beloved family tradition staged in the beautiful San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
Performances are at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17, and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23. Ticket prices range from $20 to $65. Please call 626-683-3459 or visit pasadenadance.org for information and reservations.
Learn how to stay connected on social media, with 30-minute, individual sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 20. Bring your laptops or use onsite computers. Call or visit the Welcome Desk to sign up. In A Toast to the Joys of Music, singer and guitarist Tom Campbell plays a wide range of music, including country, country rock, blues, folk, gospel and classic rock from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 28.
Jay Paris discusses and signs “Game of My Life Rams: Memorable Stories of Rams Football” at 7 p.m.
Mark Goldenberg played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 – 2010. He also played on records for a myriad of artists including, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, even William Shatner. More recently he toured with acclaimed pianist and actor, Hugh Laurie. As a songwriter and producer, his works have been recorded by Linda Rondstat, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Chris Botti, and Olivia Newton John, among others. He studied guitar with fingerstyle virtuoso Ted Greene, classical guitar with Richard Pick and Emre Saboncuoglo, piano and counterpoint with Abe Fraser. Mark creates music that is both evocative and reflective, appealing to guitarists and non guitarists alike. He’ll be joined by Blue Guitar favs, Jay Bellerose and Jennifer Condos.
Lythgoe Family Panto’s “Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose” premieres at 7:30 p.m., continuing through Dec. 24. Directed by Sheldon Epps and choreographed by Mandy Moore, the production stars Jonah Platt, Jared Gertner and John Tartaglia.
Little Candle Productions presents the romantic comedy, “Deck the Halls (With Matrimony),” a live radio play in the story of two friends who run a wedding planning business for theme brides, who try to work through the holiday wedding season, when a handsome stranger enters the picture. Things start to fall apart soon thereafter, when they discover his name on their wedding invitations. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the play starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Join Mary Frances Spencer on quartz crystal singing bowls and Ketrin Earwood on symphonic gongs for a tonal concert in celebration of Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Bring a mat and a blanket, lie down and relax, and receive resonant vibrations that will open up body and spirit for the Holidays and New Year! Join us as we welcome Winter in the majestic main gallery of the beautiful Center for the Arts Eagle Rock!
Doors open at 7:30pm
To purchase tickets visit ticketfly.com/event/1585173
Tickets available at the door
Performances begin of “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m., the story of a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing. The production stars Peri Gilpin, Beth Grant and Alfred Molina. Cameron Watson directs. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Dec. 22, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 23, 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Dec. 21, closing Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 to $65.
A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film is “A Christmas Tale” (2008).
Family Art Night, for families with children ages 6 to 10 invites guests to view a work by Aert von der Neer, then use block paper and a glow-in-the-dark sticker sheet to create a scene of what they’d like to do this winter, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
The Wizard of Oz, the musical, is an enchanting revision of the all-time movie classic. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, it contains the beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments! Dont miss you chance to rediscover the story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat!
Clara’s Christmas Eve dream comes to life in a mesmerizing tapestry of dance, music and color as the Nutcracker Prince, swirling Snowflakes, mischievous mice and a host of others vie for your attention. For the 21st consecutive year, Pasadena Dance Theatre’s Cynthia Young pairs her original choreography with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score to dazzle audiences of all ages.
Performances in the beautiful San Gabriel Mission Playhouse are at 2 p.m. on Dec.16 and 17, and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23. Ticket prices range from $20 to $65.
In addition, on Dec. 16 and 17 Clara hosts a holiday party for children. Party-goers will meet Clara, the Sugarplum Fairy and the Mouse King while enjoying light refreshments. The party, at 12:30 pm, is limited to 80 guests who are also attending the Nutcracker performance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $25 for children and $30 for adults.
As a show of support for our community that has been devastated by recent wildfires, a Wendy’s in Ojai, Calif. will be giving away free food and hosting an all-day fundraising event to collect donations for the American Red Cross.
The local Wendy’s and American Red Cross are partnering to support community members by providing a day of free meals. While donations are not required to eat, fundraiser hosts hope attendees will join in and donate to help the victims of the Thomas Fire tragedy.
A zumba class for all skill levels starts at 11 a.m.
A guided tour visits prints by Rembrandt from 1 to 2 p.m. included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
Join Boyle Heights native, artist, and community organizer Ernesto Vazquez for an in-depth printmaking workshop. Create a 5 x 7-inch linocut relief and prints to take home.
Space is limited to 15 people. Appropriate for ages 15 and up.
$45; $35 for PMCA members. Register at bit.ly/pmcaworkshops.
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