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HOLIDAY FUN!

Santa in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall

HOLIDAY FUN!

  • By ARLENE WINNICK
  • Photo Courtesy of LA PHILHARMONIC

December is filled with so many wonderful holiday shows! Popular troupe A Noise Within presents a festive musical adaption of A Christmas Carol. Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker is bigger than ever with a cast of more than 200; a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, on-stage pyrotechnics and magical special effects. Sing holiday favorites accompanied by Walt Disney Concert Hall’s magnificent pipe organ and choir. The White Christmas Sing-a-long features a screening of the beloved 1954 film starring Bing Crobsy with on screen lyrics. Spend New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini at their always eclectic music and dance party. The Soraya celebrates the holidays Mexican-style with Ballet Folklorico’s Nochebeuena; The Music of Harold Arlen and his Great American Songbook or listen to the reigning diva of jazz, Dianne Reeves. Kids and parents love The Okee Dokee Brothers as they sing about a snowy journey up North. The famed Canadian Brass quintet brings their big sounds in Christmas Time is Here. All is Calm recounts an astounding moment when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together. Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted is totally different at each performance.

For more details at Disney Concert Hall, click here. For more details at A Noise Within, click here. For more details on “The Nutcracker,” click here. For more details at The Soraya, click here.

BOLD HOLIDAYS!

From l to r: Presley Halverson in "The Snowball," the red ribbon on Cartier, the ribbon holiday lights, Louis Vuitton window display, the "Polar Bear," Beverly Hills sign with BOLD lights, and BOLD Christmas tree at Rodeo Dr. (Photos Ashley Halverson)

BOLD HOLIDAYS!

  • Story / Photos By ASHLEY HALVERSON

Beverly Hills BOLD has returned for the holidays! The calendar is packed with delicious dining deals, late shopping hours and fun events for the whole family. Start with taking a walk under Wilshire’s canopy of lights and admire it’s whimsical window displays. Head to Rodeo Drive for some special photo opps with a giant polar bear or a visit with Santa. Step into Alexa Meade’s pop up interactive gallery and play the painted piano or model a handpainted cloak. Catch the curated art walk tour or take yourself on a self guided tour of the secret galleries of Beverly Hills.

Hannukah will be celebrated with a special singalong, the BHUSD Choir will host a holiday concert and there will be live holiday music on Friday nights in the Beverly Cañon Gardens. Cozy up with some hot cocoa or coffee at the Rodeo Winter Lounge. Children will be in awe at the live ice sculpting, the interactive snowballs and the beautiful ballerina gracefully dancing on a piano. Adults will be in awe at the opportunity to take a complimentary ride in a one-of-a-kind motorcycle coach or exotic vehicle.

Bring your message of Peace this holiday season to the Peace wall. Visitors are encouraged to leave a kind note in their language and help spread the love on Rodeo Drive. #BOLDBH

For more details on the holiday fun in Beverly Hills, click here.

HARMONY BOYS!

Harmony Boys plays through December 23rd (Photo Casey Kringlen)

HARMONY BOYS!

  • By KEN WERTHER
  • Photo By CASEY KRINGLEN

The Boys are back! It’s 1963 all over again and renowned singing sensations The Harmony Boys are returning to spread Christmas cheer all over your face in a new holiday special on the gay and vibrant shores of beautiful Waikiki Beach! You’ll see (and you have to see to believe!) Billy, Bobby, Barry, and Xian Ling Moon Harmony reunite onstage in this singing, dancing, toe-tapping yuletide extravaganza. In an earlier visit to LA during the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, the boys were lovingly received, won an Encore! Producers’ Award, and their show was designated as one of the top five musicals produced that year. Said That Awesome Theatre Blog, “A Harmony Boys Christmas is like a sweet holiday confection laced with crack.” Make no mistake — this is entertainment for mature audiences!

The Harmony Boys are Michael Hoy, Aaron Matijasic, Gabriel Oliva, and Al Rahn. Written by Matijasic and directed by Jaime Robledo with musical direction by Ben Stanton, the production team also includes scenic designer DeAnne Millais, lighting designer Matt Richter, costume designer Linda Muggeridge, projection designer Brian Wallis, choreographer Jen Oundjian, and producer Jon Tosetti. A Harmony Boys Christmas Live from Waikiki Beach! is a truly unforgettable holiday experience. If you’re tired of A Christmas Carol, I strongly recommend getting yourself to the Broadwater Main Stage in Hollywood. You will laugh a lot. I promise. Happy holidays!

For tickets and more details, click here.

BEN IS BACK!

Ben is Back hits theaters December 7th (Starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges)

BEN IS BACK!

  • By KEN WERTHER
  • Photo Courtesy of LIONSGATE

It is definitely the year of Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts! Hedges, all of 22 years old, has already appeared in 17 feature films, three in 2017 (including the critically acclaimed Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), three this year (the much talked about Boy Erased among them), and two already set for release in 2019. If that wasn’t enough, he is currently making his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery. Roberts … well, what can I say? One of the biggest movie stars in the world, her breakout performance in Pretty Woman (1990) is now legend. She has been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning the Best Actress Oscar in 2000 for Erin Brockovich.

Hedges and Roberts are starring together in the new film Ben Is Back, opening nationwide this month. It tells the tale of a mother trying to help her addict son after he unexpectedly returns home from rehab on Christmas Eve. Over a turbulent 24 hours, a mother’s undying love gets put to the test as she does everything in her power to keep her son clean. Written and directed by Peter Hedges (Lucas’s father), Ben Is Back had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film has already received a big thumbs up from critics (especially praising the performances of its stars). I’m on my way to the movie theatre now!

Ben is Back” hits theaters December 7th.

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