As the months change, so do the holidays, and Los Angeles is getting ready to celebrate. Tree lightings, holiday concerts, and drink specials are beginning to pop up throughout the city. And, for those who aren’t quite ready for the festivities, there are also non-holiday events sprinkled throughout the week to keep you entertained.
Monday, November 28
(Credit:  GRAMMY Museum)

(Credit: GRAMMY Museum)

A Conversation With Morgan Spurlock And W. Kamau Bell
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tonight, the GRAMMY Museum is hosting acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Spurlock as he discusses the genesis of W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro. Written by Bell and directed by Spurlock, the hour-long TV comedy special features Bell’s biting yet humorous take on America’s current socio-political landscape. The two will discuss the show and its origins, and follow up with a special performance by Bell.

Tuesday, November 29
(Credit: Carlos Militello)

(Credit: Carlos Militello)

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960‐1985
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

The first history of experimental art practices in Latin America by women artists is now on display at the Hammer Museum. The groundbreaking exhibition covers women artists working in Latin America and US-born Chicanas and Latinas between a key era of contemporary art development, 1960-1985. Over 260 works of photography, video, and other experimental mediums are a part of “Radical Women,” showing many under-recognized artists who have helped shape a diverse art landscape.

(Credit: 800 Degrees Pizza)

(Credit: 800 Degrees Pizza)

Attend The Opening Of 800 Degrees Pizza’s Newest Location
12751 West Millennium Dr.
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(424) 379-1001

If you like a good build-your-pie-as-you-go style pizzeria, you’ll love the new 800 Degrees Pizza in Playa Vista. The authentically Neapolitan-style restaurant is an elevated, fast-casual pizzeria that tops its pies with premium-quality ingredients before throwing them into an Italian-made open double oven. They’ve also got salads, charcuterie, Neapolitan panozzo sandwiches, and an insane Nutella calzone you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday, November 30
(Credit: Westbound)

(Credit: Westbound)

“Miracle on Santa Fe” Pop Up Holiday Bar
300 S Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 262-9291

Downtown L.A.’s newest travel themed bar is appropriately bringing a New York tradition “westbound” to Los Angeles, by hosting the famed holiday pop up bar series “Miracle.” Dubbed “Miracle on Santa Fe,” the takeover will cover every inch of the train-inspired bar with holiday decor. Sit amongst the tinsel, wrapping paper, colorful lights, and kitschy decor while enjoying a special performance each night. Sugarplum dancers, Dickens carolers, Santa delivering liquor-stuffed stockings, and fresh falling snow are just a few of the events in store during the month-long pop-up.

Thursday, December 1
(Credit: Union Station)

(Credit: Union Station)

Union Station’s Annual Tree Lighting
Union Station
800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station is welcoming the holiday season with a special tree lighting ceremony tonight on the South Patio. The first event of the station’s “Cocoa Concerts” series (held select Fridays in December), the concert will feature a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the renowned All-American Boys Chorus and the unique, conductorless L.A.’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, and a cotton candy bar will be on hand, and after Santa Claus kicks off the tree lighting, he’ll be available for Santa Selfies.

Friday, December 2
(Credit: Lukas Beck)

(Credit: Lukas Beck)

Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-3000

One of the world’s most revered choral groups, the Vienna Boys Choir, is visiting the valley this evening for a special performance. The group that dates back to the 14th century will feature classical masterpieces, popular songs, and holiday favorites. The concert is the first of six holiday events the Valley Performing Arts Center will hold this month.

Saturday, December 3
(Credit: The Mission Inn)

(Credit: The Mission Inn)

The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 784-0300

The historic Mission Inn tucked just outside of L.A. in Riverside is once again displaying over 4.5 million lights during their Festival of Lights celebration. Hallways and walkways are fully illuminated with twinkle lights, along with 400+ animated figures. Stop and sing along with Dickens carolers, stroll through freshly fallen snow, and explore three large gingerbread villages. While you’re there dine out at the award winning restaurant, or make a whole weekend out of it, and book one of the several holiday room packages they’re currently offering.

Sunday, December 4
(Credit: Craig Schwartz)

(Credit: Craig Schwartz)

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”
Mark Taper Forum
135 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772

In the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, is a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s named Maureen Folan. Maureen lives with her manipulative aging mother, Mag, who interferes in her daughter’s first and possibly last romantic relationship, setting of a chain of events that are both hilarious and horrific. Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes directs the show, and Marie Mullen who played the daughter in the original production 20 years ago now plays the role of Maureen’s mother, Mag. The show runs through December 18.

Article by Kellie Fell.