'08 Silver Lake daVine: December

Beautiful time of year...doesn't take bank loan/plastic to walk around the neighborhood, see the decorations --make hot cocoa, share with a friend ...you don't have to huddle at home listening to bobble-heads blather bad news... do something different this year: find amusing/tasty treats in local shops --to stuff a stocking --one for you, those you care about and one for senior adult in the neighborhood... you could stay in and focus on fear --or forget it and go enjoy many things I found --many free... including things for a parent --working with a budget... get inspired seeing great art, if you have EBT card/Food Stamps several local museums waive entrance cost...

--you have to eat, but why help giant nation-wide corp/chains add more carbon --get richer, on their calorie-loaded junk --forget the red and the gas, go Green with purple cabbage wedges --organic ripe fruit and veggies from local farmer's markets will keep up your energy, health --find new recipes --local cafes --in SIDEBAR
...make Christmas merry...Chanukkah happy...in tasty Silver Lake ...daVine....

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Ice December 1 - 31+
12-ish - 9-ish pm ~ Pershing Square Ice Rink --skating, season sights - sounds, youth hockey; open: hours vary by day - Admission $6 -$1 off coupon - Skates $2
- Concerts - free: weekdays noon-2 pm - Fridays 8-10 pm - Saturdays 1-3 pm - Sundays 2-4 pm
- Hockey Clinics - free: to age 14, only by registration thanks to LA Kings
Metro rail & bus, parking: underground, downtown Details - LA County Parks & Rec contact & directions

Lights December 1 - 30
5:00 - 9:30 pm ~ Holiday Light Festival: in Griffith Park --free, Zoo Drive
- Pedestrians only: Dec 1 - 7 --shuttle to entrance, walk two-mile rt route
- Equestrians: Dec. 9 - 30 - only Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5 - 7 pm
- Vehicles: Dec. 8 - 30 from 5 - 9:30 pm
- Family Mini Fair: Dec. 5, 6 & 7 with treats - 5 - 9 pm

8 PM ~ "Santa Clause" animation, KABC - channel 7, with Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, Mickey Rooney
PM ~ Tree Lighting and concert - Tony Bennet & others - at Rockefeller Center, knbc #4
Private Party
6:30 - 9:30 PM ~ LA Conservancy Costume Party: dress in 1920's costume for opening party of 100 year-old Cole's restaurant-saloon after $million restoration, to benefit LA Conservancy; includes: Classic cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, one-of-a-kind performance by City Ballet, $50
~Party Part II: 9:30 -12:30 AM ~ Food, drinks, dj - $25

Music December 4 - 7
8:00 PM ~ Mozart and Strauss:
Disney Concert Hall $42-$147 - Rush Tickets possible two hours prior - with ID proof of: 65+ / high school student age - $10 - 323.850.2000
PM ~ Farmer's Market - Echo Park - SEE Sidebar

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AM ~ Farmer's Market, Silver Lake SEE Sidebar

9:30 - 12:30 PM ~ Trash chucked on the sidewalk --doesn't stay on the sidewalk --it gets into the sea: "Clean Up Your Space" --sidewalks, gutters --all of Sunset Blvd. between Maltman and Manzanita/Santa Monica Blvd., Check in at Lovecraft Biofuels at Sunset Junction, Contact: Andrea Boccaletti at (323) 436-5292

PM ~ Some call it 'sport'...after eight...long...crushing years...I call it something else, others call it: annual UCLA & USC meet...I don't want to look up kick-off time, don't want to know, can't watch, I only want to know--'after the long winter of our discontent'--it's Over --PLEASE.... (I asked nicely...)

12:00 - 4:00 PM ~ Restored 1908 restaurant-saloon Cole's - claims to be French dip originator (--??? ok, except for Philippe's), Open House festivities: sample au jus sandwiches, sides and slices of fresh housemade pies for 100 cents, to celebrate official resurgence of Los Angeles landmark, Sixth x Main Streets, downtown 90014

5:00 - 6:30 PM ~ Family time around a campfire: songs, games, nature program, marshmallows = Free - Vista Hermosa Natural Park - 100 N. Toluca Street, LA 90026 (213) 250-1100 From Parkman south - to Grand, right

~ 67 years ago: Japanese negotiated "peace" in Washington DC, while their bombs destroyed US Naval Fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in sneak attack, as seamen slept, which became first day of war that eventually consumed entire world, for the second time, WW II; California rounded up every Japanese person living in the state, immigrant and citizen, and relocated in remote guarded camps for the duration.

noon to 5 pm ~ Larchmont Village Open House: stroll both sides of Larchmont --see the shops, see what's new, get a slice, have a cookie, grab a cup, get the Sunday paper, buy bread, between Melrose & 3rd - park: street -public lot --nicest, most charming community Open House I know of --Hey, Eric Garcetti: why doesn't Silver Lake have holiday Open House --with FREE parking?

Movie & Meal
Doors open 1:15 PM ~ LA Conservancy Matinee: "White Christmas"
1954 Christmas classic of Irving Berlin songs, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, B. Crosby, at last grand movie palace built downtown: Los Angeles Theatre, 1931 French Baroque extravaganza - $10 adult, child $5 tickets
~ Show movie ticket: Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria, 648 S. Broadway - Receive: 10% off

PM ~ "Hallmark Hall of Fame" for the season, KCBS #2
8 PM ~ "Charlie Brown's Christmas" KABC #7
Post Office
US - to military overseas - discount

- Letters: must be mailed by today December 11
- Packages: Express Mail Military Service - by Dec. 17*
Details Tips APO zips

*to be absolutely totally ready for Dec. 18, deadline --which will be zoo-like in all post offices

Art Walk
PM ~ Self-guided tour, 2nd Thursday: downtown art venues, galleries, museums, accessible by public transport, a shuttle loops through Gallery Row on Art Walk nights, info and map: www.downtownartwalk.com

8 PM ~ Animations From A Surreal World: animation gems from around the world, soundtracks performed live, Segurson & Cannizzaro in attendance, $5 - Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado 213-484-8846
PM ~ Farmer's Market - Echo Park - SEE Sidebar

Full Moon

7:30 PM ~ Los Angeles Ballet: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" original choreography by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, performance helps fund the company all year - Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA - $15 - $95 - accessable, validated parking nearby $1 - Box office: (818)243-7700 Los Angeles Ballet Box Office: special price 65+/teen/child with ID proof, 310.998.7782 or Order online
AM ~ Farmer's Market, SEE Sidebar - Silver Lake

8 PM - 2 AM ~ LA Arts Community bash: celebrates worst crash since 1929, live bands, $20 -open bar access $10 - 5900 Wilshire, LA across from LACMA details


10:30am Sundays ~ Get Sum Dim Sum Ride: leaves from bike shop, ends at a different dim sum each week, loaner bikes, Flying Pigeon, 5711 N. Figueroa 90042 - info 213-909-8986 or flyingpigeon-la.com/calendar

6 PM sharp ~ Classical Concert: free - Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel - Bing Theater at LA C Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire, no tickets or reservation needed - seating after 6 pm by staff decision - 323-857-6234 - details

7 PM sharp ~ Performance: "Christmas with Bessie Smith" vaudeville ambience for stories and musical history of the great 1920s jazz & blues volcalist, $5 - 542 S. Alameda St. 90013 Edgar Varela Fine Arts Contact: xmaswithbessie@gmail.com

2 PM ~ Poetry: part of Red Hen Press/Poetry, Ruskin Art Club, Hancock Park, 800 S. Plymouth Blvd. x 8th St. one south of Wilshire, 90005 $10 (310) 669-2369

Fry & Pie
8 PM ~ Pie-B-Q Trio: Machine Project all-you-can-fry privileges fundraising party, $5 then next door to Echo Park Film Center for screenings of new videos from Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA and all you can pie privileges, $5, admission free - Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado x Sunset 90026 - 213-484-8846

8 PM ~ "I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown" KABC ch #7 (yes, I adore Charlie Brown and bah humbug on you if you don't --watch it anyway, see if it doesn't cheer up)


8 PM ~ Ballet: "The Nutcracker Suite" PBS - KCET ch #28

Music Noon ~ Idlewild Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble - Free - California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave. - 3rd (213) 687-2159

PM ~ Farmer's Market - Echo Park - SEE Sidebar

7:30 PM ~ HollyShorts Film Showcase: best and brightest short films produced 30-minutes or less, from around the globe, raffle, networking, Q&A with filmmakers, $10 - Free drinks - Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado x Sunset 90026 213-484-8846
AM ~ Farmer's Market, Silver Lake SEE Sidebar

Local Movies
5 PM ~ Last EPFC Event of 2008 holiday trio of: "It’s A Wonderful Life" with James Stewart
-Rare neighborhood history: 1967 Echo Park Christmas Parade
-For those who have been naughty and nice: Moldy Slide Show - with Eggnog, Cookies and Reindeer Treats in Attendance - Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado 213-484-8846 - free

6:30 PM ~ "A Child on Shindler's List" - life story of a local LAUSD teacher, KNBC ch #4; repeats Sunday


11:30 AM, 2:30 PM ~ Holiday Sing-Along: Christmas songs with organ, choir, band and a special guest, Disney Concert Hall $24 to 71 - 323.850.2000

6 PM sharp ~ Classical Concert: Free -Piano, cello, violin, viola - Schumann, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major - Mahler, Quartettsatz, Bing Theater at LA C Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire, no tickets or reservation needed - seating after 6 pm only by staff decision - 323-857-6234 -

~ Winter Solstice ~ shortest day of the year
Sundown ~ Chanukkah- First night - lighting ceremony

8:00 PM ~ The Count Basie Orchestra - A Swingin' Christmas: jazzy Christmas celebration, holiday favorites to best of Basie’s hits, $28 - 82 - Disney
Concert Hall 323-850-2000


2:30 Doors open - 3:00 -9:00 PM ~ Annual Los Angeles Music Center: six hour LIVE holiday extravaganza, at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion: free, Parking: free, broadcast on KCET: free --re-broadcast Christmas Concert
-Closed: federal, state, county offices, retail, markets, most restaurants
-Open: hotels, most Jewish-related, Bellevue -Dog -Griffith park

5 AM ~ TV: Holiday Log - lit logs in a fireplace, KNBC ch #4

6 AM ~ TV: "Holiday Lights" re-run of nightly showing, all month, of neighborhood houses decorated, KNBC ch #4

6 - 10 AM ~ TV: Endless showing of "Yule Log" fireplace, though they imply they invented it, ripped off from New York station that did, but then it's the pandering near-worthless KCAL 9, and the equally dumb cheezy KTLA ch #5

PM ~ Farmer's Market - Echo Park - SEE Sidebar
AM ~ Farmer's Market, Silver Lake SEE Sidebar

6 PM sharp ~ Classical Concert: Free - Schubert, Duo in A Major, D. 574 - Silvestrov, Der Bote & Prokofiev, Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Bing Theater at LA C Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire, no tickets or reservation needed - seating after 6 pm by staff decision - 323-857-6234 - details


Sundown ~ Chanukkah - light candles 8th night
8 PM: "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" --sweet, don't remember this one, kabc Ch #7

8:30 PM: "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" --ditto, new? kabc Ch #7
New Year's Eve - Go to bed early enough to see: Rose Parade --Stephanie Edwards is Back! Yippee

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