Long Beach Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Returns to Long Beach

The Long Beach Ballet presents its 36th annual rendition of the holiday classic. The Nutcracker, the timeless tale, returns to fill the minds of a new generation of kiddos with thoughts of holiday adventure. Numerous productions of The Nutcracker excite the Southland every season (some are even mentioned on this blog). However, The Long Beach Ballet truly pulls out all the stops. And there are two more shows left for you to possibly check out this holiday season on the 21st and 22nd. The ticket situation is as follows:

  • $78.00  Main Orchestra/ Main Loge
  • $55.00  Perimeter Orchestra/ Perimeter Loge
  • $34.00  Balcony

Here’s a link to the website for additional ticket purchase details.

But what exactly sets this performance of The Nutcracker apart from all the others? Long Beach Ballet’s interpretation is one of the only area productions that includes not only a live full orchestra, but a horse, flying sleigh, and pyrotechnics. There are certainly many options to choose from this holiday season, but this one should be near the top of your wish list.

Nevertheless, these added touches truly set this event apart from its contemporaries. The majesty of the live orchestra only serves to enrich the imaginative aspect of the experience. Not to mention that having an actual horse and sleigh on stage with the addition of pyrotechnics will excite anyone, especially young children. The high quality of the performance and attention to detail make all the difference.

Make your way to the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Enjoy the performance and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

 

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Date Night at Grand Park

Check Out Grand Park 

This weekend, or any weekend during December for that matter, is the perfect opportunity for a great date night. The park is hosting its seasonal art installation, “Winter Glow,” throughout the month. If you find yourself in the area during the evening, you’ll find yourself walking through a beautiful winter wonderland. Well, minus the snow and reindeer.

Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.  Visitors can stroll together through this 12-acre art, projection and light display, exhibit and installation and experience the wonder of Grand Park lit up like never before.  Iconic elements of the park, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, will shine in new and exciting ways. And once you’re done making your way around the park you can make your way to one of Grand Park’s most popular restaurants.

Welcome to Maacheroni Republic

Maacheroni Republic offers its customers artisan homemade fresh organic pasta. And not only is the restaurant’s pasta dishes the delicious main draw, but they also have fantastic dessert offerings too. Whether you want some Lasanga di Carne, Rigatoni Pom’Amore or Tiramisu, this restaurant’s got you covered.

 

Have yourself a wonderful, seasonal date night and make your way down to Grand Park!

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans

I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?

Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early

Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 

From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.

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The Nutcracker at Royce Hall

Picture Cred: Reed Hutchinson

The holidays are really starting to creep up. If you are looking to capitalize on the holiday spirit for the whole family, check out The Nutcracker. It’s basically a holiday / Christmas tradition to see the classic performance. This year, you have the opportunity to see the wonderful LA Ballet perform their version. And the best part is that you can see them perform at the classic Royce Hall venue. Located smack dab within the beautiful UCLA campus, Royce Hall is known for its dazzling architecture and beautiful acoustics.

In the first place, Royce, both inside and out, looks great. However, it goes beyond aesthetics, the ushers and other staff members will make sure you have the best possible environment to watch the performance. Equally important, after a bit of rain Friday morning, the weather forecast looks great. Theater patrons can walk around the beautiful campus, and perhaps check out the Westwood area as a whole. The LA Ballet will offer multiple performance of The Nutcracker this weekend. There will be shows running from Friday night through Sunday evening.

Furthermore, besides the wonderful venue, the performance itself receives rave reviews year after year. In addition to being known for its entertainment star power, Los Angeles has a great performing arts scene. I have personally seen their rendition of The Nutcracker several times over the last few years, so I can attest to the quality. Enjoy some holiday cheer for the whole family this weekend! Here is a link to the website  for more details.

 

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