10 Ways To Sail And Sale Through the Holidays


While December is always a frantic month, this year feels particularly chaotic due to a foreshortened by a “late” Thanksgiving and the pressures that come from realizing that this year’s close marks the end of a decade. Here, we’ve rounded up some options for buying presents, buying time or just staying present.

Architect Barbara Bestor fits a small gallery into her sprawling office space in Silver Lake. The latest show, PARTS & LABOR, opens this Saturday night, December 7th from 6-9 pm, with new work by John Huck. Coinciding with the Bestor Architecture’s open house and holiday party, it showcases new paintings and prints. Huck will also be handing out commemorative handcrafted show t-shirts, while supplies last, so get there early. Bestor Architecture, 2300 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles.

Ceramicist and designer Tracy Wilkinson of TW Workshop creates organic pieces that fuse pottery with basketry, resulting in sculptural pots and bowls that seem to vibrate with life, even when empty. Pick one up for yourself during her sale, this Sunday 12/8 from 10-1, at 963 Nordica Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Artist Kelly Lamb‘s geometric planters are the perfect foil for California’s native succulents and cacti. Stop by her sale this weekend, from 11 am – 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, at 2804 Gilroy Street, where you’ll also find her geo mirrors and bang plates, teacups and saucers, and candles.

Gulla Jonsdottir’s Atelier, tucked in the corner of her beautifully designed La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, hosts the closing night of French paper artist Dany Mayer’s exhibiton, featuring the work of Juliette Clovis, this Saturday night, December 7th, from 6-8 pm. Combine it with dinner at Viale dei Romani, the hotel’s modern Italian trattoria, the perfect space for these rainy and chilly Southern California nights, and consider it the perfect night. The La Peer Hotel, 663 N. La Peer Drive, Los Angeles.

photo by Mike Kelley from “High Standard”

A recent show on “Press Play with Madeleine Brand” on KCRW, Southern California’s NPR station and Los Angeles’ virtual community center and bulletin board, spotlit a list of ways to help the ever-expanding homeless population in the city. We especially like the idea of adopting a family, which provides sponsors with their “adoptee’s” contact information along with their “wish list” of requested items, creating a immediate, gratifying and concrete way to help people in need.

See “Love Actually Live” at The Wallis Annenberg Center for The Performing Arts, through December 29th. The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater is transformed as Richard Curtis’ classic film is reimagined in an event which seamlessly intertwines the film with live action performance, including a 15 piece orchestra. For more information and tickets, click here

Looking for snow for the holidays? Head downtown this Saturday, from 11 am to 9 pm and check out Pershing Square’s Winter Holiday Festival. There’ll be sledding, train rides, food trucks, craft booths, and free photos with Santa.

Pershing Square’s not the only place to find snow in LA. You can also head east Montecillo De Leo Politi Park in Elysian Park, which will offer Snow Day LA from 6pm-10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, throughout December. Snow tubing, giant glowing crystals, food trucks, a giant glowing mountain light show. VIP ticket holders get a penguin or snow owl themed onesie snuggle to take home. More information here.

Join your fellow citizens — and Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen — in singing along to the 1954 Paramount Pictures holiday classic, White Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall on December 22nd. Shows at 3 pm and 8 pm. Purchase tickets here.

Los Angeles Ballet presents The Nutcracker at five different locations around Los Angeles. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and transported from Vienna to 1912 Los Angeles, performances will be at Cerritos CenterThe Alex TheatreRoyce Hall at UCLAThe Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and The Dolby Theatre,where they will be accompanied by the Los Angeles Ballet Orchestra.

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