Nujood Ali

Special to the Valley Press

This week, we’re hearing Christmas carols in iconic buildings, checking out the work of women photographers on assignment for National Geographic, attending Las Posadas at Olvera Street and seeing a classic Christmas movie at Heritage Square Museum.

Carols in iconic

LA buildings

This weekend, there are a pair of holiday concerts being staged in two of the city’s iconic and most photographed buildings — The Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Bradbury Building.

At 2 p.m., Dec. 15, the Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., is hosting “Festival of Carols,” a performance of holiday favorites by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

“Herald the arrival of the holidays with our annual selection of treasured carols and songs sublimely sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale,” says. “Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts the array of festive treats, combining traditional favorites with newer arrangements, with some special seasonal surprises.”

Tickets range from $29 to $119 and can be purchased at Children under 6 are not admitted to Master Chorale concerts.

Christmas at

the Bradbury

On Dec. 16, at the historic Bradbury Building, 304 S. Broadway, the Da Camera Society will present performances by KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble.

“Celebrate the longest nights of the year with seasonal music ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols, to pre-Christian incantations and lush meditative Eastern Orthodox choral works,” says. “Exploiting the acoustics of The Bradbury’s majestic five-story atrium, the nine women of KITKA will move about the building to perform seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European and Eurasian traditions.”

For my money, the star of this show is the venue. The Bradbury features what is, in my opinion, the most beautiful building interior in all of Los Angeles. The building has been featured in several movies, including “Blade Runner,” “The Artist” and “Chinatown.”

“Still splendid more than 100 years after its 1893 opening, its magical light-filled Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs and ornate iron railings make this one of downtown’s most photographed icons,” the LA Conservancy says of the Bradbury.

There are performances at 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 and are available at

“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment”

Now through April 7, Forest Lawn Museum, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale, is hosting “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment.”

The exhibition highlights the influential work of 11 award-winning female photojournalists from National Geographic.

“Women of Vision is a tribute to the spirit and ambition of these forward-thinking and distinguished female photographers and underscores the momentous work they have done to bring narratives from all over the world to the pages of National Geographic and into the homes of millions of people,” the museum’s website says. “Featuring nearly 100 photographs, Women of Vision includes moving depictions of far-flung cultures; compelling illustrations of conceptual topics, such as memory and teenage brain chemistry; and arresting images of social issues, such as child marriage and twenty-first-century slavery.”

Video vignettes present first-person accounts that reveal the photographers’ individual styles, passions and approaches to their craft.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. The museum is closed Monday. Admission and parking are free.

Las Posadas

at Olvera Street

Olvera Street will host Las Posadas for nine nights, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16.

“Las Posadas has been a part of Olvera Street since its founding in 1930,” says. “Each night the crowd gathers as the pastores, or shepherds, are led by the angel to ask for shelter at one of the shops on Olvera Street. Initially turned away, Mary and Joseph are finally given shelter and songs of celebration can be heard up and down Olvera Street. The procession starts and ends at the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in Los Angeles. At the end, each visitor is given a cup of hot champurrado and a piece of delicious pan dulce, or sweet bread.”

​After the procession, head to the end of Olvera Street to the Methodist Church for the Pastorela, a comedic play about Christmas.


Art Sale

If you happen to be in Venice on Dec. 15, you might want to swing by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Blvd., for their annual art sale.

The sale, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m., bears the slogan, “Support the Makers, not the Corporate Takers.”

“Support local artists, selling a variety of arts, crafts, fine art posters, jewelry, glassware, ceramics and much more,” SPARC’s website says. “Come by and pick out a gift for someone special from an array of handmade and wonderfully inspiring one-of-a-kind pieces.”

Traditional Oaxacan food will be for sale, as well.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Heritage Square

On Dec. 16, Street Food Cinema is teaming up the Heritage Square Museum, 3545 Pasadena Ave., to present a screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“Explore picturesque Victorian-era homes dressed for the holidays, join piano sing-alongs in the Perry Mansion ballroom and experience the Instagram-worthy Holiday Light Tunnel,” says.

Food trucks will be on hand.

General admission tickets are $25 in advance at Children 6 to 12 get in for $10.

There will be a limited amount of tickets at the door for $30 general admission, $14 for children.

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