Winter glow

This week, we’re seeing art installations in Grand Park, catching “The Nutcracker” at various venues across the city, hitting pop-up craft fairs for our holiday shopping and seeing a 21st Century take on a classic 19th century opera.

Winter Glow

Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., is hosting Winter Glow, a collection of interactive light-based art installations.

The 19 installations “celebrate light as a giver of warmth, a source of beauty, a draw for people to come together during the winter month and a key element of many holiday season traditions across cultures.”

Installations include:

• “A Spark of Light,” by Aphidoidea. Guests will be able to go inside this installation, interact with touch sensors and control how the piece sparks and changes color.

• “The Net (Neon Network),” by H+ Creative. Guests will be able to descend the top two stairs from the park’s Fountain Overlook, surrounded by the warm glow of this fully immersive neon light network.

• “The Wave Pendulum,” by Two Bit Circus. Guests will work together to trigger the initial motion of these suspended pendulum balls and physics and gravity will evolve the undulating movement.

• “Infinity Mirror,” by Two Bit Circus. Guests will be mesmerized by this wall-mounted display of dazzling LED lights in continually changing patterns.

Winter Glow will be on display through Dec. 25.


The holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” is being performed throughout Los Angeles County. Here are three productions to consider:

• Los Angeles Ballet at the Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., at noon, Dec. 8 and at 5 p.m., Dec. 9. Tickets run from $46 to $124 and can be purchased at

• The Moscow Ballet at The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd. at 7 p.m., Dec. 14 and 1 p.m., Dec. 15. Tickets run from $43 to $123.50 and can be purchased at

• American Contemporary Ballet at ACB Studios, 700 S. Flower St., the next three weekends with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 9, 16 and 23. There will be a Christmas Eve performance at 1 p.m. Tickets run from $50 to $98 and can be purchased at

A trio of craft fairs

Another holiday tradition is the craft fairs that seem to pop up everywhere this time of year. Here are three where you can find unique gift items:

• The Renegade Craft Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 8-9 at the Los Angeles Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St. This event will feature over 250 artisans, designers, craftsmen and makers of all sorts. There will be food trucks, DJs and art installations, including the Auradome, where you can see your aura on film.

• The Smorgasburg Holiday Pop-up will be held on the Santa Monica Pier from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 8. In addition to gift shopping, visitors can check out over 70 food vendors. There will also be DJs and a beer garden.

• The Echo Park Holiday Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 8-9 at the Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave.

Featuring not only the best artists working in beauty, crafts and design, the Fair now offers delicious artisan foods and coffee from the finest local eateries, snacks and drinks from Moon Juice, a specialty cocktail bar hosted by The Spare Room and eclectic music curated by renowned Dublab DJs.

Organizers say the event features a meticulous curation of work from some of the finest artists in America and includes a vast array of mediums, from ceramics to jewelry, perfumery to clothing design, woodworking to fabric art. Admission is $12. Tickets can be purchased at

The Hipsters

The Pacific Opera Project’s production of “La Boheme: AKA The Hipsters,” opens at 8 p.m., Dec. 8-9, at the Ebell Club, 131 S. Ave. 57.

The production takes Puccini’s 19th Century Parisian bohemians — a poet, an artist, a musician and a philosopher — and turns them into 21st Century Angelenos (a graphic designer, screenwriter, indie rocker and fashion designer). They deal with life, love, jealousy and overdue bills. Expect bits of topical humor to seep in.

POP describes hipsters as “a subculture of individuals in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, an appreciation of art, creativity, intelligence and witty banter. They tend to be well-educated and often have liberal arts degrees.”

POP’s mission is to make opera a bigger part of the cultural make-up of Los Angeles by making it accessible, affordable and entertaining.

There are also performances Dec. 13-15 and 20-22.

Traditional seating tickets start at $15. Table seating with food and wine start at $60 per couple.

Tickets are available at

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