This week, we’re seeing The Bob Baker Marionettes taking their show on the road, watching the Hollywood Christmas Parade, getting our yuks with The Three Stooges, catching Janet Klein at the 3 Clubs, visiting a Christmas-themed pop-up museum and skating away in DTLA.
Nutcracker – Marionette Style
After 55 years at their 1st Street home, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater closed their doors earlier this month, vowing to find a new venue.
In the meantime, the show must go on.
The beloved marionettes will present their take on the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Avenue. The first two performances are at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 24-25.
“Allow the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and over 100 handcrafted puppets to take you on an adventure through the wizardry of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic NUTCRACKER,” pasadenaplayhouse.org says.
The show runs through Dec. 30.
Tickets are $20 and available through pasadenaplayhouse.org.
Trejo’s Cantina, one of the eateries owned by actor Danny Trejo, is right next door and is a great option for lunch before the show.
Hollywood Christmas Parade
One of LA’s holiday traditions, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, will be held at 6 p.m., Nov. 25.
The parade starts at Hollywood Boulevard near Highland and runs east to Vine, south to Sunset Boulevard, then west, back to Highland.
The grand marshal this year is Nancy O’Dell of TV’s Entertainment Tonight.
You can watch curbside for free or pay $32.50 to $85 for reserved grandstand seats. Tickets can be purchased through thehollywood christmasparade.org.
There’s a concert for ticket holders at 5 p.m.
Avoid traffic headaches and park the car at the Universal park and ride lot and take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine or Hollywood/Highland. Both stations get you directly onto the parade route.
The Three Stooges
The Alex Theatre, 216 N Brand Blvd. in Glendale, is hosting its annual The Stooges film fest with screenings of six of the boys’ classics at 2 and 8 p.m., Nov. 24.
This year, the theme is “Three for the Show,” as all the films being shown feature the word “three” in the title:
“Three Little Beers,” “Three Dumb Clucks,” “Three Missing Links,” “Three Little Pirates,” “Three Dark Horses” and “Three Sappy People.”
Tickets are $12 and available through alextheatre.org.
Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys
One of my favorite throwback acts, Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23, at the 3 Clubs, 1123 Vine St. in Hollywood.
“Bearing an ever-expanding repertoire of, as she puts it, ‘obscure, lovely and naughty songs from the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s,’ Janet Klein is a musical archaeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine,” janetklein.com says. “Her music is as timeless as her personality. Performing with a hot combo of some of LA’s finest musicians specializing in music from the early days of Jazz.”
Tickets are $20 at the door.
Fa La Land
LA loves its Instragram-worthy pop-up experiences and there’s a new one in town for the holidays — Fa La Land.
Running through Jan. 6 at Row DTLA, 787 S. Alameda St., Fa La Land is a pop-up museum for all things Christmas. There’s an old fashioned North Pole where you can help make toys, a Fa La Forest of fluorescent lights and of course, the big man himself, Santa.
“The most wonderful time of the year deserves a massive celebration,” falaland.com says. “Your journey at Fa La Land will leave you with lasting memories and your photos (#falaland) will garner Instagram likes from even your Grinchiest friend.”
The problem with pop-ups is the price, in this case, $37 per ticket. You’ll have to take a peek at the pics on social media to see if this is something worth the price tag.
If you think it might be, you can get tickets at falaland.com.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday. It’s closed on Monday. It will be open on Christmas.
The holidays are also the time for pop-up ice skating rinks. There are two of note in DTLA.
The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice is back at Microsoft Square, 800 W Olympic Blvd. at LA Live.
The rink operates from 5 p.m. to midnight every night through Jan. 21. Tickets are $20. Seniors and children 6 and under skate for $15.
The other rink, open through Jan. 6, is at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St.
You can skate amid the bustle of DTLA, surrounded by the city’s skyline. You can’t beat the location — the Biltmore is across the street, The Last Bookstore and Cole’s restaurant are just down the street and if you head up the hill a block or two, you’ve got the Central Library, Pinot restuarant and the Oue Skyspace (US Bank Tower).
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. An hour of skate time is $9, skate rental is $5.