The Nutcracker

This week we celebrate Christmas with sing-alongs, “The Nutcracker” and Charles Dickens. We also visit a museum for disgusting foods.

A pair of sing-alongs

Warm up the vocal cords because the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., is hosting a pair of holiday sing-alongs.

At 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Dec. 22, the Disney Hall will host the Holiday Sing-Along.

“Walt Disney Concert Hall’s massive pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo lead a cheerful selection of seasonal favorites in this beloved Los Angeles holiday tradition. A jolly good time,” says.

Actress Melissa Peterman (“Reba,” “Just Shoot Me,” “American Dad”) will host and John Sutton, artistic director of the Angeles Chorale, will conduct.

Tickets range from $44 to $87 and can be purchased at

At 3 and 8 p.m., Dec. 23, the Disney Hall will host a sing-along to the movie “White Christmas.”

“Raise your voice. Sing with fellow revelers — plus Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and the film’s remastered soundtrack — at this special screening of the 1954 holiday classic, presented with lyrics on screen,” says. “And you might want to bundle up — you never know what might happen when a couple of thousand people dream of a white Christmas together.”

Tickets range from $39 to $79.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration

The annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., from 3 to 6 p.m., Dec. 24.

This free three-hour event features instrumental music, choral music and dance performances. More than 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from throughout the county will perform.

If you don’t want to see it person, it is broadcast live on PBS SoCal (KOCE) and live streamed on

Disgusting Food Museum

Let’s take a brief break from holiday frivolity and dive into the weird.

Now through Feb. 17, the A+D Museum, 900 E. 4th St. (Arts District), is hosting the Disgusting Food Museum.

The exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Adventurous visitors will appreciate the opportunity to smell and taste some of these notorious foods, which include Surströmming (fermented herring from Sweden), Cuy (roasted guinea pigs from Peru), Casu marzu (maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia) and Durian (infamously stinky fruit from Thailand).

“Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions,” says. “While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another. Disgusting Food Museum invites visitors to explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible. Could changing our ideas of disgust help us embrace the environmentally sustainable foods of the future?”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 for weekdays and $18 on weekends and can be purchased at

Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, is presenting the Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,” at 7 p.m., Dec. 21; 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 22; and 2 p.m., Dec. 23.

The production features guest dancers Ashley Murphy (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Brooklyn Mack (Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier), both principal dancers with The Washington Ballet.

“The Nutcracker” is performed by Darrion Sellman, a 14-year-old virtuoso. The roles of children and parents at the party, soldiers, Mouse King, mice, snowflakes, flowers and dolls are performed by the dancers of the LA Youth Ballet.

Tickets start at $25 and are available through the Alex Theatre Box Office 818-243-2539 or visit


‘A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens’

The Independent Shakespeare Co. will present “A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens,” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 23, at the company studio, 3191 Casitas Ave. #130 in Atwater Village.

“This holiday season Independent Shakespeare Co. recreates (with a little artistic license) the experience of a public reading of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ given by Charles Dickens himself,” says. “The production is based on an adaption the author made of his famous Christmas story and performed by David Melville, with musical accompaniment and dramatic interjections by Kalean Ung. Expect a performance full of the acting pyrotechnics Dickens was famous for, holiday music, wry humor, and redemption.”

Tickets are $30 and available at

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