This week, we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019. We also make a stop at the Getty Center to take in a photography exhibition.
You can take in the floral wonders of the Tournament of Roses Parade floats without having to camp overnight on Colorado Boulevard or pay big bucks for a grandstand seat.
You can see the floats in their final stages of preparation this weekend, Dec. 28-31, at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St. near the Rose Bowl.
“You’ll watch as thousands of various flowers from all around the world are placed individually on these beautiful floats,” tournamentofroses.com says. “This is an event you won’t want to miss. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see how these floats are put together backstage.”
You can see the floats in their final stages of preparation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 28; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 29; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 30; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 31. Note that tickets for Dec. 31 are advance purchase only.
You can also view the floats after the parade at Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards from 1 to 5 p.m., Jan. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 2. Tickets are $15, children 5 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 626-795-4171 or online at www.sharpseating.com/Rose-Parade-Festivities.php.
New Year’s Eve Grand Park
L.A.’s answer to New York’s Times Square ball drop for the New Year is the party at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., with light projections on City Hall. The event runs from 8 p.m., Monday to 1 a.m., Tuesday.
This year’s theme is “LA Dreams,” a celebration that “imagines the future of L.A. County through the collective thoughtfulness and creativity of its children.” More than 70 drawings, 60 essays and 10 poems from fifth graders throughout the county inspired the 3-D animated countdown to midnight, which has become a signature element of the event.
The party, expected to attract about 50,000 people, will cover 90 acres, from Grand Avenue to City Hall (Spring Street) and from Temple Street to 2nd Street. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend.
The evening will include the 3D digital countdown on the west-facing side of City Hall, live music from L.A. native rapper/singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, “the Chicana from down under” Maya Jupiter and jazz, soul and hip-hop vocalist Georgia Anne Muldrow. One stage will feature an all-female line-up of DJs.
The Metro Red Line is your best bet for getting in and out of the venue. For details and tips visit https://nyela.grandparkla.org.
Child-Friendly New Year’s Celebration
If you’re looking for something family-friend that doesn’t involve hanging out with 50,000 people, there’s two good options for you.
First is the LA Zoo Lights Family New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m., Dec. 31. The event includes express entry into the LA Zoo Lights featuring glowing animals, giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color.
Also included is a dinner buffet with soft drinks and dessert, a carousel ride, games, DJ dance party and live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop. There’s complimentary champagne for adults and sparkling apple cider for children.
Dinner is served from 6 to 8 p.m., dessert is served from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ticket prices are $69 for adults and $45 for children (2-12) and available through lazoo.org.
The second event, aimed at the younger children, is at the Kidspace Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Pasadena, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 31. The event will feature two DJs, party hats and noisemakers. Instead of counting down to midnight, you’ll be counting down to noon.
You’ll want to arrive early because the museum is in the same park as the Rose Bowl and all the pre-Rose Parade activities. Tickets are $14.
Sally Mann Exhibition at
The lone non-holiday entry on our list is an exhibition of the work by photographer Sally Mann at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr.
The Getty Center says Mann makes “experimental, intimate and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore themes of memory, desire, death, the bonds of family and nature’s indifference to human endeavor.”
“Mann’s work — photographs of people, places and things — is united by its focus on the American South.” getty.edu says. “Drawing from her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage, Mann asks powerful, provocative questions about history, identity, race, and religion that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries.”
The exhibition is described as the first major survey of Mann’s work to travel internationally and the first to investigate how Mann’s relationship with her native land, the American South, has shaped her work.
The Getty is the only West Coast venue for this international tour, which brings together 110 photographs, many exhibited for the first time. The exhibition runs through Feb. 10.