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Downtown Culture: The Week Ahead

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, November 26, 2010, at 10:14AM
Kings Holiday Ice / L.A. Live Tree Lighting Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Holiday Ice opens this weekend. The tree lighting will be December 4.

There are those who will remember the days when Downtown was almost ghost town during Thanksgiving weekend.

Not anymore.

Sure, the clubs playing jazz and comedy are light, but there are strong offerings to entertain friends and family in town. Also, a bevy of Downtown tree lighting will begin this week.


L.A. Kings Holiday Ice: L.A. Live opens its outdoor ice rink on Nokia Plaza on Saturday, offering skating seven days a week until New Year’s Eve. Time on the ice is $12 for unlimited skating, and the rink is larger than last year’s inaugural offering, measuring 70 feet by 80 feet.

On Saturday, skating runs from 3 to 11pm. From November 28 until December 17 the rink is open Monday through Friday from 5pm to 11pm; Saturday through Sunday from noon to 11pm. The hours are extended to 11am until 11pm daily from December 18 to December 30 (On December 22, kids can skate with Santa from 7 to 8pm). On December 31, you can skate into 2011 from Noon to 1am. Also, L.A. Live with hold their metal tree lighting ceremony December 4 Opens Sat Nov 27 / L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

Pershing Square Downtown on Ice: Pershing Square’s outdoor rink opened for the season on November 18. Skating takes place from noon to 10pm Mondays through Fridays and 10am to 10pm on the weekends. A one-hour skate session is $6, with skate rental an additional $2. Also, Pershing Square's Menorah Lighting will be held December 1. Open Daily / 532 S. Olive


Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: The live stage version of the popular Nick Jr. TV show with DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and guest rapper Biz Markie. Kids love the show. And the mix of hip-hop, club culture and indie rock with staging using a look lifted from 1980s video-game graphics will keep fidgety parents from asking “Is it over yet?” Performances on Friday, November 26 (2pm, 5pm); Saturday, November 27 (11am, 2pm, 5pm). Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

Salonen conducts Hindemith and Wagner: Conductor Laureate Salonen and powerful bass-baritone Bryn Terfel team up for some Wagnerian excerpts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program includes Wagner’s “Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” and “Ride of the Valkyries” from “Die Walküre.” Friday, November 26 (8pm); Saturday, November 27 (8pm) and Sunday, November 28 (2pm). _Fri Nov 26 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Zane Lamprey: “It’s drinkin’ songs and comedy,” says TV host / beer hound Zane Lamprey about his touring road show “Sing Your Booze.” Fri Nov 26 9pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic


Rigoletto: Verdi’s Rigoletto conducted by James Conlon. The title role will be performed by Georgian baritone George Gagnidze in his Company debut. Plus soprano Sarah Coburn as Gilda and Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova as the Duke of Mantua. Sat Nov 27, 7:30pm / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

OK Go YouTube darlings OK Go treadmills into Club Nokia, with A Fine Frenzy and Summer Darling. Sat Nov 27, 9pm


NBA: Think you are busy this weekend? Consider the Staples Center floor crew who will be taking down the Clippers basketball court after the Clips play the Jazz at 12:30. It will be replaced with the Lakers floor for a 6:30pm game between the Lakers and Indiana.


Roger Waters Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of the progressive band Pink Floyd, is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the original release of The Wall with a monumental tour featuring a full band and a newly-mounted state-of-the-art production of his masterpiece, which will be played in its entirety. (Also November 30.) Mon Nov 29 8pm /Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Jon Anderson:The former lead singer for progressive art rock group YES, does a roundabout with a solo presentation: “An Acoustic Evening with Jon Anderson."Wed Dec 1 8pm / The Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway

The Wooster Group: Vieux Carre The daring and enduring Wooster Group brings the U.S. premiere of their version of Tennessee Williams’ “Vieux Carre,” which is not to say it will be a straight interpretation. Wooster Group is known for finding underplayed subtext and bringing it to center stage. It challenges the most experienced theater-goer, while exciting them at the same time. Opens Dec 1 7pm / REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St / Runs through December 12

County of Los Angeles Tree Lighting at the Music Center: The Music Center ushers in the holiday season with the official lighting of L.A. County's Christmas tree Monday, November 29, at 5pm. Music Center / 135 N. Grand

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting The Main lobby of the Biltmore will be the site of the hotel's traditional lighting ceremony Wednesday, December 1 from 5:30-6:30pm. The night features the Azusa Pacific University Handbell Choir. Millennium Biltmore Hotel / 506 S Grand Ave


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