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Downtown Culture: The Week Ahead

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, at 09:03AM
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Blue Whale celebrates its first anniversary with an all-day and night jazz festival on Saturday.

The busy Holiday Season moves forward into a weekend filled with music, and it is the time of year where concerts fit in seasonal sounds to set the mood right. Easily, there is something you will enjoy to take a break from the Holiday rush.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: If you want a 20th Century American holiday tradition, the Rockettes may be just that. The high-stepping stage show is pure pageantry with no apologies. Through Sun Dec 12 / Nokia Theater / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12

POP-OP: Andrea Bocelli’s voice places operatic notes into friendly range of pop culture ears, and that causes some controversy among opera purists. Still, the classical crossover artist's holiday-themed show with standards will, hopefully, have an aria or two. Dec 10 8pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

The Dandy Warhols: Already heard much happy holiday music this season? The psychedelic-grunge of The Dandy Warhols can fix that (with Blue Giant). Dec 10 8pm / Club Nokia / 800 W. Olympic

HOT FOR TRIBUTE: Pershing Square’s classic rock tribute band concert series continues with “Fan Halen: A Tribute to Van Halen.” Dec 10 8pm / Pershing Square / 532 S. Olive St

’Hilary Hahn Plays Tchaikovsky’: Being named Gramophone Magazine's Artist of the Year and winning two Grammys mark the passage of this violin prodigy into charismatic adulthood. With the L.A. Phil and conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Hahn will, with what will seem graceful ease, ace Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. If it is not your cup of classical tea, you may still enjoy Hahn’s Twitter account, penned by her long time companion, her violin case. Dec 10 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

LATC's The La Virgen de Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple St) is Friday, Dec 10 at 7pm, the last night of two performances. At LATC (514 S. Spring), UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's production of Hamlet is staged Friday, December 10, and Sunday, December 12.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 11

Support the Holiday Blues: Little Tokyo’s Blue Whale notes its first anniversary of providing a stellar jazz calendar for Downtown (with no cover and affordable cocktails). The venue will hold an all-day jazz festival-fundraiser. Dec 11 / Doors open at 11am / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka (Weller Court)

For Your Plate Only: Linda Civitello takes on the assignment of answering "What would Bond feast on between spy missions?" Passages include “How to Spot a Villain by What He Eats” and “Breakfast with Bond.” A talk about the book, “Bond Appetit: James Bond,” is presented by the Culinary Historians of Southern California. Dec 11 10:30am / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

'Holiday Wonders': A traditional Christmas concert with seasonal favorites and sing-along with LA Master Chorale. Features John West at the Disney Hall Pipe Organ. Dec 11 / 02:30pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

PIRATE LOVE: Redwood Bar and Grill holds their 7th Annual Toy Drive and concert with Primadonna, Nikki Corvette, Kim Shatuck. Dec 11 8pm / Redwood Bar and Grill / 316 W. 2nd

'FUNATICAL’: They come in peace, they say. Consider that a global warning for this comedy tour premiering at LATC. Multicultural comedians challenge stereotypes to promote cross cultural ties between Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Bahai comics with POVs of being Iranian, Indian, African-American, Jordanian, Moroccan and Armenian. Dec 11 8pm / LA Theater Center / 514 S. Spring

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

Suprasensorial Dialogue: To prepare you for the experiment light, color and working swimming pool, independent curator Yann Perreau, and Curator of Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Valerie Fletcher, in conversation with artists Carlos Cruz-Diez, Julio Le Parc, and Neville D'Almeida. Dec 12 3pm / National Center for the Preservation on Democracy, Democracy Forum / 111 N. Central

'Rejoice! Messiah': More Messiah with Mozart's symphony version, which features French horns, flutes, clarinets. Add the Los Angeles Master Chorale and you have an festive night ahead of you. Dec 12 / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Charles Phoenix's Retro Holiday Slideshow: Maybe the Rockettes are not the only purely American holiday tradition. There are those slides hidden away, or lost on purpose. Charles Phoenix will find them for his collection of retro vintage slides, then project them for the world to see. Dec 12 3pm (and Sat Dec 18 8pm) / Downtown Independent Theater 251 S. Main

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13

Michael Bublé: Along with his own hits, Bublé’s return to touring includes covers of popular rock tunes, and some holiday music in his approachable style. Dec 13 8pm / Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14

SOLD OUT: No surprise here. Fender’s “An Intimate Performance by Los Lobos” at the GRAMMY Museum is sold out. Don’t try to crash it just because you know the band. We all know the band from East L.A. Dec 14 8pm / 800 W Olympic

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

'The Judds: The Last Encore Tour' — New music from The Judds highlights 25 years of favorites, including some of Wynonna's most celebrated solo hits. Of course, this tour will have holiday seasonal favorites. Dec 15 8pm / Nokia Theatre L.A. Live / 777 Chick Hearn Ct.

The Motels: The first of four Wednesday night concerts for 80s-themed Rock Around the Rink, part of the Downtown on Ice Winter Concert series programming. It opens with The Motels featuring Martha Davis. Dec 15 8pm / Pershing Square / 532 S. Olive

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