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Downtown Culture: The Weekend of December 17

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 04:58PM
Set and Reset/Reset Julieta Cervantes

The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance in "Set and Reset/Reset" will be staged at REDCAT on December 17 and 18.

While the city is in full Christmas spirit swing (or jazz), there are non-holiday entertainment options to choose from. This is important to know if you have a guest dropping in to see what all the Downtown fuss is about.

All you have to do now is pick a few last minute gifts before taking your guests out on a cultural or musical outing. Right?

Here is a quick look at some of the offerings in Downtown this week.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 16

Disney On Ice: Disney’s “Let’s Celebrate” stars Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse celebrating a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. There will be plenty of ice time for other Disney characters, including Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; Lilo & Stitch, Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; plus some dastardly Disney villains. Through December 19 with multiple shows each day / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Speaking of Mad Hatters: KLOS morning DJs Mark and Brian hold their annual Christmas show. Scheduled to perform are Billy Idol; comedian Ron White; and an “All-Star Band” composed of Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, John Waite, Steve Lukather and Marc Bonilla. Brian’s mom, Zelma, will do the annual reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Thu Dec 16 7pm / Nokia Theatre / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

Adam Lambert: The runner-up from Season 8 of American Idol closes his Glam Nation Tour in Downtown. Lambert rise is so heated, L.A. Live placed policies not allowing fans to camp overnight. Line up will be permitted beginning at 6am the day of the show. Thu Dec 16 7pm / Club Nokia / 800 W. Olympic

FRIDAY DECEMBER 17

‘Peaches Christ Superstar’: The dance-rap-provocateur brings her one-woman rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar” to Downtown L.A. for its West Coast premiere. First mounted in March at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre in Berlin (with lyricist Tim Rice in the audience), Peaches takes on all the parts with the help of pianist Chilly Gonzales. The Boston Herald wrote that while Jesus Christ Superstar has rock-pop kitsch status, Peaches' stripped down version gets "to the emotional core. She has long toyed with gender identity and had no trouble inhabiting characters as diverse as the sweet Mary Magdalene and the prissy but cruel King Herod." Fri Dec 17 / The Orpheum Theatre / 825 S. Broadway

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along: A free evening of bundled family and friends singing live musical accompaniment among the holiday lights of the plaza. Lyric sheets are provided and admission is free (donations are welcomed). Tickets are required and will be distributed beginning at 6pm (one ticket per person to those waiting in line) Capacity is limited. First come, first served. Fri Dec 17 6:30pm-8pm / The Music Center / 135 N. Grand

‘Set and Reset/Reset’: The centerpiece of this presentation by The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance is a restaging of Trisha Brown’s 1983 ‘Set and Reset,” renamed “Set and Reset/Reset.” Performed by seven of CalArts’ expert dancers and featuring a score by Laurie Anderson, it is recognized as one of the finest examples of Brown’s trademark combination of fluid movement and geometric style. Also to be performed is an excerpt from Israeli American choreographer Barak Marshall’s physical-theater work Rooster; New York-based choreographer Daniel Charon’s trio Juncture; and a short new piece by Rosanna Gamson. Fri Dec 17 8:30pm / Also runs Sat Dec 18 / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

Downtown Comedy Club: At 8pm, Ron Yavniele, Ryan Meshel, Kristi McHugh and headliner Tim Shaw. Hosted by Chris Z. At 9pm, Brian Hunt, Steve Cooper, C-Bazz, Tommy Gimler with headliner Marc Patrick. Fri Dec 17 8pm and 9pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

SATURDAY DECEMBER 18

Rigoletto: It's the last night of betrayal, shame and revenge. Sat Dec 18 / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

Ozomatli: It's the perfect idea. Urban Latino band marks its 15th year in music by throwing themselves a Quinceanera bash at Club Nokia. Dress in your best chiffon dress or tux. With Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) and La Santa Cecilia. Sat Dec 18 8pm / Club Nokia / 800 W. Olympic

15th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit: Stevie Wonder’s annual holiday show is joined by guests Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Eric Benet, Melanie Fiona, Janelle Monae, Lisa Dawn Miller, Oliver Richman. Sat Dec 18 8pm / Nokia Theatre / 800 E. Olympic

SUNDAY DECEMBER 19

Zoot Suit Revue: Winter Concert Series’ Swing Salsa Blues Sunday features the high fashion Zoot Suit Revue. It's music you can ice-dance to while skating at Pershing Square's Ice Rink. Mon Dec 19 2pm / Pershing Square / 532 South Olive / FREE

MONDAY DECEMBER 20

The Wave’s Kozy Christmas: Christmas and jazz just go together so well.. The Wave's concert features Dave Koz & Friends; with Jonathon Butler, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer. Mon Dec 20 6:30pm / Nokia Theatre L.A. Live / 777 Chick Hearn CT

Undercover Girls: A classic rock band with no apologies and no men. Mon Dec 20 Noon / Pershing Square / 532 S. Olive / FREE

Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama: The four-time Grammy-winning gospel legends perform spiritual renditions of carols, hymns and pop standards. Mon Dec 20 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall

TUESDAY DECEMBER 21

Manhattan Transfer Christmas: With additional horns and strings, Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne bring their holiday pop-bop sound to Downtown. Tues Dec 21 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 22

SPAZMATICS: Rock Around the Rink takes its 80s theme back to the future (again) with the Spazmatics. Listen to 'Tainted Love," "Jessie’s Girl," and other hits all over again. Wed Dec 22 8pm / Pershing Square 532 South Olive

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