The Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, sponsored by the LA County Board of Supervisors, is one of the glittery jewels in our city's cultural crown (and that is already some extremely sparkly head wear). That the annual celebration spotlights local artists, singers, dancers, musicians is wonderful. That is takes place each and every Christmas Eve at the Music Center (it is now in its 49th year) puts us in a cheerful frame of mind. That KCET broadcasts it live for those who are still baking or wrapping or just can't make it downtown? Thoughtful.
Oh, and it is free. As in, keep-those-bills-in-your-pocket, just-bring-your-smiling-self free. Did we mention it is six hours of free? Hard to say where else a person might find six hours -- let's just call it a fourth of an entire day -- of don't-have-to-pay-a-thing entertainment nowadays.
And the entertainment is varied, lively, applause-worthy, and so LA-licious. Lisa Haley and the Zydekats (some real foot-stomping tuneage there), Mariachi and Folklorico Cielo Nuevo, the Welsh Choir of Southern California, and Klezmer Juice are all on the extensive schedule.
Don't be intimidated by committing to six hours of full-on sitting and watching; guests may pop in and out of the Dorothy Chandler as they wish. We are all on our own schedules, so this is a good thing. And while we like making a plan and finding the acts we want to see -- they're listed on the web site -- we also like the idea of just showing up for an hour or two and seeing what surprises await.
Truly, a nice, note-filled, celebratory day in the City of Angels. Thank you LA County!
Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, December 24, 3-9PM
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles