December 20, 2012
Dec 22, 2012 – Jan 4, 2013
SAT DEC 22
Formed in the late 1990s, Infected Mushroom set itself apart from the pack by crafting psychedelic trance music. Appearing live at the Avalon in Hollywood, Israeli electro-rockers Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen set out to take their DJ performance to unchartered — and mind-bending – heights with a new stage show that incorporates 3D video and a futuristic stage design. 21 and over. Sat. 9:30 p.m.-5 a.m. $35. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Hollywood. (323) 462-8900. avalonhollywood.com.
SUN DEC 23
“CHRISTMAS TIME FOR THE JEWS”
David Rosie Rosenberg hosts this Jewish comedy night starring Dana Eagle, a frequent opener for Bill Maher, Adam Feuerberg, Joshua Snyder, Richy Lala and Steve Halasz. Sun. 7 p.m. $15. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.
MON DEC 24
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” SING-ALONG
Now in its fifth year, Laemmle Theatres hosts a Christmas Eve sing-along screening of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical. Upon entering the theater, attendees receive lyric sheets for “Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and other songs. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12, seniors 62 and over). Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
MERRY EREV XMAS
Comedian Elon Gold calls himself “half Jewish, half very Jewish.” Known for impersonations and observational humor, Gold headlines this Laugh Factory show with comedians Neal Brennan (“Chappelle’s Show”), Ian Edwards, Mark Schiff and others. 18 and over. Mon. 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. $20. Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336. laughfactory.com.
SCHMOOZE AT SLS BEVERLY HILLS
Now in its 19th year, JDate’s Schmooz-a-Palooza is going nostalgic, throwing the biggest party since your bat/bat mitzvah, at the opulent SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Mon. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 (general admission), $100 (VIP). SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. jdate.com/schmooz.
TUE DEC 25
NOT A CHRISTMAS PARTY
If you’re uncomfortable going to the office Christmas party, join the Chai Center, where fun meets kosher. Held at a Beverly Hills mansion with festivities taking place indoors and outdoors, the party features nosherei and refreshments, an open bar, a DJ and hundreds of singles ready to mingle. Ages 21-55. Tue. 2-5 p.m. $10 (until Dec. 23), $18 (door). Private residence, 1430 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 391-7995. chaicenter.org.
A VERY MERRY JEWISH CHRISTMAS
Join the Comedy Store family for laughs and Chinese food with performances by national headliners. 21 and over. Tue. 9 p.m. $10. Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 650-6268. hollywood.thecomedystore.com.
MON DEC 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH IDINA MENZEL
The Tony Award-winning actress (“Wicked”), singer and songwriter rings in the New Year with two performances of her new live show. A Long Island native, Menzel has come a long way since summers in the Catskills: She performed at the White House for a PBS special and has had a recurring guest spot on the hit television show “Glee.” Mon. 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m. $68.50-$191. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
THU JAN 3
CIVICCARE L.A. MAYORAL DEBATE
Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, L.A. city councilman; Wendy Greuel, L.A. city controller; Kevin James, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles; Jan Perry, L.A. city councilwoman; and Emanuel Pleitez, an L.A. businessman, debate tonight at Beth Jacob Congregation. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 30 Years After, Beth Jacob Congregation and others co-sponsor. A suggested donation of a nonperishable food item will be donated to SOVA. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. civiccare.org.
SHOSHANA BUSH AND FRIENDS
This West Coast vocalist spent two years gigging around Los Angeles’ smoky barroom scene performing arrangements of American jazz and blue standards. Bush is a rare talent, with a degree in jazz studies from Columbia University and a singer-songwriter sensibility. She performs with friends, including Isamu McGregor on piano, guitarist Larry Koons, George Young on alto sax and flute, bassist David Robaire and drummer Gene Coye. Thu. 8:30 p.m. $15. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 466-2210. catalinajazzclub.com.