What to do in and around L.A. this week
Head to Cinefamily this week in Los Angeles to learn all about animation at the opening of Animation Breakdown 2015. If you prefer your art a little more traditional, Hilary Hahn is performing a Henri Vieuxtemps violin concerto. Don't miss the start of Gabba Gallery’s Wish List, and the chance to take home your art’s desires that very night. Finally, Otium is a new restaurant opening next to The Broad, helmed by a former chef from The French Laundry.
December 10 | Animation
Animation Breakdown 2015 Opening Night: ABD Roundup! 3
Animation Breakdown is a fun way to learn all about international animation from experts in the field in a very laid-back environment. It’s a bit like a popular college class with great instructors and no grades. You know, the kind of class where you end up watching films the entire time? It’s like that, but even better because those films are cartoons! By attending this event you will be supporting the fine folks at Cinefamily, a nonprofit dedicated to finding unusual and unique programming and bringing it to people who want to help preserve the magic.
7:30–9 p.m. | Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles | (424) 246-7626 | $12 (free for members) | website
December 10–12 | Music
Hilary Hahn is a classical violinist who is deft at bringing new energy and life into traditional pieces that have been around for centuries. Her combination of youthful flair and technical precision creates a very emotional experience for the viewer. She joins the L.A. Philharmonic to introduce a new generation to Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 31. It’s a complex piece with lots of movement, giving Hahn an opportunity to display her wide range.
8 p.m. | Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 850-2000 | From $26.50 | website
December 12–20 | Art
Wish List 3.5
The Gabba Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists who brighten up our streets with their unique styles and compositions in photography, street art, design, and other disciplines. There’s Septerhed, who has impeccable linework; Wrdsmith, who manipulates text in a thought-provoking and deceptively simple-seeming way; and Jennifer Korsen, who really gets to the heart of the city in her Heart series. This show is the second iteration of Wish List, a cash-and-carry event that offers the opportunity to own an original Morley (a Los Angeles legend) for a fraction of the price his works usually command.
7–11 p.m. opening night, other times vary | The Gabba Gallery, 5126 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles | (310) 498-2697 | Free | website
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New opening | Restaurant
Opening a restaurant right next door to The Broad is no easy feat. Thankfully, chef Timothy Hollingsworth and restaurateur Bill Chiat are up to the task. Otium is a beautiful, updated mid-century modern design with floor-to-ceiling windows and an aura of complete cool. And the food? It’s as delicious as one would expect from a former chef at The French Laundry. The dishes are thoughtful, with a farm-to-table ethos that includes fresh kale and quinoa alongside pork belly and lobster rolls.
222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles | (213) 935-8500 | website
Big Bear Lake
It’s just a three-hour drive from the sandy beaches of Santa Monica to the snowcapped mountaintops surrounding Big Bear Lake. That’s it! Now that the holiday season is in full swing, a visit to the snow seems the thing to do, and Big Bear is the perfect spot to try winter on for size. There’s plenty to do even if you aren’t much of a skier, such as an alpine slide perfect for tubing and bobsledding. If drinking a hot toddy is more your speed, Big Bear Lake Brewing Company has a sweet happy hour that’s guaranteed to help you feel toasty. Hillcrest Lodge is a charming spot to relax after a full day in the snow.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.