Hanukkah at the Skirball

This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st and ends on December 9th.  Without a doubt one of the most wonderful ways to commemorate this holiday which celebrates religious freedom is to visit the amazing Skirball Center and partake of their various offerings and their Hanukkah special events.

On Thursday December 2 at 1pm and continuing on Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4 the Skirball will offer their Lights of Hanukkah Family Tour.  Part of their Focus on Visions and Values series, this gallery talk features the history and significance of this special Jewish holiday and is included free with Museum admission.

On Sunday December 5th the Skirball Center will celebrate Down Home Hanukkah! This exciting event features American Folk Art, live music, hands-on arts and crafts projects, circus arts, Hanukkah treats and open woodworking and quilting demonstrations.  It is a full day of events starting at 11am and continuing until 4pm.  Tickets for this event are $10 and do not include Museum exhibits.

Children under the age of 12 are free and welcome at the event but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Performers featured at the event include Peter Himmelman, The Witcher Brothers, The Kinetic Theory of Circus Theatre, and drop in workshops are offered in the Candlemaker’s Craft, Zat Gezunt! Handkerchief Dolls, And Bookmark Ribbon Weaving.

Gallery exhibits featured at The Skirball Center in the month of December include: The Pieces of Me: L.A. GOALThe 1000 Journals Project , Maira Kalman: Various, Illuminations (of a Crazy World) and the world famous Noah’s Ark at the Skirball which if you haven’t seen, you should!  Be advised that Noah’s Ark tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

For more information on events at The Skirball visit www.skirball.org

 

Universal City Walk and Studios

Living in Encino affords residents the chance to enjoy all the lovely perks that Hollywood and its production companies have to offer, like studio tours, audience participation on your favorite shows, celebrity sightings and of course, Universal Studios. Located right off the 101 freeway, it’s a convenient and fun way to entertain the whole family.
 
The highlight of Universal Studios is the rides. They are spectacularly produced and action-packed, just like the movies they embody. Some of the classics are Terminator 2: 3D, Jurassic Park The Ride, featuring a 50-foot T-Rex, and an 84-foot plunge, and Backdraft which blasts visitors with 10,000 degrees of entertainment. New rides include the highly-acclaimed Simpsons Ride and The Adventures of Curious George which are sure to blow the kids away!

Studio tours are another exciting facet of Universal studios where you can visit the special effects stages, ongoing movie productions and even television sets like Desperate Housewives. Expect to run into some of your children’s’ favorite characters at the park too, such as Dora, Shrek, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, SpongeBob and Curious George. 
 

For a night on the town that doesn’t require a park fee, (although you still have to pay to park) there is also Universal City Walk. Visitors will discover a breathtaking array of shopping (flagship stores of your mall favorites), dining (from Panda Express to Wolfgang Puck Cafe), movies (including the 8-story IMAX theatre), live music (street acts and headliners in the Gibson Amphitheatre), and nightlife (Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and the Rumba Room). Upcoming concerts include Mary J. Blige with Robin Thicke on October 19.
 
Ticket discounts can be found online and for Southern California Residents, annual passes are also available for a great price. If you are not a resident, I’d be more than happy to help you change that. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.