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Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (48th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration)

Since 1959, the city of Los Angeles has put on a "Holiday Celebration" production on Christmas Eve which is free to the public.

U. and I used to go each year and it became something of a Christmas Eve tradition, but this is the first time we've been back since Astrid was born. Last year we felt she was still too young to sit for long (and too much work for us) to appreciate it, but this year now that she's 2 and a 1/2, we thought she'd enjoy the children's choir and hearing Christmas songs like Jingle Bells (a song she knows and loves to sing along to).Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
Date: December 24th
Time: 3:00 to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free
Parking: Free

Sponsored by the LA County Board of Supervisors.
Produced by the LA County Arts Commission.
Broadcast live on TV by KCET.Burbank Chorale

This was our view from the 4th floor. It seemed more packed than usual, but it might have been the time. In the past we always went in the afternoon, but this time we came in the evening. Tonight there was a line outside the theater doors all the way to the fountain, but the line moved pretty quickly and we were soon inside. They instructed us to go up to the 4th floor (which was also different from the past when we were able to seat ourselves in the orchestra section). But with a kid it turned out to be just fine since there was room to get in and out easily and the restrooms were right outside.Astrid clapping.

This band was formed by John Densmore, the former drummer of The Doors.
A better shot of John Densmore in white, on the drums.
Astrid enjoying the show.
More clapping. She clapped after every song, and every performance.
OLL Children's Choir

These kids recently sung for the Pope.Holding onto Papa.
For some reason Astrid asked me if they were all girls. I shook my head and said no, the choir had boys and girls. But Astrid kept saying, "No, just girls." Maybe because all of their voices were so high.
LA Contemporary Dance Company
I enjoyed this performance. It was beautiful to watch and the music they used was the modern music by Sigur Ros (song: Saeglopur).
Snow"I love it Mommy!"
For the most part she was good, but a couple times she wanted something and when she didn't get her way she made it known. For example, she did not want to share the arm rest with U. Instead she wanted it all to herself and for Papa to take his arm away. When this didn't happen she threw a fit. We were ready to get up and leave, but seeing this, she quickly calmed down saying "Okay okay okay" and went back to quietly watching the show again. So we decided to stay for one last performance (for a total of 5) before heading home and calling it a night.Valleyaires Barbershop Chorus
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was all decked out for Christmas and we couldn't resist taking one last photo.

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