Category: Other Oddities
HOLIDAY LIGHTS 2020 (Los Angeles area)
LOOKING FOR HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN THE LA AREA? HERE’S A LIST TO HELP YOU FIND THEM:
PAID HOLIDAY LIGHTS LIST
BiteLA (South El Monte)
Christmas in Color (San Dimas)
Christmas Lights in LA (Pico Rivera)
Christmas Train (Irvine)
*Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey (Pomona)
Electric Noel (Norco)
Dodger’s Holiday Lights (DTLA)
Hikari Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms (Irvine)
Happy Place (Century City)
*Holiday in the Park Six Flags Magic Mountain (Santa Clarita)
Holidays in Your Car (Ventura)
Holiday Road (Calabassas)
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Ultimate Drive Thru (Ontario)
LIT Hanukkah (West LA)
Maccabees: Drive Thru Chanukah Experience (DTLA)
Nights of OC (OC)
Santa’s Speedway (Irwindale)
Winter Wonder Wash (OC)
*WonderLAnd (Woodland Hills)
FREE HOLIDAY LIGHTS LIST
Aliso Viejo cross streets El Toro Road and Aliso Creek Road
Brea Eagle Hills Community East Birch and South Starflower Streets & Primrose Street
Burbank Holiday Fantasies Come to Life
*Burbank Norton Family Lights 513 N. Florence Street
Burbank Winter Snowland 529 N. Florence St, Burbank CA 91505
Corona Dark Magic
Costa Mesa Snoopy house: Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive
Fontana – Stott family from Great Light Fight 9697 Locust Avenue
Lake Forest 22981 Belquest Drive
Lawndale community lights (Fundraiser…free to see but $10 to vote)
Moorpark Timberdale Rd. & Pinedale Rd
* Pasadena Upper Hastings ranch Incredible community with several blocks of yard displays & lights
Rancho Santa Margarita Candy Cane Lane near the 241, just off Melinda Road
Reseda 7300 block Yolanda Ave
Santa Clarita communities near cross streets: Homestead/Paragon & Smiley Ct/Hardwood Dr & Wakefield Court between Seco & Haskell Canyon
Thousand Oaks Montgomery Rd & E Janss Rd
*Toluca Lake Lilley Hall there are also several houses in the community that decorate
Torrance Sleepy Hollow Lights on Robert Road near PCH (north of Calle Mayor)
Torrance Candy Cane Lane cross streets Reese Rd & Linda Dr
Whittier Neighborhood around 16138 Lisco Pl
Wilmington lights at 24517 albatross ave wilmington ca. 9077
Woodland Hills cross streets Oxnard & Lubao
* my personal favorites of 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT – Broadway Murder Mysteries – Online
Looking for ways to socially distance but still connect to family and friends this holiday season? Consider hosting a Murder Mystery Party!!!
If you’re looking for a full-service murder mystery experience, Broadway Murder Mysteries offer “Hire Our Host” party planning option for groups of 4-20+!
They take care of all the prep and planning so that you and your guests can show up to the virtual party ready to play! Here’s what they do for you, so you don’t have to:
- Coordinate character assignments for each player
- Email character booklets and other materials to guests prior to the event
- Create and send your participants the Zoom details for your party
- Kick off your party with a quick welcome and rundown of the rules
- Change Zoom names to character names to make it easier to play
- Secretly assign the murderer so that no one knows who it is, except our host
- Facilitate all game play, including keeping questions flowing, playing evidence videos, and encouraging guests to guess who the killer is throughout the game and final guesses at the end
- (Optional) Your host can give out awards for best performance, best accent, best costume, and more!
Party packages start at just $199, including the game!
To learn more about our “Hire Our Host” bookings and to get your party started, CLICK HERE!
ANNOUNCEMENT- Yule: A Virtual Variety Hour – Online
The Halogen Company announces
Premiering December 5th at 7pm on thehalogencompany.com
WORLD WIDE, November 1st, 2020 – The Halogen Company, is proud to invite theater lovers from around the globe to a new kind of holiday experience. The immersive company has gone virtual, but you can forget Zoom. Working with next generation storytelling software company Adventr, The Halogen Company takes you on a “televised” journey, where you have a say in what path to take.
Reminiscent of the television variety hours of old, The Halogen has a dream team line up of Los Angeles’ and Chicago’s best and brightest performers. From song and dance, to artistic talents of the strangest kind, there is something for everyone in this holiday smorgasbord. Choose your own adventure with the spirits of time, or the spirits in your drink. Our host is sure to provide you with delightful moments of hilarity and nostalgia. This evening will leave you reflecting on the year past and what’s ahead, as we examine the present.
Featuring the talents of: The GingerSnaps, Koryn Wicks and Kompany, Nina Nightingale, Krystal Kurio, Alyssa Klein and Omar Amir, Samantha Jai, Effie Spence, & Roman and Katlyn Cullia-Martinez.
Hosted by James Michael Cowan
Come sit by our hearth, or rather your computer screen, & indulge in a night of merriment and wonder. As you choose the paths you take, our nine acts will astound you in artistic feats of the holiday persuasion. So curl up in your favourite pajamas, grab the hot coco and join The Halogen Company on December 5th.
Creative Director and Direction: Julia Henning Associate Artistic Director: Julia Farrell Diefenbach Assistant Film Director and Editor: Johanna Fogle Production Manager: Stefani Lah
Gaffer: Quentin Guobadia
Director of Photography: Trent Campbell
Technical Director (Chicago Base): Jeffrey Entwistle
Original artwork by Nick Fisher & Nina Nightingale
Written by: Julia Henning, Danny Manning, The GingerSnaps, Koryn Wicks and Kompany, Nina Nightingale, Krystal Kurio, Alyssa Klein and Omar Amir, Samantha Jai, Effie Spence, & Roman and Katlyn Cullia-Martinez.
Tickets are $15 and available on our website: thehalogencompany.com.
After your ticket purchase you will receive a confirmation email with a password for entry into the Virtual Variety Hour on December 5th at 6:30pm or anytime after.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLUG IN INITIATIVE: BRAVE SPACE ALLIANCE AND THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION
The Halogen Company is donating all proceeds from Yule: A Virtual Variety Hour to two organizations this year: Brave Space Alliance & The Loveland Foundation. These two organizations are helping marginalized groups, empowering them and helping them through the challenges 2020 has amplified. Please go to their websites: bravespacealliance.org&thelovelandfoundation.org tofindoutmoreanddonatewhatyou can. The Halogen Company is a supporter of Black Lives Matter and as a company we have always and will continue to keep our doors open in support of all peoples in the creation of our art.
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.
The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations. The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve.
This year due to Covid, we are planning an interactive virtual variety hour experience for immersive fans from around the globe to enjoy. We are selling ad space for the 30 minutes before this show starts, when people are logging in and can enjoy some creative pre show holiday spirit. During this time we will also be highlighting our charities.
From prices that range between $25-$100 pick an advertisement that suits you! We encourage companies from everywhere to consider contributing. Even if you are not a company, what a cool gift to give grandma a shout out on an interactive platform to be seen by people across the globe. Sponsor a drink, a craft, trivia or send in your very own ad for consideration.
If interested, please email Julia at email@example.com to discuss sponsorship or to receive an Ad Brochure that showcases our varying ads.
HALOGEN COMPANY’S MISSION
The Halogen Company (thehalogencompany.com) is a Los Angeles based immersive production company committed to the interactive and immersive theater experience. Winners of the Los Angeles’ 2019 Immersive Invitational Audience Award, our previous works include: ONE EXIT, our 2019 summer sold out immersive experience, Yule: The Wild Hunt, & Almost, Maine.
We thrive on creating and honoring live theater, merging artists, interacting with a multitude of inventive outlets and offering resources and tools for actors who crave the creative hustle. The Halogen Company revels in stories that mine the often forgotten moments of our lives to celebrate the philosophical and existential gems underneath. We tilt the scale between original and classic pieces intended for audience interaction and full immersion. The actors vary, the stories differ, the locations change…but we are always sure to bump the lamp.
For more, visit thehalogencompany.com, follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.
IMMERSIVE – OdDancity – CA
ESCAPE ROOMS – Escape From Godot – CA
I LIKE SCARY MOVIES EXPERIENCE – Los Angeles, CA
I like scary movies. I loved the I Like Scary Movies Experience. Where else can you get amazing photos inside of your favorite scary movies to post on your Instagram and create a serious FOMO for your friends? This is THE place. I actually recommend bringing at least one friend for companionship (and to help take photos).
There are five films represented at the experience: The Shining, The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, It Chapter One and, Nightmare on Elm Street. You can experience take pics riding the tricycle in the Overlook Hotel or getting grabbed by a giant Freddy glove. I especially liked the Beetlejuice room, even though I am not much for foam pits personally. The photo ops are creative and fun.
If you’d like to see inside the experience check out my YouTube video below:
THE VOID – VR IMMERSIVE GAME
We played Ralph Breaks VR at The Void at the mall location in Glendale California. This experience is amazing. It’s an interactive game where you become a cartoon character in the world from the animated feature Ralph Breaks the Internet. Even though the world is virtual, you do actually interact with physical items and walk throughout the space. It’s really incredible. I went in thinking it would be an escape room like the other virtual escape rooms we had played previously at other companies, but was not disappointed even though it is absolutely NOT an escape room. You are playing a game and you can compete against the other players. It is a wonderfully fun and immersive VR experience. The staff was very professional and friendly at this location. I highly recommend it.
ODDITIES – Jurassic Planet at the LA County Fair – CA
I’ve never been particularly interested in dinosaurs, but I heard about Jurassic Planet and my curiosity got the best of me. I’m glad it did.
For only a small $5 up charge to your fair admisssion you can walk among 40 life sized realistic animatronic dinosaurs. It pretty darn cool! I know they aren’t actually real dinosaurs (except for a few live creatures on display such as an emu, alligator and tortoise), but they seem pretty real if you let your imagination run wild. I found myself wanting to pet them and at one point talking in “baby talk” to a few adorable animatronic baby dinos.
I really enjoyed Jurrasic Planet and wanted to share it here. I also recorded a bit of my experience which you can watch from YouTube below.
ODDITIES – The Speakeasy Society: The Door – California
CHAPTER 3 – THE DOOR
You know a show is gonna be great when it sells out in 3 hours and it was amazing. Please note that this review contains spoilers. Expect all three chapters to go into production again this year, so if you’d like to experience the show without any prior knowledge then I recommend you do not continue reading.
Full Cast (left to right) Matthew Bamberg- Johnson as Phil Daring, Nora King as Dorothy Gale, John Henningsen as Lyman, John McCormick as Oscar Diggs (The Wizzard), Genevieve Gearhart as Phoebe Daring
My husband and I arrived and were escorted to a porch-like area to meet with Lyman along with another couple. We spoke with him about the themes of each chapter so far. Chapter 1 was about hope, Chapter 2 opportunity and Chapter 3 the future. The five of us discussed the difference between destiny and inevitable consequence. Within a few minutes the wizard entered to escort us into the house. He inquired as to whether we had brought our keys, as they were very important to what was to come.
Upon entering the house I couldn’t help but feel curious about those who resided there. It was so lived in, unlike what I have come to expect from a theatrical set. As we entered the living room we were introduced to Dorothy. We had our first decision to make. As a group we decided who she was. Then the wizard did a card reading where we each got involved. In an unexpected turn of events Phil and Phoebe/Ozma entered the room through a magical door. They took Dorothy back with them and we were sent on our way.
Overall the show was interesting and unique. The actors were absolutely amazing. It is a wonderfully fun way to be immersed in the retelling of these classic stories. I felt that even though Chapter 3 was the smallest audience per show, somehow it felt the least intimate. I really love what they are doing with The Kansas Collection though. I can’t wait for Chapter 4.
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