Monday, December 27, 2010
The L.A. County Holiday Celebration kicked off its 51st annual extravaganza at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Christmas Eve, and I'm a little embarrassed to say that it was CC's and my first time to attend.
Featuring more than 20 diverse performers, and hosted by actor Fred Willard and actress/singer Tia Carrere (whom CC met just a few months ago), the Celebration was a lively, moving and very L.A. event that shouldn't be missed by any local family.
An awesome bonus? It's free! (Thank you, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who sponsored the event, which was produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.)
Getting the crowd into a hand-clapping, toe-tapping mood was first act Eileen Ivers, an Irish fiddle player who could beat the devil down in Georgia if she felt like it. Talk about pumped up, the crowd really went crazy when she whipped that fiddle into a frenzied, Christmas-themed duet with an accordion player.
The acts made up an eclectic mix of artists -- from children's choirs to Bollywood dancers to mariachi performers. It was a real testament to the diversity of people within the Los Angeles area.
CC and I sat in the parents' section, so there were plenty of proud moms and dads. In fact, one mother leaned over to me during the Young Angels Choir performance to point out her daughter.
I was a pretty proud mom myself, watching CC take in such a grand holiday celebration the day before Christmas. She clapped, she danced and she listened, which was adorable to see.
Can't wait to go back next year!