Weekend Events: December 8 – 10

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (December 8-10) includes Snow Wonder, The Extreme Beer Fest L.A., the Echo Park Craft Fair, Merry Merry Malibu, the Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade, a Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike, Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Show and MUCH more.

NOTE: With the numerous wildfires and extreme wind conditions around SoCal today, our top priority is that you stay safe. Remember that you can sign up for emergency notifications from the City of Los Angeles – Emergency Management Department in order to stay updated on any important messages relevant to your location.

Friday December 8th, 2017

1. California Market Center is hosting Fashion with a Cause, charity sample sale this Friday featuring 20 plus vendors and sips and bites from local L.A. vendor pop-ups. The event will benefit the Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

2. Refinery29 presents 29Rooms, a festival in Downtown L.A. focused on style, culture, and technology. The fest runs back-to-back weekends (December 7 – 10 & December 14 – 17) at ROW DTLA.

3. It’s hard not to make fun of the holidays, laugh about the “most wonderful time of the year” when the Groundlings troupe returns with their beloved Groundlings Holiday ShowDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Score amazing designer brands available for as much as 80% off at Gilt Sample Sale on December 8- 9. Taking place at Siren Studios, shopper will enjoy cocktails, snacks, on demand alterations and styling services. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is reopening to the public this Friday. To celebrate the museum will offer free admission from December 8-17. Among the exhibitions on view will be Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century, which showcases the connection between the creative communities of Mexico and China in the last century, and is presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. FREE

6. See the merriest Christmas light show in the city at City Blessing Church in Walnut during Lights on Miracle Hill: 12 Days of Christmas every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 1-24.

7. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Enjoy the world premiere of a new version of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from December 7-10. Check for discounted tickets on select dates before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. The Museum of Failure has landed in Los Angeles at A+D Architecture and Design Museum in the Arts District. Exhibits include some of recent history’s biggest commercial flops, including Donald Trump’s board game, the Harley-Davidson Perfume, the Apple Newton, the Betamax, Google Glass, and more.

10. Spamilton a parody that celebrates and roasts the Broadway musical will make its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Happening throughout the week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

11. The L.A. Auto Show is back for another round of test drives, new car showcases and ‘The Garage” aftermarket hall from December 1-10.

12. Something Rotten!, a hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers playwrights overshadowed by the great Will Shakespeare. Follow them as they try to steal the spotlight and end up unexpectedly end up writing the world’s very first musical. The show runs November 21 through December 30. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Rooftop Cinema Club Ultimate Holiday Movie Series will host a month-long schedule of Christmas inspired movie screenings from December 1-23. The series continues this weekend with screenings of Home Alone, Nightmare Before Christmas and more

14. See the twinkling lights taking over our city during the Holiday Lights tour of Downtown Los Angeles. The tour is two hours long and starts at Union Station in the evening and ends at Pershing Square. Happening throughout the weekend.

15. Get ready for another season of ice-skating in Downtown Los Angeles when the Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from November 16 through January 15, 2018. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

16. The Sorting Room winter session is in full swing with eclectic performances spread over two weeks (through December 21). Each show includes special happy hour drink deals beforehand, with featured talent ranging from poets to composers, jazz singers, Tony Award winners and cabaret singers. This weekend features Shaina Taub (Friday), Pia Toscano (Saturday) and Get Lit! (Sunday).

17. The Heart of Robin Hood offers a fresh take on the most infamous of outlaws from writer David Farr (The Night Manager). Playing at The Wallis from November 29 through December 17.

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

18. Celebrate the magic of the holiday season in Marina del Rey during Snow Wonder, a lively family event, followed by the 55th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. FREE

19. The Extreme Beer Fest Los Angeles is coming to DTLA’s California Market Center this Saturday with creative beers both local and international. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The Echo Park Craft Fair returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on December 9-10 for two-days of holiday shopping from 120+ curated vendors and festive activities and entertainment. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The 71st Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade comes to Long Beach on Saturday with an entertaining display of boats of in all shapes and sizes. This year’s theme is “The Canals are Alive with the Sound of Music.” FREE

22. The Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s new big-top show LUZIA. Inspired by the rich culture Mexico, the dazzling acrobatic performance will be heightened by brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. The Echo Park Community Parade returns to Sunset Boulevard to celebrate the holiday and its vibrant neighborhood.

24. SIP. SHOP. EAT! at The Collective Pop Up Market comes to The Allies in Downtown L.A. for a fun intersection of your favorite things past times: food, style, and drinks. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw presents their Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration with Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the City of Los Angeles. There will be snow sledding, giveaways, holiday music, a visit from Santa, entertainment, and more. FREE

26. The Renegade Craft Fair comes to Los Angeles State Historic Park for a two-day showcase of some of the best independent craft and design work from artisans and makers.

27. The 7th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier returns to Redondo Beach for some seasonal fun, live tunes and a Surfing Santa. FREE

28. Merry Merry Malibu hits the beach December 9-10 for a joyous weekend of holiday festivities at your favorite shopping centers by the water. Hosted by Malibu Village, Malibu Country Mart, and Malibu Lumber Yard, this cheery two-day affair will feature a variety of festive holiday activities including a gingerbread cookie-decorating workshop, holiday tree exhibit, pet adoptions, and holiday carols.

29. The darkest shopping event of the year is back, the 9th Annual Bitchcraft Winter Faire will take place in Highland Park with 30+ food, art and shopping vendors.

30. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Satruday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Shop local during Artisanal LA Holiday Market taking place in Downtown Arcadia. Over 100 indie makers, crafters, and chefs will be on hand for all your holiday needs. FREE

32. Enchanted: Forest of Light is in full swing at Descanso Gardens offering guests a colorful one-mile path walk through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden including the Oak Grove and the Japanese Garden. The event runs until January 6, 2018. Check for discount tickets while supplies. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED

34. ban.do will host an epic holiday event called “the mall” on December 9-10 at their Hollywood Headquarters. The immersive shopping experience is an 80’s mall themed pop-up featuring tons of ban.do items on sale as well as other brand shopping and activations like manis from Olive & June, pretzels from Auntie Anne’s and more.

35. The 2017 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade will take over the Downtown area with a family friendley parade. FREE

36. “Sanrio Village” at Tanaka Farms is a special seasonal holiday program in Irvine where guests enjoy a festive wagon tour of the 30-acre farm and photo opportunities and with Sanrio characters and Santa himself. Guests can also explore the Holiday Market Stand, offering arts, crafts, and holiday activities for families and children. Happening from November 24 through each weekend until December 17, 2017.

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

37. The Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2017 returns on Sunday. Join a cheery group of hikers as they wear lit outfits by way of Christmas lights for a hike up Mount Hollywood. FREE

38. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Head to the South Bay for a day of holiday festivities, live music and the famous Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Show. The fireworks spectacle begins at 7 p.m. but you won’t want to miss the full day of fun that includes a snow park and sled hill. FREE

40. This Sunday the Hanukkah Festival: LA/LA will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center. Highlights include Latin Jewish bands, cumbia dance lessons, hands-on art activities, a chocolate decorating workshop & live storytelling. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar) SPECIAL NOTE: The Skirball Cultural center was closed on Thursday, December 7 due to the nearby wildfire in the region. Please be sure to check with Skirball’s official website for the latest updates on closures and/or cancelling of this event.

41. Stevie Wonder’s Annual Benefit Concert at The Staple Center will help collect toys and other donations for children, the disabled and families in need. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

42. Pee Cast Blast, an all-day, Monsters of Rock-style event featuring the best comedy podcasts of all time takes over the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday .

43. The 36th Annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade will take place this Sunday. This year’s theme is “Peace on Earth” with the parade starting at the corner of Eastern and Sherman Canal at 4 p.m. FREE

44. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes spun by the beloved DJ Jingles. The show runs every night until January 1, 2018. FREE

45. Five holiday-themed concerts will be performed by the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall between December 2 and 18. Expect Handel, Bach and more.

46. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. Happy Place brings a bright and immersive pop-up experience to the Arts District starting today. Capture perfect Instagram moments and enjoy sweet treats as you journey through one-of-a-kind installations designed to make you smile. Runs on select dates through January 7, 2018.

48. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

49. Rockwell: Table & Stage present the unauthorized musical parody of John Hughes classic Home Alone. Happening Thursday through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

50. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running now through December 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

Schedule provided by We Like LA.

Rodeo Realty’s Studio City agent Vicki Watson collecting gifts for sheltered pets

Tis’ is the season of giving–and let’s not forget about our four-legged friends!

This year, Rodeo Realty’s Studio City agent, Vicki Watson is helping Operation Santa Paws with their collection drive.

Shelters and rescue groups all over the country need help for pets who might be lost, abused or abandoned this season. The collection drive will help these dogs and cats who are currently in animal shelters.

If you would like to donate a pet toy, treat, or supplies to the collection drive, you can stop by the Rodeo Realty Studio City office, located at 12345 Ventura Boulevard, #A, Studio City, 91604.

Vicki will also pick up any donations from your home. Email her at VickiWatsonRealtor@gmail.com to coordinate a pick up time between now and December 21, 2017.

All donations will go to Operation Santa Paws, which is part of the Haute Dog organization. All collected goods will then be delivered to various local shelters and rescues on the Saturday before Christmas.

To learn more about Operation Santa Paws, click HERE.

You can also take a look at the gift list for ideas on what to donate. Click HERE.

Economic update for the month ending November 30, 2017

Since the month end was Thursday this is a month end report. Stocks and bonds have Friday December 1 closings following monthly results. 

This morning the Senate passed their tax reform bill. Now it gets reconciled with the House bill. There will be a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, and it appears that the estate tax will phase out and be eliminated. To make up for the loss in tax revenue, many deductions will be cut back.  At this point it seems that it is very likely that state income taxes will no longer be deductible on your federal return. This has been a deduction since the individual income tax was approved by Congress in 1909. The property tax deduction will be capped at a $10,000 per year. There is no current cap now. The House has a mortgage interest deduction cap of the interest on a $500,000 loan, while the Senate was shooting for a $1,000,000 loan cap. The current cap is interest on a loan of $1,100,000. We will wait and see what this ends up at. I will keep you informed primarily with regards to cuts  in deductions for mortgage interest, property tax, and state taxes. 

Economic update for the month ending November 30,  2017  

Stock markets skyrocket in November – Tax reform, a new CFPB Director, and new Fed Chairman were considered to be a trifecta for investors.  The Dow broke 24,000 just 33 days after breaking 23,000. As tax reform crossed several hurdles in November, stocks rallied at each step. First, it passed in the House, then reached a crucial vote to move to a full vote in the Senate. As the month ended it appeared that the Senate had the votes to pass. Key to the massive rise in stock prices, this year is a reduction in corporate income tax from 35% to 20%. This is the same rate passed by the House. Investors are feeling that this substantial reduction in the corporate tax rate is a done deal. Other news that ignited the markets was the appointment by President Trump of Mick Mulvaney as director of The Consumer Financial Protection Board. The CFPB was set up after the 2008 financial collapse. While the acting director has refused to leave and has filed suit to keep her position, a judge preliminarily approved Mulvaney’s appointment. Mulvaney is considered much more friendly to financial institutions and less consumer friendly. It is widely felt that many regulations will be rolled back. Financial institutions, who feel they are over regulated, were ecstatic about the appointment. Lastly, Jerome Powell was appointed by President Trump as Chairman of the Federal Reserve to replace Janet Yellen, whose term ends next February. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the month at 24,272.35, up from its October 31 close of 23,348.74.  The Dow is up over 22.6% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the month at 2,647.58, up from its October close of 2,572.84. The S&P is up over 18% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the month at 6,873.97, up from last month’s close of 6,701.26. It’s up 27.2% year-to-date. 

Stock markets closed slightly lower Friday, December 1 after Mike Flynn pleaded guilty and agreed to provide information to the special council in a plea deal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week at 24,231.59, up from 23,557.99 last week. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,642.22, up from its close last week of 2,602.42. The NASDAQ closed the week at 6,847.59, down from its last week’s close of 6,889.16.

Treasury Bond yields mixed in November –The 10-year Treasury bond closed on November 30, 2017 at 2.42%, up from 2.38% at the end of October. The 30-year treasury yield ended the month at 2.83%, down from 2.88% last month.

Bond yields dropped Friday, December 1. The 10-year Treasury bond closed the week at 2.37, up from 2.34% last week. The 30-year treasury yield ended the week at 2.76%, unchanged from 2.76% last week.

Mortgage Rates stable in November – Rates remain at historically low levels. The November 30, 2017 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 3.90%, down slightly from 3.94%  on November 2, 2017. The 15-year fixed was 3.30%,  up  slightly from last month’s close of 3.27%. The 5-year ARM was 3.32%, up from 3.23% on November 2.

Third quarter GDP upgraded – The Commerce Department reported that the second estimate of the Gross Domestic Product, the broadest measure of the healthy of the economy rose 3.3% from an initial estimate of 3% in the third quarter. 

California jobless rate falls to 4.9% – California posted strong job gains in October adding 31,700 net new non-farm jobs. That brought the state’s unemployment rate down from 5.1% in September to 4.9% in October. Wage growth slowed as hourly wages were 3.2% higher in October from one year earlier, down from September’s wage growth of 3.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. California is outpacing the U.S. as the national rate of wage growth was 2.4% in October.

California existing home sales and prices – An extremely low supply of housing for sale resulted in a downtick in year over year sales in October, and continues to drive prices up. The California Association of Realtors reported that existing single family home sales totaled 431,020 in October on a seasonally annualized rate. That represents a 0.8% increase from September, but a 3.4% decrease from last October’s sales pace. The statewide median price was $546.430, up 6.1% from October 2016. The unsold inventory index dropped to a 3 month supplyof homes for sale in October from 3.2 month supply in September. There was a 3.4 month supply of homes for sale in October 2016. Year over year there are 11.5% fewer homes for sale this October than last October. Pending home sales (homes that went under contract) also dropped 2.6% from last October. 

New home sales pace at highest rate in a decade – U.S. New home sales increased 6.2% in October, the Commerce Department reported. It was the the third straight monthly gain, and the highest new home monthly sales pace since October 2007. 

New housing starts rebounds in October – The Commerce Department reported that new housing starts jumped 13.7% in October. That was the highest level since October 2016. September’s new home starts pace was down considerably because of a very steep drop in new construction  in hurricane damaged areas. Because September’s figures were depressed a 13.7% month over month increase is not as exciting as it sounds. Yet it was the highest number of permits pulled for new home construction since October 2016.

The November jobs report will be released next Friday. The  final monthly economic e-blast won’t be in the system  and postcard won’t be done until we have those numbers.

Have a great weekend,


Holiday Movie Edition Comes To Rooftop Cinema Club

Savor the magic of the holiday season, cinematically speaking, when The Ultimate Holiday Movie Series comes to Rooftop Cinema Club at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood!

Rooftop Cinema Club made its debut in Los Angeles in 2015 and has since become one of L.A.’s most beloved outdoor movie events. This new holiday-themed series debuts on December 1 with the charming Will Ferrell comedy Elf and continues most nights through December 23.

Part of what makes Rooftop Cinema Club so special is the unique venue. Perched high above Hollywood and Vine, Rooftop Cinema Club atop the Montalbán offers great views, supremely comfortable lawn chairs, audio via wireless headphones, and blankets for chilly nights, if needed. Comforting hot drinks, including mulled wine, will be available for purchase.

Presented in conjunction with Time Out, this series of 29 different screenings will focus on cherished seasonal films, going back as far as the 1940s (It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street) to as recent as 2015 (Todd Haynes’ Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara). In addition, enjoy ’80s classics like A Christmas StoryWhen Harry Met SallyDie HardScroogedNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Trading Places, eternal Tim Burton films like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, or the delightfully lowbrow Bad Santa.

The complete schedule is listed below. You can purchase tickets via the official website.

Happy holidays!

December 1: Elf (7 p.m. )

December 1: When Harry Met Sally (9 p.m.)

December 2: Muppet Christmas Carol (5 p.m.)

December 2: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m.)

December 3: Miracle on 34th Street (5 p.m.)

December 3: Carol (7:30 p.m)

December 5: It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m.)

December 6: Love Actually (8 p.m.)

December 7: Die Hard (8 p.m.)

December 8: Home Alone (7 p.m.)

December 8: Scrooged (9 p.m.)

December 9: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (5 p.m.)

December 9: Trading Places (8 p.m.)

December 10: Muppet Christmas Carol (5 p.m.)

December 10: Nightmare Before Christmas (7:30 p.m.)

December 12: It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m.)

December 13: Love Actually (8 p.m.)

December 14: White Christmas (8 p.m.)

December 15: Elf (7 p.m.)

December 15: A Christmas Story (9 p.m.)

December 17: Edward Scissorhands (5 p.m.)

December 17: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7:30 p.m.)

December 19: The Holiday (8 p.m.)

December 20: Bad Santa (8 p.m.)

December 21: Love Actually (8 p.m.)

December 22: Home Alone (7 p.m.)

December 22: Home Alone II: Lost in New York (9 p.m.)

December 23: Elf (5 p.m.)

December 23: It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m.)

The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre is located at 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Visit rooftopcinemaclub.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Rodeo Realty’s David Arcudi and Tina Fanelli Moraccini sponsoring Holiday Toy Drive

With the holidays fast approaching, there are many families who can’t afford to buy their children toys.

To help make their holidays special, Rodeo Realty’s David Arcudi and Tina Fanelli Moraccini have started a Holiday Toy Drive.

From November 25 – December 9, The Mulwood Team will be accepting toy donations.

All toys will be donated to the West Valley Food Pantry.

To donate toys, please call David at 818.857.9805 or Tina at 310.980.3532. You can also email them at arcudi4homes@aol.com or tinafanelli@gmail.com to set up a time to pick up your donations.

David and Tina would like to thank everyone in advance for helping those in need!