“End of the World”

I hear Mayan calendars are selling like there’s no tomorrow.

Maybe a little levity is what’s called for this week. As you probably know, there is a belief that the world will come to an end on Friday, December 21st. No such luck for those of us who will still be around on Saturday, looking for a parking spot at the mall for what has become an even busier shopping day than Black Friday.

And the lines will still stretch around the block in Boyle Heights at Liliana’s Tamales on Sunday and Monday. I can tell you from first hand experience that it’s worth the wait.

And the best show in L.A., the county’s giant extravaganza at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, will go on as scheduled at 3pm on Christmas Eve. The show, also televised on KCET, features the best choirs, mariachis, and other performers from around L.A. Best of all, it’s free.

Afterwards, at 7:30, you can hustle over to Olvera Street for the last night of the Las Posadas procession, which re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s journey from inn to inn. The costumes are beautiful, the music is uplifting, and after the procession there’s free coffee and pastries.

And if you’re still standing, you can hang around Dowtown L.A., watch the skaters at Pershing Square, and then head over to the Cathedral for Midnight Mass. Those are some of my most treasured L.A. Christmas traditions, and I fully intend to be around the celebrate them.

In the meantime, if you’re still a bit skittish, there are a number of “End of the World” events taking place Friday night. Among them, The Griffith Observatory will stay open late so people can gather there. They’re expecting a huge crowd. My only concern is whether you’ll survive the crowds and the parking.

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