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Events happening Saturday

December 18, 2010

FAMILY

Elephants of Asia The animal habitat is finally open, featuring three pachyderm transplants from the San Diego Zoo: Tina, Jewel and 25-year-old Billy. The six-acre exhibit features bathing pools, sandy hills and varied topography, all devoted to exploring the connection between elephants and the cultures of Thailand, India, China and Cambodia. L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Dec. 25. Adults, $14; seniors, $11; children 2-12, $9; children younger than 2, free. (323) 644-4200. http://www.lazoo.org.

Las Posadas The merchants of Olvera Street in downtown L.A. commemorate the nine nights leading up to Christmas with a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey into Bethlehem to find shelter. The annual tradition features a procession, hymns sung in Spanish and English, entertainment, the breaking of a piñata and complimentary pan dulce and hot chocolate. Avila Adobe, 10 Olvera St., L.A. Activities begin at 6 p.m., procession at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 24. Free. (213) 625-7074. http://www.olvera-street.com.

THEATER

Broadway Holiday True to its name, the musical revue celebrates show tunes and seasonal cheer. Musical director Neil Berg will be joined by a three-piece band and a lineup of Broadway alumni to perform favorites from "My Fair Lady," "West Side Story," "Wicked" and others, as well as a selection of holiday tunes. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $65 to $75. (310) 208-5454. http://www.geffenplayhouse.com

Winter Dance The centerpiece of the California Institute of the Arts' presentation is a restaging of Trisha Brown's landmark 1983 work "Set and Reset," here rechristened "Set and Reset/Reset," which features the institution's most esteemed dancers and a score by Laurie Anderson. Also slated for the evening are excerpts from Barak Marshall's "Rooster," Daniel Charon's "Juncture" and a new short piece from Rosanna Gamson, whose "Tov" premiered at the theater last spring. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $10-$20. (213) 237-2800. http://www.redcat.org.

MOVIES

Tron: Legacy In lieu of the French duo Daft Punk playing live with a 100-piece orchestra, Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre will give us the next best thing: a laser light show before each screening. OK, so it's not vocoders or spacesuits from the band that scored the Jeff Bridges vehicle, but we have a feeling that lasers shooting around the theater will delight even the most steely of robot hearts. To further entice your electronic soul: One person will win a pair of tickets to Disney's California Adventure Park before every showing. Daily screenings: 10 a.m., 1:15, 4:30, 7:45 and 10:45 p.m. El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. Through Jan. 20. $16-$18. http://www.elcapitan.go.com.

EVENTS

Santa Monica Pub Crawl Help those in need this holiday season by eating and drinking your way through the second annual event. Participants are encouraged to dress in Santa and/or holiday attire and bring canned goods to drop in donation barrels along the pub crawl routes. All donations go to the Westside Food Bank. Santa Monica, 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Designated routes can be found online at http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com.

POP MUSIC

House Full of Toys Now a much-beloved L.A. holiday tradition, Stevie Wonder's 15th annual concert returns to the Nokia Theatre. This year, Wonder welcomes Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Melanie Fiona, Janelle Monáe, plus more surprises. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 7 p.m. $55-$149.50. (213) 749-0485. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com.

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