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December 21, 2012 Events in Los Angeles

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Whether you're interested in Meso-American culture, New Age thought, astronomy or none of the aforementioned, you've likely heard much buzz around the date December 21st 2012. This is when the Long Count calendar of the Ancient Mayans ends, bringing to completion a 5,126 year cycle. Each year, the Winter Solstice occurs on this day (give or take a day). This year, a unique alignment of the solstice sun and the galactic equator will occur as well. The alignment happens once every 26,000 years. So, where will you celebrate December 21, 2012? So-called 'end of the world' parties, New Age 2012 celebrations and retreats, and other events in LA will mark the occasion.

The Edge of Forever

Like the title implies, this one-time only performance is meant to be quite monolithic. Inspired by the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, this chamber operetta will appropriately take place surrounded by Mayan Revival architecture at the Philosophical Research Society. The plot follows two people destined to be together. The setting is the Mayan Yucatán Peninsula. Its first two acts take place in the past, and intriguingly, the third act takes place in the present moment on December 21, 2012.

Philosophical Research Society
3910 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
800-548-4062

Griffith Observatory

Where better to witness a once in many lifetimes galactic alignment than at the observatory? LA's favourite place to see the stars hosts two traditional winter solstice press events on a most unique occasion. Events take place at noon and sunset. Admission is free.

2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800

The Journey, Joshua Tree

This particular community of desert spiritualists believes that the so-called 'end' presented by the December 21, 2012 date is in fact a beginning. So, they are encouraging people to 'look ahead' by attending their weekend retreat in nearby (for Angelinos) Joshua Tree. The gathering will encourage attendees to explore creativity and spirituality to accelerate goals and awareness. The journey (proverbial and literal) begins on December 19th and culminates on the big day, December 21st. Full weekend retreat cost is $775 (+ lodging).

59700 29 Palms Hwy.
Joshua Tree, CA 93352
760-365-8371

Doomsday Cabaret

Melding the apocalyptic with the entertaining and lighthearted, the Doomsday Cabaret bills itself as 'a rock musical of apocalyptic proportions.' It won this year's Hollywood Fringe, and showcases the cults of experts (from the Mayan world to that of the Hopi) as they gather for one last rockin' finale. Performances take place at 8 and 11 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Although the spectacle opened on October 25th, it of course ends on December 21, 2012. But is it really the end, or just another beginning?

Second Stage Theatre
6500 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-661-9827

End of the World Show

Fire and brimstone and all that 'punk-hearted' jazz are what the End of the World Show is all about. You won't get any warm, fuzzy, New Age perspectives on the end of the Mayan Calendar here. This raucous group show features the following bands, JFA, Circle One, The Grim, The Voids, Public Nuisance, Ill Repute, Verbal Abuse, Politikal Decline, GFP and Naked Aggression. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 on the day of show. Bring your own gas mask.

Key Club
9039 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-274-5800

Winter Solstice Celebration With Gurmukh

Each year the folks at Golden Bridge Yoga celebrate the Winter Solstice with some kundalini yoga, meditation and togetherness. This year is no different, yet totally different. Like the Mayans, many Western sikhs (who practice kundalini yoga) believe December 21, 2012 is very special; for them it "marks the cosmic time-clock shift into the Aquarian Age." Join spiritual leader Gurmukh and Gurushabd as they help attendees get into divine alignment with positive energies, ushering in a new life and world of creativity and joy. The event runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and costs $25.

1357 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-936-4172

End of Days: Armageddon Art Exhibit

All the grim predictions of catastrophes and 'end of days' surrounding the Mayan Calendar end date of December 21, 2012, are producing a whole lot of creativity. See what it's all about at this group show featuring Paul Maler, Tiger Phino, Leo Atkinson, Jennifer Sindon, Fernando Carpaneda, Newt Clements and others, giving their unique artistic interpretations of the Mayan Calendar end date. Artist Paul Maler will perform live with Christian Bornholdt. Cover is $5.

1643 N. Las Palmas
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-856-0067

Mayan 'End of the World Celebration'

Celebrate Mayan 'End of the World' at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. This celebration begins at 9 a.m. at the property's Fuego restaurant, on the big day. It will showcase authentic Mayan entertainment, live Latin music, and offer a cornucopia of Latin inspired dishes and specialty drinks (like Hurricanes and Lava flows). And, in a nod to the New Age numerological camp of Mayan believers, the hotel will also present a toast at 3:11 p.m. (which happens to be 11:11 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time). Other highlights: a 'bucket list' raffle and a special Taco Station.

700 Queensway Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-435-7676

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