Looking for fun in the New Year?

In the Loop

Looking for fun in the New Year?By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

The New Year has begun with entertainment and travel opportunities, many indoors for escaping the cold. Find your favorites in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California.

Looking to the northwest, train aficionados will want to plan in advance for events and programs at the California State Railroad Museum. The year 2019 marks the sesquicentennial of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, and the CSRM has months of activities in store (www.californiarailroad.museum; 916- 323-9280).

Down below in Los Angeles, “Wicked” continues at Hollywood’s Pantages through Sunday, Jan. 27 (www.hollywoodpantages.com; 800-982-2787). In Beverly Hills, “The Manor” returns for its 17th year on various dates from Thursday-Sunday, January 10-27. All action takes place in Greystone Mansion, the historic “scene of the crime” in this fictional re-enactment of true events performed by Theatre 40. Also by Theatre 40, Rod Serling’s “From the Zone” stages two classic “Twilight Zone” episodes, “Mr. Garrity and the Graves” and “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” on various dates from Monday, Jan. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 17 (theatre40.org; 310-364-3606).

In Pasadena Cheeseburger Week commemorates the legend that Lionel Sternberger created the culinary icon in that city in 1924. Restaurants celebrate Sunday-Friday Jan. 6-11 (pasadena-chamber.org; 626-795-3355).

Toward the coast in Simi Valley through Wednesday, April 24, the Reagan Library Foundation assures us, “We’re open! The government shutdown has not impacted the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, and we are open.” The exciting “Pompeii: The Exhibition” displays over 150 authentic artifacts preserved by volcanic ash – not replicas but the original 2,000-year-old objects such as frescos, sculptures, jewelry, gladiator helmets and full-body casts of victims (www.reaganfoundation.org; 805- 522-2977).

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12:30 4:30 p.m., a special Lunch & Tour includes a delicious meal prepared by a presidential chef (reservation required; 805-577-4057).

On the coast in Santa Barbara, the beloved story of the von Trapp Family fills the Granada Theatre with “The Sound of Music” on two evenings, Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday, Jan. 30 (www.granadasb.org; 805-899-2222).

To the southwest in Costa Mesa, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents a lavish, all-new production of the comic ballet “Harlequinade” from Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 17-20 (SCFTA.org; 714-556-2787). Youngsters go free on the 17th when you buy one adult ticket (promo code: KIDS).

“Disney on Ice” executes stunning maneuvers around the country, and in California, Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 24-27 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, and Thursday-Monday, Jan. 31-Feb. 4 at the Selland Arena in Fresno (www.disneyonice.com).

Up Hwy. 395 at Mammoth Mountain, join Woolly and friends from the Ski and Snowboard School for music, face-painting, a dance party and parade through the Village Plaza 3:45-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Warm up all three days après ski from 2-3 p.m. cozying up to Bucky’s Bonfire at June Mountain (www.mammothmountain.com; 800-MAMMOTH).

Story First Published: 2019-01-04