Non-Christmas celebrants won't be home Saturday night, and -- obviously -- they won't be at midnight mass. Christmas Eve has turned into an exciting occasion for primarily Jewish singles in their 20s and 30s looking for a little bit of romance. But anyone who doesn't want to eat Christmas cookies and open a Christmas present or two can forgo the Chinese food and movie marathons -- ever since the Matzo Ball came about in 1987. Named after a traditional soup dumpling found in Jewish cuisine, the first Matzo Ball was put on by Andy Rudnick in Boston. It attracted more than 2,000 attendees, and now the annual party has grown into a national phenomenon that takes place in several cities. Hollywood is one of them.
Interesting tidbit: The organizers believe the Ball has brought together several couples who eventually married, and, in fact, the founder Rudnick met his wife at 1997's Matzo Ball. Whether it's for romance, or just something to do on Christmas Eve, this party draws thousands of people for a night of schmoozing and boozing. The Ball begins at 8 p.m. and takes over both Gryphon and Pangaea (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or with cash only at the door. Visit matzoball.org, or call 954-581-5454.
Sat., Dec. 24, 8 p.m., 2011