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Sunday, December 21
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
A Video Nights Christmas Smorgasboard
Sun., Dec. 21, 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Gluttons for holiday-season punishment, this one’s for you: A Video Nights Christmas Smorgasboard at Cinefamily at 10:30 p.m. embraces — nay, celebrates — the godawful seasonal TV specials, ads and “public-access freakouts” that make this the most stressful time of year. Cinefamily’s late-night grab-bag shows tend to be more about Read more about this event
By the Way: Jeff Garlin in Conversation with Bill Burr
Sun., Dec. 21, 8-10 p.m.
He plays Larry David’s best friend and manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm and patriarch of The Goldbergs, but Jeff Garlin is also a popular podcaster. Since his first podcast in 2013, the famous funnyman has interviewed the likes of Conan O’Brien, Michael Moore, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler. Read more about this event
Amra: Set the MOOD
Sun., Dec. 21, 6 p.m.
Once the art-music group Amra’s “multisensory art show” begins at Human Resources this weekend, doors will close and no one else will be allowed in. Late entries might ruin “Set the MOOD,” which is what Amra’s show is called. There will be altars, paintings, aromas and a choir. Guests are Read more about this event
Long Beach Ballet's The Nutcracker
Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
Over three decades, David Wilcox' version of The Nutcracker has acquired an array of special effects from three Disney designers, Flying by Foy, pyrotechnician John Bordeaux, magician Franz Harari and even a white Arabian horse. This year's production includes a live orchestra. Read more about this event
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4
Audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto. The British theatrical tradition, featuring classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes and hit pop songs, also is supposed to have booing, cheering and shouting. But after some necessary coaching, both cast and audience appear Read more about this event
Naked Comedy at the Improv Toys for Tots Charity Show
Sun., Dec. 21, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
For the past six years, Sam Varela’s Naked Comedy Productions has put together an impressive roster of comics performing all over L.A. and beyond, including Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Judd Apatow. Tonight’s Toys for Tots Charity Show is no exception, with Tim Heidecker, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops, Read more about this event
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Sun., Dec. 21, 3-5 p.m.
The museum screens Tadashi Nakamura’s 2012 documentary Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings. The film follows the life and career of the Hawaiian-born ukulele prodigy, who began playing the instrument at age 4. Shimabukuro has released a string of solo records, and after a YouTube video of him playing the Read more about this event
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Large Ensemble
Sun., Dec. 21, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
After a successful flirtation with Hollywood's music-industrial complex, violist/composer/arranger Atwood-Ferguson decided to focus on artistic pursuits nearer to his heart and further from his pocketbook. It's a brave investment now reaping great dividends in the galvanization of a new generation of talented and savvy musicians. Atwood-Ferguson will attempt to feature Read more about this event
Luna Gale
Through Dec. 21
Rebecca Gilman’s new play, Luna Gale, is about a social worker in Iowa, Caroline (Mary Beth Fisher), who finds herself arbitrating the possession of an infant between young, unmarried, meth-addicted parents (Colin Sphar and Reyna de Courcy) and the tag-team duo of the baby’s evangelical Christian grandmother, Cindy (Jordan Baker), Read more about this event
Shark, The Deep
Sun., Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Lurking somewhere beneath the deep-sea pantheon are Shark (5:30 & 10 p.m.) and The Deep (7:30), two low-rent excursions into the water that the New Beverly has seen fit to program as a double feature. Quentin Tarantino’s three-month reign as New Bev curator (with all prints coming from his own Read more about this event
Charles Phoenix: Retro Holiday Slide Show
Sun., Dec. 21, 7-9 p.m.
The “Ambassador of Americana” returns to celebrate the kitschy and campy side of American pop culture. With his trademark smile and horn-rimmed glasses, Phoenix is known for his nostalgic slide shows, bus tours and coffee table books. Phoenix shows his latest Kodachrome holiday photos from the ‘50s and ‘60s and Read more about this event
Los Angeles Ballet: The Nutcracker
Through Dec. 21, 1 & 5 p.m.
Amid the dozens popping up in December, Los Angles Ballet’s is the most polished and professional of this season's Nutcracker productions. LAB continues it tour of metro L.A. with a weekend at UCLA. Info on all venues and tickets at www.losangelesballet.org or 310-998-7782. Read more about this event
Raditatical: A Journey in Rhythm
Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
Start with its snare drum–sounding title, then blend in half a dozen tap dancers, percussionists, musicians and a juggling beatboxer. It’s the recipe for Raditatical. It’s choreographed by Simon Chalban and directed by Ameenah Kaplan, whose credits include Stomp, of which Raditatical is a descendant. The cast includes Bronkar Lee, Read more about this event
Blithe Spirit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 18
Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury is the best reason to see Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, now at the Ahmanson Theatre. The venerated performer is reprising her Broadway role of Madame Arcati, a dotty psychic who hooks up a martini-drinking mystery writer Charles (Charles Edwards) with his deceased former spouse, Elvira Read more about this event
La Palabra Poetry
Sun., Dec. 21, 2-4 p.m.
For 13 years, the Latino arts organization in Highland Park has organized this monthly open mic series for poets in the community. Hosted by Karineh Mahdessian, the latest event includes Hector Flores, singer of the seven-piece East L.A. folk band Las Cafeteras; Peter J. Harris, a poet and essay writer Read more about this event
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Sun., Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Ex–Stray Cat Brian Setzer has found life after rockabilly by stepping forward into the past with a dazzling big band that rips up the roots of swing, jazz and early rock & roll. A warmly kitschy vibe pervades the Setzer crew’s annual Christmas really-big-show, which sees the nattily dressed guitarist-singer Read more about this event
The L.A. Phil's All-Mozart Concert
Sun., Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
As if it wasn't already clear by now, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart really could do it all musically. When he wasn't assembling intricate yet emotionally varied piano workouts and chamber music, the Austrian legend was composing elaborately fanciful operas. And when he wasn't traipsing all over Europe as a prodigy on Read more about this event
Dirty
Through Dec. 21
Andrew Hinderaker’s play is a bit like Death of a Salesman but with snappier dialogue and a titillating backdrop. Matt (Max Lesser) quits his job to take an ethical stand, despite having a newly pregnant wife, Katie (Anna Konkle), waiting at home. Their new idea is a porn company catering Read more about this event
Drinkollage
Sun., Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
What happens when you give a bunch of drunk people scissors? Amazing collages, apparently. At this morning’s brunch, Drinkollage, brought to you by artists Jamie Gaul and Rachel Morrison, you’ll get your pick of magazines and glue, and the food and art org Thank You For Coming will supply the Read more about this event
Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4
In the age of iPads and smart phones, typewriters seem as quaint as vinyl records. But Steve Soboroff’s collection of typewriters is worth writing home about – all were previously used by famous people. Soboroff, the President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and a former L.A. mayoral Read more about this event
Dillon Francis
Sun., Dec. 21, 9 p.m.
Following the release of his debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, Dillon Francis embarked on a world tour of the same name. Friends Rule has so far looked to be an epic event, with current “it” guy Francis playing for massive crowds in some of the largest venues, showing off Read more about this event
Monday, December 22
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Elliot Deutsch Big Band Holiday Special Concert
Mon., Dec. 22, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
The big band era truly began in Los Angeles with Benny Goodman's breakthrough at the Palomar Ballroom in 1935. L.A. boasts a hallowed list of arrangers spanning over six decades: Gerald Wilson, Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bill Holman, Mike Barone, Bill Conti, John Clayton, and so Read more about this event
Blithe Spirit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 18
Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury is the best reason to see Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, now at the Ahmanson Theatre. The venerated performer is reprising her Broadway role of Madame Arcati, a dotty psychic who hooks up a martini-drinking mystery writer Charles (Charles Edwards) with his deceased former spouse, Elvira Read more about this event
Kissing Cousins, The Bulls, Western Bells
Mon., Dec. 22, 9 p.m.
There is very little that feels retro on this Silver Lake quintet’s latest EP, In With Them. The title track thunders with Melissa Pleckham’s booming bass and Amanda Paganini’s grungy guitar, but Heather Heywood’s yearning vocals are too moodily melodic to align with punk and hard-rock groups. It’s this bewitching Read more about this event
The Klezmatics
Mon., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.
You don’t have to be Jewish to feel the joyful sound of the Klezmatics’ hotpot of ye olde klezmer peppered with Eastern European, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and other influences. The New York–based ensemble’s punked-up variations on trad klezmer have made them cultural ambassadors for a revival of the clarinet-wailing, hyper-thumping Read more about this event
Tuesday, December 23
Snot, He Is Legend, Speaking the Kings, Throw the Goat, Sunflower Dead, Of Euphoria
Tue., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.
There was a moment in the late 1990s, in the wake of Korn’s genre-blending 1994 eponymous debut (and before “nu-metal” became synonymous with knuckle-dragging bilge), when heavy metal, hardcore punk and hip-hop were cross-pollinating in fascinating and invigorating fashion. The opening offering from Santa Barbara quintet Snot, 1997’s Get Some, Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Blithe Spirit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 18
Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury is the best reason to see Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, now at the Ahmanson Theatre. The venerated performer is reprising her Broadway role of Madame Arcati, a dotty psychic who hooks up a martini-drinking mystery writer Charles (Charles Edwards) with his deceased former spouse, Elvira Read more about this event
Dan Schnelle, Josh Nelson, Walter Smith III, Kevin Kanner & Dave Robaire
Tue., Dec. 23, 9 p.m.
Two albums unknown to most except jazz drummers and vinyl collectors are the legendary “drum battle” albums: Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland, showcasing Art Blakey, “Philly” Joe Jones, Elvin Jones and Charlie Persip; and Rich Versus Roach, featuring Buddy Rich and Max Roach. In an homage to the seldom-heard multiple-drummers-in-one-band Read more about this event
Gillian Wearing at Regen Projects
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 24
The most striking image in Gillian Wearing’s exhibition at Regen Projects may be the very first one you see: a portrait of the artist wearing the mask of a smoother, younger-looking self. She’s holding an unwieldy, small sculpted man and has a surrealist painting of plants that look like they Read more about this event
Dike Blair: Drinks
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 10
Dike Blair, whose gorgeous little paintings of drinks hang in ltd Los Angeles's narrow back gallery, taught artist Meghan Gordon when she was at Rhode Island School of Design. It's partly because of that connection, and because Gordon fabricated and usually tends the quirkily elegant portable gray bar currently installed Read more about this event
Gone with the Wind
Tue., Dec. 23, 1-5 p.m.
Anyone who has yet to check Gone With the Wind off their big-screen bucket list and needs a temporary break from the holiday season would do well to attend LACMA’s free 1 p.m. matinee of the David O. Selznick–produced, Victor Fleming–directed epic from 1939. Your mileage may vary on the Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4
Audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto. The British theatrical tradition, featuring classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes and hit pop songs, also is supposed to have booing, cheering and shouting. But after some necessary coaching, both cast and audience appear Read more about this event
Arturo Sandoval
Tue., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.
A protégé of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie, the Havana, Cuba–born Arturo Sandoval gained renown for his athletic trumpet-blowing as a member of Irakere, an innovative jazz/classical/rock/traditional Cuban ensemble. A fine pianist and singer as well, Sandoval has offered his many talents in various jazz, pop and classical musical spheres, and Read more about this event
Wednesday, December 24
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4
Audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto. The British theatrical tradition, featuring classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes and hit pop songs, also is supposed to have booing, cheering and shouting. But after some necessary coaching, both cast and audience appear Read more about this event
Feast of 7 Fishes
Wed., Dec. 24, 4-10 p.m.
Every year, Italians the world over celebrate La Vigilia de Natale, or the Labor of Mary, with a bereaved act of abstention: opting away from red meat for the evening, instead gorging themselves on fish as only Italians can. Here in America, we call this meal the Feast of Seven Read more about this event
Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24
Actor Jeff Goldblum was a teenage pianist in Pittsburgh before his acting career blossomed into starring roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest films. But his love for the piano and music has never stopped. For nearly two decades he’s been performing with a band he calls The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra Read more about this event
Dike Blair: Drinks
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 10
Dike Blair, whose gorgeous little paintings of drinks hang in ltd Los Angeles's narrow back gallery, taught artist Meghan Gordon when she was at Rhode Island School of Design. It's partly because of that connection, and because Gordon fabricated and usually tends the quirkily elegant portable gray bar currently installed Read more about this event
MatzoBall
Wed., Dec. 24, 9 p.m.
If you’re a Jew between the ages of 25 and 55, looking for a nice Jewish date or just wanting to escape the Christmas madness, Matzoball is the place for you. Founded in 1987 by impresario Andy Rudnick (who also founded the Society of Young Jewish Professionals), it’s a chance Read more about this event
Music Center Holiday Celebration
Despite SoCal’s invariably warm, sunny winter, lots of holiday spirit fills the stage in the annual Music Center Holiday Celebration (also broadcast on PBS-SoCal). Amid six hours of music and choral ensembles, the free Christmas Eve show spotlights four top notch local dance companies. Hālau Keali`i O Nālani offers Hawaiian Read more about this event
Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4
In the age of iPads and smart phones, typewriters seem as quaint as vinyl records. But Steve Soboroff’s collection of typewriters is worth writing home about – all were previously used by famous people. Soboroff, the President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and a former L.A. mayoral Read more about this event
Thursday, December 25
Cody Bryant
Thu., Dec. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Multi-instrumental virtuoso Cody Bryant is a stone country music zealot. Obsessed with the rich California honky-tonk tradition, Bryant has long since given over his entire life to pursuit of the neon-lit dream, performing here in his Viva Cantina for the better part of 20 years and enjoying a rich, productive Read more about this event
Friday, December 26
Los Pinguos, Regardel
Fri., Dec. 26, 8 p.m.
Los Pinguos got their start in their hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, fusing rock and pop harmonies with Spanish acoustic-guitar flourishes and reggae and flamenco rhythms. But these high-flying penguins are essentially locals, having lived in L.A. since 2001, when they began playing on the streets in places like the Read more about this event
Blackalicious
Fri., Dec. 26, 8:30 p.m.
“We gotta have faith. It’s one of the most powerful forces. You create your life through what you believe,” Gift of Gab declared while introducing the new song “Blacka” at a Blackalicious concert this summer in Atlanta. “Belief and faith can work for you or it can work against you. Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Blithe Spirit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 18
Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury is the best reason to see Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, now at the Ahmanson Theatre. The venerated performer is reprising her Broadway role of Madame Arcati, a dotty psychic who hooks up a martini-drinking mystery writer Charles (Charles Edwards) with his deceased former spouse, Elvira Read more about this event
Gillian Wearing at Regen Projects
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 24
The most striking image in Gillian Wearing’s exhibition at Regen Projects may be the very first one you see: a portrait of the artist wearing the mask of a smoother, younger-looking self. She’s holding an unwieldy, small sculpted man and has a surrealist painting of plants that look like they Read more about this event
Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4
In the age of iPads and smart phones, typewriters seem as quaint as vinyl records. But Steve Soboroff’s collection of typewriters is worth writing home about – all were previously used by famous people. Soboroff, the President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and a former L.A. mayoral Read more about this event
Hollywood Club Crawl
Fri., Dec. 26, 10 p.m.
The fifth annual Hollywood Club Crawl is upon us in these waning days of the year, so pull yourself together and re-enter the sociological mainstream on Hollywood Boulevard tonight. Dress to impress — or depress, depending on either your couture or hauteur — and voyage with 50 to 100 other Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4
Audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto. The British theatrical tradition, featuring classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes and hit pop songs, also is supposed to have booing, cheering and shouting. But after some necessary coaching, both cast and audience appear Read more about this event
The Trackside Winter Brewfest
Fri., Dec. 26, 12 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays, California's breathtaking "winter" weather and Santa Anita's opening day for live races with a frosty brew and live music at the race track's inaugural Trackside Winter Brewfest. Featuring specialty beers from top local and national breweries (think: Golden Road, Eagle Rock, Sierra Nevada and Shock Top) and Read more about this event
Munyungo Jackson & Karen Briggs
Percussionist Darryl “Munyungo” Jackson and violinist Karen Briggs both are blessed with a rare musical intangible — the ability to add much more to almost any musical performance than merely another instrument. Jackson’s lengthy career includes a stint with Herbie Hancock’s reformed Headhunters, which toured the world a decade ago, Read more about this event
Dike Blair: Drinks
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 10
Dike Blair, whose gorgeous little paintings of drinks hang in ltd Los Angeles's narrow back gallery, taught artist Meghan Gordon when she was at Rhode Island School of Design. It's partly because of that connection, and because Gordon fabricated and usually tends the quirkily elegant portable gray bar currently installed Read more about this event
Saturday, December 27
Agent Orange, Scurvy Kids, The Fall of Me, John's Last Ghost, Somewhat Ace, Swine
Sat., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.
People throw around the term “surf punk” a lot these days, mostly if the band in question happens to have a few reverbed leads over a few more power chords. But O.C. legends Agent Orange practically invented the genre at the dawn of the ’80s — and directly inspired locals Read more about this event
Larry Sultan: Here and Home
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some Read more about this event
Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4
Audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the panto. The British theatrical tradition, featuring classic fairy tales mashed up with topical jokes and hit pop songs, also is supposed to have booing, cheering and shouting. But after some necessary coaching, both cast and audience appear Read more about this event
R. Kelly
Sat., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.
This multiple Grammy-winning vocalist, songwriter and super-producer defined the 1990s and mid-2000s with his signature erotically imbued sound, heard on such slow jams as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Seems Like You’re Ready” and countless others. Throughout his nearly 30 years in the business, the Chicago native has sold more than 100 Read more about this event
Gillian Wearing at Regen Projects
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 24
The most striking image in Gillian Wearing’s exhibition at Regen Projects may be the very first one you see: a portrait of the artist wearing the mask of a smoother, younger-looking self. She’s holding an unwieldy, small sculpted man and has a surrealist painting of plants that look like they Read more about this event
Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4
In the age of iPads and smart phones, typewriters seem as quaint as vinyl records. But Steve Soboroff’s collection of typewriters is worth writing home about – all were previously used by famous people. Soboroff, the President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and a former L.A. mayoral Read more about this event
The Greatest Cartoons Ever!
Sat., Dec. 27, 2 & 7 p.m.
Now that you’ve recovered from your understandably baffled rage at the networks for canceling Saturday morning cartoons, bop on down and be reborn as the Alex Film Society presents The Greatest Cartoons Ever! Animation historian Jerry Beck introduces and discuss cartoons from the 1930s through the ’50s that are seldom Read more about this event
Blithe Spirit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 18
Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury is the best reason to see Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, now at the Ahmanson Theatre. The venerated performer is reprising her Broadway role of Madame Arcati, a dotty psychic who hooks up a martini-drinking mystery writer Charles (Charles Edwards) with his deceased former spouse, Elvira Read more about this event
Jonas Wood
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 10
The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new mid-city gallery are Jonas Woods’ 9 to 11 foot tall paintings of single plants in painted pots against white backgrounds. But if these seem static and unnecessarily large, you’ll get a quirkier more down-to-earth experience as soon as you Read more about this event
Gabriel Iglesias
Sat., Dec. 27, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 28, 8-10 p.m.
The “I’m Not Fat, I’m Fluffy” comic, actor and voice effects master is hard to miss in more ways than one: In the last few years, he’s starred in three stand-up specials for Comedy Central; hosted his own stand-up series for the network; and appeared as a strip-club DJ in Read more about this event
Edenic Idyllic: I Can Take You to Heaven, Let Me Take You to Heaven
Sat., Dec. 27, 4-6 p.m., Sun., Dec. 28, 4-6 p.m., Mon., Dec. 29, 4-6 p.m., Thu., Jan. 1, 4-6 p.m., Fri., Jan. 2, 4-6 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m.
Remember that high school party game Seven Minutes in Heaven? An ironic title perhaps, as the prospect of being in a closet with an object of your teenage affection for seven whole minutes can inspire as much dread as titillation. Dancer and performance artist Gregory Barnett’s Edenic Idyllic: I Can Read more about this event
Dike Blair: Drinks
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 10
Dike Blair, whose gorgeous little paintings of drinks hang in ltd Los Angeles's narrow back gallery, taught artist Meghan Gordon when she was at Rhode Island School of Design. It's partly because of that connection, and because Gordon fabricated and usually tends the quirkily elegant portable gray bar currently installed Read more about this event