About this time of year, the relationship between an (award-winning) event blurbist and her reading public is challenged by the dearth of stimulating diversions. Even in a town this sprawling and teeming with explorations, venues shut down and the people who entertain us disappear from local stages. The Monday between Christmas and New Year's Eve is especially tough. It's tempting to list some recommended books and movies for today. How about a lovely recipe for cioppino? No? In case you missed Upright Citizens Brigade's Sunday invitation to bring your most atrocious holiday gift so that quick-witted comedy improvisers can facilitate exchanging it for someone else's unwrapped nightmare, here's another chance at I.O. West's A Very Cherry Christmas: The Re-Gift Show.

Mon., Dec. 28, 9 p.m., 2009

LA Weekly