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The Charlie Hunter Trio, featuring Derrek Phillips and John Ellis at the Mint in Santa Monica, 12/10, 7pm

Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra at The Echo, 12/13

Princess Superstar at the Echo, 12/8

Bedtime for Toys and Lady Sovereign at Club Cinespace, 11/13, 10pm, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Level, Hollywood

Kristin Hersch at Tangier, 12/12

Marjorie Fair, The Shore, Innaway at The Silverlake Lounge, 12/13

Bob Odenkirk at Amoeba, 12/10, 4pm

Magic Aid: hosted by El Alonzo, Vance DeGeneres, The Famous Pies, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Latimer, Andy Kindler, Danica McKellar, The Mums, John O’Hurley, Judge Reinhold, Daniel Roebuck, Jaimie St. James, J.K. Simmons, Eric Stoltz, The Amazing Jonathan, Steve Valentine and Dick Van Patten, hosted by Jason Alexander at The Magic Castle, 12/10, 11am – 4pm. Proceeds benefit the Hurricane Relief effort for the victims of the Gulf Coast. 7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 851–8946, ext. 301


SMC Concert Band: Christmas Celebration, directed by Kevin McKeown at Santa Monica College, 12/11, 4pm. 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Tix and info: (310) 434-3000 or (310) 393-8258.

The Westside Ballet: The Nutcracker at The Wadsworth Theatre, 12/9, 7:30pm. Proceeds for Friday’s special performance benefits Habitat for Humanity. Also showing on 12/10, 2pm & 7:30pm and Sun, 12/11, 1pm & 5pm. 11301 Wilshire Blvd., WLA. (310) 828-2018 or

Celebrate Christmas: The New Apostolic Church Choir, Los Angeles Concert Choir, NewSong Choir, Men’s Choir, Children’s Chorus and Bell Choir, The Los Angeles Instrumental Ensemble at The LA Central congregation, 12/10, 7pm. 814 E. Claremont St., Pasadena

The John James Quartet with John James, Joe Gaeta, Peter Marshall and Gene Stone at Schatzi on Main, 12/9, 7- 11pm. 3110 Main St., Santa Monica.

St. James Sunday Concert Series: A Nutcrackin’ Holiday Concert at The St James Presbyterian Church, 12/11, 4pm, 19414 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana. FREE.

UCLA University Campus Choir: Hear The Joyful Sounds at St. Albans Church, 12/10, 7:30pm. 580 Hilgard Ave., WLA, (310) 820-8503

Andy Cowan Trio at Schatzi on Main, 12/12, 7pm. 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica (310) 399-4800. “Cigar Night.”

SMC Percussion Ensemble, directed by Matthew Altmire at Santa Monica College, 12/8, 11:15am. FREE. 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Cindy Bourquin at Santa Monica College, 12/9, 8pm. 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Readings / Performance

Jane Fonda at Diesel, A Bookstore, 12/122, 1pm. She’s reinvented herself more times than Madonna, and, each time, adds another layer not only to herself, but to an American icon that is as much a part of our legacy as Apple Pie. Whether being vilified or championed by those who feverishly scapegoat her, or use her as a spearhead for their own cause, Ms. Fonda has held her head high, and stood her ground. From 60s sex kitten to shaggy haired 70s bra burner; outspoken political activist and serious oscar winning actress to spandex clad 80s jazzercizer; political wife to Tom Hayden or arm candy for Ted Turner. She is at once the accessible everywoman yet still a glamorous superstar. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying her star power, talent, and commitment to taking a stand for her beliefs. Though her family is Hollywood royalty, her new book tells a tale that’s all too familiar in most American families – heartache, loss, mistakes and misfortune – yes, there’s a little bit of Jane in all of us. 3890 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, (310) 456-9961.

William Claxton: Jazzlife at Dutton’s Beverly Hills, 12/8, 7pm

Clive Barker Exhibit: Visions of Heaven & Hell at bertgreenfineart, 12/8, 9pm. Book signing 12/17, 2pm. 102 W. 5th St., LA (213) 624-6212

Tosca at The Vanguard, 12/8

Judith Owen and Harry Shearer at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 12/14, 8pm. 111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA. (323) 850-2000 or

In Loving Memory: of Anne Silver: Richard Garcia, Helen Cho, Nels Christianson, Amanda Foulger, Mifanwy Kaiser, Sherman Pearl, Alice Pero, Lee Rossi, Judith Searle, Cellist: Judith Stearns Hall on cello, Alice Pero on flute at Beyond Baroque, 12/8, 7:30pm

Peter Ludwin, Lois P. Jones at Moonday (Village Books), 12/12, 7:30pm

Santa Monica Literature Book Club: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo at the Santa Monica Public Library, Fairvuew branch. 12/10. FREE.

Anansi Writers Workshop: Sheri Bailey at The World Stage, 12/14, 7:30pm. Master Class and Reading, plus open mic. 4344 Degnan Blvd., (323) 293.2451or

Joseph Cornell: Film Constructions and Fantasies at Skirball, 12/12

Dick Van Dyke at Diesel, A Bookstore, 12/10, 3pm

The Week Ahead

Thursday, December 8

Nels Cline at Café Largo

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette at Cryptonight (Club Tropical)

The Ditty Bops, Mistress Satanica – Fire Breathing, Glass Walking at The Silent Movie Theatre

Emil Beaulieau, Gang Wizard, Kevin Shields, Joe and Joe, Speculum Fight as Damion Romero, Jessica Ryan at The Smell

Emanuel Ax, Richard Stoltzman at UCLA’s Royce Hall, 12/8, 8pm

Billboard Underground/Ring in The Holidays at The Knitting Factory, 12/8

The 88 at The Knitting Factory

Die Princess Die, Flying Douglas, This Blush, In Waves at The Silverlake Lounge

The Probe, HDR, Redlight Halo at Spaceland

Friday, December 9

The Lashes, The Divorce at Spaceland

Jesca Hoop, The Good Listeners, Rocco Deluca at El Cid

Bad Boy Bill – DMC DJ Champion at The Vanguard Club. 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Busdriver, Daddy Kev, Daedelus, edIT, Existereo, Labwaste, Ooah, Scream Club at The Terrace, 443 E. Colorado, Pasadena

Under 21: Los Angeles with Abe Vigoda, DiGiTS, Mika Miko, Hello Astronaut Goodby Television at The Smell

Saturday, December 10

Vagenius, Layton at Spaceland

Stolkholm at The Echo

Which One’s Pink, Led Zepagain at Paladino’s, 6101 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana (818) 342-1563

The Terpsichore Group – E.L.F. at The Blue Space, 5519 Hollywood Blvd., LA

Daedelus, edIT, Ooah at The Grand Star, 943 Sun Mun Way, Chinatown, Downtown LA

Winter Solstice Festivities at The Union Theatre, 1122 W. 24th St., LA. (213) 746-2166

A Night of Mormon Media at The Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St., LA. (213) 484-8846

Joseph Hammer, David Rothbaum, Moon Traffic Controllers, David Scott Stone at All-Analog Electronics Show at Analogue Haven, 252a S. Main St., Pomona. More info:

Sunday, December 11

The Honey Brothers, The Good Listeners at Spaceland

The Brokedown, Scott Claassen at Tangier

Monday, December 12

The Mentones at Ear Orchard (Club Tropical), 8641 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City

Cold War Kid, Glis, The Grabs, The Broken Remotes at Silverlake Lounge. FREE.

Lion Fever, Shoot Out The Lights, Diamonds Under Fire, Plastic Explosion at The Echo

Willoughby, The Weepies, Gus Black at Tangier

Tuesday, December 13

Marjorie Faire, The Shore, Innaway, Ferraby Lion Heart at The Silverlake Lounge

Bad Habit Club: Katrina Benefit with Har Mar Superstar, Baby Tooth, DJ Peaches, Electrocute, more at El Cid

The Fade, Thailand, Prayers, Colorforms at The Scene

Lamps, Texan Hex, Ill Lit, The Tangent Comedy Show at Tangier

Antarcticans, Monster at The Silverlake Lounge

Wednesday, December 14

HellYa Night, Dirty Little Secret, The Afterparty at Spaceland

Antarcticans, Bad Dudes, Bipolar Bear, Monster at The Silverlake Lounge

Westside Coffeehouses and Other Spaces

Anastasia’s Asylum – 1028 Wilshire, Santa Monica. (310)394-7113

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – FREE Workshops & Readings. This week: Sat, 12/10, 7:30pm: Kenneth Rexroth Centenary (see Center Stage). Fri, 12/9, 7:30pm: James Cushing, Dian Sousa. FREE. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310)822-3006,

Diesel, A Bookstore – 3890 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265. (3100 456-9961,

Duttons Books Brentwood & Beverly Hills – Critically acclaimed readings and events. This week in Brentwood – Call for listings. This week in Beverly Hills – Thu, 12/8, 7pm: William Claxton signs Jazzlife. Sat, 12/10, 3pm: Storytime with Princess Meg. Sun, 12/11, 3pm: Storytime with Gabe. Wed, 12/14, 11am: Judith Palarz Book Group discusses three holiday classics by Truman Capote. Wed., 12/14, 4pm: Storytime with Polly Petunia. 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 476-6263 or Duttons Beverly Hills – 447 N. Canon Drive.

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