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The Vandals at The House of Blues, 12/23

Los Lobos presents “Kiko and The Lavender Moon” with Hacienda Brothers at The House of Blues, 12/27

George Lynch Xmas Party at The Malibu Inn, 12/22

OMD, Busdriver, The Shapeshifters, Acid Reign at The Echo, 12/22

Quinto Sol, La Paz, Inner City Soul, DJ Sloe Poke at Temple Bar, 12/22

Bone Thugs ‘ Harmony at The House of Blues, 12/22

Chantelle Tibbs at The Cat Club, 12/26, 9:45 p.m.

Dutch Bunny, Teddy’s Cheer Club, El Ten Eleven, June & July at Spaceland, 12/22

Show For Tony Pony, many special guests at The Silverlake Lounge, 12/22. FREE.

Mickey Champion at Harvelle’s, 12/22

Baby Gecko (Flagstaff), Red Dress Press, The Pope, Treasure Mammal (Phoenix, AZ) at The Smell, 12/26

Dirty Blonde, The New Breed Orchestra, Pete Holland at Temple Bar, 12/27

Caution Heavy Surf with special guest Chris Yraola at The Talking Stick, 12/22


Fireside Holiday Concert: The Santa Monica Symphony Woodwind Quintet at The Miles Memorial Playhouse, 12/22, 8 p.m. “. . . an exciting evening of Holiday themed classical music to be performed at the historical Miles Playhouse beside its beautiful, original stone fireplace.” Concert includes “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky, “Christmas Jazz Suite” and “Festive Sounds of Hanukah” by Holcombe, “Hambani Kakuhle Kwela” by Steltzner and “Air” by J.S. Bach. Kids welcome. One night only. Reservations: (310) 458-8634. More info:, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica

A Christmas Evening with Greg Walker at The Jazz Bakery, 12/22

David Arnay Quartet at LACMA, 5:30 p.m. FREE. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. (323) 857-6000.

Xmas Show: Izzy Chait & The New West Symphony Orchestra at The Jazz Bakery, 12/23

Caroling With The Children’s Choir: Sing! Sing! Sing! at The Jazz Bakery, 12/24, 3 p.m. matinee.

Beverly Hills Madrigal Singers at Matteo’s Restaurant, 12/24, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. One night engagement led by Joel Pressman, choir director and chairman of performing arts at Beverly Hills High School. For dining reservations or for additional information, please call (310) 475-4521 or visit

Christian Hernandez Quintet at The Jazz Bakery, 12/28

The John James Quartet with John James, Joe Gaeta, Peter Marshall and Gene Stone at Schatzi on Main, 12/23, 7- 11p.m. 3110 Main St., Santa Monica.

Readings / Performance

Anansi Writer’s Workshop: Master Class and Reading by Doris Reed at The World Stage, 12/21, 7:30pm. Open mic to follow. More info: (323)293-2451 or, 4344 Degnan Blvd., L.A.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, December 22

Of Mexican Descent, Shapeshifters, Busdriver, Acid Reign at The Echo

Cheem at Tangier

Cheryl Tsai, Chronicles of One, Jackie Rae at 14 Below

Matt Jones, 2nd Day Crush, Peel, Kevin Klein, Alex Davis Acoustic Playhouse at The King King

Friday, December 23

The Clamour, Epsilons, Pink Book Girls Club, The Power Chords (San Diego) at The Smell

Twist of Nothing, Sound Library at 14 Below

Jessie Payo at Harvelle’s

DJ’s Dory Kim, Justin Sloe, JP & Rhines at The King King

“You’re the DJ Night” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Jaguar Wright, Daniel, DJ Anthony Valadez at Temple Bar

Saturday, December 24

Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Music on Sunset, 4 p.m.

Christmas Eve with Sounslessons at The Echo

Balance: Xmas Eve Party with DJ Kemal, FREE.

Stu & Lew’s Schmooz-a-palooza at The House of Blues

Sunday, December 25

(Merry Xmas and Happy Hanukkah!)

The Toledo Show at Harvelle’s

Monday, December 26

The Colour, Cold War Kids, Tangram at Spaceland

All Star Pro Jam at Harvelle’s

Pool Tournament and Karaoke with The Big Kahuna at Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Words and Drums: A Kwanzaa Celebration featuring Leon Mobley and Friends at Temple Bar

Mike Jones and Twista at The House of Blues

Tuesday, December 27

Abe Vigoda, Necking (Brooklyn), Skull Skuell, Telepathe (Brooklyn) at The Smell

Kind Hearts and Coronets, Ariel Pink at Spaceland

Bongo Fury at Harvelle’s

Descarga Con Timba featuring Banda Brothers, DJ Saoco at The King King

Wednesday, December 28

Deep Eddy at Harvelle’s

The Specialists Agency presents Soundcheck featuring Self-Scientific Record Release Party, special guests at Temple Bar

Common at The House of Blues

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: Call for events. Ongoing: Free Workshops & Open Readings “Since 1969, Beyond Baroque has provided a free workshop and open reading program as gathering place for writers to develop their voice, ?nd support, build new communities, and experiment with new forms. Please bring copies of your work.” Free open reading at 5pm, first Sunday of the month (except Aug., Sept., & Jan), 4:45pm sign-ups. Monday Night Fiction, 8pm. Workshop focuses on short shorts, stories, and novels. Led by Mike Lynch. Tuesday Night Creative Non-Fiction, 8pm. Bring works of creative non-?ction, memoir, and prose, with J.P. Pomposello. Wednesday Night Poetry, 8pm. The West Coast’s longest running, free workshop and a legendary gathering of poets. 1st & 3rd Thursdays Free Poetry Workshop, 8pm. With Lee Sloca. Thursday Alt.Screenplay, 8pm. Documentary, narrative, art ?lm scripts, actor readings. Independent projects only. With Peter Coogan. Saturday Afternoon Poetry, 1pm. Bring a poem and ten copies. With Bob Foster. 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. Call for events this week. 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 476-6263 or Duttons Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills – 447 N. Canon Drive.

The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge – 1630 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 450-6052,

The Unurban Coffee House – 3301 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, (310)315-0056

Village Books – Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, (310) 454-4063.

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