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Performances:

The Blue Dahlia, a stage adaptation of Raymond Cgandler’s classic screenplay,  thru February 5, 2006.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.  No show January 1.  Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. $20-$27, (310) 822-8392.     The Breakup Notebook: The Lesbian Musical, to continue for six weeks through Sunday, January 15 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood.  (323) 960-5563.   Happy End, Pacific Resident Theatre, written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, (310) 822-8392. Puppetolio, a puppet variety show for ages 3 and up, Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center, 1255 2nd St., runs indefinitely, (310) 656-0483. Casper Enriquez’ Una Pagina Mas and Jose Orozco’s Automatica from Heaven & Hell, Roberto Gutierrez’ L.A. in Black and White, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, through January 7, (310) 264-1760.   Robert Schenkkan’s “Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates,” world premiere production, through January 22, 2006, at the Mark Taper Forum downtown at the Los Angeles Music Center. $20 to $55 (213) 628-2772. This Winter Break, the Playhouse, for kids ages 6 to 14 to get a taste of theatre arts, singing, dancing, acting and performance, Santa Monica Playhouse, through January 6, 1211 Fourth Street, (310) 394-9779.

Saturday, December 31   Famous Fireworks Display will be shot off the Marina del Rey’s south jetty near Fisherman’s Village. Burton Chace Park, located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, and Marina (Mother’s Beach), starting at 30 seconds before midnight. The Play’s the Thing will air Adam’s Rib based on the screenplay by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, adapted by David Rambo and starring Adam Arkin and Anne Heche, streamed live on the KPCC website ( www.kpcc.org) for one week following each broadcast so that people worldwide can hear the show. A New Year’s Eve Cabaret, featuring the most requested songs from the Playhouse’s repertoire of Jewish musicals based on the writings of Sholom Aleichem, Israel Zangwill and Sholom Asch. 6:00 and 9:30 p.m. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street.  (310) 394-9779 ext 1. Kwanzaa Karamu (Feast), Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., the 39th Annual Kwanzaa Karamu (feast) will be an “Evening in Africa” with libation, music, dance, drumming, poetry, the finest of Africans foods, (323) 299-6124. PIP’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, Level One Supper Club, 6311 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., (310) 670-6937. AA New Year’s Eve Party, Civic Auditorium (1855 Main St.) Served by Big Blue Bus lines 1,2,3,4*,5,7,8,9*,10, Rapid 3 and TIDE Shuttle (* indicates stop closest to destination). Parking available in Civic lot or on street (metered). 8 p.m., (310) 458-7661 or www.thesoberparty.com. Cost: $50 and $100; Auditorium parking $8.00.

Sunday, January 1   Last Night of Khaneke Party, enjoy klezmer, latkes and good company, Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., 3 p.m., (310) 552-2007.

Monday, January 2   Free Stand-Up Comedy Seminar, The Dean of Comedy, Greg Dean, teaches this free comedy seminar for stand-up comedy hopefuls. Dean has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and trained comics including Whoopi Goldberg. Free Stand-Up Comedy Seminar, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space, 1211 4th St., (310) 285-3799. 

Wednesday, January 4 AFI at the Arclight, 2006 Season Launches with Selections from AFI’s 100 Years . . . 100 Movie Quotes, screening “Gone with the Wind,” 8 p.m., the Arclight theater, Sunset and Ivar.  Rachael McCampbell’s “Wing Scapes,” and “Fanciful,” a group show, Tag Gallery, through January 28, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 829-9556. Mary Schairer’s “New Work,” collage work dense with imagery, First Independent Gallery, through February 4, Bergamot Station, (310) 829-0345.

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