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This Week:

December 7-10

 

The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s enduring play about character assassination, 7pm, Thursday-Saturday/2pm Sunday, $15, $10 students, Malibu High School, 30215 Morning View Dr., Malibu, 310.457.6801.

 

December 8-9

 

Arboretum, a performance by Fauve Conspiracy under the direction of Rachel Rosenthal, Saturday 8:30pm/Sunday 7:30pm, $20, $15 students, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 310.315.1459.

 

December 8-9

 

The Best of the LA Cafe Plays, seven one-act plays from the popular “speed theatre” series, presented by Ruskin Group Theatre, 8pm, $10, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244.

 

December 8-10

 

The Clayhouse Annual Pottery Sale, Friday 6-9pm/Saturday 10am-5pm/ Sunday 10am-4pm, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.828.7071.

 

December 8

Films for Peace presents the documentary Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, 7:30pm, $5 donation, Café Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.9681.

 

John Lennon Vigil and Remembrance, 6pm, free, in front of Capitol Records, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 310.399.1000.

 

Spike and Mike’s Twisted Festival of Animation, plays Fridays and Saturdays at midnight, Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., 310.394.9741.  Also December 16.

 

Star of Wonder, astronomy show about the Star of Bethlehem, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC campus, 310.434.4223.

 

Works of Vivaldi, performed by the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, 8pm, $25, St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave., PP, 310.573.7787 x2.

 

December 9

Ciamarella, an award-winning ensemble, performs a chamber music concert, 4pm, pre-concert talk at 3:15pm, $30-$45, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 213.477.2952.

 

Herbicide, one-man show by Herb Astrow, 8pm, $20, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.  Also December 10, 7pm.

 

Expressions, paintings by artists Yvette Martini and SooSan Suryawan and porcelain sculptures by Tali Ilan, opening reception 5-7pm, through December 30, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.

 

Smash and Tickle, group exhibit of art, opening reception 7-10pm, through January 6, Sixteen: One Gallery, 2116-b Pico Blvd., 310.450.4394.

 

The Tabloid Witch Awards, no entry fee horror film contest, features seven films and audience Q and A with filmmakers, noon-5:15pm, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 

The View From Here, solo art exhibit by David Trulli, opening reception 8-11:30pm, through January 14, Copro Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.2156.

December 10

 

Cartoonist Paul Conrad is honored at a reception presented by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, with introduction by Robert Scheer, 4-6pm, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, RSVP to 310.230.2084.

 

The Mansfield Chamber Singers present a concert of works pertaining to light, 4pm, donation requested, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 958 Lincoln Blvd., 310.471.1247.

 

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, 4pm, $20-45 general, $29-39 seniors, $12 students, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA Campus, 310.458.4504 or 310.825.2101.

 

8th Annual Nihilist Film Festival, presented by Track 16, 8pm, $5, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.

 

December 11

 

Documental presents documentaries by women, The Landfill by Sharon Farrell, 7pm; Hearts Cracked Open by Betsy Kalin, 8:30pm, filmmakers will be present for discussion, other films at 6pm, free, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.

 

What’s The Story, storytelling works-in-progress, 8pm, $10 or pay-what-you-can, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

 

December 12

 

Getting Started With Solar, panel presentation on solar energy, 7-8:30pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

 

Ski/Snowboard Basic Maintenance, free talk, 7pm, REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.

 

December 13

 

Balloonhat, a documentary about a balloon twister, 8pm, free, pre-show at 7pm, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

 

The Play’s The Thing presents Mary Stuart by Friedrich von Schiller, starring Alex Kingston, to be recorded for radio broadcast on KPCC’s, through December 17, 8pm, followed by talk-back with actors, $20-$46, Skirball Cultural Center, 2710 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.827.0889. 3pm matinee on December 16.

 

December 14

 

Served (Gratuity Not Included), a comedy about waiting on tables, one night only, $15, benefits the Save the Playhouse Campaign, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.

 

Mark Your

Calendar

 

The MeshugaNutcracker, University of Judaism, December 16-17.

 

Community Announcements

 

Community Corporation of Santa Monica’s 2007 Affordable Housing Marketing List is now open. To be considered, pick up an appointment card at 1423 2nd St., Suite B, 8am-5pm December 11-14, December 18-21, December 26-28, January 2-4.

 

British ex-pats who wish to return to live in the U.K. are wanted for a new reality TV series for British ITV.  Families will be flown to London, all expenses paid, for a visit and can decide whether or not to re-emigrate. This is not a contest. Families can apply at the Continental Shop, 1619 Wilshire Blvd., 310.453.8655.

 

The Santa Monica Conservancy seeks volunteers to be trained as docents for a walking tour of downtown Santa Monica. Training sessions will be held in two-hour sessions on six consecutive Saturdays beginning January 6 through February 10, 310.496.3146.

 

The Fairview Library is looking for volunteer library tutors who will meet once a week with children in grades 1-5. To apply, call Sylvia Anderle, Fairview Branch Children’s Librarian, 310.450.0443.

 

The Getty Center and The Getty Villa are looking for volunteers ages 18 and over, no previous experience required, fluency in more than one language is helpful, training is provided. Day, evening and weekend shifts available. Call 310.440.7303 before December 31.

 

Santa Monica Playhouse’s Winter Break Create-A- Play Workshop is now accepting applications for children between the ages of 6 and 14, who will learn all aspects of play production during the holiday break, December 18-22. Enrollment is limited and acceptance is by interview only. For an appointment, call Cammy Truong at 310.394.9779 x673.

 

Stitches From The Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets and baby sweaters and hats for those in need. Please contact Kathy Silverton at 866.472.6903.

 

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