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The Good Woman of Szechwan, Bertolt Brecht’s parable about altruism, morality, and capitalism, through December 13, $10-$15, SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310. 434.4319.

Phillip Hyde Retrospective: 58 Years in the Wilderness, through December 11, SMC Photo Gallery, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.

Sally Lamb: Light and Shadow, through December 16, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.

A Little Night Music, the Stephen Sondheim musical, through December 12, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $23, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.

Love in Bloom, a musical Shakespeare spoof, through December 13, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 6pm Sundays, $20-$25, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.

SMC Emeritus College Faculty Art Show, through December 11, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.

Things We Do For Love, a play by Alan Ayckbourne, through December 13, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $14-16, Theatre Palisades’ Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Dr., PP, 310.454.1970.

The Trojan Women, new text of Euripides’ tragedy by Charles Duncombe, through December 13, (reopens January 9), 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays, $15-$25, Sundays pay what you can, City Garage, 1340 1/2 4th St.,

Without a Car In The World, exhibit of photographs by Diane Meyers with accompanying narratives from persons who live without a car in Los Angeles, through December 11, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.


December 11

Ghasem Batamuntu and Will Alexander, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Evening of Student Films, 7pm, free, Room 214, SMC Arts Complex, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

Nathan Gunn, baritone, 7:30pm, $55-$100, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St.,

Jane Austen Unscripted, an improv show based on Austen’s characters, through December 20, 7:30pm Fridays, 2 and 4:30pm Saturdays-Sundays, $35, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3200.

A Winter’s Solstice, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5-$9, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd, 310.434.3000.

December 11-13

Legacy, performance about Mormonism by Channing Sargent, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday, $15-$20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.306.1854.

December 12

Budget Travel Workshop: Australia and New Zealand, 11am, free, Hostelling International USA, 1434 2nd St., 310. 393.6263 x 24.

Frank Gaspar and Katherine Williams, poetry, 7:30pm, $5- $7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

My Antonia by Willa Cather is discussed by the Literature Book Group, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

December 13

Dan Barrett’s Sextet, 5pm, free (goodwill donation accepted), Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.

Project Room Opening and Release Party for Kevin McCollister’s East of West LA, photography exhibit, 7pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

December 14

Wisdom’s Way Video Series with Guy Finley and associates, video showings and Q & A, 7:30-8:30pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.266.9930.

December 15

Chamber Music Palisades plays Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, featuring narration by Royal Shakespeare Company’s Bryan Torfeh, 8pm, $25, St. Matthew’s Parish, 1031 Bienvenida, PP, 310.463.4388.

December 16

Discussion of Colm Toibin’s The Master, 7pm, free, Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Manage Family Stress During the Holidays, workshop with Dr. Jeanette Raymond, 6.30-7:30pm, free, Santa Monica YMCA. 1332 6th St., 310.985.2491.

December 17

Brett Woods Big Art Show Blowout Extravaganza, 11am-5:30pm, free, Serress Studio, 1219 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.985.4643.

Holiday Fun

December 11

Menorah Lighting Ceremony, sunset, free, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu,

December 12

A Christmas Carol Reading Out Loud, all are free to participate or listen, call for time, free, 1308 2nd St., 310.394.4178.

Marina Del Rey Boat Parade, with fireworks and holiday-themed decorated boats, fireworks 5:55pm, boat parade 6-8pm, free, observation points at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way or Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, MDR, 310.670.7130.

December 12-13

Conscious Holiday Gift Bazaar, raise the consciousness of the holiday season with “gifts for the soul,”10am-8pm, $5, LAX Hilton Hotel, 5711 Century Blvd., LA, 800.367.5777.

December 13

Doggie Holiday Costume Contest, free, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd. Malibu,

McCabe’s Umpteenth Annual Holiday Show, instructors play music, 7pm, free, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., 310.828.4497.

Nativity Scenes Display Opening Ceremony, with narration and Christmas music, 4pm, free, also procession of carolers forming at 3pm on Broadway and Third Street Promenade to walk to the display, through New Year’s Day, Ocean Avenue and Arizona Avenue, Palisades Park, 310.577.2586..

Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-A-Long, presented by KCRW, 7pm, $50-$100, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., –

Santa Monica LDS Stake presents the Christmas musical program “Good Will Towards All,” 7:30pm, free, 3400 Sawtelle Blvd., WLA, 310.689.6111.

December 15-16

SMC Holiday Student Art Sale, 11am-9pm, free, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, 1310 11th St., 310.434.4230.

December 17

Lyric Chorus of SMC Emeritus College, 11am, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Through December 20

Surfer Santa poses for photos with shoppers, Saturdays-Sundays, noon-4pm, free, also wine tasting with Santa and his Sexy Shoppers, 4pm Saturdays, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd. Malibu,

Through January 10

Topanga Canyon Gallery Holiday Art Show, Pine Tree Circle, 120 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.7909.

Mark Your Calendar

Franceye Tribute, Beyond Baroque, December 19

Santa Monica Pub Crawl, December 19

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