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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.

Robbie Conal Pop-Up Exhibition, through December 23, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.10.5

KOOZA, Cirque du Soleil, through December 20, 8pm Tuesdays-Thursdays, 4 and 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 1 and 5pm Sundays, $42-$125, Santa Monica Pier, 800.4501480.

Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take, through December 19, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station,


December 18

William Archila and Lynne Thompson, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Subversive Cinema, a new film series featuring experimental and political films, 7-10pm, free, 212 Pier Ave., 310.306.7330.

December 18-20

Broadopoly: A Game of Quest and Chance, performances by the SMC Musical Theatre Workshop, 8pm Friday, 2 and 8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday, $10, Theatre Arts Studio Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.

December 19

Mostly Mozart, SMC Opera Workshop Highlights, 7:30pm, $10, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3000.

Live Son Jarocho Music, traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico, 7:30-10pm, $10 donation, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.

The Spot Cafe presents Music & Comedy with Mike & Carol Ann and Tom Ahern, and the Violinist & the Lunatic, a musical comedy show with Marcie & Eddie Ed O’Brien, directed by Carol Ann Zuchowski, David Corrado MC, 7:30pm, The Spot Café, 4455 Overland Ave., CC, 310.559.5328.

Tribute to Franceye, memorial reading for a favorite local poet, open sign-ups, hosted by Amelie Frank and S.A. Griffin, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

December 20

I Love a Good Story, storytelling series hosted by Laurie Fraser and Chris Pina, 4pm, $10, Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., MV, 310.622.2046.

December 21

Give Yourself the Greatest Gift on Earth, seminar with success expert Chris Amen, 7:30pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.266.9930.

7 Dudley Cinema, film program, 6-10pm, free, Talking Stick Coffee House, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.306.7330.

Brett Woods’ Last Art Show of 2009, 11am-6pm, free, Serress Studio, 1219 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.985.4643.

Holiday Fun

December 19

Holiday Sale, 7-10pm, free, SPARC Bookstore, 685 Venice Blvd.,Venice, 310.822.9560.

Neighborhood Holiday Concert, presented by The Los Angeles Clarinet Institute, 2pm, free, 3725 May St., MV,

Holiday Caroling, a “jam session” in the neighborhood of the Church in Ocean Park, 4-6pm, free, call for more information, 310.399.1631.

December 24

Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, 3-9pm, free, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. LA, 213.972.3099. Also live on KCET-TV and kcet,org.

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 New Year’s Day

Nativity Scenes Display, Ocean Avenue and Arizona Avenue, Palisades Park, 310.577.2586.

Walk the Labyrinth at First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, a meditation event, 1-2pm Wednesdays through New Year’s, also noon-4pm New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1008 11th St., 310.393.8258.

Through January 10

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

Through January 31

Ice at Santa Monica, ice skating, $10 skate rental, 1324 5th St. (corner of 5th and Arizona), 310.393.8355.

Mark Your Calendar

Penguins Swim, New Year’s Day, Venice

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations, January 17-18

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