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This Week’s Guide To Santa Monica Dec. 9 To Dec. 15:

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A Christmas Carol, the Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department concludes the holiday classic, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” this Sunday, Dec. 11 in the Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd. Adapted and directed by SMC theatre arts professor Janie Jones, “A Christmas Carol” tells the well-known tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of the holiday season. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. show is added for Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets $10 to $15. A $1-per-ticket service charge is added. 310.434.4319,

“The Nutcracker,” the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents its 39th annual rendition of “The Nutcracker.” The complete and traditional ballet, from the Victorian-style party scene to the glittering Sugarplum Fairy. Concludes this weekend, Dec 10-11 at the Wadsworth Theatre. Performances at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Brentwood. Tickets for $30 at Search for Westside Ballet of Santa Monica Nutcracker.

Kelly Barrie: Mirror House, the large-format photographic work created especially for Project Room One at the Santa Monica Museum of Art concludes this Saturday, Dec. 10. The exhibit includes drawing, dance, performance, and digital collage. Barrie’s work investigates the relationship between historical memory and aesthetic practice—in this case, using Hurricane Katrina as the backdrop. Bergamot Station G-1, 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.586.6488,

Tantra Song: Contemporary Tantric Paintings from Rajasthan, is a collection of 39 anonymous works from India, made from 1985 to 2009, on display through this Saturday, Dec. 10. The process of painting these works is part of a spiritual practice, and the paintings themselves have specific qualities to guide private meditation. Santa Monica Museum of Art. Bergamot Station G-1, 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.586.6488,

Kids on Stage, presents its Annual Winter Play Festival featuring actors ages four to 17 years old from their Master Teen Troupe, Musical Theater and Imagination Theater Troupes. Performances of ‘101 Dalmatians” and “Footloose.” Adults $10, Children $5. Concludes this Wednesday, Dec. 14. The Kids On Stage Theater, 2627 Pico Blvd. 310.314.0035,


Friday, December 9

ALF Los Angeles Benefit, join Agabhumi the Best of Bali and the American Liver Foundation Los Angeles Division for “Getting Gifts that Give a Gift.” Shop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 20 percent of sales are donated to the ALF and their work providing research, education, and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis. Small bites and cocktails will be provided. 2665 Main St. 310.396.2422,

YWCA Winter Showcase, will feature dance routines choreographed and performed by instructors, staff, and Girl Central high/middle schoolgirls from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From belly dancing to hip hop, enjoy a sneak peak into the myriad of classes and programs offered at the YWCA. Tickets $5, children under five are free. 2019 14th St. 310.452.3881,

The Clayhouse Holiday Pottery Show and Sale, hundreds of pieces of handmade pottery, including bowls, platters, plates, vases, planters, teapots, cups, jars, sculpture, and more will be on sale. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2909 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.828.7071,

SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Cindy Bourquin, will perform at 7:30 p.m. The award-winning ensemble, which is backed by Los Angeles-area jazz musicians, blends its voices in a program specifically arranged for four-part harmony. Tickets $11. The Broad Stage. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3005,

Saturday, December 10

34th Annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run, join Santa for this festive walk/run from Santa Monica to Venice and return along the famous boardwalk to finish in Santa Monica. A great expo and food await finishers. Start times: 10K at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 9:15 a.m., Kids Fun Run at 10:15 am. Start/finish 2600 Barnard Way, at the light pole in the center of 2600 Ocean View Park. 424.254.2326,

Karma Rescue Pawliday Event, join Agabhumi the Best of Bali and Karma Rescue as they team up for their annual Pawliday Event. Shop from noon to 3 p.m. at Agabhumi and 20 percent of sales will be donated to Karma and their mission to rescue and place dogs from at-risk Los Angeles shelters. Small bites and cocktails will be served, plus a mini-adoption on site. 2665 Main St. 310.396.2422,

Breakfast with Santa at the Food Court at Santa Monica Place, in case you missed him the first time, join Santa for a special complimentary breakfast and meet and greet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. All will enjoy photos, giveaways, and fun activities. Event is free and open to the public but space is limited, RSVP at Level 3, Santa Monica Place. 310.260.8333,

Peter Pan, soar above Never Land with Wendy, Peter, and Rachael Worby as has she unlocks your imagination and invites you into a world of beautiful music, beautiful words and, of course – fairies. Performances at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets $20-$35. The Broad Stage. 1310 11th St 310.434.3200,

Santa Monica Symphony Plays Mathias, Ginastera, and Dvorak, the program includes works by William Mathias, Symphony favorite Alberto Ginastera, and master of melody Antonín Dvofiák. A pre-concert talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Free, no tickets or reservations required. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street

Fundraising for the Arts, Create:Fixate and Espacio Present “Eleven X Eleven Fundraising for the Arts – Holiday Style” from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The space to show all that moves and inspires us: art, design, fashion, architecture, food, music, and culture. 1657 12th Street. Pre-sale tickets for $30 at

One-Stop Emergency Prep Shop, the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management will host the second One Stop Prep Shop for emergency preparedness at the Santa Monica Main Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., local vendors, Fisher Lumber, REI, the Emergency Café, SOS Survival Products, and the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be on hand selling emergency preparedness supplies in the Main Library courtyard. 310.458.2263,

Festival Of Student Films, Santa Monica College is proud to present its traditional end-of-semester screening of student films produced by members of the SMC Student Filmmakers Association starting at 6:30 p.m. This is the culminating event that showcases the whole fall semester’s creative output of SMC student filmmaking. Room 165 of the Humanities & Social Sciences Complex,1900 Pico Blvd. The event is free, as is parking. 310.434.4588,

Holiday dog photos with Santa, join Take Me Home dog rescue for holiday photos with your “furbabies” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pose with Santa or roll with the Chanukah Dreidel. Suggested $20 donation. Donations will help orphans find homes for the holidays! All photos will be emailed. Gold’s Gym 360 Hampton Dr., Venice. 310.590.7233,

SMC Opera Theatre Highlights, under the direction of Gail Gordon, will perform at 7:30 p.m. The singers will perform arias and ensembles from the Baroque and Bel Canto. Tickets $10. The Broad Stage. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3005,

Mad Science, prepare to be amazed during this spectacular science-themed program aimed at children ages 5-12 years old at 2:30 p.m. Mad Science L.A. specializes in highly interactive, educational, and entertaining programs for families. This show will feature fascinating science demonstrations with air pressure, fire, bubbling potions, and more. Fairview Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.458.8681,

Sunday, December 11

Santa Monica Auctions – The Popular Art Auction, unlike the normal Fine Art motif of auctions past, this will be a liquidation sale of Illustration, Commercial Art, Original French Lithograph posters, Fine Art prints and posters, Pinup and Sports Art offered in both single and bulk lots. This free event begins at 1 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave Building I. 310.315.1937,

SMC Jazz Band, under the baton of Keith Fiddmont, will perform at 4 p.m. The concert features arrangements from master musicians as well as contemporary works from aspiring composers and arrangers. Tickets $11. The Broad Stage. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3005,

The Chris Dawson Quintet, will perform at 5 p.m. at the Jazz Vespers series at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. A jazz performance in the setting of the ancient tradition of evening vespers. Admission, parking, and childcare are free. 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.452.1116,

Humanist Association of Los Angeles, West Side Discussion Group meets at 11 a.m. at the Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway. Topic is “God is Nothing – Literally” with David Hernandez. This meeting is free and the public is invited.

Monday, December 12

Silent film Screening “Quality Street,” a timeless classic in which Marion Davies proves herself to be one of the most versatile actresses of the silent screen, will screen from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. Full of charm and yet sharp as only a well-machined farce can be, “Quality Street” (1927) received tremendous praise for its high production values, excellent cast, and superb direction. Free, reservations required. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. 310.458.4904,

PXL THIS 21, the 21st Annual Toy Camera Film Festival premieres at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (two different shows, with 6 p.m. pre-show) at Unurban. Free. 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. 310.315.0056,

Tuesday, December 13

SMC Annual Holiday Art Sale, will feature a wide range of works in various media, will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale will be held at the Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, located at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. An excellent choice for your holiday gift needs, the sale will include ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, prints, paintings, and drawings. 310.434.4230,

Wednesday, December 14

Advent Harp Vespers, be restored by 45 minutes of silence, prayer, and music featuring harp solos by Alison Bjorkedal starting at 7 p.m. Freewill offering/free parking. 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.452.1116,

SMC Concert Chorale, under the baton of Jeffe Huls, will perform at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339,” and the colorful “Gloria” of contemporary English composer John Rutter. Tickets $11. The Broad Stage. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3005,

Mystery Book Group, discussion at 7 p.m. of Ross Macdonald’s “The Drowning Pool” in which a private detective hired to investigate a poison pen letter discovers his employer’s mother-in-law dead in the family pool. The program is free and open to the public. Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave. 310.458.8682,

Thursday, December 15

LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artists in Concert, will perform a semi-staged abridged version of one of Mozart’s most popular comedies, Così fan tutte, in the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. This free concert welcomes all ages. Space is limited and on a first arrival basis, and tickets are available at 6 p.m. on the day of the concert. 310.458.8600,

Winter Choral Concert, the Santa Monica High School Winter Choral Concert will present its annual concert of Motus Perpetuus VII at 7 p.m. Choirs are strategically situated throughout Barnum Hall, with songs following each other without applause, from one piece to the next. The concert concludes with the traditional singing of The Hallelujah Chorus, for which audience alumni choristers are invited to the stage to join in. Donation $5 students, $10 adults at the door. Barnum Hall, Samohi campus. 601 Pico Blvd.

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