Natural Woodland Botanicals

15 Dec 18
A Way To Garden

WHAT REALLY PERPLEXED or downright frustrated gardeners in 2018? I asked that recently on Facebook and elsewhere, harvesting the final crop of Urgent Garden Questions for the year, and Ken Druse helped answer them as we do each month on the radio show and podcast. My longtime friend and fellow garden writer Ken of Ken […]

09 Dec 18
PHYLLIS ODESSEY

I’ve been reading Angela Duckworth’s book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  There are plants that have grit, tenacity and staying power.  Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture at The High Line, the first speaker at the Ecological Landscape Alliance Plant Conference talked about Tenacious Plants for Tough Places.  For those us who garden in places where grit […]

09 Dec 18
Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery

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07 Dec 18
Kabuki Rune

London is so pretty over Christmas, I kind of wish I still lived in close commuting distance, so I could go and visit the Christmas markets and lights without it being a 4/5 hour journey form here in Devon. There is so much to do and see in London, especially over Christmas, so I wanted […]

07 Dec 18
Daily News
    Take a self-guided tour of the displays at L.A. Zoo Lights through Jan. 6 (closed on Dec. 24-25). (Photo by Jamie Pham/Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   City of Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique: Shop for handmade items made by local artisans, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. 818-597-7361. Email: culturalarts@ci.agoura-hills.ca.us Remember Pearl Harbor: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10049 and veterans organizations in Simi Valley hold a commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the attack in Hawaii, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Reservations required. Simi Valley Town Center, Center Court, Suite 200, VFW Museum of Military History, 1555 Simi Town Center, Simi Valley. Tony Boucher, 805-377-7926. Email: Wayne Wright at vfwso10049@sbcglobal.net Pacoima Christmas Parade: The 51st annual event with Assemblymember Luz Rivas as grand marshal, 9 a.m. Dec. 8. The parade kicks off at Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Route: Van Nuys Boulevard to Herrick Avenue. bit.ly/2DYnDWc Friends of Hart Park Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair: Shop for fashion accessories, gift baskets, fabric creations, jewelry and gift items, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Free admission. William S. Hart Regional Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Al Ewing, 661-259-1750. Email: aewing@parks.lacounty.gov Valley Brewery Tour: Cassie Angel leads the tour that includes behind-the-scenes of four breweries, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Minimum age 21. Tickets $69 online. Tour departs from Valley Relics Museum, 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). www.myvalleypass.com Light Up Valley Village: Take the Holiday Trolley to four locations and enjoy an art show and sale, holiday crafting, shopping and treats, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Locations include: Magnolia Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue; The Art Parlor, 5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Carter Sexton Artist’s Materials, 5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd.; Marie et Cie, 11704 Riverside Drive; Val Surf, 4810 Whitsett Ave. Bring a canned food item to be donated to the North Hollywood Food Pantry (drop off at the Neighborhood Council Valley Village table at Magnolia and Whitsett). 818-759-8204. bit.ly/2BKAFEm Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade: Fireworks show, 5:55 p.m., followed by “Holiday Water Wonderland” theme decorated boats circling the main channel of the marina, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is grand marshal. Viewing areas include: Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, and also Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way. Check website for boat tour options. Earlier in the day, “Snow Wonder” event with arts and crafts for sale and snow play, noon-6 p.m. (Burton Chace Park). Check website for parking ideas. 310-670-7130. mdrboatparade.org Parade of Lights in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor: “Heroes on Holiday” theme for the decorated boat parade, 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Waterfront viewing in various locations including parks, restaurants and walkways. Also, boat charters are available. Route begins in front of Peninsula Park, to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp and continues to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats once. Earlier in the day, arts and crafts vendors, 10 a.m.; snow play, noon; and Santa Claus appearance (noon-4 p.m.) at Harbor View Park, off of Harbor Boulevard, near Marine Emporium Landing (3600 Harbor Blvd.). www.channelislandsharbor.org UCLA Health’s Walk with a Doc: A UCLA physician gives a 15-minute talk on ways to improve health followed by the inaugural walk at Lake Balboa, 9 a.m. Dec. 9. All ages and walking speeds. Walk also scheduled for the second Sunday of the month in the new year. Meet at the southwest portion of Lake Balboa, near the parking lot entrance. 6200 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. www.uclahealth.org/walk-with-a-doc Holiday in the Park – Strathearn Historical Park and Museum: Simi Valley Historical Society presents informal tours of the park’s historic buildings, musical entertainment and shopping in the General Store, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9. Santa and Mrs. Claus available for photos from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. 805-526-6453. www.simihistory.com Culinary Historians of Southern California – Exploring Indo Dutch Fusion: Author Jeff Keasberry discusses the topic, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. His cookbook, “Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets: Stories and Favorite Family Recipes,” will be available for purchase after the program. Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. chsocal.org Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Toy Drive: The group collects new, unwrapped toys for later distribution by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to foster and needy children, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9. Santa Claus visit. Check website for toys by age suggestions. Gelson’s parking lot, 4520 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-377-4590. www.shermanoaks914.com Wild Bunch Car Club’s Car Show and toy drive: noon-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Bring new, unwrapped toys, games or gift cards (for teens) to be donated to Alliance of Relative Caregivers (allianceofrelativecaregivers.org). California Car Cover, 9525 De Soto Ave., Chatsworth. bit.ly/2L4NDQd Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival: Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth presents “A Country Christmas” theme parade, 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Route: Devonshire Street from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, east on Devonshire to Lurline Avenue. Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 818-489-6423. www.chatsworthkiwanis.org Hanukkah in the Foothills: Learn about Hanukkah at the celebration that includes food, games, music and raffles, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Elks Lodge, 10137 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. bit.ly/2KWfnqm Ice Skating Rink in Burbank: Opens 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 13. Learn to skate lessons for all ages on Saturday mornings ($25). Learn curling with Hollywood Curling, 9 a.m.-9:50 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 16-Jan. 6 (admission $20). Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Jan. 6. Admission $12; $5 skate rental. Corner of Orange Grove Avenue and Third Street. 818-806-8551. bit.ly/2Qscsux Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream: An ice skating extravaganza with Disney characters, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Tickets $16 and up. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2re1oTC Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks: “Rockin’ on the Dock Side of the Moon,” a 1970s theme parade with decorated power and sail boats cruising the harbor twice, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Fireworks, around 8 p.m. Earlier in the day, “Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace,” 1-5 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer photo opportunity (bring your own camera). Check website for booking cruises by Island Packers and Ventura Boat Rentals, and also other activities. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 805-477-0470. www.venturaharborvillage.com  Rancho de la Cordillera Foundation Holiday Concert Show and Art Exhibition: The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and wine, 5:30, followed by a candlelight procession to the New Mission Theatre for the concert and art exhibition, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $60; $50 seniors; $30 students (includes a buffet dinner, 8 p.m.). Reservations required. 9015 Wilbur Ave., Northridge. 818-933-1669. New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance Party: Event for those over age 40 includes a three-course sit-down dinner and two bands, champagne toast and noise makers, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Tickets $119 until Dec. 15; $139 after Dec. 15. Reservations required. Valet parking $10. Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. 818-554-2262. www.bestover40nyepartyinla.com   ONGOING   L.A. Zoo Lights: Self-guided tour of light displays including animal constellations, a disco ball forest, the Twinkle Tunnel and water show. Hours: 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 (except closed on Dec. 24-25). Admission varies from $14.95 to $21.95 for ages 13 and older, and $11.95 to $16.95 ages 2-12; check website for VIP admission. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. www.lazoolights.org   ART   Clayhouse Holiday Pottery Sale: Members of the high-fire pottery studio, established in 1971, sell decorative and practical ceramics, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. 310-828-7071. www.theclayhousesantamonica.com Brian Valente: “Landscapes,” photography. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique, also part of the event, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Gallery hours: business hours at the center. Exhibit runs through December. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. 818-597-7361. www.brianvalentephotography.com Paint-out with Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore: Oil painter Annie Hoffman gives a demonstration, 9 a.m. Dec. 8, followed by the paint-out. Bring your own art supplies and lunch. Rain cancels. Meet in the parking lot by the visitor’s center. King Gillette Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center Visitor Center, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Bruce, 818-397-1576 or email: bmtrentham@charter.net. Russell, 310-500-6584 or email: hunz1234@mac.com. allied-artists.com   ONGOING ART   CSUN Art Galleries: “Nancy Youdelman – Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017.” Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 8. Use parking lot E6 at Halsted Street and Lindley Avenue. Main Gallery is located in the Art and Design Center on North University Drive (Plummer Street). 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-2156. www.csun.edu/artgalleries San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center: “Uncommon Threads,” group show of fiber, quilting and weaving. Artists are from Frayed Edges, and also Surface Art Association. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 22. Parking in the rear lot beyond the alley (do not park in front of any industrial doors in the courtyard). 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. 818-697-5525. www.sfvacc.org Santa Clarita Artists’ Association: “Holiday Sparkle,” group show. Gallery hours: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 208 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (call to confirm hours). Exhibit runs through Dec. 30. SCAA Art Gallery, 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. 661-244-7689. www.santaclaritaartists.org Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center: “Diana La Com: Beauty in Quiet Places.”  Exhibit and sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (except closed on Christmas Day). 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 805-370-2302. Email: samo@wnpa.org. Hauser & Wirth: Three exhibits: “Calder: Nonspace,” (through Jan. 6);  “Zoe Leonard.Analogue” (through Jan. 20) and “Julian Rosefeldt.Manifesto” (through Jan. 6). Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles. 213-943-1620. www.hauserwirth.com Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: “Here,” a group show by artists exploring real and imagined boundaries. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Closed on official City of Los Angeles holidays. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6. The gallery is in Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-644-6269. www.lamag.org Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University: “Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene.”  Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 10. The gallery is in the Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-493-3697. callutheran.edu/kwanfong Brand Library & Art Center: “Nexus II” group show, mini solo exhibitions from “Ermsy: “Saying Yes to Saying No,” “Drew Merritt: The Overture,” “Robert Proch: In Women We Trust” and “Super A: Domestication,” an installation and a mural by Bumblebeelovesyou and sculptural installations by Spenser Little. Exhibits are open during library hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Exhibits run through Jan. 11. Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. www.brandlibrary.org Leica Gallery Los Angeles: “Islands,” fine art photography by David Darby, Charlie Lieberman and Mandy Walker, members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 13. 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. 424-777-0341. leicagalleryla.com/upcoming-exhibitions Fahey/Klein Gallery: “Mark Seliger: Photographs.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 19. 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323-934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com Radiant Space: “Peter Mars: Gold Rush.” Gallery hours: call for hours or email: info@radiantspaceLA.com. Exhibit runs through Jan. 19. 1444 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Los Angeles. 323-522-4496. radiantspacela.com Debbi Singer: “AffirmSHEArt – Working It Out in Paint.” Art on view during restaurant hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through February. Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 320-586-1111. www.theupperwest.com   BOOKS   Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Bring your own bag/box for purchases. 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. 818-343-1983. www.lapl.org/branches/encino-tarzana Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. 14245 Moorpark St. 818-205-9716. www.lapl.org/branches/sherman-oaks Sarah Gavigan: Signs “Ramen Otaku: Mastering Ramen at Home” on two dates and venues: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8 (Giant Robot, 2015 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles; 310-478-1819) and 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (NowServing LA, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles; 213-395-0627; bit.ly/2BNVC1p). Shirley Chung: Signs “Chinese Heritage Cooking from My American Kitchen,” 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. bit.ly/2DYYj1x Arminé Iknadossian: Discusses and signs her book of poetry, “All That Wasted Fruit,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Abril Bookstore, 415 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-243-4112. abrilbooks.com   COMEDY   Comedy Mashup: Improv and stand-up, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Minimum age 18. Tickets $12 in advance; $18. The Main, 24266 Main St., Newhall. atthemain.org/tickets The Society Comedy Troupe: Improv with some audience participation, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $15; $12 seniors and students. The Main, 24266 Main St., Newhall. atthemain.org/tickets Live Standup Comedy on the Hill: Comedy from Monique Marvez and Brandon Vestal, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Minimum age 18. Doors open, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12; $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 805-381-1246. www.hillcrestarts.com Howie Mandel and Jeff Dunham: The comedians perform a fundraiser for people affected by the Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks and the Woolsey fire, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $44 and up. Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com   DANCE   American Contemporary Ballet: The Nutcracker Suite. Performances: 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 8 p.m. Dec. 14; dates through Dec. 24. Tickets $50 and up. One California Plaza, 18th floor, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. acbdances.com Glendale Community College Faculty/Alumni Dance Concert: 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. No children under age 5. Free. Glendale College Mainstage Auditorium, 1500 N. Verdugo Road. 818-240-1000, Ext. 5494. www.glendale.edu/dance Nochebuena – Christmas Eve in Mexico: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $34-$79. The Soraya at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org An Irish Christmas: Kerry Irish Productions Inc. presents an evening of Irish dance, traditional music and singing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14. Tickets $47; $50. Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com/an-irish-christmas California Dance Ensemble: The Nutcracker, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $22-$37. Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center, 22855 W. Mulholland Highway. www.californiadanceensemble.org Los Angeles Youth Ballet: Ballet stars Brooklyn Mack and Ashley Murphy guest star in The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets $25 and up. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 818-243-2539. www.alextheatre.org   MUSEUM   Natural History Museum: Dec. 7: “Art of the Jewel: The Crevoshay Collection,” art and science behind the jewelry designed by Paula Crevoshay, through May 12. Admission $12; $9 ages 62 and older and students; $5 ages 3-12. 900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3466. www.nhm.org Forest Lawn Museum–Glendale: Dec. 11: “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” through April 7. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. 1712 S. Glendale Blvd. 323-340-4545. www.wovexhibition.org; www.forestlawn.com   ONGOING MUSEUM   Annenberg Space for Photography: “Joel Sartore: National Geographic Photo Ark,” traveling exhibit of animal images, through Jan. 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. 213-403-3000. www.annenbergphotospace.org California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks: “Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities,” through Feb. 17. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $6. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. www.cmato.org Craft & Folk Art Museum: “Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda,” interactive installation; “Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters,” large-scale collage paintings; “Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love,” paper-cut paintings, sculptures and an adobe structure. All three exhibits run through Jan. 6. Museum hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. First Thursday of the month: evening hours 6:30-9:30 p.m. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.cafam.org Fowler Museum at UCLA: “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths,” through Dec. 30. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” touring set of artworks from Kenya, Oman, Tanzania and Yemen, through Feb. 10. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Wednesday; noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free admission. 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood. 310-825-4361. www.fowler.ucla.edu The Getty Center: “MONUMENTality,” the meaning and role of monuments in today’s culture, through April 21 (at the Getty Research Institute). Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Parking $15; $10 after 3 p.m. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu Japanese American National Museum: “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit,” contemporary photos taken by photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. and paired to photos shot by a variety of photographers, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, of Japanese Americans who were forcibly incarcerated during World War II, through April 28. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission $12; $6 seniors and students; free for ages 5 and younger. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. janm.org/gambatte Los Angeles County Museum of Art: “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” through March 17. “West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995,” through April 21. “Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile,” first time that the 190 panels installation is shown in its entirety, through June 9. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $20; $16 ages 65 and older and students; free for ages 17 and younger. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6000. www.lacma.org Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum: “An American Christmas,” 25 trees decorated with Americana ornaments, plus a display of handcrafted Hanukkiahs that were given to the president while in the White House, through Jan. 6 (museum admission includes this exhibit; bit.ly/2PNtWRO). “Holidays Lights,” an outdoor event with animated displays, lasers, LEDs, 3D projections, music and interactive photo ops, 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 (except closed on Nov. 30; Dec. 1 and 24-25 and Jan. 1; admission $17 ages 18 and older; $12 ages 3-17; bit.ly/2JMf3dc). Ongoing: “Pompeii,” through April 21. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission to the museum includes the special exhibits “An American Christmas” and “Pompeii”: $29; $26 ages 62 and older; $19 ages 11-17; $16 ages 3-10. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 805-577-4066. www.reaganfoundation.org Skirball Cultural Center: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” through March 10. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $12; $9 seniors; $7 ages 2-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org Valley Relics Museum: Explore the collection of San Fernando Valley memorabilia. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10; $8 seniors; free for ages 10 and younger (also, free from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursdays). 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). 818-616-4083.  valleyrelicsmuseum.org; www.facebook.com/valleyrelics   MUSIC   John Burroughs High School Holiday Spectacular: “From: All of Us, To: All of You,” choral, dance and music performances, 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $15; $10 seniors and students; reserved seats $25. 1920 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. www.jbhsvma.com St. Matthew’s Music Guild’s Holiday Concert: The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s and the Choir and Soloists of the parish perform music by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $35. 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. 310-573-7422. musicguildonline.org A Thousand Thoughts – A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet: 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $29 and up. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 310-825-2101. bit.ly/2QaQSeT Nancy Wilson: One of the founding members of Heart performs, 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Check website for opening acts. Tickets $24. Tickets are for standing only; check website for other prices; minimum $25 menu items for table seating. The Canyon Santa Clarita, 24201 Valencia Blvd. 888-645-5006. bit.ly/2DX4cwe Chatsworth Charter High School Jazz Band and Choir Holiday Concert: Director Michael Turner leads the students in traditional and new holiday tunes, 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Chatsworth Branch Library, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Valley Ragtime Stomp: Amateur and professional musicians perform ragtime-era music, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Free admission. Henri’s Restaurant, 21601 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Ron, 439-9048. Email: ragtimeron@gmail.com Los Robles Master Chorale: A Joyful Noise! family concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $30; $15 students. Main Stage Performing Arts and Education Center at Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway. 805-526-7464. losroblesmasterchorale.org San Fernando Valley Chorale’s Holiday Serenade: Sacred and secular Christmas music, 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Doors open 15 minutes before concert. Tickets $10; $5 children. Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. 818-477-2025. www.sfvchorale.blogspot.com Camarillo Community Band Christmas Concert: Holiday favorites and a sing-along, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Free. Community Center, auditorium, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. 805-530-6370. www.camarillocommunityband.com St. James Sunday Concerts – Here We Come A’Caroling: The Chancel Choir, the Early Music Ensemble and the Kirk Singers perform a variety holiday music, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Free admission; an offering will be taken. St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. 818-345-2057. Holiday Sing-a-Long at The Shoppes at Westlake Village: The City of Westlake Village co-presents the event, 4-5:15 p.m. Dec. 9. Event includes decorating activities (while supplies last) and photo opportunities with Mary Poppins and Bert and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Casa Pacific and/or canned food items to be donated to Manna Food Pantry. Rain does not cancel. Fountain Courtyard, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. 818-706-1613. www.wlv.org/singalong Handel’s Messiah at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: The Cathedral Choir, the Dream Orchestra and the Opera Chorus of Los Angeles perform, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $10-$40. 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. www.dreamorchestra.org Medicine Hat: Rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s and early 1970s, 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Minimum age 21. Two-drink minimum. Lane 33 at Winnetka Bowl, 21022 Vanowen St., Winnetka. www.sfvsymphony.com Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles – Calling All Angels: The choir’s “Holiday Spectacular,” 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $20-$90. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 818-243-2539. www.alextheatre.org; gmcla.org/gmcla3 St. Francis de Sales Choir Holiday Concert: Director Jeannine Wagner conducts the choir, 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Free admission. St. Francis de Sales Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. www.sfdschoir.org San Fernando Valley Master Chorale’s Holidays in the Valley: The concert includes selections from Handel’s Messiah, new arrangements of holiday classics and sing-alongs, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. First Presbyterian Church of Encino, 4963 Balboa Blvd., Encino. 818-383-2837. www.sfvmc.com San Fernando Valley Male Chorus’ Holiday Show: Director Matthew Park conducts the chorus in “Joy! Joy! Joy!” concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $18. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 23838 Kittridge St., West Hills. Bob, 818-888-8345. Email: buckeyepb@socal.rr.com Valley Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert: Henry Shin conducts the young musicians orchestra with music from Bernstein, Brahms, Strauss and holiday music, 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $10. In-Christ Community Church, 19514 Rinaldi St., Northridge. 213-458-4618. www.valleyphil.org   MUSIC VENUES   Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live!, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 ($81 and up, Kavli Theatre). Tickets have added fees. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com The Soraya at Cal State Northridge: Canadian Brass, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 ($39 and up); Dianne Reeves, 8 p.m. Dec. 15 ($34 and up); Rosanne Cash, 8 p.m. Feb. 17 ($39 and up). 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org Walt Disney Concert Hall: Trey Anastasio, 8 p.m. Dec. 7 ($65 and up); Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with music by Ives and Tchaikovsky, 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 ($61 and up); Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, with music by Brahms, 8 p.m. Dec. 13 ($71 and up); A Chanticleer Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 19 ($39 and up); Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and the Manhattan Transfer, 8 p.m. Dec. 20 ($39 and up); Swinging Christmas with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band, 8 p.m. Dec. 21 ($39 and up); New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini, 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 ($76 and up). Tickets have added fees. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.laphil.com   THEATER   Santasia: A comedy by Brandon Loeser and Shaun Loeser with musical parodies and holiday silliness, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 23. Also, 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23. Tickets $28 online; $40. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. www.santasia.com Durang/Durang: Pierce College Theatre performs one-act comedies by Christopher Durang, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $20; $15 seniors; $12 students. Performing Arts Mainstage, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-719-6488. bit.ly/2Rme3zk Impro Theatre’s 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza: Audience suggestions set off an unscripted comedy and music show reminiscent of hosted television holiday specials, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $55 and up. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101. www.garrymarshalltheatre.org 1940s Christmas at Club Sweet Lorraine’s: City Garage Theatre presents Sharon L. Graine’s musical about a Christmas Eve after-hours nightclub where celebrities gather, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students. 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica. 310-453-9939. www.citygarage.org Special: A premiere of a new comedy by Andrew Osborne about “The Stars Wars Holiday Special” and how it came to be, preview 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Opens, 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 13. No show on Dec. 16. Added show, 8 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $10 preview; $20 on Thursday and Sunday; $25 on Friday-Saturday; $35 on Dec. 31. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. 800-838-3006. specialtheplay.com/tickets Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen Unscripted: Audience suggestions lead to unusual situations for marriageable young ladies and available, or unsuitable, partners, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 5 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $45 and up. The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 310-434-3200. www.thebroadstage.org Lythgoe Family Panto – The Wonderful Winter of Oz: An updated version of the “The Wizard of Oz” story told in the style of a traditional British panto, 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22-23; dates through Dec. 30. Tickets $60 and up. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. americanpanto.com/wonderful-winter-of-oz The King and I: The musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon that was based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, opens 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 28; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 29; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets $39 and up. Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2775. broadwayinthousandoaks.com   ONGOING THEATER   It’s a Wonderful Life: Theatre West on the Air Players perform a radio drama, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $25. 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. theatrewest.org The Little Foxes: Antaeus Theatre Co. presents Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play about greed. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 10. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $35. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-506-1983. www.antaeus.org Exit Wounds: World premiere of a play by Wendy Graf about a woman who has retreated from a tragic event that has affected three family generations. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 15. Tickets $38. Grove Theater Center, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-838-3006. www.hartnpi.org/tickets Hansel and Gretel: Los Angeles Opera presents the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. Show runs 2 p.m. Dec. 9; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $18 and up. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-8001. laopera.org Julius Caesar: Irreverent Shakespeare Co. presents an all-female cast. Minimum age 14. Dec. 7-9 at a private residence in Pasadena; and Dec. 15 at Hudson Loft, 1200 S. Hope St. (indoors), Los Angeles. Tickets $20. www.irreverentshakespeare.com Cost of Living: A play by Martyna Majok about four people, two with disabilities, who are coping with life. The play won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $40; $45 VIP; $35 ages 65 and older; $25 students. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com Not That Jewish: Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a one-woman play by Monica Piper. Show runs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets $40 in advance; $45 at the door. The Braid, Performance and Art Space, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. 310-315-1400. www.jewishwomenstheatre.org Confederates: A play by Suzanne Bradbeer about two journalists deciding on publishing a compromising photo of a presidential candidate’s daughter. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec.7; 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $38. Grove Theater Center, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-838-3006. www.hartnpi.org/tickets She Loves Me: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents the musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff, based on Miklós László’s 1937 play “Perfumerie,” about two shop clerks who don’t get along but who are, unknowingly, pen pals. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets $39; $35 ages 60 and older; $30 students. Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood). 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org Steambath: The play by Bruce Jay Friedman about a group of recently deceased people, an encounter with God and the meaning of life. Mature audience: adult themes and partial nudity. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets $32; $37. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2. www.odysseytheatre.com Welcome to Illyria! or An Exceedingly Silly Retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Four Clowns present the comedy experience. Minimum age 13. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $12 online; $15; $10 online and at the door for 2 p.m. Sunday shows. Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. 1238 W. First St., Los Angeles. welcometoillyria.bpt.me King Lear: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s tragedy. Minimum age 13. Show runs 7 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday through Dec. 17. Tickets $15. 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-202-4120. zombiejoes.com A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens: Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Charles Dickens (David Melville) reading his story along with dramatic sound effects, interjections and music (by Kalean Ung). Minimum age 8. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 23. Tickets $25; $35. Independent Studio at the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #130, Los Angeles. 818-710-6306. www.iscla.org Sugar Plum Fairy: A play by Sandra Tsing Loh about a 12-year-old girl who dreams of performing in The Nutcracker. Minimum age 8. Fun dress code: ugly holiday sweaters, holiday hats or tutus. Show runs 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 23. Tickets: $35/$41; $29/$34 ages 65 and older; $15/$18 ages 12 and younger. Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. skylighttheatre.org A Carol Christmas: The Group Rep presents a new musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” about a woman TV host wanting her staff to work through the holidays. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com Dixie’s Tupperware Party: One-woman comedy by Dixie Longate (Kris Andersson). Show runs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets $35 and up. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 213-628-2772. www.dixiestupperwareparty.com Wicked: The musical by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, based on the Gregory McGuire novel, a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Minimum recommended age 8; no one ages 4 and younger. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 11-14; dates through Jan. 27. Tickets $62 and up. Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Theatre, 323-468-1770. Tickets, 800-982-2787. www.hollywoodpantages.com Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Storybook Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the fairy tale by Richard Berent, Scott Martin and Rob Meurer. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturday through March 2. Tickets $15; $12 children. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 818-761-2203. www.theatrewest.org Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
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    Take a self-guided tour of the displays at L.A. Zoo Lights through Jan. 6 (closed on Dec. 24-25). (Photo by Jamie Pham/Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   City of Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique: Shop for handmade items made by local artisans, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. 818-597-7361. Email: culturalarts@ci.agoura-hills.ca.us Remember Pearl Harbor: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10049 and veterans organizations in Simi Valley hold a commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the attack in Hawaii, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Reservations required. Simi Valley Town Center, Center Court, Suite 200, VFW Museum of Military History, 1555 Simi Town Center, Simi Valley. Tony Boucher, 805-377-7926. Email: Wayne Wright at vfwso10049@sbcglobal.net Pacoima Christmas Parade: The 51st annual event with Assemblymember Luz Rivas as grand marshal, 9 a.m. Dec. 8. The parade kicks off at Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Route: Van Nuys Boulevard to Herrick Avenue. bit.ly/2DYnDWc Friends of Hart Park Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair: Shop for fashion accessories, gift baskets, fabric creations, jewelry and gift items, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Free admission. William S. Hart Regional Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Al Ewing, 661-259-1750. Email: aewing@parks.lacounty.gov Valley Brewery Tour: Cassie Angel leads the tour that includes behind-the-scenes of four breweries, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Minimum age 21. Tickets $69 online. Tour departs from Valley Relics Museum, 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). www.myvalleypass.com Light Up Valley Village: Take the Holiday Trolley to four locations and enjoy an art show and sale, holiday crafting, shopping and treats, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Locations include: Magnolia Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue; The Art Parlor, 5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Carter Sexton Artist’s Materials, 5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd.; Marie et Cie, 11704 Riverside Drive; Val Surf, 4810 Whitsett Ave. Bring a canned food item to be donated to the North Hollywood Food Pantry (drop off at the Neighborhood Council Valley Village table at Magnolia and Whitsett). 818-759-8204. bit.ly/2BKAFEm Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade: Fireworks show, 5:55 p.m., followed by “Holiday Water Wonderland” theme decorated boats circling the main channel of the marina, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is grand marshal. Viewing areas include: Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, and also Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way. Check website for boat tour options. Earlier in the day, “Snow Wonder” event with arts and crafts for sale and snow play, noon-6 p.m. (Burton Chace Park). Check website for parking ideas. 310-670-7130. mdrboatparade.org Parade of Lights in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor: “Heroes on Holiday” theme for the decorated boat parade, 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Waterfront viewing in various locations including parks, restaurants and walkways. Also, boat charters are available. Route begins in front of Peninsula Park, to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp and continues to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats once. Earlier in the day, arts and crafts vendors, 10 a.m.; snow play, noon; and Santa Claus appearance (noon-4 p.m.) at Harbor View Park, off of Harbor Boulevard, near Marine Emporium Landing (3600 Harbor Blvd.). www.channelislandsharbor.org UCLA Health’s Walk with a Doc: A UCLA physician gives a 15-minute talk on ways to improve health followed by the inaugural walk at Lake Balboa, 9 a.m. Dec. 9. All ages and walking speeds. Walk also scheduled for the second Sunday of the month in the new year. Meet at the southwest portion of Lake Balboa, near the parking lot entrance. 6200 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. www.uclahealth.org/walk-with-a-doc Holiday in the Park – Strathearn Historical Park and Museum: Simi Valley Historical Society presents informal tours of the park’s historic buildings, musical entertainment and shopping in the General Store, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9. Santa and Mrs. Claus available for photos from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. 805-526-6453. www.simihistory.com Culinary Historians of Southern California – Exploring Indo Dutch Fusion: Author Jeff Keasberry discusses the topic, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. His cookbook, “Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets: Stories and Favorite Family Recipes,” will be available for purchase after the program. Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. chsocal.org Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Toy Drive: The group collects new, unwrapped toys for later distribution by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to foster and needy children, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9. Santa Claus visit. Check website for toys by age suggestions. Gelson’s parking lot, 4520 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-377-4590. www.shermanoaks914.com Wild Bunch Car Club’s Car Show and toy drive: noon-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Bring new, unwrapped toys, games or gift cards (for teens) to be donated to Alliance of Relative Caregivers (allianceofrelativecaregivers.org). California Car Cover, 9525 De Soto Ave., Chatsworth. bit.ly/2L4NDQd Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival: Kiwanis Club of Chatsworth presents “A Country Christmas” theme parade, 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Route: Devonshire Street from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, east on Devonshire to Lurline Avenue. Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 818-489-6423. www.chatsworthkiwanis.org Hanukkah in the Foothills: Learn about Hanukkah at the celebration that includes food, games, music and raffles, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Elks Lodge, 10137 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. bit.ly/2KWfnqm Ice Skating Rink in Burbank: Opens 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 13. Learn to skate lessons for all ages on Saturday mornings ($25). Learn curling with Hollywood Curling, 9 a.m.-9:50 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 16-Jan. 6 (admission $20). Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Jan. 6. Admission $12; $5 skate rental. Corner of Orange Grove Avenue and Third Street. 818-806-8551. bit.ly/2Qscsux Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream: An ice skating extravaganza with Disney characters, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Tickets $16 and up. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2re1oTC Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks: “Rockin’ on the Dock Side of the Moon,” a 1970s theme parade with decorated power and sail boats cruising the harbor twice, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Fireworks, around 8 p.m. Earlier in the day, “Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace,” 1-5 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer photo opportunity (bring your own camera). Check website for booking cruises by Island Packers and Ventura Boat Rentals, and also other activities. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 805-477-0470. www.venturaharborvillage.com  Rancho de la Cordillera Foundation Holiday Concert Show and Art Exhibition: The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and wine, 5:30, followed by a candlelight procession to the New Mission Theatre for the concert and art exhibition, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $60; $50 seniors; $30 students (includes a buffet dinner, 8 p.m.). Reservations required. 9015 Wilbur Ave., Northridge. 818-933-1669. New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance Party: Event for those over age 40 includes a three-course sit-down dinner and two bands, champagne toast and noise makers, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Tickets $119 until Dec. 15; $139 after Dec. 15. Reservations required. Valet parking $10. Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. 818-554-2262. www.bestover40nyepartyinla.com   ONGOING   L.A. Zoo Lights: Self-guided tour of light displays including animal constellations, a disco ball forest, the Twinkle Tunnel and water show. Hours: 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 (except closed on Dec. 24-25). Admission varies from $14.95 to $21.95 for ages 13 and older, and $11.95 to $16.95 ages 2-12; check website for VIP admission. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. www.lazoolights.org   ART   Clayhouse Holiday Pottery Sale: Members of the high-fire pottery studio, established in 1971, sell decorative and practical ceramics, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. 310-828-7071. www.theclayhousesantamonica.com Brian Valente: “Landscapes,” photography. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique, also part of the event, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Gallery hours: business hours at the center. Exhibit runs through December. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. 818-597-7361. www.brianvalentephotography.com Paint-out with Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore: Oil painter Annie Hoffman gives a demonstration, 9 a.m. Dec. 8, followed by the paint-out. Bring your own art supplies and lunch. Rain cancels. Meet in the parking lot by the visitor’s center. King Gillette Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center Visitor Center, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Bruce, 818-397-1576 or email: bmtrentham@charter.net. Russell, 310-500-6584 or email: hunz1234@mac.com. allied-artists.com   ONGOING ART   CSUN Art Galleries: “Nancy Youdelman – Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017.” Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 8. Use parking lot E6 at Halsted Street and Lindley Avenue. Main Gallery is located in the Art and Design Center on North University Drive (Plummer Street). 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-2156. www.csun.edu/artgalleries San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center: “Uncommon Threads,” group show of fiber, quilting and weaving. Artists are from Frayed Edges, and also Surface Art Association. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 22. Parking in the rear lot beyond the alley (do not park in front of any industrial doors in the courtyard). 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. 818-697-5525. www.sfvacc.org Santa Clarita Artists’ Association: “Holiday Sparkle,” group show. Gallery hours: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 208 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (call to confirm hours). Exhibit runs through Dec. 30. SCAA Art Gallery, 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. 661-244-7689. www.santaclaritaartists.org Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center: “Diana La Com: Beauty in Quiet Places.”  Exhibit and sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (except closed on Christmas Day). 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 805-370-2302. Email: samo@wnpa.org. Hauser & Wirth: Three exhibits: “Calder: Nonspace,” (through Jan. 6);  “Zoe Leonard.Analogue” (through Jan. 20) and “Julian Rosefeldt.Manifesto” (through Jan. 6). Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles. 213-943-1620. www.hauserwirth.com Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: “Here,” a group show by artists exploring real and imagined boundaries. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Closed on official City of Los Angeles holidays. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6. The gallery is in Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-644-6269. www.lamag.org Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University: “Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene.”  Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 10. The gallery is in the Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-493-3697. callutheran.edu/kwanfong Brand Library & Art Center: “Nexus II” group show, mini solo exhibitions from “Ermsy: “Saying Yes to Saying No,” “Drew Merritt: The Overture,” “Robert Proch: In Women We Trust” and “Super A: Domestication,” an installation and a mural by Bumblebeelovesyou and sculptural installations by Spenser Little. Exhibits are open during library hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Exhibits run through Jan. 11. Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. www.brandlibrary.org Leica Gallery Los Angeles: “Islands,” fine art photography by David Darby, Charlie Lieberman and Mandy Walker, members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 13. 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. 424-777-0341. leicagalleryla.com/upcoming-exhibitions Fahey/Klein Gallery: “Mark Seliger: Photographs.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 19. 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323-934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com Radiant Space: “Peter Mars: Gold Rush.” Gallery hours: call for hours or email: info@radiantspaceLA.com. Exhibit runs through Jan. 19. 1444 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Los Angeles. 323-522-4496. radiantspacela.com Debbi Singer: “AffirmSHEArt – Working It Out in Paint.” Art on view during restaurant hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through February. Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 320-586-1111. www.theupperwest.com   BOOKS   Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Bring your own bag/box for purchases. 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. 818-343-1983. www.lapl.org/branches/encino-tarzana Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. 14245 Moorpark St. 818-205-9716. www.lapl.org/branches/sherman-oaks Sarah Gavigan: Signs “Ramen Otaku: Mastering Ramen at Home” on two dates and venues: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8 (Giant Robot, 2015 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles; 310-478-1819) and 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (NowServing LA, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles; 213-395-0627; bit.ly/2BNVC1p). Shirley Chung: Signs “Chinese Heritage Cooking from My American Kitchen,” 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. bit.ly/2DYYj1x Arminé Iknadossian: Discusses and signs her book of poetry, “All That Wasted Fruit,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Abril Bookstore, 415 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-243-4112. abrilbooks.com   COMEDY   Comedy Mashup: Improv and stand-up, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Minimum age 18. Tickets $12 in advance; $18. The Main, 24266 Main St., Newhall. atthemain.org/tickets The Society Comedy Troupe: Improv with some audience participation, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $15; $12 seniors and students. The Main, 24266 Main St., Newhall. atthemain.org/tickets Live Standup Comedy on the Hill: Comedy from Monique Marvez and Brandon Vestal, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Minimum age 18. Doors open, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12; $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 805-381-1246. www.hillcrestarts.com Howie Mandel and Jeff Dunham: The comedians perform a fundraiser for people affected by the Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks and the Woolsey fire, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $44 and up. Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com   DANCE   American Contemporary Ballet: The Nutcracker Suite. Performances: 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 8 p.m. Dec. 14; dates through Dec. 24. Tickets $50 and up. One California Plaza, 18th floor, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. acbdances.com Glendale Community College Faculty/Alumni Dance Concert: 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. No children under age 5. Free. Glendale College Mainstage Auditorium, 1500 N. Verdugo Road. 818-240-1000, Ext. 5494. www.glendale.edu/dance Nochebuena – Christmas Eve in Mexico: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $34-$79. The Soraya at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org An Irish Christmas: Kerry Irish Productions Inc. presents an evening of Irish dance, traditional music and singing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14. Tickets $47; $50. Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com/an-irish-christmas California Dance Ensemble: The Nutcracker, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $22-$37. Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center, 22855 W. Mulholland Highway. www.californiadanceensemble.org Los Angeles Youth Ballet: Ballet stars Brooklyn Mack and Ashley Murphy guest star in The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets $25 and up. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 818-243-2539. www.alextheatre.org   MUSEUM   Natural History Museum: Dec. 7: “Art of the Jewel: The Crevoshay Collection,” art and science behind the jewelry designed by Paula Crevoshay, through May 12. Admission $12; $9 ages 62 and older and students; $5 ages 3-12. 900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3466. www.nhm.org Forest Lawn Museum–Glendale: Dec. 11: “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” through April 7. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission. 1712 S. Glendale Blvd. 323-340-4545. www.wovexhibition.org; www.forestlawn.com   ONGOING MUSEUM   Annenberg Space for Photography: “Joel Sartore: National Geographic Photo Ark,” traveling exhibit of animal images, through Jan. 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. 213-403-3000. www.annenbergphotospace.org California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks: “Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities,” through Feb. 17. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $6. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. www.cmato.org Craft & Folk Art Museum: “Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda,” interactive installation; “Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters,” large-scale collage paintings; “Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love,” paper-cut paintings, sculptures and an adobe structure. All three exhibits run through Jan. 6. Museum hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. First Thursday of the month: evening hours 6:30-9:30 p.m. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.cafam.org Fowler Museum at UCLA: “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths,” through Dec. 30. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” touring set of artworks from Kenya, Oman, Tanzania and Yemen, through Feb. 10. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Wednesday; noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free admission. 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood. 310-825-4361. www.fowler.ucla.edu The Getty Center: “MONUMENTality,” the meaning and role of monuments in today’s culture, through April 21 (at the Getty Research Institute). Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Parking $15; $10 after 3 p.m. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu Japanese American National Museum: “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit,” contemporary photos taken by photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. and paired to photos shot by a variety of photographers, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, of Japanese Americans who were forcibly incarcerated during World War II, through April 28. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission $12; $6 seniors and students; free for ages 5 and younger. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. janm.org/gambatte Los Angeles County Museum of Art: “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” through March 17. “West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995,” through April 21. “Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile,” first time that the 190 panels installation is shown in its entirety, through June 9. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $20; $16 ages 65 and older and students; free for ages 17 and younger. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6000. www.lacma.org Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum: “An American Christmas,” 25 trees decorated with Americana ornaments, plus a display of handcrafted Hanukkiahs that were given to the president while in the White House, through Jan. 6 (museum admission includes this exhibit; bit.ly/2PNtWRO). “Holidays Lights,” an outdoor event with animated displays, lasers, LEDs, 3D projections, music and interactive photo ops, 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 (except closed on Nov. 30; Dec. 1 and 24-25 and Jan. 1; admission $17 ages 18 and older; $12 ages 3-17; bit.ly/2JMf3dc). Ongoing: “Pompeii,” through April 21. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission to the museum includes the special exhibits “An American Christmas” and “Pompeii”: $29; $26 ages 62 and older; $19 ages 11-17; $16 ages 3-10. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 805-577-4066. www.reaganfoundation.org Skirball Cultural Center: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” through March 10. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $12; $9 seniors; $7 ages 2-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org Valley Relics Museum: Explore the collection of San Fernando Valley memorabilia. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10; $8 seniors; free for ages 10 and younger (also, free from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursdays). 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). 818-616-4083.  valleyrelicsmuseum.org; www.facebook.com/valleyrelics   MUSIC   John Burroughs High School Holiday Spectacular: “From: All of Us, To: All of You,” choral, dance and music performances, 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $15; $10 seniors and students; reserved seats $25. 1920 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. www.jbhsvma.com St. Matthew’s Music Guild’s Holiday Concert: The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s and the Choir and Soloists of the parish perform music by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $35. 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. 310-573-7422. musicguildonline.org A Thousand Thoughts – A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet: 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $29 and up. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 310-825-2101. bit.ly/2QaQSeT Nancy Wilson: One of the founding members of Heart performs, 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Check website for opening acts. Tickets $24. Tickets are for standing only; check website for other prices; minimum $25 menu items for table seating. The Canyon Santa Clarita, 24201 Valencia Blvd. 888-645-5006. bit.ly/2DX4cwe Chatsworth Charter High School Jazz Band and Choir Holiday Concert: Director Michael Turner leads the students in traditional and new holiday tunes, 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Chatsworth Branch Library, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Valley Ragtime Stomp: Amateur and professional musicians perform ragtime-era music, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Free admission. Henri’s Restaurant, 21601 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Ron, 439-9048. Email: ragtimeron@gmail.com Los Robles Master Chorale: A Joyful Noise! family concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $30; $15 students. Main Stage Performing Arts and Education Center at Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway. 805-526-7464. losroblesmasterchorale.org San Fernando Valley Chorale’s Holiday Serenade: Sacred and secular Christmas music, 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Doors open 15 minutes before concert. Tickets $10; $5 children. Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. 818-477-2025. www.sfvchorale.blogspot.com Camarillo Community Band Christmas Concert: Holiday favorites and a sing-along, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Free. Community Center, auditorium, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. 805-530-6370. www.camarillocommunityband.com St. James Sunday Concerts – Here We Come A’Caroling: The Chancel Choir, the Early Music Ensemble and the Kirk Singers perform a variety holiday music, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Free admission; an offering will be taken. St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. 818-345-2057. Holiday Sing-a-Long at The Shoppes at Westlake Village: The City of Westlake Village co-presents the event, 4-5:15 p.m. Dec. 9. Event includes decorating activities (while supplies last) and photo opportunities with Mary Poppins and Bert and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Casa Pacific and/or canned food items to be donated to Manna Food Pantry. Rain does not cancel. Fountain Courtyard, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. 818-706-1613. www.wlv.org/singalong Handel’s Messiah at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: The Cathedral Choir, the Dream Orchestra and the Opera Chorus of Los Angeles perform, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $10-$40. 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. www.dreamorchestra.org Medicine Hat: Rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s and early 1970s, 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Minimum age 21. Two-drink minimum. Lane 33 at Winnetka Bowl, 21022 Vanowen St., Winnetka. www.sfvsymphony.com Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles – Calling All Angels: The choir’s “Holiday Spectacular,” 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $20-$90. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 818-243-2539. www.alextheatre.org; gmcla.org/gmcla3 St. Francis de Sales Choir Holiday Concert: Director Jeannine Wagner conducts the choir, 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Free admission. St. Francis de Sales Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. www.sfdschoir.org San Fernando Valley Master Chorale’s Holidays in the Valley: The concert includes selections from Handel’s Messiah, new arrangements of holiday classics and sing-alongs, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. First Presbyterian Church of Encino, 4963 Balboa Blvd., Encino. 818-383-2837. www.sfvmc.com San Fernando Valley Male Chorus’ Holiday Show: Director Matthew Park conducts the chorus in “Joy! Joy! Joy!” concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $18. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 23838 Kittridge St., West Hills. Bob, 818-888-8345. Email: buckeyepb@socal.rr.com Valley Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert: Henry Shin conducts the young musicians orchestra with music from Bernstein, Brahms, Strauss and holiday music, 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $10. In-Christ Community Church, 19514 Rinaldi St., Northridge. 213-458-4618. www.valleyphil.org   MUSIC VENUES   Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live!, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 ($81 and up, Kavli Theatre). Tickets have added fees. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com The Soraya at Cal State Northridge: Canadian Brass, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 ($39 and up); Dianne Reeves, 8 p.m. Dec. 15 ($34 and up); Rosanne Cash, 8 p.m. Feb. 17 ($39 and up). 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org Walt Disney Concert Hall: Trey Anastasio, 8 p.m. Dec. 7 ($65 and up); Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with music by Ives and Tchaikovsky, 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 ($61 and up); Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, with music by Brahms, 8 p.m. Dec. 13 ($71 and up); A Chanticleer Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 19 ($39 and up); Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and the Manhattan Transfer, 8 p.m. Dec. 20 ($39 and up); Swinging Christmas with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band, 8 p.m. Dec. 21 ($39 and up); New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini, 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 ($76 and up). Tickets have added fees. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.laphil.com   THEATER   Santasia: A comedy by Brandon Loeser and Shaun Loeser with musical parodies and holiday silliness, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 23. Also, 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23. Tickets $28 online; $40. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. www.santasia.com Durang/Durang: Pierce College Theatre performs one-act comedies by Christopher Durang, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $20; $15 seniors; $12 students. Performing Arts Mainstage, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-719-6488. bit.ly/2Rme3zk Impro Theatre’s 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza: Audience suggestions set off an unscripted comedy and music show reminiscent of hosted television holiday specials, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $55 and up. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101. www.garrymarshalltheatre.org 1940s Christmas at Club Sweet Lorraine’s: City Garage Theatre presents Sharon L. Graine’s musical about a Christmas Eve after-hours nightclub where celebrities gather, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students. 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica. 310-453-9939. www.citygarage.org Special: A premiere of a new comedy by Andrew Osborne about “The Stars Wars Holiday Special” and how it came to be, preview 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Opens, 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 13. No show on Dec. 16. Added show, 8 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets $10 preview; $20 on Thursday and Sunday; $25 on Friday-Saturday; $35 on Dec. 31. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. 800-838-3006. specialtheplay.com/tickets Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen Unscripted: Audience suggestions lead to unusual situations for marriageable young ladies and available, or unsuitable, partners, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 5 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $45 and up. The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 310-434-3200. www.thebroadstage.org Lythgoe Family Panto – The Wonderful Winter of Oz: An updated version of the “The Wizard of Oz” story told in the style of a traditional British panto, 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22-23; dates through Dec. 30. Tickets $60 and up. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. americanpanto.com/wonderful-winter-of-oz The King and I: The musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon that was based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, opens 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 28; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 29; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets $39 and up. Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2775. broadwayinthousandoaks.com   ONGOING THEATER   It’s a Wonderful Life: Theatre West on the Air Players perform a radio drama, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $25. 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. theatrewest.org The Little Foxes: Antaeus Theatre Co. presents Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play about greed. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 10. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $35. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-506-1983. www.antaeus.org Exit Wounds: World premiere of a play by Wendy Graf about a woman who has retreated from a tragic event that has affected three family generations. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 15. Tickets $38. Grove Theater Center, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-838-3006. www.hartnpi.org/tickets Hansel and Gretel: Los Angeles Opera presents the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. Show runs 2 p.m. Dec. 9; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $18 and up. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-8001. laopera.org Julius Caesar: Irreverent Shakespeare Co. presents an all-female cast. Minimum age 14. Dec. 7-9 at a private residence in Pasadena; and Dec. 15 at Hudson Loft, 1200 S. Hope St. (indoors), Los Angeles. Tickets $20. www.irreverentshakespeare.com Cost of Living: A play by Martyna Majok about four people, two with disabilities, who are coping with life. The play won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $40; $45 VIP; $35 ages 65 and older; $25 students. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com Not That Jewish: Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a one-woman play by Monica Piper. Show runs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets $40 in advance; $45 at the door. The Braid, Performance and Art Space, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. 310-315-1400. www.jewishwomenstheatre.org Confederates: A play by Suzanne Bradbeer about two journalists deciding on publishing a compromising photo of a presidential candidate’s daughter. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec.7; 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $38. Grove Theater Center, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-838-3006. www.hartnpi.org/tickets She Loves Me: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents the musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff, based on Miklós László’s 1937 play “Perfumerie,” about two shop clerks who don’t get along but who are, unknowingly, pen pals. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets $39; $35 ages 60 and older; $30 students. Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood). 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org Steambath: The play by Bruce Jay Friedman about a group of recently deceased people, an encounter with God and the meaning of life. Mature audience: adult themes and partial nudity. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets $32; $37. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2. www.odysseytheatre.com Welcome to Illyria! or An Exceedingly Silly Retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Four Clowns present the comedy experience. Minimum age 13. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $12 online; $15; $10 online and at the door for 2 p.m. Sunday shows. Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. 1238 W. First St., Los Angeles. welcometoillyria.bpt.me King Lear: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s tragedy. Minimum age 13. Show runs 7 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday through Dec. 17. Tickets $15. 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-202-4120. zombiejoes.com A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens: Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Charles Dickens (David Melville) reading his story along with dramatic sound effects, interjections and music (by Kalean Ung). Minimum age 8. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 23. Tickets $25; $35. Independent Studio at the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #130, Los Angeles. 818-710-6306. www.iscla.org Sugar Plum Fairy: A play by Sandra Tsing Loh about a 12-year-old girl who dreams of performing in The Nutcracker. Minimum age 8. Fun dress code: ugly holiday sweaters, holiday hats or tutus. Show runs 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 23. Tickets: $35/$41; $29/$34 ages 65 and older; $15/$18 ages 12 and younger. Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. skylighttheatre.org A Carol Christmas: The Group Rep presents a new musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” about a woman TV host wanting her staff to work through the holidays. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com Dixie’s Tupperware Party: One-woman comedy by Dixie Longate (Kris Andersson). Show runs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets $35 and up. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 213-628-2772. www.dixiestupperwareparty.com Wicked: The musical by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, based on the Gregory McGuire novel, a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Minimum recommended age 8; no one ages 4 and younger. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 11-14; dates through Jan. 27. Tickets $62 and up. Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Theatre, 323-468-1770. Tickets, 800-982-2787. www.hollywoodpantages.com Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Storybook Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the fairy tale by Richard Berent, Scott Martin and Rob Meurer. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturday through March 2. Tickets $15; $12 children. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 818-761-2203. www.theatrewest.org Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
06 Dec 18
Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Credit: Dr. Steven White (CEH) https://www.ceh.ac.uk/staff/steven-white The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Right Honourable Lord Henley, has announced funding for a major bacterial plant diseases research programme supported by UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund. The first phase of this investment initiates a UK-wide consortium to prepare for the possible introduction and spread of the […]

03 Dec 18
Matthew Vivirito's Blog

This will fulfill my resources requirement. The Arboretum comprises 1,200 acres of remnant, restored, and buffer communities, including woodlands, savannas, prairies, wetlands, springs, and Lake Wingra shoreline. We also manage an additional 500+ acres of remnant natural areas throughout the state. Approximately 400 acres of wetlands 3 Desiduous Forests 2 Conifer Forests, (non native to […]

02 Dec 18

Biodiversity conservation effectiveness provided by a protection status in temperate forest commons of north Spain https://ift.tt/2SmS8rT Publication date: 15 February 2019 Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 433 Author(s): Sara Guadilla-Sáez, Manuel Pardo-de-Santayana, Victoria Reyes-García, Jens-Christian Svenning Abstract The establishment and maintenance of protected areas is the backbone of global conservation strategies to halt biodiversity […]

01 Dec 18
Manchester Beauty Club

It’s nearly hereeeee! 23 sleeps away to be precise. Are you a bah humbug scrooge? Or a festive loving elf like me? Either way, chances are you have a few gifts to pick up on your your to do list and they ain’t gonna buy themselves! Inspired by the MCBC ladies, I’ve put together some present […]

01 Dec 18
LTCY 320- Annotated Bibliography

  Fiction Choices 1. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! APA citation: Willems, M. (2003). Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus. Walker Books Ltd.  Summary: “The bus driver is leaving for a little while and has one simple request: Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! It won’t be easy; this bird is pushy. And […]

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  Dor Gvirtsman and Suanne Spoke in Wendy Graf’s Exit Wounds play through Dec. 15 at Grove Theater Center in Burbank. (Photo by Ed Krieger)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show: Find holiday gifts amid a decorated atmosphere, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30; and Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Admission $9; $7 ages 62 and older; $4 ages 13-17; free for ages 12 and younger. Fairplex, building 4, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. 925-392-7300. www.harvestfestival.com Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Autumn Sky” show, 7:30, and “Magellan: Report from Venus,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Minimum age 8. Tickets $6 for one show; $10 for both. Lot G4 parking ($6). Planetarium is adjacent to Citrus Hall, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-2488. www.csun.edu/science-mathematics/physics-astronomy/planetarium Holiday Craft Fair at Placerita Canyon Nature Center: Design and make holiday centerpieces, ornaments and wreaths, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Fee for activities (cash or check only). Fundraiser for the center. 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. 661-259-7721. www.placerita.org Valley Film Tour: Jared Cowan leads the tour bus to film locations, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets $39.95 online. Tour departs from Valley Relics Museum, 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). www.myvalleypass.com Union Station Holiday Festival: Event includes an artisan marketplace, live entertainment, craft beer garden and food trucks, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1. South patio area at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. unionstationla.com McCrea Ranch Open House: Tour the Visitor Center, the Bunkhouse and the Milk House and see a video about actor Joel McCrea, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 1. Admission $5. Register in advance. Address in Thousand Oaks will be given upon registration. 805-495-2163. bit.ly/2DK0aaq Las Posadas at Andrés Pico Adobe: The San Fernando Valley Historical Society presents the procession, 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Gates open, 4:30 p.m. Event includes a piñata and a visit from Santa Claus. 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. 818-365-7810. www.sfvhs.com Montrose-Glendale Christmas Parade: The 42nd annual event begins, 6 p.m. Dec. 1 Route Honolulu and Rosemont avenues, east on Honolulu to Verdugo Road (the center of the parade is Honolulu and Ocean View Boulevard). 818-528-6060. www.montrosechristmasparade.com Granada Hills Holiday Parade: “Holidays of the Future” theme with bands, classic cars, horses, community members marching and Santa Claus, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Dr. Carl Melnik is grand marshal. Route: Chatsworth Street at Petit Avenue, west on Chatsworth to Zelzah Avenue, south on Zelzah to Kingsbury Street. www.granadahillsholidayparade.org Chanukah at the Shoppes: Chabad of the Conejo presents the event with music by Cantor Kenny Ellis, crafting, a gelt drop, doughnuts and latkes and hanukkiah lighting, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 3. 30770 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village. 818-991-0991. www.chabadconejo.com/chanukah Chabad of the Conejo’s Chanukah Family Festival: Celebration includes Buster Balloon show, Hassidic breakdancers, live DJ, jelly doughnuts and latkes and hanukkiah lighting, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4. Janss Marketplace, food court, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. bit.ly/2BoOdFp Hanukkah with Chabads of Chatsworth, Northridge and Porter Ranch: Children’s performance, Hanukkah crafts, the “Great Gelt Drop,” doughnuts and latkes and lighting of the ice hanukkiah, 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Porter Ranch Town Center, 19821 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. bit.ly/2KngUFr SoulPancake Live: Actress-comedian Alison Becker hosts “A Night of Exploring Radical Generosity,” an evening of comedy, music and spoken word, 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets $35. Portion of proceeds to be donated to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2QmyC1j The Moth Mainstage: “Between Two Worlds” storytelling, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Doors open, 7 p.m. Minimum age 21. Admission $39-$79. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Hollywood. events.kcrw.com/events/themothla; bit.ly/2QnCKhD Valley Brewery Tour: Cassie Angel leads the tour that includes behind-the-scenes of four breweries, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Minimum age 21. Tickets $69 online. Tour departs from Valley Relics Museum, 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). www.myvalleypass.com   ONGOING   L.A. Zoo Lights: Self-guided tour of light displays including animal constellations, a disco ball forest, the Twinkle Tunnel and water show. Hours: 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 (except closed on Dec. 24-25). Admission varies from $14.95 to $21.95 for ages 13 and older, and $11.95 to $16.95 ages 2-12; check website for VIP admission. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. www.lazoolights.org   THEATER   Blood on Thy Hands: Bridgeway Theatre Co. presents a play by writer Sarah Hoftstedt and director Stephan Nieman about Shakespeare characters (Desdemona, Juliet, Ophelia) – contemporary versions – who analyze their life, their love and the men around them, opens 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Show runs 2 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets $20; $18 seniors and students. The Main, 24266 Main St., Newhall. atthemain.org/tickets Durang/Durang: Pierce College Theatre performs one-act comedies by Christopher Durang, opens 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 9. Tickets $20; $15 seniors; $12 students. Performing Arts Mainstage, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-719-6488. bit.ly/2Rme3zk Impro Theatre’s 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza: Audience suggestions set off an unscripted comedy and music show reminiscent of hosted television holiday specials, 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 3 p.m. Dec. 2; 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $55 and up. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101. www.garrymarshalltheatre.org Welcome to Illyria! or An Exceedingly Silly Retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Four Clowns present the comedy experience, 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Minimum age 13. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 2; 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $12 online; $15; $10 online and at the door for 2 p.m. Sunday shows. Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. 1238 W. First St., Los Angeles. welcometoillyria.bpt.me Sugar Plum Fairy: A play by Sandra Tsing Loh about a 12-year-old girl who dreams of performing in The Nutcracker, previews 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Opens, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Minimum age 8. Fun dress code: ugly holiday sweaters, holiday hats or tutus. Show runs 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 23. Preview tickets $15 or $18 adults and $9 or $12 ages 8-12. Regular tickets: varies with show (check website). Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. skylighttheatre.org Genesis Opera: A Biblical movie and live opera about the Book of Genesis, 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets $20; $30. Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. genesisopera.com Not That Jewish: Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a one-woman play by Monica Piper, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Show runs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets $40 in advance; $45 at the door. The Braid, Performance and Art Space, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. 310-315-1400. www.jewishwomenstheatre.org King Lear: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s tragedy, 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Minimum age 13. Show runs 7 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday through Dec. 17. Tickets $15. 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-202-4120. zombiejoes.com A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens: Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Charles Dickens (David Melville) reading his story along with dramatic sound effects, interjections and music (by Kalean Ung), opens 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Minimum age 8. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 23. Tickets $25; $35. Independent Studio at the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #130, Los Angeles. 818-710-6306. www.iscla.org Santasia: A comedy by Brandon Loeser and Shaun Loeser with musical parodies and holiday silliness, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 23. Also, 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23. Tickets $28 online; $40. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. www.santasia.com Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen Unscripted: Audience suggestions lead to unusual situations for marriageable young ladies and available, or unsuitable, partners, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 5 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $45 and up. The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 310-434-3200. www.thebroadstage.org     ONGOING THEATER     Death and Cockroaches: Chalk Repertory Theatre presents an immersive theater event written by Eric Reyes Loo about an aspiring writer whose life is changed when a family member becomes terminally ill, 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. www.chalkrep.com Anatomy of a Hug: A play by Kat Ramsburg about a woman wary of affection, 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets $20. The Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 323-860-6569. anatomyofahug.bpt.me It’s a Wonderful Life: Theatre West on the Air Players perform a radio drama, 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Dec. 2; 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $25. 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. theatrewest.org The Little Foxes: Antaeus Theatre Co. presents Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play about greed. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 10. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10. Tickets $35. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-506-1983. www.antaeus.org Exit Wounds: World premiere of a play by Wendy Graf about a woman who has retreated from a tragic event that has affected three family generations. Show runs 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 15. Tickets $38. Grove Theater Center, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-838-3006. www.hartnpi.org/tickets Hansel and Gretel: Los Angeles Opera presents the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 p.m. Dec. 9; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $18 and up. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-8001. laopera.org Julius Caesar: Irreverent Shakespeare Co. presents an all-female cast. Minimum age 14. Outdoor performances, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at a private residence in Tarzana; Dec. 7-9 at a private residence in Pasadena; and Dec. 15 at Hudson Loft, 1200 S. Hope St. (indoors), Los Angeles. Tickets $20. www.irreverentshakespeare.com Cost of Living: A play by Martyna Majok about four people, two with disabilities, who are coping with life. The play won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10. Tickets $40; $45 VIP; $35 ages 65 and older; $25 students. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com Confederates: A play by Suzanne Bradbeer about two journalists deciding on publishing a compromising photo of a presidential candidate’s daughter. Show runs 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7; 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $38. Grove Theater Center, 1111-b W. Olive Ave., Burbank. 800-838-3006. www.hartnpi.org/tickets She Loves Me: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents the musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff, based on Miklós László’s 1937 play “Perfumerie,” about two shop clerks who don’t get along but who are, unknowingly, pen pals. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets $39; $35 ages 60 and older; $30 students. Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood). 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org Steambath: The play by Bruce Jay Friedman about a group of recently deceased people, an encounter with God and the meaning of life. Mature audience: adult themes and partial nudity. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 16. Tickets $32; $37. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2. www.odysseytheatre.com A Carol Christmas: The Group Rep presents a new musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” about a woman TV host wanting her staff to work through the holidays. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets $25; $20 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com Dixie’s Tupperware Party: One-woman comedy by Dixie Longate (Kris Andersson). Show runs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets $35 and up. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 213-628-2772. www.dixiestupperwareparty.com Wicked: The musical by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, based on the Gregory McGuire novel, a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Minimum recommended age 8; no one ages 4 and younger. Show runs 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2; dates through Jan. 27. Tickets $62 and up. Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Theatre, 323-468-1770. Tickets, 800-982-2787. www.hollywoodpantages.com Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Storybook Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the fairy tale by Richard Berent, Scott Martin and Rob Meurer. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturday through March 2. Tickets $15; $12 children. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 818-761-2203. www.theatrewest.org   ART   San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center: “Uncommon Threads,” group show of fiber, quilting and weaving. Artists are from Frayed Edges, and also Surface Art Association, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30. Reception. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 22. Parking in the rear lot beyond the alley (do not park in front of any industrial doors in the courtyard). 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. 818-697-5525. www.sfvacc.org Fine Craft Show: One-of-a-kind handmade gifts including ceramics, home decor, jewelry, paintings, pottery and woodwork, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Old Orchard Park, 25023 Avenue Rotella, Santa Clarita. 661-250-3777. santaclaritaarts.com Holiday Boutique with Santa Clarita Artists’ Association: Shop for fine art from members of the association and other vendors sell crafts, costume jewelry and greeting cards, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Home Care Services, reception lobby, 23340 Cinema Drive, Suite 5, Santa Clarita. www.santaclaritaartists.org/calendar–events.html Studio Channel Islands Holiday Art Market: Members of the art group sell a variety of artwork, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 (at individual artists’ studios). 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 805-383-1368. studiochannelislands.org Art Walk & Roll for the Holidays: Gift items for sale, live music and special deals from local restaurants, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Ventura Boulevard between Sunnyslope and Woodman avenues. www.shermanoakschamber.org Holiday Ceramics Sale: The Glendale Community College Ceramics Department presents the sale of decorative and functional pieces made by students, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Proceeds go to fund guest lecturers, equipment and supplies for the department. Glendale Community College, Student Center, 1500 N. Verdugo Road. 818-240-1000, Ext. 3059. bit.ly/2DPY1d6 Radiant Space: “Peter Mars: Gold Rush.” Opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1. Gallery hours: call for hours or email: info@radiantspaceLA.com. Exhibit runs through Jan. 19. 1444 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Los Angeles. 323-522-4496. radiantspacela.com Helen L. Collen: “Gratitude,” fine art photography. One-night-only, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2. Collen, wife of Phil Collen (Def Leppard), is also a costume designer. Also on view (but not for sale) is photography by Rory J. Collen. 314 N. Harper St., Los Angeles. www.helencollenphotography.com Leica Gallery Los Angeles: “Islands,” fine art photography by David Darby, Charlie Lieberman and Mandy Walker, members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6 (RSVP at info@leicagalleryla.com). Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 13. 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. 424-777-0341. leicagalleryla.com/upcoming-exhibitions   ONGOING ART   Santa Monica Art Studios: “Mirrors of the Mind 7: The Psychotherapist as Artist.” Gallery hours: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit closes Dec. 1. 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. www.lapsych.org CSUN Art Galleries: “Nancy Youdelman – Fashioning a Feminist Vision 1972-2017.” Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 8. Use parking lot E6 at Halsted Street and Lindley Avenue. Main Gallery is located in the Art and Design Center on North University Drive (Plummer Street). 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-2156. www.csun.edu/artgalleries Santa Clarita Artists’ Association: “Holiday Sparkle,” group show. Gallery hours: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 208 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (call to confirm hours). Exhibit runs through Dec. 30. SCAA Art Gallery, 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. 661-244-7689. www.santaclaritaartists.org Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center: “Diana La Com: Beauty in Quiet Places.”  Exhibit and sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (except closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 805-370-2302. Email: samo@wnpa.org. Hauser & Wirth: Three exhibits: “Calder: Nonspace,” (through Jan. 6);  “Zoe Leonard.Analogue” (through Jan. 20) and “Julian Rosefeldt.Manifesto” (through Jan. 6). Gallery hours: call for hours. 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles. 213-943-1620. www.hauserwirth.com Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: “Here,” a group show by artists exploring real and imagined boundaries. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Closed on official City of Los Angeles holidays. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6. The gallery is in Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-644-6269. www.lamag.org Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University: “Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene.”  Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 10. The gallery is in the Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-493-3697. callutheran.edu/kwanfong Brand Library & Art Center: “Nexus II” group show, mini solo exhibitions from “Ermsy: “Saying Yes to Saying No,” “Drew Merritt: The Overture,” “Robert Proch: In Women We Trust” and “Super A: Domestication,” an installation and a mural by Bumblebeelovesyou and sculptural installations by Spenser Little. Exhibits are open during library hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Exhibits run through Jan. 11. Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. www.brandlibrary.org Fahey/Klein Gallery: “Mark Seliger: Photographs.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 19. 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 323-934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com Debbi Singer: “AffirmSHEArt – Working It Out in Paint.” Art on view during restaurant hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through February. Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 320-586-1111. www.theupperwest.com   BOOKS   Friends of the Woodland Hills Branch Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. 22200 Ventura Blvd. 818-226-0017. www.lapl.org/branches/woodland-hills Sylvia Wilkinson: Signs “50/50 The Story of Race Car Driver John Paul Jr. and His Battle with Huntington’s Disease,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. Autobooks-Aerobooks, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707. www.autobooks-aerobooks.com David Kipen: Discusses and signs “Dear Los Angeles,” 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. www.vromansbookstore.com Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Bring your own bag/box for purchases. 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. 818-343-1983. www.lapl.org/branches/encino-tarzana Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. 14245 Moorpark St. 818-205-9716. www.lapl.org/branches/sherman-oaks   COMEDY   Marc Sheffler: The longtime television writer-producer performs a new stand-up routine as “el Yid” in “The Rise of Anti-Semitism in the Age of Trump,” based on personal experiences, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Robin Hood Pub, 13640 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. www.facebook.com/elyidthecomedian   DANCE   Miami City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: Performances, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets $34 and up. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-0711. www.musiccenter.org/nutcracker Winter Dance Concert at California Institute of the Arts: Dances by contemporary dance choreographers – Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Rennie Harris, Jiri Kylián and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar – staged by CalArts faculty and guest artists, 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets $10. Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia. art.calarts.edu/events/winter-dance-concert American Contemporary Ballet: The Nutcracker Suite, 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Performances: 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 2; 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9; dates through Dec. 24. Tickets $50 and up. One California Plaza, 18th floor, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. acbdances.com Nochebuena – Christmas Eve in Mexico: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $34-$79. The Soraya at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org An Irish Christmas: Kerry Irish Productions Inc. presents an evening of Irish dance, traditional music and singing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14. Tickets $47; $50. Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com/an-irish-christmas California Dance Ensemble: The Nutcracker, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $22-$37. Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center, 22855 W. Mulholland Highway. www.californiadanceensemble.org   MUSEUM   The Getty Center: Dec. 4: “MONUMENTality,” the meaning and role of monuments in today’s culture, through April 21 (at the Getty Research Institute). Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Parking $15; $10 after 3 p.m. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu Natural History Museum: Dec. 7: “Art of the Jewel: The Crevoshay Collection,” art and science behind the jewelry designed by Paula Crevoshay, through May 12. Admission $12; $9 ages 62 and older and students; $5 ages 3-12. 900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3466. www.nhm.org   ONGOING MUSEUM   Annenberg Space for Photography: “Joel Sartore: National Geographic Photo Ark,” traveling exhibit of animal images, through Jan. 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. 213-403-3000. www.annenbergphotospace.org California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks: “Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities,” through Feb. 17. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $6. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. www.cmato.org Craft & Folk Art Museum: “Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda,” interactive installation; “Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters,” large-scale collage paintings; “Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love,” paper-cut paintings, sculptures and an adobe structure. All three exhibits run through Jan. 6. Museum hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. First Thursday of the month: evening hours 6:30-9:30 p.m. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.cafam.org Fowler Museum at UCLA: “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths,” through Dec. 30. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” touring set of artworks from Kenya, Oman, Tanzania and Yemen, through Feb. 10. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Wednesday; noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free admission. 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood. 310-825-4361. www.fowler.ucla.edu Japanese American National Museum: “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit,” contemporary photos taken by photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. and paired to photos shot by a variety of photographers, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, of Japanese Americans who were forcibly incarcerated during World War II, through April 28. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission $12; $6 seniors and students; free for ages 5 and younger. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. janm.org/gambatte Los Angeles County Museum of Art: “Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” through March 17. “West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995,” through April 21. “Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile,” first time that the 190 panels installation is shown in its entirety, through June 9. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $20; $16 ages 65 and older and students; free for ages 17 and younger. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6000. www.lacma.org Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum: “An American Christmas,” 25 trees decorated with Americana ornaments, plus a display of handcrafted Hanukkiahs that were given to the president while in the White House, through Jan. 6 (museum admission includes this exhibit; bit.ly/2PNtWRO). “Holidays Lights,” an outdoor event with animated displays, lasers, LEDs, 3D projections, music and interactive photo ops, 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 (except closed on Nov. 30; Dec. 1 and 24-25 and Jan. 1; admission $17 ages 18 and older; $12 ages 3-17; bit.ly/2JMf3dc). Ongoing: “Pompeii,” through April 21. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission to the museum includes the special exhibits “An American Christmas” and “Pompeii”: $29; $26 ages 62 and older; $19 ages 11-17; $16 ages 3-10. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 805-577-4066. www.reaganfoundation.org Skirball Cultural Center: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” through March 10. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $12; $9 seniors; $7 ages 2-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org Valley Relics Museum: Museum hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10; $8 seniors; free for ages 10 and younger (also, free from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursdays). 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C 3 & 4, Van Nuys (entrance on Stagg Street). 818-616-4083.  valleyrelicsmuseum.org; www.facebook.com/valleyrelics   MUSIC   Burbank Chorale: Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets $15 in advance; $20; $15 seniors and children 11 and younger. The chorale was established in 1920. American Lutheran Church, 755 N. Whitnall Highway, Burbank. 818-759-9177. www.burbankchorale.org Los Robles Master Chorale: Handel’s Messiah, 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets $30. The Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. 805-526-7464. losroblesmasterchorale.org The ’68 Comeback Special: Elvis tribute artists Ted Torres Martin and Dean Zeligman perform the concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets $65. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. www.elportaltheatre.com  Valley Jazz Club: Local musicians perform, 1 p.m. Dec. 2, followed by Seniors of Note Big Band, 3 p.m. Tickets $10. Elks Lodge, 20925 Osborne St., Canoga Park. 818-388-5018. www.valleyjazzclub.com Okee Dokee Brothers: Family concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets $33. Plaza del Sol Performance Hall at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. www.thesoraya.org/calendar/details/okee-dokee-brothers Le Salon de Musiques: Chamber music with music by Clara Schumann, Georg Schumann and Robert Schumann, 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets $85; $45 students (includes high tea buffet by Patina and Champagne). Reservations required. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 310-498-0257. www.lesalondemusiques.com San Fernando Valley Chorale’s Holiday Serenade: Sacred and secular Christmas music on two dates and venues: 6 p.m. Dec. 2 (Congregational Church of Chatsworth, 20440 Lassen St.), and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 (Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills). Doors open 15 minutes before concert. Tickets $10; $5 children. 818-477-2025. www.sfvchorale.blogspot.com Glendale Noon Concerts: Violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and pianist Brendan White perform music by Debussy, Fauré and Messiaen, 12:10-12:40 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com Blues Bandits: Blues and a little country, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Minimum age 21. Two-drink minimum. Lane 33 at Winnetka Bowl, 21022 Vanowen St., Winnetka. www.sfvsymphony.com Pacific Piano Trio: The group performs, with guest viola player Brian Dembow. a program by Beethoven, Dvorák and Turina, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets $56. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. 310-558-3500. themusicguild.org Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn: 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets $29 and up. Royce Hall at UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. 310-825-2101. cap.ucla.edu/calendar Nancy Wilson: One of the founding members of Heart performs, 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Check website for opening acts. Tickets $24. Tickets are for standing only; check website for other prices; minimum $25 menu items for table seating. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. 888-645-5006. wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/canyon-agoura-hills  Los Robles Master Chorale: A Joyful Noise! family concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $30; $15 students. Main Stage Performing Arts and Education Center at Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway. 805-526-7464. losroblesmasterchorale.org Handel’s Messiah at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: The Cathedral Choir, the Dream Orchestra and the Opera Chorus of Los Angeles perform, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets $10-$40. 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. www.dreamorchestra.org   MUSIC VENUES   Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Village Voices Chorale – A Gift of Music, 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 ($25, Scherr Forum); Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live!, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 ($81 and up, Kavli Theatre). Tickets have added fees. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University: Nicole Henry, Set for the Season, 8 p.m. Nov. 30 ($20 and up); Jake Shimabukuro, 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 ($25 and up). 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. arts.pepperdine.edu The Soraya at Cal State Northridge: The Music of Harold Arlen, Wonderful Wizard of Song, a big band tribute to the songwriter with singers Eden Espinosa and Joseph Leo Bwarie, and also with Karon Blackwell and George Bugatti 8 p.m. Dec. 1 ($39 and up); Canadian Brass, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 ($39 and up); Dianne Reeves, 8 p.m. Dec. 15 ($34 and up); Rosanne Cash, 8 p.m. Feb. 17 ($39 and up). 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org Walt Disney Concert Hall: Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, with music by Brahms, 8 p.m. Dec. 13 ($71 and up); A Chanticleer Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 19 ($39 and up); Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and the Manhattan Transfer, 8 p.m. Dec. 20 ($39 and up); Swinging Christmas with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band, 8 p.m. Dec. 21 ($39 and up); New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini, 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 ($76 and up). Tickets have added fees. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.laphil.com Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
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