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15 Dec 18
Imagine All The Things

Hisoka Chris Crocker: I Want Your Bite {♤} Adam Lambert: For You Entertainment {♡} Jeffree Star: I’m in Love (With a Killer) {♢} Marina & The Diamonds: Bubblegum Bitch {♧} Simon Curtis: Laser Guns Up {♤} Halestorm: Love Bites (So Do I) {♡} Adam Lambert: Strut {♢} Studio Killer: All Men Are Pigs {♤} The […]

15 Dec 18
The Isle Of Thanet News

It’s the weekend and, if you are not too busy Christmas shopping, here are a few ideas of things to do and see in Thanet. Northern Lights, Santa and a Wassail This weekend is the last chance to see the Northern Lights laser show over Ramsgate harbour. The lights go on at 5pm until 10pm. Father […]

15 Dec 18
Life With Ktkinnes

Does anyone else get asked for their Christmas Wish List every year? Whether it’s a parent asking, a spouse, or whoever it may be, the list you give them most likely isn’t your perfect dream Christmas wish list. That’s what I’m sharing today!

14 Dec 18
  Montana Bitterroot brooch, made up of pink Montana sapphires, by Paula Crevoshay, is part of the Art of the Jewel, The Crevoshay Collection exhibit through May 12 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Crevoshay Studio)   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   Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream: An ice skating extravaganza with Disney characters, 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  Breakfast with Santa: Pancake breakfast, entertainment and photos with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 15. Admission $5. Call for availability. Fun dress code: pajamas. Branford Recreation Center, 13306 Branford St., Arleta. 818-893-4923. www.laparks.org/reccenter/branford A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Other Holiday Poems and Readings: Joe Praml reads holiday favorites, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15. Westwood Branch Library, first floor conference room, 1246 Glendon Ave. Los Angeles. 310-474-1739. bit.ly/2SKOSaf Cardenas Recreation Center Winter Holiday Show: Participants in the center’s classes present ballet, gymnastics, music and singing performances, 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Free admission. The show is held at Panorama Recreation Center, 8600 Hazeltine Ave., Panorama City. For more information, Cardenas Recreation Center, 818-781-3952. bit.ly/2AAsFnB Wine & Paint with Lola the Sloth: Wine & Design Burbank leads a painting class with Wildlife Learning Center’s resident sloth posing, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 16. Admission $75. Reservations required. 16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar. 818-362-8711. www.wildlifelearningcenter.org 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. Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration: Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman and actor Brian White host the 59th annual event that includes choir groups, dance and music from around the world, 3-6 p.m. Dec. 24. Doors open, 2:30 p.m. First come, first seated. No obligation to stay the entire time. Free parking in the Music Center parking garage. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-972-3099. www.holidaycelebration.org Equestfest: Equestrian show by units that participate in the Rose Parade, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 29. Meet the horses and riders before the show, 10 a.m.-noon. (vendor court and activities open to 3 p.m.) Tickets $15; free for ages 5 and younger; $40 reserved seats. Parking $10. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. bit.ly/2Ecyo6w Family New Year’s Eve at L.A. Zoo Lights: Enjoy the walk-through displays plus a buffet dinner (6-8 p.m.), desserts (7-9 p.m.), games and a DJ dance party, 6 p.m. Dec. 31. Watch the Times Square Ball Drop, 9 p.m. (champagne for ages 21 and older and sparkling apple cider for children). Tickets $69; $45 ages 2-12. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. www.lazoolights.org 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 New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Reagan Library: Buffet dinner, dancing and music by the band the Platinum Groove, 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Minimum age 21. Dress code: cocktail. Tickets $162; $192, per person, for groups of four. Reservations required by 4 p.m. Dec. 26. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 805-577-4066. bit.ly/2QCPd1f Grand Park + Music Center’s N.Y.E. L.A.: Ring in 2019 with music by DJs and live bands, light show and countdown, 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. Free. Rain does not cancel. Check website for what not to bring (including alcohol, chairs and umbrellas). 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (Grand Avenue to Spring Street). bit.ly/2EokoaS EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood: Three party hubs, with a different music theme, a countdown to midnight and fireworks, 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1 (EVE is included in all park admissions on Dec. 31). Tickets $119 (California residents); $124; $379 VIP (check website for perks including buffets at EVE lounges and reserved area for fireworks). 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Tickets, 866-258-6546. bit.ly/2G5LSUa     ONGOING   Ice Skating Rink in Burbank: 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 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   Incarceration Nation – the US Prison Industrial Complex: Group show with archive art, contemporary and prison-made art. Opening reception, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 10. ReflectSpace at Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. 818-548-2021. bit.ly/2IX5jQ2   ONGOING 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. 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 Brian Valente: “Landscapes,” photography. Gallery hours: business hours at the center. Exhibit runs through December (call for closing date). Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. 818-597-7361. www.brianvalentephotography.com 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   Ed Justice, Jr.: Discusses and signs “Legacy of Justice: An American Family Story,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15. Autobooks-Aerobooks, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707. www.autobooks-aerobooks.com Tere Albanese: Meet-and-greet and booksigning of “Virgil the Hound,” 9:30 a.m. Dec. 26. Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. www.animalip.com   COMEDY   Jokes for Jews – Oy Vey it’s Christmas Eve: 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Tickets $20. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-9721. www.flapperscomedy.com/calendar Flappers Comedy Club’s New Year’s Eve: Four shows on Dec. 31: East Coast New Year’s Eve, hosted by Hans Sardo, 7:30 p.m. ($39, Yoo Hoo Room); East Coast New Year’s Eve, with Tony Baker, Darren Carter, Jackie Fabulous and Michael Rayner, 7:30 and 10 p.m. ($45, Main Room); West Coast New Year’s Eve, hosted by Sardo, 10 p.m. ($39, Yoo Hoo Room). Reservations. 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-9721. www.flapperscomedy.com/calendar L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre’s New Year’s Eve: Two shows on Dec. 31: 8 ($25) and 10 p.m. ($35). Tickets for both shows, $50. Reservations advised. 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-784-1868; 818-710-1320, Ext. 2. laconnectioncomedy.com New Year’s Eve at The Groundlings: Pre-show reception with appetizers and specialty cocktails, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, followed by comedy, 10 p.m., and a champagne toast and dessert at midnight. Tickets $100. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. 323-934-4747. www.groundlings.com Whose Live Anyway?: Comedians Jeff B. Davis, Joel Murray, Greg Proops and Ryan Stiles (the current cast of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) perform, 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets $31 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. 14; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 22-23; 1 p.m. Dec. 24. Tickets $50 and up. One California Plaza, 18th floor, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. acbdances.com An Irish Christmas: Kerry Irish Productions Inc. presents an evening of Irish dance, traditional music and singing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 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 Forever Flamenco – Gala Flamenco: 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $40; $30 seniors and students; $50 VIP seating. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com 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   The Getty Center: Dec. 18: “Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts,” through April 7. New: “Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed,” through April 28. 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 Norton Simon Museum: Dec. 19: “Titian’s Lady in White,” through March 25 (on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden). Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Holiday special hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31. Closed on Christmas and Rose Parade Day. Admission $15; $12 ages 62 and older; free for ages 18 and younger. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-6840. www.nortonsimon.org Los Angeles County Museum of Art: New: “The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka,” through June 23. 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   ONGOING MUSEUM   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 Forest Lawn Museum–Glendale: “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 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 Natural History Museum: “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 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   A Blu Christmas – Jonny Blu: 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets $55. Fundraiser for the theatre. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4254 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101. www.garrymarshalltheatre.org Manilow – A Very Barry Christmas: 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets $59.50 and up. Microsoft Theater, 740 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. www.microsofttheater.com/events/detail/barrymanilow18 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-along, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $20; $15 seniors and students. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the chorale’s toy drive. First Presbyterian Church of Encino, 4963 Balboa Blvd., Encino. 818-383-2837. www.sfvmc.com Fleetwood Mac: 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets $69.50 and up. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. www.msg.com/the-forum Jazz Muse Concert at San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center: Janis Mann Quartet performs selections from the Burt Bacharach songbook, 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Doors open, 7 p.m. Tickets $25; $15 students. 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. www.sfvacc.org Louis Price: A former lead singer for the Temptations performs, 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Doors open, 7 p.m. Tickets $40 and up; $100 VIP includes a reception following the concert. Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. www.itsmyseat.com/events/407250.html 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 Glendale Noon Concerts: Cellist Jonathan Flaksman and pianist Brendan White perform the Rachmanioff Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op.19, 12:10-12:40 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale. 818-244-7241. glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com Screaming Clams: Rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s to early 1970s, 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Minimum age 21. Two-drink minimum. Lane 33 at Winnetka Bowl, 21022 Vanowen St., Winnetka. www.sfvsymphony.com Gaudete – Wagner Ensemble Holiday Concert: Jeannine Wagner directs the ensemble, 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $15; $10 seniors and students, in advance; $20 and $15 seniors and students at the door. St. Francis de Sales Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks. 310-339-2488. wagnerensemble.brownpapertickets.com Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks!: 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $49.50 and up. Microsoft Theater, 740 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. www.microsofttheater.com/events/detail/bso18 John Legend: 8 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets $49.50 and up. Microsoft Theater, 740 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. www.microsofttheater.com/events/detail/johnlegend18 Ronn David McPhatter: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Tickets $20; plus dinner or two-drink minimum required. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 323-466-2210. www.catalinajazzclub.com; www.ronndavid.com Ozzfest New Year’s Eve: Event begins with a variety of acts at an outdoor stage, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31, followed by indoor concert with Body Count and Ice-T, Jonathan Davis (from Korn), Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, 6 p.m. Ozzy Osbourne is scheduled to do the count down to midnight. Tickets $49.50 and up; $179.50 and up for reserved seats. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. www.ozzfest.com; www.msg.com/the-forum   MUSIC VENUES   The Soraya at Cal State Northridge: 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: 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 Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University: John Sebastian, 8 p.m. Jan. 10 ($20 and up); Jeffrey Osborne, 8 p.m. Jan. 12 ($40 and up); Sheena Easton, 8 p.m. Jan. 19 ($40 and up). 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu   THEATER   It’s a Wonderful Life – The Radio Play: Theatre Unleashed presents the play based on the movie and adapted by Jim Martyka, 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets $20. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Sparks of Love toy drive. The Belfrey Stage, Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. 818-849-4039. www.theatreunleashed.org Special: A premiere of a new comedy by Andrew Osborne about “The Stars Wars Holiday Special” and how it came to be, 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 $25 on Friday-Saturday; $35 on Dec. 31. $20 on Thursday and Sunday. 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 Plaid Tidings: The holiday version of Stuart Ross’s “Forever Plaid” about a 1950s male singing group who come back to life after an accident to perform a concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Show runs 2 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 19-22; 2 p.m. Dec. 23; 8 p.m. Dec. 27-29; 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets $25; $22 ages 60 and older and students; $18 ages 12 and younger. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 805-583-7900. www.simi-arts.org/events.aspx?event=414 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   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, 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 p.m. 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, 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, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Minimum age 14. Tickets $30. Hudson Loft, 1200 S. Hope St. (indoors), Los Angeles. www.irreverentshakespeare.com Cost of Living: A play by Martyna Majok about four people, two with disabilities, who are coping with life, 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. 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, 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, 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2:30 p.m. 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, 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Mature audience: adult themes and partial nudity. 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, 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Minimum age 13. Tickets $12 online; $15; $10 online and at the door for 2 p.m. Dec. 16. 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, 7 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Minimum age 13. 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), 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Minimum age 8. 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. 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 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. 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 18-20; 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. 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