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December 2014

Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward

December 5 - 21
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts,
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 United States
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The musical pastiche, adapted from Barry Day’s biography

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A Christmas Carol

December 5 - December 23
A Noise Within Theatre,
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 United States
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Sets and costumes even the tiniest Tims can enjoy bring new energy to this staging

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Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

December 7, 2014 - June 7, 2015

The Hudson River painters were prolific recorders of 19th-century expansion

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Blithe Spirit

December 9, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Ahmanson Theatre,
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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Angela Lansbury plays the clairvoyant Madame Arcati in a comedy about a novelist and his spouse who are haunted by the ghost of his former wife

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Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

December 13, 2014 - May 3, 2015
The Annenberg Space for Photography,
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067 United States
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A collection of photos curated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton explores the effects of climate change

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Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle

December 20
|Closed Mondays
The Forest Lawn Museum,
6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068 United States
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Iron horse. Chopper. Crotch rocket. Motorcycles aren’t just a means of locomotion; they’re cultural symbols. You don’t have to be an easy rider to appreciate these vintage bikes and motorcycle-themed works.

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Pompeii: The Exhibition

December 20
|Every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 4, 2015

With over 150 precious artifacts, from garden frescoes to gladiator armor, experience life in the former Roman city before a volcanic eruption destroyed it

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Big Quilts in Small Sizes: Children’s Historical Bedcovers

December 20
|Closed Wednesdays

Ten quilts chosen from the museum’s collection, all of them made for children, reflect the same meticulous stitching and geometric patterns that have been used to create bedcovers in the United States for centuries

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Hammer Projects: N. Dash

December 20
|Closed Mondays

Rooted in direct experimentation with materials, this exhibition explores Dash’s use of natural materials; her handling of paper, canvas, cotton, and linen; and her intentional placement of her works within the surrounding architecture

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Hammer Projects: Mario Garcia Torres

December 20
|Closed Mondays

Filmed as though it were a motivational speech or a TED talk, Garcia Torres’s video speculates on the fraught biography of fake scribe Alan Smithee

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New Directions: A Juried Exhibition of the Textile Society of America

December 20
|Closed Mondays
Craft & Folk Art Museum,
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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The Textile Society of America has organized its first juried exhibition of contemporary textile art in conjunction with its 2014 biennial symposium

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Home and Away: The Printed Works of Ruth Asawa

December 20
|Through January 1, 2015

Known for her wire sculptures and public fountains, Ruth Asawa also produced numerous printed works while in residence at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1965. Many of these intimate portraits of her family and friends, as well as studies of flowers and chairs, will be shown.Various times.

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Hollywood Costume

December 20
|Through March 15, 2015
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,
8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90036 United States
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More than 100 items spanning century of cinema history are on display in this exhibition that was put together by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis

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The Full Dollar Collection of Contemporary Art

The ongoing neighborhood-based public art project is conducted by Ecuador-based artists and anthropologist X. Andrade.

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Pierre Huyghe

December 20
|Every day until February 22, 2015

Nearly 50 of Huyghe’s multimedia pieces, including an installation with a live dog, are on view at the retrospective.

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Holiday Sing-Along

December 20
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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The audience is encouraged to fa-la-la along with the L.A. Philharmonic’s choir

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The Nutcracker

December 20
|Every week on Friday and Saturday until December 21, 2014
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach,
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802 United States
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The outsize take on the holiday ballet features pyrotechnics, scenery by Disney designers, and a live Arabian horse

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Dan McCleary

December 20
|Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until January 17, 2015
Craig Krull Gallery,
2525 Michigan Ave., #B-3, Santa Monica, 90404 United States
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McCleary is the David Hockney of ordinary moments

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Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer Is Yes

December 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Closed Mondays
Craft & Folk Art Museum,
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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Clare Graham takes recycling to the next level

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Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer Is Yes

December 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Closed Mondays
Craft & Folk Art Museum,
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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Clare Graham takes recycling to the next level

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