8 Holly Jolly Things to Do the Weekend Before Christmas, 12/18

Fill your head with visions of sugar plums, lightsabers, and jazz
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MUSIC: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Get ready to sing along to your favorite holiday classics under the stars outside The Music Center. Live accompaniment and lyric sheets will be provided. More information (December 18, The Music Center Plaza)

SHOP: Artists & Fleas LA
Artists & Fleas is held at a former truck service station on Mateo Street in the Arts District and hosts exactly the kinds of vendors you’d expect: vintage clothiers, letterpress printers, handcrafted candle makers, L.A.-based jewelers, food trucks, and sorry we’re leaving right now to go wait in line. More information (December 19 and 20, 647 Mateo St.) 

MUSIC: Muse
Reports of the death of arena rock were an exaggeration. For more than 20 years the English power trio Muse has been keeping the torch burning. More information (December 18-19, Staples Center)

CONFAB: Lightsaber Battle
Celebrate the joys of the season—the Star Wars season, that is—with a massive ligthsaber battle. The bad news is that extra lightsabers are sold-out, but you can still bring your own. More information (December 18-19, Pershing Square)

ART: Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa
Five African artists offer fantastical and political visions of a continent. Yinka Shonibare juxtaposes traditional textiles with European aristocratic dances, Sammy Baloji explores postcolonial tensions and Theo Eshutu presents his Super 8 film Brave New World II. More information (December 20 – January 2, LACMA)

DANCE: Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker
It’s a holiday classic, re-imagined in 1913 Los Angeles. And the season wouldn’t really be complete without the Sugar Plum Fairy and Uncle Drosselmeyer. More information (December 18-20, Royce Hall)

CONFAB: Breakfast with Santa
Brunch with the big guy at Descanso Gardens, where little ones can line up in the hope of landing on Señor Claus’s “nice” list. More information (December 20, Descanso Gardens)

MUSIC: “Jazz at the Mansion” with Fred Hersch
Hersch is an eight time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer who the New York Times describes as, “singular among the trailblazers of their art,’ and “a largely unsung innovator of…borderless, individualistic jazz.” More information (December 20, Doheny Mansion)

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