MUSIC: Johnny Marr
As a teen, Marr—co-mastermind of the Smiths—came up with a sound that relied on buzzing sonic textures. His solo work and high-profile stint with Modest Mouse are equally compelling. Just don’t expect him to make up with Morrissey.
More information (December 19-20; The El Rey Theatre)
CELEBRATE: Breakfast With Santa
At this morning buffet with the corpulent North Pole-dwelling reindeer wrangler, kids can meet and greet Mr. Claus while their parents get rosy cheeked at the mimosa bar.
More information (December 20-21; Descanso Gardens)
DANCE: Long Beach Ballet/The Nutcracker
This year Long Beach Ballet celebrates its 32nd anniversary of The Nutcracker, with elaborate sets, a full orchestra, pyrotechnics, magic effects, and even a white Arabian horse. Of course there’s some beautiful dancing, too. Check the Web site for times.
More information (December 20-21; Long Beach Convention Center)
MUSIC: The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza
This rockin’ extravaganza is bound to get you in the holiday spirit! The Grammy Award-winning founder of the Stray Cats brings his 18-piece orchestra to L.A. Live to showcase great guitar licks on rockabilly favorites and holiday classics.
More information (December 21; Nokia Theatre)
COMEDY: We Wish You a Silly Spoofmas
It’s time once more for comedians Paul Rust and Neil Campbell, in the guise of their Christmas carol mangling alter egos Reggie Crimples and Oliver Dandyflower, to wish us all a very silly Spoofmas with home-cooked renditions of Christmas classics like “Rudolph the Bread-Nosed Reindeer” and “Let it Dough.”
More information (December 19; Upright Citizens Brigade Theater)
MUSIC: The Klezmatics’ Happy Joyous Hanukkah
The Grammy-winning Klezmatics do Hanukkah right by bringing their blend of traditional klezmer tunes and Eastern European, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and folk-flavored influences.
More information (December 22; Walt Disney Concert Halle)
PERFORMANCE: Set the MOOD
This immersive piece of sensory art puts the audience in the spotlight. Curated aromas, illuminated installation pieces, large-scale abstract paintings, mood altars, and a choir serve as tour guides on this psychedelic in-house art walk organized by L.A. art-music ensemble AMRA.
More information (December 20-21; Human Resources Los Angeles)
MOVIES: Sign ‘o the Times & Jimi Plays Berkeley
The New Beverly takes a stroll down rock ‘n’ roll memory lane. Despite his shy demeanor, Jimi Hendrix was a showman through and through, and Jimi Plays Berkeley, recorded in May 1970, showcases the guitar god at his mightiest. Prince’s 1987 album Sign o’ the Times is immortalized in concert footage tied together by a vague narrative. The best part? Prince’s between-songs antics.
More information (December 19-20; New Beverly Cinema)
COMEDY: By the Way – Jeff Garlin in Conversation With Bill Burr
Anything can happen when you’re sitting in the chair across from actor, producer, podcaster, and funny man Jeff Garlin, who once asked Larry David how much money it would take for the comedian to go see Eat Pray Love. This Sunday, Garlin (best known for his role in Curb Your Enthusiasm) sits down with standup comedian and actor Bill Burr, who you might know as Breaking Bad‘s hapless Patrick Kuby.
More information (December 21; Largo at the Coronet)
CELEBRATE: Mom & Pop-Up Shop
Crafted and SoCal Etsy Guild are behind this one-day craft fair. Everything from handmade soaps and lotions to clothing and jewelry is on offer from more than a hundred local crafters. Here’s you chance to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts.
More information (December 20; Port of Los Angeles)