Local Christmas events lined up for this week include concerts, plays and an offbeat art show leading up to the Sunday, December 25th holiday:
RHAPSODIC ROMANIANS — A holiday piano recital of classical, gypsy and jazz works performed by three Romanian boys ages 12, 13 and 14, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, December 29th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Admission is free. Pianists Daniel Ciobanu, Andrew Gologan and George Todica will perform works including J. Strauss’s “Radetzky Marsh.”
Information, (310) 455-3129.
TWISTED CHRISTMAS — An offbeat holiday-themed multi-artist exhibit, Twisted Christmas, curated by Joella March, with the theme, “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Holiday Season,” is on display through Sunday, January 1st, at BGH Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
Information, (310) 315-9502.
CONCERT — “Fireside Holiday Concert,” an evening of classical music performed beside a stone fireplace by the Santa Monica Symphony Woodwind Quintet, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 22nd, at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under.
Information, (310) 458-8634.
ALL ABOUT SANTA — All About Santa, a children’s holiday musical featuring elves Elvina and Elivia, written and directed by Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo, is being performed at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 22nd, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10.50 for children. Information, (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.
JINGLE JAMS — Jingle Jams, free outdoor music concerts, will be held at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. through December 24th.
Information, (310) 641-8073.
CHRISTMAS LOVE OFFERING — An “all-faith” Christmas candle lighting service with a performance by the Angels choir is scheduled for 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Saturday, December 24th, at the City of Angels Church of Religious Science, 5550 Grosvenor Blvd., Del Rey area. Admission is free.
Information, (310) 453-2630.
WHO’S THE FATHER? Okay, Mary. Really. Who’s the Father?, a playlet written by Glenn Hopkins, exploring “Joseph’s point of view” on the birth of Jesus Christ, is scheduled for 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Saturday, December 24th, at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. Admission is free.