Affordable Care Act Workshop: A discussion of the new Affordable Care Act healthcare law begins at 6:30 p.m. Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; Lapl.org/branches/venice
Don’t Flake on ‘Snowflake’: Just in time for the holidays, artistic duo Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman combine to form this exhibit of winter-y imagery, “What Every Snowflake Knows in its Heart.” Runs through April 5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488; smmoa.org
Bring In Da Funke While You Can: After 10 years of funky fun, host Rocky Dawuni oversees the final month of his long-running weekly world soul music showcase, which features Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats and Makoss. Runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Zanzibar, 1301 5th Ave., Santa Monica. Afrofunke.com
Friday, Dec. 6
Block Party: Holiday shopping galore at the communal ceramics center from 4-9 p.m. Also: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Clayhouse, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-7071. Theclayhousesantamonica.com
Off Their Rockers: The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers, a holiday group consisting of Catherine Allison, Rory Johnston, Kathy Leonardo, Jon Preston, Mikal Sandoval and Suzy Williams, return this year to Montana’s Holiday Walk from 5-9 p.m., beginning with the tree lighting at Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard. This zany X-Mas experience- will stroll up and down Montana Avenue in festive costumes spreading holiday cheer. Montanaave.com
‘Number’ Is Up: The Venice High School Performing Arts Department proudly presents its new production, “Any Number Can Die,” a comedy-mystery by Fred Carmichael, produced and directed by Traci Nichols-Thrasher, through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Tonight and Saturday night at 7.30 p.m. Also Dec. 13th-14th. Tickets: $ 5 in advance; $ 7 at the door. Free parking. Drinks and snacks will be available in the lobby. The auditorium at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Venice. Venicehigh.net
Saturday, Dec. 7
‘Life’ and Death: Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum and Mortuary will hold its Tree of Life ceremony and holiday open house event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary & Mausoleum, 1847 14th St., Santa Monica; facebook.com/woodlawnsm
The Art of Shopping: An opportunity to purchase the work of local artist Martin Katon today and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. 324 Sunset Ave., Venice. (310)399-8701
Malibu’s Most Wanted: The Malibu Art Assocation will hold its holiday show, opening with a reception from 3-7 p.m. Runs through Dec. 21. Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-5757; Schomburggallery.com
‘A Four-Course Concert’: SMC Chamber Choir director William Belan and chamber choir members offer a tasteful four-course performance replete with appetizers, light-course, main course, and dessert from 4-7 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
TAG Team: The latest TAG exhibit throws an opening reception party from 5-8 p.m. today, to be followed up next weekend with an art talk on Dec. 14, 3-4 p.m. Featuring the work of Shelley Lazarus, Ernie Marjoram and Jane Peterson. TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-9556; Taggallery.net
“El Grande de Coca-Cola”: Crazy, cabaret of a holiday play continues through December 14th and runs 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. on Sunday. (If you squint, you’ll spot painter Toulouse Lautrec trying to plant his canvas on an easel that towers over him.) Tickets: $25 ($20 for students, seniors, and guild members). Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica. Free parking is available at the theater. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Sholem Community presents “Amerikaner Shadkhn” i.e. “Matchmaker,” (1940), the third in this series of rarely screened Yiddish-language films. All new prints with English subtitles. A discussion of this American-made movie will follow. Free admission. Coffee, bagels and cream cheese will be served. Doors open 10 a.m., screening begins at 10:15 a.m. Enter from the rear parking lot. Westside Neighborhood School, 5101 Beethoven St., Del Rey. (310) 839-4288; Sholem.org
‘Tapping’ Time Ends: Last chance to catch the exhibition “Tapping the Third Realm” before it wraps up this weekend. From noon to 4 p.m. today, Amanda Yates Garcia as the City Oracle will answer questions at LMU. At 12:30 p.m., Guru Rugu from the Los Angeles Meditation Center will host a closing ceremony of the exhibit. At 2 p.m., Annie Buckley will offer a brief history and readings from her new project “The People’s Tarot” at OTIS. At The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design and the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Otis.edu/benmaltzgallery
SMC Wind Ensemble: Under the baton of Kevin McKeown, the wind ensemble rejoices with music of the season to bring cheer to all, and features a local middle school student – winner of the annual SMC Wind Ensemble Essay Contest. Begins at 4 p.m. All ages welcome! Tickets: $10. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Self-Image Convo: The Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ), in conjunction with African American Parent Student, Staff Support Group, Virginia Avenue Park and Church in Ocean Park, will host a community discussion on the importance of self image with Village Nation founder Fluke Fluker. A potluck supper starts at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 633-1093.
An O’Brien’s O’Party!: Paul Chesne Band, O’Brien Pub’s house band, returns to perform from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. No cover. 21 & over. O’Brien’s Pub, 2941 Main St., Santa Monica. Paulchesne.com
Monday, Dec. 9
A Stand Up Affair: Stand-Up Mondays, a live comedy and happy hour, starts every Monday at 8 p.m. at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 566-5610; dannysvenice.com
Tuesday, Dec. 10
‘Muse’ M-M-M-Madness: “Machine Muse,” featuring eight L.A. artists, continues at Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. E3, Santa Monica. (310) 829-6990; loislambertgallery.com
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Write What You Know : Westchester Life Story Writing Group meets on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Donation: $6 a semester. Call Mary at (310) 397-3967.
Pulling Some ‘Strings’: SMC Strings Program Concert, under the direction of Dr. Martine Verhoeven, SMC string ensemble students present a light afternoon concert of delightful musical selections. Free admission. Show time is at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available at the SMC Music Office in Room 211 of the Performing Arts Center. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Give Peace Activist a Chance: Proceeds from Jerry Rubin’s 70th birthday party, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier, will go toward saving late editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad’s sculpture at Santa Monica Civic Center, “Chain Reaction.” SaveChainReaction.com
Thursday, Dec. 12
‘Lyric’-al Tunes: The Lyric Chorus performs on at 11 a.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org.
Focal Therapy For Prostate Cancer: Mitchell Kamrava, MD, UCLA radiation oncologist, will discuss the rationale, techniques, clinical progress and controversies regarding treating less than the whole gland for prostate cancer. Runs 7-8:30 p.m. RSVP required. Cancer Support Community – Benjamin Center, 1990 S. Bundy Dr, Ste. 100, West L.A. (800) 516-5323
Let’s Get It Started!: The Filipino-American Creative Music Holiday Party begins tonight at 8 p.m. at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com