Holiday events continue this week, leading up to Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL — Veteran film actor Orson Bean and Kyle Thompson star in a special adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 18th and 19th, at the First Lutheran Church of Venice. Admission to the play is free. The play is being presented by the Pacific Resident Theatre.
Reservations are necessary for the Saturday performance.
Bean, whose film credits include Being John Malkovich, Anatomy of A Murder and TV’s Facts of Life, plays the ill-tempered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge.
Information, (310) 822-8392.
TINSELTOWN TOO — A multi-artist exhibit loosely based on a combination of holiday and classic Hollywood themes is back for a second year with Tinseltown Too, on display from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until January 7th, at Domestic Setting gallery, 3774 Stewart St., Mar Vista. Admission is free.
The gallery stages the show as a holiday season event but the themes of the artworks are open-ended and not necessarily seasonal.
Information, (310) 391-8023.
OFF THEIR JINGLE BELL ROCKERS — A performance by the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers, a group that warps traditional Christmas and holiday carols into quirky and humorous parodies, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, December 19th, at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, (Main Street and Ocean Avenue), Santa Monica. Admission is free.
The group has been getting around this holiday season, performing at the Abbot Kinney Christmas Extravaganza earlier this month in Venice and also at private parties.
Information, (310) 458-8712.
VILLA MARINA CONCERTS — Weekend Christmas Holiday concerts continue outdoors at the Villa Marina Marketplace, (Lincoln Boulevard and Maxella Avenue), Marina area. Special musical guests include ensembles from local schools performing holiday classics.
This week’s lineup includes a performance by Down 4 the Count at 6 p.m. Friday, December 17th; the Mark Twain Middle School Girls Chorus at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 18th; and finally the Swing Shift Community Quartet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 21st. Admission is free.
Information, (818) 784-4811.
HOLIDAY ART — Two holiday-themed art exhibitions, Tree Trimmings: The Ornament Show and Winter Wonderlands, are on display through Thursday, December 23rd, at Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. C1, Santa Monica. Admission is free.
Tree Trimmings, curated by Ashley Eckenweiler, “manifests the collectible holiday ornament into consequential art.”
Artists, including Liz McGrath, Gary Baseman, Charlie Krafft, Camille Rose Garcia and Jeff Soto, present their ornament creations. The collectible ornaments include dangling figurines, miniature paintings, sculpted holiday characters and hanging abstract contraptions.
Winter Wonderlands is comprised of about 50 photographic images from across the United States showing traditional and non-traditional interpretations of the Christmas holiday. The photos were taken by Christina Patoski over the past 30 years and culminated with the publishing of the book, Merry Christmas America: A Front Yard View of the Holidays in 1994.
Subject matter ranges from “the simplicity of a decorated miner’s cabin to the blinding excess of an antebellum mansion.” Patoski sees the Christmas subject matter as a “transitory folk art form” that is distinctly American and is practiced by a wide element of American society.
Information, (310) 264-4678.
VENICE CHRISTMAS CHOIR — “We Come to Worship You,” concert performances by the Venice Christmas Choir, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 17th; and 10 a.m. Sunday, December 19th, at the Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice. Admission is free.
Information, (310) 391-2314.