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Saturday, December 6

CityShakes Presents Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

The CityShakes Studio

1454 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401



CityShakes Presents Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'
Directed by Brooke Bishop
Featuring Original Music Performed by Daniel Landberg

Two twins are ship-wrecked on a strange, topsy-turvy island in this hilarious story of misplaced affection, senseless bullying, and gender confusion.

Plays in the CityShakes Studio
Entrance in the alleyway behind Modshop
1454 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

December 5, 8pm
December 6, 8pm
December 7, 4pm
December 11, 8pm
December 12, 8pm
December 13, 8pm
December 14, 4pm
December 18, 8pm
December 19, 8pm
December 20, 8pm

 This show includes some drug-related and sexually explicit moments. Parental discretion is advised for children under 13.

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Upstairs At Vitello's

4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, 91602


Singing comedy duo Todd Sherry & Heather Olt are back delivering gifts of holiday merriment with their wildly-popular annual cabaret show, TODD & HEATHER’S CHRISTMAS CHEER! Now in its fourth year, Todd & Heather have kicked it up a notch, literally, taking the holiday hit to Upstairs At Vitello’s for two exclusive performances on December 4th and 6th.

TODD & HEATHER’S CHRISTMAS CHEER! begins with the dynamic comedy duo as two Christmas Cheerleaders on opposing sides: one from “Team Santa” and the other from “Team Jesus”. The show supplies plenty of peace, love, joy and, of course, cheer for audiences, as Todd & Heather perform countless Christmas songs while exploring their differing ideas. Eventually, as what always must happen in the end, they come together and realize that there is room for both Santa AND Jesus in the holiday.

Todd & Heather are thrilled to be back again this year, offering even more songs, more memorable moments and even more cheer. Todd & Heather explain, "The show came from an actual conversation we had one summer evening, when we discovered our differing views on Christmas. Todd was raised non-religiously with Christmas being all about Santa, The Grinch, Charlie Brown and Frosty. And Heather was raised Christian and always knew Christmas to be the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The obvious humor in these opposing viewpoints, coupled with their love of all Christmas music (both sacred and secular) is what spawned the delightful comedy that is TODD & HEATHER'S CHRISTMAS CHEER!"

Todd & Heather, a comedic duo reminiscent Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Nichols & May, the Smothers Brothers, and Donny & Marie, have been drawing huge crowds and high praise for their on-going regular monthly show UP, WITH A TWIST.

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Sunday, December 7

Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues

Offramp Gallery

1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103


Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues, from December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, December 7 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, January 4 from 2-5pm.

Valdez states that the eight new gouaches in Somber Hues were "inspired by poetry, the seasons and a favorite film of mine. The character and color of these gouaches reflect a somber mood and tone." Handbags, chairs and umbrellas dance across magically animated surfaces while goblets spill their wine, teapots float and roses bleed.

Patssi Valdez is the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, The Latino Heritage Month Award, Spirit of Los Angeles (honors outstanding individuals of Latino descent who have contributed to the advancement of Latinos in the United States and worldwide), The Flintridge Fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.

She was recently invited to serve as a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last year her work was part of a travelling exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. Venues included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; and Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Valdez is included in collections of The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art, CA; The El Paso Museum of Art, Texas; Williams Collage of Art, Williamstown, MA; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE.

Patssi is best known for her paintings and performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (nausea).

Valdez states: "My work is based on what I find interesting, meaningful and inspirational on a personal and global level."

Valdez presently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and remains active in the West Coast and International art scene.

Somber Hues is Valdez's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. It will be shown concurrently with Lou Beach: White Pink Turpentine.

Offramp Gallery 1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

Regular Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm or by appointment

Wall blackboard is available for kids to create their own artistic

Street parking -- Ample street parking is available on Canada Avenue, just north and west of the gallery.


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CAAM joins CicLavia For the Target Sundays at CAAM Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037


Join CAAM as they move the CAAM stage from its outdoor courtyard to King Boulevard for CicLAvia and a Kwanza celebration. Live performances include spoken word, dance and music highlighting the seasonal revelry. Remember to visit CAAM’s Holiday Marketplace, which includes Target Sunday vendors! In addition, CAAM will pay a special tribute to the 73rd anniversary of America’s fallen military heroes in the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

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