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ENTERTAINMENT

Dec 14

Friday Night Jazz: The Paul Gormley Trio

On Fridays see bassist Paul Gormley with his trio perform a variety of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis.

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (310) 832-0363

Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Acoustic Soul

Long Beach’s own Acoustic Soul Express puts soulful twists on   timeless R & B, hip-hop and jazz.

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (310) 831-0246

Venue: Babouch Moroccan Restaurant, 810 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Four Band Benefit

Some of Long Beach’s best bands perform to raise funds to feed those in need. Please make checks out to CityHeART, Inc and in memo line write “feed homeless.” HeARTy foods by City Heart is a local volunteer non-profit which aids those in need.

Time: 6 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 437-0555; www.rebelbite.com

Venue: Rebel Bite, 649 E. Broadway, Long Beach

Dec 14 & 15

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

Hot on the very high heels of the epic extravaganza, a 24-decade history of popular music, the incomparable artist returns with the ultimate holiday survival guide — Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $26 to $116

Details: (310) 825-2101; www.cap.ucla.edu

Venue: Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles

Dec 15

The Habits in San Pedro

Join the live concert and all-ages show at San Pedro City Ballet.

Time: 8:45 to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Details: www.sanpedroballetschool.com

Venue: San Pedro City Ballet, 1231 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

A Celtic Christmas

“World’s most recorded piper” Eric Rigler and guitarist Dirk Freymuth bring acoustic holiday cheer.  Featuring Wanda Law on fiddle and viola, and special guest Nuala Kennedy on vocals and flute.

Time: 8 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $30

Details: www.alvasshowroom.tix.com

Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Dec 16

Swingin’ Jingle Bells by Harbor Jazz Ensemble

A concert of jazzy holiday arrangements and swingin’ American tunes by 9-piece Harbor Jazz Ensemble.

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $5

Details: (310) 547-2348

Venue: People’s Place, 365 W. 6th St., San Pedro

The Lettermen Christmas Show

Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal songs and hits from The Lettermen, such as Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

Time: 2 p.m.

Cost: $55 to $75

Details: (562) 916-8500; www.cerritoscenter.com

Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

Dec 21

The Christmas Album Live

Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will perform the Christmas Album in its entirety, along with cuts from Wilson’s solo Christmas album and other holiday fan favorites

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $90 to $150

Details: (562) 916-8500; www.cerritoscenter.com

Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

Dec 22

Brenton Wood

Joining “Mr. Oogum Boogum” will be special guest, Low Key Band

Time: 8 p.m. Dec 22

Cost: $40

Details: (310) 833-3519

Venue: Godmothers Saloon, 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro

THEATER

Dec 14 – 16

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Join King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table for Christmas at Camelot.

Time: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14,15  and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Cost: $12.50 to $22.50

Details: lbshakespeare.org

Venue: The Long Beach Shakespeare Company, 4250 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

Dec 16

The Lettermen Christmas Show

Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal songs and hits from The Lettermen, such as Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

Time: 2 p.m.

Cost: $55 to $75

Details: (562) 916-8500; www.cerritoscenter.com

Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

Dec 22

Shahrooz Mystere

A brand-new, extraordinary style of live entertainment created by Shahrooz. An ensemble of artists, magicians, dancers, comedians, and aerialists awaits you at this spectacular show.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $29 to $75

Details: Shahroozmystere.Tix.com; info@shahroozmystere.com

Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Dec 28

Mannheim Steamroller

Enjoy Grammy winner Chip Davis’ showcase of Mannheim Steamroller’s holiday classics and compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, complete with dazzling multimedia effects.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $75 to $95

Details: www.cerritoscenter.com

Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

Dec  29

Smokey Robinson

In an evening of timeless hits, Smokey Robinson performs the iconic hits that made him a legend.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $100 to $150

Details: (562) 916-8500; www.cerritoscenter.com

Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

Ongoing

A Christmas Carol

In this quick-paced, theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future show Ebenezer Scrooge the poverty of his material wealth and the blessings that come with generosity.

Time: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 8 through Dec. 23

Cost: $20 to $24

Details: www.lbplayhouse.org

Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

FILM

Dec 15

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

The Sundance award-winning film is set in a predominately African American community in rural Alabama. It provides an emotional impression of the historic south.

Time: 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: vteames@csudh.edu

Venue: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall. Use Parking Lot 6, 1000 E.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Set in a predominately African American community in rural Alabama, the film provides an emotional impression of the historic South while exploring the lives of lead characters Quincy and Daniel, young men seeking solutions to make the most of their lives.

Time: 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: vteames@csudh.edu

Venue: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall. Parking Lot 6, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

Dec 19

The Grinch

Watch The Grinch under the stars at The Pike Outlets. Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks. The movie will screen by the ice rink, across from the Nike Factory store. The ice rink will also be open 5:30 to10:30 p.m.

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 432-8325

Venue: The Pike Outlets 95 S. Pike Ave., Long Beach

DANCE

Dec 15

Long Beach Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Long Beach Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker boasts dazzling special effects, grand-scale scenery, and radiant dancing and is presented with a professional live symphonic orchestra and children’s choir

Time: 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 22, 23 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 21, 22

Cost: $34 to $78

Details: www.longbeachnutcracker.com

Venue: Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Dec 19

DANCE TECH 4th Annual Winter Show

Port De Ballet presents students, from two years to adult, in a WWII-era dance tribute to veterans and active military.

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 to $35

Detail: (310) 525-0634

Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

ARTS

Dec 15

Walkthrough with Narsiso Martinez

Narsiso Martinez discusses his exhibition, Farm Fresh, in Spanish. Since moving to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, Narsiso Martinez immersed himself in pursuing an education. The exhibition explores Martinez’s artistic practice, which continues to be deeply influenced by his own experiences. Reservations are required.

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

Details: eventbrite.com

Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Everything Begins Elsewhere

An opening reception featuring Annie Clavel, for a show that borrows from the realm of the quantum world, and aims to visualize the scientific exploration of the unknown. The exhibition runs Jan. 6.

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 619-6084; www.cgalleryonbroadway.com

Venue: C Gallery on Broadway, 441 E. Broadway, Long Beach

Dec  18

In Conversation with Narsiso Martinez

CSULB School of Art alumnus Narsiso Martinez’ inaugural solo exhibition at Long Beach Museum of Art. Farm Fresh, is on view through Jan. 9. It explores Martinez’s artistic practice, which continues to be deeply influenced by his own experiences, the familiar landscapes of the fields, and his personal relationships with field workers.

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.eventbrite.com

Venue: CSULB University Theatre, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Dec  29

Michael Petroni

See Michael Petroni’s paintings in the closing recption of the show.

Time: 2 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.DekorGallery.com

Venue: Dekor Gallery, 445 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Ongoing

The Winter Show

Dael’s expansive abstract paintings demonstrate masterful control of color and composition while achieving the artist’s goal of “not overshooting the mark.”  The show runs Dec. 7 through Jan 2.

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.pvartcenter.org

Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

Paintings by Carol Cottone At The Corner Store

The San Pedro artist will show a collection of her realistic watercolor and oil paintings based on images of San Pedro. The exhibit runs through Jan. 30.

Time: 2 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (310) 832-2424; www.cottoneart.com

Venue: The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro

COMMUNITY

Ongoing

Beacon House Christmas Tree Lot Now Open

The Beacon House Christmas tree lot is now open everyday. Christmas wreaths are also available.

Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: www.craftedportla.com

Venue: Christmas Tree Lot located at Crafted,112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

Dec. 14

Nightmare Before Christmas Beer Festival

Come aboard the historic Queen Mary for this Nightmare Before Christmas inspired beer festival.

Time: 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $42

Details: www.eventbrite.com/e/nightmare-before-christmas

Venue: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

Long Beach Heritage Hosts Victorian Christmas

Join a Victorian Christmas “Far and Near” at the Bembridge House. Volunteers create magical displays throughout the eighteen elegant rooms and docents provide guided tours to share holiday traditions from around the world.

Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Tue and Sat. Dec. 14 to 21; Dec. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $15 to $20

Details: (562) 493-7019; www.lbheritage.org

Venue: Bembridge House, 953 N. Park Circle, Long Beach

San Pedro Chamber Holiday Mixer

Crafted and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce host a night of holiday shopping food and prizes. Please bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy for the Toberman neighborhood Center and the Harbor Interfaith services.

Time: 5:30 to 7:30

Cost: Free

Details: RSVP Laura@sanpedrochamber.com

Venue: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

Dec 15

Point Fermin Park Winter Holiday

An afternoon of holiday charity, crafts and fun for the whole family. Bring an unwrapped toy and any towels, blankets or sheets. Donations will be issued to help provide warmth and comfort for animals in LA City Animal Shelters and the Bird Rescue Center

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.laparks.org

Venue: Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

Lazy Acres Cookie Decorating Event

Live music, cookie decorating, Santa’s elves craft center, a winter inspired photo booth, Winter Wonderland sensory center and some special visitors straight from the North Pole.

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 430-4134

Venue: Lazy Acres Market, 2080 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

I Dig Long Beach

Celebrate the planting its 4,000th tree in the Ridgewood Cove neighborhood.

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Venue: Ridgewood Cove, 5033 Rose Ave., Long Beach

Holiday Donation Drive at MMCC Los Angeles

Live music, greet donors, coloring book signings, special guests, holiday gift shopping and more.

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: (310) 548-5677; www.marinemammalcare.org

Venue: Marine Mammal Care Center of LA, 360S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Dec 16

Santa Paws

Fantasy Spa Mobile Pet Groomers are providing a special for one-day only of teeth, ears and brush out for only $20. Money is donated to San Pedro Rescue and Marine Mammal Care Center.

Time: 12 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 to $20

Details: (310) 832-2424

Venue: The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro

Mandala Ornaments

Reflect upon your life journey while painting your own unique mandala ornament. The event includes one cocktail or mocktail, chips, salsa and your own ornament to take home.

Time: 2 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $60

Details: (310) 265-2861; www.Terranea.com

Venue: Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes

Dec 19

Righteous Function

A fundraiser to benefit Food4Kids, includes wine, appetizers and silent auction.

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $25

Details: www.righteousfunction@brownpapertickets.com

Venue: District Wine, 144 Linden Ave., Long Beach

Dec 22

Khmer Arts Academy’s Open House

Experience Cambodian culture through the creativity of young Cambodian-Americans. Join for live performances, story telling, music and costume transformations.

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 472-0090; www.khmerarts.org

Venue: Khmer Arts Academy,1364 Obispo Ave., Long Beach

Dec 28

4th Fridays on 4th Street

ake a break from the holiday hustle and come see what everyone has been talking about. Bike valet at Songbird Boutique and free trolley rides provided from 6 to 9pm.

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.4thstreetlongbeach.com

Location: On 4th St. from Temple to Cherry Ave., Long Beach

Dec 31

NYE Long Beach Unplugged

This free family-friendly celebration at Rainbow Harbor. At 9 p.m., the sky will light up for an East Coast countdown with a fireworks spectacular from Rainbow Harbor lighthouse peninsula.

Time: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.downtownlongbeach.org/event/new-years-eve-at-the-waterfront

Venue: Outdoor Waterfront Amphitheater Downtown Long Beach, (between Gladstone’s & PF Chang’s), 330 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach

WELLNESS

Dec 15

Tai Chi for Beginners

Learn this ancient Chinese practice, with graceful meditative movements that help maintain physical health, well-being and spiritual essence.

Time: 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Cost: Free

Details:  www.AngieSierra.com

Location: Across from 920 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro (cross streets are Paseo Del Mar and S. Cabrillo Ave.)

Dec 16

Holiday Clarity Breathwork

The term “breathwork” refers to the technique of the “consciously connected breath.” There are many forms and styles and Clarity Breathwork uses it in a very gentle way. It is primarily a healing modality.

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $20

Details: (714) 931-3320; eventbrite.com

Venue: Casa Ayurveda and Yoga, 718 S. Weymouth Ave., San Pedro

What’s So Controversial about GMO Food?

John T. Lang discusses the  genetic modification of foods, which  remains the most bitterly contested innovation in agriculture. Some proponents of the technology characterize its opponents as scientifically illiterate, but is that really the issue?

Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with RSVP

Details: (657) 204-2478; www.natfab.org

Venue: Pacific Food and Beverage Museum, 731 Pacific Ave., San Pedro

Holidays & Healing

Rudy Caseres is an award-winning mental health advocate who believes storytelling fosters healing and healing builds strength.

Time:  6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: www.thegardenchurchsp.org

Venue: The Garden Church, 429 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Dec 19

Adult Grief and Loss Support Group

If you have experienced a major change or loss in your life and would like some tools and support to resolve the loss, Epiphany Counseling is offering a grief and loss support group.

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (424) 570-6955; www.eccts.com

Venue: Epiphany Counseling Consulting and Treatment Services, 302 W. 5th St., San Pedro