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Playhouse Christmas Carol

December is a month for honoring traditions, celebrating with family and friends and reminding ourselves that compassion and kindness never go out of style. Fortunately for all of us, 170 years ago Charles Dickens mixed those things together and created A Christmas Carol and his most memorable characters: Scrooge, his nephew, Jacob Marley, three ghosts, the Cratchits and Tiny Tim. The perennial favorite returns for its seventh incarnation at the Long Beach Playhouse Dec. 8-23.

“This year’s production tells the traditional story in a non-traditional way. I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say some actors have two roles, the traditional character in A Christmas Carol and the actor playing the character,” said Playhouse Executive Director Madison Mooney. “It’s a quick-paced production and is exactly the Christmas party that will put us all on the path to holiday cheer.”

“This year we asked Larry and Phie Mura to collaborate on the production. I knew that the two of them would take this beloved story and keep every bit of charm that it possesses and still add their own creative vision to bring us something wonderful,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Sean Gray. “Without changing anything about the classic tale they’ve added a level of theatrical whimsy that makes it sparkle all the more.”

Tickets are $14-$24 and are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1. 

EMERGE: Art Fair

The Long Beach Museum of Art welcomes emerging art collectors and young art patrons to EMERGE, a unique art fair that features the work of seven emerging to mid-career artists based in Southern California. Showcasing a diverse range of media, including paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, EMERGE provides an intimate art platform for discovering, exploring and acquiring work from the creators themselves. Presented in the Nussbaum Parlor of the Museum, the fair takes place Dec. 8-9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hand selected by the Museum, this year’s EMERGE introduces artists Karla Camacho, Joel Michalski of Joel Thomas Design, Jaye Joslin Russell, and Judson Studios to the Long Beach community, alongside familiar faces: Sharif Farrag, LBMA’s Artist in Residence this past summer; San Diego-based artist, Spenser Little, who was featured in the third iteration of VITALITY & VERVE III at LBMA; and Narsiso Martinez, whose compelling story of endurance and intricate art making can be experienced in FARM FRESH, the artist’s first institutional solo-exhibition currently on view at LBMA.

Within their allotted sections, each participating artist will transform their space with a curated selection of their own creations, shedding light into their studio practices. The variation of art making explored by these artists provides a thought-provoking platform for dialogue and visitor experience of learning to collect, or finding new work to add to an existing collection.

LBMA thrives in nurturing the early stages of an artist’s career. Whether they be recent graduates, or just beginning to exhibit locally, or throughout California, EMERGE is organized by the Museum Education Department, in support of these artists. Come meet these creative individuals and join us in celebrating what art has to offer art admirers curious to learn more. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the Hartman Pavilion. For further information, please contact Director of Education and Visitor Services, Lisa Marsh at (562) 439-2119 ext. 255.

Julebord Party

Join the Sons of Norway Fridtjof Nansen Lodge for their Christmas Celebration on Saturday Dec. 8, at noon. The Julebord party includes food, music and dancing around the Christmas tree. You will not want to miss a special visit from our Nisse with a gift for everyone.

Meetings held at Christ Lutheran Church, 6500 E. Stearns St. RSVP Troann Loy (714) 928-5975.

LBCC Music

Choral Concert – “George Frideric Handel’s Messiah” presented by the LBCC Department of Performing Arts and directed by LBCC faculty member Skye Angulo on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 370 Junipero Ave. General admission $10  – Presale/$12 at the door. Students/staff/seniors $5 – Presale/$7 at the door. To purchase tickets online, go to www.LBCC.edu/PerformingArts  or call (866) 811-4111.

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