DECEMBER


SATURDAY, DEC. 1
"CABARET"
Set against the backdrop of 1931 Berlin as the Nazis rise to power, "Cabaret" takes a peek at the nightlife unfolding behind the doors of the seedy Kit Kat Klub and the growing relationship between English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Through Dec. 9. $35. Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 589-1998. malibustagecompany.org.


SUNDAY, DEC. 2
JEWISH HOME WALK OF AGES

It’s cardio for a cause! Support the Jewish Home in its mission to provide health and welfare services to the growing Los Angeles senior population. Tell friends that your shoes were made for walkin’ and ask them to sponsor your efforts. Walkers and runners of all ages come together to collect donations from sponsors and workplace matching gifts programs. T-shirts for all, with medals for children and seniors who finish the 5K course. Jewish Home Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3344. Register, sponsor a walker or make a donation at walkofages.kintera.org.


THURSDAY, DEC. 6
"THE LAST METRO"
Cinematheque at California State University, Northridge, presents "The Last Metro," Francois Truffaut’s humanist character study of French theater company members living under the German occupation during World War II. Against all odds, the troupe believes the show must go on. With equal parts romance, historical tragedy and comedy, "The Last Metro" is Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity. 7 p.m. Free. $6 parking. Armer Theater, Manzanita Hall, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. movies.csun.edu.

CHANUKAH COMEDY NIGHT
Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara for a night of "Latkes & Laughter" as they welcome sassy comedian Shawn Pelofsky, emcee Louise "Weezy" Palanker and special performances by Comedy Club students. 6 p.m. $8 ($4 students, seniors) in advance; $10 ($5 students, seniors) at the door. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. jewishsantabarbara.org.


CHANUKAH HAPPENINGS

Saturday, Dec. 8
Vodka Latke
The Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara’s Young Adult Division invites you to an evening of gourmet latkes, olive-oil tasting, appetizers, open vodka/drinks bar, DJ, dancing, a raffle and more. Cocktail attire. 8 p.m.-midnight. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Loft, 48 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara. jewishsantabarbara.org.

Westfield Valencia
Town Center
Join local synagogues for a menorah lighting, music, games and refreshments in Town Center Square. 6 p.m. Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. westfield.com/valencia.

Chabad of Malibu
Join Chabad of Malibu for a concert with the band Moshav, a public menorah lighting and latkes. 6:30 p.m. (VIP cocktail reception). 7:30 p.m. (concert). $25 (concert), $250 (VIP reception and concert). Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. (310) 456-6588. jewishmalibu.com.

Sunday, Dec. 9
Chabad of Santa Barbara
Join Chabad of Santa Barbara for "Chanukah in the Mall" at La Cumbre Plaza, near Macy’s. Latkes, doughnuts, Jewish music and lighting the giant menorah. 5 p.m. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave., Santa Barbara. sbchabad.org.

Westfield Fashion
Square Center
Chabad of Sherman Oaks partners with Westfield Fashion Square for a menorah lighting, Chanukah sand art, live music, dancing, food, games and a performance by the Chabad Hebrew School. 2-4 p.m. Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. chabadso.com.

Chabad of Moorpark
Join Chabad of Moorpark for an evening of festive fun, including a menorah lighting and BMX bike show. Booths, games, food and latkes for everyone. 4 p.m. Vons shopping center at the corner of Mountain Trail Street and Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark. jewishmoorpark.com.

Universal CityWalk
Chabad of the Valley partners with Universal CityWalk to host the 11th annual "Festival of Lights" celebration. Featuring a concert performance by 8th Day. 6 p.m. Free. Universal CityWalk Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles. chabadofthevalley.org.

Monday, Dec. 10
CSUN Chabad
The Department of Jewish Studies joins CSUN Chabad for a public menorah lighting, latkes, dreidel games, doughnuts and gelt. 5 p.m. In front of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. chabadcsun.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Chabad of Camarillo
Join Chabad of Camarillo for a public menorah lighting, family entertainment, latkes and hot beverages. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Constitution Park, 1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo. chabadcamarillo.com.

Thursday, Dec. 13
Northridge
Fashion Center
Enjoy a public menorah lighting and holiday festivities on the upper-level, near Ben Bridge Jeweler. Sponsored by Temple Ahavat Shalom. 6:30 p.m. Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge. northridgefashioncenter.com.


SUNDAY, DEC. 9
"A CANTOR’S JOYFUL JOURNEY"
Celebrate a music-filled second night of Chanukah. Cantors Jen Roher, Leigh Korn, Barbara Ostfeld and Bruce Ruben, with a special appearance by Cantor Patti Linsky, will present an evening of music to inspire and enlighten all. Dessert reception follows. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25, sponsorships available. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.


THURSDAY, DEC. 13
Meet the Dodgers

Shomrei Torah hosts a community-wide celebration with guests from the Dodgers. Meet president and CEO Stan Kasten and other Dodgers greats, take part in a live auction and raffle for Dodgers memorabilia, and enjoy food, crafts and games for the family. 3:30-4:30 p.m. VIP gathering. $200. 4-7 p.m. general admission. $40 (adults), $20 (children), Free (4 and under). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.


SUNDAY, DEC. 16
AN EVENING OF DINNER AND SONG

Please your palate and your ear as you indulge in a culinary and musical extravaganza. Center Stage Opera presents "Amici della Musica," an evening of dinner and song at Weiler’s Restaurant & Catering Co. in Northridge. Under the leadership of director Jerry Brown, tenor Matteo Bitetti, soprano Sashell Beck and some surprise guests will delight dinner guests with songs from opera, jazz, Broadway and seasonal classics with a humorous twist. Admission includes a full buffet dinner, including many of Weiler’s signature dishes. 6 p.m. Reservations required. (818) 517-4102. Weiler’s Restaurant. 9046 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. centerstageopera.org.


FRIDAY, DEC. 21
JUDY COLLINS

For more than 50 years, Judy Collins has thrilled audiences with her unique blend of interpretative folk songs and contemporary themes. Drawn to social causes, she was one of the catalysts sparking the socially conscious spirit of the American folk-rock scene in the ’60s. A musician, activist and author, Collins has energy, vitality, wit and an interactive nature that will delight newcomers and longtime fans. 8 p.m. $40-$85. Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.


MONDAY, DEC. 24
CHOW FUN COMEDY NIGHT

As the holiday eve seemingly brings cities to a standstill, get your laugh on with a night of dinner theater featuring a professional three-act, stand-up comedy show. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of Shomrei Torah Synagogue. 7 p.m. 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.


January



FRIDAY, JAN. 11
"45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY"

Enjoy a night of theater fun and frivolity, served up Neil Simon-style. Rife with the playwright’s signature one-liners, "45 Seconds From Broadway" is a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment world, as told by those who come together in a legendary coffee shop just 45 seconds from Broadway. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $16-$18. Conejo Players Theater. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 495-3715. conejoplayers.org.


SUNDAY, JAN. 13
TU B’SHVAT NATURE FEST

Plant a tree, take a hike, ford a stream, and generally commune with nature as you celebrate the New Year of the Trees. Mother Nature knows best on this full day of family fun! Free. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. bigjewishtent.com.


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MONDAY, JAN. 21
AN EVENING WITH ANNE FRANK’S STEPSISTER

Eva Schloss, stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, recalls how she went into hiding in Holland and was betrayed, captured and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Listen to a firsthand account of the discovery and printing of Frank’s famed diary, and glean insight into the life and times of these two remarkable women. Presented by the Conejo Jewish Academy. 8 p.m. $16-18. Reservations required. Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991. jewishacademy.com.


TUESDAY, JAN. 22
MARC COHN

Marc Cohn, whose signature song "Walking in Memphis" catapulted him to a Grammy win as 1991′s best new artist, combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul-man. A natural storyteller, he easily balances the exuberant with the poignant, distilling universal truth from his often-romantic drawn-from-life tales. 8 p.m. $20-$40. Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. Smothers Theater, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu.


THURSDAY, JAN. 24
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

With a knack for predicting Academy Award winners, the city’s destination desirability and 11 days of exceptional programming, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is hoping to establish itself as the pre-eminent Oscar film festival. Tickets start at $55. (805) 963-0023. sbfilmfestival.org.