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L.A. DIGEST: The ‘Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’ returns

Wave Staff Report

REDONDO BEACH — Actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen’s fresh spin on the classic holiday ballet “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Dec. 6-9. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7; 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8; and 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

“The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” (a two-time Goldstar National Nutcracker Award winner) gives the seasonal favorite a rich new cultural context and updated characters, and features a lively contemporary score with original songs from Mariah Carey and others.

This production stars Allen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold and more, plus performers from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Judge takes readers

behind the bench

LOS ANGELES — Judge Charles Benjamin Schudson takes readers behind the bench to probe judicial minds analyzing actual trials and sentencing of abortion protesters, sex predators, white supremacists and others from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, Los Angeles Public Library, 2920 Overland Ave.

Judge Schudson takes you into chambers to hear judges forging appellate decisions about life and death, and civil rights. He discusses the financial, political and professional pressures threatening judicial ethics.

Information: (213) 228-7430. Please RSVP at least 72 hours prior to event.

Resources available for

formerly incarcerated

PALMS — Romarilyn Ralston, director of Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton, will discuss the mission and services of a project which offers resources and connections to the formerly incarcerated who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, 2920 Overland Ave.

Information: (310) 840-2142.

Holiday market

planned in Inglewood

INGLEWOOD — Madeline K. Couture will host a fashion and gifts holiday market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Tabernacle, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave, Inglewood.

The small business pop-up features Tonya Banks of Little Women LA and Batani-Khalfani of Project Runway Season 16.

Jazz Antiqua

to give concert

LOS ANGELES — Dancers, musicians and actor-singers of Jazz Antiqua will honor 25 years of celebrating the jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience from 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, W. Washington Blvd.

Tickets: $25 and $35. Website: http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/397938.html.

Library conducts

home buyer’s workshop

HYDE PARK — Presenters from Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County will introduce their services, discuss community resources and demonstrates the steps needed for home ownership from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at the Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave. This is a free program.

Register in advance at www.nhslacounty.org or call (888) 895-2647.   

Synergy brings women

artists together

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – SoLA (South LA) Gallery announces Synergy, a group show exhibiting works by the members of its own advisory council, made up entirely of women artists of color, through Dec. 22 at South Bay Contemporary – SoLA Gallery, 3718 W. Slauson Ave. Featured artists include Sharon Louise Barnes, Kris Metoyer, Rosalyn Myles, Holly Tempo and Lisa Diane Wedgeworth.

Additional information: southbaycontemporary.org.

Compton group

plans toy drive

COMPTON — “A Special Christmas Love Toy and Gift Drive will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Trinity Chapel Life Center, 2813 N. Wilmington Ave.

The purpose of the event is to collect toys and gifts and donations to provide a traditional Christmas for children residing in homeless shelters.

Information: (562) 233-9227 or YANACCREW2@Gmail.com.

Complied by Angela Nicole Parker. 

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