The Museum of Television and Radio pays tribute to a beloved puppet master in its current series, "Celebrating 50 Years of Jim Henson and The Muppets." Through Dec. 22, see screenings of "The Great Santa Claus Switch" and "Fraggle Rock: The Bells of Fraggle Rock." Or for those looking for more secular Muppet fun, head there Dec. 30-Jan 5 to view a compilation of Muppet guest appearances, plus the never-aired pilot for the show, "Tales of the Tinkerdee."
Wed.-Sun. through Jan 29. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1025.
Jim Henson and the Muppets.
Sunday, December 18
Offering so much holiday fun it'll take a Chanukah miracle to do it all in one day, the Skirball Cultural Center hosts its annual Hannukah Family Festival. Angahara Dance Ensemble fills the center's galleries with colorful dance vignettes celebrating light as a symbol in both Jewish and Hindu traditions, while ShirLaLa ensemble tells the Chanukah story through songs in a variety of musical styles. There's also storytelling, workshops for making lanterns, clay oil lamps and edible dreidels and "The Lights of Hanukkah" family tour.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 468-3399.
Monday, December 19
Chanukah is coming early for show tune lovers. The Gay Men's Chorus' newest release is titled, "They Had It Coming: The Music of Kander and Ebb," and features live recordings of musical theater compositions from the composers' classics like "Chicago" and "Cabaret." The chorus also puts on its holiday concert this week, Dec. 16-18. Visit the Web site for details.
Works by noted Czech artist Max Pollak are currently on display in Tobey C. Moss Gallery's "Ynez Johnston and Max Pollak: Etchings" exhibition. Pollak's work was influenced by the world he witnessed, from Jews fleeing Russian and Bohemian pogroms in the 1910s to the images he observed during his many travels over the course of his life. His travel-inspired pieces can be viewed through Feb. 18.
7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523.
"Merry Go Round" by Ynez Johnston. Etching 1949
Wednesday, December 21
Get your gypsy groove on tonight at Jdub Records and Progressive Jewish Alliance's Vodka Latka Festival of Rights/Jewltide. The event features a menorah lighting and appearance by KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad, as well as a concert by electronic and hard-edged folk music group Balkan Beat Box.
Why you oughta ... visit the Aero Theater today. The American Cinematheque kicks off its "Too Much Monkey Business: The Marx Bros. and the Three Stooges" continuing through the end of the year. Tonight's special, "A Night at the Opera," the Marx Brothers' first film for MGM, the first without Zeppo and their biggest box office hit.
7:30 p.m. $9. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456.
Friday, December 23
Now in its 27th year, Ruth Seymour's annual three-hour Chanukah salute to Yiddish, "Philosophers, Fiddlers and Fools," airs this afternoon on KCRW. The radio show features music and stories from the Yiddish world, including a documentary titled, "Rabbi Abulafia's Boxed Set," about Lionel Ziprin's quest to have the recordings of his rabbi grandfather's cantorial music, folk songs and Yiddish story-telling re-released.
"Rabbi Abulafia's Boxed Set" airs again on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. www.kcrw.org.
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