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Holiday, e Nightmare Before Christmas, e Polar Express, and e Grinch. On December 15, Die Hard reignites the annual debate on whether it is or is not a Christmas movie, and a trifecta of favorites — Elf, It's a Wonderful Life, and Home Alone — close out the 2023 season on December 17. rooftopcinemaclub.com Noel Noel December 15-17 e Rady Shell at Jacobs Park In this program full of Christmas classics and singalongs, audiences will experience the return of Noel as she and her friends search for Santa and the magic that he brings with the season. e concert will be led by guest conductor Christopher Dragon and director Jonathan Gilmer, and it features the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Master Chorale, and the San Diego Children's Choir. New to this year's performance will be featured guest vocalist Devin DeSantis. theshell.org special guest singer Caitríona Sherlock, a vocalist from Monaghan who is one of the finest new voices from Ireland. e family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle by MacDiarmada, flute and uilleann pipes by Sean Gavin, and harp by Gráinne Hambly, performing along with thrilling old-style Irish dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. irishchristmasinamerica.com A Light in the Darkness December 15 | Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church A diversion from the traditional yuletide program, this transcendent musical experience celebrates peace on earth and the power of light to pierce the darkest nights in an evening of enchanting voices and triumphant brass. e program includes "Dona Nobis Pacem" by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a new chamber orchestration as well as seasonal contemporary works focusing on themes of peace on earth. is is the second of a five-concert series from Sacra/Profana, a San Diego-based choral ensemble committed to musical diversity. sacraprofana.org Rooftop Cinema Club rough December 17| Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero at Manchester Grand Hyatt Beloved holiday titles both new and old shine on-screen in December at Rooftop Cinema Club. e month kicks off with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on December 1, featuring America's favorite bumbling dad, Clark Griswold, and near-nightly screenings of rotating season staples follow, including e I'm Not a Comedian… I'm Lenny Bruce rough December 3 North Coast Repertory eatre Based on Lenny Bruce's autobiography How To Talk Dirty and Influence People, this play starring critically acclaimed actor Ronnie Marmo and directed by Joe Mantegna chronicles the life and death of the most controversial comedian and undisputed legend of all time. His personal pain, sharply funny social commentary, and completely original, freestyle comedy left a lasting impact on today's poetry, politics, music, film, and comedy. A talkback with Marmo will take place following the performances on November 30 and December 1. northcoastrep.org Irish Christmas in America December 5 | California Center for the Arts, Escondido Combining Irish music, song, and dance with stories of seasonal Irish traditions, Irish Christmas in America is an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy. e 2023 tour features 2023/24 ARTIST ALLIANCE BIENNIAL EXHIBITION: THE GOLDEN SUNS OF TREASURE ISLAND, CATHY CAREY, OIL ON LINEN, 30X40 LENNY BRUCE: COURTESY OF NORTH COAST REP IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA: PHOTO BY DAVID- SCHOFIELD Culture ranchandcoast.com 38 DECEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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