What: The Capstone Festival
Where: World Theater, Sixth Avenue near A Street on the CSU Monterey Bay campus
When: 1 and 6p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20
CSUMB film students present 14 professional-quality screen gems spanning genres such as documentary, narrative and experimental works. All works are produced by students of CSUMB's Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department. Free. The program includes Mattie Mauthes' "The Tome," a comedic romp through the daily life of a terminally underemployed paranormal investigator, and Renee Infelise's "A Fundamental Right," a short documentary featuring award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black speaking passionately about his politically-charged play "8." Parking free in adjacent lot. Learn more from Professor Karen Davis at email@example.com or 582-4396. For disability accommodations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Exhibit of Batista Moon student photographic images
Where: LALLAgrill, 1400 Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey
When: Exhibit open now through January
Over the past 30 years, the husband-wife team of Fernando Batista and Barbara Moon Batista have earned a reputation as one of area's leading photography teams. They teach independent photography workshops at Pacific Grove Adult School and this exhibit showcases the works of Batista Moon and eight of its students: Claudia Kenyon, Martha Hogan, Silke Laetz, Virginia Courtney, Jeff Hobbs, Tracy Hagen, Jon O'Keefe and Terrence Farrell.
What: Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer presents "A Chanticleer Christmas"
Where: Carmel Mission, Rio Road,
When: 6 and 8:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 21
The popular and award-winning 12-man vocal ensemble appears in Carmel every December as part of its annual Bay Area holiday tour.
What: Screening of "Wait Until Dark"
Where: Museum of Monterey Theatre, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey
When: 7p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and 2p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22
The Monterey County Film Commission, in collaboration with the Museum of Monterey (MOM), screens "Wait Until Dark" as part of its "9 Films Marking 1967" film series at the MoM Theatre. "Wait Until Dark" is a classic suspense-thriller starring Audrey Hepburn as a young blind woman, with Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna. Hepburn received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination.
What: "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris
Where: Stardust Playhouse, 2115 N. Fremont St ., Suite C, Monterey
When: 8p.m. Fri-Sat, 7p.m. Sundays Dec. 21-30.
A one-man show starring Tyler Shilstone, "The Santaland Diaries" is the story of an out-of-work actor taking a job as Crumpet, a Macy's Christmas elf. Crumpet's hilarious recounting of the trials and tribulations that the holidays bring is sure to bring a smile to even the grouchiest face.
What: Ballet Fantasque of the Monterey Peninsula presents "Nutcracker" ballet
Where: Santa Catalina School Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey
When: 7p.m. Saturday, Dec 22, and 2p.m. Sunday, Dec 23
Ballet Fantasque of the Monterey Peninsula presents the full-length "Nutcracker" ballet featuring Bay Area guest stars for two performances only. $18 general; $15 military/seniors/students; $12 children 12 and under; buy one child's ticket, get the second free, available at The Bookmark in Pacific Grove and Thinker Toys in the Del Monte Shopping Center. Cash or checks at these venues only. Also available online at www.balletfantasque.org. 372-0388.
What: Belinda Underwood & guests in concert
Where: Plaza Linda, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley Village
When: 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and belly dancer Belinda Underwood comes from a musical family with a rich history in Monterey County, so her shows are bound to include a number of special guests and surprises. She plays a ukulele with bass pedals and sings mostly original songs — and may break out in a belly dance at any time. $10 suggested donation. www.belindaunderwood.com.
What: Hungry Skinny in concert
Where: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey
When: 9p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; doors open at 8:30
Recently signed to the San Francisco-based label Light Rail Records (which will release their sophomore EP "Nobody Cares"), this raucous, four-piece indie rock band from San Francisco (with roots in Monterey) returns to Monterey after a jam-packed show at the old Alternative Cafe earlier this year. Opening will be Pacific Grove's own award-winning rock combo Mozzo Kush and the Keith Damron-led folk-blues outfit Bogie & The Turtles. $10, all ages. goldenstatetheatre.com.
What: Critical Christmas
Where: Custom House Plaza, Monterey
When: 5:45p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23
It's unlikely the makers of battery-powered LED Christmas lights, duct tape and bicycles ever dreamed their products would become the building blocks for a holiday-on-wheels event such as the one planned for Christmas Eve-Eve at Custom House Plaza. The Critical Christmas Bicycle Ride rolls brightly on its way again this year from the foot of Alvarado Street, not too far from Fisherman's Wharf. Bring the kiddies and the aforementioned building blocks, plus garlands, ornaments, Santa hats and other Christmas gear for a colorful ride to ... somewhere. There's no predetermined route. And warm up your pipes for some Christams caroling. Don't forget the batteries! Ride begins at 6, but give yourself some decorating time. Ride ends at 7:30. Rain cancels. Free.
What: The Golden State Holiday Film Series
Where: Golden State Theatre, 217 Alvarado St., Monterey
When: Opens at noon Sunday, Dec. 23, and runs through midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 26
Golden State Theatre celebrates the holidays with a series of holiday-themed films, including midnight horror flicks at bargain rates ($1.50 per film) Sunday through Wednesday. The lineup: Sunday, Dec. 23: noon, "Toy Story" (1995); 3p.m., "Elf" (2003); 6p.m., "Love Actually" (2003); 9p.m., "Lethal Weapon" (1997); midnight, "Black Christmas" (1974). Monday, Dec. 24: noon, "Arthur Christmas" (2011); 3p.m., "Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993); 6p.m., "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946); 9p.m., "Mixed Nuts" (1994). Tuesday, Dec. 25: noon, "Muppets Christmas Carol" (1992); 3p.m., "A Christmas Story" (1983); 6p.m., "White Christmas" (1954); 9p.m., "Scrooged" (1988); midnight, "Santa's Slay" (2005). Wednesday, Dec. 26: noon, "The Polar Express" (2004); 3p.m., "Gremlins" (1984); 6p.m., "The Apartment" (1960); 9p.m., "The Ref" (1994); midnight, "Child's Play" (1988).