FRI 1: Sandra Tsing Loh serves up her one-woman show, “Sugar Plum Fairy,” Luckman Fine Arts Complex. $35, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 10.
Brazilian songwriter-guitarist Guinga performs original works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Halll. $15- $85, 8 p.m.
John Waters skewers Christmas with “A John Waters Christmas,” featuring Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins, Royce Hall. $25-$48, 8 p.m.
SAT 2: Hunter S. Thompson’s personal photographs on exhibit in “Gonzo,” M + B gallery. Opening reception 6 -9 p.m; through Jan. 20.
The Los Angeles Ballet debuts with “The Nutcracker,” Wilshire Theater. $35 – $95 or $89.25 – $242.25 for series of 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Through Sun.
Susanne Daniels and Camille and Kelsey Grammer honored at the Help Group‘s Teddy Bear Ball, Beverly Hilton. $250-$500; 6:30 p.m.
Ann Magnuson gives “Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories” its West Coast premiere with music, monologues, videos and a full glam-rock band, Redcat Theater. $20, 8:30 p.m.
SUN 3 : Getty Villa Family Festival presents Mediterranean folk tales, Tunisian music and the chance to create a mosaic, Malibu. Free, reservations required, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
MON 4 : Ryan Gosling on hand for “Half Nelson” at the Variety Screening Series, ArcLight Theater. Free, reservations required, 7:30 p.m.
TUES 5 : “She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio” bows its second season with America Ferrera, Loreen Arbus, Lesley Stahl, Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Museum of Television & Radio. Free, reservations required, 6:30 p.m.
“Christianity Today” correspondent Katherine Yurica debates Barry F. Seidman of the Council for Secular Humanism, Hammer Museum. Free, 7 p.m.
“Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” bows, Brentwood Theater. $35-$40, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 17.
WED 6: Garry Shandling serves as emcee for the Beverly Hills Bar Association‘s 75th anniversary black-tie gala, Beverly Wilshire. $300, 6:30 p.m.
THURS 7 : Urban artists, designers and photographers including Buff Monster, Jessica Miller, Katsuo Design and Sage Vaughn exhibit for “Give Large,” Hollywood & Highland Center. Free, through Dec. 10.
Chris Freeman and Variety‘s Bob Hofler present and sign “Under the Rainbow: An Intimate Memoir of Judy Garland, Rock Hudson, and My Life in Old Hollywood” and “The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Wilson,” respectively, Book Soup. Free, 7 p.m.
Helmer Irwin Winkler discusses “Home of the Brave” post screening at Aero Theater. $10, 7:30 p.m.