What’s there to do in L.A. this week?

Two films by Nicholas Ray screen at the Egyptian, Keshet Chaim dance ensemble performs The Meshuga Nutcracker, Stevie Wonder rocks the Gibson Amphitheater, Spike Lee signs "When the Levees Broke," more

FRI 15: Carl Theodor Dreyer‘s 1928 B&W “The Passion of Joan of Arc” screens, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center. Free, reservations required, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Westside Ballet and the Canterbury and Coventry Choirs of Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church join hands for ” ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas,” Walt Disney Concert Hall. $39-$135, 8 p.m. Through Sunday.

The Farm, a series of six 10-minute plays written and directed by locals and performed in unusual settings, hits the loft spaces at Bedlam on 6th Street. $5, 9 p.m. Info at 213-625-1766.

SAT 16 :

The Meshuga Nutcracker!” tells tales of Chanukah derring-do; performed by the Keshet Chaim dance ensemble, University of Judaism. $35-$50, 7:30 p.m. Through Sunday.

Stevie Wonder’s 11th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert rocks the Gibson Amphitheater. $35-$250, 7:30 p.m.

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band play Royce Hall. $60-$125, 8 p.m.

“Tourgasm,” sans Dane Cook: Gary Gulman, Robert Kelly and Jay Davis go for laughs, Wiltern. $36.50, 8 p.m.

SUN 17:

Jay Leno hams it up at the Comedy and Magic Club. $30, plus two-drink minimum, 7 p.m.

Nicholas Ray‘s “Bigger than Life” and “Wind across the Everglades” double feature, Egyptian Theater. $9, 7:30 p.m.

MON 18:

Make list, check twice, curse traffic, go out anyway.

TUES 19:

Charlton Heston takes the screen in “Ben-Hur,” LACMA. Free, 1 p.m.

Helmer Robert De Niro and scribe Eric Roth on hand when “The Good Shepherd” unspools for the Variety Screening Series, ArcLight Cinema. Free, reservations required, 7:30 p.m.

The Chanticleer performs traditional carols, sacred Medieval music and Renaissance works in “A Chanticleer Christmas,” Walt Disney Concert Hall. $23-$135, 8 p.m.

WED 20:

Spike Lee signs his DVD, “When the Levees Broke,” Borders in Westwood. Free, 7:30 p.m.

Seneca Hawk headlines the Troubadour. $8, 9:30 p.m.


Disney on Ice skates into Staples Center. $15-$60, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 25.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” returns to the silver screen, Aero Theater. $10, 7:30 p.m.