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Let There Be Light
Opens Saturday Dec 19 (7-9pm)
Dec 5 - Jan 10, 2010, Daily
Phantom Galleries LA: Long Beach East Village Arts District
In a modern update on the urban tradition of extravagant seasonal shop-window decorations, Phantom Galleries' Long Beach phalanx offers nearly 30 light-based art installations in 25 locations. All the work is visible from the street 24/7, but optimal viewing time is at night, when the work really comes alive. The central arts and shopping district of downtown Long Beach keeps the pieces up through the new year, with a loosely organized walking tour reception on Saturday, December 19, providing last-minute shopping opportunities alongside the public culture.
- Shana Nys Dambrot

Christmas with Bessie
Saturday Dec 19 (9pm)
Edgar Varela Fine Arts
542 S Alameda St, 2nd Floor
In what has become an annual holiday tradition, "Empress of the Blues" and vaudeville queen Bessie Smith holds court at Edgar Varela Fine Arts this evening. Celebrating the music and the spirit of the venerated chanteuse, Christmas with Bessie brings together local representatives of all musical genres in order to pay tribute to one of the Jazz Age's greatest.
- Tanja Laden

Oct 9 - Jan 10, 2010
Tuesdays-Thursdays (noon-5pm)
Fridays (noon-9pm)
Saturdays-Sundays (noon-5pm)
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St
(see event description for alternate locations)
Although some of the objects in TOOLS may seem familiar, they are most definitely far from from ordinary. Jointly organized by Williamson Gallery director Stephen Nowlin and Los Angeles artist/writer John O'Brien, the exhibition's tooled and re-tooled artworks defy categorizations of utility, historical importance, and aesthetics and prove that natural science and the arts are often interchangeable. The exhibition is also Art Center's contribution to ORIGINS: Art & Ideas 2009, a festival organized by the Pasadena Arts Council intended to highlight the wealth of technology and art resources in this egghead-laden city.
- Heather Jeno Silva