On Sun., Nov. 29, the Ojai Film Society (OFS) will screen “Meru,” an exhilarating and profound documentary about three mountain climbers who attempt to scale the Himalayan peak known as Meru—the Shark’s Fin. On Sun., Dec. 6, OFS will screen the “The Second Mother,” a heartbreaking and humorous Brazilian film. The films are screened at 4:30 pm at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” is a delightful twist on the infamous tale of the terrible Scrooge, told from Marley’s point of view. Chock full of wit and emotion, this “superbly written” story plays at Ojai ACT from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 or $15 for seniors, students and Art Center members. The show is not recommended for children 10 and under. Tickets are available by calling 640-8797 or online at: www.OjaiACT.org
“A Winter Gift” is presented by three of the premier Celtic Harpists in the world. Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter perform Celtic legends, along with Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music. The concert and storytelling event will take place at Ojai Valley Women’s Club at 441 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA on Thursday, December 3rd, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. Kids under 15 are half price. For info and advanced tickets call 665-8852 or visit www.OjaiConcertSeries.com. This trio is well known for their first show “Legends of the Celtic Harp,” which tells stories and legends of the harp through time. In their new show, “A Winter Gift,” storyteller and wire-strung harpist Patrick Ball along with harpers and multi-instrumentalists Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter step into a magical world of Irish and English literature. The trio presents a heartwarming collection of tales and music from Celtic legend and traditional folk stories. They perform a Child’s Christmas in Wales, a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingle them with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music. Audiences will hear three Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Fiddle, Bandura, Bouzouki and more. Visit www.LegendsOfTheCelticHarp.com for more information.
“Wassail,” The Holly and the Ivy,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and other great songs of the holidays will be brought to life by the Ojai Community Chorus as they present “Christmas: Gifts from the Heart” Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church. A bake sale and boutique will also be held.The concert will be set in Vienna and will pay tribute to great Viennese waltzes plus waltzes with a Christmas theme. The chorus will be accompanied by local musicians John Boyd, James Antunez, and Ben Ginsberg.
The Ojai United Methodist Church is located at 120 Church Rd. Tickets are available at Angela’s Flowers, 226 West Ojai Ave. and from chorus members. Get your tickets early and take advantage of the presale price. Suggested donations are $20 for general admission in advance and $25 at the door. Seniors 65 and over and student tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children ages 6 through 11 are admitted for $5. Children younger than 6 are admitted free, but there are no provisions for child care during the performance. Free refreshments will be offered after the concerts. View the website at ojaicommunitychorus.com.