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Culture Lust Weekend: December Nights, Santaland Diaries, And Morrissey

A young and adorable Morrissey.

Above: A young and adorable Morrissey.

I'll admit it, I'm a yuletide nut. I have a soft spot for twinkling lights, candy canes, and mistletoes. However, I draw the line at Christmas music, so while there are festive options on my list, there's also a depressing but brilliant Brit by the name of Morrissey. Fa la la la la...

December Nights is this weekend, which means Balboa Park will be lit up and packed to the gills. Ride the sky buckets across the park to get the aerial view of all the lights.

New Village Arts is staging "The Santaland Diaries," based on the story by public radio royalty David Sedaris.

Paul Rudnick's "The New Century" opens at Diversionary Theatre. It's being billed as "a big gay comedy" and features stories of a Jewish matron, a flamboyant aging homosexual and a Midwestern craftswoman... along with snappy one-liners and a moment of gratuitous nudity. Sold!

The San Diego band The Paddle Boat has finished their debut record and they're having a release party to celebrate. You can see the band tonight at Sushi, along with the adorable Miss Erika Davies (who was on These Days last year with Gregory Page).

Do you have a hipster to buy for this xmas? Then head over to Thread Show at the Wonderhaus building on Saturday and Sunday for all kinds of indie finds, including jewelry, t-shirts, skinny jeans and scarves (actually, not sure jeans will be on sale, but definitely on view).

Are you tired of Pottery Barn ornaments? Then take the kids up to Oceanside and make some homemade ornaments at the Oceanside Museum of Art. This Sunday is Family Day and it's free.

Also, on Friday night, you can witness a locally composed opera called "Lilith." It's a reimagining of the biblical tale, composed by Anthony Davis with a libretto by Allan Havis, both profs at UCSD. It's something of a family affair, as Davis' wife and son are both in the cast. Only one night left to see it at the stunning Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on the campus of UCSD.

Next Tuesday, Morrissey is at Copley Symphony Hall. Still touring, still melancholy, still a legend, but now designing vegan shoes!

Are you stressing about all the gifts you need to buy? Stop back tomorrow to see the Culture Lust shopping guide for the holiday season.

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