Utopian Ideals at MOCA: The Museum of Contemporary Art presents cutting-edge works by tech maven Stan Douglas. The Vancouver-based artist displays works in film, video and color photographs that explore themes of colonization, urban development and mass media. Douglas combines cinematic techniques with new-media technologies to produce his provocative images. His work has been exhibited internationally. More information: (213) 621-1749 or www.moca-la.com.

Vagina Monologues: The stage of the Canon Theater continues to be rushed by a Hollywood who's who for the readings of Eve Ensler's Obie award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues." The work is based on personal reminiscences and on interviews with dozens of women of various religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds about their attitudes concerning sexuality, health and body image. Actresses Nora Dunn, Teri Garr and Sanaa Lathan take the stage beginning Dec. 12. More information: (310) 859-2830.

Wolves of East L.A.: The popular band Los Lobos serves up its tasty mix of rock and traditional Mexican music at the House of Blues on Dec. 29 and 30. Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles the Wolves of East Los Angeles, as they were once known turned a musical tutelage gleaned from their parents' Mexican folk music records into gigs at parties, weddings and what was then a major career plateau: a regular engagement at a Mexican restaurant. More information: (323) 848-5100.

Real People: The Cornerstone Theater Co. presents the world premiere of Alison Carey's musical comedy, which celebrates Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah and Ramadan. Set in a soul food restaurant, the cast includes actual members of the MTA, LAPD, U.S. Postal Service and other agencies. The musical comedy opens Dec. 15 at the Mark Taper Forum. Information: (213) 628-2772.

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