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► Not many bands can say they played Santa’s Village. But that’s what will happen Saturday, Dec. 2, when art-rockers James Supercave, soul siren Jessica Childress and rock quartet Warbly Jets perform at the free, all-ages Holidayfest in Pasadena.
The event is being staged by the South Lake Business Association (the same folks who do Taste of South Lake) and will go off at the Shops on Lake Avenue at 345 S. Lake Ave. There will be horse-and-carriage rides, carolers, kids activities and other holiday-related things. Set times: Childress (1 p.m.); James Supercave (2:30); Warbly Jets (4).
► Long-running SoCal punk rockers Face To Face will get their own coffee-table book and a gallery exhibition. “Face To Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk, The Visual History,” from indie publisher Melodic Virtue (who issued a similar book about the Pixies), will be released Dec. 1. Starting on Jan. 10, an exhibition of artwork from the book will go up at the Spring Arts Gallery (453 S. Spring St., downtown). A book signing is scheduled Jan. 12.
► Speaking of books: Author and academic Stacy Russo’s “We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women From the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene” is out now, with interviews featuring the likes of Exene Cervenka, Alice Bag, Kira, Johanna Went and Jennifer Precious Finch along with DJs, photographers and journalists who witnessed the era. Mike Watt writes the foreword.
► And speaking of Ms. Finch, the documentary “L7: Pretend We’re Dead” is out now and worth your time.