Merced Arts Wrap for Dec. 13

Last weekend for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Playhouse Merced

Playhouse Merced brings together past and present artists as it continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary with the production of “A Christmas Carol – A New Musical,” which plays through Sunday. Tickets are on sale for Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $22, $20 for seniors, $12 for students and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased by calling (209) 725-8587 or by visiting the box office at 452 W. Main St. in downtown Merced from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The show has a few spooky, ghostly scenes but is suitable for all ages.

Cottonwood Creek plays at the Hangar BBQ

Country/folk group Cottonwood Creek performs at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Hangar BBQ, 26 Macready Drive, at the Merced Airport. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Mike Hammar and the Nails at The Partisan

Blues band Mike Hammar and the Nails are scheduled to play 8 p.m. Friday at The Partisan. Also scheduled to perform are Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame. Admission is $10. The Partisan is located at 432 W. Main St. For more information, visit

Of Us Giants and Every Atlas at Coffee Bandits

Bands Of Us Giants, Every Atlas and Cottonwood Creek are scheduled to perform at Coffee Bandits in downtown Merced at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Coffee Bandits is located at 309 W. Main St. For more information, visit Coffee Bandits on Facebook.

Arts UC Merced Chorale presents Winter Concert

Arts UC Merced will present its “Chorale Winter Concert: A Shining Night of Stars and Song” at 5 p.m. Sunday at UC Merced’s Lakireddy Auditorium. The event features UC Merced students under the direction of Lorraine Walsh, accompanied by Denise Bumgarner. The audience will hear classics that evoke images of starry nights and wintry scenes. Guitarist John Albano and flutist Sandra Stocking return to join the choir. Admission is $5 at the door. UC Merced is at 5200 Lake Road. For more information, visit

Johnson Randall to at play at Star Club

Johnson Randall will be playing the Star Club at 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The event has no cover charge and is for ages 21 and older. The Star Club is at 1331 W. Main St., just west of R Street. For more information, call (209) 723-1047.

Christmas in the Park

The first annual Christmas in the Park is set to be held 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 10 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21-22 in Merced’s Applegate Park. According to the event’s Facebook page, the park will be “transformed into a holiday fantasy with animated exhibits, glittering lights and a huge Community Giving Tree.” The event will include “animated snowmen, caroling mice, elf woodcrafters, animated nutcrackers and a Santa’s Den.” It is being organized by the Baby Victor Foundation, according to the posted announcement. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

FAME: Fashion and Art -- the Merced Experience

FAME, previously known as Project Fishbowl, is scheduled to launch its first show Dec. 20. According to the event’s Facebook page, FAME is “designed to bring together artists, local businesses, and members of the community for a night of entertainment, excitement and to experience the best Merced has to offer when it comes to art and fashion.” For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.