This week: Characters Dickensian and Runyonesque will appear on local stages.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 10th-anniversary edition of this stage adaptation of the 1964 sci-fi comedy. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton. Sun., 4 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $12, $22. (714) 526-7070.
We Laid Our Bodies Down Spoken-word artists share intimate stories to mark World AIDS Day. Skylight Theatre, 18161/2 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Sun., 5 p.m. $15 suggested donation. (213) 761-7061.
Cake Batter's Funny Women Festival L.A. Four-day showcase features a variety of...