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Get Out: Charles Phoenix Slide Show, Winterfest by the Beach, Capra's Classic, Sundays Live at LACMA, Operation Gratititude Yard Sale, Metrolink's Holiday Toy Express

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Photo by Lord Jim via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr


Photo by Lord Jim via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Charles Phoenix's Retro Holiday Slide Show
It's time for "a live comedy performance by the King of Retro, Charles Phoenix, celebrating mid-century holiday life and style. With his enthusiasm, keen eye for the bizarre, and a massive collection of found Kodachrome slides, Phoenix supercharges the classic living-room slide show. Get ready for a hysterical/historical 1950s & 60s New Years Eve, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas jubilee. Sure to get you in the mood for all the holidays like never before! Holiday cheer will be spread!" Special Ticket price: General $25, American Cinematheque Member $20. 2:00 PM @The Egyptian.

Winterfest @Seaside Lagoon
Winterfest is a holiday arts and crafts fair on the beach at Seaside Ice presented by the King Harbor Association. Head to Redondo Beach's Seaside Lagoon to check out the 25 artisans, face painters, food and beverages by Ruby's and Fresh Brothers pizza, holiday music by skating carolers and Santa (at 1pm). It runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and there's skating, too at the outdoor rink. Admission to the festival is free; skating will still cost you.

It's A Wonderful Life: 2 Showings @ The Aero
With a family matinee at 4:00 p.m. and an evening showing at 7:30 there are two chances to see this holiday classic on the big screen today at The Aero in Santa Monica. It's Frank Capra's 1946 film about George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), who is shown what life would be like without him if he were to commit suicide on Christmas eve. Says The Aero: "If you’ve only seen it on TV, see it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen."

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Sundays Live @LACMA: Piano Concert
Tonight at 6:00 pm see pianist Daniel Schlossberg perform Jean-Henri d'Anglebert: Prelude from Suite III; Brahms: 16 Waltzes, Opus 39; and Enescu: Sonata No. 3, Opus 24 at LACMA's Bing Theater as part of their ongoing Sundays Live series. The concert is free, and no reservations are required.

Operation Gratitude Yard Sale
From sunrise until 3 p.m. today check out the Yard Sale being hosted by Operation Gratitude, with Holiday Gifts, Books, Mystery Boxes and tons of items priced at only $1. It's taking place on the lot Adjacent to Armory (17330 Victory Boulevard; Van Nuys 91406
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Metrolink's Holiday Toy Express: Last Stops
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and friends have been riding the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express this holiday season to bring cheer to Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, and today it's the final show in the Antelope Valley. Metrolink sends a 450-ton train decorated with holiday displays and 50,000 twinkling lights with a live musical performance, holiday play, and community fun and accepts toy donations, and its final stops are tonight. The Holiday Toy Express will arrive at the Lancaster station at 5:00 p.m. (44812 N. Sierra Hwy., 93534) then make its way to visit the Palmdale station at 6:00 p.m. (39000 Clock Tower Plaza Dr., 93550). The train will then make its way to the Acton station at 6:45 p.m. (730 W. Sierra Highway, 93550). For its final destination this season, the Holiday Toy Express will visit the Via Princessa station at 8:15 p.m. (19201 Via Princessa, 91351).