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Get Out: Saturday

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There are so many movies out right now to see, from new(ish) releases (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven Pounds, The Wrestler, Doubt, Revolutionary Road, to name a few) to revivals and special engagements. This might well be the only time of year going to the movies is really rewarding since the new releases are looking for some awards season attention and it's something to do besides go to the mall. Drop your out of town guests off at one of the tourists destinations they're dying to hit up and that you'd rather skip out on, and get yourself to the movies!

What's Kwanzaa? It's another reason to be festive and celebrate this month, that's what! So, this weekend, get in on the joy at the sixth annual Kwanzaa Heritage Parade and Festival in Leimert Park. The festival will feature live entertainment, children's activities, food, a marketplace and other attractions. Today the big fun will be the parade that starts at noon on Crenshaw Blvd. at Rodeo Road and goes south to Leimert Park Village. Learn more about Leimert Park via LAist's Neighborhood Project (and maybe grab a bite while you're there! Yum!)

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There are three shows tonight at UCB--one of LAist's favorite places to go for the funny--starting with ASSSSCAT at 8, stand up by Marc Maron at 10, and Derek Waters Presents LOL at Midnight.

Head down to the LBC to Alex's Bar (LAist has had some good times there!) to see Phil Shane and the Alex's Bar staff croon away the evening. Shane is a "one man showman" who has "a repertoire of over 2,000 songs and styles ranging from Sinatra to Matchbox and Johnny Cash to Rascal Flats"--apparently "there is hardly a request he doesn't welcome. Entertaining is his life and his enthusiasm is contagious which brings audiences coming back for more." See if you can get him to sing your bidding! The show is free (minus the booze) and gets going at 9:30 p.m.

Other Things to Do: Hit up Universal Studios (maybe your out of town guests want to go?), warm up with a bowl of ramen, visit the LA Zoo (say hello to the gorilla!), head to MOCA to see what Eli Broad just bought, take a stroll or run around the Silver Lake jogging path, or stay in (we know, contrary!) and get it on. Of course, you can always brave the malls and exchange your gifts and/or hit up the crazy sales...but you don't need us to tell you that!

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