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Pencil This In: Kirov Ballet and A White Christmas

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The Kirov Ballet performs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion today. / Photo by Hurro Kitty via LAist's flickr pool.

HOLIDAY FILM
Tonight White Christmas (1954) plays on the big screen at the Aero Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight. This Christmas classic musical is "a love story, set in a Vermont inn. Two Army buddies Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye turn post-war song-and-dance team and find romance with Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) and Vera-Ellen, while rescuing their old general (Dean Jagger) from foreclosure of the inn and financial ruin." And yes, the title song is included, but musical fans know that that Irving Berlin classic was introduced in Bing's movie Holiday Inn almost a decade earlier.

ART
Opening today at the Getty Villa are three exhibitions that explore the conservation and interpretation of ancient art: "Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden," "The Getty Commodus: Roman Portraits and Modern Copies" and "Fragment to Vase: Approaches to Ceramic Restoration."

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DANCE*
The world famous Kirov Ballet performs the The Nutcracker today at 2 and 7:30 pm, accompanied by the Kirov Orchestra. The fairy tale ballet was first choreographed in 1934 by Vasily Vainonen, and the Kirov's version includes dancers Irina Golub, Vladimir Schklyarov, Evgenia Obraztsova and Igor Kolb. There is a family-friendly pre-show talk with dance historian and writer Elizabeth Kaye one hour prior to each performance in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

THEATRE
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Astroglyde 2008. It’s the “Annual Kick-Ass Holiday Production of Truth, Terror and Titilization!” There are four performances this weekend, beginning tonight at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12.

*Pencil pick of the day