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Pencil This In: Rants and Raves at Rogue Machine, Garcetti's Holiday Party Tonight

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PERFORMANCEThe Unusual Suspects presents Life. Love. Lies! an interactive play that’s geared toward sparking community discussion tonight at 7 pm at Pacoima Charter Elementary (and on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at noon at San Fernando High School). The play follows Vanessa and Christina, two teenage girls whose are off kilter because of the people who are supposed to be looking out for them. Issues focus on teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, gang culture, language barriers and social isolation. It’s performed as an unfinished work and Pacoima parents turn to the audience and community to resolve the challenges facing Vanessa and Christina. All shows are presented in Spanish and English. For information about attending either show please call 213-488-8488, x201 or e-mail

Rogue Machine gives a group of local writers a topic, and then a time limit to talk about it in its Rants & Raves event tonight at 8 pm. This month’s topic is Tradition, and the rants and raves begin at 8 pm. Scheduled for the stage tonight are Johanna Hyman, Gary Gilbert, Amanda Mauer Penny Orloff, Joyce Gittlen, David DiBrienza, Stephanie Kerley-Schwartz, and Lou Fantasia. Tickets are $15. (Bring a past due bill notice, and get $5 off the ticket.) Reserve your spot at and then pay at the door.

LA City Council President Eric Garcetti is holding his annual Community Holiday Party tonight from 6-8 pm at the new Silver Lake Branch Library (2411 Glendale Blvd.,). Kids of all ages are welcome, and kids from 826LA Echo Park will be reading works from their journalism and creative writing workshops. RSVP to 323.957.4500.

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Ghettogloss continues its celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas with a group exhibition tonight that features works by 12 LA-based artists. They’ll be serving up spiked eggnogg and cocktails.

Book Soup hosts Bill Boyarsky who’ll present and sign Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times at 7 pm tonight. The LA Times, when owned by the Chandlers, has had a rich and interesting history, entwined with politics, family feuds and fortune.

LACMA hosts a special preview screening of Crazy Heart, a film where Jeff Bridges plays a hard-living country music singer who tours the Southwest in a beat-up Suburban to make ends meet. He finds unlikely inspiration in a small-town reporter, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal and her son. (Sounds very Tender Mercies--and Robert Duval is in this movie, too.) There’s a Q&A following the screening with Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal, moderated by Anne Thompson.

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