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Pencil This In: California Market Center Sample Sales, Funny or Die on the Big Screen

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LA Contemporary Dance Company opens its winter show Fight or Flight tonight. | Photo of dancer Genevieve Carson by David Starkopf

LA Contemporary Dance Company opens its winter show Fight or Flight tonight. | Photo of dancer Genevieve Carson by David Starkopf
Tonight at 7:30 pm, The American Cinematheque Blows Up the Internet: A Night with Funny Or Die at the Egyptian Theatre. On the program are comedians Brett Gelman, Jordan Peele, Brandon Johnson, Charlie Sanders and a "really big comedian who likes to sit between two ferns and interview famous people." Plus, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera, under the artistic direction of Ella Lee Romani (2008 National
Opera Association Legacy Award Recipient), will present the program "From Our Lips to God's Ear" tonight at Gateway Christian Churchat 8 pm, featuring scenes from Tosca, Carmen, La forza del destino, West Side Story and Messiah. This concert is part of the new Gateway Performance Series (GPS), an innovative concert program on the Westside founded by Rev. Dr. David McAllister and composer Dr. Alan Chan. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

LA Contemporary Dance company presents Fight or Flight -- the world premiere of work by choreographers Scott Hislop, Kate Hutter and Adam Parson for a two-week engagement beginning tonight. "Each piece in the concert grapples with what it is to be faced with a challenge, a choice or even a threat, and what occurs when you go with our gut." The show starts at 8 pm tonight at the Mimoda Studio Theatre. Tickets: $20 general admission; $25 reserved seating.

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The Perfect Moment seems like a production that's perfect for the holiday season. Life sucks for Mark Vanowen. It's the holidays and he's just lost his temper, and with it his job, at the office Christmas party. "Nothing ever seems to go right for him - not since that glorious day, 35 years ago, when his band triumphed in front of a crowd of adoring fans at the Venice Pavilion. Now, with the chance of a comeback looming in the air, he's assembled his former band-buddies for a seasonal party. Will the four aging boomers be able to recapture 'that perfect moment,' half a lifetime ago, when they were cool and their band was hot?" Tonight at 8 pm. Runs through Jan. 17 at The Little Victory Theatre. Tickets are $25.

There are only two Fridays left before Christmas, so the California Market Center is opening its doors for Holiday Sample Sales. Then you can do the proper kind of holiday shopping. One gift for someone and then one for yourself! Two tips: Look for the "Samples For Sale" signs on the showroom windows for those showrooms that participate, and bring CASH money. It's prefered. The CMC will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Los Angeles Food Bank and a clothing drive to benefit the Good Will.

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