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Pencil This In: Winter Solstice History, A Tubefilter Meetup and Marc Cooper at REDCAT

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Revenge of the Gingerbread Man by mademanpants via LAist's flickr pool.

Revenge of the Gingerbread Man by mademanpants via LAist's flickr pool.
At Temescal Canyon Gateway tonight at 7:30 pm, Lisa Ann Carrillo, MRCA Director of Public Programs, explores the history and meaning of Winter Solstice celebrations around the world in Illuminating the Winter Solstice program. Traditional holiday refreshments included.

There’s a free screening tonight at 7:30 pm at the Aero of Young@Heart, Stephen Walker’s doc about the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young@Heart Chorus in Northampton, Mass., where the average age of the members is 81. Their music choices are unexpected--from James Brown and Sonic Youth. Free admission! RSVP to for priority seating. Panel discussion following with participants to be announced.

The Tubefilter December Hollywood Web Television Meetup is tonight at Busby’s East with the theme of Going PRO: Seducing the Studios, featuring panelists from Big Fantastic, Sony Pictures Television, and The Bannen Way. “Many producers dream of scoring a studio deal. With financing, marketing, and distribution all taken care of, can't you finally just focus on creating something great? But what's it really like when a studio gets involved?” The panel starts at 7:30 pm and the mixer begins at 8:45 pm.

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It’s time for The Moth’s monthly eastside edition tonight at 7:30 pm with the theme: Gifts. Storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about a "treasure received, given, bequeathed, found, uncovered or even tripped upon." Doors open at 6:30 at El Cid with $7 cover at the door. Get there early because everyone loves a good story!

Former LA Weekly columnist and political pundit Marc Cooper takes to the stage at REDCAT at 8:30 pm tonight with authors Norman M. Klein and Martín Plot for a “discussion on shifting cultural patterns in times of global and local crises.” Tickets: $10 and $5 students.

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