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Pencil This In: Poetry at the Beach House, John Lennon Tribute Show

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If you need a break from shopping or the bustle of December, then here are a few of tonight's options:

Tonight at 8 pm, the ArcLight Hollywood screens the Billy Bob Thornton heart-warming holiday classic Bad Santa. Thornton is a conman who as a cussing and vile mall would rather steal (and drink) the good cheer of the holidays -- until he meets a pudgy kid that he nicknames the Kid. 8pm. (There’s also a 7:30 pm screening of Up in the Air tonight at the ArcLight with a Q&A with director Jason Reitman, but it’s already sold out.)

The Dakota Lounge hosts an acoustic singer-songwriter night tonight with Oak & Gorsky, Lori Lynner and Dan Bern tonight at 8 pm. Cover is only $5. Afterwards, stay for late-night karaoke at the bar at 11 pm.

Just Imagine continues tonight at 8 pm at the NoHo Arts Center. In the production, Tim Piper performs as Lennon returning for one more concert, in a show that also depicts Lennon’s life and career. Supporting Piper is the band Working Class Hero, under the musical direction of Greg Piper, and archival projections evoking the times before Lennon’s success, the Beatle years, and his solo career. Tickets are $35, $45, $55.

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The Annenberg Community Beach House welcomes its first Artist in Residence, the poet Majid Naficy, who will be working at the Beach House from Nov. 23-Feb. 1. The poet fled his native Iran in 1983 following the execution of his wife in Tehran, and has been living in Venice Beach/Santa Monica since 1984. Tonight Naficy will read at 6:30 pm from a selection of his poetry on the theme of The Homeless and Other Exiles. Stop by early (5:15-6:15 pm) for docent tours at the Guest House. The event is free, but reservations are required.

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