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Pencil This In: A Janky Christmas, Food Truck Fest in NoHo and British Panto

Santa hit the egg nog too hard last night. (Photo: Christine N. Ziemba)
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It's the beginning of a long holiday weekend for most of us, and tonight's events are mostly Christmas related. There's a Janky Christmas party at the Bootleg; a food truck fest in NoHo; and the British panto 'A Cinderella Christmas.' Read on for all the details.

NoHo Dine Out Fridays takes place tonight from 5-8 pm in the parking lot at 11458 Burbank Blvd., just West of Lankershim. There will be food trucks, holiday boutique tables and street performers. Tonight’s special guest? Santa Claus. Free entrance.

Tonight at 8 pm, the Bootleg Theater holds a Janky Christmas for one night only. The night will be filled with janky, debaucherous, fun and drink specials at the cash bar. Comedy, singing, dancing and more surprises are in store. $10 cash at the door or presale for $8.

The El Portal Theater holds an evening of British “panto” or pantomime—a variety show that doesn’t feature mimes—with the production of A Cinderella Christmas. Fun for the whole family, Cinderella’s been updated and features dancing, comedy and music, including Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" and Michael Buble's "Just Haven't Met You Yet." Audience participation is encouraged. Choreographed by Mark Ballas and the cast features Fred Willard. The show runs through Jan. 8. Today: 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets: Family four pack (two adults, two children under 14) is $99. Otherwise, tickets are $54 adult, $34 child.

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Zuzu’s petals! In case you missed this screening at the Egyptian yesterday, Frank Capra’s 1946 classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life plays on the big screen tonight at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre. We love Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who’s about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve, until he’s shown by Clarence (an angel-in-training what the world would be like without him. Tickets: $11.

*Pencil pick of the day

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