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Pencil This In: Anime and Tattoo Expos This Weekend

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The world's largest body and tattoo art convention starts today at the Fairplex in Pomona through Sunday. You been thinking about getting ink? Now here's your chance to dive right in. Featured events at Body Art Expo include: tattoo contests; Neil Turbin from Anthrax on Sunday and human suspension by Jason of Texas Ink.

Laemmle's Sunset 5 screens the indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile. Writer/director Jonathan Blitstein wrote the quirky comedy while finishing NYU Film School and shortly after, received seed funding from the NYU Richard Vague Award Fund for recent Alumni. Let Them Chirp Awhile follows three twentysomething artists as they juggle their careers, relationships and emotions in NYC. The film opens today with multiple screenings.

Inauguration day is fast approaching. The Aero Theatre presents two Frank Capra classics that find the good in politics. Up first at 7:30 pm is Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where a small-town regular guy is elected to Congress. The second film, Meet John Doe, stars Gary Cooper as a hobo who gets recruited by corrupt politician to manipulate the masses.