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Pencil This In: Holiday Celebrations, 'The Nutcracker' and 'The Dark Crystal'

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It's relatively quiet on the event front today, but we found a few worth mentioning: The LA County holiday celebration; the Pasadena Dance Theatre's 'The Nutcracker 2012'; a solemn Christmas concert before a midnight mass; and a screening of 'The Dark Crystal.' Read on for all the details, and happy holidays, everyone!

HOLIDAY
The 53rd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration is being held today from 3-6 pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with a number of bands, choirs and dance companies representing LA’s diverse cultural tradtions on the slate. Check out the full lineup here. Pre-show activities begin at noon and doors open at 2:30 pm. No reservations or tickets are necessary. Free parking for the event, but it’s also metro accessible.

SCREENING
Cinefamily celebrates the 30th anniversary of Muppet creator Jim Henson’s and Frank Oz’s ambitious fantasy film The Dark Crystal with a screening of a 35 mm print tonight at 9:20 pm. Through puppetry, we learn the story of a tyrannical race, the Skeksis, who have stolen a large, but damaged purple crystal that provides them power and knowledge. It’s up to Jen, an elf-like creature, to fix crystal and restore its true power. Tickets: $12/free for members.

CHOIR
The St. Francis de Sales Choir presents a Christmas Eve concert in Sherman Oaks beginning tonight at 11:15 pm before the church’s midnight mass. On the program are Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel and selections from Messiah. All are welcome. Admission is free.

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MUSIC
The Pasadena Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker 2012 at the Historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse today at 1 pm. More than 80 dancers bring Clara’s Christmas Eve dream of a dashing Nutcracker Prince, a devious Mouse King and a Sugar Plum Fairy to life. Perfect for the entire family; get there early for Clara’s Nutcracker Party to meet Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy. Tickets: $20-$55.

*Pencil pick of the day

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