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Pencil This In: Lunar Eclipse Gazing, Love Actually on the Big Screen and Blind Boys of Alabama

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Total Lunar Eclipse Party at Griffith Observatory. | Photo by antith3tic via LAist's flickr pool.

Total Lunar Eclipse Party at Griffith Observatory. | Photo by antith3tic via LAist's flickr pool.
Events are on the thin side tonight since everyone’s probably out scrambling for last-minute gifts, but if you need a break, we still have a couple of ideas:

ArcLight is getting into the seasonal spirit by screening a few holiday gems on the big screen. Tonight, ArcLight Hollywood presents Love Actually, directed by Richard Curtis and starring Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, among others. This British romantic comedy works, intertwining several stories between mismatched couples. We especially love Colin Firth’s and Lúcia Moniz’s storyline, where she speaks no English and he speaks no Portuguese—but they figure things out anyway, 8 pm. Tickets: $13.50.

The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel institution that first formed in 1939. During the next several decades, the group earned four Grammy awards. These gospel legends return to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight to perform Christmas carols and gospel classics. 8 pm. Tickets: $36-95.75.

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There’s a Total Lunar Eclipse Party tonight at Griffith Observatory tonight from 8 pm to 1:30 am. Come down and celebrate the last total lunar eclipse of the decade, on the longest night of the year. Special programs include free lectures about the eclipse in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon (8:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:45 pm) and planetarium shows at 8:45 pm, 9:45 pm and 10:50 pm. Free admission for most programs and a small charge for planetarium shows.

*Pencil pick of the day

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