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Pencil This In: New Year's in Little Tokyo, It's a Wonderful Life

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Photo of Weller Court in Little Tokyo by LA Wad via LAist's flickr pool. LITTLE TOKYO NEW YEAR*
There's a Japanese New Year celebration in Little Tokyo with entertainment including folk songs, dancing, karate demonstration, kimono demonstration and a tea ceremony. Free and fresh Mochi. Yum. Start out in Weller Court and wander around the neighborhood. Runs from 11 am-3 pm.

The Aero Theatre presents two classic screwball comedies featuring the Marx Brothers at 5:30 pm. First up is A Night at the Opera from 1935, the first film for MGM and without Zeppo. The second part of the double feature is Animal Crackers (1930) where the brothers are caught up in the theft of a priceless painting.

Guillaume Canet's 2006 French thriller Tell No One is one of our film editor Josh’s favorites from last year. It’s about a doctor who tries to overcome the murder of his wife, yet finds himself suspected of another murder. It screens tonight at 7:30 pm at the New Beverly Cinema and plays on Saturday at 2:50 pm.

January 1 means Rose Bowl in SoCal. First, the parade then the football game. This year’s game features Penn State and USC. You still might be able to score tickets to the game.

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It's a great day to spend at the L.A. Zoo. Kids of all ages can get up close to reindeer, talk to zookeepers and make holiday crafts. Guests can ride the L.A. Zoo Choo Choo train. Everything's free with paid zoo admission: $10 Adults, $5 Children (2-12).

It’s a Wonderful Life plays on the big screen @ the Egyptian tonight at 7:30 pm. See Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic before it’s put away until next year. For those living in a hole, the film follows the George Bailey (James Stewart) as his guardian angel shows him how dismal life would have been without him. This screening is a tribute to Stewart's 100th birthday.

*Pencil pick of the day