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Pencil This In: Poetry in Boyle Heights, International Dance in Glendale

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Celebrate the holidays Vegas style without the long drive. The show A Vegas Holiday is at the El Porta Theatre in North Hollywood featuring the stars and songs from Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara with Jake Broder as Louis Prima, Vanessa Claire Smith as Keely Smith with Luca Ellis as Frank Sinatra. The vocalists are backed by a seven-piece orchestra. The show begins at 8 pm tonight and tickets are $45-60.

The Media City Ballet presents A World of Holiday Dance tonight at 7:30 pm at the Alex Theater in Glendale. It’s a dance concert with an international flair, including selections from The Nutcracker. Participating dance companies include: blue13 dance company (Indian Bollywood-Tech); Cleary Irish Dance; Ballet Folklorico México Azteca; Nairi Armenian Dancers of Los Angeles; Breakdancer Artist Lamonte “Tailz” Goode; and Media City Ballet of Los Angeles. Tickets are $20-45.

Join Boyle Heights Bards: Bush Stop Prophet, Kristy Lovich and John Carlos de Luna for a poetry and music fundraising event tonight at 8 pm for the program Flowers of Fire: Poesía de lucha y amor at the Corazón del pueblo. Sign up for an open mic, too. More info:

The Upright Citizens Brigade hosts the 2009 It Sucked! Awards at 8 pm. Hosted by Amanda Sitko and Jennie Pierson, and featuring a dozen members, these fine comedians will reflect on the moments made people say, “That Sucked!” Tickets are only $5.

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