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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Watermelons and Broadway Showtunes

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Nice melon. / Photo by ccharmon via LAist's flickr pool.


Nice melon. / Photo by ccharmon via LAist's flickr pool.
FUN WITH WATERMELONS
The 48th Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Fest starts this afternoon at 5 pm. On tap for the fest: a watermelon carving display, watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon recipe contest and the royal coronation of the Watermelon Festival Queen! There’s also a food court, wine and beer garden, artisan exhibits, carnival rides, arcade games, pony rides, petting zoo and more. The festival lasts through the weekend. Admission is $1 and will enter you in a nightly prize drawing.

FILM
It’s another installment of the Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square. In keeping with the series superhero theme, tonight’s movie is Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Council, the screening's and popcorn are free, but bring a blanket and other snacks. The movie starts at 8 pm. Don’t forget to take public transportation!

SINGALONG*
Can you hear the people sing? Well you will tonight! It’s Broadway night for the Friday Night Sing-Alongs at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Everyone’s welcome to unleash their inner Julie Andrew or Brian Stokes Mitchell with popular tunes from the Great White Way. Join the crowd who’ll be accompanied by live musicians. Lyric sheets are provided. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed 45 minutes prior to start of event with one ticket per person to those waiting in line. The singing starts at 7:30 pm.

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THEATER
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company -- a company that brings the theater arts to at-risk teens -- and the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. present an original youth musical, Life on the Offbeat, tonight at 7 pm at Narbonne High School in Harbor City. The music, lyrics, and book were created entirely by Narbonne High School Students and will be performed by Harbor City/Harbor Gateway youth. This high school musical follows very different twin brothers, Aaron and Baron who want to take the same girl to the prom. Complications arise, as you can imagine.

THEATER 2*
The Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall continues its “81 Series” tonight at 8 pm with the opening of the comedy Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang. Here’s the plot: “Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky female therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend.” **OPENING NIGHT IS SOLD OUT...but the play runs until Aug. 29.

THEATER 3
The Sacred Fools Theatre Company’s Summer Camp presents “Boy Whores in Underpants: Live at John’s,” performed by Brently Heilbron & Alexx Staggs. Two West Hollywood hustlers host their weekly cable variety show from the living room of a passed out john. Hilarity ensures, WeHo style. The show begins at 9 pm tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are $15.

Find LAist’s film calendar here: http://laist.com/2009/08/12/laist_film_calendar_cinefamilys_cra.php

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