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Pencil This In: Watermelons and Broadway Showtunes

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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.

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!

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.