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Get Out: Charles Phoenix 'Retro Holiday Slide Show,' 'Tongue & Groove' Reading and Pacific Standard Time

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RETRO: Charles Phoenix, the ambassador of Americana, is back at REDCAT this year with his "Retro Holiday Slide Show" at 3 pm and 7pm. The slide show will include politically incorrect New Year's Rose Parade floats, a bizarre Lamb Cake Contest on Easter Sunday, and an explosion of patriotic pride on the Fourth of July, homemade Halloween costumes, the truly tragic life of a Thanksgiving turkey, and a Yuletide bondage party. For more information, visit REDCAT's website.

ART: Pacific Standard Time has a full line-up of free tours and special events around the city. At 11 am, the California African American Museum is offering a free tour of the exhibition "Places of Validation, Art and Progression." From 2 pm until 4pm, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives will be hosting a reading from Jeanne Córdova. There will be a historical photo-show plus stories from the 1970s and an in-depth Q&A about the state of the gay, feminist, lesbian and gender queer movements. At 2 pm the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will be hosting a panel discussion"Civic Virtue: Action and Irony," moderated by guest curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas and featuring Sarah Schrank, Cal State Long Beach, Susan B. Anderson, UCLA, and essayist D.J. Waldie. They will be answering the question: how has the municipal government participated in shaping the cultural image of the metropolis? For more information about any of these events, visit the website for Pacific Standard Time.

LITERATURE: "Tongue & Groove" is hosting a reading today at The Hotel Cafe at 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood from 6 until 7:30 pm. The reading costs $6. Matthew Specktor, Heather Havrilesky, Anna David and Jillian Lauren will all be reading. Musician Rafe Pearlman is also scheduled to perform. For more information, visit the reading's website.