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Get Out: Ren Faire Returns, Noir Fest, Step Off II, Heads You Lose, Snow White Turns 60

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Ye Shall Be Ren Faire Aware: It's opening day at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in southern California. Grab a mutton leg and puffy shirt and do like the dragon slayers do. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale, CA, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tickets here.

Noir Is Now: Noir Fest is back at the Egyptian. Today is a rare pick not available on DVD. They say it best: "New 35mm Print: Loophole, 1954, 80 min. Dir. Harold Shuster. In one of the rarest original noir films, bank clerk Barry Sullivan is made the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme and pursued to the brink of insanity by insurance investigator Charles McGraw. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, 1950, 102 min. Dir. Gordon Douglas. A handful of battered survivors recount in court the violent saga of criminal Ralph Cotter (James Cagney), from his prison breakout to his double-dealings with women." 7:30 p.m.

Watch Your Step: Sprite Step Off II, the largest step competition in the nation, is making its fourth stop on a six-city tour today in Los Angeles. Head to the Galen Center for live musical performances and and watch ten teams (5 Fraternity and 5 Sorority) compete for a shot at the championship.
Los Angeles Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007 2:00 pm, (Doors 1:00 pm)

Don't Lose Your Head: Author Lisa Lutz thought it would be a good idea to ask her friend and ex-boyfriend David Hayward to join her in co-writing her next mystery novel. (What was she thinking, really?) The result is Heads You Lose, a murder mystery complete with hysterical author notes. The two are doing two signings in the LA area today. The first is at Mysteries to Die For in Thousand Oaks at 2 pm, followed by a signing at Vroman's in Pasadena at 5 pm.

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That's Classic(al): Composer Dale Trumbore presents three original song-cycles, including Snow White Turns Sixty, Sara Teasdale Songs and Practical Lovesongs tonight at Cafe MUSE in Hollywood. Accompanying Trumbore are singers from USC Thornton School of Music, including Keely Borland, Hannah Goodman, Kimberly Hessler, Tara Jose, Eleni Pantages, Sara Staples, and Sophie Wingland. The performance starts at 9:30 pm. $5 food/drink minimum.