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Pencil This In: Celebrating Christmas Eve, Hanukkah

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So this is Christmas? Merry merry, everyone. / Photo by Imiyake via LAist's flickr pool.

It’s a quiet night around town tonight, but here are a few options if you feel like venturing out:

The Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration is now in its 49th year. The six-hour marathon of holiday acts, choirs, music and food takes place today at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 3-9 pm today. Highlights include: four different takes on The Nutcracker -- a hip hop version, a modern dance version, a traditional version and even a Bollywood version; Taiko Projects blends traditional Japanese taiko drum beats with hip hop rhythms and moves; and Royal Crown Revue bringing neo-swing sounds. Celebrity chef-hosts include Border Grill's Susan Feniger; The Food Dudes of the Food Network; and Akasha Richmond of Culver City's Akasha.

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At 7 pm tonight, Laemmle’s Royal screens Fiddler on the Roof with a twist. The song lyrics will be digitally projected onto the bottom of the screen so the audience can sing “Sunrise, Sunset” or “If I Were a Rich Man” with their neighbors. In this Norman Jewison adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Israeli actor Topol repeated his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters.”

Tonight at The Highlands Hollywood has aparty for the Chosen People. No, it’s not another Hanukkah or latke party. The Ball 2008 is being billed as one of the largest Jewish Singles Parties in LA…with 25 more other events scheduled tonight in cities throughout the country. Doors open at 9 pm with a $30 admission at the door. Half of the net proceeds to support the LA Jewish Home for the Aging.

*Pencil pick of the day