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So maybe you holed up inside last night with a hot toddy and are thinking, "rain be damned! I'm going out tonight!" Okay, fine. If you make it out earlier, you can celebrate the Japanese New Year, or you can lay low until the evening hours and then get yourself so theatre. Or you could just stay home and keep drinking. We'll never tell...

There are multiple events going on today honoring Japanese New Year and taking place in Little Tokyo. You might be too late to catch the Kotohajime ("First Performance of the Year") which started at 1 today, but you can still make it down for the opening of the 10th annual Shikishi show, which is an intriguing display of traditional greeting cards. Finish up your day with half price "Sake Sundays" at both locations of Tengu tonight.

Shikishi: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. // George J. Doizaki Gallery / North Gallery // Japanese American Cultural & Community Center: JACCC Plaza // 244 S. San Pedro Street // Little Tokyo // Free

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Sake Sundays: Until 10:30 p.m. // Tengu & Tengu Santa Monica // 10853 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood & 1541 Ocean Ave. Ste. 120, Santa Monica // 50% off sake

The Unknown Theater Company has just opened member Writer/Director Alex Carver's Naked Yoga. "Based on a true story, Naked Yoga is a contemporary comedy that examines modern sexual politics in a confined space, and reveals how quickly a powerful woman can move in on a weak man's territory, turn it upside down – changing him and everything around him." Hmmm. We just like the name.

6 p.m. // Unknown Theater // 1110 Seward Street // $12 online; $16 at the door

The Upright Citizens Brigade features ASSSSCAT tonight, for freeeeeee! The show is described as "a group of improv comedians currently working in film and television taking the stage accompanied by a special guest monologist. Some guest monologists are talented celebrities, others are screwed up weirdoes. Either way, they usually have great stories to tell." It all kicks off with an audience suggestion, so watch out for what you say!

7:30 p.m. // UCB Theatre // 5919 Franklin Ave // Free

Photo of a 2008 Year of the Rat traditional New Year's greeting card by midorisyu via Flickr