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Pencil This In: Eating Our Words, 'A Christmas Story' on the Big Screen, 'Heat' Turns 15

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Tonight at Taylor De Cordoba is "Eating Our Words." NY-based writer Elisa Albert will be reading from her critically acclaimed anthology, Freud's Blind Spot: 23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings. And for the food component, they have invited expert pickler Jen Smith (Full Moon Pickles and Preserves) to do a canning demo and have a conversation about pickling with hungry guests. Her "jars of magic" will also be available for purchase (think sweet pickled pumpkin, pickled brussels sprouts, curried cauliflower, apple butter, smoky brined cucumbers and more). Space is limited; RSVP to 7:30 PM.

It's the holiday classic, on the big screen. Instead of suffering through the broadcast and the commercials, pony up the grown up cash to see A Christmas Story at the ArcLight in Hollywood. 8:00 PM.

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Michael Mann's testosterone-infused crime epic Heat, which pits preternaturally composed gangster Robert De Niro against uber-volcanic peace officer Al Pacino, who face off in what must be considered the director's consummate exercise in modern film noir. See it on screen tonight at the New Beverly. 8:00 PM.