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Pencil This In: wild Up's Experimental Music, Lucky Dragons and a Beaujolais Nouveau Release Party

The experimental chamber orchestra wild Up plays Beyond Baroque in Venice tonight and tomorrow. (Photo: Muriel Jordan)
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TGIF! We found a few events around town that piqued our interest, and might tempt you as well. Magnolia Park District holds a neighborhood block party; a program on the cult classic TV show Insight at UCLA; experimental chamber orchestra wild Up in Venice; and digital music and presentations with Interface LA, a discussion on a new guidebook on LA’s ethnic spas; and a Beaujolais Nouveau release party. Read on for all the details.

Magnolia Park District in Burbank gets a jump start on the holidays with the free community celebration, Holiday in the Park, tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The storefront celebration takes over 20 blocks of Magnolia Boulevard between Buena Vista and the city limits and on Hollywood Way between Chandler and Clark in Burbank. Stroll from store to store to listen to street caroling, and take home fabulous gifts and prizes.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the UCLA Film & Television Archive presents the program Insight: Experimental Theater of Hollywood Television. The series debuted in the 1960-61 season and aired nationally in syndication for more than 20 years. Created by Paulist priest Father Ellwood E. Kieser, the show is remembered for its Twilight Zone-esque tone and its attempt to address “difficult social issues and humanist themes, often with black humor or stark realism.” There’s a panel discussion, highlight reel and two episode screening. At the Billy Wilder Theater. Free.

The experimental chamber orchestra wild Up takes over Venice’s Beyond Baroque tonight and tomorrow for a concert that tackles computer music, classical and punk rock all within the same program. wild Up’s set includes pieces by Clarence Barlow, George Antheil and Conlon Nancarrow, a set of piano rags, and interpolations of punk rock songs by The Misfits, X-Ray Spex, Fear and Black Flag. 9 pm both nights. Cost: $10.

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Interface LA—an organization that cultivates the digital art community in Los Angeles—presents an evening of audiovisual performances, interactive exhibitions and educational presentations tonight at 9 pm at the Bootleg Theater. Featured artists Lucky Dragons will present their tactile interface, followed by an interactive performance. Other presenters/performers are Mike Gao, Crashspace andro, Altitude Sickness & Merbert Moover, with visuals provided by OICHO. Tickets: $10.

According to French law Beaujolais Nouveau—a wine made from the gamay grape—cannot be uncorked until after midnight on the third Thursday in November. To celebrate the release of Georges Duboeuf’s 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau, there’s an art-inspired wine party tonight from 7-midnight at the Beverly Hills Country Club with wine tastings, French food, a silent auction and raffle prizes. LA-based street artist Evan Skrederstu will also create a piece of art onsite, exclusively for the event. Tickets: $55.

Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman’s hosts Gail Herndon and Brenda Goldstein who’ll discuss and sign The Spa Less Traveled: Discovering Ethnic Los Angeles, One Massage at a Time. This is a guidebook to their favorite ethnic spas of LA, guiding visitors through the nuances of massage treatments, what to expect, how to handle language barriers, tipping etiquette and where to eat and shop near the spas.

*Pencil pick of the day

> Looking ahead: There's a party at Skylight Books on Saturday from 4:30-7:30 pm for the release of the latest issue of the zine, Dum Dum. The event features spinning, readings, live music, a projected film, food and drinks.

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