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Pencil This In: A Beer Bowl, FMLY Fest Continues, Vertigo Screens and Matthew Sweet Sings

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TGIF! It's our last Pencil This In column of 2011 as well as the night before all the NYE parties get crack-a-lackin' tomorrow. We hope that you have a great—and safe—weekend, and we'll get right back to penciling things in on Monday. In the meantime, we found a several events around town tonight worth highlighting for you, including a screening of Vertigo, a Beer Bowl in Pasadena, Matthew Sweet at the Echo and more. Read on for all the details.

A 70mm print of Vertigo screens on the big screen tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian. We’re suckers for Hitchcock films, and having Jimmy Stewart as the SF detective leading man is a bonus. Stewart’s character suffers from vertigo, which causes him trouble when he becomes obsessed with the woman at the center of his latest case. Tickets: $11.

The newish Haven Gastropub + Brewery in Old Town Pasadena is having a little fun during Rose Bowl weekend by hosting the Haven Beer Bowl fundraiser. Starting today and through Jan. 2, Haven has assigned breweries for two teams in the Rose Bowl: Rogue Ales, for the Oregon Ducks and the Leinenkugel Brewing Co., for the Wisconsin Badgers. At the end of game day on January 2, the beer purchased the most between the two, will be declared “winner,” and 100% of the profits from the designated beer will be donated back to the team’s university. For those who don’t care about the game, the bar features 100 bottled craft beer selections, and dozens more on tap.

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The grassroots FMLY Fest 2011 is LA’s "biggest, wildest, friendliest D.I.T. (do-it-together) music and arts festival" finishes up its third annual fest today at Chucos (1137 East Redondo Boulevard Inglewood). Artists, musicians, activisists and like-minded social do-gooders celebrate with live bands, chill out tents, interactive art and food. Doors at 2 pm. Tickets: $10 for one day.

We have to mention a few music acts taking to the stage tonight. Matthew Sweet is at the Echo celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Girlfriend as well as his latest CD Modern Art (tickets: $26); Asher Roth headlines a bill at the Viper Room (tickets: $20); and Beats Antique is at Club Nokia (tickets: $30-$45).

Skylight Books continues its post-holiday book sale with 15 percent off these sections: Hard Cover Fiction; Mystery; Science Fiction; History; Political Science; Design & Photo; Film / Film Production; Music; Regional / California; and DVDs. Get yourself something that Santa forgot to drop off on Christmas Eve.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).