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Pencil This In: Broomball Brawl with the Derby Dolls, Theater WinterFest 2012 and an Art Opening at Family

It's the third annual Broomball Brawl at Downtown on Ice today with the LA Derby Dolls vs. LA Flag Football League. (Photo of the 2010 Broombal eventl with LA Derby Dolls and the LAFD by AnnaBannana Veggie Girl)
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What's happening tonight in LA? We found a number of eclectic events including the Downtown on Ice Broomball Brawl with the LA Derby Dolls; a 'Salad Days' exhibition at Family bookstore; The Moth at Busby's East; and WinterFest 2012 staged readings at Atwater Village Theatre. Read on for all the details.

It’s Gays vs. Dolls 3 tonight at Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square tonight at 7 pm. Members of LA Flag Football League-a group made up of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) competitive football players-and the LA Derby Dolls, Southern California's premiere women’s banked track roller derby league face off for the third annual Downtown on Ice Broomball Brawl. The free outreach event promises to be a lot of fun with both teams limited to helmets, brooms and sneakers with and no “checking, blocking or hitting.” (We’ll see about that.)

In ancient Greek culture, old age started at 30. Tonight Family hosts an opening reception from 6-9 pm for multimedia artist Tara Sinn’s Salad Days, a series of prints, sculpture and video in which she explores the passage of time and references ancient Greek thought to boot. A risograph poster in honor of the show will be distributed for free at the opening. The show remains up through Feb. 8.

The Golden Globe® Foreign-Language Nominee Screening Series continues tonight at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with the entry from Spain: Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In. The film stars Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who develops an artificial skin after his wife burned to death. He perfects his discovery on a female patient (Elena Anaya) held captive at his estate, “but neither the woman nor her motivations are quite what they seem.” The week culminates with a panel discussion with the directors on Saturday and the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. Tickets: $11.

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Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents three weeks of nonstop staged readings at Atwater Village Theatre beginning tonight through Jan. 29. WinterFest 2012 presents 47 plays in 18 days including new works by playwrights Nicholas Kazan, Tom Jacobson, Richard Martin Hirsch, Jacqueline Wright, Colin Mitchell, Jonas Oppenheim and more. Admission is free (but donations accepted at the door.) At 7 pm: Under Milk Weed by Nick Pernice, a comedic literary, socio-political satire based on Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

Got a story on “underground”? Think literally: subways, graveyards, basements or figuratively music, movements or ideas off the beaten track. Then try your storytelling skills at The Moth tonight at Busby’s East. Prepare a 5-minute true story and get behind the mic. No notes and no standup. 7 pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. The stories begin at 7:30 pm. $8 at the door. The teller with the highest score becomes the next StorySLAM winner to compete in the next GrandSLAM Championship. Busby’s is a 21+ venue.

*Pencil pick of the day

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