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It's the start of a beautiful, long weekend in LA, and we just really liked this photo from LAist's flickr pool. / Photo by el daverino via flickr.

Yes, we know it's the start of a three-day weekend, and many of you are getting out of dodge. But if you're around, there are a lot of quality events going on all weekend. Here's a sampling of what's happening tonight:

The 10 Minute Play Festival takes the stage at the Stella Adler Theatre tonight. The fest features work by writers Kitty Felde, Levy Lee Simon, David Lee Lindsey, Mark Harvey Levine, Veronica Thompson, Vonna Bowen, Stacey Lane, Barbara Lindsay and Matt Haldeman.

8 pm // Stella Adler Theatre // 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles // $20.

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The Egyptian is kicking it old school tonight. Really old school. The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue performs before a screening of the movie musical Gypsy. Natalie Wood stars as a stripper and one of Mama Rose’s (Rosalind Russell) daughters. Russell’s performance paved the way for stage moms like Lynne Spears.

7:30 pm // Egyptian Theatre // 6712 Hollywood Boulevard // $10.

The Zócalo series plays host to filmmaker and Oscar nominee Marjane Satrapi for a screening of her animated, coming-of-age film Persepolis. The film is based on her autobiographical graphic novel that follows her life shortly before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening. Attendees must RSVP in advance with Zócalo.

7:30 pm // Harmony Gold Theatre // 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

THEATRE (Option 2)
The marionettes are back, starring in the next installment of theSunset Chronicles dramatic series at the Velaslavasay Panorama tonight. Yes, you read that right. It’s a drama starring puppets living in Los Angeles. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen previous episodes because all shows are self-contained. There’s live music before (with Here & Now) and after the show (with Gemmelica & Marshweed).

8 pm // The Velaslavasay Panorama // 1122 W. 24th St., Los Angeles // $10 and $5 for students.

Patton Oswalt brings his saracastic brand of comedy to the Largo stage tonight. (And we hear Michael Penn might be stopping by to play, too.) Yes, we know all the tables are booked for dinner, but you can still get in the old-fashioned way: Standing in line along Fairfax.

9 pm // Largo // 432 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles // Cover charge.

Opaque’s “Dining in the Dark” has become a regular weekend series (Friday and Saturday nights) at the rock‘n’roll Hyatt on Sunset. Patrons are served a three-course meal in pitch black darkness, allowing people to savor the food and experience with the rest of their senses. But all this eating with the lights off doesn’t come cheap. The veggie, pasta, chicken or fish meals are $99 plus tax, while the beef meal clocks in at $105. Reservations needed.

Time varies // Hyatt West Hollywood // 8401 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood // $99-$105 plus tax and beverages.

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