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Pencil This In: Lost Moon Radio's Holiday Special, Nihilist International Film Festival, 'Elfbot' at the Americana

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Who says that the holidays and nihilism don't mix? We found a little bit of both happening tonight in LA, from holiday specials with an Elfbot and Lost Moon Radio, a nihilistic film festival, and a Local Screen film screening. Read on for all the details.

LA Luz de Jesus holds a reception tonight from 8-11 pm for a solo exhibition by Christopher Ulrich. The Christ Chronocrator Series III: The Reckoning marks the end of the six-year odyssey Demoneater Saga with pieces borrowing from Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles. Ulrich’s works in the exhibition are composed according to the zodiac and based on alchemy and personal allegory.

TheLost Moon Radio musical-comedy troupe brings its Holiday Special to the Atwater Village Theatre tonight and tomorrow. Back are favorite characters and sketches and songs perfect for the season. After each performance, audiences can participate ih live-band karaoke with the “ever-popular and wildly handsome” The Moon Units. 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm karaoke. Tickets: $12.99.

FILMLocal Screen connects theaters directly with filmmakers and local audiences. Tonight, Local Screen screens the world premiere of Shoplifting from American Apparel at the Los Feliz 3. Director Pirooz Kalayeh's second film mixes fiction and documentary, following the “trials and tribulations of making an indie movie about a hipster book in an inventive new comedy.” After the screening, there’s a Q&A with director Pirooz Kalayeh and actor Brad Warner to follow screening. Performances by writers Steve Roggenbuck and Mira Gonzalez prior to screening.

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The Nihilist International Film Festival takes over the Echo Park Film Center tonight at 8 pm. Now in its 13th year, the festival screens two hours of short films from around the world, ranging from the hilarious to the super serious downers. Organizers say there’s something for everyone (except for children and the elderly). Bring your television 15 minutes early to include it in the traditional ritual Blessing of the Televisions.

The Barnes & Noble at the Americana in Glendale welcomes a celebrity cast to perform a live interactive storytime event, Elfbot, tonight at 7 pm. The new original Christmas book performance features Jane Lynch (Glee), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh) and Kenny G, among others.

The eventLet's Make a Movie: Los Angeles takes over Fix Coffee in Echo Park tonight beginning at 7:30 pm to support the making of Happy Baby, edited by Dave Eggers and originally published by McSweeney's. It’s an evening of literature, performance and community hosted by Zoë Ruiz and Eve Troeh, with readings from authors Aimee Bender, Melissa Chadburn, Jillian Lauren, Tera Patrick and Adrian Todd Zuniga; stand-up by Kyle Kinane, sword-swallowing by performance artist Brett Loudermilk; actor James Urbaniak in conversation with actor Adam Busch and Joshuah Bearman on how his Wired magazine article became the film, Argo. Tickets: $20. To purchase advance tickets, make a contribution of $20 or more.

Lost Angels is a documentary film about Los Angeles' homeless community on Skid Row, directed by Thomas Napper and narrated by Catherine Keener. It follows several homeless people who’ve made a home for themselves among the Skid Row community. It opens tonight at 7 pm at the Arclight Hollywood. Tickets: $12.75-$14.

*Pencil pick of the day

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