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Pencil This In: 'Diner' Screens at LACMA, 'Wicked' the Musical is Back

Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda in Wicked, which opened yesterday at the Pantages. It runs through Jan. 29, 2012. (Photo: Joan Marcus)
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Hey LA, Pencil In these events tonight: LACMA screens Barry Levinson's Diner, with special guests Gavin O’Connor and Paul Feig; the broomsticks are back for the holidays as Wicked returns to the Pantages; the Getty Center examines the image of the brooding artist in a lecture; the Grammy Museum talks (and screens) Sinatra; and get into Madame Tussauds on the cheap today. Read on for all the details. MUSICAL
Wicked, the popular musical that tells the story of two unlikely girlfriends who become the Wicked Witch of the West and the Glinda the Good Witch of the North, is back at the Pantages Theatre for the holiday season. It runs through Jan. 29, 2012. The cheap seats are sold out for tonight’s performance, but tickets ($71.30-$196.50) still remain. (You can also try your chances at the $25 lottery 2.5 hours before showtime.)

Film Independent at LACMA presents a screening of the 1982 classic film Diner, which stars Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin and Paul Reiser. The film marked the directorial debut of former sketch comedy writer Barry Levinson, who also wrote the screenplay. Set in 1959 Baltimore, Diner is a look at friendship at the end of an era. In person tonight: Writer-director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Miracle) and director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) who’ll discuss Levinson’s influence on their work. Tickets: $5-$10.

If you’ve never been to Madame Tussauds on Hollywood Boulevard, today just might be a good time to check it out. Also perfect for those of us with relatives still in town. Meet the likes of Thor, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Taylor, Justin Timberlake and Penelope Cruz, etc. Until 7 pm tonight, the was museum offers the flat rate entrance fee of $2.50 in honor of the 250th birthday of founder Madame Tussaud, who began creating wax figures during the French Revolution.

The Getty Museum presents the lecture Rebels and Martyrs: The Changing Image of the 19th-Century Artist tonight at 7 pm. Alexander Sturgis, director of the Holburne Museum in Bath, England, explores how artists' lives and self-perceptions influenced their work—especially the 19th century artists. The Romantics especially perpetuated the myth of the artist as heroic and rebellious, isolated and suffering. The program is being held in conjunction with the current exhibition Images of the Artist, which is on view at the Getty Center through Feb. 12, 2012. The event is free, but reservations are required.

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The Grammy Museum presents Reel to Reel: Sinatra Sings tonight at 7:30 pm. The museum features an hour-long special screening of some of Sinatra’s best television performances to celebrate the recent release of Sinatra: Best of the Best, which contains both tracks from Capitol Records and his own Reprise Records. After the screening, Sinatra’s daughter, Tina Sinatra, will take the stage for a discussion moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Admission is free; reservations required. To reserve your seats, please call 213.765.6800 or e-mail

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