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Pencil This In: Holiday Boutique, Oscar-Worthy French Film at Cinefamily & Kurt Vonnegut Book Signing

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Tonight, take a break from gearing up for the December holidays. We found events at the Cinefamily, the Getty Villa, Book Soup and the NerdMelt Showroom to offer some entertaining respite. However, if your holiday shopping simply can't wait, we can help you with that, too.

The Oakwood School Parent Organization is hosting their Holiday Boutique all day until 5 p.m. at the Oakwood School Secondary Campus (11600 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood). The impressive vendor roster promises gifts to delight everyone on your shopping list. Expect to find foodie gifts, jewelry, pet supplies and more.

Though the actual plot of Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" is tough to glean from trailers and reviews, the French film is getting serious foreign-language Oscar buzz. The film follows an actor who completely transforms himself to embody multiple characters over the course of one day, but there might be more to it than that. The film is enjoying a one-week run at the Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre. Tonight's screenings are at 7:30 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are free for members.

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So it goes: Gregory Sumner, author of "Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Work," will appear for a discussion at West Hollywood's Book Soup tonight at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your copy, as he'll also be doing signings.

NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics hosts their weekly standup showcase, the Meltdown, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani. Tonight's guests include Natasha Leggero, Jay Chandrasekhar and more. Doors at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $8.

The Getty Villa presents "Ornaments and Amulets: Ancient Carved Ambers for Women, by Women?", a discussion hosted by Washington, D.C. art historian Faya Causey, who will discuss the ancient, cross-cultural tradition of amber amulets and the female role in that tradition. The talk is free (ticket required) and starts at 7:30 p.m.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow Lauren Lloyd (@LadyyyLloyd) and Christine Ziemba (@christineziemba) on Twitter.

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