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Pencil This In: Two-for-One Ice Skating in Culver City, Post-War Docs at Cinefamily & Thanksgiving Comedy Shows

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L.A. is winding down for the holidays, but we still found plenty of events for those enjoying a staycation. Read on for ways to enjoy Thanksgiving Eve at The Cinefamily, The Last Bookstore, NerdMelt, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, or in Downtown Culver City.

Downtown Culver City invites you to enjoy a "Pre-Gobbler" Third Wednesday celebration, featuring food and drink samples, live music and a two-for-one deal at an outdoor ice rink. Bars like City Tavern and Ford's Filling Station will also host beer tastings and happy hour menus for up to $6. The festivities start at 5 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

The Cinefamily presents a moving double feature with "In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand" and "Outlaw-Masu Returns Home." Both documentaries explore Japan's coping with the fallout of World War II. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 (free for members).

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In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers In Thailand from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

Nerdmelt hosts a pre-Thanksgiving edition of The Meltdown , their weekly standup showcase hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani. Kyle Kinane, Greg Fitzsimmons and more will perform. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. Tickets, which are sold out online but will be available at the door in limited amounts, are $8.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre presents a very special comedy show with "It's a Bangarang! and Kid Grift Thanksgiving!", featuring two excellent improv teams. Expect long-form improvisation riffing on audience-selected Thanksgiving themes. Doors at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

The Last Bookstore hosts their monthly Writers' Row open reading, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Poet Society. Julio the CongaPoet and Conney Williams will read. If you're a writer who wants to show off your work, email ( or visit the Writers' Row Facebook page.

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