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Happy Bastille Day! Celebrate with our favorite French food: pomme frites. / Photo by jslander via LAist's flickr pool.

FILM*: There’s a great double feature starting at 7:30 pm tonight at the Egyptian Theatre honoring actress Celeste Holm. Up first is The Tender Trap (1955) with Debbie Reynolds stars as a romantic interest of a womanizing socialite, played by Frank Sinatra. Holm plays a rival for Frank’s attention. Following is a newly restored print of All About Eve, where an ingénue outshines a veteran actress (played by Bette Davis’). Celeste Holm plays Bette’s pal in the film. There’ll be a discussion in between films with Celeste Holm herself.

TALK: Zócalo hosts LA-based writer Josh Kun for a program titled, “The Kidnapped Country: Violence, Drugs, and the Crisis of Mexican Culture.” He’ll explore the “current crisis in Mexico in the broader context of contemporary globalization, drawing on personal, cultural, and political contexts-- from testimonies of victims to local blog accounts to the drug ballads of popular songs.” The free event will be held at The Actor’s Gang in Culver City at 7:30 pm. Reservations are recommended.

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LEARNING: It’s another JAM session at the Ford Amphitheatre tonight, which means you’ll get to learn and be entertained at the same time – for free. Tonight’s program is “Do the Tango,” featuring tango dance lessons with Tony Award nominees in choreography Sandor and Parissa. After you straighten out your two left feet, then join in a milonga (tango party) with live music by the Dino Durand Tango Trio.

MARIMBA: The Zeltsman Marimba Festival continues at the Colburn School tonight at 8 pm with Orlando Cotto. “…As a solo marimbist, Orlando blends his classical training and Latin American background to create a powerful combination of rhythm and music previously uncharted in the marimba world.” Tickets are $7-$10.

BASTILLE DAY: Break out the baguettes! It’s Bastille Day and La Cachette is offering a special dinner. Chef Jean Francois Meteigner starts the dinner with assorted hors d’oeuvres, followed by a choice of Fois Gras Terrine with Sauterne Aspic & Small Brioche, Petit Gris Escargot with Stuffed wth Mushroom and Garlic Butter or Belgium Endive Salad with White Truffle Oil, Walnuts and mix of Imported Blue Cheeses to start. Main course choices are: Duck Two-Way a l’Orange with Braised Cabbage & Crispy Potatoes, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Grilled Vegetable Provencal with Thyme, Lemon Grass and Ginger Jus or Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Asparagus in a Mousseline Sauce. Traditional French desserts will follow. But there’s a price for this gastronomic delight: $90. Sacre bleu!!!

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