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Pencil This In: 'Singin' in the Rain,' 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' and a Holiday Fest

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Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and slept off the turkey / food coma from yesterday. While it's holiday-lite on the events front in LA, we hope not to set foot within a two-mile radius of any mall on this Black Friday. Here are a few alternatives to hanging out at the Grove, Promenade or Americana at Brand, including: screenings of Singin' in the Rain, Los Angeles Plays Itself, a holiday fair in Pasadena and an art sale at Gallery1988.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica presents the musical Singin’ in the Rain with awesome song-and-dance numbers by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Conner. The musical/romance/comedy about the dawn of the talking motion pictures will be introduced by Kelly's widow, Patricia Kelly. Tickets: $11.

Today, Gallery1988 releases new prints just in time for the holidays, including Scott Belcastro, Sean Clarity, Nathan Stapley, Roland Tamayo and Casey Weldon. They also found a few orphaned prints (Kevin Tong, Todd Slater, Ken Taylor, Scott Campbell, Max Dalton, Eric Tan, Olly Moss, etc) in storage. At both the Melrose and Venice locations. 20% off most prints and original artwork.

Director Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself, 2003, screens at the Egyptian Theatre tonight at 7:30 pm. The film appeals to both LA and film history buffs with the use of archival and film clips revealing how the City of Angels has been represented on celluloid. A discussion with Andersen follows the screening. Egyptian Theater at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

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There’s an Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration today from 4-9 pm on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks Ave. They’re carting in 20 tons of snow and reindeer from the North Pole for the street festival.

*Pencil pick of the day

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