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Pencil This In: Speed Dating Skating, Les Mis, Comedy Central's 'Freshman Faces,' and a Live Xmas Podcuddle

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A clip of Samantha Barks singing 'On My Own' from Les Miserables

We found a few holiday happenings worth highlighting, including a Christmas musical set to music from the Beatles, a sneak preview of Les Miserables, speed dating skating in Culver City, a Walking the Room podcast taping and a show from Comedy Central's Freshman Faces. Read on for all the details.

SPEED DATING SKATING
Yep, you read that right: Speed Dating Skating. The new Holiday Ice Rink in Culver City is the place to be tonight from 7-8 pm if you’re single and on the lookout for meeting Mr./Ms. Right. Free mistletoe headbands will be presented to the first 50 attendees who wear the ugly/over-the-top sweater. It's much easier than speed skating dating. Admission: $10; skate rental is $4.

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HOLIDAY MUSICAL
The Open Fist Theatre presents Both, a new musical that tells the story of the nativity using 23 re-arranged Beatles songs (though the lyrics have not been changed). The production opens tonight and runs nightly at 8 pm until Dec. 23. Admission is free, but donations accepted. RSVP online.

HOLIDAY (NON-MUSICAL)
Tonight at 7 pm, NerdMelt presents Walking the Room’s Live Xmas Cuddle (podcast) featuring Aimee Mann, who’s not singing, but dabbling in comedy, Jonah Ray, Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony. Tickets: $10.

COMEDY
Comedy Central’s Freshman Faces show comes to the Westside Comedy Theater tonight at 8 pm. For only $5, see the stylings of these up-and-coming comedians: Mal Hall, Joe Wengert, Chris Thayer, Chris James, Jade Catta-Preta, Brady Matthews, Eli Olsberg, Shawn Pearlman and Tobe Hixx. The show is 21+.

FILM*
The Fall 2012 NoHo KCET Cinema Series presents an advance screening of Les Miserables tonight at 7 pm at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in NoHo. Yes, we have to admit that we’re really looking forward to checking out the movie musical based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), the film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Tveit. What’s different from most musicals is that the vocals were captured live on set rather than in a recording studio. Q&A immediately follows with castmember Redmayne, who plays Marius. Tickets: $20 contribution to KCET's Cinema Series.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).