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Now Thanksgiving's over, the Christmas/holiday season is ushered right in. / Photo by Rebecca Joyce via LAist's flickr pool.

RED LINE PUB CRAWL: As you heard on LAist earlier, the MTA is running the Red Line until 3 am on the weekends until the end of the year. So do the safe thing this party season by staying off the roads when imbibing as many toddies as you want. There’s public transportation to the rescue. Now tonight’s organized Red Line pub crawl will begin at 8 pm at Traxx in Union Station and then make the trip around 9 to Hollywood’s Cahuenga corridor.

CLASSIC FILM:: The Gene Kelly-Debbie Reynolds-Donald O’Connor classic musical Singin’ in the Rain comes to the Egyptian Theatre tonight. It’s arguably one of the best movie musicals ever made. “Co-director Kelly (with Stanley Donen) shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound -- until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd Charisse.”

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FEST: Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, it’s time for the Christmas holidays to begin, right? Pasadena gets a jump start today at 4 pm (on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks Avenue) with 30 tons of snow, a tree lighting, live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, kids crafts and activities, performances, trolley rides and … Santa, of course.

THEATRE: The Actor's Gang brings us a raunchy retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.. There's a preview performance of Aah! Scrooge Must Die! tonight at 8 pm. Written by company member Angela Berliner who also directs, the show's a combination of physical comedy, song and dance. "In the book, Scrooge is redeemed in the end and regrets his ways," says Berliner. "But our version recognizes that a sociopath is still a sociopath. It's really his fear of death that causes Scrooge to change his ways, as opposed to a true reversal of spirit." Preview tickets are $15. Leave the kids at home.

REALLY OLD FILM: Zander the Great screens at LACMA at 7:30 pm tonight. It stars Marion Davies, better known as William Randolph Hearst's much younger girlfriend. The 1925 silent film will be introduced by Cari Beauchamp, author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and will feature live musical accompaniment by Bob Mitchell. "In this nominal western, Davies, charming in pigtails, plays an intrepid orphan who rescues a homeless child, and heads off to Arizona in a dilapidated car to find his father, a bootlegger."

CLASSICAL Wunderkind conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of Strauss and Beethoven tonight at 8 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. On the bill tonight are Christine Brewer, soprano, Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral," Strauss' "Four Last Songs" and Ligeti's "Atmospheres."