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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Frank Perry Double Feature, Shop the Avenues, and Listen to an Opera Pro Talk

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FILM
An excellent double feature of films by director Frank Perry is on screen at the Egyptian tonight. Adapting Joan Didion's best-seller, Perry cast Tuesday Weld as an ex-model on the verge of a nervous breakdown in Hollywood in Play it as it Lays. With Anthony Perkins, Adam Roarke. Burt Lancaster swims the backyard pools of suburban Connecticut as a middle-age man re-visiting old friends and lovers on his strange journey in The Swimmer. 7:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING
The streets and fashion boutiques of West Hollywood will begin the holiday season with The Avenues’ Third Annual Holiday Walk tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stores in the Melrose Village will be participating along Melrose Avenue from San Vicente to Orlando. Stores will be open later, and will have a variety of special events going on during the evening. Enjoy entertainment, carolers, food trucks, refreshments and special in-store promotions and sales. The sales will continue throughout the day on Saturday. [Twitter] [Facebook]

TALK
World renowned tenor Ben Heppner headlines a special free community conversation open to the general public and presented by Los Angeles Children's Chorus tonight at 7:30 P.M., at Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. Young Men's Ensemble Director Dr. Steven Kronauer moderates the conversation, during which Heppner, currently featured in the title role of LA Opera's production of Lohengrin, will discuss his career in general, as well as his singing techniques, his voice change during adolescence, and how he trained during that period of his life. He will also answer questions from the audience. Free. The Buckley School is located at 3900 Stansbury Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.