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Well, we're almost at the climax of the Christmas-Consumer Feast Days that usher in the winter season. If you are like us, you're cash poor but gift rich, and we've got to get through about 10 more days until payday. Here's some suggestions for making merry in LA on a budget:*Take part in the Las Posadas procession depicting the journey of Mary and Joseph at El Pueblo, downtown LA
7:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 23rd and Friday, December 25th

*Attend the 45th Annual Holiday Celebration at the Music Center downtown. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies perform for an audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion while the program is broadcast live throughout Southern and Central California on KCET.

Attendance and parking are free. No reservations or tickets are necessary. Doors open at 2:30pm. Seating is first come, first served and attendees can leave when they wish.

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Free parking at the Music Center! Now that's a gift.

*View Art for Free at the Armand Hammer Art Museum of Art and Culture at UCLA in Westwood from December 28-31. art.blogging.la.com gives the scoop:

In a special year-end offer to its patrons, the Hammer Museum will offer free admission during the final week of the year. No admission will be charged from Tuesday, December 28 through Friday, December 31. The Museum will close early at 4pm on December 31, and it will be closed on New Year's Day.

Hammer Museum :: 10899 Wilshire Blvd at the corner Westwood Boulevard

*Free Film Screening
JANUARY 2005 SCREEN presents… *FREE*
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World Premiere Screening! A Film by Yiuwing Lam
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 • Showtime 7:30 p.m.
David Henry Hwang Theatre,
120 Judge John Aiso Street, L.A. Little Tokyo • Admission to museum: $8.00

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Visual Communications ushers in the Year of the Rooster with a premiere screening of RUPTURE, the latest effort by Yiuwing Lam, VC’s winner of the ABC New Talent Development Award, RUPTURE tells the story of a cab driver haunted by memories of a heinous crime. He finds solace in the company of a photo-shop proprietor (Marie Matiko, THE ART OF WAR, GANG OF ROSES), but both are unaware that they are being observed by….

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
120 Judge John Aiso Street • Basement Level • Los Angeles Little Tokyo
(Formerly North San Pedro Street, between First and Temple Street)