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MUSIC: CalTech isn’t just about nerdy rocket scientists. They have glee clubs, too! All kidding aside, tonight's concert will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as the Women's Club taking on Porpora’s Magnificat, written in the 1730s.

8 pm // Dabney Lounge at California Institute of Technology // 1200 East California Blvd., Pasadena // Free.


DANCE: From CalTech, we’ll head over to CalArts in Valencia. The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance is holding its annual year-end showcase of innovative dance. This year’s featured artists are choreographers Jeanine Durning, Rosanna Gamson and Colin Connor. The program includes a repertory piece by Gamson, a newly commissioned work by Connor, and new dances by CalArts’ most accomplished student choreographers.

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8 pm // Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theatre at CalArts // 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia // $7 ($3 for alumni and $2 for seniors and students.)

FILM:: The ImaginAsian Center opens in Little Tokyo tonight with a screening of the Japanese thriller Midnight Eagle. The film follows a photographer who witnesses the plane crash of an American military craft with a warhead that can decimate Japan's entire population. The Center is the first movie theatre to open Downtown in more than 20 years

4 pm, 6:45 pm and 9:30 pm // The ImaginAsian Center - LA // 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles // $10.

SING-ALONG: Judith Owen and Harry Shearer bring back their holiday extravaganza with special guest Weird Al Yankovic. The evening's a mix of music and mirth for Christmas lovers and Scrooges alike, a mix of traditional and nontraditional holiday music that's both reverent and irreverent. The show will be musically anchored by pianist (and Brian Wilson music director) C.J. Vanston. Owen and Shearer both sing and play piano and bass, respectively.

8 pm tonight and tomorrow // Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry // 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // $25.

HAPPY HOUR: Downtown wine bar 626 Reserve has $2 off wine and beer by the glass during the work week. They have nearly 70 varietals of wine, with regularly changing options. There’s a small food menu, and we can highly recommend the goat cheese with marinara and country bread.

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4-7 pm // 626 Reserve // 626 Spring St. #B, Los Angeles // Price varies.

ART: The first Friday night of the month is free at the Norton Simon Museum from 6 to 9 pm. Stroll through the museum's galleries and gardens or follow a free guided tour at 7 pm.

6 pm // Norton Simon Museum // 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena // Free.

DINNER DATE IDEA: Grab dinner and a movie at Cinespace. The movie's always free as long as your order dinner. On the menu this week are numerous tasty treats including panko-crusted halibut, lemon-thyme roast chicken, chocolate truffle cake and, oh, the movie Superbad.

7 pm // Cinespace // 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // Price varies.

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