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Pencil This In: Sunday
dineLA Restaurant Week starts today. The event "unites restaurants from the traditional to the trendy to promote the extraordinary diversity and culinary expertise found throughout LA’s restaurant scene. Restaurants in two dining categories will serve a selection of three-course menus at special prices." Nab a reservation for tonight, and eat up this amazing event! (Previously on LAist: Restaurant Week Coming to LA this Month; dineLA Restaurant Week's Big Kickoff)
January 27th-February 8th, lunch & dinnertime // Multiple LA Restaurants // $15-$34 (excluding beverages, tax, and tip)
Santa Monica's Aero Theatre has an excellent (and hilarious) Mel Brooks double feature tonight, showing first the 1974 classic Young Frankenstein (now a Broadway musical!), followed by Leslie Nielsen in 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Seriously, if you haven't seen Young Frankenstein, what's wrong with you?! This comic send-up of monster movies in Hollywood's golden era is both ridiculous and genius.
7:30 p.m. // Aero Theatre // 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica // $10
See Hedwig & the Angry Inch in all its staged musical glory. This post-Rocky Horror transgendered tale takes its unusual protagonist on a "rock and roll odyssey" around the world on a search for self, with obligatory song breaks.
7:00 p.m. // The MET Theatre //1089 N. Oxford Ave, Hollywood // $30, $25 Student and Seniors
FILM (OPTION 2)
Get seduced by the offbeat cinema stylings of Apichatpong Weerasethakul with a Cinefamily Asian Sundays screening tonight of the 2002 Thai film Blissfully Yours. The movie is about the complicated love affair between "two Thai women and a Burmese immigrant with a mysterious skin disease."
7:00 p.m. // Silent Movie Theatre // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // $10
Tongue & Groove comes back in '08 with an awesome lineup of literary talent, including Aimee Bender, Milo Martin, Sasha Watson, and others reading at the lovely and intimate Hotel Cafe. Music will be by Chuck Lee Bramlett. If it's dark and stormy out, cozying up with some wordsmiths might just be the perfect way to end the weekend.
6:00 p.m. // The Hotel Cafe // 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood // $5