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Last year's revelers packed the house for Carnaval in Long Beach | Photo courtesy Aries Productions

FESTIVAL
Okay, so Long Beach doesn't pack the same exotic pull as, oh, say, Rio, but they're going to put on a Carnaval and pull out all the stops. Get out your Carnaval costumes and get ready to samba the night away! This year’s theme is “Preservation of the Planet” featuring green and recycled decorations. At the heart of the 2008 celebration is renowned Bahiana Dandara, musicians performing vibrant and energetic Carnaval beats. Music and bare booties abound!

8pm-2am // The Queen Mary // 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach //$48 ($38 advance)

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THEATRE
Moliere goes modern in The Golden State, which is an adaptation of his comic play The Miser. Occidental College is hosting The Dell'Arte Company, a theatrical group from Blue Lake, California, who take "Molière’s comedy of profit-driven family relations and turns it on its head, re-inventing the miser as an elderly California widow with a fortune stuffed in her bra, whose adult children are the desperate products of her fanatical hoarding." Yeah, it's set here in good old SoCal...surprise, no?

8:00 pm // Keck Theater, on the Occidental College campus //1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock // $18; Groups of 10 or more/students: $10

FILM
Hayao Miyazaki's animated gem Spirited Away will be on the screen tonight at the Aero. The plot: "In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures." This is magical, beautiful stuff.

7:30 pm // Aero Theatre // 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica // $10

FILM (OPTION 2)
Harper Lee's powerful and stirring novel To Kill A Mockingbird hit the screens in 1962, with Gregory Peck as the iconic Atticus Finch in the endearing story of life in the American South of the Depression era. The Alex Film Society is showing the film tonight, with some classic Woody Woodpecker cartoons to kick of the screening in the historic Glendale theatre. It's worth a viewing, if only to hear Peck as Finch tell young Scout this: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

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8:00 pm // Alex Theatre // 216 N. Brand Blvd. , Glendale // $13.50; $9.50 seniors and students; $8 Alex Film Society members