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Congratulations, LAists. Another week successfully past and a new weekend just beginning! Because of the sheer volume of events over the next two-and-a-half days, this post will only cover Friday's events. Look for another post later today with all the juicy details for entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.

Get some air at an outdoor screening of the 1953 classic How to Marry a Millionaire, starring Marilyn Monroe. The movie, which will be digitally projected on the side of the Crate & Barrel building in Old Town Pasadena, starts at 8:30 PM. There is no charge for admission, so be sure you arrive at One Colorado Courtyard early enough to nab a good spot. For more information, call (626) 564-1066.

Elsewhere tonight in film, there are two simultaneous screenings at the ArcLight which promise to be interesting: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which opens today, and Better Housekeeping, which won the Slamdance Festival Grand Jury Prize as well as an official Critics Week selection at Cannes. Following each screening tonight, filmgoers have the opportunity to meet each film's director at a Q&A session. Better Housekeeping begins at 7:25 PM and Metallica begins at 7:30 PM.

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Director George Hickenlooper (Dogtown) presents Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show at the Skirball Cultural Center. Beginning at 7:30 PM, this 1971 film is a depiction of life in 1950s America. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission, $8.00 for members and $6.00 for students.

This evening is also the opening gala for the 8th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. According to the Festival's website, "The Opening Night film is also a treat: in the eight-year Festival history, most of the Opening Night or Closing Night films have won all the top awards, and often audiences leave the theater raving about the presentation." This year's film is Ladies' Night; the gala will also feature a wine tasting. Cocktail attire is strongly suggested. For tickets, call (323) 469-9066.

If Friday puts you more in the mood for a laugh, the one-man show Bitter Bierce, or The Friction We Call Grief, about the life and times of 19th century agitator Ambrose Bierce starring John Billingsley, continues tonight. The Zephyr is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and the show begins at 8:00 PM; for more information call (323) 860-9860.

For more laughs, check out dry-as-dust comedian Lewis Black at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner and the show starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $28.50.

Another free in-store at Amoeba Music tonight, featuring beat box-er and Roots alum Rahzel with DJ JS-1. The duo will be performing songs from Rahzel's new album, Rahzel's Greatest Knock Outs.

If you're in Long Beach, be sure to head for Alex's Bar around 8:00 PM. HR—former frontman of the DC punk band Bad Brains—is headlining a bill that includes Geisha Girls, Free Moral Agents and Sonic Dread. $10.00 cover.

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