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Happening Friday: Fantasy double feature

March 18, 2011

MOVIES

The NeverEnding Story / Labyrinth Drink along to a double feature of beloved '80s fantasy features, presented by the Cinema Speakeasy and the Downtown Independent. Come in your favorite fantasy costume, and get ready to "dance, magic, dance." Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Doors open at 7 p.m., costume contest at 7:45 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (213) 617-1033. http://www.downtownindependent.com

BOOKS

Ted Danson Though best known for his role as the lady-killing, beer-slinging ex-ballplayer Sam Malone on the TV show "Cheers," Danson is also a longtime environmental activist who has testified before Congress about marine conservation. He will discuss and sign his new book, "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them." Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Free, reservations recommended. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org

EVENTS

Culinary Workshop: Biblical Lands Explore the vibrant cultural and culinary tradition of the eastern Mediterranean in a workshop that complements the Getty Villa's current exhibition, "In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography." Prepare a meal combining Old and New World ingredients and then share it as it may have been enjoyed by 19th century explorers in the Holy Land. Open to 16 participants. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Through Sun. $95. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu

MUSIC

The Ex The Dutch punk band has been going strong since the genre's first wave and released more records than most people will ever even hear in a lifetime. The lineup is the definition of "revolving door" but this lean latest ensemble still serrates after all these decades. The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles. 8 p.m. $15. (323) 661-4380. http://www.thesatellitela.com

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