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Life on the West Coast has its drawbacks: traffic, earthquakes, smog. But according to this week's Skinny, Angelenos never have to deal with boredom. Where else can you watch a lost classic exactly as it was meant to be seen, witness Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle share a stage, and join the party for an indie film trailblazer—all in one week?

How the West Was Filmed

Film buffs won't want to miss the rare opportunity to see the landmark 1962 Western How the West Was Won in its original format, showing at the ArcLight's Cinerama Dome Oct. 28-Nov. 3. The epic—featuring Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Preston, James Stewart, and John Wayne—was shot in "three-strip Cinerama," which used three cameras filming simultaneously and takes three separate projectors to exhibit. The Cinerama is one of only a few theatres in the world with the capacity to screen the format; West is the only film in the format that has been restored. Tickets are $11-14 and can be purchased at the ArcLight box office, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., or online at

Mission Not Impossible

Don Cheadle, Tim Robbins, Marisa Tomei, Alfre Woodard, and Eva Mendes will join fellow thesps in the premiere performance of Impossible Boulevard: From Homelessness to Hope at the Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sat., Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. The star cast will relay the history of the Ocean Park Community Center, a network of shelters and services for homeless youth, by reading stories from the center's clients, staff, and volunteers. Proceeds benefit OPCC and The Actors' Gang. Individual tickets are $250 and include a post-show reception with the cast. (310) 264-6646 for more information and tickets.

Waters Runs Deep

Invading the O.C. is the opening night party of John Waters' retrospective John Waters: Change of Life at the Orange County Museum of Art on Sat., Oct. 29. The exhibition of photographs and sculptures by the filmmaker features approximately 80 works and three early films never before screened on the West Coast. OCMA will also run a series of Waters films concurrent with the exhibition. The exhibition opens Sun., Oct. 30, and runs through Jan. 15, 2006. Opening night tickets are $12 at the door, $10 online, and free for members, available online at

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