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Local all-ages skate park/venue Rocketown usually gets a lot of sneers for its Christian aims, but as I discovered a few years ago
hanging out at the joint, it's an overwhelmingly stand-up place doing its best to give wayward teens a safe, moderately cool place to kick it.
Proof of that is this Thursday's movie selection, L.A. punk-scene documentary The Decline of Western Civilization
, showing at 6 p.m. as part of their regular film night. It's a chance for Rocketown to attract teens by catering to their interests, followed by a discussion of the film. Sure, J.C. might not have ever played in a punk band in Los Angeles, but I can't find fault with a place that constantly strives to relate to teens on their level. If you've got the faith, it helps you reconcile the secular with the spiritual, and if you don't, well, it's certainly better than hanging out at the mall.
6 - 8 p.m.