Greet 2013 Groucho-Style

A screwball-y New Year's Day tradition continues in Santa Monica.

The number of New Year's Day traditions seems to grow with each new Jan. 1. There are the ones that go way back, of course, like the consuming of black-eyed peas. Some people jump into a cold ocean or pool, and still others make a wish on each meal they eat during the first day of the year.

But Los Angeles has a rather wonderful tradition going that should inspire other cities to follow suit. We greet the coming year with a screwball sensibility and a silly state of mind, courtesy of the annual Marx Brothers double feature at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Is there a better way to tell the next 365 days that you're going to greet what comes with a laugh and a movie or two? We think not. That's pretty LA, in spirit.

The 2013 offerings are solid, too: "Duck Soup," which is marking its 80th anniversary, and the ocean-liner laffer "Monkey Business." As always, Marx grandson Andy Marx will stop by the theater to talk about his famous funny family.

Time is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, so you'll have several hours to sleep off New Year's Eve, if you wish.

And if you can't greet 2013 with a dash of screwball, at least say hello with a smile. We all get a little serious around this time of year, what with the resolutions and all.

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