|FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
FIRST FRIDAYS ON ABBOT KINNEY
All the shops on the popular Venice street stay open till 10 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Shoppers enjoy drinks, snacks, entertainment and, every shopper’s favorite word – sales.
ROB COHEN SIGNING
8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
There will be a discussion, Q&A and book signing with Rob Cohen, the director of THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR. 5:30-6:30 PM.
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
15TH ANNUAL LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVAL
Cajun food and Cajun music, along with drinks, dancing and arts & crafts – right on the beach! Noon – midnight. Also Sunday.
UNDISCOVERED CHINATOWN TOUR
This 2 1/2 -hour walking tour is the first Saturday of every month and takes visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest. 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $20.
PROPELLER OPENING COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Black Cat Gallery
11523 W. Washington, Culver City
The opening for this gothic/oceanic group exhibit will feature fashion models, live music and film. There will be complimentary food & cocktails as well. 7 p.m. – midnight. FREE.
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
NAKED CROW MOUNTAIN BIKE & RUNNING CHALLENGE
Loma Alta Park, Altadena
This 2nd annual event features a course for elite athletes and a course for, well, the rest of us. Proceeds go to Altadena Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House Altadena and Lance Armstrong Foundation. 8 a.m. $47 & $57.
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Though they might officially be classified as a rock band, you have to hear this up-and-coming band’s category-defying music for yourself. 2 p.m.
|MONDAY, AUGUST 4
Los Angeles Tennis Center, UCLA
Los Angeles’ only pro men’s tennis tournament. Scheduled players include Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish and Carlos Moya. Runs through Sunday. Check website for details.
CBS2/KCAL9 CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
Lakeside Golf Club, Toluca Lake
Join the celebrities and special guests to raise money for the Special Olympics. Enter the “Golf Ball Drop” to try for your chance to win a trip to London or Maui. 11 a.m
|TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
The cross-dressing comedian from FX’s “The Riches” does some rare stand-up. Tix start at $35. 8 p.m. through Saturday.
SWORD FIGHTING CLASS
Academy of Arms
14547 Erwin St., Van Nuys
Now you can really impress the casting directors at your next medieval movie audition. Classes are Mon., Tues. & Thurs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Check website for details.
|WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
|OUTSTANDING ART OF TV COSTUME DESIGN
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This 3rd annual exhibit will feature costumes from television shows like Pushing Daisies, Mad Men, Dexter, Scrubs and Lost. Runs Tues.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 28. FREE.
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
Morono Kiang Gallery
218 W. 3rd St., Downtown
Just in time for the Beijing Olympics, this Chinese-centric art gallery will feature Li Yan’s exhibit which encompasses media, politics and sports. Tues. – Sat. through August 23. FREE.