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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
SANTA MONICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
This year there is a green focus, and the weekend long festival will be showing Leonardo DiCaprio's film, The 11th Hour, and proceeds will be donated to environmentally conscious organizations. Tickets are $10 per film or $25 for all films. Seating is first come first serve. VIP passes are $50.
X GAMES 13
Home Depot Center
18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson
Competitors perform in many different categories and styles, trying to win medals and prize money. The competition often features never-before-seen tricks (for example, the "900" in skateboarding, and the double backflip in Motocross Best Trick). Concurrent with competition is the so-named X Fest, which offers live music, athlete autograph sessions, interactive elements, a mini skate park and BMX park, demos, and more. Runs through August 5. Check website for times and prices.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
ANDY PALACIO & THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE
6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Garifuna is a unique culture in Central America that blends West African and Native Caribbean heritage. Palacio's new album, Watina, features an all-star, multigenerational lineup of Garifuna musicians from Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. 2 p.m. FREE.
19TH ANNUAL TASTE IN SAN PEDRO
Point Fermin Park
807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro
San Pedro's eclectic set of restaurants bring their wares to the fore. Eat, drink and climb rock walls at this event for all ages. Go to the booths of the restaurants for tastes of their signature dishes. Live music and kiddie events will be running concurrently. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $5.
5214 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Adrian & The Mysterious D and Paul V are spinning mashup DJ sets, plus witness the L.A. premiere of DJ WiiJ, who uses hacked Nintendo Wiimote controllers! First 50 people get free Bootie Mashup CDs. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+. $6 before 10:30, $10 after.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
The Actor's Gang
9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City
The Actors' Gang combines puppets, music, songs and theater magic to create a brashly exuberant stage adaptation of Jonathan Swift's fairy tale for adults. 3 p.m. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Runs through September 8. $15 to $25.
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga
Enjoy Shakespeare's "The Tempest" among the scenery of Topanga Canyon. The Tempest was Shakespeare's final play. It tells the tale of betrayal between two brothers and the quest for vengeance and forgiveness. Check out the website to learn about Theatricum's rich history. Every Sunday through September 24. Sundays only at 3 p.m. $8-$20.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6
PRO BLUES JAM
14058 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
Mondays at Cozy's has been THE jam night in LA and a constant fountain of emerging talent. Every so often it's blessed with a surprise celebrity workout. First up: A full set by The Blues Patrol, led by guitarist/singer extraordinare John Marx. Immediately afterward, jammers come up on a first-come basis, to be teamed with other players - usually for two songs. Jammers, early arrival is suggested. Every Monday at 9 p.m.
THE SIMS: IN THE HANDS OF THE ARTISTS
Ben Maltz Gallery
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles
Would you have guessed that the game you play with fanatic voyeurism is now an actual art exhibit? Makes you feel a little bit better about the hours you spent setting up steamy romances and perfect lives. Through August 11. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays until 7 p.m. FREE.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
LATE NIGHT SNACK
963 N. Hill St., Los Angeles
Described as an "experimental literary cabaret," Late Night Snack is a mix of music and readings aimed at providing the thinking mind with a...you guessed it. 9:30 p.m. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
IN KATRINA'S WAKE:
PORTRAITS OF LOSS FROM A NATURAL DISASTER
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan portrays the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on a personal scale, framing poignantly desolate details in the ruined landscape. Opens at 12 p.m. FREE.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
The Cat in the Hat leads your favorite characters from the page to the stage in this magical musical based on the beloved stories of Dr. Seuss. Runs through August 12. 7 p.m. $17 to $25
TWILIGHT DANCE SERIES
Santa Monica Pier
Enjoy the concerts and stop by Heal the Bay's table to qualify for the weekly "Sweet Beach Cruiser" giveaway from Bike Attack and the Santa Monica Daily Press. Stop by the Santa Monica Pier Thursday nights this summer and support Heal the Bay, The Westside Food Bank, your local community and other environmental groups, all while enjoying a great Santa Monica Pier tradition! Every Thursday through August 30. 7:30 p.m. FREE.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
23rdAnnual Block Party
1003 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
The Beacon House Block Party is the longest running clean and sober festival in Los Angeles County. The festival has grown into a two day and four block long event that celebrates recovery and fellowship. The block party includes an art festival, a metallic art car show, live entertainment and vendor booths. Also runs Sunday, August 12. 11 a.m. to midnight. FREE.