LA Weekend Agenda: Outfest, Second Fridays
Film, rock and roll, and culture of both the high and low varieties fill the calendar for this, the last weekend before Carmageddon. Get out and enjoy all LA has to offer while it's still possible to get downtown in less than three hours.
What: Second Fridays Summer Screening Series #2
Why: LA's Mark Moore Galley features a roundup of experimental films by local artists. The Grilled Cheese Truck will be on site, DJs will be spinning, beer will be flowing, and donations will go to the American Red Cross.
When: 8pm, Free
Where: Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Boulevard, at South Fairfax (310-453-3031 or markmooregallery.com)
What: Steely Dan
Why: The jazz-rock legends will perform their 1977 classic "Aja" start to finish and then round out the concert with a slew of greatest hits. "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" not to miss this show.
When: 7:30pm, $63.45 - $111.70
Where: Greek Theatre, 2700 North Vermont Avenue, at Vermont (greektheatrela.com)
What: Reggae 'Pon the Mountain
Why: This festival high in the hills of Topanga will feature both local and international reggae flavors including Wailing Souls, Roots Underground and Rocky Dawani. There will also be food, beer, craft vendors and endless dreadlock varieties.
When: 11am - 8pm, $20
Where: Topanga Community Club, 1440 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, at Cheney Drive, (reggaeponthemountain.com)
What: "Weekend at Bernie's": Summer Drink-Along & Beer Pong
Why: The Downtown Independent presents a double feature of the classic Jonathan Silverman/Andrew McCarthy corpse/buddy comedy. By the time "Weekend at Bernie's II" starts, the rooftop beer pong might have patrons buzzed enough to enjoy the slightly less-classic sequel.
When: 3pm, $15
Where: Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 South Main Street, at East 3rd Street, (213-617-1033 or downtownindependent.com)
Why: Billed as a "carnival of the mind" Twentywonder is a whimsical, world's fair-style hodgepodge of all encompassing amazingness featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, comedy trio Axis of Awesome, robots, entomology, Ed Asner reading Dr. Seuss, karaoke, the original Batmobile, a bout by the LA Derby Dolls, and, we assume, plenty of booze. The party benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
When: 8pm, $40, 21+
Where: The Doll Factory, 1910 West Temple Street, at North Westlake Avenue, (twentywonder.org)
What: Journey to India
Why: Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will sweep audiences away to India with the music of Rahman's film scores, which include "Delhi 6" and "Slumdog Millionaire." Karsh Kale and the Bollywood Step Dance troupe will also perform.
When: 7pm, $17.50 - $144.00
Where: 2301 North Highland Avenue, at Odin, (323-850-2000 or hollywoodbowl.com)
What: Outfest 2011
Why: The third day of Los Angeles' 10-day gay and lesbian film festival will feature LGBT flavored fare at seven theaters around LA. Sunday's cinematic offerings include "Carol Channing: Larger than Life" and "August," a tale of love and lust amidst an LA heatwave.
When: Times vary, $13-$18
Where: Locations vary, see outfest.org for details