This weekend is all about Batman, fetish lamps and veggies from your neighbors' backyard, but not all at the same time. Go get it, LA.
What: "Batman Begins"/"The Dark Knight" Double Feature
Why: The teaser for the final installment of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy reveals little more than the fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" is indeed coming -- a year from now. In the meantime, get your geeked-out self to the Egyptian for this double feature of Bale, Bruce Wayne and the Bat.
When: 7:30pm, $11
Where: The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, at Las Palmas Avenue, (323-466-3456 or americancinematheque.com)
When: Noche de Pasion – 100 Years of Spanish Guitar
Why: The Spanish guitar is a devastatingly beautiful instrument, so be prepared to be moved when genre master David Maldonado plays selections from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, and beyond on Friday night. Flamenco dancing will accompany the music, for an added flair of the exotic.
When: 8:30pm, $12 students and children, $40 and up for adults
Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, (323-856-5793 or fordtheatres.org)
When: Furniture Fetish Gallery Opening Reception
Why: When is a lamp more than a lamp? When it's decked out in spikes and makes you hotter than an incandescent 70 watt. The collection at Antebellum Gallery's Furniture Fetish exhibit features modern pieces with a lascivious edge, so be careful where you sit during this opening night party.
When: 7pm – 9pm, free
Where: Antebellum Gallery, 1643 North Las Palmas Avenue, at Hollywood Boulevard, (323-856-0667 or antebellum.us.ms)
What: Urban Farmers Dinner
Why: This rooftop dining event will feature an expertly prepared meal assembled exclusively from products grown in backyards across Los Angeles. Organizers promise that, "by sharing a meal together, you’ll explore a world of taste that exists, largely unseen, in your own neighborhood." Find out what your neighbor has been up to while enjoying gazpacho, lamb, rice pilaf, goat kefir gelato, fruit custard and limoncello.
When: 6pm, $150
Where: Downtown location provided upon ticket purchase, (instituteofdomestictechnology.com)
What: New LA Folk Festival
Why: Folkies including Ferraby Lionheart, Radical Face and Stone Darling populate the lineup for the second annual New LA Folk Festival, which offers picnicking and swimming on the 45-acre grounds in addition to the music.
When: Doors 1pm, music 2pm, $20-$40
Where: Zorthian Ranch, 3990 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena, (lafolkfest.com)
Why: The Bowl is an ever-classy way to wind (and wine!) down the weekend, and the all-star cast of the Bowl's Sunday evening production of the musical classic "Hairspray" includes Drew Carey, "American Idol" alum Diana DeGarmo, a Jonas brother (Nick!), and John effing Stamos.
When: 7:30pm, $16 - $168
Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, (323-850-2000 or hollywoodbowl.com)
What: DJ Carlos Niño at Amoeba Music
Why: Get your browse on while listening to the chilled-out beats of celebrated DJ, producer, composer, Dublab founder and KPFK radio host Carlos Niño at Amoeba Music. The set kicks off the music emporium's August Sunday afternoon DJ series.
When: 2pm, free
Where: Amoeba, 6400 West Sunset Boulevard at Ivar Street, (323-245-6400 or amoeba.com)