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It’s time to start figuring out just how best to spend your weekend. Whether you are looking for a fancy night out, or just want to keep it casual, there are plenty of options. Explore outdoor destinations with something interesting happening, or head inside for interesting activities.

Friday, July 28
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Baseball + Friday Night Fireworks
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 363-4377
www.dodgers.com

Even if you don’t follow the game, it’s impossible to miss the kind of momentum the Dodgers are running with right now. They are the hottest team in baseball and while each game comes with a health dose of drama, there are some cool amenities that make a trip to Chavez Ravine exceptionally special. On Friday nights just after the Dodgers score another win, fans will be treated to a fireworks extravaganza. More than the standard sparklers and Stars and Stripes Forever, the kind of spectacle you would expect from Dodger Stadium is packed into a fireworks show that lights up the sky for an extended amount of time. With the arena sound system blaring and the LA skyline lit with colors, this added bonus makes scoring a Dodger ticket a weekend must.

Saturday, July 29
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Summer Happenings At The Broad Museum
The Broad
221 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 232-6200
www.thebroad.org

Throughout the summer, The Broad has activated a featured artists series that combines multiple medium with what feels like performance art in a party. This weekend, the work of Takeshi Murakami will be on display as an examination of modern expression and traditional values come together in her catalog of work. In addition to the masterful artwork, the Broad will feature live performances from artists making their way to Los Angeles from Japan specifically for this event. Traditional artists like Tokiko Ihara and Oorutaichi are included with genre-bending artists like the female guitar and drum duo of Afrirampo, keeping in theme with the contrast of old world influence and contemporary creativity. A glowing example of the diversity that resides in LA, Summer Happenings at The Broad is a way to experience fine art and culture without the stuffiness of high society.
 

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See An Outdoor Movie – “Young Frankenstein”
Autry Museum
Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.eatseehear.com

With so many outdoor movie experiences, it’s hard to know which one provides the best bang for your buck. Eat See Hear has some serious skin in the game, hosting some stellar movie selections in some of the cities coolest destinations. Saturday night guests will be able to take in “Young Frankenstein” at the Autry in the middle of Griffith Park. If ambiance is an essential part of your movie going experience, this is about as good as it gets. With live music during the cocktail hour prior to the film, ticketholders can score snacks from food trucks like Brasil Kiss, Little Spoon, and Luckdish before settling in to their section of lawn for the film under the stars.

Sunday, July 30
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Visit The Johnny Ramone Tribute
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 469-1181
www.hollywoodforever.com

It’s been 13 years since the very first gathering to commemorate the life and contribution of Johnny Ramone. During that time, the annual event has grown into a celebration that encompasses not only his legacy but shines a light on all things punk that would not have been the same if not for Johnny. This year, Billy Idol and Steve Stevens will perform acoustic versions of Ramones classics. There will be art on hand from Shepard Fairey and celebs like Fred Armisen, Rosanna Arquette, and Vincent Gallo will speak about their affinity for the best to ever do it. There will also be plenty of memorabilia on hand from Tommy and Johnny’s personal collection. This is one of the year’s best parties at Hollywood Forever and is not to be missed.
 

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Summer Concerts In The Park
Polliwog Park Amphitheater
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
www.citymb.info

Manhattan Beach is one of the few California coastal communities that still has some small town charm. Between the shops and the cafes, it’s a great place to spend at least some of your weekend. Throughout the summer, the city is hosting free concerts at their amphitheatre at Polliwog Park. Boasting a botanical garden and even a spacious dog run, the live music is an added bonus that gives you a reason to stick around and make a day of it. This Sunday, the sun will set to the sounds of The Beatles as Hard Day’s Night perform a live set of all the classics. Families are invited to bring a blanket, stretch out, enjoy the music, the breeze, and punctuate a perfect weekend.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.
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