EVENTS – The Close Up 7/23-26

Note: this listing will be updated during the week as we see fit, and we try to include FREEEEE events whenever possible. :)
THROUGH 7/26 – US Open of Surfing
7/23 – Latin Dance Championship; Summer Nights on the Boulevard in Atwater
7/24 – Disco Dancing Downtown Under The Stars; Classic Rock Night at the LA Zoo
7/25 – Battle of the Tribute Bands; Heritage Park Silent Movie Night

7/26 – Dessert Decadence

That was my SKULL!!!THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 26
What: U.S. OPEN OF SURFING
New and improved with added skateboarding!
When:
Daily through July 26
Where:
Huntington Beach Pier, PCH & Main Street, Huntington Beach
Price: FREEEEE!

Details: I’m allergic to the sun and have a fear of the ocean and large crowds. Some lame native Southern Californian I am, huh? Although this event sounds like it would be everything I don’t like, I grew up around surfers so I love the peoplewatching at surfing competitions. Plus the ocean’s always pretty to look at… I just don’t want to get in it ‘cuz there are bitey things in there. Yeah, I’m a complex girl.

From the event site: “What’s the closest thing to watching the world’s best surfers compete in a full-on stadium atmosphere? Look no further than Huntington Beach in July, when up to 500,000 people will find their way to the real Surf City, post up in the sand and cheer on their heroes at the Pier. It’s been that way for 50 years now, starting with the US Championships in 1959 and evolving to today: the Hurley US Open of Surfing.”

THURSDAY JULY 23rd
What: THE CONGA ROOM LATIN DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE
Featuring Johnny Polanco with special guest Sheila E
Where: The Conga Room, LA Live, Downtown
When: 9pm
Price: $15

Details: Aiiii! After almost two months of booty-shakin’ weekly elimination rounds and celebrity judge commentary, this Thursday will be the finale of the Conga Room’s Latin Dance Competition. The last pair standing will be awarded $5,000. For those who can’t make it, Univision will broadcast highlights and reveal the winners at 11pm.

What: SUMMER NIGHTS ON THE BOULEVARD
Where:
Glendale Boulevard, Atwater Village
When: 6-10pm
Price:
FREEEEE!

Details: “Atwater Village’s annual street festival transmogrifies into one big block party with live DJs and dancing on the streets. Not that one shouldn’t also check out offerings of tacos and ice cream –always a winning combination– from Hugo’s Tacos, or live sets from saxophonist Max Kaplan and others.” (SOURCE)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJj6d5QSYaE[/youtube]FRIDAY JULY 24th
What: DANCE DOWNTOWN
“New York Hustle & Disco Night”
Where:
Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Avenue at Temple St., Downtown
When:
6:30-10pm
Price:
FREEEEE! (Parking available underneath the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for $8 a day)

Details: Head downtown to hustle the night away under the stars! DJ and live music. All dance skill levels are welcome. Complimentary beginner dance lessons begin at 6:30pm and continue throughout the evening.

What: CLASSIC ROCK AT THE LA ZOO

Where:
The Los Angeles Zoo
When:
6-9pm
Price:
Members $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 6-15; Non-members $16.50 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 6-15. Children age 5 and under are FREEEEE.

Details: Tribute bands are really staying busy this week (see next event)! Scattered around the zoo will be bands playing music made popular by The Eagles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and various reggae artists. There will be ten interactive animal education and conservation stations located throughout the Zoo. Food/drink offerings include a Skewered Fruit and Cheese Station with Wine Bar, a Mashed Potato Bar with Martinis, and a Sliders (beef or chicken) station, plus entrees including Wild Salmon and Soba Noodle Salad, Gingered Beef Salad and Israeli Couscous and Mediterranean Vegetable Salad, and an All American BBQ (BBQ Tri Tip Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich or ¼ BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad). WOW, I’m hungry after just typing that.

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SATURDAY JULY 25th
What: BATTLE OF THE TRIBUTE BANDS

Where:
Rainbow Harbor, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA
When:
1-5pm
Price:
FREEEEE!

Details: Yep, it’s exactly as cheesy awesome as it sounds. Set to compete for cash prizes: fake Mick Jagger, fake Gwen Stefani, fake Dave Matthews, fake Eddie Vedder, fake Bono, and fake Robert Smith. Shine on, you special snowflakes! Shine on!!!!!

What: SCREENING OF 1928’s THE GARDEN OF EDEN Presented by the LA Heritage Alliance
Where:
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street (323) 225-2700
When:
Opens at 7:30 for picnics, showtime is 8pm.
Price: Museum members free. General public $10 donation.

Details: “With our eight historic landmarks serving as the backdrop for the evening, this special screening will take place on the lawn near the Palms Depot. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, a small picnic to eat before the movies begin, and warm clothing. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Films generously provided by Flicker Alley, who save and restore silent, rare and classic movies from all over the world.

SUNDAY, JULY 26
What: DESSERT DECADENCE
When:
Daily through July 26
Where:
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel 1755 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood
Price: $40

Details: Another fun event from drink|eat|play “Leave your diet at home and get ready to mix and mingle with LA’s best pastry chefs, bakeries and chocolatiers. Dessert Decadence will feature everything from a twist on childhood favorites to more contemporary takes on the best part of a meal.”

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