Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

Things are really starting to rock around here, and -- believe it or not -- we can even count Wolfgang Puck among the legions of hard-partying people ready to kick-start this week. Between Puck, Gene Simmons, Neil Young and, um, The National Ballet of Canada, it's going to be one heck of a week, filled with events you won't want to miss. Here are just a few of the great things going down between now and Sunday, but you can always check the events page for plenty of great events, all week long.

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First up is Rocktoberfest, the weeklong beer, music and eats party happening nightly at downtown's L.A. Live. Co-hosted by Gene Simmons of KISS fame and Wolfgang Puck of everything from Spago to the soup aisle fame, it appeals to a pretty diverse audience. Each night features a different event, with ticket prices sold separately, including VIP admission for anyone looking to party extra hard. It all caps off with a weekend craft beer festival that's sure to bring the crowds. Just make sure you take public transportation!

If you're in the mood to keep rockin', Neil Young & Crazy Horse will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday night, playing a compilation of the classics, a few covers and some newer, funkier stuff off of their most recent collaboration. Tickets are on sale now. Elsewhere, the National Ballet of Canada is in town to stage a production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Friday night event is actually the U.S. debut of this production, as choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

If it's movies you're looking for, this week is full of them. Front Porch Cinema on Friday nights continue at the Santa Monica Pier with a free screening of 2009 indie darling 500 Days of Summer. The evening screening will also have food trucks nearby, and music to warm up the crowd before sundown. Or, if you prefer something a bit more spooky, The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood is doing a back-to-back-to-back-to-back screening of old 1940s mummy films, cheekily called Mummython!, beginning at 7:30pm. The best part is, the films only run about an hour each, which means you're still home before the witching hour! Speaking of 'home,' The Cinefamily is screening home movies as part of their Bring Your Own film screening session and potluck. A variety of formats are accepted, and everything kicks off at noon.

Or, you can wait until the weekend for the return of 626 Night Market, the exceedingly popular Asian night market that first made headlines for shutting down Pasadena with crowds. Now, it's a two-day, all-night affair held at Santa Anita Park, which means plenty of space for folks to shop for goods, stand in line for eats and generally enjoy the ability to move and breathe, without hungry mobs bearing down on them. You can beat the crowds yourself this weekend by planning ahead for any one of the great events happening this week.

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About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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