Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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After a weekend of overindulgence, it's important to get your week back on track. In the spirit of self-betterment, we've compiled a list of great intellectual pursuits that are worthy of your time and energy. Of course, you can always check out our full lineup of events on the KCET events page.

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Brush up on your cinematic particulars tonight with a screening of Dog Day Afternoon. The film will be analyzed and discussed by podcaster extraordinaire Greg Proops, who will record a live version of his Smartest Man in the World podcast before the film runs. Of course, it's all part of Proops' monthly show at Cinefamily, called the Greg Proops Film Club, so if you miss this opportunity there's always next time. If Dog Day is a little to much for you, head to the Downtown Independent on Friday evening for a Can't Hardly Wait / Cruel Intentions double-feature, complete with a drink-along game. Enjoy all of the late-90's nostalgia you can handle, while you hoot and holler at the screen with all of your drunk friends.

If books are more your thing, get to the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz on Thursday night for another Billy's Fish Fry & Community Social. These events are always a little out there, tackling touchy subjects with equal parts seriousness and comedy, and this month's Literary Night is no different. Combustible names like Tom Sizemore and Jonathan Shaw will be on hand to read novel excerpts and chat on about all sorts of questionable things. It should be a fantastic time. Or you can hold out for Saturday's Women's Literary Festival in Santa Barbara. Sure, it's a drive, but the full day event offers workshops, panels and discussions from readers, writers and editors. Look for authors Celeste Fremon, Attika Locke and more. If you're even more adventurous, grab a bicycle on Sunday and head down to the Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride, a free ride along that will let cyclists interact with artists right inside their studio space, creating an afternoon of artistic discussion, complete with a dim sum stop at the end of it all.

Then again, you may be spending your weekend enjoying any number of festivals around town. First is the Pacific Islander Festival, which kicks off in Long Beach on Saturday morning. The two-day party will feature music, dance, ancient Hawaiian games and a slew of island delights to dine on. Or you can stop off in Sierra Madre for another leg of the 2013 Foodsteader Tour, which combines on-hand classes with working knowledge of a particular topic. This summer stop happens at Mother Moo Creamery and will focus on making ice cream from scratch. And if that's not enough, Sunday brings the SoRo Community Festival (that's South of Robertson, to be clear). With a large Cheviot Hills and Kosher Corridor influence, the eclectic neighborhood looks to bring neighbors and businesses together over food, fun and shopping.

But if you really just want to keep drinking (and with summer's arrival, who could blame you?), check out the Strand tap takeover happening at Cinco on Wednesday night. The LAX-adjacent brewpub is letting the Torrance-based brewery take over their lines with popular options like Atticus IPA and 24th Street Pale Ale. If you prefer cocktails, get to The Mixing Room on Wednesday night for the May Mix Off finale, which will see one mixologist crowned victorious after a month of bartending competition. And if you'd rather be sipping wine, get to Barnsdall Art Park on Friday night for the ongoing Summer Wine Tastings series, put together by SIlverlake Wine. There will be four artisanal wines available, so bring a blanket and make an evening of it all.

Be sure to check out our KCET events page for all of our weekly listings, since there's way too much good stuff to cram in here.

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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