Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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If you're even able to read these words, congratulations. That means that you've made it through four days of intense summer heat and the sweat hasn't stung your eyes into blindness. To celebrate, consider getting out of your furnace / apartment to see a bit of the rest of the world. With July 4th only a couple of days away, you know there are lots of fun things to look forward to. Here are some of our favorites.

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If your idea of beating the heat involves sitting in dark, air conditioned rooms, this might just be the week for you. You can start off with an evening production of Citizen Twain, the one man Mark Twain show starring Val Kilmer in the titular role. Rumor has it that Kilmer has been using these shows at the Kirk Douglas to prepare for an upcoming role, but anyone who has seen this one man show will tell you that they're absolutely enough on their own. Part humor, part wry observation, and always all-knowing, Citizen Twain is a fine-pointed look at one of America's greatest treasures. Or, on Wednesday night, catch Patton Oswalt at Fake Gallery on Melrose. The popular standup has been doing a residency of comedy shows there that are almost done with, so it may be your last chance to actually make it inside to experience the majesty of Oswalt's comedy for yourself.

All you really need to do this week is make it to the Fourth of July, America's most patriotic -- and explosion-friendly -- summer celebration. If you're all about the drinking and the pool on Thursday, hit up Skybar in West Hollywood. If you'd rather just enjoy the great craft beer that L.A. has to offer, get to the Backyard Boogie at Beer Belly in Koreatown, which is a joint party being run in conjunction with The Park's Finest BBQ. Americafest at the Rose Bowl will feature food trucks, fireworks, motorcycle stunts and more. And last but not least, downtown's Grand Park will shoot off pyrotechnics to end their free block party, an all day affair that features stages full of music and grassy spots that are perfect for picnicking.

Once the weekend arrives, you can enjoy some free Shakespeare in Griffith Park. Or, if you're hungry, get to another installment of the 626 Night Market, the pan-Asian street food fest that has grown to take over the Santa Anita Race Track several times a summer. Or, if you're really feeling cultured, head back to Grand Park on Saturday night for the Los Angeles Ballet: Under the Stars. The free show will highlight the truly beautiful movements of the L.A. Ballet and all of their fantastic dancers. No matter what you do, make sure you stay cool while you're doing it.

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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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