Fun Friday- May 20th, 2011

What’s everyone’s plans for the weekend?
For those of you who’re interested in community events, here are several Southland happenings that are FREE! Anyone know of any more fun events? Please feel free to share!

Butterflies and Bees at Work
Sun, May 22, 1pm – Topanga State Park, 20829 Entrada Rd, Topanga
Butterflies and Bees at Work – Enjoy an easy-paced walk with a docent naturalist as these pollinators flash their colors among native plants.
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Recent Work by Allan deSouza
Through Sun, May 29 – Fowler Museum at UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave, Westwood
In a specially commissioned edition of new and recent work, San Francisco-based performance and photo-conceptual artist Allan deSouza uses digital manipulation to play with notions of artistic and technological mastery and to blur the boundaries between photography and painting.
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David Gallup: California’s Channel Islands
Opening Reception: Sat, May 21, 5 to 7pm, Exhibit runs through Sun, July 31
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

For the past six years, Southern California artist David Gallup has documented the natural history and marine life of the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Featuring 70 paintings, this exhibition offers an intimate view of the region ranging from picturesque rolling hills to humpback whales.
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Tracks & Traces: The Secret Lives of Wild Animals
Sat, May 21, 4pm – King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas
We’ll be on the hunt for wildlife clues along the trail. Analyze the scat, identify a feather, find a bit of fur or examine a paw print. Together we can solve the wildlife puzzle and get to know our wild residents. Meet in the parking lot to the left of the pond. 2 hours.
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Beverly Hills
Affaire in the Gardens Art Show
Sat, May 21, 10am to 6pm & Sun, May 22, 10am to 6pm – Beverly Gardens Park on Santa Monica Blvd
An array of upscale, yet affordable painting, sculptures, jewelry, photographs and prints will be on view and available for purchase throughout the two-day event. Fine Art, outdoor dining, wine garden, live music, art demonstrations, crafts for children (nominal fee), fun, free admission.
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“Honor And Remembrance”
Mon, May 30, 10:30am – Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Westwood
The Los Angeles National Cemetery Cordially Invite you to attend the 122nd Annual Memorial Day Program. Please join us as we honor the Memory of the Brave Men and Women Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice to Give the Gift of Freedom to this Great Nation!
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Lake Forest
Prelude in the Park
Sun, May 22, 3:30pm to 7:00pm – Pittsford Park, 21701 Pittsford Drive, Lake Forest
Toro Music program’s final event of the year is a community concert (Prelude in the Park). It will be held at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest. This is a great event where all of their music ensembles get the opportunity to perform for the community. The concert is free and they will have food for sale, games as well as a raffle for lots of great prizes. The proceeds from the event will support our music, marching and pageantry programs.
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Fowler Out Loud: A Cappella Night
Thurs, May 26, 6pm – Fowler Museum at UCLA, Westwood
UCLA singing groups Cadenza, Signature, and Medleys present an a cappella celebration. Performing everything from the Beatles and Lady Gaga to Gnarls Barkley and Ira Gershwin, their surprising range of music is sure to put a smile on your face.
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Rancho Los Cerritos
The Swing Dolls
Sun, May 22, 5:30pm – Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach
Celebrate Memorial Day early with “The Swing Dolls” on the historic grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. This dynamic female vocal trio performs music made popular by the Andrew Sisters and the Maguire Sisters. In this USO-styled concert, The Swing Dolls will transport audiences to the 1940s, paying tribute to the music that inspired the World War II generation.
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Santa Monica
Jazz at Sunset
Sun, May 22, 4pm to 7pm – Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
Hamilton Galleries is hosting “JAZZ AT SUNSET” featuring saxophonist Laurel Partin, and drummer Steven Denman. A dynamic jazz duo performing a mix of standards and original tone poems blending influences from world music and post bop; they mix the flavors or rumba and swing with the influence of Thelonius Monk, Dexter Gordon, and Joe Henderson. Admission FREE.
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