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Our Pick of the week is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screening of Common Threads, a documentary by Producers Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman and Bill Couturié that tells the story of the giant patchwork AIDS Quilt was momentously unfurled during the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987 to protest the government’s refusal to acknowledge a growing crisis. See July 22.


Venice Beach Music Fest is today from 11:00 AM to tomorrow at 7:30 PM on Venice Beach (1 Windward Avenue, at the Boardwalk) in Santa Monica. The annual Venice Beach Music Fest celebrates its fourteenth year of totally free entertainment at the beach with a twoday festival on Saturday and Sunday, Both days are chock full of music, art, and literature, and, as always, are free to the public. This year’s two-day festival is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the music festival that went down in history — Woodstock! Many of the musical performers over the two-day event were selected to celebrate and remember Woodstock’s musical history and the spirit of peace and love that influenced so many. FREE. 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 is today from 12:15 PM to 4:15 PM at Paley Center (465 N. Beverly). Eight years after President Kennedy committed the country to the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA fulfilled that mission on July 20, 1969 with more than a half a billion people watching live around the world. View what the world was watching live that evening, July 20, 1969, as history was made when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, one at a time, climb out of the lunar module and walk on the moon. This momentous segment ends with the astronauts placing an American flag on the lunar surface, which Aldrin described as “magnificent desolation.” The Paley Center honors this historic achievement by screening the first hour of the moon walk, along with two documentaries and a scripted program that illuminate the enduring legacy of our first journey to the moon. Tickets available at


Burning Man Newbie Orientation & Costume Swap is today from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Big Art Labs (651 Clover Street). If you’re going to Burning Man for

the first time, just want to learn some useful playa tips or survival skills, even if you are a veteran Burner with a lot of good advice and experience, this event is for you. It includes a costume swap and time to work on crafting your costumes or accessories to playa ready state. Swap and exchange, reinvent that old piece with some scissors and glue! Most of all, be set with a soaring imagination. Think big. Just show up and take what you need but be prepared to give. Steve Arnold: Heavenly Bodies is on the big screen tonight from 6:45 to 9:45 at The Museum of Contemporary Art (250 South Grand). Hosted by Outfest, Anjelica Huston narrates this exploration of the spectacularly dreamlike world of Salvador Dali’s protégé, Steven Arnold, and his strikingly creative and influential body of work filled with occult rituals, Hollywood camp, and surrealist art nouveau whimsy. Taken from more than 70 hours of original and archival footage, including rare scenes of Holly Woodlawn, director Vishnu Dass digs deeply into the decadent countercultural and inspiring life of this unheralded multimedia artist of the queer community. Tickets available at


Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt will be shown tonight from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater (8949 Wilshire Boulevard). Perhaps nothing in our lifetime has been more moving than the emotional intensity and effort that was put into the making of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, a tribute to people who died of AIDS that grew so large in display that it took up the entire National Mall in Washington, DC. Recently Common Threads was preserved by The Academy Film Archive, Milestone Film & Video, and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, a partnership between Outfest and UCLA Film & Television Archive and is now viewing for the public. Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view for ticketholders before and after

the screening. In addition, sections will be on view for free during the following times, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Bill Couturié will be on hand. Puchase tickets at


Lat Laugh WeHo is tonight from 7;30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mickey’s (8857 Santa Monica Boulevard). Join host Ha Ha Herby Moore and enjoy a free night of giggles as Herby introduces to LA’s newest and funniest line of queer comedians! Feast on $6 ALL YOU CAN EAT TACOS & $5 WELL DRINKS and get in the mood for a hilarious afterparty!


Outfest Under the Stars is tonight from 8:30 PM at Ford Theater (2850 Cahuenga Boulevard). Gay Chorus Deep South is Director David Charles Rodrigues’ turn under the stars. In the wake of the 2016 election, when conservative U.S. lawmakers launched efforts to roll back the progress made on LGBTQ rights, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responded with a bus tour through the Southern red states. Their mission: Carry a message of visibility, acceptance and hope to the LGBTQ communities affected by these discriminatory laws. Joined by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the chorus harnesses the power of music to unify rather than divide. The film won the 2019 Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform before the screening. Tickets are available at E-mail calendar items to two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specific events or those with LGBT participants. Recurring events must be re-submitted each time.

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