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WEEKEND AGENDA: Beer, Grizzly Bears, & Bootleggers

The 11 best things to do in L.A. this weekend include hearing a band in a cemetery and watching The Dude in Hollywood

Your weekend is here. What are you going to do about it?

SEE: Next Weekend
Sundance screens eight films that previewed at its little fest in Utah. Also featured are workshops and discussions for the complete auteur experience. More information (August 8-11; various locations)

DANCE: Dance Downtown
The free Friday night dance series has been drawing crowds all summer. This evening is devoted to disco, which means only one thing: time to show off your inner John Travolta. For those who need a little move-and-groove help, there are instructors on site. More information (August 9; Music Center Plaza)

HEAR: Grizzly Bear 
Brooklyn indie darlings Grizzly Bear play the cemetery's Fairbanks Lawn with Eagle Rock-based band Regal Degal supporting. More information (August 9; Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

SIP: L.A. Craft Beer Crawl
Sample unlimited tastings of more than 100 craft brews at the L.A. Craft Beer Crawl. Organized by L.A.’s own the Beer Chicks, the two-day suds festival takes place at a slew of downtown’s best bars, including Seven Grand, Las Perlas, and Broadway Bar. General admission tickets begin at $49 per day, with VIP upgrades available. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay. More information (August 10-11; various locations)

HEAR: Willie Nelson & Family
When he isn’t hanging out with Snoop Dogg or cutting reggae albums, Nelson performs his special brand of homegrown country songs. Svelte songwriter Lyle Lovett opens the show. More information (August 9; Hollywood Bowl)

SHOP: Silverlake Art, Craft, & Vintage
Spend a sunny Saturday morning browsing booths of handmade arts and crafts, used books, vinyl records, furniture and other goods. Pay only for what you buy; admission to the market is free. More information (August 10; Micheltorena St. Elementary School) 

DANCE: Great Gatsby Party
Dance, drink, and party in true flapper style at this Roaring ‘20s-themed shindig at the historic Park Plaza Hotel (built in 1925). General admission is $30; a $65 VIP ticket will get you access to an open bar at the Speakeasy Lounge. Dress in your best bootlegger outfit. More information (August 10; Park Plaza Hotel)

HEAR: Emeli Sandé
Looking for your next female vocal demigod to worship? Look no further than the Scottish diva Emeli Sandé whose soulful croon rings from the heavens. Blasphemy free. More information (August 10; Club Nokia)

LAUGH: SUMMAHFEST
Take your childhood summertime favorites (squirt gun fights, water slides, picnicking), throw in some bands, comedians, and alcohol, and you’ve got a daylong extravaganza presented by yuksters Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani. More information (August 10; Nerdmelt)

HEAR: Dudamel Conducts Verdi's Aida
Gustavo Dudamel brings Verdi’s beloved story of ill-fated lovers in ancient Egypt to the Bowl with a larger-than-life performance by the LA Phil, an internationally renowned cast, and the L.A. Master Chorale. More information (August 11; Hollywood Bowl)

HEAR: The National with Daughter 
It's totally sold out but maybe you can buy a scalped ticket Riding a wave of acclaim for their latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, Cincinnati rockers the National perform among the tombstones at the hallowed burial ground. Daughter, the folksy project of the lithe-voiced Elena Tonra, kicks off the night. . More information (August 11; Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

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