6 Awesome Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, 8/7

From Shakespeare in the park to volleyball on the beach, make this weekend count
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THEATER: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
The Independent Shakespeare Company presents family-friendly productions and theater workshops, giving new meaning to a midsummer night’s dream. More information. (August 7-8, Griffith Park)

SPORTS: National Volleyball League West Coast Championships
Watch from the sidelines as top notch volleyballers bump, set, and spike their way to gold. General admission is free to the tournament, which will take place north of the pier. More information. (August 7-8, Hermosa Beach)

ART: Fragonard’s Enterprise: The Artist and the Literature of Travel
With his patron Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non, Jean-Honoré Fragonard tagged along on that privileged-class rite of passage known as the Grand Tour, sketching landscapes along the way. More information. (August 7-9, Norton Simon Museum)

CONFABS: CicLAvia–Culver City Meets Venice
A six-mile stretch of street between Culver City and Venice will be blocked off to cars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that visitors can explore the neighborhoods on foot, bike or skateboard. More information. (August 9)

THEATER: Bent
Martin Sherman’s tale about two men who hide their relationship in Nazi Germany debuted on Broadway in 1979. More information. (August 7-9, Mark Taper Forum)

PANEL: The Watts Rebellion: 50 Years Later
Authors and historians Gerald Horne (University of Houston) Johnie H. Scott (CSU Northridge) and Brenda E. Stevenson (UCLA) discuss race on the 50th anniversary of the rebellion. More information. (August 9, The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum)

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