8 Ways to do L.A. This Weekend

From classic post-punk and the Dalai Lama to humpback whales and fireworks, we’ve got you covered

MOVIES: Humpback Whales 3D
Experience up close the life and struggle of the majestic humpback whales in IMAX 3D, when the California Science Center premieres this new family-friendly film narrated by Ewan McGregor. More information (July 3; California Science Center)

CONFABS: July 4 Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson
Motown hero Smokey Robinson rolls out his classics and a patriotic jam or two, with an assist from the L.A. Phil. More information (July 3-4; Hollywood Bowl)

CONFABS: All-American Fourth of July
Each level of the ship pays homage to various musical eras. On deck are 1940s big bands; down below, ’20s and ’30s speakeasy sounds. More information (July 4; The Queen Mary)

SPORTS: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Celebrate our country’s favorite rivalry. No matter who’s victorious, the audience is the real winner when the stands empty onto the fields and offer the perfect spot to gawk at postgame fireworks. More information (July 4; Dodger Stadium)

CONFABS: His Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak at Global Compassion Summit
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will lead talks alongside global leaders and celebrity guests. The goal of those leading the Global Compassion Summit is to get people thinking about kindness and leadership in their communities. The subjects of the talks include climate change, the power of art, youth leadership, and a panel with Nobel laureates. More information (July 5; Honda Center)

ART: S.O.Y. Artista Art Program
The series of free workshops for 12- to 18-year-olds cultivates creativity in impressionable minds. More information (July 6; Self Help Graphics & Art)

CONFABS: Anime Expo
It’s time for the 24th annual Anime Expo featuring everything from exclusive premieres (Sailor Moon Crystal and a new Dragon Ball movie) to J-pop sensation Momoiro Clover Z. Put on your best Sailor Moon costume and join the fun. More information (July 3-5; Los Angeles Convention Center)

MUSIC: Television
New York art rock and post punk pioneers, Television, created the soundtrack to early eighties bohemian life. 1977’s Marquee Moon, didn’t garner the band much success when it was first released, but has since then been recognized as one of the most influential albums of the era. More information (July 3; Teragram Ballroom)