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This July Fourth Fireworks Festival & Business Expo organized by the Studio City Chamber of Commerce donates your hard-earned dough to the nonprofit Children of the Night, for which you’ll be rewarded with live music from country & western Cody Bryant and surfin’ cover boys the Beach Toys. It will be a starry night not only in the sky but among the gaggle of soap celebs scheduled to appear. So, who knows? You just might run into Joan Van Ark at the food court or magic show. CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City; Tues., July 4, 5-9 p.m.; $15, $8 children, free under 5. (818) 655-5916.
Salute Los Angeles Day commemorates our city’s first Independence Day celebration in 1847 with historical reenactments; a cannon- and musket-fire ceremony; multicultural performances, including Chinese lion dancers; workshops on pottery, quilting, adobe brick making and even Dutch-oven cooking; and, of course, food and vendor booths. El Pueblo Historical Monument, Olvera Street & 845 N. Alameda St., downtown; Tues., July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. (213) 845-8372.
So the Revolutionary War wasn’t an amicable split. The perpetually losing Brits actually have a reason to celebrate on our Independence Day: InterFootball Day marks the 40th anniversary of England’s triumph over West Germany during the 1966 World Cup. The American Cinemateque screens the documentary Goal! World Cup 1966, as well as the musical Go-Go Mania!, featuring the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, the Spencer Davis Group and other mop tops, complemented by an English tea party. Spencer Davis, Denny Laine (Moody Blues), Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) and others perform live to expats wrapped in the Union Jack hoping for a repeat victory. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Tues., July 4, 4-10 p.m.; $40, $30 seniors & students. www.interfootballday.com.
The Verdugo Hills surrounding the Starlight Bowl will come alive with not only the thunderous claps and flickering lights above but a star-spangled salute by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Drifters, Crew Cuts, DeMarche Sisters and Mary Lou Metzger. 1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank; Tues., July 4, 6 p.m.; $10-$20. (818) 525-3721.
Baked beans under the baking sun and the largest fireworks display in the Valley await at Hansen Dam’s Fourth of July Spectacular. Attractions include swimming, fishing and hiking, not to mention entertainers the Retro-Boomers, Tropical Punch, Stefni Valencia belting out the national anthem, and the host, kickboxing champion William “Blinky” Rodriguez. 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace; Tues., July 4, noon-10 p.m.; free. (818) 899-8087.
Wednesday, July 5
Classical Music on the Pier presented by Santa Monica College’s Performing Arts Center and Music Academy is three concerts in one: The Santa Monica College Orchestra Winds, Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, and Young Musicians Foundation, the second-oldest training orchestra in the country composed of 15- to 25-year-old musicians. Santa Monica Pier, Ocean & Colorado avenues, Santa Monica; Wed., July 5, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 434-3430.
In conjunction with UCLA’s Fowler Museum’s “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama” — an exhibit of works contributed by 88 artists, including Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon and Richard Gere — is filmmaker Mickey Lemle’s 1982 portrait of His Holiness and the Tibetans’ struggle under Chinese occupation, Compassion and Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, with a score by Philip Glass. UCLA campus, Westwood; Wed., July 5, noon. (310) 825-4361.
Thursday, July 6
From the season finale of Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D List to the documentary Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, this year’s Outfest boasts more than 200 films from 25 countries across 10 venues. The opening-night gala includes a screening of Puccini for Beginners, a comedy about a love triangle in New York City starring Gretchen Mol, and continues with family programs, parties, panels, live performances and some good-natured, finger-snapping gang fighting at the West Side Story sing-along. Orpheum Theater, 842 S. Broadway, downtown; Thurs., July 6, 8 p.m.; $50-$150. (213) 480-7065 or www.outfest.org.?
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