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Which one's Ringo? See Saturday. (Photo by Danny Clinch)

FRIDAY, August 10

While you wait for the lines to calm down for Disneyland’s new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, you can still get your sub on at American Cinematheque’s screening of 1959’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. American Cinematheque breaks out a new 35 mm print of the classic undersea version of the Jules Verne story starring James Mason (“Are we to be abducted every day in Iceland?”) and Pat Boone, who will also make a special appearance at the screening, looking not so different than he did in 1959. Another sci-fi classic, World Without End, also screens. Egyptian Theater, 6215 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.; $9. (323) 466-FILM.

SATURDAY, August 11

Expect to read the following a lot this week: “It was 40 years ago today . . .” Yep, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band hits the big 4-0. For once, you don’t have to listen alone in the dark with your Sennheiser HD 650s. The place to celebrate is the Hollywood Bowl for Sgt. Pepper’s at 40 . . . A Beatles Celebration. Cheap Trick and the Hollywood Bowl Orch perform the album in its entirety, and our Bowl source confirms that “We’ve even confirmed an Indian instrumental ensemble for ‘Within You Without You.’ ” As a bonus, Rob Laufer guests on “Norwegian Wood,” Aimee Mann sings “Blackbird,” Al Jourgensen joins Cheap Trick for “She’s So Heavy,” and Joan Osborne performs “The Long and Winding Road.” And the audience does “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” as if it’s been practicing since 1967. A late addition to the program: Legendary recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who actually worked on the original album, will serve as “live sound consultant,” which should appease all the hardcore Beatle-nuts. The Hollywood Bowl, 1701 Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 10-11, 8:30 p.m.; $17 seats still available. (213) 480-3232.

SUNDAY, August 12

Gary Leonard’s photo column “Take My Picture Gary Leonard” appeared first in the L.A. Reader in the mid-’90s, then in the New Times Los Angeles, and continues today in CityBeat. Later it became a book, and now it’s a gallery. Next it will be developed as an interactive display at Legoland. Though the gallery is open only on Sundays and by appointment, you can see a wealth of Leonard’s work, from a pre-dead Darby Crash to the building of Disney Hall, all of which make L.A. appear somewhat less unattractive than in real life. And isn’t that the best way to view this dump? The Gary Leonard Studio, 740 E. Olive St., dwntwn.; open Sun., noon-7 p.m., and by appt.; free. (213) 304-4279; e-mail echobark@aol.com for appt.

MONDAY, August 13

If there’s anything I’ve learned from writing about comics is that it’s really hard to demonstrate in your own words how funny a comic is. Example: “Andy Kindler is a comic genius. When he goes off about all the stupid shows on television these days, he will make you bust a gut with laughter.” See? That’s neither funny nor particularly useful. Tonight at Largo, you can catch some guaranteed-to-not-waste-your-time comics in the forms of Andy Kindler, Dana Gould and Karen Kilgariff, among others. Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hlywd.; Mon., Aug. 13, 9 p.m.; $5. (323) 863-1073.

TUESDAY, August 14

Shame The Dud Avocado was never made into a movie. It could have been the best ’50s chick-in-the-city flick since Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Nah, never mind; they probably would have ruined it. Elaine Dundy’s 1958 novel tells the story of 21-year-old Sally Jay Gorce, living the Paris life we all forgot to have. The book’s been reissued with a saucy new cover, and Dundy, along with film critic Kevin Thomas, whose mere presence at this event makes us shudder with the thought of anyone playing Sally. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Tues., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.; free, book is $14.95. (310) 659-3110.

WEDNESDAY, August 15

Using documentary and scripted footage, On the Bowery captures the lives of people living the anti–New Yorker lifestyle in the ’50s. Booze is a main theme. Watch this compelling Oscar-nominated 1957 film by Lionel Rogisin and try to ignore the fact that a Whole Foods recently opened on Houston at the Bowery. Billy Wilder Theater, 302 E. Melnitz, UCLA; Wed., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.; $9. (310) 206-8013.

THURSDAY, August 16

Still angry after all these years, Lewis Black comes to town for more blood vessel–popping comedy conniptions. “It’s absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we’ve got rockets, we’ve got Saran Wrap — FIX IT!!!” he’s been known to say, while stewing onstage. Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand St., dwntwn.; Thurs., Aug. 16, 8 p.m.; $45.50-$75.50. (213) 480-3232.