Friday, June 21
On Friday at the Grand Park's Performance Lawn downtown, in honor of the original 1988 Hairspray's 25th anniversary, the L.A. Film Fest and Dance Camera West want you to do the Mashed Potato with Tracy and the gang — poodle skirts and all. The musical fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic (but leave the booze home) and enjoy this dance-along for free.
Saturday, June 22
Back in the golden age of moviemaking, almost all film editors were women, as the process was deemed similar to sewing or craftwork. As the L.A. Film Festival winds down, you can hear from some modern-day equivalents during Saturday's 2 p.m. Women in the Cut: A Celebration of Women Editors panel, which includes Sandra Adair (Before Midnight), Maryann Brandon (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Oscar nominee Pamela Martin (The Fighter).
Saturday also has outdoor movies playing all over Los Angeles. First choice is Street Food Cinema's The Rocky Picture Horror Show at 5:30 p.m. with the live cast Sins O' the Flesh. Don't forget to wear your gold shorts or maid outfits for the look-alike costume contest. Participating food trucks include Dogtown Dog, Komodo and Perk Up Coffee. Lot parking is $10, as is general admission. Or buy a four-pack online for $32.
Also at 5:30 p.m. comes Say Anything from Eat|See|Hear at Santa Monica High School's Memorial Greek Amphitheatre. Lloyd (John Cusack) tries to win over valedictorian Diane (Ione Skye) after they've both graduated high school, charming her with that famous boombox over his head. Street Kitchen L.A., Ragin' Cajun and others will be there to provide food and drinks, and indie band Max and the Moon will play before the screening.
Wednesday, June 26
If you'd rather stay indoors, the New Beverly Cinema hosts a double feature of Terrence Malick's recent films, To the Wonder and The Tree of Life, starting at 7:30 p.m. In the former, traveling American Neil (Ben Affleck) meets Marina (Olga Kurylenko) while at Mont Saint-Michel and brings her back to Oklahoma. As their relationship falls apart, Neil reconnects with his childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) as Marina befriends a priest in religious crisis (Javier Bardem). In the latter, we follow Jack O'Brien (Brad Pitt) in both the present and the 1950s as he grapples with his parents' conflicting worldviews (grace versus nature) and the deaths of his friends and brother. These films also play on Thursday.