Friday, July 11

As the World Cup rages on in Brazil, UCLA launches a celebration of contemporary Brazilian documentaries at its Billy Wilder Theater via a film series titled Cruzamentos (Portuguese for “crossings”). On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the series opens with Twenty Years Later, which follows director Eduardo Coutinho as he tracks down an activist’s widow 20 years after she went into hiding when Brazil’s military coup stopped production on Coutinho’s film about her husband. This series runs through Aug. 15. The full lineup and tickets can be found at


Saturday, July 12

This summer the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences presents its second annual Silent Salon at Villa Aurora. The first of four nights of movies with a picnic in the gardens kicks off Saturday at 8:30 p.m. with four short films starring Harold Lloyd (His Royal Slyness, Ask Father, An Eastern Westerner, Never Weaken), accompanied by Dean Mora on the pipe organ. Note that there is no parking at Villa Aurora; shuttle service starts at 6 p.m. at the corner of Sunset and Los Liones. More info at

Sunday, July 13

What’s better than one Grease sing-alongs? TWO Grease sing-alongs! First, at the Hollywood Bowl at 7:30 p.m., it’s the classic musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as greaser Danny Zuko and good girl Sandy Olsson, with a preshow featuring Sha Na Na. Didi Conn (Frenchy) will play host. Tickets can be found at

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Then, at 11:30 p.m. at iO West, it’s the Grease 2 Sing-Along to the sequel starring Michelle Pfeiffer as the head of the Pink Ladies and Maxwell Caulfield as the clean-cut British student.  There will be “Pink Lady” and “T-Bird” drink specials at the event, and dressing up is encouraged. No tickets needed for this free event; just show up.

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