What better way to spend Labor Day than with Hercules? See Lou Ferrigno inducted into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame! Witness feats of lifelong strength including, but not limited to, conquering the challenges of childhood deafness! Brooklyn native Ferrigno transformed himself into one of the finest bodybuilders ever to grace the competitive stage, and as a performer, his Hercules (and Hulk) were the metaphorical apex of an art form stretching back to the heroism depicted by silent film stars and including all the Sons of Hercules who followed. That mighty saga, of one of the world's mightiest men, is the grand backdrop against which plays today's Muscle Beach Championship, open to all amateurs: The curious can watch competitors in bodybuilding, figure and men's and women's physiques, all vying to become this year's supreme sultan of the sands. Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; Mon., Sept. 2, 1 p.m.; free. (818) 922-4626, musclebeachvenice.com.

Mon., Sept. 2, 1 p.m., 2013

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