I admit I was skeptical about the whole outdoor movie thing, but after recently venturing to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a Cinespia event, my tune has changed. This is a spectacular (and not necessarily expensive) summer indulgence. Mommy Poppins' calendar is chock-a-block with movie nights from Long Beach to Thousand Oaks; and what summer would be complete without a trip to the Hollywood Bowl for a Sound of Music Sing-a-long? Bring a blanket and pack a picnic; some venues even permit the sipping of vino. Outdoor projection has come a long way since the drive-in; the sound and image quality are now excellent. Best of all, many of these screenings are free.
The Magic Castle comes to the Santa Monica Playhouse on Monday evenings this summer. Be mesmerized and amazed by these skillful magician's illusion and sleight of hand. If you like a good magic trick, swordplay may also be a source of fascination; master the blade in Sierra Madre where Swordscholar brings training from 14th and 16th century medieval manuals.
Finally, tuneful Angelenos can Make Music LA at multiple venues around our city. This is an international celebration with 700 cities participating; if you are still feeling the beat by Friday, do-si-do downtown for some outdoor line-dancing.