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Get Out: Chinatown Summer Nights, Evening Hike, Art Openings, Book Shop Sale & Empowering Girls Event

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Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown Summer Nights, Saturday nights through August, will feature gourmet food trucks, culinary demonstrations, Chinese cultural activities, live music and more. This Saturday, enjoy KCRW's DJ Raul Campos' musical offerings, an interactive dance workshop with Ballroom Madness, and Chinese calligraphy lessons from UCLA's Confucius Institute. Free. 5pm-Midnight.

Easy Evening Nature Walk @Upper Las Virgenes Canyon, Open Space Preserve
For this evening program called "Around the Clock Nature" head to the Open Space Preserve at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon for a moderate 1/2 mile hike: "As night approaches, you may be thinking about finishing your day and going to bed. In nature, life continues around the clock. This is the time for owls to take over for the hawks, and for plants to do some deep breathing. Wit­ness nature's changing of the guard from day to night on an easy walk." Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. 2 hours.

Art Opening: Philip Lumbang at GR2
Giant Robot is proud to host Adventure!, an art show featuring new work by Philip Lumbang. The Sacramento-born, Los Angeles-based artist has made a name for himself by painting what has been become known as "polite bears" on public walls around Los Angeles. For Adventure!, Lumbang will continue his work on wood and a range of found objects, trying out different spray-paint and sanding applications and showing new layering techniques that add depth to the back ground, while keeping the fore ground as illustrative as possible. Show runs August 7 - September 1, 2010 @GR2. Opening reception tonight 6:30 - 10:00.

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Dawson Book Shop Moving Sale & Community Event
The iconic Dawson’s Book Shop is having a huge moving sale starting this Sat. Aug. 7 from 10:00am - 5:00pm through Sat. Aug. 21. Over 3000 titles will be on sale for up to 75% off. Hundreds of historic photographs and regional ephemera will be greatly discounted. Today they're also hosting a one-day event, "Connecting Girls Around the World," at the Jim Henson Company Lot from 2-5 pm for a family day of "edutainment" & fundraising! $15 per person or $50 for a family of 4.

Summer Group Show @Susanne Vielmetter (Culver City)
The opening reception for a summer group show featuring works by Edgar Arceneaux, Whitney Bedford, Andrea Bowers, Jaen Callister, Sean Duffy, Nicole Eisenman, Charles Gaines, Karl Haendel, Jutta Koether, Alice Koenitz, Rodney McMillian, Martin McMurray, Wangechi Mutu, Elizabeth Neel, Ruben Ochoa, Amy Sillman, Joel Tauber and Tam Van Tran. 6-8pm.