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Get Out: Abbot Kinney Fest, Time Bank Square Dance, Talking About Indie Culture, African American Film Pioneers

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Abbot Kinney Festival
Celebrating 25 years of giving in Venice, the 2009 Abbot Kinney Festival takes place today from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Join thousands of locals and visitors for a day of ocean-side fun, music, performances, exhibitors, and food. The fest is free and open to the public; just be sure to plan to take public transit or park in a nearby lot and take a shuttle, as spaces will be scarce.

Echo Park Time Bank Square Dance & Social
The Echo Park Time Bank (EPTB) is a local exchange system designed to inspire trust and reciprocity. It is a collective working towards empowering the community by facilitating cooperative trade. Time Banking is built on the idea that each of us has unique gifts, talents and resources to share, and that everyone's time is equal. The EPTB aims to encourage systemic social change, economic equality and community empowerment. Tonight they're having a Square Dance and social (5-9 p.m. at Fluxco, 2042 Bay Street) with music by Triple Chicken Foot, homebrew by Eastside Brewers LA, and a food bar, and live square dancing. $10 Donation or $15 for two--cash only!

Book Panel Discussion @ Skylight Books
So what is the evolution of hip, edgy, cool culture? Hear some pros talk this evening at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. Kaya Oakes, author of the new book on the topic, Slanted and Enchanted, will be joined by Ben Bush (editor, The Fanzine), Courtney Knopf (Everloving Records) and Daniel House (CZ Records). Aquarium Drunkard's Justin Gage will serve as moderator, and The Old Lumps will get things going with some music at the event's start. Free, 5-6 p.m.

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African American Film Pioneers @ The Hammer
Writer/directors Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams are among the most intriguing figures from early American film, painting subtle and complex portraits of black social and cultural dynamics and dilemmas, from a distinctly black point of view. Their works addressed the situation of a race marked by the legacies of Reconstruction and Jim Crow, and newly challenged by the hardships and complexities of migration to the North, and to urban centers. This program features rare prints, including some recent restorations, in celebration of the African American pioneers who had made a decisive difference in the development of a black imaginary. Free @ The Hammer/UCLA Film Archive (Billy Wilder Theater), 7 p.m.