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Pencil This In: Cinefamily Plays the Five Minutes Game, 'The Goonies' Screens and LACMA is Free Today

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Happy Memorial Day, LA! Here’s what’s on tap today to end many of our three-day holiday weekend. There’s a diverse screening of films across town from Jimmy Stewart in Harvey to a sneak peek at The Kings of Summer while Cinefamily plays its Five Minutes Game. Topanga Days celebrates its 40th anniversary; Target picks up the tab for all of LACMA’s general admissions, and of course, there’s always music for a school night. Read on for all the details.

American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre presents the Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey (1950), about a nice guy whose BFF just happens to be a 6-foot-3-inch invisible rabbit. His sister, played by Josephine Hull, tries to get him committed (shocker!). But it still happens to be one of the great classic comedies of yesteryear. The film screens at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

It’s the last day of the 40th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair, which bills itself as LA’s “longest running Bohemian festival.” The day includes live music, food and games for the entire family. The festival happens on the Topanga Community Club Grounds until 7 pm tonight. General admission adult tickets: Tickets: $20.

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Target is footing the bill for regular admissions today to LACMA beginning at 11 am. Bring the family for a day of tours, free programs, art activities and live music by the Music of China Ensemble at UCLA directed by Chi Li. The ensemble performs at 12:30 and 2:45 pm. Get your free tickets at admissions kiosk (does not include admission to Stanley Kubrick or James Turrell).

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Mystery Skulls, Mars argo, Gothic Tropic and Emika with DJ sets by Jeremy Burke and Hobey. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

The New Beverly presents a double feature of coming-of-age stories today with The Goonies (1985) paired with a sneak preview screening of the new film The Kings of Summer. In the latter film, three kids spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land, testing their friendship, patience and realizing that family is something that you can't run away from. Tickets: $8. Screens at 7:30 pm.

Over at the Silent Movie Theater, Cinefamily hosts its unofficial beginning of summer with The Five Minutes Game: Memorial Day 2013 Edition tonight at 5 pm. They're busting out the grill while screening the first five minutes of 15 films that usually aren't available on DVD. Then the audience, votes on which film they all then watch in its entirety. Feel free to bring something to cool on the grill, too. The Five Minutes Game takes place from 5-6:30 pm; voting and grilling on the patio from 6:30-8 pm and the screening begins at 8 pm.Tickets: $12/free for members.

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