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Get Out: Female-Directed Horror Films, Ragtime & Tours of L.A. For Locals

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By Lenika Cruz

TREK: We’ve all seen those cheesy double-decker tour buses that crawl through the more tourist-y sections of Los Angeles (Hollywood, anyone?). With their summer Trekking L.A. walking tours, L.A. Commons is offering visitors and locals alike an alternative to more embarrassing ways of seeing the city, plus the chance to stretch their legs. Starting this morning, “The Tastes and Desires of MacArthur Park” tour will introduce you to a variety of local cuisine, and the “From the Early Arts & Crafts to the Arts & Music of Today” tour will take you through Highland Park. Each tour costs $10. For more details or to sign up, visit the L.A. Commons website.

MUSIC: Tonight, Silverlake’s El Cid Restaurant will shed its flamenco skin and host three up and coming L.A. bands: the dark rockers Modified by Man, “neo-cosmic rhythm electronica” artists (as described by their fans) Mad Planet and the dream pop-sounding Nightmail. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is a $5 cover charge. Modified by Man will start the night off at 10 p.m., followed by Mad Planet at 11 p.m. and Nightmail at midnight. For more information and links to the bands’ pages, visit the Facebook event page.

ART: Sometimes, the weekend calls for some heady art viewing. Berlin-based cross-media artists Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda will wrap up their Los Angeles residency with their first solo U.S. exhibition at the Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater (REDCAT), featuring film, sculpture, photography and video that explores “systems that underlie processes and contexts of social exchange,” according to the REDCAT website. The opening reception is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. For more details, visit the exhibition website.

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THROWBACK: Perhaps a better question to ask than “What are the kids listening to these days?” is “What aren’t the kids listening to these days?” Chances are, they’re missing out on the more than 100-year-old style of American music known as ragtime, and that’s probably all the more reason to check out the 37th Annual Ragtime Festival at El Segundo’s Old Town Music Hall. For tickets check out the event page.

HORROR: When you think of the horror film genre, you probably think of Eli Roth, Alfred Hitchcock, David Cronenberg and George A. Romero -- in other words, you think of a bunch of dude directors. Starting this afternoon, the 2012 Viscera Film Festival will take over the Egyptian Theatre, showcasing the best new horror films created by women, including a category for filmmakers 18 and under called “Fresh Blood.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.