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Get Out: L.A. Taco Fest, Dancin' in the Streets of LB, and the Characters of Comedy

Tacos. Photo by R.E. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.
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FOOD: Mariachi Plaza (intersection of 1st St. and Boyle Ave.) will hold the L.A. Taco Festival, which benefits Jovenes, Inc., a non-profit organization that aids homeless and at-risk youth. Participating restaurants and vendors will be serving up 15 different kinds of tasty tacos, including barbacoa, seasoned pork with pineapple chunks, and baja fried fish varieties. The event will also include arts and crafts, a mariachi show, and live performances by Las Cafeteras, Banda Tello, and Upground. 12-8pm. Free to attend.

MUSIC: Summer and Music 2012 presents Dancin' in the Streets, a music event featuring old-school R&B artist Nick Waterhouse and local DJs Dennis Owens and Lithuanian Prince. There will also be several food trucks as well as a beer garden sponsored by Congregation Ale House. 714 Pine Ave. (Intersection of Pine Ave. and 7th Street, Long Beach). 7pm. Free to attend.

COMEDY: The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre presents the Characters of Comedy, a gathering of comedians' most strange and funny characters. Stephanie Allynne and Mike Hanford host the show, which is set to include the comedic chops of 10 comedians including Charlyne Yi, Gil Ozeri, and Matt Besser. 10pm. $10.

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Spaceland and Levitt Pavilion LAwill present Church Sessions with Comedy Bang! Bang! Live, featuring James Adomian, Parks & Recreations' Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Daly, and Harris Wittels. The night of comedy will be held at First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles and will also include a cash bar for beer and wine. 18+. 8pm (Doors open at 7pm, seating is first come first serve). Tickets are $23-$25. 2936 W 8th St

FILM+FOOD: The Egyptian Theatre will hold its annual Tiki Night, which includes a luau, performances, and a film screening. The event will open with the luau dinner and performances by King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers. Tiki vendors and drinks will also be in the theatre's courtyard. The L.A. premiere film screening of "Tiki Volume 1: Paradise Lost," a documentary about tiki artists, and a discussion with director Jochen Hirschfeld will follow. Dinner/luau at 5pm. Screening at 7:30pm. Tickets for the luau dinner only are $20, movie only are $11 ($9 for students and seniors, $7 for Cinematheque members), and tickets for both dinner and movie are $30($28 for students and seniors, $25 for members).

Teaser DVD OF TIKI - VOL.1, PARADISE LOST from Jochen Hirschfeld on Vimeo.