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Get Out: The Return of Echo Park Lake, 'Matt and Ben' and Getty's Saturdays Off the 405

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Echo Park Lake bridge (Photo by Alberto Cueto via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
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By Anam Syed

NATURE: The beloved Echo Park Lake finally re-opens in a special ceremony that goes from 10 am until noon, celebrating new improvements, such as development of wetlands, habitats, and landscaping. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be led by Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti, alongside other city and community leaders. The morning will include performances and featured speakers. Many local businesses will be offering specials and deals. Lot 1 on Sunset will offer bottomless mimosa and a music party beginning after the ceremony's close at noon. The ribbon-cutting will take place at the 1700 block of Park Avenue, at the intersection with Lemoyne St. Traffic on Park Ave will be closed between Glendale Blvd. and Echo Park Ave.

ART: Shoebox LA returns to Los Feliz Triangle park to present an evening of outdoor art set to the din of Eastside traffic. The exhibit showcases Susan Sironi and her multimedia work Rote History, which explores how history is experienced and manipulated. The event will be held from 4 until 7pm, at the intersection of Hollywood & Prospect Ave. at Vermont Ave. For more information, visit Shoebox LA's website.

MUSIC: The Getty Museum spices up their summer with Saturdays Off the 405—summer exhibitions set to the sounds of outdoor band and DJ sets, not to mention lovely views of the city. The entire experience is free, and takes place from 6pm until 9pm in the Museum Courtyard. This week's music is helmed by electronic artist Robert Delong, with a set by DJ Paul Boston. For more information, visit the Getty's website.

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COMEDY: This week’s iO West Celebrity Saturday features the hit play “Matt and Ben” written by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, depicting the pre-fame lives of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Its stars Mackenzie Kyle and Mackenzie Yeager. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $10. For more information, visit iO West's website.

PUPPETS: Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater presents The Golden Girls, tonight at The Echo. Yes, sock puppets will be re-enacting the pilot episode from 1985. Doors at 7 pm and comedian Rachel Butera kicks things off at 7:30pm. The puppets storm the stage at 8 pm. The evening also includes the music of Hadley Meares, Stephanie Riggio, John McKnight and Kevin Widener. $10.