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Long Weekend Things!

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On Monday we plan on being in someone's backyard, beer in one hand, grilled meat product in another, head turned skyward to look at falling bits of colored light (or we could head out to some of these spots for more intense fireworks and Fourth-of-July action). So we've got the holiday covered. What about the rest of the weekend? Here are some quirky, cultural, and historical things going on around town--lots of them are FREE, too--that might be worth checking out this long weekend. Or, you could just stay home. We'll never know!

Friday July 1st

It's Canada Day! Wave those maple leaf flags!

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Tonight the Grand Performances series has the salsa/hip-hop/jazz-funk band Ozomatli in a free show at 8:00 p.m. downtown at California Plaza. Seating opens two hours prior to the show.

Tonight is also the kick-off night for this summer's Dance Downtown season, where you can dance under the skies of the Music Center Plaza to all kinds of music, for absolutely free. There's a free beginner's dance lesson at 6:30, followed by musical entertainment from 7:15 to 10:00, and it's all free! Dance Downtown happens on select friday nights this summer; opening night is Salsa night.

Fridays are FREE admission days to two Long Beach museums, The Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Museum of Latin American Art. LBMA is on 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, and has extended summer hours, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00p.m. MOLAA is on 628 Alamitos Avenue, and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday July 2nd

This is the perfect time of year to check out one of the L.A. Conservancy's Walking Tours of LA. This Saturday there are four tours running, with start times between 10 and 11 a.m.: Angelino Heights, Art Deco, City Hall, and the Historic Core. Reservations are required in advance via the web or phone, (213) 623-2489. Tours cost $5 for Conservancy members, and $10 for the general public.

Levitt Pavillion in Pasadena has free music under the stars. This Saturday at 8:00 is Brasil Brazil night. 85 East Holly Street, Pasadena.

Sunday July 3rd

The California African American Museum presents Rhapsodies in Black, Brown & Beige, which will explore the meaning of soul, with featured performances by violinist Karen Briggs, spoken soul singer David "Scribes" Stamps, and the Universal Dance Designs ensemble. An African marketplace will also have quilt-making demonstrations, storytelling and face painting. Admission is free. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is the last weekend for Santa Monica's 18th Street Art Center's show The Curious and the Profound, which features "works that somehow address the very notion and act of crossing borders." Admission is free. 1639 18th Street, in Santa Monica.

There's an Old Time Music Jam put on by the California Traditional Music Society from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. that's free to the public in Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Boulevard.