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Pencil This In: Lost and Found Films, An Anime Expo, Echo Country Outpost's Fish Fry and a Helmut Newton Exhibition

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We found an unexpected number of events happening in L.A. today (BBQs and fireworks not withstanding). Here's our short list: a Metro public art tour series; a potluck and lost film screenings; a Helmut Newton exhibition; the opening of the Anime Expo; a fish fry and music festival; and a day of family fun at the California African American Museum. Read on for all the details.

The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City is open today from 11 am to 6 pm if you want to check out their latest exhibition Helmut Newton: White Women・Sleepless Nights・Big Nudes. The more than 100 prints on view are from the esteemed fashion photographer’s first three books. In addition to the images, the exhibit features two films about Newton. Admission is free. Parking with validation is $3.50 for three hours Wednesdays-Fridays and $1 on weekends. The show remains on view through Sept. 8.

Metro Art launches a new series of tours—Metro Art Moves_DTLA—with the first one launching tonight from 5:30-7 pm (scheduled to coincide with Grand Park’s huge 4th of July celebration). The guided, artist-led tour highlights Metro’s diverse collection of artwork at several stops while also promoting the glories of public transportation. Meet promptly at 5:30 at the entrance to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, at the northeast corner of Figueroa and 7th Street. It ends at Grand Park. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Echo Country Outpost presents its 4th Annual Fish Fry starting at 2:30 pm with two stages, 12 bands, a water balloon toss and lo-fi state-legal fireworks. Performers include Burly Temple, Wil Donegan, Ocha la Rocha, the David Mayfield Parade, Tommy Santee Klaws and RT N’ The 44$. There’s also a craft beer selection, “a mid-bottom shelf liquor selection” and food including Southern fried catfish, Sierra Nevadder Battered Cod, pommes frites, veggie treats and desserts. Admission: $5, food baskets $5 and cheap drinks.

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The California African American Museumpresents a special day of live performances and an art workshop preceding the annual fireworks show in Exposition Park. CAAM’s galleries are open from 10 am to 5 pm. The outdoor live performances on the CAAM plaza start at 6 pm for the Gleaming at Twilightprogram, co-hosted by Jamaican-born actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter and vocalist, Nita Whitaker LaFontaine, who will sing the National Anthem. Other performers tonight include vocalists CJ Emmons, Judith Hill, jazz musician Ryan Cross, Broadway star Crystal Starr-Kingston and Latin performer Iliana Garcia and other musicians. Free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged at (213) 744-2024. Parking is $10 in the lot adjacent to CAAM at 39th and Figueroa Streets.

The huge Japanese pop culture extravaganza and four-day party—the Anime Expo (AX)—opens today at the LA Convention center. The expo is expecting thousands of fans who come dressed as their favorite animation characters to take part in interactive entertainment and immerse themselves in the world of anime, manga, music and fashion. Scheduled throughout the expo are screenings, artists’ panels, concerts, cosplay, karaoke and video competitions. More than 300 vendors will have their goods on view and for sale. Admission: $40 for a one-day adult pass to $70 for a four-day adult pass. AX runs from 9 am to 2 pm today, Friday and Saturday, with 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

To coincide with AX, there’sAnime Bowling Night tonight between 5pm and 8pm at XLanes bowling alley and entertainment center in the Little Tokyo Galleria, sponsored by Things To Do In LA). The one-night party will include a Cosplay contest, games and sponsored prizes for best bowling. Those coming in cosplay will get one free bowling game, and those having a 2013 AX badge will get a free shoe rental.

Cinefamily presents the Lost & Found Film Club: 4th of July Potluck BBQ today from 2-5 pm. Cinefamily supplies the grill and a bit of food, but since it’s a potluck, they’re asking you to bring some grillables to share. (Chips and drinks are not encouraged...they want to be impressed.) They’re screening a marathon of 16mm short films for its monthly show, the Lost & Found Film Club, so expect ephemera, industrial and educational films on the big screen. The films included today feature American themes as: Hawaiian vacations, used car salesmen, college drinking, the national anthem—plus animation, children's films, advertisements, documentaries and experiments. Tickets: $10/free for members.

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