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There's a launch party for a new skate exhibit tonight in Silver Lake. / Photo by C-Monster via LAist's flickr pool.

KAYAKING + LA River: Supporters are welcome to watch a group of fearless kayakers navigate the LA River – from the Valley to Long Beach. At 3 pm today, there’s a kick-off ceremony/"launch" at the LA River Headwaters on the overpass @ Owensmouth in Canoga Park. The kayakers will demonstrate to developers and the Army Corps of Engineers that the LA River is a navigable waterway that should be protected and owned by the people of Los Angeles. Here’s a fun fact: our river is one of the most hydraulically modified urban rivers in the world. “Nearly 75 percent of the fifty-two mile long river is enclosed in concrete.”

SKATEBOARDING*: Quicksilver’s siteLA is hosting Jesse Rodato’s “Guerrilla Skatepark: Ramp Reveal and Exhibition” today until Aug. 15 in Silver Lake. Scheduled for tonight’s launch party (which starts at 8 pm): skate demo, graffiti battle by tiki jay one, Elbino and BEMOR, music and film screening. What makes this half pipe launch special is that Rodato has designed elements of a mobile skatepark that can be set up in LA’s inner cities or other skate-impoverished areas.

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FILM: It’s the last weekend of the Old Pasadena Film Festival and tonight’s lineup is awesome. At 7 pm, emerging filmmakers will screen their works at the Armory Center for the Arts. At 8:30 pm is the classic Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday outdoors at the One Colorado Courtyard. And if that film’s too mushy for the cold-hearted film buffs out there, then wait until the 10:45 screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. All screenings are free.

TIKI FILM: It's a Tiki Film Weekend at the Egyptian Theatre. (There's even a luau scheduled for Saturday night in the Egyptian courtyard.) But tonight's big screen double feature consists of two films that aren't available on DVD. Up first at 7:30 is 1953's Fair Wind to Java, followed by Aloma of the South Seas. We don't know too much about either of these films, but we know there's probably be a lot of faux palm trees and faux natives filmed on studio back lots. If anything, the weekend gives you a great excuse to pull out the Hawaiian shirt sitting in your closet since your last trip to Maui.

THEATRE: The Next Big Thing is billed as a "garage rock musical" about a 1983 band looking for a new sound that will catapult them to the next level and beyond. Music for the show was written by Missy Gibson and Mike Flanagan, members of the band Breech who'll be performing immediately following the performance. Tonight's show starts at 8 pm at art/works Theatre in LA and will set you back $25.

BOOKS + MUSIC: Veteran Seattle journalist Clay Eals is touring California to promote the second printing of his 800-page book Steve Goodman: Facing the Music. He's making an appearance at Westwood Music tonight at 7 pm with special musical guests to celebrate Goodman and Goodman-related songs. (For those of you who don't know, Steve Goodman wrote "City of New Orleans," made famous by Arlo Guthrie.

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