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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.