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Hang at the Getty Center for the last Friday off the 405 tonight. / Photo by Photo by atomicshakespeare via LAist's flickr pool.

FILM: The Aero in Santa Monica screens the L.A. premiere of the rock doc Patti Smith: Dream of Life at 7:30 tonight. “Twelve years in the making, the first film directed by fashion photographer Steven Sebring stitches together layer upon layer of human experience to paint a portrait of Patti Smith, the artist as a tireless and dynamic worker for music, poetry, peace, family and friends.”

PERFORMANCE: She Wants Revenge and Monsters Are Waiting take to the stage for the Getty Center’s “Fridays Off The 405” series tonight at 6 pm. You know holiday weekend traffic is going to be a bee-yotch tonight, so you might as well get off the freeway and chill out to music, art and views of the folks having meltdowns on the 405.

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DRIVE-IN FILM*: The Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry West kicks off the “Humans are Such Easy Prey” Drive-In series. Their lot opens at 8:30 tonight and the screening of From Beyond starts at 9 pm. There’s also a Q&A with director Stuart Gordon. Screenings also will occur in the theater in case of overflow crowds. The series will continue every Friday night until Halloween.

BIKE RIDES Two bike rides tonight. First up at 7:30 pm is the Los Angeles Critical Mass easy-paced ride "through the city of Los Angeles, exerting our right under California Law to ride bicycles on the street." Bikers should meet at the Meet at Wilshire and Western Metro Station at 6:30 pm. If you can't make that ride, then meet at 9:30 pm at the Rite Aid on Vermont and Sunset for the People's Ride.

ART DECO: The Queen Mary Art Deco Festival kicks off tonight with an opening reception. Celebrate art deco with this weekend-long festival, of tours, lectures, a pajama party, the Art Deco Bazaar, vintage car display, a grand Art Deco Ball with music by Mora's Modern Rhythmists, tea dance with music by the Paul Frederick Orchestra, Cocktails in Historic Places at the Verandah Grill with music by Jim Ziegler and the Swingsations, and so much more. Proceeds will benefit conservation and restoration of the original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner.

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