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Fireworks, the Bowl, Dodgers baseball and Randy Newman. What else says July 4th in LA? / Photo of Hollywood Bowl by Pinky P via LAist's flickr pool.

Hang on kids, only a few more hours ’til quitting time.

FILM: The Aero Theatre’s Summer Laughs series starts tonight with a French double feature. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot) from 1953. focuses on a man’s vacation where he seeks a little R&R. It’s “a whimsical hymn to the joys of life and the funny little things we often fail to notice.” The Big Day (Jour de Fete) from 1947 follows. Jacques Tati stars again as a mailman who wants to modernize mail delivery in his town, but finds that Bastille Day celebration and his ideas don't mix. This is a 1995 restoration of the film's original color version. Both films in French with English subtitles. $10.

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MORE FILM: If hanging out at Universal CityWalk is your thang, then be sure to be there tonight in front of the big screen at 7:30 pm. The “Big FREE Outdoor Movie” tonight is Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!” (Now we know that’s kind of a misnomer since parking at Universal costs you about the price of a movie ticket anyway…but who are we to judge?)

ANIME*: The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA)’s Anime Expo® started today and runs until Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As the largest tradeshow if its kind the U.S., the Expo showcases animation and comics to fans of the genre. So in other words, if you like to read from back to front and you love manga and anime, then you need to spend a little time this weekend at the Convention Center. The show runs 6 pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and continues through Sunday at 3 pm. Door price is $25/day and $65 for an Expo pass.

BOWL: The LA Philharmonic and Randy Newman take to the stage tonight at the Hollywood Bowl. For the next three nights, the show will be dedicated to the Dodgers' 50th Anniversary in Los Angeles, celebrated with player appearances and music. How much more patriotic can you get than baseball, the Bowl and fireworks? Shoot, just pack an apple pie in your picnic basket and you're all set.

PERFORMANCE: Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys' music brings us back to an era where men were men and the gin could kill you. Klein performs "naughty, lovely and obscure musical gems" of the 1910's, 20's and 30's at the Steve Allen Theater tonight. Film historian Jerry Beck presents rare vintage short films to open the show. $17.

THEATRE: Written in 1891, Spring's Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz and Wendla, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness (teenage hormones, suicide, abortion, homosexuality). The play closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. "The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble's new translation utilizes subtle but present contemporary dialogue, resulting in a clear enunciation of Wedekind's themes for modern audiences and aptly capturing his delicate mix of comedy and tragedy." It bows at the Powerhouse Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.

*Pencil pick of the day