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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.