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Skateboarding (and a whole lot more) is allowed today Downtown because the X Games are in town. / Photo by ~db~ via LAist's flickr pool.

Can you believe it's already July 31? Well, here's a few interesting items tonight to celebrate the end of the month:

GAMES: X Games 14 kicks off today and ends on Sunday. Performance venues are Staples Center, the Event Deck at LA Live and Home Depot Center. On the schedule today Downtown are: the BMX Freestyle Street Final, Skateboard Big Air Final, Moto X Best Trick Final and Moto X Best Whip. Ticket prices range from $10-$20.

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FILM: The Egyptian hosts a sneak preview of Hell Ride at 7:30 tonight with Larry Bishop (director), Dennis Hopper, Vinnie Jones and a David Carradine cameo. Executive produced by Quentin Tarantino, Hell Ride follows Pistolero (Bishop), the head of the Victors biker gang, The Gent (Michael Madsen) and cronies as they “scour the wasteland for the 666s, the bikers responsible for killing Pistolero's old lady in the mid-1970s and another comrade more recently. Pistolero also hopes to locate the long-lost teenage son of his old flame.” Discussion following with director/star Larry Bishop and other cast and crew members.

NUDE BODIES: Ok, so a lot of the bodies are dead, but it’s still enticing. Tonight is an “Artist Night” at the Body Worlds 3 exhibit at the Science Center. The museum is hosting drawing sessions for artists and students. “Live nude models will pose alongside plastinated whole-body specimens allowing artists to capture the beauty above and beneath the skin.” Artists must be 18 or older and sign a release form. The doors open at 5 pm and last entry is 7:30. The gallery will be available for drawing until 9 pm. Tickets are $16.95 are available at the door only. But there’s a $2 off coupon available here.

FILM MUSICALS: The Aero in Santa Monica celebrates the musical pairing of dancer Cyd Charisse and director Vincente Minnelli in a double feature. Beginning at 7:30 pm is The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire as a washed-up dancer. "Arguably the most modern and inventive of the great MGM musicals - climaxing in the simply mind-blowing 'Girl Chase' ballet between Astaire and vamp Cyd Charisse." Ending the evening is Brigadoon, where Gene Kelly and Van Johnson discover a magical Scottish village.

OUTDOOR FILM: Universal CityWalk continues its Thursday night Big FREE Outdoor Movie with Transformers. See this week's "troubled actor" Shia LaBeouf as a geeky high schooler on the big screen.

COMEDYWe wonder what kind of fodder Sarah Silverman now has that she's post-Jimmy Kimmel. See her tonight at Largo at the Coronet at 9 pm. She'll bringing a number of guests...Matt? Ben? We don't think so, but the night should be a fun one anyway. Tickets are $25.

FESTIVAL: NATPE's LATV Festival started yesterday, but you still have time to attend info sessions today and tomorrow with digital showcases, screenings, sessions, workshops, panel discussions, networking events and pitch opportunities. Attendees include seasoned content creators as well as world-known LA-based organizations.

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