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Tarfest: Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile

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Tarfest, the La Brea pits' very own arts fest, launches this year -- its fifth -- next Friday. Created both to celebrate the Miracle Mile and to provide the opportunity for artists and audiences to discover each other, Tarfest is free, unlike certain other Sunset Junctionlike festivals one could name.

Find the full schedule here; highlights include:

Friday, October 5: Gallery exhibition ( and reception featuring musical performances at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire, from 6 to 10.

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Saturday, October 6: Afternoon short film screenings at the Korean Cultural Center; evening film screenings, followed by a party until 1 a.m. with video art and music at the A & D Museum, 5900 Wilshire.

Sunday, October 7: Mellow out with a day of concerts presented by KCRW in the LaBrea Tar Pits park, starting with Bardo at 12:30 and wrapping up with rockers Los Abandoned at 4:30. Spoken word and stuff for kids, too.

Tarfest is one of the rare L.A. festivals that offers cutting-edge culture for free over several days. It's a big city and it's hard to take it all in, a festival like this offers up a good slice of that richness and makes it all digestible!