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Lazy, Hazy, Crazy...Weekend Things!

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Here it is again... the weekend. Will it cool down? It's all relative, we suppose. Just remember, whatever you do, keep your cool! There are plenty of things to do around town that are indoors, or outdoors, to suit your mood and temperment, in addition to the other events we're talking about.

Friday

--Delve into the primitive roots of electronic music (and we mean primitive) with a free screening of the documentary Theramin: An Electronic Oddyssey tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the California Plaza, as a part of the ongoing Grand Performances series.

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--We love Neil Diamond, and perhaps you do, too. But will you love a Neil Diamond impersonator? See Dean Colley take a crack at "Cracklin'Rose" in a free tribute show under the stars near Old Town Pasadena. 8:00 p.m., Levitt Pavillion.

--Duck into the air conditioned haven of your local multiplex (or art house, should you prefer) and check out a flick. Opening this weekend: Bad News Bears, The Island, Hustle & Flow, and Last Days, among other as equally questionable fare.

Saturday

--Take the Historic Echo Park's walking tour of Echo Park and Downtown--before it's too hot--from 10:00-Noon. Meet at the southwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lemoyne Street. Tour is $3.00. (323) 860-8874

--Get sloshed on scotch, and try to retain a tip or two about it. Learn about the single-malts under the tutelage of Lorne MacKillop at the Lincoln Steakhouse, hosts of this scotch-flavored Learn About Wine Event. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., $39.00 per person, reservations required. 2460 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. (310) 451-7600.

--Saturday night: You're on your own. Check out some of the Happenings listed on LAist's weekly happenings calendar. Or stay home and get lit. Just be safe and have fun.

Sunday

--Sleep in and treat yourself to breakfast out. We know you guys know where you like to go. May we also suggest Marston's in Pasadena, Lulu's Cafe on Beverly, or Eagle Rock's Auntie Em's Kitchen.

--Free performance of Hamlet in Barnsdall Park, as a part of the Independent Shakespeare Co.'s summer series. 7:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard.