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The Bel-Air Film Festival shines a bright light on film reels from around the world, offering a diverse schedule of independent shorts, documentaries, and feature-length films. The fest kicks off with My Father's Will, a U.S. feature that centers around a wealthy businessman who, in accordance with his father's last wishes, must distance himself from his affluent identity and hefty bank account for one month of self-discovery, reflection, and, most likely, frozen TV dinners. Starting Thursday, things heat up with four to five showings a day, including The Italian Key from Finland and Trophy Kids from American director Josh Sugarman. Friday and Saturday's festivities conclude with complimentary wine-tasting events before after parties and competitive Kurosawa name-droppings take center stage. Monday wraps up the whole festival with a screening of Face to Face, a film many consider to be the Australian version of 12 Angry Men.

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
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Built in 1929 as one of the first four original structures on UCLA’s campus in Westwood, the two towers of Royce Hall are now the defining image of the school. Named for California-born philosopher Josiah Royce, the looming brick building is modeled after Milan’s San Ambrogio Church. In the many decades since its introduction, the popular events space has undergone seismic retrofitting, and now boasts some 1,800 seats, nearly all with perfect sightlines to the deep stage. The annual events calendar features a variety of fine art performances with world-class talent ranging from speakers to dance to contemporary and classical music. Entertainers use the stage to tell stories and jokes, radio personalities bring their live shows through Royce Hall, and students have the opportunity to witness never-before-seen productions throughout the year. Patrons can customize their own subscription packages, and students receive discounts to every event.

340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles,
CA
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Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.

1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
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Goodwill towards man goes hand in hand with a cold pint of good beer, a fact not lost on the organizers of Sin City Beer Fest—a regular celebration of fermented beverages that raises money for local charities. On-hand beers come courtesy of breweries from around the world, with regular contributors that include Yanjing Beer in China, Mortiz in Barcelona, and Lost Coast Brewery in Northern California. Guests enjoy floral hops and refreshing bubbles in swanky environs throughout the city, mingling in poolside cabanas, verdant courtyards, and the Denny's that Frank Sinatra classed up by accidentally haunting.

9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills,
CA
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One night at a bar in Devlin, Ireland, a fight broke out, a baby was born, and that same child immediately entered into the scuffle. As the story goes, in the years that followed, this incredible boy would lose his left eye and travel to America, where he found a nation in the throes of Prohibition. So the young man took his family's whiskey recipe and started delivering the libation to people's front doors, becoming the world's most renowned bootlegger. He also found some time to invent rock 'n' roll.

These are just a few of the incredible feats attributed to Reilly, the namesake folk hero of Rock & Reilly's. While the young man's legend might be questionable, the rock pub that's plastered with his eye-patched visage has earned a very real reputation for its whiskeys and brews. Surrounded by exposed-brick walls, bartenders pour Guinness and concoct dozens of mixed drinks with names like Dead Beat Dad and Spicy Slapper—a vodka drink with watermelon, jalapeño, lime, and cranberry. The libations pair well with a lineup of pub food, including five kinds of grilled cheese.

Since the pub opened in 2011, its selection of drinks and grub have attracted the attention of numerous news outlets and celebrities; starlets including Nicole Richie and Zooey Deschanel have attended parties there.

8911 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
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Elevate Events doesn't just plan jaw-droppingly gorgeous affairs and parties?it makes sure every one of its events benefits a cause for women. Its goal is to pique awareness of and fundraise for women's charities both locally and globally that help women transition out of uncomfortable, heartbreaking situations such as domestic violence.

4024 Radford Avenue
Los Angeles,
CA
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