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Our Top 5 Obsessions: July

1. Bizarre, stupid, and yet amazing holidays:  

National Fried Chicken Day (7/6) -- Might we suggest celebrating at Honey’s Kettle in Culver City? Nom nom nom nom nom...

National Cheer Up the Lonely Day (7/11) -- also known as “Pry the Well-Worn Copy of Bridget Jones’s Diary and/or 50 Shades of Grey from the Chain-Smoking Hands of your Saddest Single Friend and Take Her Out for a Drink Day”

National Nude Day (7/14) -- Here you go. 

Also, Independence Day (7/4) -- which isn’t that stupid or bizarre, but also isn’t quite as amazing except in that we get a day or two off from work.  Here are some tips on how to throw a budget soiree this holiday week, and here are some things we think you might want to cop for any beach bash.  

2. French Film Fridays at LACMA:  We can think of few better ways to spend a Friday evening then immersed in a French film double-bill at one of LA’s best museums.  This Friday’s screenings include Contempt (Bardot!/Godard!) and Mississippi Mermaid (Truffaut!).

3. The 2012 Olympics:  The actual games may only be of vague interest to us, but the fact that we’ll get our first look at the Olympics-inspired, sporty collaboration between Topshop and Opening Ceremony this month definitely has us counting down the days until the 27th.  

4. Venice Beach Biennial: Over 50 artists will set up shop on the Venice Boardwalk on 7/13 for this event, which is to be directed by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick -- expect new works, artistic collaborations with local businesses, and live performances.  We’re mostly excited to see the two-headed bicycle (?!?).  

5. Katy Perry: Part of Me:  Debate raged here at BGG headquarters over whether to include this film, The Dark Knight Rises, or Step Up Revolution on this list. Ultimately, our curiosity about the whole Russell Brand situation won out over Christian Bale and the 4th installment of what has thus far been a life-changing franchise (Step Up, duh), although we’ll obviously see all three.  

Jul 02, 2012 - 07:44 AM

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