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Five ways to cap off the summer, Downtown-style

By Rachel Garcia
Published: Friday, September 07, 2012, at 06:26PM
The Music Center

The Music Center hosts free, outdoor dance lessons throughout the summer. Their last event for the season will be Samba lessons this Friday evening.

Rain drops are beginning to fall and school is already in session for many but the summer isn't over yet. Here are some Downtown events to round out the season, which officially ends September 21st.

1: Prepare for a zombie invasion with the Zombie Survival Course; September 15-16
Evade bloodthirsty zombies while traversing a 75,000-square-foot obstacle course called, "Zombie Apocalypse". Stan Lee's Comikaze, a two-day comic convention held at the L.A. Convention Center, is hosting the course where, "only 4,000 people will survive."

2: Watch a movie under the stars; September 8, 15 and 22
Street Food Cinema, the outdoor movie, food truck and live music festival extended its season with three additional dates. The traveling movie theater, where food trucks, picnic blankets and lawn chairs abound, screens a variety of blockbusters as well as cult classics at outdoor spaces in Los Angeles.

Sept. 8: The Hunger Games at Exposition Park
Sept. 15: Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds at Exposition Park
Sept. 22: Superbad at L.A. Historic Park

3: Learn to Samba; September 7
Learn the Brazilian dance form for free, no experience necessary. Hosted by The Music Center, this is their last outdoor dance class for the season. Samba lessons will be held at the Music Center Plaza from 6:30-10 p.m.

4: Finally participate in an Open Mic; ongoing
Perform music, comedy or poetry at the Last Bookstores, "Speak Easy Open Mic." The event is held weekly, allowing plenty of time to muster the courage to take the stage. The Last Bookstore is located on the corners of Fifth and Spring Streets and the open mic runs from 8-11 p.m. Arrive early to put your name on the sign-up sheet.

5: Cook using liquid nitrogen, enough said; September 8
L.A. Makerspace describes itself as a "lab space for community members to develop their own citizen science projects." Their latest project - the chemistry of food. The people at L.A. Makerspace will teach you how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. You'll also make "carbonated fruit" using dry ice and experiment with tablets that make sour food taste sweet. The event will be held at the 24th Street Theatre on 24th and Hoover Streets.


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