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What's happening Aug. 20-21, 2011

August 20, 2011


Orange County BBQ Bonanza Loosen your belt to prepare for a weekend of award-winning sizzling, sauce-slavered meats, including pork ribs, beef ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork, chicken, sausages and more. Live entertainment from Bill Maggee Blues Band, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Texas House Party and others, plus kids' entertainment. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $5, menu items $2-$25.


Rock the Bells For this year's showcase, the traveling hip-hop festival is taking a page out of the genre's history books by focusing on a set of game-changing albums. Though still relatively downsized from lineups of the past, a who's who of rap royalty, including Lauryn Hill, Nas, Cypress Hill, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep, Raekwon and Ghostface, and the GZA, headline the bill. San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino. Noon. $50-$100.

Sade Following the platinum selling success of last year's "Soldier of Love" — Sade's first new album in a decade — the sultry-voiced British singer will perform recent hits, such as the Grammy-nominated "Babyfather," plus classics from her just-released greatest hits compilation, "The Ultimate Collection." Neo-soul heavy hitter John Legend will open. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $49.50-$179.50. (213) 742-7340.

'Fantasia' Conductor John Mauceri will pick up his baton while Mickey dons his sorcerer's cap for screenings of the Disney classic, with live accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The shows will also include glimpses of unfinished segments of the film and will conclude with fireworks. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun. $11-$158. (323) 850-2000.


'Red State' Kevin Smith's self-distributed new film is a departure; it's his first foray into the horror genre, even as there remain vestiges of his trademark snappy banter and offbeat humor. The film, which stars Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman, will screen for one week and Smith will attend each showing, with an audience Q&A to follow. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., L.A. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sat.-next Thu. $20 (some shows sold out). (323) 938-4038.

'Rhino Resurrected' Rhino Records in Westwood was a church for wax fanatics from the time it opened in 1973 until its sad shutter in 2005. During that time it expanded to become a label that catered to the offbeat tastes of audiophiles, much like its flagship record shop. A new documentary will celebrate its world premiere at the Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 2:30 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510;


The Los Angeles Black Book Expo Founded in 2004, the expo offers community and exposure for those working in the independent African and African American press. This year will feature author and speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor, actress and writer Cherie Johnson, jazz artist Russel Blake and writer J.M. Benjamin, among many others. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Meeting Room Concourse, Room 403. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or (323) 718-5678.

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