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Happening Friday

September 02, 2011


Call of Duty XP For this celebration of the military-themed Call of Duty video game franchise, a nondescript hangar has been transformed into a gamer's paradise, complete with previews of Modern Warfare 3, a $1-million tournament, live paintball in a replica level and performances by the Dropkick Murphys (Friday) and Kanye West (Saturday). Must be 18 or older to enlist. 5600 Campus Center Drive, L.A. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $150 (includes Friday and Saturday). (201) 383-4222.

The Taste Eat your heart out at the large culinary festival hosted by the Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine magazine. Over the span of four days, food and drink from some of Southern California's best restaurants and wineries will be served, in conjunction with a series of panels, cooking demonstrations and discussions with a number of L.A.'s finest chefs. L.A. Various times and locations. Friday through Monday. (213) 237-6552.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Travel back in time without leaving Long Beach aboard the Queen Mary for the seventh-annual "cruise" celebrating Art Deco style and design. There'll be lectures and tours and the Art Deco Bazaar, and Deco devotees can mingle at the Welcome Cocktail Party, Bon Voyage Pajama Party, Sunday Tea Dance and Grand Art Deco Ball — which includes a four-course meal in the Grand Salon. It's all for a good cause — proceeds go toward restoration of Art Deco design elements on the historic ocean liner. Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach. Friday through Sunday. Daily boarding pass $24.95-$21.95; events and tours $10-$139; weekend packages $400-$650. (877) 342-0738.


Totally '80s Hollywood Bowl '80s nostalgia was the order of the day for much of the aughts, but this show reminds us what people actually listened to back then. The B-52s, the Human League, the Fixx and Berlin cut some of the decade's most iconic tracks, and if you don't want to cuddle with a significant other during "Take My Breath Away," you don't deserve to wear leggings and headbands. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $25-$100.


Rob Reger Mixing clean design with a neo-surrealist sensibility, the concept for his "Encyclopedia of Hallucinations" has its roots in Reger's childhood camping trips, when his father taught him to draw forms with a stick in the dirt. The solo show will also feature his best-known creation, Emily the Strange, a raven-haired pixie who has become a symbol of empowerment for outsiders of all ages. La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Opening reception, 8-11 p.m. (323) 666-7667.

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