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Happening Saturday: Call of Duty XP

September 03, 2011

EVENTS

Call of Duty XP This fan event celebrating the military-themed Call of Duty video game franchise has transformed a nondescript hangar into a gamer's paradise, complete with previews of Modern Warfare 3, a $1-million tournament, live paintball in a replica level and a closing performance by Kanye West. Must be 18 or older to enlist. 5600 Campus Center Drive, L.A. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $150. (201) 383-4222. http://www.callofduty.com/xp

Taste Eat your heart out at the Taste, a large culinary festival hosted by the Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine magazine. Over the span of the weekend, 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. Various times and locations. Sat.-Mon. (213) 237-6552; http://www.latimes.com/taste

The L.A. County Fair The largest county fair in North America runs for a month and boasts more than 600 vendors, horse racing, carnival games, the Chinese Circus of Beijing, pig racing and, of course, an abundance of fried food. Don't forget to wear comfy shoes (and perhaps pants with elastic). Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Sat.-Oct. 3. $12 weekdays, $17 weekends. http://www.lacountyfair.com

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Travel back in time without leaving Long Beach aboard the RMS Queen Mary for the seventh annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival — a weekend-long "cruise" celebrating Art Deco style and design. Attend lectures and tours, shop the Art Deco Bazaar and mingle with other Deco devotees 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. Sat.-Sun. Daily boarding pass $24.95-$21.95; events and tours $10-$139; weekend packages $400-$650. (877) 342-0738. http://www.queenmary.com

ART

Rob Reger Mixing clean design with a neo-surrealist sensibility, the concept for Rob Reger's "The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations" has its roots in Reger's childhood camping trips, when his father taught him to draw forms from a squiggle with a stick in 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. (323) 666-7667.

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