DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Get your froth on island-style, but only for one more week: Yep, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, playing at the IMAX Theater at the California Science Center, will roll out Sept. 6. Check out the sick surfing action of Kelly Slater, the chaos of ocean storms, the awesomeness of coral reef ecosystems, the volcanic islands of French Polynesia and the dramatic story of the birth and growth of an ocean wave and its effect on island culture. Remember, it’s in 3D, so you’ll only feel like you’re getting wet. Showing daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or

  • The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce wants you to be a well-informed voter, and is making that aim easier with its California Candidates series. No more eeny, meeny, miney, moe at the polls. Come hear what San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, has to say for himself at a luncheon program on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from noon-1:30 p.m., at the L.A. Area Chamber Board Room. His opponent, Republican Abel Maldonado, will take his turn at the Chamber podium next week. At 350 S. Bixel St., (213) 580-7565 or
  • First, Downtown seduced the Los Angeles International Film Festival into its domain. Heh, heh, heh. Now, The L.A. Skate Film Festival makes its debut at the Downtown Independent from Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2-11 p.m. Integral to its industry, skateboard films and videos influence skateboard and pop culture with new techniques, styles, fashion, music and straight-up information. Titles such as Deathbowl to Downtown, Riding The Long White Cloud, Corridor of Shame and The Dango Is Dead bode for some serious tricks and centripetal action. At 251 S. Main St., (310) 546-5640 or
  • Yowsa, the Grammy Museum gets busy this week with four, count ’em, four jammin’ events to cap off the summer. Soul and gospel goddess Mavis Staples gets the groove going on Monday, Aug. 30; Western swing titan Ray Benson and his Texas band Asleep at the Wheel certainly won’t be on Aug. 31; and on Sept. 1, songwriter and Oscar-winner (for “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart) Ryan Bingham and his band The Dead Horses bring it. All three events begin at 8 p.m. and include audience Q&As and performances. But wait, there’s more. On Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the museum commemorates the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ masterpiece album Bitches Brew with a multimedia presentation and panel discussion on the artist and the record. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or
  • What would it be like to be raised by two deaf parents? Two loving yet complicated deaf parents in a large family? Writer/performer Michael Bonnabel tells his tale of growing up in such a household in 1960s Pasadena in The Good Boy at the Bootleg Theater. The show, which opened over the weekend, uses sign, speech and song to recount the triumphs and tragedies of a family and the journey of a “good” boy to find his own voice and independence. It runs through Sept. 19 at 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or

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