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Two Festivals and an Artist Bailout: Have a GOOD LA Weekend

This week's L.A. picks feature two festivals that will keep rocking well into next week, plus a way to make a lasting impact on local artists.

It's Thursday, Los Angeles! This week's picks stretch far beyond the weekend, with two festivals that will keep rocking well into next week, plus a way to make a lasting impact in L.A.'s creative community. Got something cooking that we should be covering? Email us at la[at]goodinc[dot]com

Catch a Flick at the L.A. Film Festival: The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off today with 200 indie films, summer blockbusters, and classic movies screening in theaters around the city. Highlights include Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul, which we featured here on GOOD; the world premiere of Richard Linklater's newest film, Bernie, starring Jack Black (above); and a documentary on hip hop legends A Tribe Called Quest. Buy a festival pass and you'll get priority admission to screenings plus access to events like a conversation on fame between Black and Shirley MacLaine. Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 26

Get Dizzy with Los Angeles Design: Not to be outdone by the film geeks, a brand-new festival also launches today to celebrate L.A.'s thriving design community. The Los Angeles Design Festival hopes to cement L.A.'s status as a global design capital with exclusive peeks inside designer studios, tours of acclaimed midcentury architecture, and a walk through downtown's bridges and tunnels. A skate, surf and bike-themed installation at the A+D Museum will feature ongoing, interactive contributions by designers throughout the festival. Thursday, June 16 through Thursday, June 30

Bail Out a Local Artist Over Dinner: If you've got $10 and an appetite, that's enough to help an L.A. artist produce a brilliant new project. Artist Bailout will feature six artists presenting projects in need of funding while attendees enjoy a home-cooked meal at ATX. Afterwards, the audience votes for their favorites, and two lucky artists walk away with cash. Voila! Instant micro-grant! Bike, take transit, or carpool and you'll receive a special gift. Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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