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Spider-Man Becomes the Latest Big Movie to Adopt a Social Cause

Sony is encouraging Spider-Man fans to make a difference by volunteering. Cheap promotional stunt? I appears not.

Last summer Spider-Man got a makeover in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, morphing the character from the traditional Peter Parker we all know into half-black, half-Latino Miles Morales, a teen whose family was trying to get him into a charter school. While the latest Spidey film, Sony's upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, takes us back to the Peter Parker era, the studio took a new-school approach to the character's heroism through Tuesday's "Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer" day of service.

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Hang with Miranda July, Trek Boyle Heights: Have a GOOD LA Weekend

Happy weekend, L.A.! Get heavy with Miranda July's new show at MOCA PDC, and walk the secret history of the Boyle Heights neighborhood.



Summer's in full swing, and without any of that icky humidity you might find in other places this time of year. So why not get out and enjoy Los Angeles this weekend? Check out yet another place to see a movie under the stars, climb atop a statue designed by Miranda July, or hike through the ever-changing community of Boyle Heights. Got something we should know about? Email us at la[at]goodinc[dot]com

Friday Flicks in Pershing Square: As if you didn't have enough places to watch movies outside! Last week kicked off another series of outdoor film screenings, this one at downtown's Pershing Square park. No alcohol allowed (booo), but you can bring picnics, and the backdrop of glittery skyscrapers against the darkening summer sky can't be beat. The theme for the summer is the "silliest, funniest, most over-acted films" of all time. This Friday is Young Sherlock Holmes. Next week, Mommie Dearest. Friday, 8:00 p.m.

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Hike Bunker Hill, Bike Boyle Heights: Have a GOOD LA Weekend

It's hot out there, L.A.! Stay cool with three events this weekend, from hiking downtown's vistas to peeking into Wilshire's past.



After this steamy short week, we've got some ways to cool off. Embark upon an outdoor expedition in L.A.'s urban center, discover the hidden history of a famous street, and take a bike ride through an underappreciated neighborhood. Know of summer fun that we should be covering? Reach out at la[at]goodinc[dot]com

Take an Urban Hike Through Downtown: You don't need to go to Yosemite to find unexplored trails or untamed wildlife. Why not ascend the dramatic elevations of the Bonaventure Hotel or meet the grazing goats of Angels Flight Park right here in the city? As part of MOCA's Engagement Parties, the Los Angeles Urban Rangers are leading three evenings of adventures in downtown L.A. The first event kicks off tonight with an exploration of Bunker Hill, and upcoming events feature a tour of the L.A. River and a campout—yes, really!—on MOCA's plaza. Thursday, 7:15 to 10:15 p.m.

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The East L.A. Bookstore That Acts Like a Library Annex

A lending library and used bookstore in L.A.'s Boyle Heights is serving a community when the local library can't.

The bookstore Libros Schmibros is located on a block of buildings in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights that's far better known for its greasy burritos than it is for literary culture. But David Kipen's tiny bookshop with the funny name is quite obviously not a pretentious place for out-of-work writers to sneer at the covers of novels. Instead, he's cultivating a new kind of enthusiasm for reading with personal recommendations and a sense of community that cash-strapped local libraries can't always provide.

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