Venice Beach Music Festival
August 14-15, 11:30 a.m-7:30 p.m., free
Windward Plaza, Venice,
This two-day event features an art show and a hefty lineup of up and coming bands (with colorful names) such as Vintage Trouble, Insects vs. Robots, Moo Got 2, The Towels, Sassafras, Meet Me at the Pub, and The Chuck Dukowski Sextet.
A Spelling Bee for Cheaters
August 14, 2 p.m.,
Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Avenue,
826LA, an organization that promotes literacy, presents this spelling bee with celebrity guests, including
Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener, John Krasinski, Judd Apatow, and Dianna Agron. Participants will register online and raise money beforehand to increase their chances of winning.