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Thursday 07.12.07
WHAT: Reception for photographers Chen Wei and Jin Shan, coinciding with the Downtown Art Walk
WHO: South Chinese multimedia artists Chen Wei and Jin Shan, who are enjoying their first U.S. exhibition.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Morono Kiang Gallery
WHY: Their photography will blow you away. And, really, China needs some good press right now.

FRIDAY 07.13.07
WHAT: “Open Casket Call” for FOX Reality series The Search For The Next Elvira
WHO: The actual (and presumably ancient) Elvira, Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger), and you. In drag.
WHEN: 3 p.m.
WHERE: Queen Mary
WHY: Actually, we’re asking the same question.

FRIDAY 07.13.07
WHAT: Rock concert
WHO: The fantastic, and previously independent L.A. rock band, The 88, which just signed on to Def Jam Records
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Troubadour
WHY: Because after the Decemberists, we’ve started to believe you can sign on to a big label and still not suck.

SATURDAY 07.14.07
WHAT: Hairspray jewelry collection launch at Kitson
WHO: Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, Nikki blonsky, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Lauren Storm, Kristy Frank and others (but not, we fear, Travolta)
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Kitson
WHY: They’ll have free Dippin’Dots ice cream and prizes. The actors will also sign limited edition packs containing wristbands, soundtracks and two jewelry pieces. (Tip: Lines are expected to start at 7 a.m.)