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No plans this weekend? Here are 10 queer things to do in Los Angeles

FRIDAY

Casino Night

What: Join the Los Angeles LGBT Center for their annual Casino Night. Proceeds go to the Center’s services for women.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Liaison Restaurant + Lounge

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Tickets: $50

QFilm Festival

What: Long Beach’s LGBTQ film festival featuring original films that tell stories from the queer community.

When: Through Sunday; view the schedule to confirm movie times.

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Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach

Tickets: $12 per movie

Cub Scout

What: Dance, dance, dance with live DJs at the monthly Cub Scout event.

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When: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where: Eagle LA

Admission: Free

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Mi Mejor Amigo Queer Film

“Mi Mejor Amigo” (My Best Friend) is a coming-of-age film from Argentina. It will have its Southern California premiere at the QFilm Festival. Photo: Publicity image.

SATURDAY

PROUD Picnic + Movie

What: Enjoy an outdoor picnic with food trucks, music, and original short films, as well as the feature film “When The Beat Drop,” which was screened earlier this year at Outfest.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Grand Park

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Admission: No cover

QUEER in the Valley

What: Somos Familia Valle, a San Fernando Valley-based group that was created by first-generation college students of color and immigrants who identify as LGBTQ, hosts an anniversary gala to celebrate their transition to a nonprofit. The group is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ justice through transformative dialogue and civic engagement.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.

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Where: San Fernando Odd Fellows

Tickets: $15-$20

RUSH

What: Pledge yourself to the Los Angeles Band of Brothers at this play party for men.

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When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Tom of Finland Foundation

Tickets: $25

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AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride + social

What: Grab your bike and join a team for a long bike ride followed by a beer social.

When: Bike ride begins 9 a.m.; beer social at 2 p.m.

Where: Faultline

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Admission: Free

Prism Comics Queer Comic Books

Comic book fans enjoy cosplay at the Prism Comics booth at Comic Con Palm Springs. Prism Comics and Hamburger Mary’s on Saturday will host the official LGBT afterparty for Long Beach Comic-Con. Photo: Beatriz E. Valenzuela for Q Voice News.

SUNDAY

Life Drawing Session

What: Practice your nude life drawing skills on a live model.

When: 1-4 p.m.

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Where: Tom of Finland House

Tickets: Suggested donation of $30 at the door, $25 advanced, reservation required.

Cabaret

What: Celebration Theatre, a company dedicated to celebrating and telling the stories of queer communities, puts on the classic play “Cabaret.”

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When: 2 p.m.

Where: The Lex Theatre

Tickets: $45 – $60

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South American movies

What: Watch the Southern California debut of “Mi Mejor Amigo” (“My Best Friend”) and “The Heiress” at the QFilms Festival. “Mi Mejor Amigo” is from Argentina; “The Heiress” is from Paraguay.

When: “The Heiress” at 5:15 p.m., “My Best Friend” at 7:15 p.m.

Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach

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Tickets: $12 per movie

Comic Con after party

What: Prism Comics and Hamburger Mary’s join forces for the official LGBTQ afterparty for Long Beach Comic-Con.

When: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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Where: Hamburger Mary’s

Admission: $5-$12, depending on arrival time

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Lauren Torres

Lauren Torres is a journalist who has watched enough "Investigation Discovery" to be obsessed with chasing investigations through writing for the rest of her life. When not chasing investigations or aliens, Torres writes non fiction, collects anything Spider-Man related, and eats copious amounts of Hot Cheetos while watching "The Office."

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