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Next Fest brought a taste of Sundance to LA last weekend

Last weekend in downtown Los Angeles, Next Fest, Sundance’s two-year old film festival, featured a small selection of films previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January, which were each paired with either a conversation with the filmmakers or a musical performance. Each day of the three-day festival concluded with a musical performance chosen to complement the preceding movie and for many of the films, music was a prominent component.

The festival was held at the newly renovated theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The theater was recently retrofitted with a projection and sound system for both movie screenings and musical performances. The location felt very angeleno with the hipster Ace Hotel coffee shop and restaurant as one in-between-show snack option as well as a taco shack with criminally delicious $1.50 tacos next door. Here are a few highlights of the weekend.

How to navigate Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park this weekend

Imagine a real life Candy Land — but for grown-ups. The annual music festival Outside Lands will be taking place this coming weekend, August 9-11, in Golden Gate Park, and this year, the event will feature more attractions than ever. Panhandle, Beer Lands, food trucks, oh my! It can be overwhelming to pick and choose the best performances, activities and vendors. Take a deep breath though, friends. Whether you’re going for just one day or the whole weekend, a simple strategy will help you navigate the six concert stages, six food “lands” and countless scattered tents.

Lollapalooza: The Bay Area takes on Chi-town in three-day music festival

The Bay is replaced by Lake Michigan, and the fog trapped in the foothills gives way to oven-like humidity. Deep dish becomes the only pizza crust, while Derrick Rose jerseys of every color replace Giants caps. E-40’s “Function” is a mere afterthought to any tune by hometown favorite Kanye West. This is no “Yay Area.” This is Chicago. And on Aug. 3-5, the city played host to one of the nation’s largest music festivals: Lollapalooza.