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Nobody sees X before it happens at X, but there is more happening at X Games than just competition. Here are a few other options:
Mat Hoffman's Premiere of "Birth of Big Air"
In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next." His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, will showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to "Big Air" as part of the ESPN "30 for 30" series. The movie will air on ESPN on Thursday, July 29.
When: Special Premiere of "Birth of Big Air" on Tuesday, July 27
Where: Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE -- Downtown Los Angeles
X Games 16 Kick-Off Bash
STAPLES Center Foundation and The V Foundation for Cancer Research once again join forces to officially kick off X Games 16 with this one-of-a-kind charity event. Guests can meet and get autographs from X Games athletes who in years past have included the likes of Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk, Mat Hoffman and others, all while experiencing a private viewing of Vert practice inside the Nokia Theatre. Guests will also enjoy music provided by KROQ DJs, exceptional food and drink, a fabulous silent auction and much more.
When: Wednesday, July 28 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Nokia Theatre
Ticket Info: Tickets may be purchased in advance only and are available at Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster and facility fees have been waived for this special charity event. Prices are $100 for adults 21 and over and $55 for ages 20 or younger and those not wishing to consume alcohol.
Kids' Day is an opportunity for the youth of Los Angeles to get a behind-the-scenes look at a world- class sporting event, heighten their action sports knowledge through athlete interaction and educate them on living a socially responsible lifestyle. Help us celebrate 16 years of X Games competition and give the kids of LA the experience of a lifetime. ESPN, X Games competitors and various X Games partners are putting together an agenda filled with unique and exciting experiences that will leave a lasting impression.
When: Thursday, July 29 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Free and open to the public, X FEST is the ultimate action sports festival featuring the ESPN X Games National Sponsor booths, industry booths, three interactive parks, athlete appearances, Radio X Stage, demos and more will be located along Chick Hearn Court and the surrounding area of the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. X Fest is the spot to be to grab free swag and awesome giveaways, plus participate in fun activities like the rock climbing wall and airbrush face painting. The X Factory located in front of STAPLES Center is the preferred place to shop for skate, surf, BMX and Moto gear with local art and DJs, autograph signings and more. Additional Merchandise booths are located in and around X FEST.
The X Fest venue will be open during the following times:
Thursday, July 29, 9:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
Friday, July 30, 9:00 AM --7:00 PM
Saturday, July 31, 9:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 1, 9:00 AM -- 7:00 PM
X Games dedicates Girls' Day to the ladies of the action sports world through special programming surrounding the action sports lifestyle in the areas of music, BMX Freestyle, Moto X and Skateboard. Programs will include clinics taught by pro female athletes competing in the X Games and demos showcasing other action sport female pros.
When: Sunday, Aug. 1
Where: L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles
"HOW WE ROLL" Exhibit at the California African American Museum (CAAM)
While visiting X Games 16 in Exposition Park, go next door to The California African American Museum and check out "HOW WE ROLL", an exciting new show celebrating four decades of legendary skateboarders, surfers and roller skaters who put the "X" in the game. Admission is free to the public.
When: Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibition dates: July 28, 2010 - January 2, 2011.
Where: The California African American Museum in Exposition Park (http://www.caamuseum.org/).
The X Games STAPLES Center venue consists of the following events: Moto X Step Up, Moto X Best Trick,Moto X Best Whip, and Moto X Speed and Style. STAPLES Center doors will open at 4PM on Friday July 30 and at 5PM on Sunday August 1.
Nokia theatre L.A. live
The X Games Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE venue consists of the following events: Skateboard Vert Am"s, Skateboard Vert Women, BMX Freestyle Vert, Skateboard Vert, and Skateboard Vert Best Trick. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE doors will open at 1 PM on Friday.
L.A. live event deck
The X Games Event Deck venue consists of the following events: BMX Freestyle Park, Skateboard Street Men's and Women's, Skateboard Game of SK8, Skateboard Park, Men's, Women's Jam and Legends and BMX Freestyle Street.
The L.A. live event deck will be open during the following times:
Thursday, July 29, 9:00AM -- 3:30 PM
Friday, July 30, 9:00AM -- 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 31, 9:00AM -- 4:30 PM
Sunday, August 1, 9:00AM -- 7:00 PM