Veterans Day 2012: Three patriotic, artistic things to do

Alum Horace Bristol's Rescued Airmen Smoking Aboard the PBY (1944)

Veterans Day marks a three-day weekend (the school is closed Monday) and time to salute our veterans. Here, we round up a few suggestions of film, music and video games that also honor service members.

Game on: Metal of Honor Warfighter

As part of a six-city, 8-bit salute, Operation Supply Drop will host a single-elimination Medal of Honor: Warfighter tournament in the game lab of the Los Angeles Film School. Gamers will shoot for a chance to win prizes and to play side-by-side with celebrity battle buddies Michael Broderick (voice of Tick from Medal of Honor: Warfighter), Tyler Grey (military technical advisor for EA Games) and Derrick Dockery of the Dallas Cowboys.

Los Angeles Film School, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, emailĀ

G.I. Film Festival

The first annual festival dedicated to telling service members’ stories kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with Disney-turned-Broadway star Christy Carlson Romano being honored for entertaining troops and the premiere of “The Red Machine,” a spy-thriller set in pre-war Washington, D.C. A series of screenings are set for Saturday from 12:20 to 8 p.m., including “The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald,” “8:46″ and “From Philadelphia to Fallujah,” which will be capped off with a dinner and auction featuring actor and former marine Dale Dye.

Admission starts at $12 per person; service members and veterans receive a discount.

Los Angeles Film School, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood;

A Day For Heroes

Rock legends America will play a concert Saturday at 5 p.m. with Actor Elliott Gould (“MASH,” “Friends”) serving as master of ceremonies. A BBQ will precede the show from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation, the event is free for veterans, military and their families. For tickets, visit or call (310) 478-3711.

Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

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