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THIS WEEKEND: Dave Chappelle, Lobster, Local Natives, & Ramen

Summer is winding down but there's still plenty to do around Los Angeles

Dave Chappelle breezes through town and there's tons of lobster, ramen, and fried chicken to be eaten.

LAUGH: Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
At the peak of his career Dave Chappelle left showbiz behind, but he makes a rare appearance at Funny or Die’s comedy bonanza. Flight of the Conchords, Hannibal Buress, and Demetri Martin will be there, too. More information (Sep. 15; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

SLURP: Ramen Yokocho
It’s the largest ramen festival in the U.S. and features a dozen top notch soup and noodle houses like Tsujita, Daikokuya, Jidaiya, and Ikemen. Entrance is free, but the bowls of ramen bowls will cost you: $8 apiece. More information (Sep. 14-15; Torrance Cultural Arts Center) 

HEAR & NOSH: Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
In the last few years, the staid celebration devoted to boiling and buttering the marine crustaceans has gotten a lot more hip with a lineup of bands that wouldn't be out of place at a Silver Lake street festival. This year's performers include Torches, Deap Valley, Sad Robot, Big Black Delta, Pretty Little Demons, and the English Beat. More information (Sep. 13-15; Ports O'Call Village)

CRUNCH: Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival
Move over, waffles. Food GPS is inviting 11 chefs to Lot 613 in the downtown Arts District to share their unique riffs on fried chicken, like Jason Neroni’s sandwich topped with jalapeno pimento cheese and pickled heirloom tomatoes. Sugarbloom Bakery and McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams will provide dessert, while Walker Brewing Co. will pour craft beers. More information (Sep. 15; Lot 613) 

HEAR: Local Natives
The local psych rock quartet, which released their second albumHummingbird, in late January, returns for a hometown show after touring the world. More information (Sep. 13; Greek Theatre)

SEE: Breaking Ground: 20th-Century Latin American Art
Artists from the Spanish-speaking world once had to fight to be shown alongside Europe’s masters. A survey of such Hispanic heavyweights as Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and José Luis Cuevas confirms that times have changed. More information (Sep. 13-Nov. 4; Norton Simon Museum)

LAUGH: Yakov Smirnoff: Happily Ever Laughter
Russian-born comedian Yakov Smirnoff returns to L.A. after an absence of many years with his one-man show Happily Ever Laughter. The yukster aims to not only leave viewers in stitches but renew their faith in love and relationships. More information (Saturdays through Sep. 28; Acme Theatre)

SEE: When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando
Local artist Shizu Saldamando, who wields a tattoo needle as deftly as she does colored pencils or a ballpoint pen, has her first solo museum show. The retrospective hones in on her fine line portraiture featuring her friends as well as pop culture icons like Siouxsie Sioux and Robert Smith. More information (Sep. 10-Dec. 7; Vincent Price Art Museum)

DANCE: Mad Decent Block Party
The label headed up by Diplo busts out an outdoor concert that features a raft of danceable acts including Matt & Kim, Big Gigantic, Sasha go Hard, and Major Lazer. More information (Sep. 14; L.A. Center Studios)

SEE: Lost Girls
John Perrin Flynn's play about former high school paramours who must confront their shared history when their teenage daughter goes missing opens at the innovative Rogue Machine theater company. More information (Opens Sep. 14; Rogue Machine Theatre)

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