10 Events to Kick Your Weekend Into Gear

This weekend makeup artists talk shop, comedians riot in the streets, jazz gurus swing by town, and high-end art is celebrated

COMEDY: Riot LA Comedy Festival
Now in its third year, the humor fest has added a new venue (the Regent Theater) and some big names. Norm McDonald and Maria Bamford join a lineup of 50-plus comedians in seven Historic Core locations. More information (January 16-18; Various locations)

TALK: Chang-rae Lee
Lee, who wrote the dystopian novel On Such a Full Sea, gets together with Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, to chat about the sci-fi genre, alternate realities, race, and class. More information (January 15; Los Angeles Central Library)

STYLE: International Makeup Artist Trade Show
Masters of illusion—from runway stylists to horror-movie wizards—converge for three days. Beyoncé fans can sit in on a demo by Francesca Tolot, who pre­sents tips from her 12 years of powdering the pop star. More information (January 16-18; Pasadena Convention Center)

MUSIC: Nels Cline & Julian Lage
Guitarist Nels Cline honed his craft as an experimental improviser in clubs around L.A. He’s gained his widest acclaim since joining Wilco ten years ago; Rolling Stone named him one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. His latest release, Room, is a collection of originals and collaborative pieces with jazz guitarist Julian Lage. More information (January 17; Largo at the Coronet)

ART: The LA Art Show
With representatives from high-end international and domestic galleries in attendance, this downtown fair offers a broad swath of paintings, decorative arts, and more. More information (January 16-18; Los Angeles Convention Center)

MUSIC: L.A. Guns
In the golden days of hair metal, the band, which once included Axl Rose, boasted the baddest dudes on the Sunset Strip. Minus founder Tracii Guns, the boys return to where it all began. More information (January 16; Whiskey A Go Go)

DANCE: Louise Lecavalier Fou Glorieux: So Blue
Louise Lecavalier and her partner, Frédéric Tavernini, perform to the music of Mercan Dede. Their movements are quick, rough, and raw— in an effort, Lecavalier has explained—“to allow the body to say everything it wants to say or can surprise itself by revealing, without censoring, it.” More information (January 16; Royce Hall)

MUSIC: An Evening with Vanessa Williams
The Broadway, film, and television star takes the stage to perform some of her hits, including “The Sweetest Days,” “Colors of the Wind,” and her signature classic, “Save the Best for Last.” More information (January 16; Valley Performing Arts Center)

ART: Moshe Ninio—Rainbow Rug
Israeli artist Moshe Ninio typically uses photos to examine conflict in his homeland. For his first West Coast solo show, he’s placed a glass panel on the floor that projects an iridescent holographic image of a Turkish rug. More information (January 17-April 18; Santa Monica Museum of Art)

MUSIC: Gregory Porter
L.A.-born and Brooklyn-based jazz and soul vocalist Gregory Porter, whose most recent album, Liquid Dreams, won the Grammy in 2014 for Best Jazz Vocal Album, showcases his virtuosity when he performs with pianist Chip Crawford, drummer Emanuel Harrold, bassist Aaron James, and saxophonists Yohsuke Satoh. More information (January 17; Royce Hall)