13 Awesome Ways to Spend Your Weekend: True Country, Jellyfish Eyes, and Lots of Music

It’s a weekend full of music featuring a revived band of ’90s alt-rock queens, the star of an Oscar-winning documentary, and some cheerful grooves
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HEAR: Rodriguez
Detroit musician Sixto Rodriguez had already given up performing by the mid-’70s, when he developed a fan base in South Africa. The star of the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man is back where he belongs, performing for adoring crowds. More information (May 31; The Luckman)

SEE: Country: Portraits of an American Sound
Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons, and other titans of twang are immortalized in an exhibition of photos, movie posters, and music-related ephemera devoted to the uniquely American music genre. More information (May 31 – Sep. 28; Annenberg Space for Photography)

HEAR: Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams
Bruno Mars’s throwback soul is as impressive as his pompadour. Über-producer and Daft Punk collaborator Pharrell Williams’s falsetto is even slicker than his meme-making Mountie hat. Together they’ll get happy. Yes, the show is sold out, but maybe you can get tickets from a scalper. More information (May 31; Hollywood Bowl)

EAT: Taste of the Nation Los Angeles
Unless you can bend the space-time continuum, you’re limited to one restaurant at a time. Imagine being able to sample nearly 50 without defying the laws of physics. This year’s Culver City event includes bites from Cliff’s Edge, Mud Hen Tavern, Chaya, and Fig. More information (June 1; Media Park)

SEE: We Are The Best!
These days everyone and their mother want to call themselves a punk. This movie is about three teen girls who in early ’80s Stockholm had the gall to start a punk band when it really meant something. Directed by Lukas Moodysson, We Are the Best! is a charming, freewheeling portrayal of adolescence and creativity that, due to three spontaneous and genuine lead performances, encapsulates what it’s like to be young, naïve, and obnoxious enough to think that you’re capable of making anything happen. More information (May 30-June 5; Nuart Theatre)

HEAR: El Conjunto Nuevo
Google El Conjunto Nueva Ola and you’d think the cast of Nacho Libre had started a band. Known for wearing Mexican wrestling masks when performing, members of the Latin music group have gained a cult following for their humorous songs and parodies. Audiences age 21 and over can see their high-energy stage show when they hit Sunset Blvd. More information (May 31; Los Globos)

SEE: Jellyfish Eyes
Pop artist Takashi Murakami’s first live-action feature tells the story of a boy who moves to the countryside with his mom. There he befriends a creature that empowers him and his schoolmates under extraordinary circumstances. More information (May 30; The Theatre at the Ace Hotel)

HEAR: I See Hawks in L.A. and the Chapin Sisters
This week’s free Americana show at the Grand Ole Echo features a great combination of two Southern California-based bands, Echo regulars I See Hawks in L.A. and the Chapin Sisters (whose 2013 release is a tribute to the Everly Brothers). Also featured inside are Ashleigh Flynn and Jimmer Podranksy (of the Rave Ups). Out on the back porch are Caitlin Webster and the Fontaines. Note the new, earlier start time and more music. More information (June 1; The Echo)

SEE: Mid-City
L.A.-based artist Jonmarc Edwards brings Mid-City to Chinatown for a solo exhibition. Named after the location of his local studio, the show integrates topography and textual fallout with mixed materials, colors, and compositions. More information (May 31; Coagula Curatorial)

RIDE: Pedal on the Pier
More than 100 stationary bikes will be set up on the pier so you can catch some rays during a five-hour “ride.” Proceeds will be used to send inner-city schoolkids to camp. More information (June 1; Santa Monica Pier)

SEE: Jessica Lang Dance
The New York City-based company, founded in 2011, makes its West Coast debut with performances featuring Lang’s diverse body of work. Classical meets contemporary alongside striking visual elements. More information (May 30-31; Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)

HEAR: Luscious Jackson
It’s the first L.A. show in ten years for the female trio, who brought us the catchy dance hit “Naked Eye” in 1997. Magic Hour is the group’s new album of upbeat party songs. More information (May 30; El Rey Theatre)

DO: Boyle Heights Primavera Festival
Celebrate spring with a day of community-led health and fitness workshops, do it yourself workshops, healthy eating demos, arts and crafts for kids, and lots of fun under the sun. More information (May 31; Prospect Park)

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