6 Great Things to Do This Weekend, 1/15

From a pop-up at the La Brea Tarpits to an evening with the Belfast Cowboy, this weekend is gearing up to be good

FILM: The Contenders 2015: Taxi with Peter Sellars
In Jafar Panahi’s third film since his 2010 censorship by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver to converse with residents of Tehran. The film will be introduced by artist and director Peter Sellars. More information (January 15, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum)

CONFAB: It’s The Pits
This free pop-up at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum was imagined by 5 Every Day and features a range of artists and cultural experts including Tom Carroll from Tom Explores Los Angeles, composer and performer Jherek Bischoff, and dancer and choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque. More information (January 15, La Brea Tar Pits Museum)

MUSIC: Zane Carney
Best known for his work with John Mayer, guitarist and singer Zane Carney will headline at the Troubadour on Saturday. Brianna Falcone and The Great Indoors are opening. More information (January 16, The Troubadour)

DANCE: Contra-Tiempo: Agua Furiosa
The L.A. dance troupe’s new piece remakes Shakespeare’s The Tempest with a Latin flair. Artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez recently received media attention with works that involve urban water bodies, including the pond at the Mark Taper Forum. More information (January 14-17 & 21-24, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater)

MUSIC: Van Morrison
More often than not, one of the first tunes aspiring guitarists learn to play is “Brown Eyed Girl.” Yet the music of Sir George Ivan Morrison Jr. is much more than the soft-rock staples that came out of the singer-songwriter’s half-century career. More information (January 15-16, Shrine Auditorium)

ART: Celebrate/Demonstrate: Photographs of Global L.A.
California-based photographer Cindy Bendat explores the diversity of our city with photos of three annual celebrations: an Orthodox Ethiopian Timket festival, the Cambodian New Year or Chaul Chnam, and a Guatemalan festival for San Simón. More information (January 17-May 8, Fowler Museum at UCLA)