7 Ways to Kick it in L.A. This Weekend

Classic garage rock, a craft fair, stand-up comedy for girls, and a literary festival
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ART: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Artifacts from a life devoted to rock music are on display, chronicling Graham’s legendary tenure as promoter and manager for such artists as Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. More information (May 7; Skirball Cultural Center)

MUSIC: The Sonics
Garage rock more or less began with The Sonics. Since the band’s inception in 1963, The Sonics have helped shape rock ‘n’ roll without ever achieving mainstream success. Today songs like “Psycho” and “Strychnine” are seen as proto-punk masterpieces and modern classics. More information (May 9; Regent Theater)

CONFABS: Echo Park Craft Fair
This biannual fair offers plenty of opportunities to find everything from knick-knacks to high end goods from some of the many retailers present. Shop for homewares, jewelry, and clothes and wrap up your afternoon at the fair’s wellness lounge. More information (May 9; Mack Sennett Studios)

ART: Manifest Justice
Check out works by some of the biggest names in contemporary art such as  Hank Willis ThomasSanford Biggers, Favianna Rodriguez, Robbie Conal, Andrea Bowers, and Shepard Fairey. The exhibition seeks to shine a light on the overwhelming social issues facing us. More information (May 9-10; Baldwin Hills Theatre Building)

COMEDY: Stand Up! For Girls
Keegan-Michael Key, Retta, Garfunkel & Oates, Eliza Skinner and Sarah Silverman want you to celebrate mother’s day with a laugh. All proceeds from the show go to the REALgirl Foundation, dedicated to empowering young women. More information (May 10; Hollywood Improv)

CONFABS: LitFest Pasadena
The fourth annual LitFest in Pasadena’s Playhouse District offers among other things readings and talks by Jonathan Gold, Jillian Lauren, Paula Williams Madison, Francesca Lia Block, Steph Cha, Lynell George, Naomi Hirahara, Rachel Howzell Hall, Desiree Zamorano, Ron Koertge, Jervey Tervalon. More information (May 9; Pasadena Playhouse)

MUSIC: Purity Ring
Canadian electro-duo, Purity Ring just released their second album Another Eternity, which follows the bands critically acclaimed debut Shrines. Warm up supplied by Born Gold. More information (May 8; Fonda Theatre)

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