8 Ways To Have an Excellent Weekend in L.A.

African blues, German neoexpressionism, K-Pop, and saber-toothed rabbits
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ART: Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth
The Leimert Park artist continues to explore the discord behind the 1992 riots, with 12 new pieces that serve as maps for the sometimes fractious cultural geometry of Los Angeles. More information (August 1-2; The Hammer Museum)

MUSIC: Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
American blues has its roots in Mali, where for centuries troubadours have played lutelike instruments. Wailing on his ngoni, which resembles a banjo, Kouyaté serves up a psych-rock version of traditional North African music. More information (July 30; Skirball Cultural Center)

MUSIC: KCon
The country’s largest agglomeration of Korean pop culture returns, offering a buffet of K-pop stars, rappers, dance troupes, and of course, food. More information (July 31-August 2; STAPLES Center)

ART: STUDIO: Norbert Tadeusz
Electric hues and twisting bodies define the neoexpressionist paintings of the influential German artist. This is his first major West Coast show. More information (July 31-August 2; El Segundo Museum of Art)

ART: Emerging
More than 90 ascendant shooters share the spotlight in a collection curated by the industry magazine Photo District News. Local talent includes JUCO, the collaboration between Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud. More information (July 31-August 2; The Annenberg Space for Photography)

COMEDY: Monty Python’s Spamalot
Relive the silliness of saber-toothed rabbits and knights who say Ni! In this production of the Tony-winning adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the guest players include former Ewok Warwick Davis, The Office’s Craig Robinson, and original cast member Eric Idle. More information (July 31-August 2; Hollywood Bowl)

ART: Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
She was the art world’s most famous nun before Sister Wendy. In the 1960s, Kent’s silk-screen prints ele­vated the humble medium by championing causes ranging from women’s rights to the antiwar movement. On display are works spanning 30 years. More information (August 1-2; Pasadena Museum of California Art)

THEATER: New Original Works Festival
The three-week showcase spotlights ascendant local talent in the performing arts. More information (August 1-2; REDCAT)

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