9 Excellent Events in L.A. This Weekend

Dustbowl-inspired tunes, Japanese design, movie classics, and a comedy extravaganza

ART: Ikko Tanaka
Posters, logos, trademarks, books, and packages. The Japanese master designer Ikko Tanaka is the subject of this new exhibition, which boasts more than 30 pieces of the artist’s iconic and beloved yet provocative style. More information (April 2; Pacific Asia Museum)

MUSIC: TV on the Radio
Brooklyn-based avantgarde indie rockers TV on the Radio are back at the Palladium this Friday. To great fanfare, the band released its fifth album, Seeds, the first one they’ve recorded since the tragic death of bassist Gerard Smith, last year. More information (April 3; Palladium)

MOVIES: Dust in the Wind & Son’s Big Doll
Cinephiles take note: Two films by Taiwanese master auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien are screening at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater this Friday. Working with the divide between rural and urban life, Hsiao-hsien’s cinematic language is subtle, elegant, and packs a punch. More information (April 3; Billy Wilder Theater)

COMEDY: Kevin & Bean’s April Foolishness
This comedy extravaganza at the Shrine boasts sets from Gabriel Iglesias, Ralphie May, Jay Mohr, Adam Ray, Iliza Shlesinger, and Brad Williams. Tenacious D ( a.k.a. Jack Black), and Kyle Glass supply the tunes. More information (April 4; Shrine Auditorium)

MUSIC: Claire Chase
A rising star in the world of classical music, flutist Claire Chase will perform alongside other wind musicians in a rendition of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni, which is followed by a solo performance of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5 by Chase. More information (April 4; UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall)

MUSIC: Dustbowl Revival
Described as a jam session between Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan, the Venice-based eight-piece group deals in New Orleans swing, bluegrass, gospel, and swamp-blues. Bring your own jug. More information (April 5; Old Town Music Hall)

See William Wyler’s 1959 adaptation of Lew Wallace’s epic story of the Promethean liberator Ben Hur, who must fight the Romans to free his people. It’s worth it just to see the breathtaking chariot racing scene on the big screen. More information (April 5; Aero Theatre)

MUSIC: Kera & The Lesbians
Described as “bipolar folk,” L.A.’s Kera & the Lesbians vacillate between traditional folky tunes and avantgard art rock centered around charismatic front woman Kera’s haunting voice. Also on the bill are Winter, Isaac Rother & the Phantoms, and Sad Girl. More information (April 3; The Echo)

ART: African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection
Vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and a broad range of natural materials. LACMA’s new exhibition African Textiles and Adornment offers patrons a look at various African countries’ craft and design customs with 35 dynamic textiles and headdresses. More information (April 5; LACMA)