9 Ways to Have Fun in L.A. This Weekend

Fantastical paintings, a strawberry party, free museums, and Mystery Skulls
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MUSIC: James Bay
British musician James Bay has been getting a lot of buzz in his home country and with his debut album Chaos and the Calm out, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter is ready to wow US audiences. More information (May 14; The Fonda Theatre)

TALK: Jennifer Clement
The Mexico City-based writer discusses her new novel, Prayers for the Stolen, which is based on a decade of interviews with Mexican women caught up in the drug war. More information (May 14Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium)

ART: Hugo Crosthwaite: Tijuana Radiant Shine
Crosthwaite is a paragon of Tijuana’s new painters, layering fantastical and everyday images of his hometown into paintings reflecting a pluralistic life in the borderland. More information (May 16Luis de Jesus)

KIDS: California Strawberry Festival
The festival in Oxnard provides sloppy fun with shortcake-building contests and tart tossing. More information (May 16-17; College Park)

CONFABS: Museums of the Arroyo Day
Museum-hop free of charge when six institutions forgo admission fees for the day. Shuttles deliver visitors to Pasadena locations like the Gamble House and to Northeast L.A. sites such as the Lummis Home and Garden. More information (May 17; Various venues)

KIDS: K.A.M.P. (Kids’ Art Museum Project)
Top artists lead workshops to inspire children at this museum benefit, and celebrities drop in to read from children’s books. Will Ferrell, Hilary Swank, and Jodie Foster are among those who’ve appeared in the past. More information (May 17; The Hammer)

MUSIC: Mystery Skulls
Los Angeles-based electronic musician Luis Dubuc is the man behind Mystery Skulls. Dubuc’s sound is described as “Prince fronting Daft Punk.” If that’s not enough to get you off the couch, we don’t know what is. More information (May 15; The Echo)

OUTDOORS: Beach Blast
Low-key races, ranging from a 5K to a half marathon, offer a choice of courses. The mellow events are designed to make the most of the Pacific scenery while building camaraderie. More information (May 17; Santa Monica Beach)

MUSIC: Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love
The godmother of grunge teams up with the ascendant singer for a double dose of 90’s angst. Del Rey is still riding the surge of her 2014 album, Ultraviolence, while these days Love plays a train wreck version of herself on Fox’s Empire. Together they exist at the nexus of burned and blissed out. More information (May 18; Hollywood Bowl)

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