9 Ways to Kick Back in L.A. This Weekend

Aquatic music, sinister film noir, a book festival for kids, and a comedy beauty pageant

ART: Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) – The Stand-Ins
The Stand-Ins exhibition, curated by Los Angeles magazine Photo Director Amy Feitelberg, features portrait and still life images of the shot that comes before the shot. Before the celebrity stands on their mark, before the animal is taken out of the cage—the light and the composition are tested. Before the shot, there are the Stand-Ins. More information (April 9; The Icon)

MOVIE: 17th Annual Film Noir Festival
Celebrate hard-boiled detectives, brassy dames, and murderous mayhem at the film series that explores the sinister side of human nature. Screenings include Dark Passage, a Humphrey Bogart flick presented by his son, Stephen. More information (April 9-10; Egyptian Theatre)

ART: Ken Gonzales-Day: Run Up
The L.A.-based artist is known for incorporating vintage images of lynchings into those of beautiful trees. The exhibition showcases his latest work, which includes photos of the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting. More information (April 9-11; Luis De Jesus Gallery)

BOOKS: YallWest
The next Twilight just might emerge from this expo of young-adult novelists. Led by best-selling L.A. authors Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl, the event stages workshops conducted by dozens of scribes who work in the genre. More information (April 11-12; Santa Monica High School)

MUSIC: Water Passion After St. Matthew
Using ten illuminated water bowls, musicians produce splashing, bubbling, and other percussive aquatic sounds for the composition by Oscar winner Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The Los Angeles Master Chorale adds a vocal element that taps into Mongolian overtone singing and Asian opera. More information (April 11-12; Walt Disney Concert Hall)

MUSIC: Buddy Guy
Blues man Buddy Guy has played with legends such as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters and was, with his idiosyncratic and bombastic style of playing, in many ways the link between the blues tradition and the sixty rock explosion (some of Guy’s biggest fans include Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). More information (April 1o; The Canyon Club)

COMEDY: Geraldo’s Miss UCB Pageant
UCB’s all latino comedy team is throwing a beauty pageant the likes of which you have never seen. Come for the evening gowns, celebrity judges, hip hop musical act, but stay for the intrigue and the chance to see who will walk away with the sparkling crown and a cash prize. More information (April 1o; UCB Franklin)

PERFORMANCE: L.A. Dance Festival
L.A. Dance Festival kicks off tonight with performances by four dance troupes (among others Ate9 and BrockusRED). The weekend schedule is jam packed with dance classes and performances from over 25 of L.A.’s best dance companies. More information (April 9-12; Diavolo Space)

MUSIC: Simon Scott
The former drummer of British shoegazer icons Slowdive, Simon Scott, is coming through town showcasing his solo material. Local artsy noisemakers Upsilon Acrux are also featured on the bill. More information (April 12; The Echo)