The 15 Best Things to Do this Weekend: Heavy Metal, Flower Petals, and Two Photo Fests

What do Mikhail Baryshnikov, Carla Bruni, and Black Sabbath have in common? They’re all playing L.A. this weekend
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Would you rather hear a passel of psychedelic rock bands or a former French first lady strum love songs? Eat hyperlocal jams or frolic in the poppies? Watch a movie about a penis museum or roll on shabbos with the Jeff Lebowski? Take your pick. This weekend is full of options. 

SEE: Paris Photo Los Angeles
Photojournalists, fine artists, and filmmakers present modern and vintage techniques at the international festival. More information (April 25-27; Paramount Pictures Studios)

SEE: The Final Member
Iceland has a penis museum—yes, you read that right—and the traveling version has invaded L.A. Scientists who study phallology will show off preserved historical artifacts of the human and animal varieties. There will also be screenings of  The Final Member, a documentary about the museumMore information (April 25-27; Cinefamily)

EAT: Artisanal LA
With more than 250 vendors, this confab offers the largest assemblage of local artisanal talent, including makers of foodstuffs and housewares. More information (April 26-27; L.A. Mart)

HEAR: Desert Daze
Rock and roll of the slightly psychedelic variety (Danish rockers the Raveonettes, shoegaze heroes Blonde Redhead, and power-rock duo Deap Vally) descends on another desert town. Here are five must-see bands. More information (April 26; Sunset Ranch Oasis)

SEE: Man in a Case
Mikhail Baryshnikov (read our Q&A with him here) stars in two adaptations of Chekhov’s short stories. Video projections enhance the dance performances, which reveal that no matter the decade, love is complicated. More information (April 24-May 10; Broad Stage)  

HEAR: Carla Bruni
The model, actress, singer, and former French first lady performs cuts from her recent albumLittle French SongsMore information (April 26; Luckman Theatre)

SEE: Photo Independent
Independent photographers claim a spot on this highly visible stage as they showcase their work. This first-time event aims to create a brand new dialogue and outlook on photography in L.A. (Check out our photo editor’s must-see picks.) More information (April 25-27; Raleigh Studios)

HEAR: Black Sabbath
The grandfathers of heavy metal conclude their world tour with a lineup that’s as close to the original as possible: singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler. Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk fills in on drums for Bill Ward. More information (April 26; Hollywood Bowl)

SEE: Lebowski Fest Los Angeles
This year’s tribute to the Coen brothers’ brilliant 1998 film features a performance by the Kyle Gass Band, appearances by minor actors from the movie, and a bowling party. More information (April 25-26; The Wiltern)

BUY: Incognito
One of the town’s best fund-raisers, this is a blind art sale in which works from the likes of Ed Ruscha are mixed in with those by lesser-known artists. All the pieces are going for the same price; the artist’s identity isn’t revealed until after you’ve purchased it. Big spenders can attend a gala dinner and preview on April 23. More information (April 26; Santa Monica Museum of Art)

SEE: Brewery Artwalk
Over 140 artists will open their studios to the public, but this isn’t your average artwalk. In additional to paintings and sculptures, many of the artists will showcase works in the areas of 3D printing, light sculpture, high tech furniture design, and other futuristic art mediums. More information (April 26-27; Brewery Arts Complex)

HEAR: Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era
The drama’s fashions have been endlessly emulated, but Glee and 30 Rock actor Jackson is more keen on the music. His lounge and bossa nova numbers garnish that martini. More information (April 26; Disney Hall

SEE: California Poppy Festival
The celebration of California’s state flower spreads across 55 acres, offering exhibits, music, and family activities in the beautiful sunshine. More information (April 26-27; Lancaster City Park) 

SEE: Palm Springs Follies
With a cast of stars perfectly aged 55 to 84, this Broadway-caliber show proves age does not matter when talent is high. 2014 will be the final year for the show’s “Long Legged Lovelies” and “Follies Gentlemen” to strut their stuff in a celebration of music, dance, comedy, and everything in between. More information (April 24-May 18; Plaza Theater)

SEE: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Aficionados of the western and Sam Elliott look-alikes present poetry and honky-tonk tunes, while food vendors offer a taste of where the buffalo roam. More information (April 24-27; Melody Ranch)

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