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5 Intriguing Things To Do in L.A. This Week For $15 or Less

Bourgoyen Early Autumn, by Catherine Nelson, at the Photo Independent Art Fair

Courtesy of Catherine NelsonBourgoyen Early Autumn, by Catherine Nelson, at the Photo Independent Art Fair

Interested in the interesting? Well, look no further. This week's events are completely different, yet bound to intrigue. The Photo Independent Art Fair is pulling out all the stops, fixes and hypo clears to bring you some beautiful images. If you're feeling on the silly side, then Part Two: The Sequel Show promises to get you laughing. Or, if you're just in love with Los Angeles, join in on the L.A. Heritage Day festivities. 

1. Celebrate L.A.'s Heritage

About 150 years before the Hollywoodland sign popped up in 1923, L.A.'s first real neighborhood was El Pueblo de Los Angeles. With more than a dozen historic buildings and today's popular tourist destination of Olvera Street, El Pueblo is now a historic monument, but it has been around since 1781, long before L.A.'s burgeoning metropolis attracted a confluence of cultures. In the spirit of the unique experiences that define all Angelenos, the annual L.A. Heritage Day features more than 200 local museums, historical societies and heritage organizations, which aim to give us a deeper appreciation of our city's rich heritage (think art, architecture, theater, music and food). They'll share what they're up to and enlighten us on the city's cultural history in more than a dozen assorted presentations throughout the day. Other features include children's activities (such as a lantern-making workshop), presentations, a display of historic Los Angeles cars, giveaways and, yes, food. Seven museums are within walking distance, so make a day of it. The Pico House, 424 N. Main St., dwntwn.; Sun., April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. (213) 628-1274, laheritage.blogspot.com. 
 - Tanja M. Laden

2. Say Oui to Photography

The Photo Independent Art Fair debuts this year, occupying Raleigh Studios as a kind of unofficial neighbor/partner to Paris Photo L.A., which is happening the same weekend at nearby Paramount Studios. But Photo Independent is far more than a shadow fair. Conceived as an artist-centered counterpart, it's dedicated to working directly with photographers who wish to present their work in a more in-depth context. While the program is international, expect a robust presence of locally based artists, many of whom, as the title implies, are operating independently from the gallery system, embracing the opportunity to take their case straight to the visually curious public. It's Hollywood, after all, a place where everyone dreams of being discovered. In addition to the dynamic exhibition programming, there are talks and walk-throughs all weekend. And what fair would be complete without a special guest artist? Andy Summers, best known from his time in The Police, has long pursued a parallel career as a gifted photographer; the fair is presenting a new series by Summers, Mysterious Barricades, in which he does what photographers do best - exploring the poetic surrealism of the everyday world as we find it. Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hlywd.; Fri., April 25, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., April 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; day pass $15 advance/$20 at door, weekend pass $25/$30, $100/$110 opening-night benefit (includes weekend pass). (323) 937-5488, photoindependent.com. - Shana Nys Dambrot

See also: 30 Free Things to Do in L.A. Any Time

3. Rock Out With Your Book Out

Everybody's heard of "heavy metal." But is there such a thing as "light metal?" Do the guys in Slipknot ever regret their choice of mask? Who gets blamed for the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration? Hard-hitting questions like those can be answered when authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman discuss their new book, Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. The hefty tome took more than 25 years to compile - more than 700 pages long, it boasts conversations with members of Slayer, Judas Priest and everybody's favorite leather-clad satirists, Spinal Tap. For extra street cred, the authors will be joined by perennial heavy-metal talking head Scott Ian of Anthrax. Expect a lot of tattered tour T-shirts in the audience. Sleeves optional. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thu., May 1, 7 p.m.; free, book is $32.50 hardback. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com.  - Sean J. O'Connell

SLUT (The Play) will help educate audiences on the issues the word "slut" creates through the story of a 16-year-old girl's experience with sexual assault.

Courtesy of SLUT (The Play)SLUT (The Play) will help educate audiences on the issues the word "slut" creates through the story of a 16-year-old girl's experience with sexual assault.

4. Dismantle the Word "Slut"

Giving the signifier "Recommended for audiences 13 & up" entirely new and necessary resonance, SLUT (The Play) is a devastating cross between a locked-room mystery and a he said/she said tragedy. Inspired by the true-life stories of its cast members, who are still in their teens, it's the story of a 16-year-old girl sexually assaulted on a hazy and drunken evening. She struggles to have her side of the story told, even as she's shunned and slandered. Developed by New York City's Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company, written by artistic director Katie Cappiello and co-directed by Cappiello and managing director Meg McInerney, it's a look into the conflicting, confusing world begat by the word "slut." It's as much about what the audience believes defines a slut as it is the problems with those perceptions. Desire and damnation: They're both here, concepts as seething and palpable as the cast members before you. Co-presented by the Hammer Museum and Equality NOW. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Tue., April 29, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. - David Cotner

5. Laugh at Second Chances

All good things must come to an end, including your favorite movies - so why not prolong the fun? Part Two: The Sequel Show, aka (tongue-in-cheek) "the 64th Annual Pitchies," are here, and they promise to be as exciting as ever. The Pitchies feature a lineup of comedians - Eddie Pepitone, Howard Kremer, Matt Knudsen, Zach Sherwin, Megan Koester and Paul Danke - pitching sequels to some of Hollywood's best blockbusters. After all, who wouldn't want to get the exclusive first glimpse of Tinseltown's next big hits? None of the sequels will ever be written, but that shouldn't stop you from laughing at the poor guys trying to sell them. Some of the comics will put together fake trailers, PowerPoint presentations or movie posters to show where they're going. Toss in musical acts, dancing and surprises, and you've got an action-packed awards show. Comedians Tony Sam and Julia Prescott host the event, but it's the studio audience that ultimately decides who deserves the sought-after title of "Best Pitch." If first is the worst and second is the best, then there's no way you'll want to miss this. NerdMelt Showroom, Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Mon., April 28, 9 p.m.; free. nerdmeltla.com/tickets2/index.php?event_id=860/. 
 - Kellyn Kawaguchi


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