Whether you're a glutton for gluten or just really like the way toast smells, the inaugural Los Angeles Bread Festival is your place to be. A celebration of the local artisan-bread renaissance, it's a weekend of everything from "Feel the Churn" — aerobics mixed with hard-core butter making — to lessons in how to make your own sourdough bread, plus a sneak peek at JD McLelland's new documentary, The Grain Divide. There's also a panel discussion, Field to Table, at which you'll find out how the L.A. bread movement is really a thing and a lot of people are totally into it. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway; downtown; Sat.-Sun., June 6-7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. (213) 624-2378, grandcentralmarket.com. —David Cotner
It's always something, isn't it — people with absolutely no lives bothering you because of something as basic as how you wear your hair. University of Richmond English professor Bert Ashe discusses Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles, a memoir that details his simple wish to do something new with his 'do. This whim transforms into a larger meditation on what hair means in the culture in general and black identity in particular. Ultimately, Ashe's journalistic journey becomes less about hairstyle and more about the courage to do your own thing, even in the face of dumb questions, prejudices and outright hostility. Eso Won Books, 4327 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park; Tue., June 9, 7 p.m.; free, book is $15. (323) 290-1048, esowonbookstore.com. —David Cotner
W.C. Fields was one of early Hollywood's most notable stars, and It's a Gift is considered by many to be his best film. A comedy about a grocer who absconds to California to buy an orange grove after receiving an inheritance, it placed 58th on the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Laughs" list and was added to the National Film Registry five years ago. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., June 5, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 6, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org. —Michael Nordine
Part indie home-goods design fair, part curated experience, every two years Parachute Market at One Santa Fe presents a conceptually themed shopping and lifestyle expo for avant-garde–leaning professional and amateur consumers, decorators and artisans who want to make or own something special. The 2015 edition is dubbed Ad Hoc: A Meditation on the Temporary, covering not only the sustainability conversation but also the effects of impermanent, pop-up design. One Santa Fe, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Arts District; Sat., June 6-Sun., June 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $10. (855) 207-1872, parachutemarket.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Even in these times of crushing pessimism, it's deeply encouraging to see that culture-jamming network The Yes Men is working to shake things up with its evolved anticonsumerist pranks and actions. Tonight you'll be able to see a sneak preview of the group's third documentary, The Yes Men Are Revolting. Often speaking truth to power (McDonald's, Dow Chemical, etc.) by using its own language of press releases and photo ops, the collective fools the mainstream media into looking closer at atrocities they would ordinarily just blow off. Afterward, there'll be a Q&A with Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno and their co-director Laura Nix. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue., June 9, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —David Cotner
Jon Fine discusses his new book, Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear), with fellow musician and screenwriter Clay Tarver. Fine reflects on the 30 years he spent playing guitar in a number of obscure indie-rock outfits, starting with late-'80s postpunk group Bitch Magnet, and what it was like reuniting with the band more than 20 years later in the digital age. Fine's memoir also features interviews with other members of the early alternative scene, including the guys from Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, Jesus Lizard and Urge Overkill. Fine is executive editor of Inc. magazine and a columnist for BusinessWeek. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Thu., June 11, 7 p.m.; free, book is $27.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan
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While definitely not a sci-fi fest, Machine Dreams: A Symposium on Robots, Arts and Difference investigates our robot-obsessed society from the point of view of arts and culture. It offers literary readings and performances on Thursday, with lectures, performances and discussions all day Friday, featuring Neil Aitken, Takeo Rivera, Margaret Rhee and Chiwan Choi. Keynote speaker is Minsoo Kang, author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination. UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood; Thu., June 11, 5-7 p.m.; Fri., June 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (310) 825-2101, facebook.com/events/916379058413414. —Shana Nys Dambrot
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