FRIDAY, March 30
Do you remember rock & roll radio? Before there was Rodney on the Roq, before there was Jonesy, there was Art Laboe, one of the first radio DJs to play “the devil’s music” known as rock & roll. The Art Laboe Show Live brings together a small slew of acts from back in the “real” day: Zapp, the Stylistics, the Impressions, Deniece Williams, Heatwave, Sly, Slick & Wicked, the Moments and more. Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City; Fri.-Sat., March 30-31, 8:15 p.m.; $34.50-$125. (213) 480-3232.
They’re here. They rhyme. Get used to it. Or don’t. Homorevolution Tour 2007 brings a passel of gay, lesbian and bisexual rap and hip-hop artists, who all look as angry and menacing as any other hip-hopper. There’s Deadlee, Johnny Dangerous, Tori Fixx, Q Boy, Soce, Foxjazell, Lez Z (made that one up) and many more, doing whatever they do with the mike. El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Fri., March 30, 10 p.m.; $10. (323) 668-0318.
SATURDAY, March 31This one’s fun to say out loud: Malibu Wine Classic. That’s more than 60 Central Coast California wineries, some 20 local restaurants, the ocean, and you, trying to juggle your wine glass and plate of gourmet nibbles and not get sand on your bruschetta. The event benefits Childhelp. Next to the sand at Westward/Zuma Beach, Sunset Restaurant, 6800 Westward Road, Malibu; Sat., March 31, afternoon grand tasting, 1-4 p.m., $79; evening tasting, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $195. www.malibuwineclassic.com.
SUNDAY, April 1The Echo Park Film Center is 5 years old, which means it can ride on the Matterhorn! To celebrate, it’s throwing a party-slash-benefit with screenings of films by the young people the center tutors in filmmaking; music by Magic Gas, Telematique, Listing Ship and the Blank Tapes, food, prizes and speeches. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Sun., April 1, noon-5 p.m.; $10, $5 youth. (213) 484-8846.
MONDAY, April 2You know what the real inconvenient truth is? Here it is: being in your mid-40s and knowing that you are facing menopause in weather that is at least 20 degrees hotter than your mother had to deal with. Now that’s inconvenient! Is it warm in here? And then there’s the annoyingly true and fascinating documentary called An Inconvenient Truth, which gets a slide-show presentation by Todd Newton, whose credits read “a global warming messenger, television personality and Tarzana resident.” Al Gore supports him, so we should too. Canoga Park Branch Library, 20939 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; Mon., April 2, 6:30 p.m.; free. (818) 887-0320.
TUESDAY, April 3
If you have ever banged your head to heavy metal, even just a tiny, little bitty bang, you’ll appreciate Air Guitar Nation, the documentary on the first-ever U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Just listening to some of the quotes from the contestants is pretty hilarious: “It’s like jumping off a cliff; you don’t think about it, you just do it.” And, “You don’t have to be a rock star to be a rock star.” And my fave: “I have one motto: Keep it real. I’m there to play the guitar.” Personally, I play a mean air tambourine. The Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., W.L.A.; call for schedule. (310) 281-8223.
WEDNESDAY, April 4Leave it to Canada to come up with a zany TV show called Little Mosque on the Prairie. The show deals with a Muslim community that settles in rural Saskatchewan — and it’s supposed to be funny. The producers, writers and cast members will attend and discuss the show after a screening. The Museum of Television & Radio, 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.; $25. (310) 786-1042.
THURSDAY, April 5If you drank Guinness morning, noon and night, you too might believe you are The Mighty Regis, five local knuckleheads who call themselves “the Irish show band from County Sligo.” Think Metal Skool with mandolins. Molly Malone’s, 575 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A.; every Thurs., 9:30 p.m.; call for cover. (323) 935-1577.