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Hatsune Miku isn't a real person, but she's nevertheless a pop star presence who's won fans across the globe. The turquoise-haired character is by far the most popular mascot for Vocaloid — the Japanese software program that mimics human singing voices — spawning countless fan-made songs, videos and art. Her fans are a hard-core lot. When Miku turned up at L.A.'s Anime Expo in 2011, the crowd swarmed Nokia Theatre to see an animated figure play on an actual stage. Miku returns to Los Angeles Oct. 11 and 12 — and this time, there's more than a concert. Both days at Los Angeles Center Studios, curious folk can check out a free Miku fest to learn more about Vocaloid and maybe pick up some exclusive merchandise. A Halloween exhibition will feature holiday-themed art centered around the character. There also will be karaoke, live painting, dancing and more. Then head over to Nokia Theatre to see Hatsune Miku live — or live(ish)? Expo at Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. Fifth St., #T-110, Westlake; Sat., Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; free. Concerts at Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, dwntwn.; Sat., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.); Sun., Oct. 12, 12:30 p.m. (doors 11:30 a.m.); $55-$125. mikuexpo.com/la.

Sat., Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/12/14)

LA Weekly