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Calendar April 12-18

by Laura Donney

April 9, 2014 | 9:53 am

SAT | APR 12

“CLUELESS”

As if! For all you ’90s cult-classic types who also have an affection for the 1950s drive-in, this evening will offer you perfect harmony, so fill up the tank and clean the windshield: Amy Heckerling’s tale of the teen is back on the big screen. Take a romp through the Beverly Hills trials and tribulations of Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and her deeply vapid (and vapidly deep) peers. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll get to spend some non-traffic time in your car! Sat. 8 p.m. $11. Electric Dusk Drive-In, 1000 San Julian St., Los Angeles. (818) 653-8591. electricduskdrivein.com.

LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

It will be the two most literate days of the year. Come hang out with famous authors, celebrities, artists and chefs as we celebrate how books play a part in nearly everything awesome we do. From Lisa Bloom to Bill Boyarsky, to Alicia Silverstone to B.J. Novak, you’ll know lots of faces and learn about tons more. In addition to moderated talks, the weekend will include galleries, film screenings and live performances. Don’t forget your reading glasses! Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. USC Campus, University Park Campus, Los Angeles. events.latimes.com.


SUN | APR 13

“THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON”

Memories, death, ghosts and long-kept secrets riddle this Falcon Theatre production, originally produced by Lookingglass in Chicago. Playwright Abbie Phillips first carved the foundation for “The Last Act of Lilka Kadison” with her friend Johanna Cooper in the form of a radio series, “One People, Many Stories,” which featured Jewish personal stories from around the world. Though Cooper didn’t live to see its theatrical realization, Phillips was determined; she collaborated with four other writers to bring you the play on stage today.  Don’t miss the final week of this powerful tale about finding grace in the face of loss and understanding your true self, no matter how vulnerable. Sun. 4 p.m. Through April 19. $34.50-$42. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 955-8101. falcontheatre.com.


WED | APR 16

PAUL STANLEY

You may know him best as Starchild from the ’70s band KISS, but after reading his new memoir “Face the Music,” Stanley will prove to be much more than a face-painted, metal-jacketed rock star. Deaf in his right ear since childhood, Stanley used his early obstacles as motivation, rather than hindrance. With never-before-seen photos and never-before-shared stories, Stanley has written a candid, reflective and funny chronicle of a rock star life in a rock ’n’ roll world. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com

HAIM

These three sisters are a bit more musical than Chekhov’s. Los Angeles natives Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have officially graduated from their Valley days. With a sound that manages to be reminiscent of both Fleetwood Mac and ’90s R&B, the girls have made big waves in the indie music scene — their hard work culminated in a “Saturday Night Live” appearance late last year. With great promise and super cool hair, HAIM is a band to see now — before all their shows sell out. Wed. 8 p.m. $39.20-$47.90. The Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 784-3677. foxpomona.com


THU | APR 17

“THE ECSTASY OF SURRENDER”

In her new book, “The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life,” Dr. Judith Orloff reveals the secret to an empowered richness for all areas of your life: work, relationships, sexuality, aging, health and healing. That about covers it, right? In our super-plugged-in world, Orloff offers a surprisingly easy solution to clearing up a clouded sense of self. An American board-certified psychiatrist, Orloff integrates energy medicine and “energy psychiatry” into her practice — bridging the clinical with the spiritual and paranormal. With a few books already under her belt (“Emotional Freedom” was a New York Times best-seller), you’re in good hands with this doctor. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com.


FRI | APR 18

“THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN”

When a Berlin doctor and his mistress defy conventional society by starting a new life on an uninhabited Floreana Island, the international press sensationalizes their “Adam and Eve” adventure, and others flock to join. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller tell the stranger-than-fiction true story of a 1930s murder mystery as stunning as the island on which it takes place. An official selection for the Berlin International Film Festival, the documentary uses voice talent from Cate Blanchett, Josh Radnor, Diane Kruger and more. Fri. Various times. Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles; Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

“DANCING IN JAFFA”

What if you could return to the conflict-torn city of your birth and apply your lifelong passion to an attempt at peaceful resolution? Ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine does just this when he brings his program “Dancing Classrooms” to Jaffa, uniting Palestinian-Israelis and Jewish-Israelis with a little “1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.” The documentary, which names Morgan Spurlock, La Toya Jackson and Nigel Lythgoe as a few of its executive producers, is a beautiful ode to the power of art, the openness of children and the commitment of one man to peace. Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles; Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

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