Exile Books and Music, 14925 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks, presents Capitol Records artists Duke McVinnie and Ambrosia Parsley at 9 tonight. $5 cover. Music and the spoken word take the stage Saturday evening with Viggo Mortensen and Tracy and the Hindenburg Ground Crew at 8 p.m. $5 cover. Exile also has a regular open mike for songwriter and spoken-word artists with original material only every Sunday, with sign-ups at 6 p.m. Songwriters get to perform two songs and spoken-word artists get eight minutes on stage. No cover. (818) 986-6409.
Author Ray Bradbury and film director Stuart Gordon will sign posters for the video release of "Ray Bradbury's Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dark Delicacies, 3725 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 556-6660.
Author Lionel Rolfe will discuss and sign his book "Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground" at 2 p.m. Saturday at Santa' Clarita's Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd. Rolfe, a longtime Los Angeles resident and writer, worked as a reporter at the Newhall Signal in the late 1960s. His book includes a chapter on Signal editor Scott Newhall and other Santa Clarita residents of the time. (805) 254-6604.
At Encino's Barnes & Noble, 16461 Ventura Blvd., athlete and author David Prokop discusses his book "Supplements for Athletes" at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The Hard Hat Company will perform some of Shakespeare's greatest hits at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Selections from "Richard III," "Macbeth," "Hamlet" and "The Tempest" will be included, along with trivia about the Bard. Novelist Alan Jackson will sign and discuss his debut thriller, "False Accusations," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. (818) 380-1636.
L.A. photographer Gary Leonard signs his book, "Take My Picture Gary Leonard," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bookstar Studio City, 12136 Ventura Blvd. Arthur Nakane 1-Man Band, Chicken Boy and Amy Inouye also will appear. (818) 505-9528.