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Happening this weekend

'Aspects of Adès,' Janet Jackson, the Residents, 'Red State,' fairs and more.

April 09, 2011

MUSIC

Aspects of Adès UK-raised, L.A.-based pianist and composer Thomas Adès has proved to be one of the most invigorating voices in modern composition and conducting. This L.A. Phil program will explore the composer's body of work and collaborate with him in a series of pieces, including the West Coast premiere of his new work "Polaris." Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Times, prices and programs vary. http://www.laphil.com

Janet Jackson She will reprise her many chart-topping R&B hits for this retrospective tour, during which she'll try to reassert her place among today's young crop of party-nihilist divas. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $47.50-$137.50. http://www.sbbowl.com

The Residents Now entering their fourth decade as faceless anti-stars, the avant-garde multimedia art collective brings its masked musical act to the Southland for a rare live appearance. The band's signature eyeball helmets and tuxes have given way to three new characters, Randy, Chuck and Bob, featuring singer Randy in an old-man mask, accompanied by two cohorts wearing dreadlock wigs and optical gear. The El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (323) 936-6400. http://www.theelrey.com

FAMILY

Youth Expo Experience Children and their families, schools and youth groups are invited to show they are "Barn to Be Wild" at the event, featuring 4-H exhibits, free hay rides, scavenger hunts and petting zoos. The O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Today-Sun. Free. Parking $5. (714) 708-1500. http://www.ocfair.com

Los Angeles Spring Fair The first Los Angeles Spring Fair kicks off eight days of family-friendly fun, offering live music, carnival rides and games, a singing competition, NASCAR racing and no fewer than 50 foods served on sticks. Toyota Speedway & Event Center, 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale. 10 a.m.-midnight Sat.; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Through April 17. $15 general admission; $8 seniors; $5 children 6-11; free for children 5 and younger. (310) 464-6266. http://www.losangelesspringfair.com

MOVIES

Red State Kevin Smith, the director of such comedies as "Mall Rats," "Clerks" and "Dogma," has taken a turn for the serious with his much anticipated new drama, "Red State." Catch a special screening of the film before its October release, with an introduction and Q&A with Smith. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd. 7 p.m. $55-$65. (213) 388-1400. http://www.coopersdell.com

L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival The largest comedy film festival in the country returns for another year of screenings and panel discussions featuring emerging and established talent. Friday's programming features panels on pitching and Internet distribution, three blocks of short films and a party at the nearby ESPN Zone (1011 S. Figueroa St.). The festival continues through Sunday. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Individual events $12, day pass $50. (213) 617-1033. http://www.lacomedyshorts.com

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