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Events Happening Friday

January 21, 2011

ART

L.A. Art Show The 16th annual show returns to the Convention Center with multimedia works from more than 100 galleries around the globe, plus guided tours, discussions and afterparties. This year's focus is on contemporary Chinese art, highlighting the avant-garde collections of Guangzhou's 53 Art Museum. L.A. Convention Center. 1201 S. Figueroa St. $20 per day, $40 for a four-day pass. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (310) 822-9145. http://www.laartshow.com.

Bob Peak: Creating the Modern Movie Poster Like the films they advertise, movie posters can be dull, formulaic, even obtuse. But as this exhibition demonstrates, some bills manage to be more — intriguing hooks, elegant examples of succinct storytelling, works of art in their own right. This collection of original paintings and final one-sheet posters by Bob Peak features such memorable films as "Superman," "Apocalypse Now" and "The Spy Who Loved Me." Fourth Floor Gallery, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (310) 247-3000. http://www.oscars.org.

BOOKS

Riverside Dickens Festival We're not sure that Riverside has nearly enough street urchins running around in fingerless mittens; nevertheless, it will host the annual literary festival celebrating author Charles Dickens and his most sustaining creations, including "Oliver Twist" and "David Copperfield." Activities and entertainment include costumed characters, an ale house, plays, dancing, fashion shows and Victorian tomfoolery. Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St. Social hour and banquet, 6 p.m. Friday, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. http://www.dickensfest.com.

MOVIES

Repo Chick More than a quarter century after the release of the Emilio Estevez vehicle "Repo Man," the cult classic's director, Alex Cox, reprises familiar themes with "Repo Chick." The Downtown Independent hosts a rooftop premiere party to celebrate the release of Cox's return to the realm of repo people, this time chronicling the valiant efforts of a spoiled brat turned repo girl named Pixxi de la Chase who stumbles on and must thwart a terrorist plot to destroy downtown Los Angeles. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m. $10. http://www.downtownindependent.com.

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