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Events happening Friday

May 06, 2011

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Ojai Storytelling Festival This year's lineup includes Dan Keding, Jude Narita, Regi Carpenter, Antonio Sacre and Donald Davis. In addition to the performances, there will be story swaps, workshops, live music, picnicking and more. Graduation Grounds, Chaparral High School, 414 E. Ojai Ave., downtown Ojai. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11:15 p.m. Saturday, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. $10-$40 for individual events; weekend passes also available. (805) 646-8907. http://www.ojaistoryfest.org.

MUSIC

Moving Units The grungy dance-punk hipsters who had L.A. rocking as early as 2004 are the headliners for May's installment of Spaceland Productions' First Fridays music series at the Natural History Museum. KCRW-FM (89.9) DJs Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence and opener Crystal Stilts get the crowd revved up before the big event. Natural History Museum, Diorama Hall, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. 5:30 p.m. $2 to $15. (213) 763-3466; http://www.nhm.org.

The Raveonettes Good news for feedback fans: When the Danish duo returns to Los Angeles, it will most certainly bring the fuzz. When the pair first got together in Copenhagen in 2001, the setup was simple: one guy — mastermind Sune Rose Wagner, aloof, tousled black hair, cagey looking; and one girl — shoegazey chanteuse Sharin Foo, a slinky, dizzyingly tall platinum blond. Their music was a minimal, droning take on coiffed '50s rock, with two-part harmonies, three-chord songs and nostalgia-laden lyrics. Their latest, "Raven in the Grave," takes a stab at goth-noir. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $20. http://www.troubadour.com.

STAGE

Shen Yun The classical Chinese dance and music company, which boasts nearly 100 artists, including winners of international dance and music competitions, performs in traditional costumes with lavish backdrops and a live orchestra. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $60. (714) 556-2787. http://www.scfta.org.

EVENTS

AltBuild Expo As the eighth-annual expo demonstrates, green is the new black. The eco-friendly design and building exhibition features more than 40 speakers on topics such as sustainable construction, urban farming, water conservation and minimizing carbon footprints. The event also includes hands-on demonstrations, free expert consultations and a design contest using shipping containers. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. (310) 390-2930, Ext. 3. http://www.altbuildexpo.com.

ART

Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age The exhibit brings together an assortment of comic book art for purchase. The collection includes covers, double-page splashes and origin pages from the most lauded, beloved and famous creations to emerge in the last century, including Watchmen, All Star Superman, Fables and the Walking Dead. La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Opening reception, 8-11 p.m. Friday. Exhibit open through May 29. (323) 666-7667. http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2011/Pop-Sequentialism/Pop-Sequentialism.htm

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