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Happening Saturday: Comikaze, Raymond Pettibon

Also pumpkin launch, Chris Brown, Van Dyke Parks and Inara George.

November 05, 2011


Comikaze Expo Fanboys and -girls will unite at this inaugural celebration of pop culture, comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Comics icon Stan Lee and horror diva Elvira are set to kick off the event, which also offers screenings, panels, portfolio reviews, games and a masquerade ball. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.) $12 per day, $20 for two-day pass.

Irvine Holiday Faire Get a jump-start on the holiday shopping at the 29th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire festive boutique, which will feature hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations from more than 150 vendors. Proceeds from the fair are put back into the local arts community. Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. $2. (949) 724-6880.


Raymond Pettibon For "Desire in Pursuyt of the Whole" — the artist's ninth solo exhibition at Regen Projects — he reaches into the cultural grab bag for imagery that offers plenty in the way of pop subtext, political baggage, art/kitsch tension and an off-kilter sense of humor. This heady mix, colliding with phrases and text snippets culled from a variety of sources, makes for enigmatic and pleasantly sensory-overloading works. Regen Projects, 633 N. Almont Drive, L.A. Free. (310) 276-5424.


Pumpkin Launch Bring a lawn chair and watch as teams compete to see which can catapult a pumpkin the farthest at the Discovery Science Center's annual event. Participants can use trebuchets and other creative hurling devices to sling pumpkins at targets 300 feet away. If you're not up for the shootout, enter a pre-carved pumpkin in the pumpkin-carving contest or take in the other family-friendly activities. Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. (714) 542-2823.


Chris Brown Brown has gone from a charming, fleet-footed newcomer to scorned domestic abuser and now seems to have returned to pop-rap's forefront with several cocky, sonically demanding singles like "Look at Me Now" and "Deuces." Here he brings T-Pain and Tyga along for a headlining tour. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7 p.m. $10-$144.75.

Van Dyke Parks and Inara George Join two L.A. music legends from different generations as they pool their talents for a special concert, backed by a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Parks is known for his work with the Beach Boys, U2, the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. 7:30 p.m. Admission free with advance reservations. (310) 440-7300.

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