Seven Ways You Can Celebrate People in L.A. This Week, From Bob Dylan to Steve Earle to Red Stodolsky
7. Ryan McGinness
Work on display at Country Club L.A. from Fri., May 20 until Sat., July 2
"To the list of adjectives describing the work of New York-based artist Ryan McGinness -- obsessive, sumptuous, sexy, witty, bright, fierce, sleek -- we now must add ubiquitous, topical and nudie." -- Shana Nys Dambrot
6. Red Stodolsky
Antebellum Gallery, Sat., May 21, 1:00 p.m.
"The most soulful L.A. nook was Baroque Bookstore in Hollywood. Founded by Brooklyn expat Red Stodolsky in 1972, it remained open until his death in 1998 at the age of 82...To celebrate what would have been Red's 95th birthday, Griffin and poet Z will unveil a bronze plaque to commemorate him outside his former haven, now home to the Antebellum Gallery." -- Michael Simmons
5. Steve Earle
Bootleg Theater, Sun., May 22, 5:00 p.m.
"Steve Earle is America's finest singer-songwriter of a certain middle-age." -- Simmons
4. Bruce Baker
Downtown Independent Theatre, Sun., May 22, 7 p.m.; Tue., May 24, 7 p.m.
"Only God Could Hear Me is Colin Sanders' film chronicling inventor Bruce Baker's creation 'Minspeak,' a hieroglyphics-based method of communication that allows people silenced by cerebral palsy to speak through a voice synthesizer." -- David Cotner
3. Bob Dylan
Grammy Museum, Tue., May 24, 7:30 p.m.
"There have been so many celebrations of Bob Dylan's birthday lately, it feels as if he's been turning 70 for about a year. Which, I guess, technically is true. Tonight's bonne fete to Bob, titled Forever Young, falls on his actual date of birth." -- Simmons
2. Joe Sib
Comedy Store, Wed., May 25, 8:00 p.m.
"Joe Sib's a high-energy dude, who, like many other high-energy dudes, fell totally in love with punk rock at a young age....Now he's telling his story in his one-man 'broken-word roller-coaster ride,' California Calling: A Story of Growing Up Punk Rock." -- Libby Molyneaux
1. Max Maven
Skirball Cultural Center, Thu., May 26, 8:00 p.m.
"The accomplished mentalist, whose mysteries are said to "transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries," appears for one night, and one night only, at the Skirball Center to discuss "Jews in Magic," as part of the museum's current "Masters of Illusion" exhibit." -- Skylaire Alfvegren
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