FRI 4/28: Preview art by Pissaro, Chagall, Ed Moses and others before the Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art auction on Sunday, Bonhams & Butterfields. Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
L.A. Times Book Prizes kick off a weekend-long tribute to the written word with over 370 authors, UCLA. $63 for awards show, 8 p.m. Free festival runs through Sun.
Inspiration Film Festival opens with “Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, Laemmle’s Monica 4 Theater. $10, 8 p.m.
Al Pacino in “Salome” by Oscar Wilde, Wadsworth Theater. $65-$90, 8 p.m. Through May 14
SAT 4/29: Shakira and Wyclef Jean, Staples Center, Aug. 15, $19.50-$90; Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band, June 5, $59.50-$89.50 on sale at 10 a.m.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins its two-day reign, Empire Polo Field, Indio. $85-$165, noon
“Orphee” and “Blood of a Poet” double feature screens as part of a Jean Cocteau love fest, Aero Theater. $9, $6 members. 7:30 p.m.
SUN 4/30: Ringo Starr, Gibson Amphitheater, June 24, $45-$100 on sale at 1 p.m.
Performance artist Karen Finley reads from her latest, “George and Martha,” Hammer Museum. Free, 6 p.m.
MON 5/1: Author Hazel Rowley converses with Lynda Obst about Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Central Library. Free, 7 p.m.
The Jayhawks’ Mark Olson and Gary Louris onstage, Troubadour. $25, 8 p.m.
“Bass Ackwards and Belly Up” by Sarah Fain published
TUES 5/2: Cedric the Entertainer, Jill Condon, Chris Spencer and others discuss the production process at the Entertainment Business Seminar, Acadmey of Television Arts and Sciences. $75, $160 for VIP, 6 p.m.
David Simon, M.D. signs “The Ten Commitments,” Bodhi Tree Bookstore. Free, 7:30 p.m.
Pearl Jam’s self-titled album on CD
WED 5/3: “Fired Again,” starring creator Annabelle Gurwitch, Mo Rocca and others, recorded live as part of L.A. Theater Works, Skirball Cultural Center. $39-$45, 8 p.m. Through May 7
Laurie David and author Elizabeth Kobert host a forum on the environment, Hammer Museum. Free, 7 p.m.
THURS 5/4: Aleksandr Sokurov’s “Russian Art” screens with intro by art critic Edward Goldman, the Getty. Free, 7 p.m.