What's there to do in L.A. this week? Shakira and Wyclef Jean perform at the Staples Center, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins, Cedric the Entertainer and others discuss the production process at the Entertainment Business Seminar, more
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.