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SAT | MARCH 28

DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST

Whether by Kindle or by candle, people were reading long before they were tweeting. This year, the Music Center is celebrating the biggest coalition of locally based authors and publishers. The day features all kinds of activities and readings, including a sing-along duet from the Zimmer Children’s Museum, as well as a Yiddish reading from Michael Casper. The day also highlights the work of Artizen Lab, an online platform to share and inspire ideas. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8080. ” target=”_blank”>annenbergphotospace.org.

THE PARENTS CIRCLE FAMILIES FORUM

Be part of the Middle East conversation — in a way you might not have considered. This joint Israeli-Palestinian organization is made up of more than 600 bereaved families. United by the heartbreak of losing a loved one during the conflict, these families choose reconciliation instead of revenge. Today’s discussion will feature Parents Circle Families Forum international spokespersons Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin. There will be a Q-and-A session as well. This special L.A. tour will offer a few opportunities to engage with the group. Free. 11:30 a.m. IKAR, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Other participating synagogues are Temple Aliyah, Shomrei Torah, Adat Ariel and Stephen Wise. Check website for details. SUN | MARCH 29

ABBEY SIMON

He’s known as a super-virtuoso, a “pianists’ pianist.” A specialist in Romantic and early 20th-century music, Abbey Simon dabbles in Chopin, Schumann, Ravel and others. He’s toured all over the world, appearing with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw and more. He’s also a distinguished Cullen professor of piano at the Moores School of Music in Houston. So come get classy and listen to some classical keys; tonight’s program includes Beethoven and Brahms. 6 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.MON | MARCH 30

GARTH STEIN

From the international best-seller who brought you “The Art of Racing in the Rain” comes a new novel, “A Sudden Light.” When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story — of which, let’s be honest, there are not enough. Garth Stein, who co-produced the Academy Award-winning short film “The Lunch Date,” uses his keen, empathic understanding of human motivation to deliver a connective and universal story. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>valleyruach.org.


FRI | APRIL 3

“CUPCAKES”

In L.A. theaters tonight is an extravagant and entertaining parody from director Eytan Fox (“Yossi”). In contemporary Tel Aviv, six best friends from different backgrounds gather to watch the popular “UniverSong” singing competition. Appalled by the Israeli entry, they decide to take matters into their own hands. With irresistibly catchy tunes and a gloriously uplifting story line, “Cupcakes” is an ode to music, friendship and romance. Various times. $11. Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 981-9811.

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