Happening Friday: L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival


L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival The largest comedy film festival in the country returns for another year of screenings and panel discussions featuring emerging and established talent. Friday's programming features panels on pitching and Internet distribution, three blocks of short films and a party at the nearby ESPN Zone (1011 S. Figueroa St.). The festival continues through Sunday. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Individual events $12, day pass $50. (213) 617-1033. http://www.lacomedyshorts.com


Aspects of Adès The U.K.-raised, L.A.-based pianist and composer Thomas Adès has proved to be one of the most invigorating voices in modern composition and conducting. The L.A. Philharmonic's program "Aspects of Adès" will explore the composer's body of work and collaborate with him in a series of pieces, including the West Coast premiere of his new work "Polaris." Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., times, prices and programs vary. http://www.laphil.com


Los Angeles Spring Fair The first Los Angeles Spring Fair kicks off eight days of family-friendly fun, offering live music, carnival rides and games, a singing competition, NASCAR racing and no fewer than 50 foods served on sticks. Toyota Speedway & Event Center, 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale. 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Through April 17. $15 general admission, $8 seniors, $5 children 6-11, free for children 5 and younger. (310) 464-6266. http://www.losangelesspringfair.com

Youth Expo Experience Children and their families, schools and youth groups are invited to show they are "Barn to Be Wild" at the Youth Expo Experience, featuring 4-H exhibits, free hay rides, scavenger hunts, petting zoos and other fun stuff. The OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Free. Parking $5. (714) 708-1500. http://www.ocfair.com

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