Happening Saturday


Green Festival One of the country’s premier showcases for eco-friendly tech, design and culture hawks its Gaia-aware wares at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Vegan food and cooking demos, DJ sets and product exhibits are among the highlights. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $10.

Long Beach Comic Con A John Carpenter signing, a panel of “The Simpsons’” “Treehouse of Horror” series and a talk by “Iron Man 3" director Shane Black are among the highlights at this year’s Long Beach Comic Con, an annual klatch for comic, fantasy, sci-fi and horror buffs. A long program includes plenty of panels, signings and opportunities to dress up in nerdy finery. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Sat.-Sun. $25 per day.


Chuck Close With his instantly recognizable style and near epic status in the art world for many decades running, the return of Chuck Close to Los Angeles is suitably grand. Blum & Poe will mount an exhibition of the acclaimed artist’s works — not only his first exhibition with the gallery but also his first one-person show in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years — which will occupy three downstairs gallery spaces and will feature portraits of artists Kara Walker, Laurie Anderson and Zhang Huan, musician Paul Simon and arts patron Agnes Gund, as well as the latest batch of Close self-portraits. Blum & Poe, 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd. L.A. Opens Sat. (310) 836-2062.



Women Hold Up Half the Sky The original exhibition “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” addresses the worldwide oppression of women and girls as the human rights cause of our time. Inspired by the critically acclaimed book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the exhibition documents stories from around the world through photographs and other visual art, sound installations and interactive gallery experiences of women who have changed their lives and started businesses with $2 loans. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Sat.-March 11. Times vary. $10. (310) 440-4500.


Wicked Lit Celebrate the spooky season with three chilling adaptations of classic horror literature presented at an actual cemetery with Wicked Lit. Walk the hallowed burial grounds as three scary stories unfold around you: Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Body Snatcher,” M.R. James’ “Casting the Runes,” and Mark Twain’s “A Ghost Story.” Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2400 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena. 8 p.m. Sat.-Mon. and Nov. 2-Nov. 6. $39-$60. (818) 242-7910.


Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon Fright fans and insomniacs alike should appreciate the American Cinematheque’s sixth annual all-night horror movie marathon, complete with free snacks, giveaways, special trailers and shorts, and other surprises. The lineup includes “Pet Sematary,” “Videodrome” and “Just Before Dawn.” Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. $20.