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This Weekend's 5+ Coachella Alternatives

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Rumspringa plays Brokechella this weekend.

It's supposed to be a scorcher in Indio this weekend, so don't feel too bad if you couldn't get a ticket to see the next generation of hologrammed artists perform. Besides, we've found a number of great events happening right here in LA County. Plus, it's Earth Day and Record Store Day to boot!

BROKECHELLA
We wrote about the first Brokechella last year—basically a festival right here in LA for only a $5 entry fee. On Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 pm, enjoy food, drinks, art and music at Six01 Studios in LA's warehouse district. Street food by Mucho Perro, Starry Kitchen, Mango Tango and more. Acts on the Main Stage include Rumspringa, The Janks, Gypsy Death Star and Infantree and more. DJs spin tunes on the outdoor stage, too. Swag bag for the first 300 people to arrive. And did we mention tickets are only $5? Sorry kids, but the event is 21+.

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BOOKS
It's book Valhalla this weekend for bibliophiles: The LA Times Festival of Books takes over the USC campus from 10 am-6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday. Dozens of cool panels and demonstrations are scheduled with both celebs and lesser-known authors participating. Rodney King and Gil Garcetti are on the same panel; Judy Blume, Betty White, Michael Ian Black take the stage at others. It promises to be intense and fun. Free.

TRANSMISSION LA
Transmission LA: AV Club, the 17-day festival at the Geffen Contemporary in Downtown LA that's curated by Mike D of the Beastie Boys, presents the works of visionary audio and visual artists in the fields of music, food, film, fashion and art. Scheduled throughout the fest are live music, DJ nights, pop-up restaurants, performances, installations and more. Best of all? The festival is free. Tomorrow: 11 am-10 pm, Sunday 11 am-6 pm.

NOIR CITY
The 14th Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir begins today and runs through May 6 at the Egyptian Theatre. The lineup includes pre-Code, proto-noir (Okay, America and Afraid to Talk) to festival favorites, including Caged, T-Men and The Window. Also screening are rare films that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Tickets: $11.

COWBOY FEST
Here's a family friendly event: the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival takes place all weekend at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio and other venues throughout Santa Clarita. Enjoy cowboy music, poetry, trick ropers, Western apparel and more. And who can resist fresh dutch oven peach cobbler? Tickets: $10-$30.

Also, don't forget these happenings:

> Your 2012 Guide to Record Store Day in LA
> Your Guide to Earth Day Events
> Weekend Movie Guide