Calendar of events: May 1 – 6

Event:L.A. Opera lunchtime ConcertDescription:Kick-off spring and class up your lunch with the first in the seven week long Lunchtime Concerts in the Park series. The shows begin with the LA Opera, singing the greatest hits of the classic opera genre.Date:May 1, 12 p.m.Location:Grand Park 227 N Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012Cost:FreeWebsite:Link
Event:Thursday Night MarketDescription:Enjoy the Valley’s first Thursday Night Market. Spend the evening stuffing yourself with food from dozens of food trucks and vendors. There’s even a four hour-long happy hour at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Pool Bar.Date:May 1, 3p.m. to 9 p.m.Location:Sportsman Lodge 12825 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604Cost:FreeWebsite:Link
Event:Mean Girls Anniversary Screening Double FeatureDescription:Raise your hand if you quote “Mean Girls” on a daily basis. There’s no shame losers, it’s a pop culture staple, and this classic film is turning ten this week. To celebrate, the New Beverly Theater is hosting a double feature, with “Mean Girls” and “The House of Yes,” another film by director Mark Waters. Waters will be at the May 1 screening, and might be accompanied by a few members of the original cast.Date:April 30 to May 1, 7:30 p.m.Location:New Beverly Cinema 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036Cost:$8Website:Link
Event:Biennial Taxidermy ShowDescription:Look at death in a new way this month, at the Biennial Taxidermy show at the ever-quirky La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Boasting that it’s “not your granddaddy’s taxidermy show,” the exhibit will feature creative recyclings of dead animals, usually road kill. Within the exhibit is a spotlight on artist Ave Rose, who uses bones, insects, gems and other materials to create organic robots.Date:May 2 to June 1Location:La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027Cost:FreeWebsite:Link
Event:National Free Comic Book DayDescription:This is like Christmas for comic book nerds. Actually, it might be better than Christmas. The first Saturday of every May, local comic book stores open their doors and their shelves, offering free comic books to anyone who comes in. Casual readers and fanatics alike can stock up on reading material for summer, or just grab something to take avoid studying for finals with. Comic veterans recommend getting to stores as early as possible, to avoid missing out on free comics.Date:May 3, various hoursLocation:Go online to find a participating store near youCost:FreeWebsite:Link
Event:California Bookstore DayDescription:It’s a good weekend for readers all across the state. Celebrate the survival of the near-extinct independent bookstore by visiting your local shop. The event’s website provides a list of nearby stores, and even has special deals for exclusive art and books. Each participating venue will host a gala of their own, and everyone is welcome to join the party and pick up a book. The closest participating stores to CSUN are Book Soup and Skylight books in Hollywood and Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood.Date:May 3Location:Go online to find a participating store near youCost:FreeWebsite:Link