The Live Art/Live Artfully (LALA) Festival returns for its second year with a week full of experimental performances, discussions, artist speed dating, and more. Featuring both local and New York artists, this year’s festival emphasizes the importance of building a healthier, more inclusive national performance community. There will be self-help book explorations, drag queen evenings, afro-punk sessions, and meditations on sexual intimacy and kitsch. Highlights include Paige Collette’s delightfully poignant The Monica Meditations, a piece about the Monica Lewinsky scandal that was previously part of the New Works 4 Weeks festival at Red Eye. See it Thursday night, along with Michael R. Jackson’s Burning to a Crisp Under the Hot White Ga(yz)e, a new work about black queer identity, and Stacey Rose’s Legacy Land, in which two sisters revisit their dark past. Be sure to check out Monday’s kick-off event, a talent show starring all of the artists in the festival. Find the complete list of times and locations at lalafestival.com. Prices range from free to $10. Locations vary, though many happenings are at Red Eye: 15 W. 14th St, Minneapolis.