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42 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [4-21-17 to 4-23-17]

April 20, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (Apr. 21 to Apr. 23) includes a March for Science, a Museum of Ice Cream opening, the L.A. Times Festival of Books, a reopening celebration for Los Angeles State Historic Park, the California Poppy Festival, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Pershing Square Women's March

Pershing Square fills up for the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday April 21st, 2017

1. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is hosting the 28th annual High School Choir Fest. Free performances will take place at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. The day begins at 11 a.m., with a concert from 16 members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Ensemble, led by conductor Jenny Wong. FREE

2. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Interactive light and shadow installation THE WOODS invites viewers into a knee-high forest of twigs as moving lights automatically illuminate their path. The immersive installation only admits two people at a time and will run Thursday through Sunday.  FREE

4. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Grand Park is hosting a site specific installation called The Portals Project, an immersive experience where Angelenos get to connect and communicate to people around the global in real time from Amman, Berlin, Mexico City and more. Happening April 10-23. FREE

6. Spend a Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific and explore the aquarium after hours. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails (Gin x Whiskey).

8. Metro Art Presents “Charles Phoenix: Southern Californialand” a slide show adventure exploring SoCal’s undiscovered valued mid-century architectural gems from the past and the present. FREE

9. Odd Nights heads to The Autry for their signature outdoors shopping experience. There will also be loads of shopping, live music and a full bar.

10. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Splendid, Ella Moss and 7 for All Mankind are joining forces with one epic warehouse sale happening in Vernon for one day only. Prices start at $5, we’ve been told this is the biggest sale yet! Shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 5500 South Boyle Ave, 1st Floor Vernon, CA 90058

12. Festival M.A.R.S., a ten-day festival featuring unique merging of music, fashion, art and dance, is coming to Downtown Los Angeles from April 14 to 23. Taking place at Art Share L.A. and Angel City Brewery, the fest will include performances from 35+ local and internationally established musicians and visual artists.

13. The 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival will celebrate hip hop and spoken word from April 18-30. Presented by Greenway Arts Alliance and Da Poetry Lounge the events will include legendary writers, poets, musical performances and leading workshops celebrating diversity.

14. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

BONUS: If you live on the Eastside check out ‘Sprung on Spring’, the annual neighborhood party at Big Bar in Los Feliz

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

15. Los Angeles March for Science falls on Earth Day (April 22) From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marchers will gather at Pershing Square to celebrate science and urge environmental, as well as human rights protection.

16. The newly renovated Los Angeles State Historic Park is having a grand reopening celebration this weekend featuring music, performances, family-friendly activities and food trucks. Starts on 10 a.m. on Saturday.

17. Celebrate the Ultimate Throwback with the 12th Annual Freestyle Festival in Long Beach. This one-day music festival will feature hit-makers from the 1980’s through 1990’s including Bell Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa, The English Beat, Naughty by Nature and more. Check for discounted tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. The annual L.A. Times Festival of Books returns to USC (April 22-23) for a two-day festival featuring live readings from authors, cooking demonstrations, intimate conversations and forward-thinking panels on U.S.C.’s campus. FREE

19. Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles Bus Tour put on by the folks at Esoteric Bus Adventures will take you to some of the literary giants favorite L.A. haunts, you’ll also see where he lived, worked and drank. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. Experience the food, culture and history of Downtown Los Angeles through a three hour foodie tour this Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Come enjoy a lively celebration of art and community in Santa Monica at the Bergamot Station Spring Fling. At this internationally renowned arts complex’s family-friendly event, you can check out more than 25 art exhibitions, listen to live music, shop from local vendors and grab a bite from local eateries.

22. Top comics Dane Cook, Kevin Nealon, Nikki Glaser, and special guests will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival comes to Barnes Park April 22-23 for an arts event with entertainment, learning, and fun in honor of the Japanese American culture. FREE

24. Celebrate Earth Day weekend with Renew- Reuse, Recycle, Restyle at Angel City Brewery. This annual bazaar features live music, a clothing drive, photo booth, food, and more. This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles.

25. The poppies are poppin’ this year, and there’s no better time to place to learn about these brilliant wildflowers than at the California Poppy Festival (April 22-23). Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors can can pickup free wildflower maps and tips on the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to see the incredible spectacle for themselves.

26. The Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Los Angeles from April 22 to May 29. Created as an art installation, tempting features include a “sprinkle pool” filled with nearly 100 million sprinkles made of antimicrobial plastic (no edible), a melted-popsicle jungle and a banana split made of 10,000 bananas.

27. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.

28. The 10th annual Record Store Day is filled with loads of local events.  Stop by your local record store to buy special limited-edition vinyl and other releases, and for a chance to meet, see, and hear your favorite artists. There will also be cook-outs, body painting, parades and more!

29. Come celebrate Earth Day in Exposition Park during LASAN LA Sanitation’s earth-friendly day of fun! More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand with exhibits both educational and fun that will teach the whole family about sustainability and environmental awareness. FREE

30. Volunteer to clean up the L.A. River this weekend! Every year, thousands of volunteers scour various parts of the river, collecting trash and making an environmental difference. That could be you!!!

31. Celebrate Earth Day with nature-filled events at Descanso Gardens! On April 22 and 23, guests at this beautiful garden in La Cañada Flintridge will be treated to springtime programs focused on flowers, garden plants and a blingy trunk show.

32. Dapper Day at Disneyland, returning on April 22 and April 23, is your best excuse to step out in style at the happiest place on earth! Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the dapper-minded are encouraged to visit Disneyland dressed up in elegant ensembles while exploring the park during this very stylish weekend.

33. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. Happening all weekend.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

35. Still Life, a drama written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), is now playing onstage at The MET Theatre. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. West Elm is partnering with Artisanal LA to highlight 10 local artisans on Earth Day by showcasing their products at the West Elm Santa Monica location. In addition guests can partake in a food tasting, terrarium workshops and more!

Sunday April 23rd, 2017

37. Taking place on the fourth Sunday of ever month the Topanga Vintage Market includes over 170 vintage, antiques, and collectibles vendors along side local artists, crafters, designers, musician performances and food trucks round out one of the best vintage markets in LA.  Parking is free, admission is $3, and kids under 12 are free. No pets are allowed.

38. Take in a few laughs at the end of the weekend at Cool Beans Comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena. FREE

39. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s 25th annual community Yom HaShoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration event will take place at Pan Pacific Park. The full day of learning, commemoration and reflection, will include a Yiddish poetry reading and conversation with Holocaust survivor artists at noon. FREE

40. Cruise on over to Runway Playa Vista to check out 50+ American classic cars, awesome 50’s bands, artisan vendors and more. FREE

41. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

42. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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Free Ice Cream, 4/20 Cannabis Tastings, & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

April 18, 2017 by Christina Minh

When in doubt, start with something free!

This Thursday, April 20 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be handing out free scoops of excellent ice cream as part of their grand opening of a new location in Larchmont Village. And remember that on that same day our city’s 4/20 enthusiasts will be celebrating with a few choice cannabis tastings/pairings , several of which are listed below.

Over next few weeks we’ll see some major food festivals coming our way like LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beers and A Taste of The Valley. To that end you’ll want to start getting your calendar in order and buying early if/when discounts apply.

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Grand Opens with free ice cream!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is opening their third scoop shop in Larchmont Village giving away free scoops to the public on April 20, from 7–11 p.m.

Get a taste of whats in the Valley

The 18th annual Taste of the Valley returns to the San Fernando Valley on April 26. This ultimate tasting experiencing of 45+ local restaurants and wine, spirits and beer from over 120 wineries, breweries and local makers. Our friends at Goldstar has discounted tickets while supplies last for GA and VIP!

LA Weekly is back with Burgers & Beer

LA Weekly is back with their signature Burgers & Beer event on April 29 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Gain access to unlimited slider samples and beer pours from some of L.A.’s best restaurants and breweries. We spot some discount tickets (affiliate link) over on Goldstar for this event 😉

420 Dinner Tastings!

Celebrate this unofficial holiday with a 4/20 pairing dinner. Taking place in a private gallery featuring great views of Downtown Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy high-end cannabis tastings paired with chef-created dishes devised to complement the flavors and notes of each cannabis strain. A cannabis epicure will be on hand to impart a deeper understanding of each weedy course, and DJ Professor Moses & Hyim will spin all evening. There will also be live performances, a tea bar offering freshly brewed teas, and discovery stations that will help you to try new brands and products, like dabs, extracts, concentrates and edibles.

Lagunitas Brewing Company and Craft Hill in Monrovia are teaming up to celebrate 4/20 with a special five-course craft beer dinner for $50 a person. The brewery has a long-standing relationship with cannabis and was famous for its weekly 4/20 parties until its Director of Marketing was arrested for smoking weed at a Lagunitas St. Paddy’s Day party back in 2005. Lagunitas continues that tradition in a more brew-centric way now, with a yearly herbaceous special-edition release, The Waldos, unveiled each April 20.

Dinner in a zoo

The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On April 27 Malibu Wines will be the featured winery and the dinner will take place on the terraces of the L.A. Zoo’s Mahale Mountains.

LA Zoo: Sustainable Wine + Dinner Series

LA Zoo: Sustainable Wine + Dinner Series

National Prime Rib Day is coming up…

Prime rib specialist Lawry’s will celebrate National Prime Rib Day on April 27 by offering a tasty one-time-only dinner special. For $69 guests can embark on something called the “Ultimate Prime Rib Experience” which includes a Meat & Potatoes Martini (with prime rib-stuffed olives), the pastry-wrapped prime rib “cigar” appetizer, a Prime Rib Hash recipe card (perfect for leftovers), and, the classic Prime Rib meal (Lawry cut of prime rib + mashed potatoes and gravy + Yorkshire pudding + a side dish).

Our favorite holiday—National Prime Rib Day—comes April 27th! Make your reservations now and stay tuned for a special treat… 🍴

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Best thing we ate this week…

Southeast Asian concept Bone Kettle opened it’s doors in early 2017 to glowing reviews. The 36 hour bone broth made by Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s is one of the most ordered dishes on the menu but the Steamed Oxtail Dumplings made with Oxtail tips, mushrooms and San Bai Sauce is a MUST try. Delicate and savory, the dumplings are an explosion of umami flavors reminiscent of Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Designed as an appetizer, I found it difficult to share this delicious find.

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31 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [4-17-17 to 4-21-17]

April 17, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Apr. 17 to Friday, Apr. 21, features the L.A. Get Down Festival, free botanical gardens admissions, an Earth Day celebration in Grand Park, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre screening in Griffith Park, a Venice Art Crawl fundraiser, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Earth Day LA 2017 in Grand Park

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday April 17th, 2017

1. Vagabond Cheese Company and Angel City Brewery are teaming up (again) for a totally nerdy beer-pairing series that’ll boost both your appreciation and your knowledge of the ways beers and cheese can work together to create delicious results. The new three month-series starts this Monday with a focus on the beers and cheeses of Belgium.

2. Every third Monday of the month head to Santa Monica’s Basement Tavern to see top comedy headliners for free during Basement Comedy. This months performers include Taylor Williamson and Adam Ray. FREE

3. Still Life, a drama written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), is now playing onstage at The MET Theatre. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Grand Park is hosting a site specific installation called The Portals Project, an immersive experience where Angelenos get to connect and communicate to people around the global in real time from Amman, Berlin, Mexico City and more. Happening April 10-23. FREE

5. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

6. Head to iOWest for Queer Window, a variety show where performers take a deep dive into the past and the present of the LGBTQ community and culture. From Paris is Burning, John Waters films to gay bars and broadway, the show will feature musical stylings of Micah James, drag from Kitty Meringue, stand-up from Daniel Franzese and more! Hosted by Zack Colonna.

7. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

Tuesday April 18th, 2017

8. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. National Canadian Film Day will be celebrated for two days! On Tuesday and Wednesday the Cinefamily will host free marathon screenings of Canadian films all thanks to The Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles. FREE

10. The 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival will celebrate hip hop and spoken word from April 18-30. Presented by Greenway Arts Alliance and Da Poetry Lounge the events will include legendary writers, poets, musical performances and leading workshops celebrating diversity.

11. Head to LACMA to catch a classic flick every Tuesday as part of their matinee series. This Tuesday features The Scarlet Empress. Tickets cost just $4.

12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens.

BONUS: Tuesday is tax day! Make sure to take advantage by checking out one of  10 L.A. Spots Where You Can Get $1 Drinks on Tax Day (and other great deals)

Wednesday April 19th, 2017

13. Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with an educational fair at Grand Park! Families, friends and kids are invited to the Downtown L.A. park for a day filled with fun through various vendors, workshops, talks and more. FREE

14. FLIX at FIG screens Guardians of the Galaxy at FIGat7th in DTLA. The free movie screening happens every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. FREE

15. Neon Silent Disco heads to The Bloc in Downtown Los Angeles for a free dance party with neon swag. FREE

16. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, BEAR CITY brings free comedy and free pizza to Que Sera in Long Beach! FREE

17. Enjoy an evening of Armenian music at the Hammer to commemorate the anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The concert features the UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble, VEM String Quartet and more. FREE

Thursday April 20th, 2017

18. Every third Thursday of the month head to the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar for Local Band Hangout night.

19. Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan cult classic stoner comedy Half Baked will screen at The Wiltern this Thursday for 420.DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. Brennan’s Pub in Marina del Rey will be temporarily closing their doors at the end of April, and to mark the hiatus they are throwing an “End of an Era” celebration on Thursday, which will of course include their signature turtle races.

21. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. Happening Thursday and Friday.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. The Venice Art Crawl will host Music Connects Us: Photography & Art Show this Thursday at Runway at Playa Vista. This VAC fundraiser will transform the 3,800 square foot space into an urban art installation with over 70 artists featured! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Free admission days this Thursday for:  Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday April 21st, 2017

24. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is hosting the 28th annual High School Choir Fest. Free performances will take place at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. The day begins at 11 a.m., with a concert from 16 members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Ensemble, led by conductor Jenny Wong. FREE

25. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails (Gin x Whiskey).

28. Metro Art Presents “Charles Phoenix: Southern Californialand” a slide show adventure exploring SoCal’s undiscovered valued mid-century architectural gems from the past and the present. FREE

29. Odd Nights heads to The Autry for their signature outdoors shopping experience. There will also be loads of shopping, live music and a full bar.

30. Splendid, Ella Moss and 7 for All Mankind are joining forces with one epic warehouse sale happening in Vernon for one day only. Prices start at $5, we’ve been told this is the biggest sale yet! Shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 5500 South Boyle Ave, 1st Floor Vernon, CA 90058

31. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art


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34 Awesome Things to do this Easter Weekend in L.A. [4-14-17 to 4-16-17]

April 13, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Easter weekend in L.A. (Apr. 14 to Apr. 16) includes a Virtual Reality Expo, an Easter Egg hunt at The Rose Bowl, EasterFest at Grand Park, World Art Day, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday April 14th, 2017

1. The 2017 Virtual Reality Expo is two days (April 14-15) of virtual reality and augmented reality demos, education sessions, immersive work presentations and more.

2. Enjoy a free screening of a new episode of CNN’s Emmy-nominated show United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. The event takes place at the Bing Theater at LACMA, and Bell himself will be on hand for an enlightening conversation. FREE

3. Festival M.A.R.S., a ten-day festival featuring unique merging of music, fashion, art and dance, is coming to Downtown Los Angeles from April 14 to 23. Taking place at Art Share L.A. and Angel City Brewery, the fest will include performances from 35+ local and internationally established musicians and visual artists.

4. Grand Park is hosting a site specific installation called The Portals Project, an immersive experience where Angelenos get to connect and communicate to people around the global in real time from Amman, Berlin, Mexico City and more. Happening April 10-23. FREE

5. Spend a Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific and explore the aquarium after hours. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Prohibition Era Cocktails.

7. The Wallis presents the West Coast debut of The Encounter. Described as one of the most moving theatrical experiences staged on Broadway and London, Encounter follows the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre as he finds himself lost in the Amazon. Combining excellent storytelling with 3D audio technology the show is directed and performed by Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Performances run April 6 through April 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show staged at Globe Theatre spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Trap’chella is two days of Trap partying. Get immersed in the vibes and culture of this music movement. Hosted by rapper PROBLEM!

10. Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo is three days (April 14-16) of egg-citing fun! Take a photo with “Big Bunny”, join in a family dance party, learn about rabbits and more. The event is included in the admission ticket.

11. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday April 15th, 2017

13. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE

14. Flash back to the ’90s during this prom-themed screening of 10 Things I Hate About You at the Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Goldstar has a limited number of discounted tickets, so we recommend grabbing them while they last! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The annual Egg Bowl will scatter 70,000 colored eggs all around the Pasadena Rose Bowl for a beloved Easter holiday celebration. Along with the hunt come a host of festive activities including a puppet show, contests and an Egg-celent brunch. The egg hunt is free to attend, and there is also a pre-hunt brunch priced at $22 for kids 9 + and adults, and $14 for kids 5-8. Children 4 and under eat free with a purchase of an adult ticket.

16. The Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival returns for another year of beer and oyster pairings. Get a taste of local food spots, local and regional breweries, music from both bands and DJs, chef demonstrations and more. Hosted outside Shoreline Aquatic Park. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Heritage Square Museum hosts its 13th annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea on Saturday in Montecito Heights, just north of Downtown Los Angeles.

18. Volunteer to clean up the L.A. River this weekend! Every year, thousands of volunteers scour various parts of the river, collecting trash and making an environmental difference. That could be you!!!

19. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

21. There’s a free workout class this Saturday morning right on the Santa Monica Pier. It’s called ROGA, a run and yoga event! Walkers and all experience levels for yoga are welcome. FREE

22. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be DTLA Arts District this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond.

23. The Los Angeles Arboretum is hosting an Egg-ceptional Celebration featuring an egg scramble and egg-expedition, make & take activities, plus refreshments and prizes. Starts at 9 a.m.

24. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Los Encinos State Historic Park is a free annual Easter event with egg hunts, throw back entertainment like a blacksmith, old-time music, tours of the historic adobe and period performers.

25. Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is hosting a springtime celebration now until April 17 with photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, a hay pyramid, a slide, animal shows, a tractor wagon ride and more.

26. The Howard Griffin Gallery L.A., will be hosting a party for IAA USA’s World Art Day and celebrate the launch and fundraise for the newly formed U.S. chapter of the IAA in Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets cost $35 and gets you access to a night of live art, dance performances by Sokamba Performing Arts Company, live sets by local DJs, exhibition of works by famed Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir, fun photo ops, and more! In addition to the entertainment, enjoy specialty cocktails and pours by Tres Papalote bites from local establishments and more.

Sunday April 16th, 2017

27. Head to Santa Anita Park for a family friendly Easter egg hunt right on the infield! Collect colorful eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and play in the family fun zone which includes pony rides, face painting, bounce house and more.

28. Bring the kiddos for an egg hunt, face painting, games, bounce houses, arts and crafts, book readings, popcorn, and more all at the 9th annual EasterFest at Grand Hope Park in DTLA.

29. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Duck away from the Easter madness and enjoy a double-feature over at the Egyptian Theatre. This Sunday catch Superman, starring Christopher Reeve and the 1950s sci-fi flick The Day The Earth Stood Still.

31. Flow + Flavor a “Silent” yoga session presented by ROW x Smorgasburg is a 75min “silent” yoga class, with Ashley Rideaux’s (lead teacher at YogaWorks) voice and blissful beats played on wireless LED headphones. After that head into Smorgasburg for brunch and walk off your food baby by exploring the pop-up shops at ROW DTLA.

32. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

33. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

34. Looking for options for where to have Easter Brunch? Here are a few options you may want to consider:

  • Put an Egg on Everything Day at Smorgasburg LA, they’ll be bunny free but their food vendors will have special egg topped creations for you to enjoy.
  • Culina is offering an endless brunch buffet. Cost is $125 per adult; $63 for children ages 5-12; complimentary for children 4 and under.
  • Mr. C is hosting their annual Easter Brunch poolside. The party will feature live music, a Bellini and Belvedere Bloody Mary Bar, spa services, Easter Bunny entertainment with egg hunt and a Cipriani style buffet. Cost $115 a person and $49 for ages 5 – 12.
  • Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is offering a special three course Easter Brunch menu. Cost is $45 a person.
  • BOURBON STEAK Los Angeles is offering a decadent three-course menu. Cost is $65+.
  • Craft Los Angeles is offering a three-course prix-fixe brunch. Cost is $60 per person.
  • There’s a Easter Buffet at Grub in Hollywood. Cost $25.99 per adult and $15.99 for kids under 10.
  • The Tuck Room Tavern, will be offering its signature Brunch Box, an Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar and an appearance from the Hipster Bunny during brunch service this Easter Sunday.
  • 71 Above is open for Easter Sunday brunch. The two course prix-fixe cost $45 per person and $35 for children under 12.
  • Enjoy a three course meal at Redbird and an egg hunt in the Vibiana Courtyard. Cost $48 per adult and $19 for kids under the age of 12.

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$1 Unicorn Melts, a Beer and Oyster Fest, & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

April 11, 2017 by Christina Minh

Lots to eat and so little time!

This week Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day on Wednesday by taking a bite into the infamous (and colorful) Unicorn Melt at Chomp Eatery in Santa Monica. Best part? They’re only a buck. See details below.

As for this weekend, an oyster and beer fest rolls into town, a drag queen brunch show makes its way to West Hollywood and a Sunday happy hour will launch in Atwater Village. Oh, and today’s roundup also gives you a sneak peek into next week’s Tax Day specials where $1 drinks and even a free cocktail can be found!

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

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$1 Drinks on Tax Day

Uncle Sam got you down? Find some temporary solace on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 L.A. Spots Offering $1 Drinks there’s also a bonus free drink and some more deals that cost under $5 😎

What is African American Jewish food?

Join acclaimed African American Jewish food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty for a day of learning during the Kosher/Soul program at the Skirball Cultural Center. On Thursday, April 13 Twitty will lead attendees through two food and cultural explorations. The first, at 2 p.m., is a free discussion of the historian’s personal journey and intersecting between multiple cultural backgrounds and identities. The second program, at 8 p.m., is a ticketed event that includes both a talk and a cooking demonstration and tasting. Advanced reservations are highly recommended for this special event.

A Beer & Oyster Festival

The Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival returns on April 15 for another year of beer and oyster pairings! Get a taste of local food spots, local and regional breweries, music from both bands and DJs, chef demonstrations and more. Hosted outside Shoreline Aquatic Park, general admission tickets start at $35 and include unlimited beer tasting, and access to oyster vendors and food trucks. VIP tickets are available for $45 and include early access, a free mimosa bar and a decked-out pretzel necklace.

$1 Unicorn Melts

Chomp Eatery & Juice Station in Santa Monica is celebrating National Grilled Cheese day on Wednesday, April 12 with $1.00 “Unicorn Melts” to the first 100 people in line! Also, here are a few pics from when we tried the Unicorn Melt last April.

The Abbey just launched a drag queen brunch show!

The Abbey Food & Bar launches Brunch Service – a drag queen brunch spectacular featuring $15 bottomless mimosas and a drag show at 1 p.m. every Saturday. Each week will feature different drag queens some of which have been on RuPaul’s Drag Race! See the video below from last weeks Brunch Service.

Momed Atwater Village revamps patio and launches a Sunday Happy Hour

Momed’s Atwater Village location just gave their patio a spring face lift and to celebrate they will launch a weekly brunch happy hour and music series. The new happy hour happens on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. with $5 wines, $6 Blood Orange Mimosas, $8 Sangria, $5 appetizers and a $10 Pide aka Turkish pizza.

Copa d’Oro new Spring Cocktail menu

Copa d’Oro has launched a ton of new specials and a fresh spring cocktail program thanks to Barman extraordinaire Vincenzo Marianella. Enjoy “Tequila & Tacos” on Tuesdays where you score $3 off all tequila/tequila cocktails and $2 tacos all night. Wednesdays are designated “College Nights” where students present their college ids for 10% off bill and a weekly rotating specialty cocktail from the new spring menu for $7 all night on Tuesday through Thursday.

Roberta’s x di Alba

On Thursday April 27, Carlo Mirarchi of Brooklyn Pizzeria Roberta’s will be popping up at The Smile’s di Alba in the DTLA Arts District for a one-night-only Porchetta Dinner. Tickets cost a modest $24 per person and will come with roasted Red Wattle pork (brined & seasoned with fennel pollen, fennel seed, rosemary and salt), seasonal local vegetable side and a beer. The Smile’s di Alba executive chef/partner Nina Clemente and sous/pastry chef Zena Scharf will offer strawberry rhubarb polenta cake for dessert.

Same Same 1-year anniversary party

Silver Lakes popular Thai bar Same Same turns 1 this Wednesday April 14. To celebrate, there will be plenty of festivities and complimentary champagne and Meing Khum, a traditional savory toasted coconut dumpling. They’ll be sharing the special day with Songkran (Thai New Year and Water Festival) guests will be able to take part in a water blessing and enjoy a performance of the traditional Monkey dance throughout the evening.

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Best thing we ate this week…

Toscana in Brentwood has been serving Northern Italian faire since 1989.  The popular Italian restaurant has a wonderful Spaghetti ai frutti di mare dish perfect for those who love seafood. Not usually found on the menu, guests can request the dish during lunch and dinner. The plate comes out piled high with seafood, items can vary with season. On my particular visit, squid, clams, shrimp and giant mussels filled the dish. The spaghetti was nicely cooked al dente and the mild sauce had just the right amount of flavor to pair with the shellfish. It was a very satisfying meal, on top of that the service was impeccable. Next time when you’re hankering for something next level and a couple steps up from a linguine and clams head to Toscana.

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10 L.A. Spots Where You Can Get $1 Drinks on Tax Day (and other great deals)

April 10, 2017 by Christina Minh

It’s true, the taxman comes for us all. But even as we fulfill our patriotic duty to keep funding Uncle Sam you can take a tiny bit of solace knowing there are plenty of local spots offering some pretty great deals on Tuesday, April 18.

We are, of course, referring to $1 drinks. In total we’ve spotted 10 L.A. spots offering $1 drinks to mourn celebrate tax day. Additionally, there are number of other bars/lounges offering their own spin on tax day deals, including a tax day mule, and even one location that’s offering a complimentary first drink (!!!).

To make things easy we’ve catalogued a list of all the deals and offerings (in no particular order) after the jump. No one loves tax day, but at least you can enjoy the drinks!

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1. Bigfoot Lodge

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 3172 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039

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2. The Independence

Two of their most popular cocktails, the Coldwater and Paloma are $1 each during happy hour from noon to 6 p.m. Guests must say the magic words “Uncle Sam” to receive the deal.

Location: Third Street Promenade, 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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3. Sassafras

$1 Old Fashioned- 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 1233 N. Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90038

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4. Highland Park Bowl

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 5621 N. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90042

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5. Idle Hour

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 4824 Vineland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 91601

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Idle Hour Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned at Idle Hour. Photo by Lesile Rodriguez.

6. Thirsty Crow

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 2939 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

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7. Bigfoot West

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 10939 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

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8. La Cuevita

$1 Tequila Press – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 5922 N Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042

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9. Oldfield’s

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 10899 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

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10. Harlowe

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: 7321 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Other Tax Day Deals

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The Church Key

One complimentary drink from 5 to 8 p.m. (as part of the normally schedule Industry Night)

Location: 8730 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Baldoria

$3 Purple Drank Special (includes a jolly rancher)

Location: 243 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Prank Bar

Hour of Power Special: Cazadores Margarita and two Filet Mignon Tacos for $9 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Location: 1100 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Kendall’s Brasserie

All-day special Tax Day Mule with vodka, ginger beer, activated charcoal, and lime for $4.18.

Location: 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

All-day special Tax Day Mule with vodka, ginger beer, activated charcoal, and lime for $4.18.

Location: 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Ray’ & Stark Bar

All-day special Tax Day Mule with vodka, ginger beer, activated charcoal, and lime for $4.18.

Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Café Pinot

All-day special Tax Day Mule with vodka, ginger beer, activated charcoal, and lime for $4.18.

Location: 700 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge

18-cent martinis with a purchase of an entree. Available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests can select their choice of classic gin or vodka martinis. Limit of one per person.

Location: 189 The Grove Dr F90b, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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NOTE: We’ll update the list if we become aware of any additional tax day specials that were not included in the original publication of this post.

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30 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [4-10-17 to 4-14-17]

April 10, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Apr. 10 to Friday, Apr. 14, features The Portals Project at Grand Park, The Encounter at The Wallis, the DTLA Art Walk, The Virtual Reality Expo, a Big Bunny Spring Fling at the LA Zoo, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Los Angeles Zoo Entrance

The Los Angeles Zoo entrance. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday April 10th, 2017

1. Grand Park is hosting a site specific installation called The Portals Project, an immersive experience where Angelenos get to connect and communicate to people around the global in real time from Amman, Berlin, Mexico City and more. Happening April 10-23. FREE

2. Spend a Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific and explore the aquarium after hours. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Monday is the 5-year anniversary of Write Club Los Angeles at The Bootleg Theater.

4. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

5. The Queen Mary introduces Ships & Giggles Comedy Night featuring some of the best comedians aboard the majestic ship. Happening every second Monday of each month the new comedy series will kick off in the Observation Bar with Rocco Stowe and friends.

6. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

Tuesday April 11th, 2017

7. The Wallis presents the West Coast debut of The Encounter. Described as one of the most moving theatrical experiences staged on Broadway and London, Encounter follows the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre as he finds himself lost in the Amazon. Combining excellent storytelling with 3D audio technology the show is directed and performed by Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Performances run April 6 through April 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. Happening Tuesday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is Soul & Funk with DJ Jordan Blackmon (Toro y Moi guitarist). FREE

12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West.

Wednesday April 12th, 2017

13. Rapper Lupe Fiasco will take the stage at The Novo by Microsoft this Wednesday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Desert Bazaar, a festival shopping event happening at the Standard, Hollywood will feature super cool fashion vendors, a beauty lounge, live music hosted by KCRW and food provided by Alma. **Correction: This post previously indicated The Standard Hotel Rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles as location for the Desert Bazaar. We apologize for the error**

Thursday April 13th, 2017

16. The monthly Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk will be part of World Art Day. The evening of hosted projects will include exhibitions, pop-ups, artist talks, performances and site-specific installations in both private and public spaces. FREE

17. NHMLA & Angel City Brewery want to answer the question, “Can citizen science save the world?” A look at projects with a global reach and impact—from civic science and online crowd-sourcing to international citizen science fly research. FREE

18. Join acclaimed African American Jewish food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty for an afternoon of learning during the Kosher/Soul program at the Skirball Cultural Center.

19. Odd Nights heads to One Santa Fe in the DTLA Arts District for their signature outdoors shopping experience. There will also be a designated kids area, live music and a full bar. FREE

20. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens The Natural this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Free admission days this Thursday for:  Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday April 14th, 2017

22. The 2017 Virtual Reality Expo is two days (April 14-15) of virtual reality and augmented reality demos, education sessions, immersive work presentations and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Enjoy a free screening of a new episode of CNN’s Emmy-nominated show United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. The event takes place at the Bing Theater at LACMA, and Bell himself will be on hand for an enlightening conversation. FREE

24. Festival M.A.R.S., a ten-day festival featuring unique merging of music, fashion, art and dance, is coming to Downtown Los Angeles from April 14 to 23. Taking place at Art Share L.A. and Angel City Brewery, the fest will include performances from 35+ local and internationally established musicians and visual artists.

25. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Prohibition Era Cocktails.

26. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show staged at Globe Theatre spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Trap’chella is two days of Trap partying. Get immersed in the vibes and culture of this music movement. Hosted by rapper PROBLEM!

28. Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo is three days (April 14-16) of egg-citing fun! Take a photo with “Big Bunny”, join in a family dance party, learn about rabbits and more. The event is included in the admission ticket.

29. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art


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39 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [4-7-17 to 4-9-17]

April 6, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Apr. 7 to Apr. 9) includes the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Broke LA, SoCal Corgi Beach Day, th LA Beer Fest, First Fridays, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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At the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Credit: John Murphy via flickr cc


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Friday April 7th, 2017

1. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back for 2017 with another exciting season of outdoor movie screenings atop the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. The screening schedule this weekend includes Goodfellas on Friday and Mulholland Drive on Saturday.

2. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after hours at the museum, special music performances and themed panel discussions. This year the talks will be centered around the science behind food.

3. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is back from April 7 to 9 with auto showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and the featured IndyCar event on Sunday. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. National Geographic Live returns to the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica with The Mystery of Our Human Story. The event includes a post-show Q&A with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Paleoanthropologist, Lee Berger. Happening April 6 and 7. Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The Wallis presents the West Coast debut of The Encounter. Described as one of the most moving theatrical experiences staged on Broadway and London, Encounter follows the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre as he finds himself lost in the Amazon. Combining excellent storytelling with 3D audio technology the show is directed and performed by Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Performances run April 6 through April 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. The TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood from April 6 to 9. This ultimate event for classic film lovers brings over 80 movie screenings to iconic Hollywood venues: the Chinese Theater (opened in 1927), 1922’s Egyptian Theater, and the venerable Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

7. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Los Angeles based fashion label Greylin is having a sample sale April 6-8 with prices starting at just $10.

9. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen a double feature of Fright Night and Ghostbusters. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Monsterpalooza 2017 comes to The Pasadena Convention Center April 7 through 9 for the ultimate celebration of monsters and movie magic.

11. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

13. HAH will be hosting a pre-festival sample sale along with YFB in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Score items as low as $5, $10, $20, $30 and 40% off current stock!

14. Emmy-nominated actor-comedian, writer, producer and director Jeff Garlin comes to Flappers Comedy Club Burbank April 7-8. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

16. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails (Gin x Vodka x Tequila).

18. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The #1 show in Vegas history comes to L.A. LIVE for a limited engagement. Absinthe, the immersive variety show will feature comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

Saturday April 8th, 2017

22. Enjoy the festival vibe without breaking the bank at Broke LA 2017. Music fans will once again be entertained by a lineup of musicians, bands & comedians along with food vendors, a dog park, art installations and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Corgis, owners and dog fans alike will invade Huntington Dog Beach for a full-day of corgi activities during SoCal Corgi Beach Day. Similar to last year, the event will feature contests, games and other dog-friendly entertainment. FREE

24. Hosted by Drink Eat Play, the LA Beer Festival is back on April 8 for their spring event at Los Angeles Center Studios. Guests are invited to sample dozens of local and national beers while listening to 90’s-inspired tunes. There will also be various food trucks with delicious snacks and meals available for purchase.

25. Calling all wizards and muggles alike, the 6th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night is going down at Moonlight Rollerway this Saturday! The Harry Potter event will feature music from the film series, a costume contest, raffles, butterbeer & more!

26. Watch an all star cast give a live reading of the movie Juno to support Planned Parenthood at The Theatre at The Ace. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood!!!

27. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.

28. The Queen Mary’s 2nd Annual FantaSea is a unique festival of magic that includes multiple events including a magic show and dinner, vintage-inspired mixology tasting classes, celebrity magicians and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. L.A. based burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging. Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. But the fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Head to PLATFORM in Culver City for a pre festival season weekend. There will be plenty of shopping opportunities and a secret rooftop soiree and inflatable pools!

31. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre returns with their signature horror-theatre show Urban Death revamped for this year! The show will take a deep dive into unspeakable horrors, monstrosities, and disturbed spirits that walk among us. Highly regarded as one of the must see shows in L.A. annually this show is perfect for horror fans.

32. CorePower Yoga is teaming up with Stretch4Vets and Embrace to host a one of a kind class on the USS Iowa. Hundreds of yogis are expected to show up to support a great cause.

33. SEPIA Collective has produced a multi-city fine art exhibition called ICONIC: Black Panther featuring original Panther’s work combined with local and internationally recognized artists who fight for equality. The show will take place at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery on April 8 and will run until May 14.

34. W Hollywood is hosting a Shopping Bazaar this Saturday to kick off spring and festival season. Score discounts from Sonix, Montce Swim, Perverse Eyewear, Chaser, Endless Summer and more. ULTA and MATRIX will be offering complimentary beauty glam and hair styling. FREE

35. Celebrate Japanese American history during JANM Free Family Day in Little Tokyo. Learn about Japanese American history, partake in educational events, crafts and meet actor/activist George Takei! FREE

Sunday April 9th, 2017

36. If you’re interested in becoming a social and/or political activist, head over to The Wiltern on Sunday, April 9 for a FREE workshop called Stand Up and Fight Back: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Creative Activism. FREE

37. The Montrose Food and Brewfest features unlimited food samples from local restaurants and chefs from the Montrose area as well as unlimited beer samples from various breweries! Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. The Amazing Los Angeles Race II is part scavenger hunt, part sightseeing tour. Spend your Sunday afternoon getting to know the city of angels by making your way through iconic L.A. sites while solving puzzles – it’s an active and fast pace way to visit all tourists areas on your bucket list. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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LA Beer Fest, a Museum of Ice Cream & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

April 4, 2017 by Christina Minh

Foodies can look forward to plenty of cool tasty happenings around the city this month.

Perhaps the coolest opening is the Museum of Ice Cream. After a successful run in New York the interactive art museum will post up in Downtown starting April 22.

If waiting till the end of April for an ice cream fix is just too painful, TODAY marks the annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! See full details below 🍦

As for this weekend, the L.A. Beer Festival rolls into town with local bites, national beers and a 90’s-inspired playlist, I’m hoping they play “Cool Summer.”

Your weekly L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is back!

For 30+ years now the folks at Ben & Jerry’s have picked one day each year to give back to their loyal customers by way of a free ice cream cone. This year that day falls on Tuesday, April 4 which is TODAY! Stop by between 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and simply choose your favorite flavor 😀  Check out their official free cone day page to see a list of participating locations in Los Angeles.

In MORE Ice Cream News….

This is not a joke. The Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Los Angeles from April 22 to May 29. Created as an art installation, tempting features include a “sprinkle pool” filled with nearly 100 million sprinkles made of antimicrobial plastic (no edible), a melted-popsicle jungle and a banana split made of 10,000 bananas.

Where is the most legit Chinese Food in Los Angeles?

My guess… San Gabriel Valley 😄 See what our guest contributor Kristie Hang has to say in her most recent round up 8 Spots For The Best (Legit) Chinese Food in L.A.

9th Annual L.A. Beer Festival Returns for Another Round

Hosted by Drink Eat Play, the LA Beer Festival is back on April 8 for their spring event at Los Angeles Center Studios. Guests are invited to sample dozens of local and national beers while listening to 90’s-inspired tunes. There will also be various food trucks with delicious snacks and meals available for purchase.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Now in its 10th the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival (April 20-23) is one of California’s most coveted culinary events of the year. Featuring some of the biggest names in the food world, the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival will host major collaborations this year like Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, the entire Bocuse d’Or USA (winning) Team, Hugh Acheson 21st Century Southern Breakfast, a Taco Fiesta on the beach with Guy Fieri, Michelin starred duo Dominique Crenn and Carlo Mirarchi and more.

And we're off!!! The 10th Anniversary is going to be ridiculous 🍾

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What are food deserts and why food justice is important?

L.A. Kitchen presents a discussion called Food For Thought: Food Deserts & Food Justice. Led by Breanna Hawkins of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council the talk will take a look at the root causes of food injustices and how they relate to race and class. She’ll also discuss finding solutions and promoting food justice in these underserved communities.

A Guilt Free Happy Hour

Now you can enjoy happy hour without the guilt thanks to Beaming Superfood Café’s. From Monday – Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. get $1 off special beaming baked goods and vegan gelato sandwiches. Wait there’s more! Score $2 off special acai bowl, pitaya bowl, buddha bowl, made-to-order superfood smoothies.

The Acai Bowl at @livebeaming is on FLEEK as in it's delicious, healthy and almost too pretty to eat…almost… 😛

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Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles

Got a thing for food trucks? Will you’re in luck! The Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017 comes to Downtown Los Angeles April 8-9. With 100 food trucks to choose from, you will not walk away hungry!

Lemondade to support GN4LW

Santa Monica’s Flower Child is running an awesome promotion for the month of April to benefit Girl is Not a 4 Letter Word. Order a Lemonade and 10% of the sales will go to GN4LW. In addition, they will be featuring a pink-colored lemonade called “THE KICKFLIP” in their honor throughout the entire month.

Best thing we ate this week…

Bar Angeles is in Silver Lake along Sunset Boulevard where Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 wall resides. The wall is still well maintained with part of it relocated inside the restaurant to make way for a window.

Bar Angeles serves gastropub fare to go along with a solid drink program. My personal favorite is the Crispy Polenta cake topped with wild mushrooms, bitter greens, and a mascarpone sauce reminiscent of country gravy, all topped off with a fried egg. It’s the perfect balance of creamy, crunchy and savory.  (see photo below)

Other favorites include the bone marrow, fennel sausage pizza and manila clams in xo sauce (could be an ode to the Elliot Smith song OR the name of a traditional Chinese sauce… I’ll let you decide.)

Bar Angeles is a nice addition to the bustling Silver Lake neighborhood. I will happily return for the cheeseburger which you can get for only $7 during happy hour 😉

You have to get the Crispy Polenta Cake at @barangelesla nothing short of a REVELATION 🙌🏼👌🏼🤤

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34 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [4-3-17 to 4-7-17]

April 3, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Apr. 3 to Friday, Apr. 7, features Dodger baseball, Blade Runner at Union Station, FREE Ben & Jerry’s, Rooftop Cinema Club, First Fridays, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday April 3rd, 2017

1. The 2017 MLB season kicks of in Los Angeles with opening day at Dodger Stadium vs. the Padres. Tickets still available as of the writing of this post.

2. Enjoy free live blues with the Pete Anderson Band at Burbank Moose Lodge. FREE

3. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

Tuesday April 4th, 2017

5. Grab a free ice cream cone this Tuesday during Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day a worldwide celebration. FREE

6. The Hammer Museum, in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive, is hosting a FREE screening of Nineteen Eighty-Four as part of a one-day, nationwide cinematic effort to convey awareness of the dangers of oppressive governments. FREE

7. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The #1 show in Vegas history comes to L.A. LIVE for a limited engagement. Absinthe, the immersive variety show will feature comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Paul & Joe Sister is having a sample sale with prices starting from $20 in Beverly Hills.

10. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is 80’s/ Classic Rock Vinyl with DJ HOE. FREE

12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.), Natural History Museum and Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits.

Wednesday April 5th, 2017

13. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back for 2017 with another exciting season of outdoor movie screenings atop the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. The screening schedule opens with Blade Runner on April 5.

14. L.A. Kitchen presents a discussion called Food For Thought: Food Deserts & Food Justice. Led by Breanna Hawkins of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council the talk will take a look at the root causes of food injustices and how they relate to race and class. She’ll also discuss finding solutions and promoting food justice in these underserved communities. FREE

15. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station is playing host to a new film series this spring called Sci-Fi At Union Station. Catch three iconic science fiction movies, all of which are partially set in the City of Angels. The series launches on this Wednesday, with Blade Runner. FREE

16. Tongva Park’s Art @ Tongva program launches April 5 and 6 with the fourth annual The Wonder Room, two nights of performances and visual art free and open to the public. FREE

Thursday April 6th, 2017

17. National Geographic Live returns to the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica with The Mystery of Our Human Story. The event includes a post-show Q&A with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Paleoanthropologist, Lee Berger. Happening April 6 and 7. Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. The Wallis presents the West Coast debut of The Encounter. Described as one of the most moving theatrical experiences staged on Broadway and London, Encounter follows the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre as he finds himself lost in the Amazon. Combining excellent storytelling with 3D audio technology the show is directed and performed by Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Performances run April 6 through April 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood from April 6 to 9. This ultimate event for classic film lovers brings over 80 movie screenings to iconic Hollywood venues: the Chinese Theater (opened in 1927), 1922’s Egyptian Theater, and the venerable Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

20Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will screen at the El Capitan Theatre with special pre-show activities including a light show, an all-new Beauty and the Beast overture arranged by Michael Kosarin and costumes, props and sets from the movie. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens The Bad News Bears this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Los Angeles based fashion label Greylin is having a sample sale April 6-8 with prices starting at just $10.

23. The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival comes to Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, showcasing the best of short films from the U.S. while welcoming audience feedback through moderator Matthew Toffolo. Tickets are free/pay what you can format. Tickets can be reserved online.

24. Free admission days this Thursday for:  Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center, Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and Huntington Library.

Friday April 7th, 2017

25. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after hours at the museum, special music performances and interesting themed panel discussions. This year the talks will be centered around the science behind food.

26. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen a double feature of Fright Night and Ghostbusters. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Monsterpalooza 2017 comes to The Pasadena Convention Center April 7 through 9 for the ultimate celebration of monsters and movie magic.

28. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

29. Emmy-nominated actor-comedian, writer, producer and director Jeff Garlin comes to Flappers Comedy Club Burbank April 7-8. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

31. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is back from April 7 to 9 with auto showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and the featured IndyCar event on Sunday. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails (Gin x Vodka x Tequila).

33. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE


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27 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [3-31-17 to 4-2-17]

March 30, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Mar. 31 to Apr. 2) includes International Pillow Fight Day, Bring the Noise at LACMA, a Roaring 20’s Street Jam in Griffith Park, the 420 Games, and LOTS more to choose from.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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International Pillow Fight Day

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Friday March 31st, 2017

1. The Last Book Review returns to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. Join host Ever Mainard and five comedians as they tell their own personal, funny and often awkward story on stage. The last comedian will then take the audience through a book review. FREE

2. The Spirit Guild Distillery Tour and Tasting will educate attendees on how fruit and juice from California farms become bottles of gin, vodka, and other spirits. This hour-long, hands-on event includes a tour of the working craft distillery and a taste of the finished products. Tickets are just $10.

3. WonderCon returns to Anaheim Convention Center March 31 through April 2 for the ultimate comic book convention weekend also focusing on TV, film, animation, and more.

4. Every Friday in March Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails using rum, whiskey and vodka.

5. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. The #1 show in Vegas history comes to L.A. LIVE for a limited engagement. Absinthe, the immersive variety show will feature comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The 19th Annual Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood will take place March 24 through April 2.

8. There is a public opening reception (7-10 p.m.) for a new series of artwork by painter Andru Sisson titled Black Privilege, at the Tappan Atelier this Friday. FREE

9. Second City Tours reveals the dark side of the famed Hollywood Boulevard. The walking tour, led by an informed guide will take you through ghostly crime scenes and spooky landmarks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday April 1st, 2017

11. The 7th Annual Artisanal L.A. Spring Show is back for two-days of exploring handmade crafts, chef demos, pop-ups, DIY stations, workshops, a lounge and plenty of shopping. Be sure to grab discount tickets (while supplies last) from our friends at Goldstar. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. A CURRENT AFFAIR is hosting a two-day pop-up vintage marketplace at the iconic Cooper Design Space in DTLA. Shop from 65 premier vintage retailers and private dealers showcasing their best vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry.

136th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship returns to Santa Anita Park for a mouthwatering showdown. Guests will have a chance to taste some of the best BBQ as sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. There will also be a People’s Choice Award at the end of the event! Some discount tickets available. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. This Saturday, April 1 is International Pillow Fight Day. Here in Los Angeles a group will be gathering to celebrate around 2:30 p.m. at Pershing Square. If you plan to participate, please lend a hand in helping clean up after the event. Bring your own pillows (soft pillows only!). FREE

15. Arranged by the Atlas Obscura Society, A Night on the Battleship comes to Battleship Iowa in Los Angeles on Saturday April 1 for an overnight adventure aboard the USS Iowa featuring tours of the massive warship, mess hall meals, a special Q&A session and maybe even an appearance by the mysterious “Gray Ghost.”

16. Roaring Twenties Street Jam returns with a spring edition April 1-2 with speakeasy parties, Marry-go round party, Lawn party and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Some discount tickets also availabe for April 2. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17.  As part of Bring the Noise, Film Independent at LACMA’s new music program, guests are invited to hear a new live score accompanying John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, courtesy Jack Antonoff of Bleachers.

18. On Saturday, April 1, visit the Petersen Automotive Museum for Keith Haring Day, a celebration of the art of the late, great pop artist and the focus of the Petersen’s current exhibit, The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring. This five-piece art exhibit features Keith’s paintings on different cars and bikes.

19. Vanessa Mooney is hosting a one day sample sale over in Eagle Rock with a few Cleobella, Beach Riot, Mate the Label, and Indah Clothing. Dubbed as the ultimate festival jewelry brand, Mooney’s items will also be on sale online starting Thursday March 30 and will continue through the weekend until Monday April 3.

20. Handcrafted ice cream sandwich purveyors CREAM will grand open in North Hollywood this Saturday, giving out one free ice cream sandwich to each guest from noon to 7 p.m. FREE

21. 2nd Annual 420 Games Los Angeles heads to the Santa Monica Pier for an active day of sports, music, yoga, beer tasting, standup comedy and more. The goal of the event is to combat the stereotypical ideas of cannabis use. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on the types of activities you sign up for.

22. 22nd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire will feature 90+ vendors selling collectibles from woodcraft, hat to home goods FREE

23. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre returns with their signature horror-theatre show Urban Death revamped for this year! The show will take a deep dive into unspeakable horrors, monstrosities, and disturbed spirits that walk among us. Highly regarded as one of the must see shows in L.A. annually this show is perfect for horror fans.

Sunday April 2nd, 2017

24Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will screen at the El Capitan Theatre with special pre-show activities including a light show, an all-new Beauty and the Beast overture arranged by Michael Kosarin and costumes, props and sets from the movie. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. 2 Girls 1 Pup Show features LA’s top-dog comedians raising money “FUR a Good PAWS” this Sunday. Guests are highly encouraged to bring their dogs and enjoy the pre-show red carpet event with a PUParazzi included.

26. The Federal Bar presents another installation of Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series. The free show will feature Jimmer Podrasky and Skylar Gudasz this Sunday.

27. Free admission days this Sunday for: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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How to Plan the Perfect L.A. Getaway to Ojai

March 28, 2017 by Christina Minh

There’s a town once inhabited by the Chumash Indians where the sky turns pink at sunset over the rolling hills and mountains. A place with a Mediterranean climate and exceptional harvests. It’s called Ojai, and it’s just a scenic 90-minute drive from Los Angeles.

Ojai is home to magnificent olive and citrus groves, natural springs, scenic hiking trails and one of the most picturesque sunsets in all of California. Though the town is small, it’s brimming with unique experiences, sights and tastes. Relaxation more your thing? You’re in luck, as Ojai is known for its world-class spas too.

If this is your first time planning a trip to Ojai, we encourage you to use our helpful guide to customize the perfect experience just for you!

Our guide is broken down into three parts. In this post we cover the best times to visit Ojai and where to stay. In addition we created rundowns of 15 Fun Things to Do in Ojai and 10 Awesome Places to Eat in Ojai.

Now, let’s getting started on how to plan the perfect trip to Ojai…

ojai valley

Photo Credit: Michelle Maiello

Best times to go

April for Pixie Month

The town of Ojai celebrates the sweet, seedless Pixie Tangerine during the month of April. Unique to Ojai, there are over 25,000 pixie trees and when at their peak (April) you can smell the sweetness in the air. Local businesses get together and commemorate the Pixie through pixie-centric themed cocktails, meals, classes, deals and infused products. Hotels and spas also offer special packages throughout the season. -> More information

Getting through Friday with a little help from Ojai Pixies 🍊 – happy #ojaipixiemonth everyone!

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June for the Lavender Festival

In June, the town pays tribute to the lavender plant during the annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival. Taking place at Libbey Park, the festival pays tribute to the fragrant plant that grows prominently in the valley’s Mediterranean climate. Expect lavender everything from vendors and hotels to food and more. -> More information

June for Ojai Music Festival

Rocking out since 1947, the Ojai Music Festival is described as a “transcendent musical communing.” Each year a new music director is selected and given the freedom to create a four-day immersive music experience. -> More information

ojai music festival libbey bowl

Photo Credit: Timothy Norris/Ojai Music Festival

Where to stay

The Oaks at Ojai

Nestled in the arts community, The Oaks at Ojai is a health and fitness destination spa helping guests unwind, relax, and rejuvenate through a menu of wellness services. Built in the 1920s, the Spanish Mission Revival grounds offer 46 guest rooms that include lodges, cottages, courtyard suites and mini spa suites. With a focus on nutrition, fitness and wellness, the all- inclusive spa includes nutritious meals, fitness classes, outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, bike tours) and access to a pool, whirlpools, eucalyptus steam room and redwood saunas. Spa services such as facials and massages can be found on the à la carte menu for an extra fee. The Oaks is a great retreat for those looking to recharge, unwind, get fit or spend time with their girlfriends. -> More information

the oaks spa

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Lavender Inn

Built in 1874, the Lavender Inn is a charming bed-and-breakfast that puts guest experiences first. With eight uniquely decorated rooms to choose from and complimentary gourmet breakfast every morning, guests are treated like family. We suggest having your breakfast on the veranda overlooking the flourishing garden filled with herbs and flowers. In the evenings, the inn hosts tapas and wine hour, a nice way to unwind from a day of exploring Ojai. The inn also offers cooking classes at their Ojai Culinary School, guided outdoor adventures and a full-service spa. -> More information

The front garden is glowing from all the rain! 🌸🌼💐 #Ojai #Bedandbreakfast #lavenderinn

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Ojai Rancho Inn

Refurbished with the perfect hipster touch by Shelter Social Club, this old motel is now a very popular hotel destination for young folks looking to unwind in style. The rooms have a rustic charm with king beds, semiprivate patios, a mini fridge and palo santo to burn in the room. In the mornings, enjoy the complimentary coffee, and if you’re looking for a drink spot, look no further than their very own wine bar. -> More information

🔺🔸🔷🔸🔺 good energy+good people=good vibes #ojai #ojairanchoinn #chiefspeak #sheltersocialclub

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

If you want to go all out and splurge, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is the place to do it. Built in 1923, the resort sits on a huge property housing its own golf course, pools, spa and a handful of resturants. With a AAA Five Diamond rating, the modern Spanish Colonial style rooms can feature fireplaces, private balconies or patios that overlook the golf course and mountains. -> More information

Next Up:

15 Fun Things to do in Ojai on Your Next Visit

10 Awesome Places to Eat in Ojai

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