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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [5-13-2022 to 5-15-2022]

May 12, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Gardens at Greystone Mansion. Photo by Brian Champlin

This weekend starts with Friday the 13th and ends with a lunar eclipse. In between? That’s anyone’s guess. But we’ve got some ideas for you.

From May 13-15 in Los Angeles, you can check out LA Plaza’s free Salsa series, the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival, RuPaul’s DragCon, free fitness classes at Grand Park, classical music concerts at Greystone Mansion, a Getty 25 festival in Inglewood, the Cruel World Festival in Pasadena, Street Food Cinema at The Autry, and more. Take a look below, and see if something fits the bill for your weekend plans.

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Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza -> LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is bringing back their summer salsa series starting this Friday, as Summer of Salsa presents the  Afro-Cuban rhythms of Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loka, along with DJ Robby. The series continues every second Friday of the month through SeptemberEvent starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Culver City Arts District Night Market -> The Culver City Arts District Night Market at Ivy Station is a monthly event featuring over two dozen vendors and and plenty of local bites for purchase. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday. More info here.

A Forest for the Trees -> A brand new immersive experience by artist Glen Kaino (artistic producer on In & Of Itself) opens this Friday in DTLA, pushing visitors to rethink their relationship with the natural world through a surreal forest experience created in response to stories published by The Atlantic over the past century and a half. Set in a 28,000 square-foot space on the outskirts of DTLA, A Forest for the Trees features animatronic performing trees, illusions of fire, and interactive sound sculptures. Adult tickets (non-peak hours) start at $20 per person during non-peak hours. Runs Wednesday to Sunday through the end of the summer. Get more info here.

Create to Destress -> On Fridays in May, artist Carmela Morales leads special workshops on making personalized embroidered canvas bags as a way to destress, spur mental health conversations, and learn a new skill. The sessions run from 5 to 7 p.m. in Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica, and are free to attend. The workshops are part of the month-long We Rise 2022 event series, which aims to reshape mental health treatment by promoting awareness and increasing community access to health and wellness resources. More info here.

King Lear at The Wallis ->  The Wallis debuted a new production of Shakespeare’s King Lear this week featuring actor Joe Morton (ABC’s “Scandal,” the legendary Brother from Another Planet, Netflix’s “The Politician”) in the title role. Preview performances conclude this Friday, with shows continuing on select dates through June 5. Tickets for some performances are as low as $29. More info here.

RuPaul’s DragCon -> This Friday to Sunday at the L.A. Convention Center, RuPaul’s DragCon arrives in DTLA for three days of panels, photo ops, meet-and-greets, shopping, performances, and DJ sets, plus plenty of face time from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons 12 and 13, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 6. Single day tickets range from $40 to $50. More info here.

Free Classes at AKT -> AKT West Hollywood is celebrating their one-year anniversary this weekend (May 12 -15) with a selection of complimentary classes for the public as well as raffles, a local vendors event, plus sips and bites. To book a complimentary class visit the schedule page of AKT under Intro Class “1 Year Anniversary.”

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art welcomes the Sam Hirsh Trio to the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Friday evening through June 24. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Memories From Childhood Art Show -> On Friday, Chunky Paper will host a “Memories From Childhood Art Show” featuring original works and merch from over 20 AAPI artists. The opening night takes place 7 to 9:30 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

Cabaret Macabre -> The latest racy horror entry from Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group is Cabaret Macabre (written and directed by Brittany DeWeese), which runs on Fridays and Saturdays through May 28. Ticket are $20 if you purchase in advance. More info here.

Smoochy & Allie Double Bill -> A pair of one-woman shows run as a double-bill at the Hudson Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. Smoochy Girl (written/performed by Aidan Rees) and Allie v. The Abstinence Pledge (written/performed by Alesia Etinoff) are both heavy on the mommy-issues, but might just be the raw post-Mother’s Day performances you’re in the market for. Tickets are $15, with a portion of the proceeds going to the DC Abortion Fund. More info here.

The Groundlings Completely Different Late Show -> The Groundlings Completely Different Late Show is back for a one of a kind 80 minute show by The Groundlings Main Company that gets more outrageous the closer it gets to midnight. The improv comedy show takes place Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival -> A huge vendor marketplace takes over Downtown Burbank this Saturday and Sunday. Expect around 150 indie sellers on hand offering curated goods include original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, and more Free to attend. More info here.

New at Corey Helford -> Corey Helford Galleryis kicks off a new group exhibition this Saturday evening with an opening reception for I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am, an international touring exhibition curated by Ink and Movement that that examines the concept of identity via selected works from a roster of Spanish and Argentinian artists. Also debuting on Saturday will be a new solo exhibition by London-based artist duo Kai & Sunny entitled Future Seasons. The reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and both exhibitions will be on view through June 18. More info here.

Getty 25 Celebrates Inglewood -> This Saturday and Sunday, the Getty 25 series comes to Inglewood City Hall for two days of art activations, live music, workshops, and food purveyors, all in an effort to highlight local artists and cultural creators. See the full schedule for both days here.

Street Food Cinema -> Street Food Cinema comes to the The Autry Museum in Griffith Park on Saturday for a 35th anniversary screening of Dirty Dancing, plus a special guest appearance by Baby herself, Jennifer Grey. Advance purchase general admission tickets start at $19. More info here.

Joy of Working Out -> A nationwide tour of free workout events put on by Propel Fitness Water has arrived in Grand Park, all in an effort to spread the Joy of Workout Out (or JOWO as they say). The series continues every Saturday for the rest of the May, with classes ranging from HIIT workouts to run clubs to dance classes and even yoga. Get more info here.

We Rise 2022 -> The ongoing We Rise 2022 series has multiple community events on Saturday, including an AAPI Heritage Month festival in Eagle Rock, a gallery exhibit and wellness workshops in South Los Angeles, and an arts and wellness village in Long Beach.

Self Care Yoga at CAAM -> This Saturday, meditation instructor Constance Hartwell leads a 60-minute yoga flow session as part of a monthly program at the California African American Museum. Free to attend. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. More info here.

Deep Tasting Session -> Join In Sheep’s Clothing this Saturday for some afternoon music and exclusive coffee tastings. Produced with the help of oat milk brand Minor Figures, beans (selected by Metric) from Ethiopia, Colombia and Peru will be part of the line up as well as espresso drinks. Tickets cost $20 and include a bag of limited edition single origin coffee beans

Betti & Bruce: Trapped in Los Angeles -> Casita Del Campo in Silver Lake is a fantastic spot to get Mexican food and great margaritas, and the 60-year old institution is also home to The Cavern Club Theater. Located downstairs, the inclusive venue hosts a wide range of shows from comedy to drag every week. This Saturday catch renowned lounge singers, Betti Blumenthal and Bruce Delmonico, as they make their return to Cavern Club Celebrity Theater for a one-night-only encore performance of Betti & Bruce: Trapped in Los Angeles. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. More info here

Cruel World Festival -> This Saturday and Sunday Brookside Park in Pasadena, Cruel World Festival brings a banner list of 80’s faves to the stage, headlined by Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, DEVO, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, and Violent Femmes. Day one is currently sold out, with day two tickets still available starting at $179. More info here.

Compost Workshops by LA Compost -> Learn the basics of composting and get a hands-on tutorial at a pair of weekend workshops led by LA Compost. Saturday’s event at Cottonwood Urban Farm in Panorama City is free to attend with RSVP. Sunday’s workshop at Fig Art Supply in Northeast Los Angeles requires a $5 ticket benefitting LA Compost. Get more info here.

Music in the Mansion -> Classical music returns to the grounds of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills this Sunday, with a slate of three short programs starting at 2 p.m. You can grab a ticket for $15 for an individual concert, or $35 to see all three. A reception with refreshments provided with follow the concerts at 5 p.m. Get more info here.

Griffith Park Total Lunar Eclipse Broadcast -> This Sunday evening, a total lunar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) in the skies throughout the United States, and Griffith Observatory will hosting an online broadcast of the event from 7:35 to 11:50 p.m. The “blood moon” eclipse will illuminate the moon in a brilliant red as it passes through the earth’s shadow cast by the sun. Even if you don’t watch the broadcast, be sure to check outside. If the weather is decent, you should be able to see it from any vantage point in the city. More info here.

Dining

Casita Del Campo. Photo curtesy of Casita Del Campo.

Casita Del Campo Turns 60! -> The iconic bright pink Mexican restaurant Casita Del Campo turns 60 this year and will celebrate all Sunday with a tasty anniversary menu, lots of tequila infused cocktails, live entertainment and special guests. 

AAPI Vendors at Smorgasburg LA This Month -> Over the next three weeks, Smorgasburg highlights Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month by celebrating AAPI vendors and inviting special pop-up guests to the market. This Sunday, DJ collective Brownies & Lemonade will provide the music at Smorgasburg’s beer garden, Chinatown cookbook shop Now Serving and the A-Sha Dry Noodle Truck will pop up at the center shopping aisle. Food collaborations with Woon and 626 Hospitality Group will be part of the kickoff event. 

Bottomless Brunch at TATEL -> TATEL will launch bottomless brunch and an all new menu at their gorgeous Beverly Hills restaurant this Sunday. Happening in the newly constructed “El Patio” the Spanish restaurant will be offering Sunday brunch from noon to 4 p.m., featuring bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis, Rosé and Sangria for $40, DJ-spun tunes, and brunch fare that includes dishes such as: chicken & waffles, a build your own omelet, pancakes, avocado toast, and more. To celebrate the launch, guests will receive a complimentary glass of rosé this Sunday during brunch service.

Ellenos at Grand Central Market -> Ellenos, a Seattle-based yogurt shop located inside Pike Place Market, now has a storefront at Grand Central Market. Known for using traditional Greek methods for curing yogurt with fresh fruit purees, the scoop cart is giving guests who mention the grand opening this month 30% off their purchases. Ellenos is open Thursday through Sunday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.


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Things to Do in L.A. This Week [5-9-2022 to 5-13-2022]

May 9, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Los Angeles 1853 mural at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Photo via LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

New week. New to-dos. New… you? Well, two out of three ain’t bad!

This May 9-13 in Los Angeles, catch the return of old favorites at The Groundlings, King Lear at The Wallis, free Tuesday at LACMA and The Autry, a free meditation experience in DTLA, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, Rupaul’s DragCon, and more. Get started planning your week below.

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The Groundlings -> Two sketch-comedy mainstays are back at the The Groundlings this week. On Monday, queer improv show The Gale returns after two-year pandemic hiatus. Then on Friday and Saturday, catch The Completely Different Late Show, a raucous 80-minute show by The Groundlings Main Company that gets more outrageous the closer it gets to midnight. Tickets for either show are $18. Get more info here.

1982: The Summer of Movies -> What did the blockbuster look like 40 years ago? American Cinematheque takes you back to the summer of 1982 with a slate of classic film screenings that continues through May 13. This week the series includes screenings of Rocky III, The Beastmaster, Blade Runner, and a double-feature of Night Shift and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. GA tickets are $13. More info here.

King Lear at The Wallis -> This Tuesday at The Wallis, a new production of Shakespeare’s King Lear debuts featuring actor Joe Morton (ABC’s “Scandal,” the legendary Brother from Another Planet, Netflix’s “The Politician”) in the title role. Preview performances run from May 10-13, with shows continuing on select dates through June 5. Tickets for some performances are as low as $29. More info here.

Life & Thyme AAPI Panel at The Bradbury -> Life & Thyme presents a panel on “How The AAPI Community Crafted Los Angeles’ Culinary Character” at NeueHouse Bradbury on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Moderated by Antonio Diaz, founder and editor in chief of Life & Thyme the panel includes Chef and Red Boat Fish Sauce founder Diep Tran, Tuan Lee of beverage company Vervet, Lydia Lin of Steep LA, a modern tea house in Chinatown and David Wynn of the Kensho Group. The panel will be followed by a DJ set by DJ Mish. RVSP is free, more info here

L.A. Underwater: The Prehistoric Sea Beneath Us -> The newest exhibition at the Natural History Museum focuses on L.A.’s prehistoric past, when much of the land we see together was covered by ocean, and sea creatures. Included with general admission to NHM, which starts at $15 for adults. More info here.

Free Tuesdays at LAMCA & The Autry -> Both the LACMA and The Autry offer free admission on the second Tuesday of every month. Remember if you want to see more museum freebie options for the month, check out our cheatsheet here.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse -> The first west coast display of the iconic fashion designer’s works is now in exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Mind, Mythos, Muse examines McQueen’s artistic legacy through a display of garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection. Runs through Oct. 9. LACMA is open Thursday to Tuesday. More info here.

Is This What Direct Democracy Looks Like? -> Do ballot initiatives and recall elections in our state work like they’re supposed to? Are they avenues for direct action, or are have they become tools of the elite? Tackling these issues this Wednesday, Zócalo Public Square welcomes California Secretary of State Shirley Weber as part special panel discussion hosted at the ASU California Center in DTLA. Free to attend, and includes a post-talk reception with complimentary beverages. More info here.

Art Battle LA -> Art Battle LA returns to Wisdome.LA in the Arts District this Wednesday, with competitors testing their skills to create 20-minute masterpieces, which are then voted on by the attendees to see who moves on. GA tickets are $35. More info here.

Othership x ALTA: A Journey through Inner Space -> This Wednesday, head to the Green Street Building in DTLA for a meditation experience unlike any other at Othership x ALTA: A Journey through Inner Space. Expect an evening of intention setting, vocal toning, breathwork, somatic release, aromatherapy, and more. Samples of Mojo Microdose functional mushroom gummies will be provided during the session as well as terpene-infused, zero-proof cocktails by Gusto Green, the flagship restaurant of the Green Street Building. Best part? Tickets are complimentary. RSVP here.

Frederick Hammersley: Out of the Blue -> This Wednesday at Venice’s L.A Louver gallery, a new exhibition opens which surveys the work American abstract painter Frederick Hammersley over a near 40-year time span starting from 1945. L.A. Louver is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Frederick Hammersley: Out of the Blue will be on display through July 15. More info here.

Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza -> LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is bringing back their summer salsa series starting this Friday, as Summer of Salsa presents the  Afro-Cuban rhythms of Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loka, along with DJ Robby. The series continues every second Friday of the month through SeptemberEvent starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Memories From Childhood Art Show -> On Friday, Chunky Paper will host a “Memories From Childhood Art Show” featuring original works and merch from over 20 AAPI artists. The opening night takes place 7 to 9:30 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

Create to Destress -> On Fridays in May, artist Carmela Morales leads special workshops on making personalized embroidered canvas bags as a way to destress, spur mental health conversations, and learn a new skill. The sessions run from 5 to 7 p.m. in Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica, and are free to attend. The workshops are part of the month-long We Rise 2022 event series, which aims to reshape mental health treatment by promoting awareness and increasing community access to health and wellness resources. More info here.

RuPaul’s DragCon -> Starting this Friday at the L.A. Convention Center, Expect three days of all things drag via a series of panels, photo ops, meet-and-greets, shopping, performances, and DJ sets, plus plenty of face time from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons 12 and 13, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 6. Single day tickets range from $40 to $50. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art welcomes the Sam Hirsh Trio to the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Friday evening through June 24. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Cabaret Macabre -> The latest racy horror entry from Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group is Cabaret Macabre (written and directed by Brittany DeWeese), which runs on Fridays and Saturdays through May 28. Ticket are $20 if you purchase in advance. More info here.

Smoochy & Allie Double Bill -> A pair of one-woman shows run as a double-bill at the Hudson Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. Smoochy Girl (written/performed by Aidan Rees) and Allie v. The Abstinence Pledge (written/performed by Alesia Etinoff) are both heavy on the mommy-issues, but might just be the raw post-Mother’s Day performances you’re in the market for. Tickets are $15, with a portion of the proceeds going to the DC Abortion Fund. More info here.

Dining

Salted Maple Vanilla Pot de Creme Donut at Holey Grail Donut. Photo curtesy of Holey Grail Donut.

Holey Grail Donuts Collab -> Popular Hawaiian donut spot Holey Grail Donuts comes to The Platform in Culver City for a special collaboration with cookbook authors Alexis DeBoschneck and Rick Martinez on two exclusive donut creations. From May 5-19, the public can get a taste of Alexis’ Salted Maple Vanilla Pot de Creme Donut made with locally-grown and ethically-sourced Hawaiian vanilla and flaky sea salt. Then from May 18-31, Rick’s Raspberry Coconut Tres Leche Donut will be featured at Holey Grail. 

Brewer Block Party -> On Tuesday, May 10, OTOTO Owners Courtney Kaplan and Chef Charles Namba will host six sake brewers from Japan for their first ever Brewer Block Party. The ticketed event cost $60 a person and includes pours of up to 12 different bottlings and a selection of snacks like mini chicken katsu sandos, gobo chips and curried crab salad. 

Edible Schoolyard Project’s Spring Celebration -> Alice Water’s non-profit Edible Schoolyard Project’s 10th annual Spring Celebration takes place this Tuesday. The virtual celebration will feature guerrilla gardener Ron Finley, chef Gabriela Cámara, award-winning musician Jack Johnson and more. Tickets start at $25 with some ticket packages to include an assortment of Chez Panisse pantry staples (oils, vinegars, spices, anchovies, wine and beautifully crafted kitchen tools).


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Things to Do This Mother’s Day Weekend in L.A. [5-6-2022 to 5-8-2022]

May 5, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
The L.A. County Fair Photo: Omar Bárcena/Flickr

A lot of mothers will get a lot of love this weekend. And if we can help bring a little extra joy by pointing you in the direction of somewhere fun to spend some time with mom, well, all the better.

This Mother’s Day weekend in Los Angeles, you’ll find a Cinco de Mayo Mercado in the SGV, the opening of the L.A. County Fair, First Fridays at NHM, the first Asian Valley Cultural Festival, Free Comic Book Day, a dublab pop-up at Union Station, Unique Markets in DTLA, David Sedaris at UCLA, Mother’s Day brunch options, and more. Take a gander at the list below, and maybe you’ll find something to enjoy.

Things To Do

L.A. County Fair -> This week the centennial edition of the L.A. County Fair returns to Fairplex in Pomona with a new spring timeframe, and its usual assortment of carnival rides, concerts, and way-too-greasy food. Advanced purchase adult tickets start at $15. Open Thursday to Sunday through the end of the month. More info here.

Cinco De Mayo Mercado -> This Friday, San Gabriel’s Cinco de Mayo Mercado brings a festive evening to the Mission District, including a tribute to Selena by Grammy Award-winning artist Adelaide Pilar and a live performance by Ballet Folklorico Sol de Fuego. There will also be artisan vendors to browse, a beer garden, and food trucks onsite with bites for purchase. Free to attend. More info here.

L.A. Underwater: The Prehistoric Sea Beneath Us -> The newest exhibition at the Natural History Museum focuses on L.A.’s prehistoric past, when much of the land we see together was covered by ocean, and sea creatures. Included with general admission to NHM, which starts at $15 for adults. More info here.

First Fridays at NHM: Plant Powered -> Speaking of the Natural History Museum, their Fridays Series continues this week with Plant Powered on Friday, May 6. Dance to tunes spun by DJ Sammi G and catch a panel discussion featuring Ricardo San Martin, director of UC Berkeley’s ALT:MEAT lab and Jocelyn Ramirez, founder of Todo Verde. Cap the evening by enjoying live musical performances by Empress Of and Loyal Lobos. Tickets are $20 for non-member adults. More info here.

Lucha Libre Rides Again with Cinco de Mayan -> This Thursday and Friday, The Mayan hosts a special two-night Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring Lucha VaVoom’s signature combination of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy. Tickets are $65. More info here.

Music at The Market -> Every Friday evening, Grand Central Market hosts live music from 6 to 8 p.m. This week you can catch Carlos y Charlos, a conjunto that perform norteña songs and instrumentals Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art welcomes the Louis Van Taylor Quintet to the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Fridays evening through June 24. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here

PCH Movies & Moonlight -> Long Beach retail center 2nd & PCH continues their free outdoor movies series this Friday with a screening of The Goonies, to begin just after sunset. Seating is complimentary, but spots are first come, first serve. Get more info here.

1st Valley Asian Cultural Festival -> Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the West Valley – Warner Center Chamber of Commerce is hosting a first-ever Asian Valley Cultural Festival this Saturday at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. The event flyer promises food, music, dance, shopping, children’s activities, and more. Free admission. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

Netflix is a Joke: The Festival -> Netflix’s first-ever live comedy festival will bring over 100 live shows to 25 Los Angeles venues from April 28 to May 8. The lineup is, frankly, too big to list here, but if they have a Netflix comedy special, rest assured they’re probably part of this show. More info here.

Score For Here Opening -> This Saturday, Clockshop will host an opening reception for Score for Here, a new site-specific sonic experience (aka, a free app you download on your phone) designed for LA State Historic Park, and created for by artist Jimena Sarno. Park visitors can use the app to compose and record specially modified audio samples, with unique sound elements triggered as they move into different zones throughout the park. The opening event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday. Free to attend. More info here.

New at Thinkspace -> This Saturday at 6 p.m., Thinkspace Projects will host an opening reception for two new solo shows, Sandra Chevrier’s Cages and the Shadow of the Colors and Troy Lovejoy’s Would. Both exhibitions will be on display through May 28. More info here.

Free Comic Book Day (May 7) -> Every first Saturday of May, an international comic book celebration takes place where participating comic book shops give away free comic books (or other special freebies) to shop visitors. Locally, both Revenge Of (Eagle Rock Blvd) and Golden Apple (Melrose Ave) will be hosting events to celebrate. Get more info and finds nearby stores here.

Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway Opening -> This Saturday at 4 p.m., the city will host a public celebration to mark the unveiling of the Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway at Beverly Boulevard and Belmont Avenue in Historic Filipinotown. The ribbon-cutting and lighting ceremony will also feature music and dance performances. Those interested in attending are urged to RSVP here.

“Deep Routes” at Union Station -> Union Station will host a special event this Saturday to celebrate dublab’s “Deep Routes” radio series, which was produced in partnership with Metro to document the intersection of music history and L.A.’s transit systems. The event includes live performances, DJ sets and special installations. Runs 4 to 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

We Rise 2022 -> This Saturday in Westlake, Levitt LA and Cultiva LA team up for a garden block party and spring health fair featuring free music and food. The event is part of the month-long We Rise 2022 event series, which aims to reshape mental health treatment by promoting awareness and increasing community access to health and wellness resources. More info here.

The Hubble Traveling Exhibit -> This traveling 2,200-square-foot exhibit comes to the Mount Wilson Observatory starting Saturday, May 7. Visitors can expect to be immersed in all things Hubble, including a scale model of the iconic telescope, plus interactive holograms, hands-on displays, and images of cosmic phenomena captured by the telescope since it began operation. More info here.

Unique Markets Spring Pop-Up -> This two-day pop-up experience comes to the California Market Center on Saturday and Sunday, offering one-of-a-kind gifts from modern, independent designers, artists, and emerging brands. Aside from shopping, Unique Markets offers two afternoons of fun music, free bites, drinks, DIY projects, and a photo booth. GA tickets start at $15. more info here.

David Sedaris at UCLA -> Humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris comes to Royce Hall this Sunday for an evening of readings and recollections, including from his most recent collection of essays, The Best of Me. Tickets start at $49. More info here.

Free Second Sunday at USC PAM -> The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena offers free admission every second Sunday of the month. More info here.

Dining

I|O Rooftop. Photo curtesy of I|O Rooftop.

I|O Rooftop -> Treat mom to a Mother’s Day brunch buffet and unbeatable views at I|O Rooftop in Hollywood. Priced at $65 per person and held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will be treated to an array of live action and buffet stations, including prime rib, build-your-own-omelet, a sushi bar, an acai and sherbet cart, pastries and more. Tickets and reservations are available via Tock.

Azay Mother’s Day Menu -> French and Japanese brasserie Azay by critically-acclaimed Chef Akira Hirose will offer a prix fixe menu for $50 per person with three seating time slots. Menu highlights include a Lobster Bisque Chowder, Veal Blanquette with asparagus flan, Miso Black Cod and a Match Mousse Cake with berry compote. Reservations are required and can be made online through their website and by phone. 

Mother Lover’s Drag Brunch at Detroit Vesey’s -> Sometimes family is what you make it and Detroit Vesey’s is celebrating all forms of mothers, parents, and chosen family with a Sunday brunch and drag show. The queer centered bike-friendly cafe by Chef Erin Detroit Vesey was recently named “One of the Hottest Restaurants in LA” by Eater LA, stop by for some great coffee, refreshing mocktails and of course delicious food. All ages are welcome. The celebration runs from 1 to 3 p.m. 

$17 Bottomless Mimosas at Maple Block -> With the purchase of a main dish during weekend brunch at Maple Block, diners will unlock a special $17 bottomless mimosa offer from the Culver City barbeque spot. Brunch items include a Brisket & Egg sandwich, Brioche French Toast topped with berries, and a Salsa Verde Chilaquiles topped with chopped pork.  

Caviar & Champagne Brunch at E.P. & L.P. -> E.P.&L.P. in  West Hollywood is hosting a Caviar & Champs Sunday brunch for Mothers Day. Served family-style from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $75 per person. Menu highlights include an Osetra Caviar Tart, Gnocchi Lobster, Lobster and Scallop Cocktail and a Goat’s Cheese Cheesecake. 

The Watergrill -> The Watergrill’s Mother’s Day special is a “Surf & Turf” featuring an 8o.z. Double R Ranch filet mignon topped with a wild South African Lobster Tail for $76. It’s also Wild Alaskan Halibut season and the restaurant will feature a Pan Roasted Wild Alaskan Halibut with lobster sauce, morel, fava beans, and gnocchi for $54 on Mother’s Day as well.

L’antica Pizzeria da Michele -> L’antica Pizzeria da Michele in Hollywood is offering a complimentary dessert with every reserved brunch to celebrate Mother’s Day. 

Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at ALK -> The Godfrey’s New American restaurant ALK is hosting a drag brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., enjoy food and drink specials, with performances hosted by Carti G. beginning at noon. Admission is free with a brunch reservation via OpenTable


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Things to do in L.A. This Week [5-2-2022 to 5-6-2022]

May 2, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
L.A. Underwater: The Prehistoric Sea Beneath Us at Natural History Museum. Photo by Christina Champlin

If the start of a new month has you itching to get out and explore Los Angeles, then you’ve come to the right place.

This May 2-6 in L.A. you’ll find a new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, the start of the 2022 L.A. County Fair, Cinco de Mayo celebrations and special menus, free jazz at LACMA, a May The Fourth Be With You edition of Movies on Location, Lucha Libre at The Mayan, and more.

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L.A. Underwater: The Prehistoric Sea Beneath Us -> Opening today (May 2), the newest exhibition at the Natural History Museum focuses on L.A.’s prehistoric past, when much of the land we see together was covered by ocean, and sea creatures. Included with general admission to NHM, which starts at More info here.

Netflix is a Joke: The Festival -> Netflix’s first-ever live comedy festival will bring over 100 live shows to 25 Los Angeles venues from April 28 to May 8. The lineup is, frankly, too big to list here, but if they have a Netflix comedy special, rest assured they’re probably part of this show. More info here.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse -> The first west coast display of the iconic fashion designer’s works is now in exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Mind, Mythos, Muse examines McQueen’s artistic legacy through a display of garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection. Runs through Oct. 9. LACMA is open Thursday to Tuesday. More info here.

Your (Un)natural Garden -> A new installation experience created by artist Adam Schwerner is now open daily at Descanso Gardens. Your (Un)Natural Garden offers colorful, interactive pop-up works and installations located inside the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Boddy House. Touching the art is definitely encouraged. Runs through Jan. 8, 2023. Included with garden admission. More info here.

New at Skirball –> Two new exhibitions are now open at the Skirball Cultural Center, both firmly rooted in the immigrant experience. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli traces the Jewish immigrant experience in America through the lens of the delicatessen, while Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes centers on stories of immigrant garment workers in the United States. Skirball is open Tuesday through Sunday. General admission is $12, and free on Thursdays. You can find a photo preview of the new exhibitions here.

1982: The Summer of Movies -> What did the blockbuster look like 40 years ago? Starting this week, American Cinematheque takes you back to the summer of 1982 with a slate of classic film screenings that continues through May 13. The series opens this Tuesday with Fast Times at Ridgemont High at Los Feliz 3, and you can also catch John Carpenter’s The Thing at Aero Theatre on Friday. GA tickets are $13. More info here.

Beyond the Lists: Can We Eat Our Fish and Have It Too? -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a free guest lecture and cocktail reception. This month, Kimberly Thompson , director of the Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program, interrogates the myths, realities, and sometimes conflicting messages associated with sustainable seafood. Free to attend with RSVP. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Movies on Location -> My Valley Pass celebrate “May The Fourth Be With You” Day this Wednesday with a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Neiman & Company in Van Nuys, the former home of Industrial Light and Magic. GA tickets start at $20. More info here.

L.A. County Fair -> This week the centennial edition of the L.A. County Fair returns to Fairplex in Pomona with a new spring timeframe, and its usual assortment of carnival rides, concerts, and way-too-greasy food. Advanced purchase adult tickets start at $15. Open Thursday to Sunday through the end of the month. More info here.

Cinco De Mayo at Desert 5 Spot -> On Thursday, Desert 5 Spot celebrates Cinco De Mayo with a complimentary three hour open bar with Avion Cristalino Tequila starting at 8 p.m. Guests can also expect a Mariachi band and a menu of specialty cocktails.

Cinco de Mayo at I|O Rooftop -> Spend Thursday taking in the scenic views of the city at I|O Rooftop enjoying tequila tastings, live food stations, and live DJs. The fun starts at 3 p.m. and goes till midnight. Tickets cost $10 per person. This is a 21 and over event. 

Martial Arts Museum Free Admission -> Every first Thursday of the month, the Martial Arts Museum in Burbank offers free admission from 3 to 6 p.m. If you want more free museum ideas for this month, check out our May cheatsheet.

Lucha Libre Rides Again with Cinco de Mayan -> This Thursday and Friday, The Mayan hosts a special two-night Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring Lucha VaVoom’s signature combination of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy. Tickets are $65. More info here.

Cinco De Mayo Mercado -> This Friday, San Gabriel’s Cinco de Mayo Mercado brings a festive evening to the Mission District, including a tribute to Selena by Grammy Award-winning artist Adelaide Pilar and a live performance by Ballet Folklorico Sol de Fuego. There will also be artisan vendors to browse, a beer garden, and food trucks onsite with bites for purchase. Free to attend. More info here.

First Fridays at NHM: Plant Powered -> Natural History Museum continues its 2022 First Fridays series in May with Plant Powered on Friday, May 6. Dance to tunes spun by DJ Sammi G and catch a panel discussion featuring Ricardo San Martin, director of UC Berkeley’s ALT:MEAT lab and Jocelyn Ramirez, founder of Todo Verde. Cap the evening by enjoying live musical performances by Empress Of and Loyal Lobos. Tickets are $20 for non-member adults. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art welcomes the Louis Van Taylor Quintet to the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Friday evening through June 24. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here

PCH Movies & Moonlight -> Long Beach retail center 2nd & PCH continues their free outdoor movies series this Friday with a screening of The Goonies, to begin just after sunset. Seating is complimentary, but spots are first come, first serve. Get more info here.

Dining

The dining room at Capri inside Eataly
The dining room at Capri inside Eataly. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee.

Capri Opens at Eataly L.A. -> Eataly’s latest pop-up concept, Capri, aims to transport guests to the Amalfi Coast through southern Italian cuisine and refreshing beach side sips. Named after the island of off the coast of Naples, the space is decorated with the region’s world famous lemon trellises with plenty of Limoncello drinks featured on the beverage menu as well. Beverage Director and Napoli native Luigi Capasso developed a special cocktail menu for the pop-up where guests can build their own spritz, enjoy an Italian ice pop swirled in a glass of Prosecco or keep it simple with a selection of Italian beers and wines. Open for lunch and dinner the menu created by Executive Chef and another Napoli native Giuseppe Mancois pays tribute to the beachside restaurants along the Amalfi coastline. Guests are treated to tender baby octopus in tomato sauce served with grilled bread; Scialatielli pasta with mussels and clams; Frittura di paranza (fried seafood) with potato crisps; and grilled swordfish dressed simply with lemon and capers. Other can’t miss dishes include a Paccheri ragú and a Caprese cart experience where guests enjoy fresh mozzarella served table side with a selection of local tomatoes and other accompaniments. Capri is scheduled to remain at Eataly for the rest of 2022 giving Angelenos a taste of summer all year long.

​​Pitfire Pizza x Sonoratown -> In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Pitfire Pizza and Sonoratown have come together for an epic pizza collaboration to benefit No Us Without You. For one day (Thursday, May 5) all Pitfire Pizza locations will offer “The Chivichanga,” a pizza take on Sonoratown’s popular burrito. The pie starts with Pitfire Pizza’s sourdough base where slow cooked shredded chicken, Monterey jack, mild cheddar are topped before going in the oven and finished off with sliced radish, onion and lime. The Chivichanga is served with dippers of Sonoratown’s signature Spicy Chiltepin Salsa and avocado crema. The collaboration pizza (available for dine-in, take-out and delivery) cost $15 with $5 from each pizza sold goes to support No Us Without You. 

Guerrilla Tacos One Day Only Taco Bell Inspired Menu -> Guerrilla Tacos is hosting a Cinco de Gringo special putting a spin on Taco Bell favorites. Only available on Cinco de Mayo, menu items include Bell Beefy Beefer, GT Mexican Pizza, Cinnamon Twisties and Baja Blasted Cocktails. A portion of proceeds from that evening will go to No Us Without You.

Get ‘Machete-Style’ at Trejo’s Tacos this Cinco de Mayo -> Trejo’s Tacos invites guests to turn tacos on the menu at Trejo’s into ‘Machete-Style’ tacos. For $2 any taco can be served “Machete Style” in a burnt cheese-crusted tortilla topped with avocado slices. A Strawberry Fantasy Jalapeño Margarita ($13) will also be on special for the day, made with Strawberry Fanta, jalapeño, tequila blanco, and lime. Say hello to the man himself on Cinco de Mayo, Danny is set to stop by his Farmers Market Trejo’s Tacos location from 4-5 p.m. and his Hollywood Trejo’s Cantina from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Lunetta Taste of Puerto Nuevo -> Chef Raphael Lunetta is taking guests south of the border with his four course Taste of Puerto Nuevo menu. Kicking off this Wednesday at Lunetta in Santa Monica and running for two weeks the tasting menu ($68 per person) starts with tortilla soup and then a choice of starter like campechana made with Spanish octopus, rock shrimp, bay scallops, cucumber, and heirloom tomatoes; a choice of main like the wood-grilled Mexican wild shrimp and carne asada plate; or a crispy Mexican Seabass and a Tres Leches berry parfait to complete the meal.  

Holy Basil -> Holy Basil is getting into the Cinco de Mayo spirit offering two special menu items on Thursday. The Thai hot spot in Downtown Los Angeles will feature a Taquito stuffed with Thai basil and potato top with shredded Beef Panang curry and pickled shallots; and a Sope with Kua Kling Ground Pork Avocado, stink beans and salsa verde. 

Cinco de Mayo at Gracias Madre -> The plant-based Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood is throwing an all-day Cinco de Mayo extravaganza complete with a live DJ, mariachi band, raffle, taco cart, flowing tequila, mezcal and other surprises. Stop by on Thursday between 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gracias Madre as well as event sponsors that day will be donating a percentage of proceeds from select cocktails sold at the event to No Us Without You.


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Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. [4-29-2022 to 5-1-2022]

April 28, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Grand Park in DTLA with City Hall
Grand Park with City Hall in the background. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

So how is your spring in the City of Angels going? Need some more stuff to do? We’ve got you covered.

This weekend in Los Angeles, from April 29 to May 1, you can check out ArtNight Pasadena, 626 Golde n Streets, ranger-led hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, a spring fling at Bergamot, an Easy Morning at Grand Park, a Latino Comics Expo at MOLAA, LitFest in Pasadena, and more.

Things to Do

Netflix is a Joke: The Festival -> Netflix’s first-ever live comedy festival kicks off Thursday with a slate of 11 shows across Los Angeles. In total, Netflix is a Joke will include over 100 live shows to 25 L.A. venues from April 28 to May 8. Some of the headline shows for this weekend include Pete Davidson at The Fonda, Tom Pappas at The Regent, and Dave Chapelle at the Hollywood Bowl. More info here.

ArtNight Pasadena  -> This Friday, ArtNight Pasadena bands together a group of local institutions and historic locations for an evening of free admissions, and arts and culture programming. Participants include the Gamble House, Kidspace Museum, the Pasadena History Museum, Norton Simon Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts. More info here.

LA Phil Gen X Festival -> The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gen X Festival continues this week with Dudamel Leads Adès’ Dante (April 28-30), a night of music at Walt Disney Concert Hall led by Gustavo Dudamel and the premiere of composer Thomas Adès’ score Dante. The Gen X Festival takes place April 22 through May 14 with a genre-spanning line-up of artists and programming both ticketed and free. Highlights include a Liz Phair concert with special guests Ben Gibbard, Bethany Cosentino and more; a queer dance party at Zebulon; an LA 80’s through 90’s food discussion at Second Home; and a 1980’s Horror Film Marathon at the Aero Theatre. More info here

Ranger-Led Hikes –> National Park Service rangers will lead hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains on April 29 through May 1 as part of the City Nature Challenge, a community initiative to encourage citizen science through a mass submission of nature, plant, and wildlife photos. Friday’s hike begins at Paramount Ranch at 1:30 p.m., with four other times/locations scheduled over the weekend (two Saturday, two Sunday). Free to attend. Get more info here.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse -> The first west coast display of the iconic fashion designer’s works is now in exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Mind, Mythos, Muse examines McQueen’s artistic legacy through a display of garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection. Runs through Oct. 9. LACMA is open Thursday to Tuesday. More info here.

Bergamot Spring Fling -> Creative arts complex Bergamot will host a Spring Fling on Saturday, which brings together some over 20 participating galleries for a series of artist talks, walk-throughs, local vendors and special events. Runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Taste of Home ->  People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) is hosting an inaugural food fundraiser, Taste of Home, at Sunset Las Palmas Studios in Hollywood on Saturday, April 30. Chef Wes Avila will host a cooking demo and guests can enjoy tastings from over 25 local food vendors, including Broad Street Oyster Co.Hotville Chicken, and Saucy Chick Rotisserie. Beverages from Loft & Bear Vodka and Modern Times beer will also be flowing that day as well. Guests can also stop by volunteer stations to help put together hygiene kits for PATH. Tickets start at $45. Proceeds from ticket sales will support PATH’s mission in ending homelessness in Los Angeles.

Mural Mash-Up -> This Saturday, local artists come together to celebrate the close of the Venice Art Walk & Gallery Auction with an afternoon of mural-making accompanied by DJ’d tunes, a live screen-printing station, some free coffee, and plenty of works to view inside the pop-up gallery. Free to attend. Runs 1 to 4 p.m. More info here.

Grand Park Easy Mornings -> Grand Park’s family-friendly series continues this Saturday with a host of fun and free activities, including a special presentation and puppetry lesson by Bob Baker Marionette Theater and a lantern making workshop presented by the Chinese American Museum. Free to attend. Runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

LitFest Pasadena -> This Saturday, the 10th Anniversary of LitFest Pasadena comes to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for an afternoon of dynamic literary talks and panel discussions, capped by a conversation between authors Michael Connelly and Gregg Hurwitz . Free to attend. Runs 2 to 8 p.m. More info here.

Street Food Cinema -> This the Saturday is 2022 outdoor, in-person premiere of Street Food Cinema, which kicks off with a screening of Spiderman: No Way Home at LA Historic State Park. Weekly screenings continue through October at locations throughout Los Angeles. Advance general admission tickets start at $19. More info here.

Latino Comics Expo -> This Saturday and Sunday, The Latino Comics Expo and the Museum of Latin American (MOLAA) team up for a two-day series of panels, workshops, and screenings. 45 vendors are expected to be onsite for this year’s event. Admission is free. More info here.

Shipwrecked Tiki Bazar -> If Tiki is your jam, head to The Warehouse Restaurant in Marina del Rey this Saturday for Shipwrecked, a marketplace experience featuring Polynesian Pop and Exotica art, live music, and dozens of vendors in the upstairs bazaar. Admission is $5. Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

PCC Flea Market -> Seekers of antiques, collectibles, vintage, and other used goods can head to Pasadena City College this Sunday for monthly flea market, which will feature an estimated 400 vendors. Runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.

Studio Open House at One Down Dog -> Echo Park’s One Down Dog is hosting an open house studio this Sunday morning featuring two yoga classes followed by meditative sound bath experience. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, but space is limited and entry will be capped on a first-come, first-serve basis. More info here.

Cinco de Mayo at The Rose Bowl -> Cinco de Mayo is still a week away, but this Sunday you can celebrate early with a free family festival at The Rose Bowl featuring a community marketplace, live entertainment, bites for sale, and a group workout session. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

May Day Pop Up -> On Sunday May 1, Third Sundays NoHo and Benny Boy Brewing will host a day of shopping, food and brews at the newly opened Lincoln Heights brewery. The event is 21+ and will feature a line-up of female-owned small businesses, beers and ciders from Benny Boy and food by Hangaburs and Metztli Taqueria.

626 Golden Streets -> This San Gabriel Valley open streets initiative returns on Sunday with a Mission to Mission route, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to navigate the roads car-free over a five mile course through South Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel. Each of the three cities will host a hub featuring live performances and special activities. Free to attend. Runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

Dining

Conservas at Bar Moruno. Photo by Anne Fishbein.

Bar Moruno -> Chef Chris Feldmeier and David Rosoff’s Spanish restaurant Bar Moruno has reopened with a new menu and a new location on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Conservas (tinned fish) have their own dedicated section, with offerings from tuna filets in olive oil to spiced mackerel paté. Each tin is presented on a board with pickles, a smear of butter and toasted bread. Add on a side of Pan con Tomate and you’ll be off to a great start. Feldmeier version features griddled jyan isaac sourdough and a generous topping of whole skinless cherry tomatoes. Other shared plate options include a Scotch Egg with green chorizo and herb; Oven-Roasted Salt Spring Mussels with butter beans and chorizo cantimpalo; and a brown butter honey Roasted Sweet Potato topped with black and white sesame seeds. All are delicious choices. 

Licorería Limantour pop up ->  LA Cha Cha Chá will be hosting a pop up inside LA Barra with Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour this Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on a walk-in basis. Named #6 on the World’s 50 Best Bars Licorería Limantour’s bar manager, Eduardo Nava Mendoza will be creating a specialty cocktail menu featuring seasonal produce as well as Limantour classics like the Margarita Al Pastor – made with fresh pineapple juice, coriander, and green chili. 

Borscht For Good -> Valerie Confections in Echo Park recently introduced a vegetarian borscht at the cafe, where all profits go directly towards World Central Kitchen’s efforts in Ukraine.

Island Style -> To kick off AAPI Month, Family Style and Off The Menu are hosting an Island Style” themed feast, this Sunday, May 1 at The Pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt. From 7 to 11 p.m. guests will enjoy a poolside, luau-style dinner from Chef Lord Maynard of Kuya Lord and desserts from Café 86 and Brique. The evening also features a a live hula show, DJ sets from NOODLES and DJ Agana, and complimentary festive cocktails from Sipsmith Gin and Guayaki Yerba Mate. Tickets cost $65 and are on sale through CASHDROP.


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Things to Do This Week in L.A. [4-25-2022 to 4-29-2022]

April 25, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Pasadena City Hall. Photo by Brian Champlin

Kickstart your week with a contemplation of human consciousness and end with with some free art. And if you want to get dollar oysters in between, that works too.

This April 25-29 in Los Angeles, attend a free filmmaker discussion with Riley Stearns, catch a comedy show via Netflix is a Joke, enjoy live Mariachi at the Fowler Museum, and check out Pasadena ArtNight. So what will you be doing this week? Start planning below.

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Lost & Found at the Movies: How to Survive Your Own Death -> This Monday at the Mark Taper Auditorium, the Library Foundation’s ALOUD series present an in-person event featuring an in depth conversation with director Riley Stearns (The Art of Self Defense) on the depiction of immortality, cloning, and consciousness in science fiction filmmaking, including his latest work, Dual. The program is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse -> The first west coast display of the iconic fashion designer’s works is now in exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Mind, Mythos, Muse examines McQueen’s artistic legacy through a display of garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection. Runs through Oct. 9. LACMA is open Thursday to Tuesday. More info here.

Your (Un)natural Garden -> A new installation experience created by artist Adam Schwerner is now open daily at Descanso Gardens. Your (Un)Natural Garden offers colorful, interactive pop-up works and installations located inside the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Boddy House. Touching the art is definitely encouraged. Runs through Jan. 8, 2023. Included with garden admission. More info here.

New at Skirball –> Two new exhibitions are now open at the Skirball Cultural Center, both firmly rooted in the immigrant experience. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli traces the Jewish immigrant experience in America through the lens of the delicatessen, while Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes centers on stories of immigrant garment workers in the United States. Skirball is open Tuesday through Sunday. General admission is $12, and free on Thursdays. You can find a photo preview of the new exhibitions here.

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction -> Now through May 1, check out (and bid on) over 200 artworks at the Venice Art Walk Gallery (395 Santa Monica Place) as part of the benefit auction for Venice Family Clinic. The gallery is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival –> The 30th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival runs from April 19 to May 1, with a lineup featuring more than 190 films originating from over 40 countries, with tickets for individual screenings starting at $12. Get more info on the entire schedule here.

Lunch Time Yoga –> Every Wednesday at Grand Park, Lunch À La Park Yoga reTREAT offers a free 45-minute session starting at noon. Get more info here.

Small Island Big Song -> This Wednesday, the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro hosts a live music and multimedia concert celebrating celebrates 5,000 years of Pacific Islander culture, connecting indigenous musicians. Tickets start as low as $35. Get more info here.

Netflix is a Joke: The Festival -> Netflix’s first-ever live comedy festival kicks off this Thursday with a slate of 11 shows across Los Angeles. In total, Netflix is a Joke will include over 100 live shows to 25 L.A. venues from April 28 to May 8. Some of the headline shows for this weekend include Pete Davidson at The Fonda, Tom Pappas at The Regent, and Dave Chapelle at the Hollywood Bowl. More info here.

LA Phil Gen X Festival -> The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gen X Festival continues this week with Dudamel Leads Adès’ Dante (April 28-30), a night of music at Walt Disney Concert Hall led by Gustavo Dudamel and the premiere of composer Thomas Adès’ score Dante. The Gen X Festival takes place April 22 through May 14 with a genre-spanning line-up of artists and programming both ticketed and free. Highlights include a Liz Phair concert with special guests Ben Gibbard, Bethany Cosentino and more; a queer dance party at Zebulon; an LA 80’s through 90’s food discussion at Second Home; and a 1980’s Horror Film Marathon at the Aero Theatre. More info here

Fowler Out Loud: Mariachi de UCLAtlán -> This Thursday at the Fowler Museum’s Outloud series, catch a free concert featuring Mariachi de Uclatlán, a student group dedicated to traditional Mexican music, as guided by the Grammy-winning musical director of Mariachi Los Camperos, Jesús “Chuy” Guzmán. The performance starts at 6 p.m., and galleries will be open to 8 p.m. More info here.

ArtNight Pasadena  -> This Friday, ArtNight Pasadena bands together a group of local institutions and historic locations for an evening of free admissions, and arts and culture programming. Participants include the Gamble House, Kidspace Museum, the Pasadena History Museum, Norton Simon Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts. More info here.

Dining

Happy Hour at Mama Shelter.

Mama Shelter $1 Oyster Happy Hour -> Every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Mama Shelter’s downstairs lobby bar is offering $1 oysters and $2 martinis in addition to their daily drink happy hour menu. 

Smoke City Char Bar Reverse Happy Hour -> Smoke City Char Bar in the DTLA Arts District just launched a Sundown Happy Hour from 9 p.m. to close, Thursday through Saturday. Score $1 wings, $3 sliders, $5 nachos, $5 chili cheese fries, $10 smokey sangria and $1 off all local drafts and wine during slated hours.  

XENiA Modern Mediterranean Grill -> XENIA is the newest addition to the growing community of cloud kitchens we have in Los Angeles. Operating out of Culver City, XENIA offers a tight knit menu of grilled steak and chicken skewer plates, pita wraps and salads. A vegetarian option of roasted white sweet potatoes can also take the place of meat entrees. Highlights include the steak pita, crunchy fries and a carrot hummus dip packed with intense flavor.

Spring Menu at Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. -> Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. recently introduced a few Spring specials to their Boyle Heights restaurant including a Primavera Pizza inspired by the flavors of a chicken pot pie. The pizza starts with a five day fermented dough topped with bechamel sauce, baked in a wood fired oven and topped off with sautéed mirepoix, shredded chicken confit, fontina cheese and sugar snap peas. The pie is finished with a fresh pea tendril salad.

Employees Only Golden Hour -> Employees Only is offering a ‘Golden Hour’ Tuesday through Sunday from 6 to 7 p.m. The happy hour menu is made up of classic bar snacks reinvented by Chef Josh Buckwald. Bites include fried Potatoes & Pickles, Stuffed Burrata, Prosciutto Grissini and Market Crudo. A number of apértifs are also be on the menu during this time. 

Melenie Talks Wine -> On Friday, April 29, Melanie Wine Bar will host a wine talk and tasting class focused on Bordeaux. The one-hour talk will help guests learn about the region’s over 2000 year-old wine history and how to fully savor Bordeaux wine. Tickets cost $55 per person.


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Things to Do This Earth Day Weekend in L.A. [4-22-2022 to 4-24-2022]

April 21, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Expo Line Station Santa Monica. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Got plans for the weekend?

This April 22-24 in Los Angeles, you’ll find free rides on Metro, the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Seeding the City, Record Store Day, Jackalope Arts, a new McQueen exhibit at LACMA, dog walking hours at South Coast Botanic Garden, and more. Get started with our list below, and as always, enjoy the weekend!

Things to Do

Free Metro Rides on Earth Day -> This Friday, Metro continues its Earth Day tradition of free rail, bus, and bike-share rides for the entire day. And remember if your travels take you outside the county, regional rail provider Metrolink is also offering free service for the day. Find all the details on Metro’s The Source blog.

Your (Un)natural Garden -> A new installation experience created by artist Adam Schwerner is now open daily at Descanso Gardens. Your (Un)Natural Garden offers colorful, interactive pop-up works and installations located inside the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Boddy House. Touching the art is definitely encouraged. Runs through Jan. 8, 2023. Included with garden admission. More info here.

LA Phil Gen X Festival -> The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gen X Festival kicks off this weekend with Voices of a Generation a night of music curated by composer ThomasAdès at The Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, April 22. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with Corigliano and Norman where guests will be treated to a performance of John Corigliano’s landmark work Symphony No. 1 paired with music by Andrew Norman and Jonathan Bailey Holland. The Gen X Festival takes place April 22 through May 14 with a genre-spanning line-up of artists and programming both ticketed and free. Highlights include a Liz Phair concert with special guests Ben Gibbard, Bethany Cosentino and more; a queer dance party at Zebulon; an LA 80’s through 90’s food discussion at Second Home; and a 1980’s Horror Film Marathon at the Aero Theatre. More info here

New at Skirball –> Two new exhibitions are now open at the Skirball Cultural Center, both firmly rooted in the immigrant experience. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli traces the Jewish immigrant experience in America through the lens of the delicatessen, while Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes centers on stories of immigrant garment workers in the United States. Skirball is open Tuesday through Sunday. General admission is $12, and free on Thursdays. You can find a photo preview of the new exhibitions here.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival –> The 30th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival runs from April 19 to May 1, with a lineup featuring more than 190 films originating from over 40 countries, with tickets for individual screenings starting at $12. Programming for this year’s PAFF also includes an ArtFEST featuring over 100 artists and craftsmen taking place today (Thursday) at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, along with free Children’s Festivals on April 23 and April 30. Get more info on the entire schedule here.

Santa Monica Bead & Design Show -> Starting Friday, The Fairmont in Santa Monica hosts a three-day (April 22-24) event featuring an array of artisans showcasing jewelry, artwear, and antiquities, as well as being a source for makers and designers with artisan suppliers selling gems, beads and more. Tickets are $8, or $10 at the door. More info here.

Record Store Day -> The nationwide, annual celebration of indie record stores returns this Saturday with a day of deals, discounts, special product and exclusive vinyl and CD releases. Check for participating records stores and get more info here.

Cherry Blossom Festival -> This Saturday, celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossom season at Plaza West Covina with an afternoon of unique vendors, dance performances, martial arts demos, and Japanese cuisine. Free to attend. More info here.

Earth Day River Clean Up -> L.A. Waterkeeper is inviting the public to register for a clean up along the L.A. River on Saturday April 23 at 9 a.m. The meetup spot is North Atwater Park and participants will be picking up and documenting plastic waste through geo-tagging photos while using the Litterati app. Litterati is the largest community powered crowd-sourced data app on the topic of litter ever assembled. The day will end at Golden Road Brewery in Atwater Village where participants are treated to a complimentary drink. Register here

Greenbar Distillery Tours -> After a pandemic hiatus, Greenbar Distillery (DTLA Arts District) is officially booking public tours again starting with this Saturday. $15 gets you in for the tour of the distillery, expert knowledge on the distilling process, and a few tasters (capped at 1.5oz per person). More info here.

Jackalope Pasadena -> Jackalope brings its artisan market back to Central Park in Old Pasadena this Saturday and Sunday to showcase over 200 local vendors selling indie goods, clothing, jewelry, home decor, housewares, art, photography, and food. Outdoors. All-ages. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Seeding the City -> Landscape designers and thinkers from throughout Los Angeles descend on Helms Bakery in Culver City this Saturday for a daylong slate of workshops, talks, demos, and popups, all geared toward helping Angelenos get in touch with their greener side. Programs run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

L.A. Times Festival of Books ->  The 27th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the campus of USC this weekend for a two-day event (Saturday + Sunday) featuring 250 book and merchandise exhibitors, 8 outdoor stages and activity areas, dozens of expert panels, performances, demos, poetry readings, and more. The event is free to attend, with advanced ticket packages available for indoor conversations and parking. More info here.

Día de los Niños -> On Sunday, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts a free afternoon of family-friendly programming highlighted by arts, culinary, and garden demonstrations (including one on the history of comic books!), plus ballet folklorico provided by Las Palmas Grupo Folklorico, Mexico Aztec Grupo Folklorico and Ballet Folklorico Xochipil. Runs from noon to 4 p.m. More info here.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse -> The first west coast display of the iconic fashion designer’s works heads to LACMA starting on Sunday, April 24. Mind, Mythos, Muse examine McQueen’s artistic legacy through a display of garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection. Runs through Oct. 9. More info here.

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden -> On select Sundays the South Coast Botanic Garden you can bring rover for a morning garden stroll.  Adult tickets are $15, and dogs are $5 each. More info here.

Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center Art Show -> This Sunday at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, 20 local artists associated with the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains will showcase their works in a group art show, with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Western National Park Association, National Park Service, National Wildlife Fund and Save LA Cougars. Free to attend. Reception runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.More info here.

Adult Sex Ed -> This Sunday, the Dynasty Typewriter hosts Adult Sex Ed, a comedy show hosted/created by Dani Faith Leonard that weaves historical segments, storytelling, and deep dives and into a highly informative (and hopefully provocative) evening. Guests for the April 24 show include Atsuko Okatsuka (The Late Late Show with James Corden), Leah Bonnema (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America), and Jeena Bloom (Comedy Central). Online tickets are $20 (or $25 day-of). Get more info here.

DakhaBrakha at Ace Hotel -> Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha comes to the Theatre at Ace Hotel this Sunday for a performance that fuses old Ukrainian folk styles with cabaret, jazz, and hip-hop. Tickets are $50. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

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Howlin’ Ray’s Nugs Box.

Howlin’ Ray’s Launches Nuggets For a Limited Time -> Howlin’ Ray’s newest menu addition, called Nugs, is available exclusively on Postmates April 20-24. Fans can munch on five Howlin Ray Nugs, with pickles and white bread on the side delivered in a special munchies themed box for $11. Only 400 boxes of Nugs will be available daily in Los Angeles.

Button Mash Reopens with Tacos 1986 Collab -> Popular arcade bar Button Mash in Echo Park reopened this week introducing a new food partnership with Tacos 1986

Free Coffee at Verve -> On Earth Day (Friday, April 22), Verve will be pouring complimentary batch brew to all guests who bring in their own reusable mug. The offer is available at all Verve Coffee locations from open to close.

Free Donuts -> Season three of HBO’s Barry premieres this Sunday, and as part of the promotion a roving food truck will hand out free donuts all weekend long. The truck will be parked outside the Melrose Trading Post on Sunday and locations for Saturday has yet to be revealed, follow HBOHBO Max, and Fooji Twitter for up to date info.

Earth Day Party at nomoo with The Gentle Barn -> Vegan fast food joint nomoo | new american burgers will host an Earth Day event in partnership with The Gentle Barn on Friday April 22 from noon to 3 p.m. Guests are invited to stop by for vegan eats, partake in tie dying a shirt and enjoy live music on the lawn. 100% of the proceeds from The Gentle Barn Shake (Cookie Monster Shake) will be donated to The Gentle Barn and go towards their work to rescue barn animals and provide them with a healing home.  

Van Leeuwen Earth Day Fundraiser ->  Van Leeuwen has teamed up with Trees for the Future for a special promo on Earth Day. For every scoop of vegan ice cream sold, Van Leeuwen will donate $1 to the Trees for the Future organization. All Van Leeuwen scoop shops are participating.

Rare Coffee Tasting at goodboybob -> goodboybob will host a rare coffee tasting in collaboration with Cup of Excellence this Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the coffee shop’s Santa Monica location. Free to attend, guests will enjoy a tasting of three Cup Of Excellence coffees from Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Colombia while sitting in on an intimate discussion about the rare coffees.


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Things to Do This Week in L.A. [4-18-2022 to 4-22-2022]

April 18, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Lunchtime Yoga at Grand Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Today is tax day. Hopefully that isn’t a newsflash to you, otherwise we recommend you insta-close this list and immediately navigate over to your tax software of choice. Now… assuming we’re all on the same page here with our filing requirements, let’s move on to the to-dos.

This week in Los Angeles, from April 18-22, you’ll find new art at Forest Lawn Museum, the opening of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, tax day food specials, a 4/20 movie drive-in, the return of lunch-time yoga at Grand Park, a Record Store Day discussion at the GRAMMY Museum, and the TCM Classic Film Festival. Check out those options, and more, all below.

Things to Do

Your (Un)natural Garden -> A new installation experience at Descanso Gardens created by artist Adam Schwerner. Your (Un)Natural Garden offers colorful, interactive pop-up works and installations located inside the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Boddy House. Touching the art is definitely encouraged. Runs through Jan. 8, 2023. Included with garden admission. More info here.

A Culver City Amble -> The latest in Brian’s  L.A. on Foot series is a walk in Culver City that takes you from the Ballona Creek through Downtown to the Hobbit Houses and back.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival –> The 30th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival runs from April 19 to May 1, with a lineup featuring more than 190 films originating from over 40 countries, with tickets for individual screenings starting at $12. Programming for this year’s PAFF also includes an ArtFEST featuring over 100 artists and craftsmen taking place this Thursday at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, along with free Children’s Festivals on April 23 and April 30. Get more info on the entire schedule here.

Moments of Reflection -> A new multi-sensory installation at UCLA’s Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden opens this Tuesday with an unveiling ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. The garden is free to view through April 24, and viewing hours are 6 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. daily. More info here.

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction -> Now through May 1, check out (and bid on) over 200 artworks at the Venice Art Walk Gallery (395 Santa Monica Place) as part of the benefit auction for Venice Family Clinic. The gallery is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.

Free Garden Admission -> The South Coast Botanic Garden offers free admission on the third Tuesday of every month, and tickets for this Tuesday are still available. More info here. (A quick note: both the L.A. Arboretum and Descanso Gardens also offer free admission on the third Tuesday, but they’re already sold out. Plan ahead for next month!).

New at Skirball –> Two new exhibitions are now open at the Skirball Cultural Center, both firmly rooted in the immigrant experience. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli traces the Jewish immigrant experience in America through the lens of the delicatessen, while Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes centers on stories of immigrant garment workers in the United States. Skirball is open Tuesday through Sunday. General admission is $12, and free on Thursdays. You can find a photo preview of the new exhibitions here.

Record Store Day Discussion at the GRAMMY Museum-> The 15th annual Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 23, and GRAMMY Museum celebrates it early on Tuesday through a discussion panel hosted by Variety’s Chris Willman, and featuring Linda Perry, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, The Sound Garden owner Bryan Burkert, and Record Store Day Co-Founder Michael Kurtz. The panel will be followed by a performance from singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya. Tickets are $25. Get more info here.

Art on Montana Avenue -> Looking for an evening walk destination? Illuminated art has taken over the Montana Business District this month, with ficus trees along Montana Avenue transformed (one per block) into pop-up art installations. Scope works that everything from whimsical butterflies and flowers to hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and colored panes. The installations will remain in place through September, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan a summer stroll. More info here.

Lunch Time Yoga –> This Wednesday, Grand Park brings back weekly yoga with the Lunch À La Park Yoga reTREAT, a free 45-minute session starting at noon. Get more info here.

Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor at MOCA -> Now through June 5, head to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for “Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor.” The immersive, sensory-heavy works of Zürich-based artist Pipilotti Rist feature large-scale installations with hypnotic musical scores; video art; and sculptures. Special exhibitions at MOCA cost $18 for adults; $10 for students with I.D. and seniors (+65); and free for children under 12 and jurors with I.D. In addition, tickets allow for a free second visit to the exhibition within 72 hours of initial visit. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

Treasure of Armenian Music -> This Wednesday, the Hammer Museum highlights the musical history of Armenia with works by famed Armenian composers performed live by the UCLA VEM Ensemble. The event starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Harold and Kumar at Electric Dusk -> If you’re feeling extra 4/20 friendly this Wednesday, roll on over to Electric Dusk Drive-in for a very timely showing of the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Early bird tickets start at $28 per vehicle, and $8 per additional (not the driver) person attending. More info here.

Lovett or Leave It -> On Thursday, Crooked Media co-founder, and former Obama speechwriter, Jon Lovett is back at the The Dynasty Typewriter with another live edition of his podcast Lovett or Leave It. Get the skinny on the latest in the world of news and politics through as seen through Lovett’s acerbic perspective, and paired with panels discussing the latest issues. Tickets are $25. More info here.

John Scofield Live -> Legendary jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield comes to the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on Pico Boulevard this Thursday with a performance of his latest project, Yankee Go Home. There will be two sets, 7 and 9:30 p.m., and general admission tickets start at $40. More info here.

TCM Classic Film Festival -> A four-day (April 21-24) slate of classic films shown on the big screen at a range of historic Los Angels theaters. Kicks off this Thursday. For the full schedule and more info go here.

Light & Matter: The Art of Matthew Brandt -> A new retrospective exhibition at Forest Lawn museum features more than 100 photographs and multi-media artworks from artist Matthew Brandt. Light & Matter opens with a public reception on Thursday (check the link for details on how to RSVP for that). The exhibition runs through Sep. 4. Admission is free. More info here.

Daisy Days in Concert -> This Friday, Oxy Arts hosts a special musical performance to close out the exhibition EJ Hill: Wherever We will to root. Free, and no RSVP required. More info here. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 test result from one of the performers.

Santa Monica Bead & Design Show -> Starting Friday, The Fairmont in Santa Monica hosts a three-day (April 22-24) event featuring an array of artisans showcasing jewelry, artwear, and antiquities, as well as being a source for makers and designers with artisan suppliers selling gems, beads and more. Tickets are $8, or $10 at the door. More info here.

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Combap Mart and BA KỲ box set. Photo by Jenny Huynh.

Combap Mart + BA KỲ bakedgoods Cookie Set for AAPIH Month -> Combap Mart has teamed up with Vietnamese American baker Jenny Huynh of BA KỲ bakedgoods on a sweets box set to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The box includes a number of beautiful sweets creations like a Mini Snowskin Strawberry Mooncake, Peaches and Cream “Oreos” and Vietnamese Coffee Cookies. The box cost $32 and can be reserved online for pick up on May 7 during Combap Mart’s monthly mini market pop-up at Blossom Market Hall in San Gabriel Valley. There will only be 22 boxes made, advance purchases are highly recommended. 

Kiva Confections + Yeastie Boys Bagels For 4/20 -> Cannabis edibles brand Kiva Confections and Yeastie Boys Bagels have teamed up for a limited edition Everything Bagel Seasoning Munchies Bar. Made with Yeastie Boys classic seasoning sprinkled on hash-infused dark chocolate, the bar is dosed at 100 mg of THC per bar with 5 mg THC serving sizes. To celebrate the collaboration, Kiva and Yeastie Boys will be popping up at four dispensaries for the ultimate munchies relief on April 20 a.k.a. 4/20. From 9 a.m to noon people can stop by Sweet Flower (DTLA & Westwood), Mota or Wonderbrett for a free Yeastie Boys Signature Sandwich with the purchase of a Kiva x Yeastie Boys Everything Bagel Munchies bar.

Bar Ilegal -> Ilegal Mezcal stops in Los Angeles for one night with a Bar Ilegal popup at Las Perlas in West Hollywood on Monday, April 18. Open to the public (no reservations needed), the party includes food and Ilegal cocktails, free flash tattoos, DJs, and a performance by the band SUSU. The fun starts at 7 p.m. 

Gusto Green 420 Happy Hour -> Gusto Green in Downtown Los Angeles has a new happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4:20 to 6 p.m. where you can get a sourdough pizza and a pint of beer for $20.

STK -> For tax day on April 18, all guests at STK can take advantage of $10.40 Specialty Cocktails all day long, available at the bar and on the patio. Cheers to that!

Pie Hole Tax Day Promo -> Monday, April 18 is tax day and The Pie Hole is making things suck less by giving away a free Pie Hole Blend drip or iced coffee with any purchase at all locations of the shop. The one catch is that The Pie Hole wants to keep things sustainable by asking customers to bring in their own coffee cup to redeem the promo runs. The deal runs through Earth Day Friday, April 22.

Perilla x OTOTO -> On Monday sake bar OTOTO in Echo Park will welcome Perilla for a Korean banchan and soju party featuring set meals meant to serve two to three people for $88. Highlights include Kalbi Jjim, Onigiri stuffed with aged Napa cabbage kimchi and a Walnut Financier a la Mode for dessert. The special menu is available on a dine in and first-come, first-served basis.   

Tam O’Shanter Celebrates 100 Years -> The Tam O’Shanter is celebrating its 100th anniversary with ongoing festivities and events all through 2022. On Thursday, April 21 the historic restaurant offers a whisky tasting that costs $100 per person and features four one-of-a-kind whiskies from independent bottlers from Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), Gordon & MacPhail, Duncan Taylor and Single Cask Nation. Light snacks will accompany the tasting and each participant receives 20% off dinner before or after the tasting. The tastings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month this year and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (323) 664-0228.

Looking ahead…

Taste of Home ->  People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) is hosting an inaugural food fundraiser, Taste of Home, at Sunset Las Palmas Studios in Hollywood on Saturday, April 30. Chef Wes Avila will host a cooking demo and guests can enjoy tastings from over 25 local food vendors, including Broad Street Oyster Co.Hotville Chicken, and Saucy Chick Rotisserie. Beverages from Loft & Bear Vodka and Modern Times beer will also be flowing that day as well. Guests can also stop by volunteer stations to help put together hygiene kits for PATH. Tickets start at $45. Proceeds from ticket sales will support PATH’s mission in ending homelessness in Los Angeles.


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Things to Do This Easter Weekend in L.A. [4-15-2022 to 4-17-2022]

April 14, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Venice Sign. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Coachella weekend you say? Well, if you’re heading out to the desert valley you don’t need us pointing the way. You’ve got your tickets in hand. You know which parties you’re going to. What the rest of us need is an anti-Coachella guide. An Easter guide. This guide.

To that end, for April 15-17 in Los Angeles you’ll find new exhibitions at Skirball, a Moonrise Listening experience at LA Historic State Park, the debut of the Venice Art Walk Gallery, Odd Nights at The Autry, Your (Un)Natural Garden at Descanso Gardens, the Blessing of the Animals on Olvera Street, a BBQ book launch, a massive Easter Egg Hunt at Santa Anita, and plenty of Easter brunch ideas. Start below to scan your options. Enjoy your weekend.

Things to Do

New Exhibitions at Skirball -> Two new exhibitions open today at the Skirball Cultural Center, both firmly rooted in the immigrant experience. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli traces the Jewish immigrant experience in America through the lens of the delicatessen, while Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes centers on stories of immigrant garment workers in the United States. You can find a photo preview of the new exhibitions here.

Listening By Moonrise -> Clockshop’s quarterly Listening By Moonrise program returns to LA State Historic Park this Friday with a performance and immersive sound experiences featuring multiple multi-disciplinary sound artists. Free to attend, with a $5 suggested donation. More info here.

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction -> Starting this Friday, check out (and bid on) over 200 artworks at the Venice Art Walk Gallery (395 Santa Monica Place) as part of the benefit auction for Venice Family Clinic. The gallery is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. through May 1. Admission is free. More info here.

For Race and Country: Buffalo Soldiers in California -> A new exhibition opened this week at the California African American Museum explores the Golden State ties to members of the all-Black US Army regiment often mythologized in popular culture, film and music. Admission at CAAM is free. More info here.

Odd Nights at The Autry -> Odd Night at the Autry will run every third Friday of the month starting in April. Expect an indie bazaar populated with 80+ unique vendors, food trucks, and live music. More info here.

‘El Rey de Las Rancheras’ -> This Friday, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a musical tribute to late Mexican Singer Vicente Fernandez. Enjoy mariachi music featuring Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. and Las Colibrí, plus drinks and bites for sale on-site. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free to attend. More info here.

Euphoria Dance Party -> There’s a Euphoria themed dance party on Friday at Boardner’s in Hollywood. Expect two rooms of live DJs and a live performance by Doll Klaw, all presented by Club Decades.

The Association’s Cocktail Classes -> Mixologists at The Association in DTLA guide guests through a one-hour cocktail course that includes tastings of three to four craft cocktails, plus a social hour to follow featuring speciality pricing on cocktail offerings. Classes are $40. More info here

Art on Montana Avenue -> Looking for an evening walk destination? Illuminated art has taken over the Montana Business District this month, with ficus trees along Montana Avenue transformed (one per block) into pop-up art installations. Scope works that everything from whimsical butterflies and flowers to hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and colored panes. The installations will remain in place through September, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan a summer stroll. More info here.

Your (Un)natural Garden -> This Saturday, a new experience opens at Descanso Gardens created by Adam Schwerner, and offering colorful, interactive pop-up works located inside the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Boddy House, and throughout the rest of the garden grounds. Opens April 16 and runs through Jan. 8, 2023. Included with garden admission. More info here.

Blessing of the Animals -> This Saturday, The annual Blessing of the Animals on Olvera Street is back with an in-person for the first time since the pandemic struck. Archbishop Jose Gomez will be on hand to offer a blessing from 2 to 3 p.m., and entertainment runs from noon to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Earth Day Festival -> April 22 is officially Earth Day this year, but you can celebrate this Saturday with a free festival held at Will Rogers State Park. Expect vegan food trucks, live music, free yoga classes, children’s activities, and special vendors. Entry is free, but parking will be charged at $3 per hour or $12 all day. More info here.

San Fernando Outdoor Market -> 25 storefronts and 70+ vendors will participate in this monthly night market in the City of San Fernando, beginning this Saturday April 16 and continuing on May 21 and June 25. More info here.

Hells Belle’s Burlesque -> North Hollywood cocktail bar Idle Hour welcomes a performance by Hells Belles Burlesque on the patio this Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire -> Continuing this Saturday and Sunday, Ren-Faire enthusiasts can expect over 100+ artisans, merchants, and vendors, plus costume contests, games, rides, a food court and more, all taking place at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area from April 9 through May 22. This weekend is Pirate Weekend. Adult single-day admission starts at $38. More info here.

Easy Mornings at Grand Park (Starting April 16) -> Ease into your Saturdays with a little family-friendly programming at Grand Park starting at 10 a.m.. Pop-up activities are scheduled for April 16, 23, and 30. More info here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Santa Anita-> This Sunday, Santa Anita Park will host an Easter egg hunt featuring over 35,000 Easter eggs. Easter Sunday event will also include arts and crafts, egg decorating and sand art, carnival rides, a pony ride and a baby goats exhibit. Admission to the infield is $5, and each Easter Hunt package is $4. Get more info here.

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Bludso’s Bar & Que. Photo Credit Bludso’s Bar & Que Instagram.

Bludso’s Book Launch & Dinner Party -> In celebration of the release of his first cookbook, “Bludso’s BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul”, Kevin Bludso will host a launch event at Bludso’s Bar & Que this Saturday, April 16. Kevin will be joined by industry friends to cook items straight from the new cookbook. A look at the Bludso’s Instagram post shows there are at least 10 delectable items on the party menu including Wagyu Brisket, Smoked Leg of Lamb in gravy and Kevin’s legendary Rib Tips. Tickets are going fast for this event and cost $95 a person. Each guest will also receive a signed copy of the new Bludso’s Cookbook with their ticket.

Put An Egg On Everything Day at Smorgasburg LA -> Smorgasburg is open on Easter Sunday and will host their annual “Put An Egg On Everything Day” where a number of vendors will add egg-themed specials to their menus. Highlights include a chilaquiles burrito from Evil Cooks’ famous stuffed with potato flautas made by Los Dorados; egg topped bungkus from Bungkus Bagus; a breakfast sandwich from Picnic Sandwich; and a Vietnamese egg coffee from Be Bright Coffee. In addition, Compton pit-master Kevin Bludso will be on site selling and signing copies of his brand new cookbook “Bludso’s BBQ Cookbook” (see above) while offering BBQ specials of his own to the public.  

Workshop Kitchen  Bar and Mauro Café Pop Up -> In anticipation of Workshop Kitchen & Bar opening in Los Angeles next month, the highly acclaimed Palm Springs hot spot will partner with Mauro Café on a couple specialty pizzas on Saturday, April 16. Workshop Kitchen & Bar’s executive chef and owner, Michael Beckman will be transporting his wood burning oven just for the pop-up. Each pie is priced at $24, natural wines will be flowing at $13 a glass, fun starts at 5 p.m.

Wags & Brunch at the Viceroy Santa Monica -> Sugar Palm at the Viceroy Santa Monica launches “Wags & Brunch” this weekend in honor of National Pet Day. While owners sip on a cocktail their four legged friends can enjoy a “Pup-tail” like the Lady & The Tramp made of coconut water, sliced pink lady apples and parsley. A selection of main courses for dogs is also available including a Puppy Scramble made of eggs, spinach and shredded chicken. The new dog menu will be available Saturday and Sundays from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Easter Menus For Your Consideration

Caldo Verde -> Caldo Verde at Downtown L.A.’s  Proper Hotel will host a special Easter Sunday brunch menu, curated by James Beard Award-winning culinary partners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Guests are treated to a vibrant pre-fixe menu of Portuguese-inspired plates that start with market fruit, deviled crab eggs and chorizo manchego scones for the table, a choice of main course like a Spring Frittata or Brisket Hash and a holiday dessert extravaganza of multiple sweet bites. Brunch is offered exclusively from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $95 per person, $45 for children under 12.

FIG Restaurant & the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows -> On Easter Sunday FIG Restaurant and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica will host ‘Miramar Gardens Easter Egg Hunt’ along with a spring time inspired brunch menu. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. reservations can be made by calling 310.319.3111.

AYCE at Le Jardin at Riviera 31 -> Celebrate Easter Sunday at Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, the hotels whimsical outdoor garden space Le Jardin at Riviera 31 will host Easter-themed activities and an all-you-can-eat brunch menu that includes Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Omega Deviled Eggs to Carnitas Eggs Benedict and Basil Crusted Lamp Chops. AYCE brunch cost $65, for $95 adults can add on bottomless drinks like Mimosas or Bellinis, children between 5-12 cost $45 and children under five eat for free.

Cork Dork -> Cork Dork will be hosting Easter brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal includes an all-you-can-drink champagne bar featuring Chandon Champagne and three juice options for $20 per person. Cork Dork’s curated Easter menu of al la carte items includes Challah French Toast with mixed berries; Shakshouka with toasted flatbread and Sage Gruyere Biscuits and Gravy. 

Redbird -> Easter Sunday Brunch at Redbrid in Downtown Los Angeles takes place in the open-air main dining room, indoor lounge and outdoor garden. Chef Neal Fraser and team will be preparing a two course prix fixe menu that includes starters like a White Asparagus in a yuzu hollandaise and main courses that include Duck Confit Chilaquiles and Main Lobster Congee. Children also get their own menu for the holiday. Brunch runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $65 per person and $21 for children 10 and under.


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Things to Do This Week in L.A. [4-11-2022 to 4-15-2022]

April 11, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Montana Avenue Lighting Installation. Photo by Halline Overby

How hot was it last week? Even P-22 needed to take a dip in a Los Feliz home pond. But as this much appreciated Monday cloudiness chills thing out, we can all be cool cats as we head into the Easter Weekend.

This week in Los Angeles, from April 11-15, there’s Illuminated art on Montana Avenue, a Zócalo talk at La Brea Tar Pits Museum, a Jewish deli exhibit at Skirball, Listening By Moonrise at LA Historic State Park, a Euphoria dance party, mariachi at La Plaza, and more. Get started planning your to-dos below!

Things to Do

Art on Montana Avenue -> Looking for an evening walk destination? Illuminated art has taken over the Montana Business District this month, with ficus trees along Montana Avenue transformed (one per block) into pop-up art installations. Scope works that everything from whimsical butterflies and flowers to hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and colored panes. The installations will remain in place through September, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan a summer stroll. More info here.

Pinball Tournament at Lawless Brewing -> Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. Lawless Brewing Co. in North Hollywood hosts a weekly pinball tournament. Buy-in is $5. More info here.

Art of Costume Design at FIDM Museum -> FIDM Museum’s annual “Art of Costume Design in Film” has returned, showcasing costumes created by all five Academy Award nominees for Costume Design, plus other top costumes from films of the past year. The exhibition runs through June 4, and the museum is open Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free. More info here.

How Can Our Communities Escape Polarizing Conflict? -> This Wednesday, Zócalo Public Square comes to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum for a conversation on How Can Our Communities Escape Polarizing Conflict? L.A. Times columnist Erika D. Smith moderates a panel featuring author Amanda Ripley, UCLA professor Kyeyoung Park, and mediator B. Scott Silverman, as they attempt to make sense of the increasingly bitter divides and violent rhetoric that’s become commonplace in our communities and politics. PLUS: Attendees of the event get free admission to the museum from 3 to 6 p.m. More info here.

Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor at MOCA -> Now through June 5, head to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for “Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor.” The immersive, sensory-heavy works of Zürich-based artist Pipilotti Rist feature large-scale installations with hypnotic musical scores; video art; and sculptures. Special exhibitions at MOCA cost $18 for adults; $10 for students with I.D. and seniors (+65); and free for children under 12 and jurors with I.D. In addition, tickets allow for a free second visit to the exhibition within 72 hours of initial visit. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

Citizen Public Market Comedy Night -> Every Wednesday evening, The Setup hosts an outdoor pop-up stand-up comedy series at the patio of Citizen Public Market in Culver City. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Andy Warhol at the Luckman -> Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles has extended their Andy Warhol exhibit through the end of April. The exhibition contains over 70 works including Warhol’s most renowned creations like his Polaroids, gelatin prints, and never-before-exhibited silkscreens.The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

Vegan Playground -> This weekly night market pops up at Boomtown Brewery every Wednesday and at Party Beer Co. in West Adams on Fridays. The event features over a dozen rotating vegan vendors each week. Starts at 5 p.m. Admission is free. More info and RSVP here.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli -> This Thursday, the Skirball Cultural Center is debuting a new exhibition dedicated to the cultural evolution and history of the Jewish Deli. Expect exhibits featuring neon signs, menus, advertisements, uniforms, photographs, and iconic film and T.V. moments featuring famous delis. More info here.

RENT -> Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning story of friendship, love and following your dreams without selling out still rings true across generations. This week, you can catch a 25th anniversary production of RENT at The Dolby Theatre starting this Thursday. Shows run from April 12-17, and tickets start at $39. More info here.

Retro Dance Club -> On Thursday, head to The Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown for Club 96 TEARS and dance to retro hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. DJ perksandkisses will play everything from rock ‘n roll,doowop, Motown, disco to funk and soul. More info here.

‘El Rey de Las Rancheras’ -> This Friday, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a musical tribute to late Mexican Singer Vicente Fernandez. Enjoy mariachi music featuring Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. and Las Colibrí, plus drinks and bites for sale on-site. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free to attend. More info here.

Listening By Moonrise -> Clockshop’s quarterly Listening By Moonrise program returns to LA State Historic Park this Friday with a performance and immersive sound experiences featuring multiple multi-disciplinary sound artists. Free to attend, with a $5 suggested donation. More info here.

Euphoria Dance Party -> There’s a Euphoria themed dance party on Friday at Boardner’s in Hollywood. Expect two rooms of live DJs and a live performance by Doll Klaw, all presented by Club Decades.

The Association’s Cocktail Classes -> Mixologists at The Association in DTLA guide guests through a one-hour cocktail course that includes tastings of three to four craft cocktails, plus a social hour to follow featuring speciality pricing on cocktail offerings. Classes are $40. More info here

Odd Nights at The Autry -> Odd Night at the Autry will run every third Friday of the month starting in April. Expect an indie bazaar population by funky vendors, food trucks, live music. More info here.

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Anajak Thai Chinese Sausage Tostada during Thai Taco Tuesday. Photo by Anajak Thai Instagram.

OTOTO at Anajak’s Thai Taco Tuesday -> [UPDATE: This event has been postponed and rescheduled for April 19] Anajak Thai’s Justin Pichetrungsi and OTOTO’s Charles Namba are back with a Taco Tuesday collaboration this week at Justin’s Sherman Oaks restaurant. Two tacos will be featured including a Buta Shogayaki Taco, a ginger-braised Peads and Barnett pork belly taco topped with salsa, avocado and red onion; and a Shiso and Nori Pupusa with Oaxaca cheese and pickled daikon slaw. Anajak Thai’s regular Taco Tuesday rotations like their Chinese Sausage Tostada will also be on the menu and OTOTO’s Courtney Kaplan will be pouring a selection of premium sake to pair with the meal for the evening. The fun starts at 6:15 p.m. No reservations and tacos are on a first come first served basis. 

Melenie Talks Wine -> On Friday, April 15 Melanie Wine Bar will host a wine talk and tasting class focused on orange wine. The one-hour talk will help guests understand how orange wine is made and how this wine has become mainstream once again. Tickets cost $55 per person.

Pitfire Pizza’s Freedom Pie -> For the month of April Pitfire Pizza has renamed their classic “Say Cheese” pizza to the “Freedom Pie” for every Freedom Pie sold $1 will go to support the Ukrainian refugee relief benefitting World Central Kitchen.

Sons of Mezcal at Madre -> Madre will host a special one-night event this Wednesday, highlighted by a screening of the documentary Sons of Mezcal at the restaurant’s West Hollywood location. The ticketed event offers two options: The full experience cost $175 per person and includes a welcome cocktail, a Zapotec ceremony, a three course dinner, a flight of four mezcals from Mescalero’s featured in the film, screening of the film and a Q&A with the director. A $75 option includes a mezcal flight, documentary screening and Q&A. 


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Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [4-8-2022 to 4-10-2022]

April 7, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Getty Villa summer walk
A summer walk at the Getty Villa. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Is your face melting as you read through today’s list? Have you carefully positioned yourself near a fan or A/C vent to take refuge from the burning sun? Don’t fret, we have some cool (insert lame joke laugh) ideas to get your mind off things as we head into the weekend.

This Friday to Sunday in Los Angeles, from April 8-10, check out PaleyFest, Bob Baker Day, the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Illuminate The Night at the L.A. River, Noon to Midnight at Disney Concert Hall, Earth Day at NHM, a Family Festival at the Getty Villa, the Brewery Artwalk, and LOTS more.

Things to Do

PaleyFest -> Back live at The Dolby Theater from April 2-10, PaleyFest offers a nine-day series of special panels and discussions featuring the cast and crew of some of T.V.’s top shows, including Better Call Saul, Hacks, Cobra Kai, Riverdale, and more. Tickets available for individual sessions or as multi-event passes. More info here.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach -> This Friday to Sunday, head to Downtown Long Beach for three days of racing action accompanied by a lifestyle expo, family fun zone, food truck experience, and an exotic car paddock. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

Hayao Miyazaki Encores -> Attention Studio Ghibli fans: As the Academy Museum’s Hayao Miyazaki exhibition comes to a close (ending June 5), the museum will screen seven key films by the director from April 1 to May 27, each in 35mm with English subtitles. The series continues this Friday with a showing of Castle in the Sky. Tickets are $10. More info here.

Outfest Fusion -> This Friday, the 19th Annual Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Film Festival kicks off with an opening gala at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Festival screenings and workshops continue through the weekend and into next week, with seven features and 52 short films on the docket. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

Zombie Joe’s The Unsackable Man -> How do you set Moby Dick on a football field? As a musical, obviously, which is what you’ll experience if you come to see the The Unsackable Man at the incomparable Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, staring on April 8. Shows runs Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. More info here.

Festival Fever Bazaar -> Stop by Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles this Friday for Festival Fever Bazaar a curated festival season shopping experience. From 1 to 6 p.m. the public is invited to attend for free, enjoy the city views, DJ sets and sip on cocktails.

Homebound Brew Haus -> Union Station’s Homebound Brew Haus kicks off Dodgers season on Friday with indoor-outdoor television and projections of the Dodgers vs. Rockies game. Doors open at noon and the game starts at 1:10 p.m. Guests will enjoy all-day happy hour specials.

Night Market at Ivy Station -> The Culver City Arts District Night Market at Ivy Station is a monthly event featuring over two dozen vendors and and plenty of local bites for purchase. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday. More info here.

Pyrite Radio -> This Saturday at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, artist Peter Simensky performs a live audio set using handmade mobile radios, built with coiled copper wire, spare parts, and a pyrite stone. The intent of Simensky’s Pyrite Pirate Radio is transmit ideas, experiments, collaborations, community engagements, and interventions. Free to attend. Runs noon to 3 p.m. More info here.

Bob Baker Day -> Head to the LA State Historic Park (1315 N Spring St) this Saturday for a free day of in-person puppetry and family fun. Explore a handmade market, grab bites from food trucks, watch performances, and (if they’re up for it) kids can participate in this year’s talent show. More info here.

Illuminate the Night -> To celebrate the opening Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, the Elysian Arts Collective will host an evening of festivities this Saturday that includes Mariachi, a traditional Aztec blessing, and a contemporary dance performance by MASH UP. Following bridge-adjacent activities, an after-party will be hosted at Frogtown Brewery. Event kicks off at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Earth Day at NHM -> The Natural History Museum celebrates Earth Day on Saturday with a special afternoon of programming that will include live musical performances, hands-on activities, block-printing with Self-Help Graphics, pop-up presentations, and more. More info here.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire -> Starting this Saturday and Sunday, Ren-Faire enthusiasts can expect over 100+ artisans, merchants, and vendors, plus costume contests, games, rides, a food court and more, all taking place at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area from April 9 through May 22. Adult single-day admission starts at $38. More info here.

Pets and People Wellness Event -> This Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. the Wags & Walks Adoption Center is hosting a Pets and People Wellness offering brush-outs & nail clippings, doggy massages, special vendors, samples, giveaways, a puppy therapy lounge, access to a professional dog trainer, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

Noon to Midnight -> This Saturday, The LA Phil will stage 12 hours of pop-up concert performances in the main hall of the Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring ensembles from throughout Southern California. Activities will extend to the Blue Ribbon Garden, and there will also be onsite DJs and bites for purchase from Chef Ray Garcia’s asterid. Tickets to attend are $5. More info here.

Sounds of L.A. at The Getty -> The Getty’s annual concert series continues this Saturday and Sunday with a pair of Hawaiian dance and voice performances led by Kumu Hula Keali’i Ceballos, with music provided by Grammy-award winner Daniel Ho. Free to attend with reservation, but remember parking is $20. More info here.

Family Festival: Persia -> On Saturday and Sunday, The Getty Villa highlights the culture and heritage of ancient Iran through a two-day festival featuring dance, storytelling, puppet-marking, calligraphy, craft-making, and other and interactive events. The festival takes place in conjunction with Getty Villa’s newest exhibition, Ancient Iran and the Classical World, which is set to open on April 6. More info on the event here.

The Brewery Artwalk -> The twice annual open studio weekend at the Brewery Art Complex returns this Saturday and Sunday. Expect dozens of participating artists showcasing their works. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. More info here.

Family Fun Sunday at CAAM -> This Sunday, the California African American Museum offers a hands-o session for families where they’ll use collage materials to recreate the poses in Deborah Roberts’s large-scale figurative mural, Little man, little man (2020), while CAAM staff capture photos. Free to attend. More info here.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis -> The Wallis continues its free outdoor family events series on Sunday with a variety live music for kids and families, a “Spring Groove” music, meditation and yoga session followed by salsa dancing with Lyrik Cruz featuring a live salsa band. More info on the series here.

Rose Bowl Flea Market -> Hundreds of vendors take over The Rose Bowl every second Sunday of the month. General admission is $12. More info here.

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Dining

Wanderlust Creamery. Photo Credit Wanderlust Creamery Instagram.

Wanderlust Creamery Opens on Sawtelle -> The scoop shop celebrates the grand opening of their Sawtelle Japantown location with three days of promos and the launch of an all Japanese inspired ice cream menu for the entire month of April. The first 100 guests in line on Friday and Saturday  will get a free scoop and Wanderlust swag. The next 100 guests after (on both days) will score $2 scoops and a small gift. It’s also BOGO scoops all weekend long plus Wanderlust will hold a  raffle to win an ice cream party. RSVP is encouraged. 

Yappy Hour at Benny Boy Brewing -> Benny Boy Brewing will partner with Chippin, an eco-friendly pet nutrition company for a Yappy Hour this Saturday, April 9. Stop by the newly opened brewery and cidery in Lincoln Heights from 2 to 5 p.m. all dogs will be treated to complimentary treats while humans can enjoy beer and ciders for purchase. 

AYCE Sunday Brunch at Pez Cantina -> Pez Cantina recently brought back its AYCE Sunday brunch buffet. The all-you-can-eat experience runs $40 per person with an option to add an all-you-can-drink option that includes bottomless beer and mimosas for $30 per person or bottomless seasonal margaritas, beer and wine for $40 per person. The buffet menu features treats like French toast, pancakes, scones, muffins and cookies. On the savory end guests can indulge in chicken mole, chorizo refried beans, enchiladas, egg scrambles, cedar planked salmon in a bacon chipotle marmalade, fresh ceviche, chilled shrimp and much more. The brunch runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be booked through Tock or by phone.


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Things to Do This Week in L.A. [4-4-2022 to 4-8-2022]

April 4, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
View of Downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding basin from the Griffith Observatory West Terrace. Jan. 23, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

After a chill weekend, prepare yourself for the onslaught of social media posts complaining about the forthcoming heat. Forecasts predict it’ll be 95 degrees by Friday afternoon (yikes!), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be lots of things going on around town in the meantime.

This week, from April 4-8 in Los Angeles, you can check out PaleyFest, play Queer Lotería at Angel City Brewery, head to Westwood Village for first Thursdays, watch the Long Beach Grand Prix, attend a Halo watch party, get free admission at the Martial Arts Museum, and sample one (or more) of the city’s best burritos for National Burrito Day. Enjoy the list!

Things to Do

PaleyFest -> Back live at The Dolby Theater from April 2-10, PaleyFest offers a nine-day series of special panels and discussions featuring the cast and crew of some of T.V.’s top shows, including Better Call Saul, Hacks, Cobra Kai, Riverdale, and more. Tickets available for individual sessions or as multi-event passes. More info here.

Melrose Rooftop Cinema -> West Hollywood’s Melrose Rooftop Theatre in its sixth season at  E.P. & L.P. , featuring an exciting mix of new releases and classic movie screenings. General admission seating cost $30 per person, and a dinner and a movie VIP packagethat includes a three-course menu from E.P. Restaurant will cost $65 per person. This week you can catch The Godfather on Monday and Casa Blanca on Tuesday.

New Beverly Double-Feature -> This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the New Beverly Cinema will screen an evening double-feature of the classic western Rio Bravo (1959) followed by John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Tickets are $12. More info here.

Frequency: The Psychedelic Breathwork Experience -> This Tuesday, immersive art park Wisdome.LA hosts a special psychedelic breathwork experience featuring a sound bath, live instrumentalists, a light show, and a DJ. GA tickets start at $45.

Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You ->  A major exhibition devoted to the art of Barbara Kruger is now open at LACMA. And though it covers over forty years of the artist’s work, don’t call it a retrospective. Rather, the Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You arranges and reinterprets Kruger’s work to provide timely critiques of capitalism, consumerism, and social identity. Mediums range from massive rooms covered in vinyl texts, to video installations, soundscapes, and digital projections. The exhibition runs through July 17. LACMA is open every day except Wednesday. We highly recommend checking it out. More info here.

Color Fields LA -> A new experience at Blush Studios in DTLA challenges viewers understanding of color through compositions of light, shape, form, movement, and technology. Brian Zamora’s Color Fields LA will be on display Tuesday to Sunday through Aug. 31. Tickets start at $35 per adult. More info here.

Queer Lotería ->  This Wednesday, Angel City Brewery presents a Mexican Lotería night co-hosted by Chicano model Elíseo Equihua and East L.A. drag queen legend Melissa BeFierce. In addition to prizes for the Lotería session, guests can also shop a selection of local vendors popping up at ACB for the event. Free to attend. More info here.

Halo Watch Party -> Every Wednesday the Scum and Villainy Cantina hosts a watch party for the latest episode release of the Paramount+ series, Halo. Expect drink specials and cosplay to accompany the screening. More info here.

Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor at MOCA -> Now through June 5, head to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for “Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor.” The immersive, sensory-heavy works of Zürich-based artist Pipilotti Rist feature large-scale installations with hypnotic musical scores; video art; and sculptures. Special exhibitions at MOCA cost $18 for adults; $10 for students with I.D. and seniors (+65); and free for children under 12 and jurors with I.D. In addition, tickets allow for a free second visit to the exhibition within 72 hours of initial visit. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

Turtle Races -> Every first and third Thursday of the month, Brennan’s in Marina Del Ray hosts their signature turtle races. Bar opens at 4 p.m., and the first race starts at 8:30 p.m. More info here.

UCLA First Thursdays -> Westwood Village comes alive on the first Thursday of the month with an afternoon Farmer’s Market (noon to 5 p.m.) on Broxton Ave. followed by an evening activation featuring student made neon art, DJs and dancing (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) Free to attend. More info here.

Free Admission at the Martial Arts Museum -> Every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m., Burbank’s Marital Arts Museum offers free admission to the public. More info here.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach -> This Friday to Sunday, head to Downtown Long Beach for three days of racing action accompanied by a lifestyle expo, family fun zone, food truck experience, and an exotic car paddock. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

Hayao Miyazaki Encores -> Attention Studio Ghibli fans: As the Academy Museum’s Hayao Miyazaki exhibition comes to a close (ending June 5), the museum will screen seven key films by the director from April 1 to May 27, each in 35mm with English subtitles. The series continues this Friday with a showing of Castle in the Sky. Tickets are $10. More info here.

Zombie Joe’s The Unsackable Man -> How do you set Moby Dick on a football field? As a musical, obviously, which is what you’ll experience if you come to see the The Unsackable Man at the incomparable Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, staring on April 8. Shows runs Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. More info here.

Outfest Fusion -> This Friday, the 19th Annual Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Film Festival kicks off with an opening gala at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Festival screenings and workshops continue through the weekend and into next week, with seven features and 52 short films on the docket. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

Festival Fever Bazaar -> Stop by Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles this Friday for Festival Fever Bazaar a curated festival season shopping experience. From 1 to 6 p.m. the public is invited to attend for free, enjoy the city views, DJ sets and sip on cocktails.

Homebound Brew Haus -> Union Station’s Homebound Brew Haus kicks off Dodgers season on Friday with indoor-outdoor television and projections of the Dodgers vs. Rockies game. Doors open at noon and the game starts at 1:10 p.m. Guests will enjoy all-day happy hour specials.

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Dining

Burritos La Palma
Burritos La Palma. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In honor of National Burrito Day on April 7 we are sharing a few of our favorite places in Los Angeles to get a burrito. Enjoy!

La Azteca Tortilleria -> The store front of this East Los Angeles gem is never empty, and with good reason. The La Azteca chile relleno burrito is a flat-out legend. Picture a poblano chile roasted to perfection and stuffed it with gooey cheese and (optional) meat. The whole thing is wrapped up in a chewy handmade tortilla and served with a side of hot sauce. 

Sonoratown -> Come to Sonoratown for top notch Northern Mexican carne asada and some of the best flour tortillas in the city. Get a Chivichanga, a tightly packed shredded beef or chicken burrito with two types of cheese, blistered tomato and Anaheim chile. Or, go big with their Burrito 2.0, which comes with your choice of meat, a hearty serving of guacamole, Monterey Jack Cheese, pinto beans and salsa. 

Trejo’s Tacos x Hotville Chicken Collab -> Danny Trejo and Hotville Chicken’s Kimberly Prince will team up for a spicy collaboration for National Burrito Day. Starting April 7 get Kim’s famous Spiced Fried Chicken inside a burrito, on tacos, and topped in a bowl at all Trejo’s Tacos locations April 7-30. 

Burritos La Palma -> Burritos La Palma’s slender style burritos are packed with stewed meats and wrapped up in flour tortillas. Just a few bites takes down a single burrito, which makes it the perfect excuse to order at least three burritos per person. Stuffing options include beef and potato in green chile sauce, chicharron, chicken tinga, bean & cheese, beef bean & cheese and birria. All orders get a side of whole serrano peppers and a simple mild salsa. Locations include El Monte and Boyle Heights. 

Corner Cottage -> Fans of breakfast burritos all know about Corner Cottage in Burbank. Every Saturday this place draws a line of people who wait upwards of an hour for a burrito. If you can get up early (they open at 6 a.m.) and have some cash on hand (cash only here) you’ll be rewarded with what has to be among the finest breakfast burritos to ever grace your lips. The base of a Cottage Corner breakfast burrito is a simple combination of thinly sliced potatoes layered with cheese, fluffy scrambled eggs and a meat of your choice that includes ham, steak, sausage or bacon. Make sure to ask for a side of the finely chopped salsa (it’s addicting). Oh, and remember they’re closed on Sundays!


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