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57 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [5-14-2021 to 5-16-2021]

May 13, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This weekend, we’ve got Ai Weiwei’s Trace at the Skirball, pop-up markets, a ‘20s-themed lawn party, NHM’s virtual bug fair, fun restaurant mashups, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

row dtla
ROW DTLA. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In-Person Events

The Skirball reopens on May 15 with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO®  blocks. 

Unique Markets Spring Pop-Up returns to ROW DTLA May 15-16 for a curated shopping experience. This pop-up features one-of-a-kind gifts from modern, independent designers, artists, and emerging brands. Aside from shopping, the market will feature a photo booth, complimentary beverages, and live music.

Don’t Tell Comedy is back this weekend with shows in Venice and Redondo Beach. The shows are held outdoors and masks are required at entry and in common areas. BYOB and snacks. Tickets cost $25 a person.

On May 15, head to vegan eatery Jewel in Virgil Village for Makers Market LA, featuring over 20 vendors from jewelry to vinyl and sustainable goods. Live music and food from Jewel will also be part of the day. Reserve a free ticket here.

Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel is currently accepting tourists seeking an escape from reality. The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative.

Drive In At The Park cruises into the Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City with Friday and Saturday movie screenings now until August 28. This weekend, they’ll screen Toy Story, The Notebook, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Freaky.

Danny Heller’s Palm Springs Weekend opens at the George Billis Gallery on May 15, with an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. The show features Heller’s oil paintings of mid-century architecture in Palm Springs.

Emma Chamberlain’s coffee brand, Chamberlain Coffee, is taking over Carrera Cafe May 14 – 16. Carrera Cafe will serve Chamberlain Coffee’s Family Blend and latte art designs that include the brand’s four core characters: a bird, cat, dog, and owl. There will also be a Chamberlain Coffee mural over the pink wall all the influencers love.

Douglas Allen’s solo exhibition Keep on Trucking opens at Tierra Del Sol Gallery on May 15 through July 3. Per a release: “Keep on Trucking highlights Allen’s bold colored pen and pencil drawings, inspired by his long-held desire to be a truck driver. He imagines big rig trucks in pop colored landscapes with hills and roads depicting Southern California cities and towns that he often references by name.”

The Roaring Twenties Street Party is a vintage lawn party at Lionsgate Manor in Pasadena on May 16 from noon to 6 p.m. Dress up, pack a picnic, and enjoy live music from Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang, ragtime dance classes, games, photo ops, and more. Tickets are $75.

Cult filmmaker Richard Elfman will present a double feature drive-in at Regency Theaters on May 15 with Aliens, Clowns & Geeks and Forbidden Zone. More info here.

Street Food Cinema launches its 10th season on May 15 with a drive-in screening of Jurassic Park at the King Gillette Ranch in Malibu. Expect food trucks including Stout Burger, Dreamy Creations, and more. Car entry is $20, then $8 per person. More info here.

123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn’s A Walk Through the Lavender Fields kicks off on May 14. Visitors can stroll through organic lavender fields, take guided wagon tours, learn about how lavender is turned into an essential oil or used in food, and browse the farm’s marketplace. Admission varies ($0-$15) and parking is $10. Open through Aug. 1.

Dance group Kinjaz will offer community dance classes on the ROW DTLA rooftop each Saturday in May. Free one-hour beginners’ classes will take place at 11 a.m., followed by a paid advanced class at 1 p.m. for $15. On-site donations will be accepted at the free classes in support of the AAPI community. More information here.

May is AAPI Heritage Month and four local establishments have banded together for Shake the Hate LA, a cocktail fundraiser benefiting AAPI nonprofits. For every special AAPI cocktail sold through May, Pernod Ricard will donate $1 to an AAPI non-profit or charity selected by each participating restaurant. Cocktails include: a Pear Martini with Absolut Vanilla, sake, Asian pear juice, and passion fruit from Connie & Ted’s; “Just Vibe” made with Altos Reposado Tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, lime, agave, and hellfire bitters from Bar Bohemien; “Thai Fighter” with Beefeater Gin, lemongrass, Makrut lime leaves, ginger, and nigori sake at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s; and “Ready for this Jelly?” made of Absolut Vodka, green tea, sweet condensed milk, house-made lychee liqueur, and grass jelly from Phorage.

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo continues with multiple outdoor screenings this weekend. Movies include Coming To America, The Goonies, Dirty Dancing and much more.

Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) is an immersive audio/visual gallery “that extrapolates a sound experiment conducted on the Scottish Isle of Eigg to the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles” through projected video, amplified sound, and spatial design. On view through May 28. Tickets are $10.

UCR ARTS will reopen its doors to the public on May 13 with free admission to all visitors. Guests can explore six wide-ranging exhibitions, including California wildfires, the documentary photography of Bruce Davidson, and textile art from the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

Picturistik is a new photo studio is now open in Burbank, offering fun backdrops by local artists using recycled materials.

From May 6-18, anonymous street artist Listen will debut his work in collaboration with Artsy at TheStyleGuyde Gallery in Santa Monica. Curated by Steve Galindo, the artist’s debut will showcase 18 of their canvas pieces. More info here.

FORT:LA‘s May trail is the John Elgin Woolf Hollywood Regency trail, presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The trail shows off five homes designed Woolf. Per a release: “John Elgin Woolf had a major role in creating our idea of Golden Era Hollywood glamour, the homes he designed for movie and television major players set a new standard for luxury. Hollywood Regency, a style he is known for pioneering, is recognized by its blend of British architectural traditions (mansard roofs) and neoclassical motifs with the imaginative scale and set design approach.” You can take a self-driven, self-led tour using FORT:LA’s PDF here, which contains a map of the trail and the history of the homes. Available through May.

The Melrose Flea Market is back at Fairfax High School every Sunday. Tickets are $5.

Celebration Spectrum is a month-long public art installation produced by dublab for Art Rise in collaboration with artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill for The Music Center and Grand Park. The month-long audio-visual exhibition will showcase the work of over 34 local artists, fusing art, music, and cultural identity experiences into art installations on the grounds of Grand Park, as well as digital programming accessible via werise.la/grandpark

Dreamscape Immersive at the Century City Mall is offering four immersive virtual reality adventures including The Blu: Deep Rescue, Alien Zoo, The Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure, and Dragons Flight Academy.

Through May 23, El Capitan Theater is screening classic movies. This weekend, it’s Toy Story. Tickets are available at the Box Office or at elcapitantheatre.com

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available through May 16. Tickets are $0-$25.

Universal Studios Hollywood is open and the amusement park has a brand new The Secret Life of Pets ride. Guests can also check out Jurassic World—The Ride, which includes a brand new dino, the Indominus rex, who will fight a T-Rex in the ride’s finale. Other reopened attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers™:  The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Despicable Me’s Super Silly Fun Land, and the Simpsons-themed Springfield, U.S.A. The Studio Tour, which takes guests through the backlot and includes the Fast & Furious—Supercharged and King Kong 360 3D rides, is also back. 

The Craft in America Center reopens on May 4 with the exhibit Making Waves: Ocean Ecology and Craft, on view through Aug. 21. More info here.

Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Electric Dusk Drive-In will screen Finding Nemo this Sunday. Get tickets here.

At-Home & Online Events

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), celebrates 35 years of Bug Fair on Sunday, May 15. Join NHM for Bug Fair Connected, a virtual edition of the festival featuring an up-close look at some of the most unique specimens in the museum’s collection. You can also sit in on a discussion about eating bugs, enjoy talks with educators, and more. This event is free to attend.

The Music Center and Dance Magazine present a conversation between American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancer Misty Copeland and South African dancer/choreographer Dada Masilo in INSIDE LOOK: misty copeland & dada masilo—changing narratives in dance. Per a release: “With the artists asking each other about their personal experiences, the two compare their schedules and struggles, and the differences in their journeys as Black women in dance in the U.S. versus South Africa. Their candid conversation discusses discrimination and body image issues in dance as well insights on stage fright and their love for ballet.” Watch on-demand on musiccenter.org starting May 10.

Eschaton reopens its virtual doors on May 15, offering a mix between an online nightclub and an interactive performance venue. The space is comprised of a maze of rooms for guests to explore, each one leading to unexpected performers, including drag queens, DJs, burlesque dancers, and more. The one-hour experience takes place from 7-8 p.m. Tickets run $18-$23.

This week’s RISK! livestream is on Friday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State) will host true stories from J. RohrRyan EstradaJenn Montooth, and Tianna KergTickets are $15.

Antaeus Theatre’s Zip Code Plays are back, featuring a new season of six episodes that drive into Echo Park, West Hollywood, Inglewood, Pacoima, North Hollywood, and Monterey Park. Listen here.  

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) for their InFocus: Asian Cinema film festival on May 15. All feature films are directed by Asian filmmakers.

I Swing, You Swing is a two-hour Zoom mystery game that revolves around a swingers party in the 1970s. The guests are not attending this party for romance, but to determine a complicated paternity mystery. Guests will get their characters and materials in advance to allow them to dress up and get into the spirit.

Worst Summer Ever is a fundraiser for the Asian Prison Support Community in which comics will share stories from their own worst summers. It’s hosted by Jared Goldstein and Hannah Pilkes, and includes Alex English, Alyssa Limperis, Ayo Adebiri, Jinx Monsoon, Yassir Lester, and many more. Watch on Saturday, May 15 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.

CAP UCLA presents Dorothea, “a kaleidoscopic, lushly explosive post-pop song cycle embodying the viscerally tender, pathos riddled, darkly funny poems of Dorothea Lasky” from artist Ted Hearne on May 15 at 7 p.m. Free.

Tickets are available now for the Geffen Stayhouse’s The Door You Never Saw Before, a family-friendly show that’s part-musical, part-adventure. Per a release: “After entering a door they’ve never seen before, the kids are tasked with saving a faraway city from a villain known only as “The Stench.” Kids will receive a suitcase full of surprises to aid in their quest, and will get to choose where their Zoom story takes them. Filled with musical whimsy and quirky characters, this show is sure to delight kids and parents alike.” Suitable for kids 6-9. Open May 14 through June 27.

From the Getty on May 14 at noon, Art Break: What Makes People Laugh? Ancient Greek Comedy and its Filipino Legacy: “Join Mary Louise Hart, associate curator of antiquities at the Getty Museum, and director Jon Lawrence Rivera, founder of LA’s Playwright’s Arena, as they decode a comedic scene on a fourth-century BC Greek vase. Using masks, costumes, and active staging to upend classical myths for laughs, ancient Greek comedy set a standard for humor millennia before the invention of today’s television sitcoms. Hart and Rivera discuss how Filipino comedy and pageantry play into many of the same themes, demonstrating the enduring features of comic performance across cultures and time.” Register in advance here.

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries presents Arrested Movement, an inclusive portrait series by Anthony Patrick Manieri celebrating and promoting positive body images for men. The online guided tour is up now until the end of the year.

San Francisco Ballet will stream Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet May 6-26. Tickets are $26 for 72-hour access, or get viewings of both Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake for $48. Purchase online at sfballet.org.

Check out the history Los Angeles’ Chinatown through a new online exhibition titled “Stories and Voices from L.A. Chinatown.” The project is the first in the series Archive Alive, a collaboration of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; the Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA); and the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL).

On Friday, May 14, The Hammer presents a virtual conversation about the work of artists Mario Ayala and Monica Majoli, both of whom are featured in Made in L.A. 2020: a version

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) and UCLA Film & Television Archive co-present a virtual screening of American Spanish-language classic film Verbena trágica (Block Party), starring late actor Fernando Soler. Available from May 13 at 4 p.m. through June 3. Register here to watch.

Get crafty with Makers Mess. This month, they are offering an embroidery kit and tutorial at a discounted rate.

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s WE RISE is hosting a month of community programs for Mental Health Awareness Month, May 1-31. Programming includes art experiences, community pop-ups, and digital experiences. Check out the calendar here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host its annual Master Class Fundraiser May 1-30. Classes will be taught by Groundlings alumni, instructors, and professionals. Offerings include Empower Your Partner: The Importance of Teamwork in Scene Work led by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Writing/Performing/Acting from a Character Point of View led by Cathy Shambley (United States of Tara), and Writing for TV led by Brett Baer (New Girl). Each class is $40.

The 20th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival takes place throughout May. See events and programming here.

The Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee presents the Barnsdall Virtual Arts Fair from May 1 through July 31. The fundraising event is online, showcasing work from students in mediums including jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, painting, sculpture, photography, and more.

Salt & Pepper Calamari at E.P. Photo by Jakob Layman.

Dining

Some of the most beloved L.A. chefs are collaborating on one-of-a-kind takeout dishes for Pop Off LA May 16-23. Mashup collaborations include Secret Lasagna x Anajak Thai , Seoul Sausage x Parm Boyz, Speak Cheezy x Kuya Lord x RiceBox x Estrano, and many more. Bookings are now live on OpenTable. Pop Off LA will donate funds to support Off Their Plate, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that will distribute money to struggling AAPI restaurants that make meals for AAPI community organizations across the country.

Soulmate is now open in West Hollywood, offering Spanish-Mediterranean dishes from Rudy Lopez (The Nomad) and cocktails from Naomi Schimek (The Spare Room). Expect dishes like Santa Barbara Uni Toast, Kenpachi Ceviche, Grilled Iberico Secreto Skewers, and more.

West Hollywood’s E.P. Restaurant is back with a new concept and a new head chef: Nicholas Russo, formerly of Mei Lin’s Nightshade and Michael Voltaggio’s Ink. The reimagined Modern American meets New World-inspired menu includes Dry Aged Baja Tuna Crudo, Steamed Lock Etive Trout, Spicy Twice-Cooked Organic Chicken, and much more.

Lunetta’s Shake It Off Fridays feature a cocktail-and-a-half during Friday lunch. All are made with tequila or mezcal and feature house-made shrubs and farmers market produce, shaken table side and poured generously. It’s like when you get the rest of the milkshake in the cup, except for adults.

Need delivery and takeout options? Check out our latest comprehensive guide here.

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Things To Do

45 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [5-10-2021 to 5-14-2021]

May 10, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Sunset Point Dume Malibu
Sunset at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Rain0975 via flickr

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This week, we’ve got new art exhibitions and film screenings, a road trip to a lavender field, a new taco spot in Culver City, virtual reality experiences, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

In-Person Events

On May 13 at 8 p.m., catch a screening of Punk the Capital at the Cinelounge Drive-in followed by a Q&A with Franz Stahl and Pete Stahl and of the DC band Scream. Before the feature, there will be a short film about Scream and “their deep connections with the 1960s garage scene and the band The Hangmen.” See the complete schedule for Cinelounge’s drive-in and theater here.

May is AAPI Heritage Month and four local establishments have banded together for Shake the Hate LA, a cocktail fundraiser benefiting AAPI nonprofits. For every special AAPI cocktail sold through May, Pernod Ricard will donate $1 to an AAPI non-profit or charity selected by each participating restaurant. Cocktails include: a Pear Martini with Absolut Vanilla, sake, Asian pear juice, and passion fruit from Connie & Ted’s; “Just Vibe” made with Altos Reposado Tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, lime, agave, and hellfire bitters from Bar Bohemien; “Thai Fighter” with Beefeater Gin, lemongrass, Makrut lime leaves, ginger, and nigori sake at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s; and “Ready for this Jelly?” made of Absolut Vodka, green tea, sweet condensed milk, house-made lychee liqueur, and grass jelly from Phorage.

Picturistik is a new photo studio is now open in Burbank, offering fun backdrops by local artists using recycled materials.

123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn’s A Walk Through the Lavender Fields kicks off on May 14. Visitors can stroll through organic lavender fields, take guided wagon tours, learn about how lavender is turned into an essential oil or used in food, and browse the farm’s marketplace. Admission varies ($0-$15) and parking is $10. Open through Aug. 1.

UCR ARTS will reopen its doors to the public on May 13 with free admission to all visitors. Guests can explore six wide-ranging exhibitions, including California wildfires, the documentary photography of Bruce Davidson, and textile art from the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

Drive In At The Park cruises into the Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City with Friday and Saturday movie screenings now until August 28. This week, they’ll screen Toy Story and The Notebook.

Celebration Spectrum is a month-long public art installation produced by dublab for Art Rise in collaboration with artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill for The Music Center and Grand Park. The month-long audio-visual exhibition will showcase the work of over 34 local artists, fusing art, music, and cultural identity experiences into art installations on the grounds of Grand Park, as well as digital programming accessible via werise.la/grandpark

From May 6-18, anonymous street artist Listen will debut his work in collaboration with Artsy at TheStyleGuyde Gallery in Santa Monica. Curated by Steve Galindo, the artist’s debut will showcase 18 of their canvas pieces. More info here.

Dreamscape Immersive at the Century City Mall will reopen on May 6, offering four immersive virtual reality adventures including The Blu: Deep Rescue, Alien Zoo, The Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure, and Dragons Flight Academy. Tickets are now available for presale

Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) is an immersive audio/visual gallery “that extrapolates a sound experiment conducted on the Scottish Isle of Eigg to the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles” through projected video, amplified sound, and spatial design. On view through May 28. Tickets are $10.

Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel is currently accepting tourists seeking an escape from reality. The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative.

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo is located at the Santa Monica Airport. Films this week include Pretty Woman, Step Brothers, The Greatest Showman, Bridesmaids, Mean Girls, Point Break, Grease, Coming to America, The Goonies, and The Silence of the Lambs. Tickets are here.

Universal Studios Hollywood is open and the amusement park has a brand new The Secret Life of Pets ride. Guests can also check out Jurassic World—The Ride, which includes a brand new dino, the Indominus rex, who will fight a T-Rex in the ride’s finale. Other reopened attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers™:  The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Despicable Me’s Super Silly Fun Land, and the Simpsons-themed Springfield, U.S.A. The Studio Tour, which takes guests through the backlot and includes the Fast & Furious—Supercharged and King Kong 360 3D rides, is also back. 

The Craft in America Center is back with the new exhibit Making Waves: Ocean Ecology and Craft, on view through Aug. 21. More info here.

FORT:LA‘s May trail is the John Elgin Woolf Hollywood Regency trail, presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The trail shows off five homes designed Woolf. Per a release: “John Elgin Woolf had a major role in creating our idea of Golden Era Hollywood glamour, the homes he designed for movie and television major players set a new standard for luxury. Hollywood Regency, a style he is known for pioneering, is recognized by its blend of British architectural traditions (mansard roofs) and neoclassical motifs with the imaginative scale and set design approach.” You can take a self-driven, self-led tour using FORT:LA’s PDF here, which contains a map of the trail and the history of the homes. Available through May.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

HannaH Hanson Gallery’s inaugural show is Megan Lindeman’s Hey Lover Letters, a mixed-media installation that explores concepts and imagery relating to family, origins, patriarchy, death, and love. On view through May. 

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes reopened to the public on April 15, with exhibits including Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, the LA Plaza Village Murals show, and afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. The museum also has a large-scale neon mural installation by artist Patrick Martinez as part of Art Rise 2021, titled, Only Light Can Do That.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Burlesque. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available through May 16. Tickets are $0-$25.

Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

At-Home & Online Events

The Music Center and Dance Magazine present a conversation between American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancer Misty Copeland and South African dancer/choreographer Dada Masilo in INSIDE LOOK: misty copeland & dada masilo—changing narratives in dance. Per a release: “With the artists asking each other about their personal experiences, the two compare their schedules and struggles, and the differences in their journeys as Black women in dance in the U.S. versus South Africa. Their candid conversation discusses discrimination and body image issues in dance as well insights on stage fright and their love for ballet.” Watch on-demand on musiccenter.org starting May 10.

This week’s RISK! livestream is on Friday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State) will host true stories from J. RohrRyan EstradaJenn Montooth, and Tianna KergTickets are $15.

Tickets are available now for the Geffen Stayhouse’s The Door You Never Saw Before, a family-friendly show that’s part-musical, part-adventure. Per a release: “After entering a door they’ve never seen before, the kids are tasked with saving a faraway city from a villain known only as “The Stench.” Kids will receive a suitcase full of surprises to aid in their quest, and will get to choose where their Zoom story takes them. Filled with musical whimsy and quirky characters, this show is sure to delight kids and parents alike.” Suitable for kids 6-9. Open May 14 through June 27.

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries presents Arrested Movement, an inclusive portrait series by Anthony Patrick Manieri celebrating and promoting positive body images for men. The online guided tour is up now until the end of the year.

Theatre Forty presents a Zoom reading of a new play, Mr. Simpson by Stephen Maitland-Lewis, on May 12 at 7 p.m. The play is about Ernest Simpson, whose wife left him for suspected Nazi-sympathizer Edward III, former King of the United Kingdom, and his quest to sell a tell-all to a newspaper. Register here.

The Gourmandise School and Union Station Homeless Services present “Cook for a Cause” on May 12. Learn to make Gnocchi with Brown Butter & Sage, Salad with Dill Vinaigrette, and Olive Oil Cake, plus raise funds for and hearing the latest from Union Station Homeless Services. General admission ($35) includes a list of ingredients, while VIP tickets ($125) deliver everything you need straight to your door the day prior.

From the Getty on May 14 at noon, Art Break: What Makes People Laugh? Ancient Greek Comedy and its Filipino Legacy: “Join Mary Louise Hart, associate curator of antiquities at the Getty Museum, and director Jon Lawrence Rivera, founder of LA’s Playwright’s Arena, as they decode a comedic scene on a fourth-century BC Greek vase. Using masks, costumes, and active staging to upend classical myths for laughs, ancient Greek comedy set a standard for humor millennia before the invention of today’s television sitcoms. Hart and Rivera discuss how Filipino comedy and pageantry play into many of the same themes, demonstrating the enduring features of comic performance across cultures and time.” Register in advance here.

On May 10 at noon, Zócalo/CaltechLive! present “What is the Meaning of Life?” Per a release: “Modern science, for all its breakthroughs, has yet to produce a standard definition for life. What does it mean to be alive—and how have our answers to that question evolved over time? Sir Paul Nurse—Nobel Laureate and author, most recently, of What Is Life?—visits Zócalo to discuss the search for the meaning of life.” Register here.

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) and UCLA Film & Television Archive co-present a virtual screening of American Spanish-language classic film Verbena trágica (Block Party), starring late actor Fernando Soler. Available from May 13 at 4 p.m. through June 3. Register here to watch.

KCRW and CAAM invite guests for an inside look at the museum’s latest exhibition, Enunciated Life, May 13 at 7 p.m. Join KCRW DJ Novena Carmel and CAAM Curator Taylor Aldridge as they explore works by 13 contemporary artists who are inspired by Black spiritual beliefs, movement, sound, and bodily expressions. This event is free to attend.

On May 13 at 5 p.m. The UCLA Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience in partnership with the Atlanta-based new music ensemble Bent Frequency and Atlanta’s Breman Museum and Neranenah present Mare’ot/ Mirrors, a livestreamed concert featuring contemporary music by six women of Jewish heritage. Performers include Lera Auerbach, Alyssa Weinberg, Gabriela Lena Frank, Judith Shatin, Nomi Epstein and Betty Olivero. An audience roundtable will follow and will also include composers Nomi Epstein, Judith Shatin, and Alyssa Weinberg and performers Stuart Gerber and Jan Berry Baker. Register here.

Get crafty with Makers Mess. This month, they are offering an embroidery kit and tutorial at a discounted rate.

The 20th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival takes place throughout May. See events and programming here.

Check out the history Los Angeles’ Chinatown through a new online exhibition titled “Stories and Voices from L.A. Chinatown.” The project is the first in the series Archive Alive, a collaboration of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; the Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA); and the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL).

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s WE RISE is hosting a month of community programs for Mental Health Awareness Month, May 1-31. Programming includes art experiences, community pop-ups, and digital experiences. Check out the calendar here.

The Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee presents the Barnsdall Virtual Arts Fair from May 1 through July 31. The fundraising event is online, showcasing work from students in mediums including jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, painting, sculpture, photography, and more.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host its annual Master Class Fundraiser May 1-30. Classes will be taught by Groundlings alumni, instructors, and professionals. Offerings include Empower Your Partner: The Importance of Teamwork in Scene Work led by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Writing/Performing/Acting from a Character Point of View led by Cathy Shambley (United States of Tara), and Writing for TV led by Brett Baer (New Girl). Each class is $40.

Tickets are on sale now for Sherwood & Nottingham: Season 2. The interactive, online roleplaying game is set in a world inspired by the tales of Robin Hood, and allows guests to navigate a custom-built website and interact with characters on Zoom, Twitch, and Gather.town. Unravel a story and solve secrets over the course of a four-week narrative, starting May 14.

Venice Family Clinic’s Venice Art Walk & Auction will be held online this year from April 28 through May 12. This year’s auction features over 200 works by nationally recognized contemporary artists. Each winning bid provides essential health care services to Venice Family Clinic’s community of 27,000 patients within Los Angeles County. In addition to the auction, Venice Family Clinic will also hold complementary art talks on select days.

Vamonos Tacos Photo by Fried Chicken Studios.

Dining

Taco and margarita bar Vamonos Tacos has officially opened in Culver City bringing mesquite-grilled meats, homemade yellow corn tortillas, and specialty margaritas. Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday with brunch on the weekends. Vamonos Tacos also offers happy hour from 5-7 p.m. (Wednesday-Saturday) and all day on Sundays.

On Thursday, May 13, The Pie Hole is celebrating National Apple Day with a free caramel apple pie hole (a bite-sized version of The Pie Hole’s Mom’s Apple Crumble Pie) with the purchase of any menu item while supplies last.

It’s National Burger Month and Michael Mina’s delivery and pickup concept Bourbon Burger Bar is offering a special deal on their BBB Tasting for the entire month. Get $5 off the complete BBB tasting (regular $39.95), which comes with your choice of burger, side salad, and dessert. Mina’s popular duck fat fries are also included.

Italy’s colorful plant-based burger concept Flower Burger launched its first North American location as a delivery-only ghost kitchen out of Culver City, with plans to open a brick-and-mortar shop this summer. The first 50 orders received through the site can receive free delivery with promo code MadeWithLove now until Sunday, May 9.

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58 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [5-3-2021 to 5-7-2021]

May 3, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Angels Flight Railway
Angels Flight Railway. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This week, we’ve got Cinco de Mayo specials, the brand-new Madcap Motel, outdoor fitness classes, Mental Health Awareness Month events, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Tanya Aguiñiga, Rendering of Celebration Spectrum, 2021. Image courtesy of The Music Center & Grand Park.

In-Person Events

Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel is currently accepting tourists seeking an escape from reality. The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative.

Celebration Spectrum is a month-long public art installation produced by dublab for Art Rise in collaboration with artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill for The Music Center and Grand Park. The month-long audio-visual exhibition will showcase the work of over 34 local artists, fusing art, music, and cultural identity experiences into art installations on the grounds of Grand Park, as well as digital programming accessible via werise.la/grandpark

Dreamscape Immersive at the Century City Mall will reopen on May 6, offering four immersive virtual reality adventures including The Blu: Deep Rescue, Alien Zoo, The Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure, and Dragons Flight Academy. Tickets are now available for presale

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo opens on May 6 at the Santa Monica Airport. Films this week include Selena, Dazed and Confused, La La Land, and Friday. Tickets are here.

Through May 23, El Capitan Theater is screening classic movies. This week, it’s The Little Mermaid. Tickets are available at the Box Office or at elcapitantheatre.com

Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) is an immersive audio/visual gallery “that extrapolates a sound experiment conducted on the Scottish Isle of Eigg to the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles” through projected video, amplified sound, and spatial design. On view through May 28. Tickets are $10.

The Healing Garden allows guests to reserve private gardens by the hour. For Mother’s Day, several area gardens are offering a special tea package that includes a tea spread, planting activities, a bouquet, and an opportunity to pick vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. Costs vary, but start at $75 for three people up to $100 for six for a two-hour experience. Available through May 10.

Forest Lawn Museum and the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection reopened on April 28 with a new exhibition, Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style, featuring nearly 100 original stained glass artworks, preparatory drawings, archival photographs, oil paintings, and watercolors. A mix of contemporary and historic stained glassworks in the exhibit includes a hand-crafted window from Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1924 Ennis House, a fused glass portrait of Kobe Bryant by Tim Carey and Judson Studios, and The Muralist by David Flores. Capacity is limited, reservations are encouraged.

The Hollywood Legion Theater has reopened for indoor screenings with a “Back to the Movies” series. This week they’ll screen Speed, Napoleon Dynamite, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The Getty Villa is now open for timed entry. On view is Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins, organized by the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibit covers three millennia, from 3200 BC to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 BC. Reservations are always free but must be made in advance.

Thinkspace Projects has two new shows: Millo: At the Crack of Dawn from Italian muralist Millo, and Mando Marie: Tell Me All About It, whose works conjure childhood adventure. On view through May 22.

Universal Studios Hollywood is open and the amusement park has a brand new The Secret Life of Pets ride. Guests can also check out Jurassic World—The Ride, which includes a brand new dino, the Indominus rex, who will fight a T-Rex in the ride’s finale. Other reopened attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers™:  The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Despicable Me’s Super Silly Fun Land, and the Simpsons-themed Springfield, U.S.A. The Studio Tour, which takes guests through the backlot and includes the Fast & Furious—Supercharged and King Kong 360 3D rides, is also back. 

Hauser & Wirth presents Brazilian artist and founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement Lygia Pape in her first solo Los Angeles show, Tupinambá. Guests will get a chance to view Pape’s red-feathered sculptures from the Tupinambá series, a Ttéia, her emblematic installation work, and more. Free entry to the gallery. No booking is necessary.

Painter Kim DeJesus has a new show, Erasures, Washes, and Memory, at Whale and Star Studio. The abstract works will remain on view through May 14.

LACMA and Snap Inc. present LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives. Per a release: “This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region.” The first batch of augmented reality monuments are available to see now.

Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience on May 3-7 in and around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen The Wizard of Oz and Reality Bites.

HannaH Hanson Gallery’s inaugural show is Megan Lindeman’s Hey Lover Letters, a mixed-media installations that explores concepts and imagery relating to family, origins, patriarchy, death, and love. On view through May. 

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Radiant MindBody is offering 10 yoga classes per week on the Santa Monica Pier, ranging from 45- to 75-minute sessions. Classes are $22 each, with a portion donated to MVP Veterans Wellness Non-Profit. Membership is $99 per month for unlimited classes, including online Zoom classes. See the schedule and bookings here.

The Craft in America Center reopens on May 4 with the exhibit Making Waves: Ocean Ecology and Craft, on view through Aug. 21. More info here.

FORT:LA‘s May trail is the John Elgin Woolf Hollywood Regency trail, presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The trail shows off five homes designed Woolf. Per a release: “John Elgin Woolf had a major role in creating our idea of Golden Era Hollywood glamour, the homes he designed for movie and television major players set a new standard for luxury. Hollywood Regency, a style he is known for pioneering, is recognized by its blend of British architectural traditions (mansard roofs) and neoclassical motifs with the imaginative scale and set design approach.” You can take a self-driven, self-led tour using FORT:LA’s PDF here, which contains a map of the trail and the history of the homes. Available through May.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has reopened the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Guests will get to view the exhibit Made in L.A. 2020: a version and a recently restored The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th-century portrait. Advance reservations are required.

Made in L.A. 2020: a version also continues in person at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

FLOW STATE, a solo exhibition by Mikael B runs May 1-31 at Maddox Gallery. Per a release: “Inspired by Dalí, Kay Sage, Pollock, Peter Saul and Albert Oehlen, Mikael B works his visual magic with street art passion and sensibility absolutely taking over the gallery space with gesture, shape and color.”

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes reopened to the public on April 15, with exhibits including Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, the LA Plaza Village Murals show, and afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. The museum will also mount a large-scale neon mural installation by artist Patrick Martinez as part of Art Rise 2021, titled, Only Light Can Do That, 2021 starting May 7.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Pretty Woman. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available through May 16. Tickets are $0-$25.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

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At-Home & Online Events

NHM presents First Fridays Connected on May 7. The virtual event will focus on exploring L.A. culture through its food. Panelists this month include street food advocate and Kogi BBQ co-founder Roy Choi, and Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles author Sarah Portnoy. Live music, DJs, and a cocktail tutorial will also be part of the event.

On May 5 at 7 p.m., LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition. Learn about the historical and cultural aspects of Cinco de Mayo with panelists including David Hayes-Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC); Raquel Ramirez, Founder and Director of Ballet Folklórico Flor de Mayo; Jesús Gúzman, Director, Music of Mexico Ensemble, UCLA; and Paola Arzate, Playwright and Assistant Producer, Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition. Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook

The 20th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival takes place throughout May. See events and programming here.

San Francisco Ballet will stream Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet May 6-26. Tickets are $26 for 72-hour access, or get viewings of both Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake for $48. Purchase online at sfballet.org.

On Friday, May 7, The Hammer presents a virtual conversation about the work of artists Diane Severin Nguyen and Jeffrey Stuker, both of whom are featured in Made in L.A. 2020: a version

Through May 9, you can explore a virtual Mother’s Day market on streetlet.com featuring goods from local businesses including Elique Organics, Goo Salon, Luca, Hereafter.LA, and more. 

On May 4 from 5 – 6:30 p.m., check out CAAM Poetry Suite: Tina Turner. Per a release: “In conjunction with Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER, writer, dancer, and archivist Harmony Holiday performs her latest poems inspired by the exhibition and the work of Tina Turner, an icon referenced in Gale’s installation.” RSVP for Zoom details. 

Check out the history Los Angeles’ Chinatown through a new online exhibition titled “Stories and Voices from L.A. Chinatown.” The project is the first in the series Archive Alive, a collaboration of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; the Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA); and the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL).

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s WE RISE is hosting a month of community programs for Mental Health Awareness Month, May 1-31. Programming includes art experiences, community pop-ups, and digital experiences. Check out the calendar here.

The Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee presents the Barnsdall Virtual Arts Fair from May 1 through July 31. The fundraising event is online, showcasing work from students in mediums including jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, painting, sculpture, photography, and more.

The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art hosts its first online biennial show April 30 through Sept. 22. International artists from 44 countries have submitted work that can be viewed online, including VR installations, performances, gif comics, music videos, and more.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host its annual Master Class Fundraiser May 1-30. Classes will be taught by Groundlings alumni, instructors, and professionals. Offerings include Empower Your Partner: The Importance of Teamwork in Scene Work led by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Writing/Performing/Acting from a Character Point of View led by Cathy Shambley (United States of Tara), and Writing for TV led by Brett Baer (New Girl). Each class is $40.

Though it won’t officially kick off until May 14, tickets are on sale now for Sherwood & Nottingham: Season 2. The interactive, online roleplaying game is set in a world inspired by the tales of Robin Hood, and allows guests to navigate a custom-built website and interact with characters on Zoom, Twitch, and Gather.town. Unravel a story and solve secrets over the course of a four-week narrative.

Venice Family Clinic’s Venice Art Walk & Auction will be held online this year from April 28 through May 12. This year’s auction features over 200 works by nationally recognized contemporary artists. Each winning bid provides essential health care services to Venice Family Clinic’s community of 27,000 patients within Los Angeles County. In addition to the auction, Venice Family Clinic will also hold complementary art talks on select days.

Poet Rupi Kaur’s debut film, Rupi Kaur Live, will screen virtually on Veeps.com from April 30 to May 2.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

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Dining

Madre is bringing in a mariachi band for Cinco de Mayo at its Torrance and West Hollywood locations from 7-10 p.m. All-day drink specials include $5 tequila and mezcal shots, $9 margaritas, and five one-ounce mezcal pours for $40. All-day food specials include three barbacoa tacos for $12; Chile relleno with chile pasilla for $7; Chile Pasilla stuffed with quesillo, epazote, and shrimp for $5; and a Cinco de Mayo Paleta for $5.

Off The Menu is teaming up with Tacos 1986 and Topo Chico Hard Seltzer for Cinco De Mayo. Members will receive a complimentary perrón, filled with either carne asada or mushrooms, and a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. Off The Menu members must show their app when they arrive to redeem their taco and drink. If you’re not yet an Off The Menu member, use the code ‘taco’ to get $10 off your first month.

Lanea in Santa Monica celebrates Cinco de Mayo with All-You-Can-Eat street tacos and two Cazadores cocktails for $20. Valid for dine-in service from 4-9:30 p.m. (60-minute table limit).

Caravan Swim Club at Hotel June is throwing a ticketed poolside Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5. Festivities include an all-day pool pass, tunes by DJ Osamu, and a four-course tasting menu featuring wines by Valle de Guadalupe producers. Tickets are $100 a person.

Cinco de Mayo specials at Big Bar include Let The Mango!, made with Cazadores tequila and mango-infused Cointreau, and Mezcal Margarita kits for a single serving or a pitcher that makes 12 at home.

Hermanito’s Cinco de Mayo special is a half Pead & Barnetts pork pibil, smoked and wrapped in banana leaves for $28 (makes five pibil tacos).

The h.wood Group’s Petite Taqueria celebrates Cinco de Mayo with 2-for-1 margaritas, $3 crispy tacos, $10 carne asada tacos, and $6 Petite Sundaes.

Little Llama Peruvian Tacos has a new happy hour for dine-in guests, featuring deals on beer, wine, tacos, apps, and more every Mon.-Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m.

On May 6, all healthcare workers will receive 50% off their order at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches in honor of National Nurses Day. 

Dunkin’ honors National Nurses Day on May 6 by giving all healthcare workers a free medium hot or iced coffee. No purchase necessary to redeem this promo.

Pasta Mondays returns to Della Terra this week with select pasta specials for $12 and $8 glasses of wine. With over 17 pasta dishes on the menu, Pasta Mondays will feature a rotating selection every week.

Chris Amirault’s parm-focused concept PARMBOYZ currently has a residency at The Corner Door in Culver City, from Thursday through Sunday they host a Power Hour menu from 5-6 p.m. with drink and starter specials including $8 Old Fashioneds and spicy margaritas, $10 Parm Nuggies, $8 garlic bread pizza, and $7 antipasto.

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40 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-30-2021 to 5-2-2021]

April 29, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Getty Villa summer walk
A summer walk at the Getty Villa. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This weekend, we’ve got wellness and mental health events, private gardens, new art openings, Brunch Fest, Kentucky Derby cocktail kits, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Hollywood Legion Theater. Photo by Taiyo Watanabe.

In-Person Events

Downtown Santa Monica and the National Alliance of Mental Illness Westside Los Angeles have partnered on a Wellness Weekend. On May 1 from 3-6 p.m. on the Third Street Promenade, you’ll find presentations from mental health advocates, yoga, live music, mindfulness activities, and resources. 

The Healing Garden allows guests to reserve private gardens by the hour. For Mother’s Day, several area gardens are offering a special tea package that includes a tea spread, planting activities, a bouquet, and an opportunity to pick vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. Costs vary, but start at $75 for three people up to $100 for six for a two-hour experience. Available through May 10.

Painter Kim DeJesus has a new show, Erasures, Washes, and Memory, opening at Whale and Star Studio on May 1. The abstract works will remain on view through May 14.

The Hollywood Legion Theater reopens for indoor screenings with a “Back to the Movies” series, beginning with a 35mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest on Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Thinkspace Projects will open two new shows on May 1: Millo: At the Crack of Dawn from Italian muralist Millo, and Mando Marie: Tell Me All About It, whose works conjure childhood adventure. On view through May 22.

Universal Studios Hollywood is open and the amusement park has a brand new The Secret Life of Pets ride. Guests can also check out Jurassic World—The Ride, which includes a brand new dino, the Indominus rex, who will fight a T-Rex in the ride’s finale. Other reopened attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers™:  The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Despicable Me’s Super Silly Fun Land, and the Simpsons-themed Springfield, U.S.A. The Studio Tour, which takes guests through the backlot and includes the Fast & Furious—Supercharged and King Kong 360 3D rides, is also back. 

FLOW STATE, a solo exhibition by Mikael B runs May 1-31 at Maddox Gallery. Per a release: “Inspired by Dalí, Kay Sage, Pollock, Peter Saul and Albert Oehlen, Mikael B works his visual magic with street art passion and sensibility absolutely taking over the gallery space with gesture, shape and color.”

Village Market at Manhattan Village hosts an outdoor pop-up market on May 1 from noon to 4 p.m. Vendors include Born to Roam, Ojarsoap, Here Now CBD, and more. RSVP here.

Forest Lawn Museum and the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection reopened with a new exhibition, Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style, featuring nearly 100 original stained glass artworks, preparatory drawings, archival photographs, oil paintings, and watercolors. A mix of contemporary and historic stained glassworks in the exhibit include a hand-crafted window from Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1924 Ennis House, a fused glass portrait of Kobe Bryant by Tim Carey and Judson Studios, and The Muralist by David Flores. Capacity is limited, reservations are encouraged.

The Getty Villa is now open for timed entry. On view is Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins, organized by the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibit covers three millennia, from 3200 BC to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 BC. Reservations are always free but must be made in advance.

LACMA and Snap Inc. present LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives. Per a release: “This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region.” The first batch of augmented reality monuments are available to see now.

Troma FilmsSlashening: The Final Beginning will have virtual premiere and Q&A on April 30. If you’re familiar with Troma’s work then this low-budget horror-comedy is, well, pretty much what you’d expect. Virtual programming is available on Troma’s YouTube and Facebook.

Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the Santa Monica Airport. Tickets range from $32-$48 per vehicle, except for Community Screenings on select Wednesdays, which are $10. Concessions are available, delivered by servers on roller skates. This weekend’s screenings include The Sandlot, Friday, The Karate Kid, and Poetic Justice. More info here.

Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Hauser & Wirth presents Brazilian artist and founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement Lygia Pape in her first solo Los Angeles show, Tupinambá. Guests will get a chance to view Pape’s red-feathered sculptures from the Tupinambá series, a Ttéia, her emblematic installation work, and more. Free entry to the gallery. No booking is necessary.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch 10 Things I Hate About you. Saturday, it’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes reopened with exhibits including Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, the LA Plaza Village Murals show, and afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

At-Home & Online Events

The Barnsdall Art Center Student Advisory Committee presents the Barnsdall Virtual Arts Fair from May 1 through July 31. The fundraising event is online, showcasing work from students in mediums including jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, painting, sculpture, photography, and more.

On May 1 at noon, LACMA presents The Politics of Streets Vendors in Los Angeles. You’ll be able to watch a short documentary that delves into L.A.’s vending economy. 

Impro Theater and Company of Angels present Eastside Noir on May 1 at 8:15 p.m. The show is an improvised neo-noir adventure, featuring nine actors who portray 27 characters and rely on audience suggestions to tell the story. The show is free on Improbabilities Theater’s Twitch channel.

Skylight Books hosts a virtual book launch for Micheal KearnsWho’s Afraid of Michael Kearns? on May 1 at 4 p.m. There will also be a walk-up outdoor signing at 5 p.m. behind Fred62. 

Though it won’t officially kick off until May 14, tickets are on sale now for Sherwood & Nottingham: Season 2. The interactive, online roleplaying game is set in a world inspired by the tales of Robin Hood, and allows guests to navigate a custom-built website and interact with characters on Zoom, Twitch, and Gather.town. Unravel a story and solve secrets over the course of a four-week narrative.

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s WE RISE is hosting a month of community programs for Mental Health Awareness Month, May 1-31. Programming includes art experiences, community pop-ups, and digital experiences. Check out the calendar here.

On May 1, SCI-Arc presents Main Event 2021: Acts of Optimism, a night of unique programing featuring artists and creative innovators across disciplines on the role of optimism in our collective future. Highlights include SCI-Arc alumna Barbara Bestor, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor, LAXART executive director Hamza Walker, film director and educator Kordae Henry, SCI-Arc design faculty member Mira Henry, and photographic artist and writer Janna Ireland. The live, virtual experience is free to attend with donations benefiting the SCI-Arc Scholarship Endowment.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter by 600 HIGHWAYMEN onMay 2, 9 & 16 at various times. Per a release: “While Part One engaged two remote participants in an automated hour-long phone call, Part Two: An Encounter brings together new pairs of strangers to share physical space in the creation of a private piece of theater. Seated in an empty room, at opposite ends of a table and separated by a pane of plexiglass, two participants follow prompts on a set of notecards. This elucidating experience invites us to reconsider, in real-time, what we think we know about a person – including ourselves – at a moment when virtual interactions have further fractured and flattened our already-strained co-existences.” Tickets are $25 and include admission to Part Three. RSVP here

24th Street Theatre brings back its “Saturday Explorer Series” for young audiences with four live, virtual performances taking place on Saturdays in May at 12:30 p.m. Kicking off series on May 1 is Al Bostick, who will share two stories from African Akan folklore including “Anansi Collects the World’s Wisdom” and “How Anansi the Spider Received the Sky-God’s Stories.”

Skirball Stages hosts a night of Caribbean music with Yosmel Montejo and Vox Sambou. The virtual concert film is free on the Skirball’s YouTube channel. Watch on May 1 at 8 p.m. 

Kitchn is launching its first-ever Brunch Fest on Instagram (@thekitchn) on May 2 at 11 a.m. You’ll learn how to make several favorite dishes and drinks.

Kicking off April 30 is NHMLA and California Academy of Sciences’ City Nature Challenge. Through May 3, participants are encouraged to document the biodiversity in their neighborhoods and upload their findings to iNaturalist.

The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art hosts its first online biennial show April 30 through Sept. 22. International artists from 44 countries have submitted work that can be viewed online, including VR installations, performances, gif comics, music videos, and more.

Venice Family Clinic’s Venice Art Walk & Auction will be held online this year from April 28 through May 12. This year’s auction features over 200 works by nationally recognized contemporary artists. Each winning bid provides essential health care services to Venice Family Clinic’s community of 27,000 patients within Los Angeles County. In addition to the auction, Venice Family Clinic will also hold complementary art talks on select days.

The Get Salty stand-up comedy show is online this year on Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. The show raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and this year features Ron Funches, The Sklar Brothers, and Caleb Hearon. Tickets start at $35.

Poet Rupi Kaur’s debut film, Rupi Kaur Live, will screen virtually on Veeps.com from April 30 to May 2.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Guelaguetza meal from In Good Company. Photo by Olivia Hayo/City Proper.

Dining

Chef-prepared meal delivery service In Good Company returns to L.A. with a second drop this week. CEO and Founder Ashleigh Ferran has tapped 10 of the city’s finest to create exclusive frozen meal kits from April 26 through May 2. Highlights from the diverse lineup include Oaxacan-style ​Chicken Mole from Guelaguetza, Moroccan Braised Short Rib​ from Highly Likely, and “Tia Judy’s Pork Colorado Quesadillas” from Angry Egret Dinette. Prices range from $25-$35 for a meal that feeds two. As a sustainable and zero waste-focused company, all In Good Company kits are delivered in reusable containers that will be picked up by the company in the future.

Bourbon Steak has Kentucky Derby cocktail kits available for May 1. The Kentucky Derby kit features fixings for two mint juleps ($30), while the Triple Crown ($50) includes ingredients for a mint julep, Preakness cocktail, and the Belmont Jewel.

Uncool Burgers is kicking off Burger Month with $1 burgers from April 30 through May 2, plus the chance to win fries for life every hour. Both the “Uncool Burger” with uncool sauce, onion jam, a cheese crisp, American cheese, and house pickles, and the “Party in My Plants Burger”—a vegan burger featuring an Impossible smashburger, onion jam, vegan American cheese, truffle island sauce, lettuce, tomato, and house pickles—will be available for $1.

Chris Amirault’s parm-focused concept PARMBOYZ opened a residency at The Corner Door in Culver City, serving their chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, and spaghetti & meatballs, all of which are smothered in an East Coast-style red sauce. Power Hour is Thurs.-Sun., 5-6 p.m. Drink and starter specials include $8 Old Fashioneds and spicy margaritas, $10 Parm Nuggies, $8 garlic bread pizza, and $7 antipasto.

The Tasting Kitchen in Venice has reopened its indoor dining area. Chef Travis Passerotti’s Spring menu includes striped bass in brown butter, Spring pea cacio e pepe, asparagus with burrata and chive, and much more.

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35 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [4-26-2021 to 4-30-2021]

April 26, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
View from the InterContinental in DTLA.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This week, we’ve got a stained glass exhibit, free pretzels and $1 burgers, the annual City Nature Challenge, virtual lectures and plays, outdoor yoga, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

In-Person Events

Forest Lawn Museum and the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection will reopen on April 28 with a new exhibition, Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style, featuring nearly 100 original stained glass artworks, preparatory drawings, archival photographs, oil paintings, and watercolors. A mix of contemporary and historic stained glassworks in the exhibit include a hand-crafted window from Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1924 Ennis House, a fused glass portrait of Kobe Bryant by Tim Carey and Judson Studios, and The Muralist by David Flores. Capacity is limited, reservations are encouraged.

The Getty Villa is now open for timed entry. On view is Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins, organized by the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibit covers three millennia, from 3200 BC to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 BC. Reservations are always free but must be made in advance.

LACMA and Snap Inc. present LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives. Per a release: “This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region.” The first batch of augmented reality monuments are available to see now.

Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience on April 12 and 13 in and around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen Pitch Perfect 2 and Terminator: Dark Fate.

On Monday, April 26, Wetzel’s will celebrate National Pretzel Day by giving away free Wetzel’s Original pretzels from 3 p.m. to close at over 50 participating locations around L.A.

Troma FilmsSlashening: The Final Beginning will have a small, in-person premiere at Laemmle Noho 7 on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a virtual premiere and Q&A on April 30. If you’re familiar with Troma’s work then this low-budget horror-comedy is, well, pretty much what you’d expect. Tickets for the in-person screening are $15 here, while the virtual programming is available on Troma’s YouTube and Facebook.

Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the Santa Monica Airport on April 28. Tickets range from $32-$48 per vehicle, except for Community Screenings on select Wednesdays, which are $10. Concessions are available, delivered by servers on roller skates. This week’s screenings include Clueless, Pulp Fiction, La La Land, Poltergeist, The Sandlot, and Friday. More info here.

Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Hauser & Wirth presents Brazilian artist and founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement Lygia Pape in her first solo Los Angeles show, Tupinambá. On view starting April 24, guests will get a chance to view Pape’s red-feathered sculptures from the Tupinambá series, a Ttéia, her emblematic installation work, and more. Free entry to the gallery. No booking is necessary.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has reopened the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Guests will get to view the exhibit Made in L.A. 2020: a version and a recently restored The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th-century portrait. Advance reservations are required.

Made in L.A. 2020: a version also continues in person at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Good Fellas. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes reopened to the public on April 15, with exhibits including Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, the LA Plaza Village Murals show, and afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

At-Home & Online Events

The Hammer presents a virtual conversation with recording artist and producer Miguel and artist Christina Quarles about art, identity, and mental health on April 29.

The Civilian Oversight Commission will host Community Listening Session: Reflections on the Criminal Justice System on April 27 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to share their thoughts on the criminal justice system in L.A. County and how it could be improved. Register here.

Kicking off April 30 is NHMLA and California Academy of Sciences’ City Nature Challenge. Through May 3, participants are encouraged to document the biodiversity in their neighborhoods and upload their findings to iNaturalist.

The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art hosts its first online biennial show April 30 through Sept. 22. International artists from 44 countries have submitted work that can be viewed online, including VR installations, performances, gif comics, music videos, and more.

Venice Family Clinic’s Venice Art Walk & Auction will be held online this year from April 28 through May 12. This year’s auction features over 200 works by nationally recognized contemporary artists. Each winning bid provides essential health care services to Venice Family Clinic’s community of 27,000 patients within Los Angeles County. In addition to the auction, Venice Family Clinic will also hold complementary art talks on select days.

The Get Salty stand-up comedy show is online this year on Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. The show raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and this year features Ron Funches, The Sklar Brothers, and Caleb Hearon. Tickets start at $35.

Poet Rupi Kaur’s debut film, Rupi Kaur Live, will screen virtually on Veeps.com from April 30 to May 2.

The Santa Monica Conversancy presents Santa Monica Mosaic: Stories of Jewish Life by the Bay on April 28 at 5 p.m. Learn about the Jewish migration to Santa Monica and the lasting impact it has had on the commerce, politics, and creativity of the city.

Theatre 40 presents a free Zoom reading of The Correspondent on April 26 at 7 p.m. The play, written by Ken Urban, is about a man who hires a dying woman to deliver a message to his deceased wife in the afterlife. He soon begins receiving letters containing details only his wife could know. Register here.

On Weds., April 28 at 7 p.m, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host “Crossing Borderlines with Dr. Gloria Arjona.” Arjona will highlight the instances in which Frida Kahlo, who was born to a German-Hungarian father and a Mexican mother with a strong indigenous heritage, frequently “crossed the line” by mixing languages, genres, disciplines, and her own life and art. Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Uncool Burgers

Dining

Uncool Burgers is kicking off Burger Month with $1 burgers from April 30 through May 2, plus the chance to win fries for life every hour. Both the “Uncool Burger” with uncool sauce, onion jam, a cheese crisp, American cheese, and house pickles, and the “Party in My Plants Burger” a vegan burger featuring an Impossible smashburger, onion jam, vegan American cheese, truffle island sauce, lettuce, tomato, and house pickles will be available for $1.

Chris Amirault’s parm-focused concept PARMBOYZ currently has a residency at The Corner Door in Culver City, serving their chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, and spaghetti & meatballs, all of which are smothered in an East Coast-style red sauce. On Thursday, April 29 they’ll launch a Power Hour menu Thurs.-Sun., 5-6 p.m. Drink and starter specials include $8 Old Fashioneds and spicy margaritas, $10 Parm Nuggies, $8 garlic bread pizza, and $7 antipasto.

Pasta Mondays returns to Della Terra this week with select pasta specials for $12 and $8 glasses of wine. With over 17 pasta dishes on the menu, Pasta Mondays will feature a rotating selection every week.

The Tasting Kitchen in Venice has reopened their indoor dining area. Chef Travis Passerotti’s Spring menu includes striped bass in brown butter, Spring pea cacio e pepe, asparagus with burrata and chive, and much more.

Need delivery and takeout options? Check out our latest comprehensive guide here.

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33 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-23-2021 to 4-25-2021]

April 22, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Santa Monica Pier at Sunset. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got new exhibits at the Japanese American National Museum and Hauser & Wirth, virtual cooking classes, Oscars panels and dining events, a market with baked goods and vintage clothing, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

In-Person Events

Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Hauser & Wirth presents Brazilian artist and founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement Lygia Pape in her first solo Los Angeles show, Tupinambá. On view starting April 24, guests will get a chance to view Pape’s red-feathered sculptures from the Tupinambá series, a Ttéia, her emblematic installation work, and more. Free entry to the gallery. No booking is necessary.

Clean beauty brand Saie Beauty will pop up at ROW DTLA on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the launch of its new Dew Blush. Stop by jewelry store Dylan Lex for flower arrangements, Saie products, exclusive collabs, and gifts. 

Magic Asphalt, the stand-up comedy drive-in in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, has just three performances left! Tickets for the April 24 performance are here.

Taste of the Eastside returns this year as a dine-in, takeout, and delivery event in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock. From April 23-25, over a dozen restaurants will offer limited-time dishes like Bé Ù’s “Chubby Baby,” a cold-cut bánh mì sandwich with house-made headcheese and house-braised rolled pork cheek. Vinovore is also hosting a virtual “WINEsplaining” class on April 24 to discuss all things wine with women winemakers from around the world. 25% of every order will be donated to No Us Without You and Silver Lake’s Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School.

Texino will host a Saturday Market Block Party at its camp store in Silver Lake this Saturday with a local lineup of vendors selling vintage clothing, baked goods by She Baked Me, ice cream from Sad Girl Creamery, flowers, house goods, frozen pizzas to-go, and more.

LACMA and Snap Inc. present LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives. Per a release: “This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region.” The first batch of augmented reality monuments are available to see now.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Alien screens this Friday and Parent Trap on Saturday.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Saturday, catch Pulp Fiction. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The public will finally get to view Made in L.A. 2020: a version in person at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has reopened the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Guests will get to view the exhibit Made in L.A. 2020: a version and a recently restored The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th-century portrait. Advance reservations are required.

Electric Dusk Drive-in expanded it’s locations to include Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, this Saturday they’ll screening Rear Window and Blue Velvet and Tickets for all Electric Dusk Drive-in shows are here.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

At-Home & Online Events

On Saturday, April 24, join Christina Xenos from Sweet Greek and the Center for Culinary Culture for a live virtual cooking demonstration. You’ll learn how to make Spanakorizo and Avgolemono Soup with chicken. Admission is free when you RSVP.

American Cinematheque, the Art Directors Guild, and Set Decorators Society of America present “The Art of Production Design Panel,” featuring Oscar-nominated production designers and set decorators from Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, News of the World, Tenet, and The Father. Moderated by Thomas A. Walsh and Jan Pascale. Join on April 24 at 1 p.m. RSVP here.

Secret Sky Festival returns on April 24 with a 14-hour livestream featuring performances by Porter Robinson, Boys Noize, End of the World, Kero Kero Bonito, and many others inside a virtual auditorium. This event is free.

Check out a virtual opening reception for artist Kendra Larson’s Otherworldly Light on April 24 at 3 p.m. Per a release: “The haunting magic of the woods and incomprehensible vastness of the universe give perspective to our human experience. Ultimately, Larson’s work reignites childhood wonderment, sheds light on the sublime, and calls on the viewer to protect natural spaces.” Register here.

The 18th Street Arts Center presents new compositions from pianist Paul Cornish, livestreamed from the World Stage in Leimert Park on April 25 at 7 p.m. Cornish is 18th Street Arts Center’s 2021 Make Jazz Fellow. More info here.  

The Los Angeles Center of Photography presents its Seventh Annual STREET WEEK in LA festival April 18-24. Programing includes presentations by street photographers, webinars on street photography, an opening reception for the “Street Photography Around the World” exhibition, and much more. All programs will be held virtually on Zoom.

On April 24, CAP UCLA presents Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ She Is Called: Dear Stranger. The experience is a letter between friends and strangers and an exploration of gender that unfolds via song, poetry, and theater across a media-rich website. Check it out here.

Pasadena Heritage’s Spring Home Tour is back in a new virtual format. Kicking off April 25, catch virtual tours of two homes designed by Wallace Neff.

The LA Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest in-person literary event. Due to the pandemic, events will be held virtually this year from April 17-23. The lineup includes Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas, Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Don Lemon, Gustavo Arellano, and many more. Most of the events are free with registration, while some require a book purchase.

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity. Tickets are available through April 25.

Vespertine x Eleven Madison Park. Photo Credit: Evan Sung.

Dining

The Spielberg family’s kosher restaurant The Milky Way will reopen for indoor dining just in time to host a viewing event for the Oscars on April 25. Executive Chef Phil Kastel has curated a five-course Awards Night Wine Dinner menu with highlights including Truffled Fettuccine, Pan-Crisped Barramundi, and more. The event starts at 5 p.m. and the awards show will be projected on a screen for all attendees to watch. Guests can make their prepaid dinner reservation ($90 per person including tax & gratuity) for parties up to six through Resy. This event is limited to 35 people, reservations are now live.

Vespertine is partnering with New York’s Eleven Madison Park for their next ‘Vespertine – At Home’ experience. Angelenos will get a taste of some of Eleven Madison Park’s staples, including Green Circle Chicken stuffed with black truffle, rhubarb tart with cheesecake custard, and much more. Bookings for the limited menu will be available on Tock beginning Friday, April 23 with meals starting at $115 per person for pickup (minimum of two people required). Delivery will also be available for $40 within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant.

Krispy Rice is celebrating its birthday all month long with 13 new menu items that include combo boxes and individual dishes. The highlight is the Birthday Box, which includes a mix of Krispy Rice, handrolls, Nigiri, rolls and salad for $40. Two items on the new menu (Krispy Chicken Gyoza and Tuna Tartare) are also exclusively offered on the CITIZENS GO app, a new delivery app is powered by Lunchbox and created by C3 and sbe. All users who download the app will also receive a free Umami Burger with their first in-app purchase. The CITIZENS GO app allows customers to place orders from multiple restaurants in a single cart, without any delivery or hidden fees.

Maple Block Meat Co. is serving Birria Tortas all weekend, made with Smoked Beef Brisket, Griddled White Cheddar, Pinto Beans, Onion, and Cilantro with a side of salsa and consomè. Get it all day Saturday and Sunday for $18. 

On April 23, the Pie Hole is offering a National Picnic Day special, valid at all locations. It includes two slices of pie, one side salad, four pie holes, and two large beverages for $25. Both sweet and savory pie options are available.

Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s new culinary endeavor Pasta|Bar will officially open on Friday, April 16 with a 13-course tasting menu inspired by the flavors of California. The intimate experience seats eight guests at a time and features four pasta dishes and nine seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Nathan Tauer (Coi, Petit Crenn, Bouchon). The menu will shift frequently and can include cavatelli with lobster and peas or sunflower agnolotti with duck and wagyu ragu. Desserts will be imagined by Kallas-Lee, such as goat milk mousse with strawberry and Meyer lemon granita or candied pistachios and brioche donuts with Castelvetrano powdered sugar and bergamot whipped cream. The tasting menu costs $125 per person with beverage pairings available for an additional cost. Reserve on Tock.

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43 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [4-19-2021 to 4-23-2021]

April 19, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Echo Park Lake Lotus Flowers
Lotus Flowers in Echo Park Lake. Photo credit: Channone Arif via flickr

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This week, we’ve got Taste of the Eastside, an augmented reality exhibit, a workshop on reducing kitchen waste, fun food specials, virtual Earth Day programs, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

By Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA - LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, California, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56420723
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

In-Person Events

Taste of the Eastside returns this year as a dine-in, takeout, and delivery event in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock. From April 23-25, over a dozen restaurants will offer limited-time dishes like Bé Ù’s “Chubby Baby,” a cold-cut bánh mì sandwich with house-made headcheese and house-braised rolled pork cheek. Vinovore is also hosting a virtual “WINEsplaining” class on April 24 to discuss all things wine with women winemakers from around the world. 25% of every order will be donated to No Us Without You and Silver Lake’s Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School.

Caruso properties will celebrate Earth Day with a clothing donation program at The Grove, The Americana at Brand, and Palisades Village. In exchange for your good deed, you’ll be rewarded with a sticker that gives you access to discounts and freebies at dining, fashion, and lifestyle tenants. Guests can participate by dropping off donations at each destination’s concierge desks. A few of the perks include a free scoop at Haagen Dazs, 20% off an in-store purchase at FRAME, and complimentary appetizers at select restaurants.

The public will finally get to view Made in L.A. 2020: a version in person at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has reopened the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Guests will get to view the exhibit Made in L.A. 2020: a version and a recently restored The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th-century portrait. Advance reservations are required.

This week, the Electric Dusk Drive-in in Glendale screens Pineapple Express on April 20, Hereditary on April 22, and Jackie Brown on April 23. Tickets are here.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes reopened to the public on April 15, with exhibits including Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, the LA Plaza Village Murals show, and afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 

LACMA and Snap Inc. present LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives. Per a release: “This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region.” The first batch of augmented reality monuments are available to see now.

Taiji Terasaki’s TRANSCENDIENTS: Heroes at Borders opens at the Japanese American National Museum on April 16. Per a release: “Terasaki’s weavings tell stories ranging from issues around race and class, to food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation.” On view through May 16.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

At Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, see Charles Long’s solo exhibit WORKLIGHT through May 28. The show consists of a new body of assemblage works that play with “the openness of consciousness (light) against the seeming limits of physical material (work).” Make an appointment here.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has reopened for DIY home decor and wine workshops. Learn how to make wooden signs in a variety of styles and other fun crafts. 

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Alien screens this Friday.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Good Fellas. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Photo by Thomas Alleman, 2020 “Street Shooting Around the World” series winner for LACP.

At-Home & Online Events

The Los Angeles Center of Photography presents its Seventh Annual STREET WEEK in LA festival April 18-24. Programing includes presentations by street photographers, webinars on street photography, an opening reception for the “Street Photography Around the World” exhibition, and much more. All programs will be held virtually on Zoom.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will launch a series of virtual programs beginning April 22. The free public programs include panel discussions with film industry leaders, gallery tours, screenings, workshops, and educational offerings for families and students through the Academy Museum’s website and social media channels. Kicking off the series is Breaking The Oscars® Ceiling, a conversation hosted by Academy Museum trustee Diane von Furstenberg and moderated by the Academy Museum’s Chief Artistic and Programming Officer Jacqueline Stewart. The lineup of women who have won Oscars® includes Sophia Loren, Whoopi Goldberg, Marlee Matlin, and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Earth Day Initiative (EDI), March For Science NYC (MFS), and EcoArt Project will host an interactive art exhibition during the Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival. The exhibition features work Alex Nero, Peter Gerakaris, Cicely Carew, Stephen Mallon, Sam Nester, and Hara Woltz. Guests can create a virtual avatar to explore the fest, attend discussions, and more. Check it out April 18-19. Register for free here.

The Groundlings Theatre’s Sh!t My Folks Don’t Know takes the virtual stage on Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. The show show is centered around the most embarrassing and horrifying stories the cast has lived through.

KCRW’s Sound Bites brings the intertwined worlds of food and music together for a series of intimate conversations with food and music leaders. The series kicks off Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. with shef and restaurateur Roy Choi along with John Gourley, singer and guitarist of Portugal. The Man. The event is free with suggested donations starting at $5.

The LA Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest in-person literary event. Due to the pandemic, events will be held virtually this year from April 17-23. The lineup includes Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas, Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Don Lemon, Gustavo Arellano, and many more. Most of the events are free with registration, while some require a book purchase.

Join the NC Cooperative Extension on April 19 for a workshop on reducing kitchen waste. Learn ways to cut down on waste through planning, purchasing, storing, and eating. The workshop will also show you what to do with kitchen scraps, including a demo on how to use them to make vegetable stock.

On April 24, CAP UCLA presents Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ She Is Called: Dear Stranger. The experience is a letter between friends and strangers and an exploration of gender that unfolds via song, poetry, and theater across a media-rich website. Check it out here.

Pasadena Heritage’s Spring Home Tour is back in a new virtual format. Kicking off April 25, catch virtual tours of two homes designed by Wallace Neff.

On April 20 at noon, LACMA hosts a conversation about the future of monuments in conjunction with its LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives show. Panelists include Michael Govan, Evan Spiegel, Elizabeth Alexander, and Mayor Eric Garcetti. Register here.

CAP UCLA presents the world premiere screening of Plastic Bag Store: The Film on April 22. The film takes artist Robin Frohardt’s immersive installation The Plastic Bag Store, made from discarded plastic bags, to tell several stories that explore how plastic waste may be misinterpreted by future generations. Register here.

On April 21 at 7 p.m., LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts “Building Better Robots” with Dr. Verónica Ahumada, Assistant Professor of Health Informatics & Human-Robot Interaction at University of California, Davis. Sshe’ll share “her story of growing up in San Gabriel, her work in healthcare that led to research in telepresence robots, and how she supports Latinos in graduate STEM programs via a university-wide annual event she founded.” Register to view on Zoom or watch on Facebook.

Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers presents The Patchwork Girl of Oz, a family-friendly dance and multimedia work. You can watch it online from April 28 to May 12 here.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity. Tickets are available through April 25.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Justin Queso

Dining

Woon and Lasita are teaming up for several bao boxes on 4/20 that come with either chicken, pork belly, or mushroom, plus rolling papers courtesy of Old Pal. Available for pre-order only, boxes also come with bao buns, nori chips, pickles, wedge salad, cookies, and sauces. Each box is $54.20 with 20% of the proceeds benefiting local organizations supporting the AAPI community. Place your order on Woon’s site and then pick it up at Lasita in Far East Plaza.

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches will release a limited-edition vegan sandwich on April 22 made with vegan turkey, mushrooms, mozzarella, and cabbage slaw slathered with Dirty Sauce on Dutch Crunch bread. Available for one week only for $10. A portion of the proceeds benefits PETA. 

On April 23, the Pie Hole is offering a National Picnic Day special, valid at all locations. It includes two slices of pie, one side salad, four pie holes, and two large beverages for $25. Both sweet and savory pie options are available.

Manuela, located in the Arts District, will debut The Garden at Manuela, a new al fresco concept on the property’s scenic garden space, on Friday, April 16. The Garden will feature a new SoCal-inspired menu and on-site bar offering produce-driven cocktails. Seats are first-come, first-served every Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2-9 p.m.

Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s new culinary endeavor Pasta|Bar will officially open on Friday, April 16 with a 13-course tasting menu inspired by the flavors of California. The intimate experience seats eight guests at a time and features four pasta dishes and nine seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Nathan Tauer (Coi, Petit Crenn, Bouchon). The menu will shift frequently and can include cavatelli with lobster and peas or sunflower agnolotti with duck and wagyu ragu. Desserts will be imagined by Kallas-Lee, such as goat milk mousse with strawberry and Meyer lemon granita or candied pistachios and brioche donuts with Castelvetrano powdered sugar and bergamot whipped cream. The tasting menu costs $125 per person with beverage pairings available for an additional cost. Reserve on Tock.

New Tex-Mex restaurant Justin Queso’s opened in West Hollywood on April 16, offering Frito pie, puffy tacos, fajitas, albondigas soup, enchiladas, brisket, nachos, wings, and four styles of house-made queso. Frozen margaritas and cocktails are also available.

Italian Market Haute Mess has launched a Gelato Bar for spring featuring seasonal flavors and natural ingredients sourced from local farmers markets. The Gelato Bar will have 12 flavors available including chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and strawberry, lavender, chamomile, and so many more. Vegan options will also be available by the pint and are made from cashew milk.

Chef Kuniko Yagi of Japanese fried chicken concept Pikunico is teaming up with Chef Jihee Kim of Korean banchan purveyor Perilla LA for a limited-time collaboration from April 17 through May 1. The Chicken Dupbap ($15) is made with Chef Jihee’s one-year aged kimchee, marinated kombu seaweed, sesame shishito peppers, Pikunico’s chicken tenders, and seasoned egg, served over ginger rice. Limited quantities are available daily at Pikunico’s storefront at ROW DTLA. The dish is available for dine-in and phone orders (213) 278-0407 for pickup.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. The series continues with a six-night pop-up with James Beard Award-winning Chef John Sedlar coming out of retirement and returning to Los Angeles to bring back his landmark modern Latin American restaurant Rivera. On the Rivera menu are Tortillas Florales, Duck Confit Enfrijoladas, Caracoles (snails), Mole Ice Cream, and signature Rivera cocktails like the beef jerky garnished Barbacoa. Reservations can be made now for April 22-24. Takeout and delivery are also available.

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Things To Do

39 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-16-2021 to 4-18-2021]

April 15, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
The Garden at Manuela. Photo by Katrina Frederick.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This weekend, we’ve got the reopening of the Huntington, the Hammer, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, plus a new AR exhibit from LACMA, a virtual wellness fest, free affogatos, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

The Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum. Photo by Smart Destinations/Elon Schoenholz Flickr

In-Person Events

The public will finally get to view Made in L.A. 2020: a version in person when the Hammer Museum reopens on April 17. The exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will reopen the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art on April 17. Guests will get to view the exhibit Made in L.A. 2020: a version and a recently restored The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th-century portrait. Advance reservations are required.

Go for a morning stroll with your dog on April 18 at South Coast Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $15. This event takes place every third Sunday.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes reopened to the public on April 15, with exhibits including Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form, the LA Plaza Village Murals show, and afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 

LACMA and Snap Inc. present LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives. Per a release: “This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region.” The first batch of augmented reality monuments are available to see now.

Taiji Terasaki’s TRANSCENDIENTS: Heroes at Borders opens at the Japanese American National Museum on April 16. Per a release: “Terasaki’s weavings tell stories ranging from issues around race and class, to food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation.” On view through May 16.

The 2021 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival kicks off April 16 and features five days of online screenings and outdoor drive-in celebrations. The program includes 10 features and over 40 shorts from 18 countries, including nine premieres. A dozen community workshops, industry masterclasses, a One Minute Movie Contest, and live performances are all in the mix, too. View a list of the curated programming here.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

At Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, see Charles Long’s solo exhibit WORKLIGHT through May 28. The show consists of a new body of assemblage works that play with “the openness of consciousness (light) against the seeming limits of physical material (work).” Make an appointment here.

Electric Dusk Drive-in opens its new Bergamot Station location in Santa Monica on April 17, screening The Big Sleep and The Big Lebowski. Tickets for all Electric Dusk Drive-in shows are here.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has reopened for DIY home decor and wine workshops. Learn how to make wooden signs in a variety of styles and other fun crafts. 

Artist Ben Sakoguchi’s new show “Chinatown” at the Bel Ami gallery in Chinatown focuses on the violence and discrimination against Asian Americans for centuries in the U.S. Sakoguchi spent a few years as a child in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona during World War II. The works in his exhibit remind viewers that xenophobia isn’t something new and predates the recent shootings in Atlanta and the on-going attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Hairspray screens this Saturday.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. On Saturday, it’s Hairspray. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival

At-Home & Online Events

Earth Day Initiative (EDI), March For Science NYC (MFS), and EcoArt Project will host an interactive art exhibition during the Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival. The exhibition features work Alex Nero, Peter Gerakaris, Cicely Carew, Stephen Mallon, Sam Nester, and Hara Woltz. Guests can create a virtual avatar to explore the fest, attend discussions, and more. Check it out April 18-19. Register for free here.

KCRW will host 24 Hours of Serenity, a free all-day wellness festival via Zoom this Sunday, April 18 from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Programming includes a guided meditation with Valerie June and Garth Trinidad, soothing DJ sets by KCRW DJs Valida and Jeremy Sole, animal cams, Tai Chi, Yoga, Story Time with Bookworm’s Michael Silverblatt, DoLab sound baths, and much more. RSVP to attend. 

The LA Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest in-person literary event. Due to the pandemic, events will be held virtually this year from April 17-23. The lineup includes Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas, Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Don Lemon, Gustavo Arellano, and many more. Most of the events are free with registration, while some require a book purchase.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s virtual gala “Meet the Moment” streams on April 18 at 6 p.m. here. Catch performances filmed at iconic L.A. locations and reflections from Music Director Jaime Martin and others. The program is free, but donations are accepted to support LACO musicians. 

NewFilmmakers LA presents a discussion with Dayna Lynne North (Insecure) on April 16 at 7 p.m. She’ll discuss her career as a producer and showrunner. Register here.

Join the Wende Museum for an artist talk with Research for the Bermuda Triangle‘s Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon on April 15 at 2 p.m. They’ll discuss their current project Common Fantasy, a two-part exhibit that includes an installation inside the Wende’s ADN guardhouse and a scent-by-mail experience. The conversation will be moderated by Joes Segal, the Wende Museum’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming. RSVP here.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity. Tickets are available through April 25.

Murder at Winterberg Manor is a new streaming comedic play written and directed by Meghan Pleticha. The play follows Jessica (Elizabeth Guest) as she hosts a virtual murder mystery party for her friends on Zoom. Tickets are through April 18 for $15 here.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Avocado Toast from Caravan Swim. Photo by Dylan + Jeni.

Dining

Weekend brunch is back at Caravan Swim Club at Hotel June. The two-level outdoor restaurant features a Baja-inspired menu of chilaquiles, breakfast taco plates, almond horchata french toast, and more alongside brunch cocktails. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make a reservation here.

In honor of Earth Day, vegan ice cream company Brave Robot will team up with Alfred’s to offer free affogatos at the shop’s Melrose location (8428 Melrose Pl, 90069). Available at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 until supplies last. 

Manuela, located in the Arts District, will debut The Garden at Manuela, a new al fresco concept on the property’s scenic garden space, on Friday, April 16. The Garden will feature a new SoCal-inspired menu and on-site bar offering produce-driven cocktails. Seats are first-come, first-served every Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2-9 p.m.

Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s new culinary endeavor Pasta|Bar will officially open on Friday, April 16 with a 13-course tasting menu inspired by the flavors of California. The intimate experience seats eight guests at a time and features four pasta dishes and nine seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Nathan Tauer (Coi, Petit Crenn, Bouchon). The menu will shift frequently and can include cavatelli with lobster and peas or sunflower agnolotti with duck and wagyu ragu. Desserts will be imagined by Kallas-Lee, such as goat milk mousse with strawberry and Meyer lemon granita or candied pistachios and brioche donuts with Castelvetrano powdered sugar and bergamot whipped cream. The tasting menu costs $125 per person with beverage pairings available for an additional cost. Reserve on Tock.

Vilailuck ‘Pepper’ Teigen’s The Pepper Thai Cookbook, Night + Market, and The Gelato Festival will collaborate on some special dishes starting Friday, April 16. Night + Market’s WeHo location will offer Bow-Thai See Ew, Pepper Thai’s Shrimp and Bacon Glass Noodle Salad, for $14. It’s available for takeout and delivery through Doordash and Caviar. Teigen will also partner with The Gelato Festival on a new flavor, Coconut Mango Sticky Rice, available at The Gelato Festival store in West Hollywood.

New Tex-Mex restaurant Justin Queso’s opens in West Hollywood on April 16, offering Frito pie, puffy tacos, fajitas, albondigas soup, enchiladas, brisket, nachos, wings, and four styles of house-made queso. Frozen margaritas and cocktails are also available.

Chef Kuniko Yagi of Japanese fried chicken concept Pikunico is teaming up with Chef Jihee Kim of Korean banchan purveyor Perilla LA for a limited-time collaboration from April 17 through May 1. The Chicken Dupbap ($15) is made with Chef Jihee’s one-year aged kimchee, marinated kombu seaweed, sesame shishito peppers, Pikunico’s chicken tenders, and seasoned egg, served over ginger rice. Limited quantities are available daily at Pikunico’s storefront at ROW DTLA. The dish is available for dine-in and phone orders (213) 278-0407 for pickup.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. The series continues with a six night pop-up with James Beard Award winning Chef John Sedlar coming out of retirement and returning to Los Angeles to bring back his landmark modern Latin American restaurant Rivera for two weekends only. On the Rivera menu are Tortillas Florales, Duck Confit Enfrijoladas, Caracoles (snails), Mole Ice Cream and signature Rivera cocktails like the beef jerky garnished Barbacoa. Reservations can be made now for April 15-17 and April 22-24. Takeout and delivery is also available.

It’s always charcuterie board season but now that Spring brings warm weather and lush greenery, look to Haute Mess for grab-and-go platters that include an assortment of meats, cheeses, toast, jam, and accompaniments. You can also get a charcuterie board delivered to you through GrubHub, Postmates, and DoorDash.

Savoca, a Sicilian restaurant now open at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, offers limited indoor dining, plus outdoor seating in individual cottages. The menu includes inventive Italian dishes, including burrata with coccoli bread (delicious fried dough), an eggplant and braised beef lasagna where the noodles are layered vertically for extra crisp, and a bombolini filled with vanilla gelato.

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43 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [4-12-2021 to 4-16-2021]

April 12, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
tropicana pool feature
Image via Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got the Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival, a Songkran dinner for charity, an audio play from Native Voices, a beauty pop-up with free sandwiches and samples, a new KBBQ drive-thru, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Saie carbon neutral van.

In-Person Events

The 2021 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival kicks off April 16 and features five days of online screenings and outdoor drive-in celebrations. The program includes 10 features and over 40 shorts from 18 countries, including nine premieres. A dozen community workshops, industry masterclasses, a One Minute Movie Contest, and live performances are all in the mix, too. View a list of the curated programming here.

There’s a charitable dinner series happening on April 14 at Summer Social Club featuring Chefs Justin Pichetrungsi of Anajak Thai, June Intrachat of OTUS Thai Kitchen & Coffee, and Dan Rabilwongse of Tartine. The lively evening will celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year, and raise money for AAPI non-profits. The a la carte menu includes papaya salad, roasted tiger prawns, and pan-fried dishes. Employees Only’s Tom Sopit will also create two Asian-inspired cocktails to complement the chefs’ menu. Part of the proceeds from cocktail sales will go towards an Asian American and Pacific Islanders designated charity. White Bark Workwear will be on-site creating limited-edition aprons and T-shirts to benefit the AAPI community. Make your reservation on Resy.

Tired of your home office? Hermanito has a new coffee program from Amigo Roasters from Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the free WiFi on the front or back patio, plus pastries from Sugarbloom Bakery and breakfast tacos from Executive Chef Abraham Lemus.

Clean beauty brand Saie will celebrate the launch of its latest Dew Blush with a carbon neutral road trip around Los Angeles. On April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., they’ll stop by Uncle Paulie’s Deli at 8369 Beverly Boulevard to give out free Saie collaboration sandwiches to the first 20 guests as well as bouquets of flowers, Saie merch, and beauty samples.

Savoca, a Sicilian restaurant now open at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, offers limited indoor dining, plus outdoor seating in individual cottages. The menu includes inventive Italian dishes, including burrata with coccoli bread (delicious fried dough), an eggplant and braised beef lasagna where the noodles are layered vertically for extra crisp, and a bombolini filled with vanilla gelato.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. SOUNDWALK will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

Artist Ben Sakoguchi’s new show “Chinatown” at the Bel Ami gallery in Chinatown focuses on the violence and discrimination against Asian Americans for centuries in the U.S. Sakoguchi spent a few years as a child in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona during World War II. The works in his exhibit remind viewers that xenophobia isn’t something new and predates the recent shootings in Atlanta and the on-going attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.

Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience on April 12 and 13 in and around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen Mamma Mia! (Sing Along) and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Jeffrey Deitch gallery in Hollywood is open for in-person viewing with advance reservations. Its exhibit “Shattered Glass” is a group exhibition of 40 artists of color who explore questions of power, surveillance, and justice. On view till May 22.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

Bar Bohémien has opened in Culver City on the rooftop of Citizen Public Market, offering cocktails, wine, and beer. Food is available at one of the many vendors downstairs.

In honor of Earth Day, La Monarca Bakery is partnering with ECOLIFE Conservation, a nonprofit that protects butterfly habitats in Michoacán, Mexico, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles’s Butterfly Pavilion to Save The Monarchs. For every in-person and online purchase of La Monarca’s packaged goods, including the bakery’s popular Café de Ollo and Mexican Wedding Cookies, 1% of all the sales will go to the ECOLIFE Conservation. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and La Monarca are also selling California Milkweed seeds to the public. Milkweed feeds and attracts monarch butterflies to a garden.

Kohn Gallery presents a solo exhibition by New Haven-based artist Chiffon Thomas. Titled Antithesis, Thomas’s exhibition of figurative assemblages examine the hardships faced by defining one’s identity in modern society. Opening hours this weekend will be extended, Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Selena screens this Friday.

JAPAN HOUSE reopens its Level 2 Gallery to the public on Monday, April 5. Visitors can experience the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition in person using a complimentary timed ticket entry system. Walk-ins are also accepted, but priority will be given to guests who have booked their visit ahead of time.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Arigon Starr’s The New Adventures of Super Indian

At-Home & Online Events

Native Voices presents a new audio play, The New Adventures of Super Indian by Arigon Starr (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma). The play is based on Starr’s graphic novels, Super Indian, and consists of three episodes that “tell the comic exploits of Super Indian and the residents of the fictional Leaning Oak Tribe Reservation. Hubert Logan, an ordinary reservation boy turned superhero faces off against three of his biggest foes—Wampum Baggs, the ringleader of the Circle of Evil; Blud Kwan’Tum, a cursed vampire determined to become a full-blooded Indian by any means necessary; and Karlie Keane, a scheming social media diva.” The first episode drops on April 14 at 4 p.m.

The LA Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest in-person literary event. Due to the pandemic, events will be held virtually this year from April 17-23. The lineup includes Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas, Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Don Lemon, Gustavo Arellano, and many more. Most of the events are free with registration with a few requiring a book purchase.

On April 14, join KCRW’s Behind the Screens with Elvis Mitchell in conversation with production designer Donald Graham Burt and set decorator Jan Pascale of Netflix’s “Mank.”

Join Zócalo Public Square on April 13 at 1 p.m. for “Do investors Bear Responsibility for the Effects of Their Inventions?” Per a release: “Are inventors responsible for the societal ramifications of their creations? Ainissa Ramirez, a scientist who did research at Bell Labs before writing The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, and Issues in Science and Technology senior editor Lisa Margonelli visit Zócalo to discuss why great breakthroughs in innovation demand greater understanding.” Register here.

On April 15 at 5 p.m., join The Fowler for a conversation with LA Commons’ Karen Mack, comedian and performance artist Kristina Wong, and Chicana feminist Martha Gonzalez of rock band Quetzal about “how one can powerfully organize, and engage hearts and minds, by creating a narrative about struggles to promote justice through art.” Free, register here.

NewFilmmakers LA presents a discussion with Dayna Lynne North (Insecure) on April 16 at 7 p.m. She’ll discuss her career as a producer and showrunner. Register here.

KCET’s Fine Cut Speakers Series is on April 13 at 7 p.m. Host Melissa Blake will cover how to “harness your unique perspective and skillset in order to develop material and craft projects that serve you and promote your material.” Register here.

CaltechLive! Presents a discussion with neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas on her book, How Music Can Make You Better, on April 12 at 5 p.m. Register here.

CAP UCLA hosts a free virtual performance from Ukrainian folk band DakhaBrakha on April 15 at 7 p.m. Free here.

KCET, PBS SoCal, and Link TV’s annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival is online this year, kicking off Monday, April 12 with Playing with Sharks. Tickets are $10 for a single film or $45 for all nine, plus discussions.

On April 16 at 11 a.m., Craft in America hosts Craft in Action: Invasion of the Biosphere by Synthetic Polymers with Captain Charles Moore. Per a release: “Watch as the dynamic Captain Charles Moore, passionate ocean activist and founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, uses compelling visuals and scientific facts to raise awareness of the plastic sludge that is taking over our oceans. Captain Moore educates and empowers people to think critically about plastic consumption and spurs them into action. Fiber artist Blue McRight, will introduce Captain Moore and discuss his influence on her work, which addresses the devastating issue of ocean pollution.” Register here.

Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices: A Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest continues with virtual programming on April 15, 22, and 29 at 6 p.m. here. This week features a live performance from DJ Lani Love, who will spin Vietnamese hip-hop; the workshop Creation Stories of the Los Angeles Basin presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the NEA BIG Read, featuring Meztli Projects; and the film Changing Landscapes, a documentary short by Arthur King filmed in the Scottish Hebrides. 

Learn how to bake a pear galette with the Institute of Culinary Education on April 13. The virtual class is $50.

On April 14 at 5 p.m., the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art hosts a virtual conversation with artist Judy Baca, Lucas Museum Director Sandra Jackson-Dumont, and Lucas Museum Chief Curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas about Baca’s art practice and her plans to extend her mural The History of California. Free, register here.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity. Tickets are available through April 25.

Murder at Winterberg Manor is a new streaming comedic play written and directed by Meghan Pleticha. The play follows Jessica (Elizabeth Guest) as she hosts a virtual murder mystery party for her friends on Zoom. Tickets are through April 18 for $15 here.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Carnivore Board at Haute Mess.

Pickup & Delivery

Orange County’s MGD Korean BBQ has expanded its footprint to Chinatown with a scaled-down menu of traditional KBBQ and unique creations like loaded tots served with large portions of shaved brisket, bulgogi chicken, or Loco Moco with a Korean twist. They’ve also built a drive-thru, which is the only existing drive-thru in Chinatown.

It’s always charcuterie board season but now that Spring brings warm weather and lush greenery, look to Haute Mess for grab-and-go platters that include an assortment of meats, cheeses, toast, jam, and accompaniments. You can also get a charcuterie board delivered to you through GrubHub, Postmates, and DoorDash.

Need more delivery and takeout options? Check out our latest comprehensive guide here.

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60 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-9-2021 to 4-11-2021]

April 8, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
chinatown central plaza street view
Street view of Chinatown Central Plaza / Photo by: Christina Champlin

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got several new gallery openings, a one-night-only walk-through art experience, outdoor yoga, a new cocktail bar, a virtual comedy fest, online tours and lectures, and more.  Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

L.A. Billboard Project

In-Person Events

Artist Ben Sakoguchi’s new show “Chinatown” at the Bel Ami gallery in Chinatown focuses on the violence and discrimination against Asian Americans for centuries in the U.S. Sakoguchi spent a few years as a child in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona during World War II. The works in his exhibit remind viewers that xenophobia isn’t something new and predates the recent shootings in Atlanta and the on-going attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.

LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light is a free outdoor digital art event happening for just one night, April 10, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. in downtown L.A. Curated by the NOW Art Foundation, the show includes work from seven L.A. artists, including Refik Anadol, Nancy Baker Cahill, Sarah Rara, The Art Department, Carole Kim, Luciana Abait, and Akiko Yamashita. The art is projected on L.A. buildings, and guests can engage with it by walking within a five-block radius. No tickets are required, but there is a QR code you can download to access a map and audio messages from the artists, so bring your headphones!

Jeffrey Deitch gallery in Hollywood is open for in-person viewing with advance reservations. Its exhibit “Shattered Glass” is a group exhibition of 40 artists of color who explore questions of power, surveillance, and justice. On view till May 22.

Galerie XII Los Angeles in Santa Monica presents the solo exhibit Mona Kuhn: Works April 10 through May 29. The show features a retrospective of the art photographer’s career. There will be a book signing on April 10 from 2-4 p.m.

The Corey Helford Gallery presents its 15-Year Anniversary Group Exhibition on April 10, featuring work from over 100 artists. The show remains on view through May 15. Check out a livestream of the opening on April 10 on Instagram Live @CoreyHelfordGallery

The Billis Gallery has two shows opening on April 10. Shawn Huckins: The Birds Will Sing takes its name from a Cajun murder ballad, while the paintings similarly depict “what appears at first glance to be simply breathtaking landscapes but which are overlaid with wistfully dark statements about contemporary love.” Sarah Williams: Southeast of Home features nightscapes that are “simultaneously inviting and eerily mysterious.”

Rele Gallery, Los Angeles presents Life After Life, a debut solo exhibition from contemporary Nigerian artist Ameh Egwuh. Per a release: “Drawing its title from psychiatrist Raymond Moody’s 1975 book Life After Life, the exhibition explores the idea of human mortality and the afterlife, presenting death as a liminal and transmutative process of movement between worlds, a performative threshold between disparate but closely connected ways of being.” On view through May 8.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. The SOUNDWALK’s grand opening event is on April 11, but the piece will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are $0-$25.

Market Tavern, located at the Original Farmers Market, is now offering a weekend brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The new globally-inspired menu includes dishes like Spicy Fried Chicken and Waffles, Japanese Souffle Pancakes, Full English Breakfast, MT Loco Moco, and more. Chef Brendan Collins’ ongoing Sunday Roast special is also available starting at noon, which includes dishes like Roast Beef and Horseradish, Half Roast Chicken with Sage and Onion Stuffing, and Lamb Leg with all the trimmings.

Bar Bohémien has opened in Culver City on the rooftop of Citizen Public Market, offering cocktails, wine, and beer. Food is available at one of the many vendors downstairs.

Sunlight Tea Studio has two new locations in Little Tokyo and on Sawtelle Blvd., offering a variety of tea and coffee drinks, include boba, cheese tea, lattes, and more with lots of fun flavors and toppings.

The Billboard Creative’s L.A. Billboard Project returns with 30 billboards transformed into large-format art by emerging and established artists, including Ramiro Gomez, Phung Huynh, Narsiso Martinez, and Calida Rawles. The art will be on view through April 30, and you can find it with this interactive map.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s exhibits and galleries have reopened, including the Sea Otter Habitat, Shark Lagoon, and Pacific Visions. Advance reservations are required.

Kohn Gallery presents a solo exhibition by New Haven-based artist Chiffon Thomas. Titled Antithesis, Thomas’s exhibition of figurative assemblages examine the hardships faced by defining one’s identity in modern society. Opening hours this weekend will be extended, Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam has reopened for dine-in service with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Magic Asphalt, the standup comedy drive-in in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this weekend. For the lineup and tickets, go here.

La Monarca Save the Monarchs Latte. Photo by Diana Dia Saldana.

In honor of Earth Day, La Monarca Bakery is partnering with ECOLIFE Conservation, a nonprofit that protects butterfly habitats in Michoacán, Mexico, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles’s Butterfly Pavilion to Save The Monarchs. For every in-person and online purchase of La Monarca’s packaged goods, including the bakery’s popular Café de Ollo and Mexican Wedding Cookies, 1% of all the sales will go to the ECOLIFE Conservation. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and La Monarca are also selling California Milkweed seeds to the public, the Milkweed plant feeds and attract monarch butterflies to a garden!

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has reopened with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. In addition, sister museum,The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will reopen on April 8. Advance reservations are required for both museums and can be made online now.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Metztli Taqueria, LaSorted’s Pizzeria, The Bad Jew, and Filipino street food pop-up Tagalong Takeover.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

Dine Out Long Beach is April 1-15, featuring deals for dine-in and takeout at 60 Long Beach restaurants. No tickets are needed, just visit any participating restaurant and ask for the Restaurant & Cocktail Week menu.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Raising Arizona screens this Saturday.

JAPAN HOUSE reopens its Level 2 Gallery to the public on Monday, April 5. Visitors can experience the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition in person using a complimentary timed ticket entry system. Walk-ins are also accepted, but priority will be given to guests who have booked their visit ahead of time.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

On April 1, LACMA reopened its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopened on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Thor Ragnarok. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The Autry has reopened with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is now to the public featuring three new exhibits including Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed. The exhibit highlights the evolution of the “supercar,” showcasing over 30 high-performance vehicles. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place on the third level of the hotel’s parking garage. On April 10, they’ll screen Cinema Paradiso.

HBO Max is hosting Genera+ion Un-Fashion Showcase, a pop-up installation with FIDM and costume designer Shirley Kurata to celebrate the first season of Genera+ion, a new dramedy series “following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The event takes place April 2-21 at The LAB in Orange County and features “custom-made fashion looks inspired by each of the central characters on the show, created by up-and-coming student and alumni designers.”

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs March 31 through April 10 this year, offering both free beachfront drive-in screenings and online screenings. Choose from 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres. Select films include Invisible Valley, Trees of Peace, The Conservation Game, and more. Get your passes at sbiff.org.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations. On April 9, Desert X will unveil a new work by New York-based artist Christopher Myers titled The Art of Taming Horses

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Eat.Drink.Give.

At-Home & Online Events

To bring greater awareness around Child Abuse Prevention Month, join Eat. Drink. Give. With Wolfgang Puck, a virtual interactive dinner party hosted by Iron Chef judge Billy Harris with meal kits prepared by Puck. The online charity event takes place on Saturday, April 17, but we’re telling you this week because tickets are on sale until April 8. It’s $50 to attend the party without food and drinks. To add the meal kit—which includes a four-course dinner for two, cocktails, and bottle of wine—it’s $500. All proceeds from this event will go directly towards Children’s Bureau’s prevention and treatment programs for at-risk children and their parents. Children’s Bureau hopes to raise funds to assist 300 families in need for an entire year.

USC Comedy Festival goes virtual this year (April 9-11) with free streamings of panels and Q& A’s featuring Bill Hader, Aidy Bryant, Patton Oswalt, and show creators and producers from What We Do In Shadows, Shrill, M.O.D.O.K, and more.

Artist Patrisse Cullors performed F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free to a live audience at Frieze Los Angeles back in February 2020. On April 11 from noon to 6 p.m., Cullors will once again perform this work to a virtual audience hosted by The Hammer Museum. This event includes DJ sets by collectives Everyday People in New York City and Cumbiatón in Los Angeles, and a conversation between Cullors and Hammer Museum associate curator Erin Christovale. Free.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

The Whitefire Theatre presents Valentine, a virtual play written, directed, and performed by Tracy Ann Chapel, on April 9 at 7 p.m. The show revolves around Chapel’s burgeoning relationship with a celebrity crush with whom she connects online. Tickets are $15.99.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity.

Pepperdine Theatre presents a virtual performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It April 9-11. Tickets are free, but must be reserved here.

The Culinary Historians of Southern California present The Strangest Cooking methods in the World with historian-author Richard Foss on April 10 at 10:30 a.m. The virtual lecture will explore how people cooked when a fire or oven wasn’t available. Methods include volcanoes, auto engines, weapons, and more. Reserve a free ticket here.

On April 11 at 4 p.m., join the Art Deco Society for Art Deco Entertainment Venues of the Post-Prohibition Years: A Postcard Pictorial. The program explores five theater and entertainment complexes build in the 1930s, plus vintage postcards and other ephemera from each. The event includes three cocktail recipes plus a cocktail demo. Tickets are $14 for non-members or $10 for members.

Murder at Winterberg Manor is a new streaming comedic play written and directed by Meghan Pleticha. The play follows Jessica (Elizabeth Guest) as she hosts a virtual murder mystery party for her friends on Zoom. Tickets are $15 here.

Join Arena Cinematheque for a Q&A with Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen on April 9 at 6 p.m. The Q&A is moderated by Rian Johnson. Register here.

Mexican jazz artist Tino Contreras will perform a livestream concert from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Casa Azul, Mexico on April 10 and 11. The performance will remain available on-demand for 24 hours. Tickets are $17.

Join a free virtual Klezmer workshop on April 11 & 15, featuring trombonist Dan Blacksberg and violinist Deborah Strauss. Register for the free, two-part event here.

Charles Phoenix and The Catalina Island Museum will take guests on a virtual tour of Catalina Island’s landmarks in Catalinaland, available on April 10 at 6 p.m. According to a release, Phoenix will share “share the stories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, bird park, Catalina Pottery, vintage graphics, souvenirs, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, iconic 1929 Casino, and much more.” Tickets are $25-$40, and will include access to the program for 48 hours.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

Riot Games’ League Championship Series will stream live from the Greek Theatre April 10-11. The esports competition will also include a performance from the heavy metal band Pentakill.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Aloha Reuben from Wexler’s Deli.

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Nikuman-ya, located at the Tokyo Central & Main Food Court in Gardena, is where you can get handmade dim sum and steamed buns. Recently, they’ve added a Boager to the menu. It’s a massive double cheeseburger sandwiched between white fluffy bao buns. Available for takeout. Delivery can be requested through Grubhub, Postmates, and Doordash.

King’s Hawaiian and Wexler’s Deli have partnered on the “Aloha Reuben,” a hearty sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and pineapple on King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and savory, available now through April 30 at both Wexler’s locations or through Goldbelly. 

Umami Burger is teaming up with twin sister DJ duo NERVO for a limited-time-only burger to celebrate their new single “Pickle,” featuring Paris Hilton and Tinie Tempah. The NERVO Pickle Burger features the new Umami burger patty, provolone cheese, fried pickles, and jalapeño pickle ranch on a brioche bun. The burger comes in a branded box with a QR code to stream the video for NERVO’s “Pickle.” Available through May 9 at all Umami Burger locations and delivery platforms Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, and GrubHub. 

Need more delivery and takeout options? Check out our latest comprehensive guide here.

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40 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [4-5-2021 to 4-9-2021]

April 5, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts mural by Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan in Chinatown. Photo by Christina Champlin.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday.

This week, we’ve got billboard art, more museum reopenings, Oscar Q&As, a virtual Thai New Year celebration, panels on everything from art to the Apocalypse, and food specials including a Hawaiian reuben, a Persian Umami burger, and a Dodgers-themed latte. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

The Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In-Person Events

The Billboard Creative’s L.A. Billboard Project returns with 30 billboards transformed into large-format art by emerging and established artists, including Ramiro Gomez, Phung Huynh, Narsiso Martinez, and Calida Rawles. The art will be on view through April 30, and you can find it with this interactive map.

JAPAN HOUSE reopens its Level 2 Gallery to the public on Monday, April 5. Visitors can experience the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition in person using a complimentary timed ticket entry system. Walk-ins are also accepted, but priority will be given to guests who have booked their visit ahead of time.

The San Gabriel River is home to Pacific green sea turtles that thrive in our urban environment. On April 7, The Aquarium of the Pacific will host a free in-person and online lecture about these turtles, touching on what we know so far and how we can protect them. The aquarium is also fully open to the public.

Musician Trent Park is hosting an outdoor music video screening on April 7 at 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Each screening lasts about 1.5 hours and includes the screening of his video “Someday,” a short Q&A moderated by MTV/Ultra Music Festival host Dylan Landon, and a happy hour featuring an acoustic performance from David Hernandez. General admission is $10 online or $12 at the door, or $35 if you want access to an open bar.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Alice in Wonderland screens this Friday.

Baltaire will bring back its weekday lunch menu starting April 5. It includes the steakhouse signature Butchered Burger, a Chinese steak salad, roasted Mahi Mahi, and much more. Available Monday-Friday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Guests can enjoy reduced capacity indoor seating or dine al fresco style in Baltaire’s large courtyard.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Thor Ragnarok. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam has reopened for dine-in service with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

On April 1, LACMA reopened its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopen on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

There’s a new weekday happy hour happening at Greek restaurant Theía from 5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The menu offers small mezze plates such as spanikopita, hummus, and htipiti alongside cocktails, all at approachable price points.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has reopened with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. In addition, sister museum,The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will reopen on April 8. Advance reservations are required for both museums and can be made online now.

Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience on April 6 in and around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen The Fifth Element.

Through April 7, Umami Burger will feature a limited edition burger inspired by the upcoming TBS comedy Chad, which stars Nasim Pedrad as a young Persian boy trying to become popular at his high school. The burger features “a Kofta patty made with onions, garlic and various herbs and spices, topped with lettuce, tomato, mint cucumber yogurt, parsley, and Kewpie mayo.” On April 6 at Umami locations in The Grove, DTLA, and Santa Monica, guests can get a free Chad burger from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Valid for in-person dining, one per person, while supplies last. 

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is reopening with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups starting March 31. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Madre West Hollywood has a multi-course seasonal tasting menu. Priced at $65 per person, the menu includes a four-course meal and mezcal flight highlighting rare woman-made mezcals. The tasting menu will change on a monthly basis. The first iteration will include Rajas con Queso with black truffles, Barbacoa de Borrego from Central Valles, Frijoles de la Olla with pork, and Chiles de Agua. The menu is available for limited reservations each night from Thursday through Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

The Autry has reopened with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Members of the museum can visit starting March 30 and the general public will gain access on April 6. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

The Hammer Museum
Credit: Smart Destinations/Elon Schoenholz Flickr

At-Home & Online Events

The Skirball presents a virtual screening and talk about the documentary They Ain’t Ready for Me. The film follows the story of Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student fighting against senseless violence on the South Side of Chicago and advocating for a safer neighborhood. Tickets are $10 and include access to the film from April 2-5. The Q& A with Tamar Manasseh and director Brad Rothschild will be held on April 6.

Join the Huntington for “Capturing Bestiarium: The Art and Science of Digitization” on April 7 at 10 a.m. The virtual program provides an overview of how documents are digitized so that researchers at the Huntington Library may access them. It includes a demo of the digitization of Dialogus Creaturarum, an illustrated 15th-century bestiary ascribed to Nicolaus Pergamenus and the Milanese doctor Mayno de Mayneriis. Free with reservation

The Fowler presents “Reframing the Past with Meghann O’Brien and Elena Phipps” on April 8 at 11 a.m. O’Brien is a Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw artist whose Chilkat textiles are based on the knowledge and artistic practices of her ancestors, while Phipps is a textile scholar. The pair will discuss “new ways of looking at Indigenous knowledge and creative practice in the realm of textile making.” RSVP here.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand hosts a virtual Thai New Year event called “Spring into Songkran Splendors” on April 8 at 8 p.m. The celebration is streamed live from Chiang Mai and includes a Songkran Water Blessing Ceremony and a cooking class with Food Network star Chef Arnold Myint, who will teach guests how to make Som Tum Thai. Guests can register online here.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

The virtual panel Hungry Ears will examine art and equity issues in Santa Monica. Per a release: “This conversation will consider a number of local projects including the Belmar History + Art public art project by April BanksLives that Bind, an exhibition at Santa Monica City Hall and the Art of Recovery initiatives, one of which will be taking place at 18th Street Art Center. This conversation considers how artists and arts administrators can be key community organizers in movements for social change.” The panel features Naomi Okuyama, April Banks, Sara Daleiden, and Elana Mann. Join on April 8 at 5 p.m.

The Whitefire Theatre presents Valentine, a virtual play written, directed, and performed by Tracy Ann Chapel, on April 9 at 7 p.m. The show revolves around Chapel’s burgeoning relationship with a celebrity crush with whom she connects online. Tickets are $15.99.

Arena Cinematheque has several virtual Q&As this week with Oscar nominees, including Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang (Better Days), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman).

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity.

Zócalo Public Square and the University of Toronto present “How Do Our Cities Prepare for the Post-Apocalypse?” on April 6 at 1 p.m. Per a release: “From climate change to mass social breakdown, what can we do now to give our densest and most vulnerable communities a better chance of recovering from world-altering disasters? University of Toronto professor and urbanist Richard Florida, Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Samaneh Moafi, Senior Researcher at Forensic Architecture, visit Zócalo to discuss how cities around the world might prepare for the post-apocalypse.” Register here.

KCRW presents Behind the Screens, a conversation featuring KCRW host Elvis Mitchell and Alan Baumgarten, editor of Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, on April 8.

The Hammer Museum’s curatorial department leads free short discussions about artists in the exhibit “Made in L.A. 2020” online every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. This week, Lunchtime Art Talk will discuss artist and writer Kandis Williams.

Get to know more about your indoor cat with a special two-part online session with Dr. Margie Scherk presented by the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. Doctor Scherk will share important knowledge for pet parents to better understand how they can help their cats flourish indoors. The free sessions take place April 8 and 15.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

The Aloha Reuben, now available at both Wexler’s locations or via Goldbelly. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Pickup & Delivery

King’s Hawaiian and Wexler’s Deli have partnered on the “Aloha Reuben,” a hearty sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and pineapple on King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and savory, available now through April 30 at both Wexler’s locations or through Goldbelly. 

As the official coffee and donut partner of the 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, Dunkin’ will launch the Dodgers Signature Latte on April 9 to coincide with the team’s home opener. The new drink is a Blueberry Crisp Latte made with Dunkin’s espresso and topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar. Available at Greater Los Angeles Dunkin’ locations for a limited time.

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Things To Do

Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-2-2021 to 4-4-2021]

April 1, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Sunset at LACMA
Sunset at LACMA. Photo by Christina Champlin

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got Dine Out Long Beach, in-person and online art shows, Easter markets and brunch specials, new exhibits at LACMA and the Natural History Museum, an online murder-mystery game, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: tips@welikela.com.

Shoreline Village in Long Beach
Shoreline Village in Long Beach. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In-Person Events

South Coast Botanic Garden’s upcoming butterfly experience, SOAR, is set to open on April 1 with a new pavilion featuring live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Dine Out Long Beach is April 1-15, featuring deals for dine-in and takeout at 60 Long Beach restaurants. No tickets are needed, just visit any participating restaurant and ask for the Restaurant & Cocktail Week menu.

Artist George Townley is back with another exhibit that pays homage to Los Angeles at sunset. ‘Sun Kissed’ highlights landmarks like the Hollywood Bowl and even the LAX In-N-Out. The show opens at Gallery 1988 on Friday, April 2, both online and for limited in-person viewing. 

On April 4 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., OxyArts will present Direct Care, a site-specific choreographed performance in response to the Care Report exhibit, “exploring the dynamics, gestures, and aesthetics of social movement and protest, rooted in feminine and femme care rituals.” The performance is visible through street-facing windows on York Blvd., and via video afterward.

Magic Asphalt, the standup comedy drive-in in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this weekend. For the lineup and tickets, go here.

Milo & Olive’s Easter Market is on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find Easter baskets, tea towels, and aprons from Heather Taylor Home; baked goods; and Milo & Olive sweatshirts and totes. Also, bring toiletries, new socks, Easter baskets, and first aid kits to donate to Black Women Lead, who will distribute the items to unhoused individuals on Skid Row. 5% of sales will be donated to the L.A. chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Street Food Cinema has pivoted to a drive-in format at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. This week, catch a screening of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

A bake sale at Grand Central Market to support the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter Campaign runs March 29 through April 4. Vendors include The Donut Man, Fat & Flour, Go Get Em Tiger, Just What I Kneaded, Republique, and more. More info here.

Thinkspace Projects presents two new solo shows April 3-24. “Giorgiko | What Is and what is not” features work from from the husband-and-wife duo Giorgiko that incorporates “the etymological root of the word ‘apcalypse’… into whimsical paintings inspired by the events of 2020.” In Gallery II is Brad Woofin’s “Glad You’re Here,” featuring paintings that “take cues from the moods of certain old songs to create images that are nothing short of poetic.”

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood has reopened with limited capacity. This weekend, they’ll be screening Godzilla vs. Kong.

HBO Max is hosting Genera+ion Un-Fashion Showcase, a pop-up installation with FIDM and costume designer Shirley Kurata to celebrate the first season of Genera+ion, a new dramedy series “following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The event takes place April 2-21 at The LAB in Orange County and features “custom-made fashion looks inspired by each of the central characters on the show, created by up-and-coming student and alumni designers.”

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is reopening with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups starting March 31. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is now to the public featuring three new exhibits including Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed. The exhibit highlights the evolution of the “supercar,” showcasing over 30 high-performance vehicles. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing dbptickets@gmail.com

Lanea in Santa Monica will celebrate Easter with an All You Can Eat Breakfast & Brunch Tacos event. For $25 per person, enjoy all the brunch tacos you please, including eggs and chorizo, eggs and bacon, eggs and sausage, and eggs and Beyond Meat. Cocktails, including margarita flights and mimosas, will also be available. This offer is valid on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Madre West Hollywood launched a multi-course seasonal tasting menu this week. Priced at $65 per person, the menu includes a four-course meal and mezcal flight highlighting rare woman-made mezcals. The tasting menu will change on a monthly basis. The first iteration will include Rajas con Queso with black truffles, Barbacoa de Borrego from Central Valles, Frijoles de la Olla with pork, and Chiles de Agua. The menu is available for limited reservations each night from Thursday through Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

Savoca is now open at JW Marriot Los Angeles L.A. Live and will launch a Sunday brunch service on April 4 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Items include the Bacon Donut Social ($14) with glazed bombolini, bacon cream cheese, candied bacon, lardon, and coffee vanilla syrup; ‘Morning After’ Carbonara ($17)with torchio pasta, Italian sausage, caramelized onion, and pecorino Romano; Eggs in Purgatory ($20) with fire roasted tomatoes, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, and grilled focaccia; and the Bolo “Burger” ($22) with beef patty, Savoca bolognese, fresh mozzarella, focaccia bun, fried egg, and fries. 

On April 1, LACMA will reopen its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopen on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

TBS is celebrating the return its gameshow Wipeout with an experiential activation called “Big Balls Are Back” on the Santa Monica Pier, March 31 – April 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The installation includes the giant red balls you’ll see on the Wipeout obstacle course, measuring 25 feet tall and 70 feet long. Fans can take a picture and participate in mock contestant-style interviews with the Wipeout “sideline reporter.” Fans can also scan a QR code and enter the Wipeout Bracket Battle for a chance to win the grand prize of a $1000 gift card and Wipeout swag.

The Autry will welcome guests back with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Members of the museum can visit starting March 30 and the general public will gain access on April 6. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

If you happen to swing by the Beverly Center, you’ll notice a few free art opportunities. They include two large-scale installations by artists Pae White located at the escalators facing Beverly and La Cienega, and two murals by James Goldcrown and Stevie Hannigan at the 3rd and La Cienega valets. See everything that’s going on here.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will reopen to the public on April 1 with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica screens Godzilla vs. Kong this week.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place on the third level of the hotel’s parking garage. On April 3, they’ll screen TOMORROW’S TODAY.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Rocketman. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Bourbon Steak LA will be offering a MINA inspired Easter brunch for dine-in on Sunday, April 4 from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. The three-course prix-fixe includes fanciful dishes such as “Greens, Eggs & Ham”, Short Rib Pop Tart, Pecan Dandy Cinnamon Roll, and more. The brunch is $75 per person. For those who wish to spend Easter in the comfort of their own homes, Bourbon Steak is offering a Black Angus Bone-In Prime Rib ($249) and a Lamb Roast ($189) take-home package that can be prepared ready to serve, or uncooked with cooking instructions. Roast packages include a choice of a large house or Caesar salad, parker rolls and truffle butter, Mac & Cheese, Classic Potato Puree, Grilled Asparagus, and Pecan Cinnamon Rolls for dessert. All Easter packages are available for pre-order by Friday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Pickup will be held on Sunday, April 4 from 4-6 p.m.

Du-Par’s Restaurant at the Original Farmers Market has an Easter menu available for dine-in or takeout April 1-4. Adults can get soup, bourbon-glazed salmon or ham, charred asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a slice of pie for $29.95. Children’s meals are $17.95. 

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam reopens for dine-in service on April 4 with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena will host an Easter Brunch on April 4 featuring Croque Madame, Blueberry & Pistachio Pancakes, and Smoked Salmon Toast, among other dishes. The festivities continue for dinner service that evening with Rabbit Pappardelle; an Easter Parfait of mascarpone, rhubarb tuile and strawberry coulis; and a special holiday cocktail.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

First Fridays
2016 First Fridays at NHM. Image via Natural History Museum Los Angeles

At-Home & Online Events

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

The Other Art Fair is virtual this year from March 30 through April 4. It features over 100 top emerging artists from around the globe within a 3D virtual fair environment. Registration for the event is free.

NHM presents First Fridays Connected: L.A. at the Intersections on April 2. The virtual event features DJ Francesca Harding, a cocktail demo from Elle Nucci, and a livestream discussion about Climate Crisis, moderated by Dr. Knatokie Ford, founder and CEO of Fly Sci® Enterprise and featuring panelists Leah Thomas, intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator, and Nick Shapiro, assistant professor of biology and society at UCLA. A performance from violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives will follow.

Esotouric’s next event, “John Fante’s Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles Literary Time Machine Webinar,” is a virtual tour of the life, work, and landmarks of author John Fante (Ask the Dusk) featuring Fante’s children, Jim Fante and Vickie Fante Cohen, artist Barbara McCarren, Fante scholar Matteo Cacco, and Gordon Pattison, who grew up in a Bunker Hill mansion. Tune in on April 3 at noon. Tickets are $10 and include access to the recording for one week.

For one night only, Group Rep will stream a performance of the play Revenge, a thriller directed by Bruce Kimmel. Watch on April 3 at 5 p.m. here.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs March 31 through April 10 this year, offering both free beachfront drive-in screenings and online screenings. Choose from 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres. Select films include Invisible Valley, Trees of Peace, The Conservation Game, and more. Get your passes at sbiff.org.

Vespertine Easter Brunch Box

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

When you’ve exhausted all your regular go-to dining options, turn your attention to our latest dining guide: 23 L.A. Ghost Kitchens With Exciting Options for Delivery/Takeout.

Vespertine’s at-home Easter brunch box will feature duck fat-roasted potato “Millefeuille,” caramelized onion financier, oven roast eggs with black truffle, and more. Each box cost $55 per person. Reservations are on Tock, pickup takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Destroyer has released a set of three pastel-colored croissants for Easter filled with seasonal fruit such as rhubarb, passionfruit, kumquat, black currant, and more. Pre-ordered here for $24. 

Maple Block is offering Easter Sunday packages suitable for 4-6. They include wood-smoked meats by the pound, plus sides and sweets. The Easter Ham package is $146 and includes 2.5 pounds of sliced peach wood-smoked ham, two classic sides, a pint of pickles, six buttermilk biscuits or six slices of cornbread, and market chopped salad. Pre-order by April 2 for pickup on April 4.

Bianca is celebrating Easter with a variety of pastries from around the world, including Colomba, Rosca de Pascua, Hot Cross Buns, and Carrot Cake. You can also snag an egg decorating kit for $21. Pre-order by March 31.

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