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27 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [5-24-2021 to 5-28-2021]

May 24, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
The Broad. Photo by Christina Champlin.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing list of in-person experiences.

This week, from May 24 to May 28, features the reopening of The Broad, a tap dance pop-up at the Music Center, Plaza, all-ages rollerskating, a new horror experience at Zombie Joe’s, new work from the L.A. Dance Project, outdoor movies, and more!

All Week

1. The Super Villainz Tap Dance Park -> To celebrate National Tap Dance Day (May 25), the Music Center has created a week-long “tap dance playground” at Jerry Moss Plaza. Dance-related films will play on giant LED projected screens while guests puts their bodies in motion on five different types of specially constructed dance boards and receive guidance from on-hand tap dance instructors. Runs from May 24 through May 30. Attendance is free, but advance reservations are required. Get more info here.

2. California African American Museum -> CAAM is open for in person visits Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum currently has three exhibitions on view including Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. which profiles revolutionary men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar. All visitors are required to reserve in advance. Admission is free.  

3. SoFi Stadium Tours – > SoFi Stadium has a new behind-the-scenes tour program that kicked off this past weekend. Guests can visit the team store, peep the locker rooms, run through the tunnel, and test their skills on the field. Standard tour packages start at $30 per person. Get more info or book a tour here.

4. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

5. Specials AAPI Heritage Month -> In May, 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.

6. Two New Exhibitions at L.A. Louver -> Rebecca Campbell: Infinite Density, Infinite Light and Heather Gwen Martin: Nerve Lines and Fever Dreams begin showing at L.A. Louver starting on Monday, May 24. Viewing is by appointment only. Book a slot here.

7. Celebration Spectrum -> 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

8. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visit info can be found here.

9. 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.

Tuesday

10. All-ages Rollerskating-> Tuesday is all-ages night at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. $15 gets you in the door, but skate rental is sold separately. More info and tickets here.

11. Dan McCleary: OAXACA -> Previously a virtual-only exhibition, visitors are now welcome to the USC Fischer Museum to check out more than two decades of Oaxacan prints created by artist Dan McCleary. Entry is free, but advance reservations are required. More info and timed slots available here.

Wednesday

12. The Broad Reopens -> The Broad’s return to in-person visitors this Thursday will include the debut of a new exhibition called Invisible Sun, which was conceived last summer as a response to the issues of gender and race-based violence, capitalism, and colonialism. The new collection features 59 works from artists including El Anatsui, Alexander Calder,Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Cindy Sherman, and many of the works will be on view for the first time. Advance reservations to visit can be made here.

13. Lunar Eclipse -> Griffith Observatory will broadcast a feed of the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, May 26, from 1:45 to 6 a.m. If conditions are clear, the eclipse should be visible to the naked eye anywhere in Southern California. The Observatory’s video will be streamed here.

14. Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style -> Forest Lawn Museum’s latest exhibitions features 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. More info here.

15. The Grove -> Alo Yoga host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. Sign up cost $10, bring your own mat.

Thursday

16. Urban Death Trail of Torment -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has a new walk-thru attraction kicks off this Thursday. Per a release, the 20-minute experience takes visitors on a journey through “dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria.” A $35 ticket is good for entry for two. Runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 7:20 p.m. Get tickets here.

17. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday through Friday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

18. Dances in the Open -> L.A. Dance Project returns with in-person performance starting this Thursday, featuring two works: New Taylor, choreographed by former NYCB Principal dancer Janie Taylor, and Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith, in collaboration with Or Schraiber. Tickets start at $50 per person, $25 for students, and $175 for benching seating that accommodates 4-5. More info and tickets here.

19. Made in L.A. 2020 -> The ongoing exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

20. The Hammer -> Take a 30-minute Mindful Awareness Meditation online via Zoom at 12:30 p.m.

Friday

21. Rooftop Cinema Club -> It’s a 90s weekend at RCC with Friday screenings of 10 Things I Hate About You and The Fifth Element kicking off the Memorial weekend lineup. More info here.

22. Japanese American National Museum – JANM 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.

23. Drive In At The Park -> Cruise into the Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City for a drive-in movie night every Friday and Saturday now until August 28. This weekend, they’ll screen Beethoven and Selena. Tickets car $33 a car.

24. Electric Dusk Drive-in -> The Glendale drive-in will screen Jumanji (1995) this Friday. Tickets for all Electric Dusk Drive-in shows are here.

Dining

25. Off The Menu -> The iconic roadside burger stand Irv’s Burgers founded in 1946 closed back in 2018 but the app Off The Menu is bringing it back for one-day-only to celebrate National Burger Day on Friday, May 28 From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Employee’s Only. On the menu are Irv’s famous double cheeseburger and fries along with limited-edition merchandise and Stella Artois.

26. Chuy’s Soft Pretzels -> Get freshly baked soft pretzels delivered straight to your door this week by Chuy’s Soft Pretzels. On the menu are vegan pretzels topped with vegan cheese & jalapeño, “Fun Onion” aka Funyuns flavored, sesame, salt, plain and everything seasoning. Each pretzel runs $2.50 – $4.00 and delivery is free with a $12 minimum.

27. PARMBOYZ -> The parm pop up has a residency at The Corner Door in Culver City serving chicken and eggplant parm alongside tiki cocktails and Italian wines. Try the Parm For 2 special where $55 gets you antipasto, Ceasar salad, your choice of chicken or eggplant parm with spaghetti and Tiramisu.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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26 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [5-21-2021 to 5-23-2021]

May 20, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Bistro 1759 at The Grove.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences.

This weekend features special food pop-ups, outdoor markets, drive-in movies, new gallery exhibits, an outdoor escape room in Chinatown, the reopening of the GRAMMY Museum, and more.

Friday / All Weekend

1. Pikunico x Still Life Ceramics -> From May 22 through June 5, Japanese fried chicken concept Pikunico and ceramics studio and shop Still Life Ceramics at ROW DTLA are teaming up to raise money to support India during its surge in Covid-19 cases. Stop into Still Life Ceramics to purchase a bowl and receive a voucher to bring to Pikunico to redeem Egg Drop Soup served in the newly purchased bowl. The cost for the bowl plus the soup is $29, and all of the proceeds will be donated to GiveIndia. This collaboration is inspired by the Empty Bowls Project, a national grassroots campaign in which participants host similar fundraisers in their own homes by preparing and selling soup and donating the proceeds to local organizations.

2. The GRAMMY Museum Reopens -> The GRAMMY Museum welcomes the public back on May 21 with three brand new special exhibits, including retrospectives on Motown Records, Dave Matthews Band, and the life and career of Marco Antonio Solís. Adult admission starts at $15 per person, and can be booked in advance here.

3. Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) -> 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.

4. Pop Off LA -> Some of the most beloved L.A. chefs are collaborating on one-of-a-kind takeout dishes May 16-23 to raise money for the AAPI community. Mashup collaborations include Secret Lasagna x Anajak Thai Seoul Sausage x Parm BoyzSpeak 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. More info here.

5. 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.

6. Japanese American National Museum -> JANM 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.

7. For The Record: The Brat Pack Reunion -> The Wallis will open for in-person performances starting next month, but this weekend you can check out a streaming performance of 80’s teen-inspired musical The Brat Pack Reunion as it weaves stories together of the teen archetypes made famous by films like The Breakfast Club. $20 per household to stream. Get more info here.

8. Celebration Spectrum -> 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. Showcases 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

9. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visitor info can be found here.

10. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

11. Drive In At The Park -> Cruise into the Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City for a drive-in movie night every Friday and Saturday now until August 28. This weekend, they’ll screen Beethoven and Selena. Tickets car $33 a car.

12. Electric Dusk Drive-In -> The Glendale-based series screens Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday, Sicario on Saturday, and Moana on Sunday. Get tickets here.

13. Poolside Dinner and a Movie -> Catch a flick on the rooftop pool deck of the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, with an entree, appetizer and unlimited popcorn included. This weekend they’re screening a couple of Marvel films: Ironman on Friday and Captain America The First Avenger on Saturday. Packages start at $45 per person. Get more info here.

Saturday

14. Block the Hate Rally -> Join in solidarity to Stop Asian Hate and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at this rally/block party featuring live art, food vendors, special guests, artists, and small businesses. Block the Hate Rally is presented by Compassion in SGV a volunteer organization that supports and protects Asian communities in San Gabriel Valley.

15. Jewels of the White Tiger -> Escape Room LA is launching an outdoor escape room that takes players on a quest through Chinatown, and the first go-around starts this Saturday. Runs for two weeks only. Tickets are $30 per person. More info here.

16. Distilled California -> On Saturday The Bowers Museum welcomes Dylan Almendral (Gentleman Historian) and Ryan Friesen (from Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana) for a special presentation on the boozy history of Orange County, including its former life as a wine region. Tickets are $45 for non-museum members and including the presentation, exhibit access and one Camino Viejo cocktail. More info here.

17. New Works at Cactus Gallery -> Another Body, a collection of mixed media drawings by Argentine artist Patricia Krebs, comes to the Cactus Gallery starting May 22. A virtual meet-and-greet with the artist will take place Saturday on Zoom, and vaccinated guests are welcome to visit the show by appointment. Get more info and contact the gallery here.

18. New Works at Corey Helford -> This Saturday the Corey Helford Gallery in DTLA debuts a new exhibition features the works of five artists: aica, Fafi, Kristen Liu-Wong, Messy Desk and ONEQ. On the same day, the second part of a 15-year anniversary exhibition opens in the main gallery. The opening celebration for both new exhibitions will be held virtually on IG live, but for those who want to view/in person, please note the gallery is open for partial visiting hours, from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday. Get more info on the new exhibition here.

19. Street Food Cinema -> The 10th season of SFC continues with a screening of La La Land at L.A. State Historic Park. Tickets will be sold for socially distanced pods of 2, 4, or 6 attendees. A two-person GA pod starts at $46. Get tickets and more information here.

20. Angel City Market -> Outdoor market in Inglewood that brings 50+ vendors together and offers outdoor games, a live DJ, a photo booth, and more. Pet friendly. Free to attend. More info here.

Sunday

21. Creative Communal Market -> An open-air market featuring 20+ local vendors, plus live music, kids entertainment, and food. Goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at 2nd & PCH in Long Beach. More info here.

22. Torrance Antique Street Faire -> 150+ antique, vintage, handmade, and collectible vendors plus food for sale, and DJ-spun tunes. Free parking. More info here.

23. Hollywood Heritage Special Sale -> If Hollywood history is your bag, check out some of the DVD’s, Blu-ray’s, books, and other memorabilia for sale at the Hollywood Heritage Museum this Sunday. $5 gets you inside, and capacity is limited. RSVP here.

Dining

24. Bistro 1759 -> The Grove turned the top deck of their green trolly into an all-new private dining experience where guests can enjoy a four-course meal and drinks curated by Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill while riding through The Grove’s famed pedestrian street. The private experience starts at $1,000 for two people and can accommodate up to 10 guests. More info here.

25. Celebrate International Tea Day -> Spend Friday, May 21 at a number of afternoon tea spot in Los Angeles, including Chado Tea Room, Ye Olde King’s Head, The Peninsula Beverly Hills , or Rose & Blanc Tea Room & Venue

26. Uptown Commons Long Beach -> The food hall will grand open on Saturday May 22 at noon with live DJs and giveaways to the first 50 people. The tenets open for business include: Portside Fish Co (Baja inspired seafood) Shomi Noods (Fusion ramen and handroll bar) Main Chick (Nashville Hot Chicken) and Oi Asian Fusion (Filipino rice bowls) More info here.


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23 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [5-17-2021 to 5-21-2021]

May 17, 2021 by We Like L.A. Staff
Ai Weiwei: Trace at the Skirball. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing list of in-person experiences.

This week, from May 17 to May 21, features a foodie fundraiser for the AAPI community, free audio plays, Skirball’s new Ai Weiwei exhibition, the reopening of the GRAMMY Museum, a drive-in movie night at Kenneth Hahn, and more.

All Week

1. Pop Off LA -> Some of the most beloved L.A. chefs are collaborating on one-of-a-kind takeout dishes May 16-23 to raise money for the AAPI community. 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. More info here.

2. Antaeus Theatre’s Zip Code Plays -> Explore the neighborhoods that make up Los Angeles County with The Zip Code Plays Tour, the free audio plays drive into Echo Park, West Hollywood, Inglewood, Pacoima, North Hollywood, and Monterey Park. Listen here.  

3. Specials AAPI Heritage Month -> In May, 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.

4. Celebration Spectrum -> This 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

5. [U]nity of America by LISTEN STREET ART -> 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.

6. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visit info can be found here.

7. 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.

8. Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo -> The outdoor movie screening experience continues this week with multiple outdoor screenings. Movies include Back to the Future, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Princess Bride, 500 Days of Summer, The Notebook, Love Jones, E.T., Superbad, The Great Gatsby, and Friday the 13th. More info here.

Tuesday

9. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures -> The museum will host an online conversation with Oscar winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker, 2019) and Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator Jenny He. The two will discuss Guðnadóttir’s work and her approach to designing the Museum’s Composer’s Inspiration gallery.

Wednesday

10. The Petersen Automotive Museum -> The museum will debut a special exhibition featuring the new Tesla Roadster prototype from May 19 through June 2, 2021. The vehicle will be displayed on the museum’s second floor alongside the original 2006 Tesla Roadster prototype. Advance tickets to the museum are required.

11. The Grove -> Alo Yoga host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. Sign up cost $10, bring your own mat.

Thursday

12. Tattoos and Rescues -> V Burger in Long Beach is hosting a special charity photo event to celebrate tattooed humans and their rescue dogs. On Thursday, inked pup parents and their fury rescues can get professionally photographed for a $20 donation that benefits Long Beach Animal Care Services. Though walk-ins may be accommodated, appointments are recommended. Get more info and reserve a slot here.

13. Amazon Studios Presents ‘VOICES: API Representation in Film & Media” -> The virtual event will include group panels, talks, musical performances and conversations that examine Hollywood’s complicity in anti-Asian racism and actions on how to drive change. VOICES will feature Daniel Dae Kim, Hari Kondabolu, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sophia Ali, Stephanie Hsu,  AJ Rafael & Alyssa Navarro and Amber Liu. RSVP to the event here.

14. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday through Friday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

15. Made in L.A. 2020 -> The ongoing exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

16. The Hammer -> Take a 30-minute Mindful Awareness Meditation online via Zoom at 12:30 p.m.

Friday

17. The GRAMMY Museum Reopens -> The GRAMMY Museum welcomes the public back on May 21 with three brand new special exhibits, including retrospectives on Motown Records, Dave Matthews Band, and the life and career of Marco Antonio Solís. Adult admission starts at $15 per person, and can be booked in advance here.

18. Drive In At The Park -> Cruise into the Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City for a drive-in movie night every Friday and Saturday now until August 28. This weekend, they’ll screen Beethoven and Selena. Tickets car $33 a car.

19. Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) -> 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.

20. Electric Dusk Drive-In -> The series will screen Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday. Get tickets here.

Dining

21. Holy Cow BBQ Tax Day Special -> On Monday score a rack of ribs or a whole chicken plus a side, house salad and Holy rolls that feed three to four people for $29.95. Available at all Holy Cow locations.

22. Louise’s Trattoria Tax Day Special -> On Monday order chicken (parmigiana, marsala or picatta) or penne (marinara, arrabiata, bolognese or pesto) and your order will be doubled to feed three to four people for $29.95. The meal comes with Caesar or house salad and Louise’s focaccia. Available at all Louise’s Trattoria locations.

23. Manuela -> Manuela expanded into the restaurants garden in April for weekend drinks and bites. Recently the Garden Bar also introduced Tropical Nights, a Tiki-inspired cocktail menu available every Friday from 5:30-9pm.

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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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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.

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

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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.”

Off Menu x Tacos 1986

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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Things To Do

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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