Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [4-17-2023 to 4-21-2023]

Looking at L.A. from Griffith Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

This week’s watchword: eclectic.

For this April 17-21 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a D&D Club meetup at El Cid, the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk, Goth Nite at Angel City Brewery, a 420 Stash & Bash, the Poetry Brothel, a Grunion Fish-tival, Odd Nights at The Autry, and more.


Things To Do This Week

Dungeons & Dragons Tavern Party -> Hail adventurers! This Monday, the Socal D&D Club brings together Dungeons & Dragons players of all levels (including those who are just “D&D curious.”) together for a one-night celebration at El Cid featuring tacos, cocktails and, plenty of time to chat about all things D&D. Tickets are $45, and include free 3D printed resin miniature and seven-piece set of dice plus a one-year membership in Socal D&D. Runs 7 to 10 p.m. More info here.

An Evening With Seth Myers -> Writer/producer/comedian Seth Meyers comes to The Wallis this Monday for a conversation with Mike Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Good Place) about a career that include his 13 seasons on SNL to his current Late Night gig. Tickets are $35. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Symbiosis: Living Island -> Symbiosis: Living Island is now open at Japan House Los Angeles. The latest exhibition focuses on the Inujima “Art House Project,” which was imagined to revitalize the depopulated island of Inujima by incorporating contemporary art into existing architectural and ecological spaces of the area. Symbiosis remains on view through July 5. Open daily and free to visit. More info here.

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction -> Starting this Tuesday, the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction heads to a new location to celebrate its 44th year of exhibiting and fundraising. Hundreds of donated art works will be on display at a 7,000-square-foot gallery space at RUNWAY Playa Vista from April 18 to May 19, with an accompanying online auction aimed to raise funds to support the Clinic’s health care services and initiatives. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Get more info here.

World of Barbie -> World of Barbie has debuted at Santa Monica Place with an immersive experience that puts fans neck deep into Barbie’s fantastic world of plastic. The 20,000 square-foot attraction features a number of life-size spaces like a Barbie Dreamhouse and Camper Van, plus a salon filled with products and other various interactive rooms. Runs Wednesday to Sunday through June 30. Hours vary. Tickets start at $34.50. More info here.

Dead Ringers Preview Screening -> This Thursday, American Cinematheque offers a free advance screening of the first two episodes of Dead Ringers, a new Amazon Video series based on David Cronenberg’s 1988 film of the same name. The event includes a Q&A with executive producer and director Sean Durkin and actor Poppy Liu. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. More info here.

Goth Nite at Angel City Brewery -> Don your darkest garb and apply plenty of black eyeliner and nail polish for this Thursday’s Goth Nite at Angel City. Expect dark wave tunes from DJ Lori Lovesick plus discounts on ACB brews. Music starts at 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Puff, Puff, Spin -> Jazz Dispensary and Brother Brother team up this for a 4/20 event in West Adams featuring complementary cannabis goodies from Old Pal, free drinks, vinyl tunes, and bites from Comfy Pup. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Free to attend. More info here.

420 Stash & Bash -> Marina’s del Rey’s Highway Cannabis is hosting an all-day 4/20 event this Thursday featuring an open car meet, DJs, activations by KIVA and Heavy Hitters, and food by the PANA Venezuelan Food Truck. Plus, catch a special performance by Tyga from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Popular Kids Club -> This Thursday, Popular Kids Club is back at Permanent Records Roadhouse in Cypress Park for a evening of comedy that includes special guests Reggie Watts, Joe Mande, Garrick Bernard, Jenny Zigrino, Bri Giger, and Hunter Hill. Tickets are $8. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Grunion Fish-tival -> On Friday, The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro celebrates the grunion an evening affair featuring arts and crafts, grunion hatchings, and after-hours access to exhibits, all capped by a trip to the beach to (hopefully) observe a spawning in real-time. Adult tickets are $7, children, students and seniors are $3. More info here.

The Poetry Brothel: Forbidden Fruit -> If the term “word orgy” gets your blood pumping, head to El Cid this on Friday for an all out poetry blitz featuring three hours of staged spoken word performances along with out one-on-one private poetry readings, Tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, live typewriter poetry, and a sprinkling of dance and musical performances. GA tickets are $50. Starts at 6:30 p.m. More info here.


Odd Nights at The Autry -> Odd Nights at the Autry return every third Friday of the month from April through September. Expect an indie bazaar populated by funky vendors, food trucks, and live music. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 and parking is free. More info here.

gRUNion Party 2023 -> This Friday and Saturday, Venice Oceanarium’s annual gRUNion party is back this time for two nights to double the chances of seeing Grunion spawn in mass near the Venice Breakwater. Free to attend. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Pizza Happy Hour at Rossoblu. Photo by Eddie Sanchez.

Rossoblu Expands Happy Hour Offerings -> Rossoblu’s new happy hour menu now includes a number of small bites starting at $6, pepperoni and margherita pizzas for $12, mocktails at $5 and $12 wines and cocktails. The Downtown restaurant’s OG happy hour deal of a pizza and a drink for $25 is still available. Promotions run daily from 5 to 6 p.m., and all day on Mondays at the bar. 

Vietnamese Coffee Cupcakes at Sprinkles -> To honor AAPI Heritage Month, Sprinkles has partnered with America’s first specialty Vietnamese coffee importer and roaster, Nguyen Coffee Supply, for a limited edition Vietnamese Coffee Cupcake ($6) available nationwide from April 17 through May 14. The Vietnamese Coffee Cupcake features a coffee cake base, filled with condensed milk buttercream and topped with coffee frosting infused with Nguyen Coffee Supply’s single origin Loyalty Blend. The collaboration is part of Sprinkles’ ongoing support of the Asian Pacific organization and platform Gold House.

Bar Clara Rooftop Grill & Chill + Hip Hop Trivia -> Bar Clara on the rooftop of Hotel Per La in Downtown Los Angeles will host an interactive 4.20 Hip Hop Trivia Night in partnership with The Questions Hip Hop. As part of Bar Clara’s new Thursday Grill & Chill series, the night will also include tacos by award-winning Macheen and music by DJ Steve1der. Runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here


Looking Ahead…

Earth Day Regenerative Wine Fair at Esters -> On Saturday, April 22 Santa Monica wine shop and cafe Esters invites their favorite planet-friendly winemakers for a special Earth Day Regenerative Wine Fair. Happening from 2 to 5 p.m., the Earth Day walk-around tasting will take place in the outdoor parklet with tickets available for $40 per person via Resy. A portion of the sales will be donated to OOM (Our Only Mission—Earth) to support their goal of eliminating single-use packaging waste in everyday consumer goods, including wine bottles. 

Black Pot Supper Club -> Black Pot Supper Club, hosted by chef Martin Draluck (featured in Netflix’s High on the Hog), returns on May 1 at Post & Beam. The intimate communal dinner experience includes an eight-course meal with wine pairings, music, and an exploration into America’s earliest Black culinary and hospitality influencers. Seats are limited and tickets cost $250 per person. More info here

Taste of Home -> People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) hosts its second annual food fundraiser, Taste of Home on April 29 at Sunset Las Palmas Studios in Hollywood. Over 30 local vendors will participate including Coni’Seafood, Shlap Wings and Shappy Pretzel Co. Poncho Martínez of Poncho’s Tlayudas will also hold a cooking demonstration. Tickets start at $95. Proceeds from ticket sales will support PATH’s mission in ending homelessness in Los Angeles.

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