Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).
This week, from Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 15, features a butterfly conservatory pop-up, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, a free day at LACMA, the DTLA Art Walk, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, L.A. Dodger fireworks and much much more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Monday April 11th, 2016
1. Live Butterfly Conservatory comes to Westfield Santa Anita
Adopt a Butterfly is coming to Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia. In celebration of Butterfly Month the event will invite guest to encounter live butterflies, witness the miracle of a butterfly’s beautiful transformation, feed a butterfly, see one hatch from a chrysalis, and other hands-on craft projects and educational tours. General admission is $6.00 per adult and $5.00 per child (children under the age of 2 are free with an adult ticket)
2. Write Club Los Angeles at The Bootleg Theater
Literature turns into a bloodsport at Write Club Los Angeles as two opposing writers argue opposing ideas for 7 minutes a piece. The audience picks the winner, who gets a cash prize donation to the charity of their choice.
3. Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs
4. The GODDAMN COMEDY JAM at The Lyric Theatre
Once a month at the Lyric Theatre a group of stand-up comedians show off their material AND their musical chops during The GODDAMN COMEDY JAM. Basically each comedy set is followed by a performance backed by a live band. This week’s jam session includes: Nick Swardson, Adam DeVine, Tiffany Haddish, and Josh Wolf, plus host Josh Adam Meyers and the Goddamn Band. Doors open at 8:30pm. Show begins at 9:00pm.
5. Thai Restaurant Week
The Tourism Authority of Thailand will launch Thai Restaurant Week, April 11th-17th in honor of Songkran the Thai New Year! A select number of restaurants around the city will offer special dishes and pre-fixe menus for the next seven days.
6. Morgane Le Fay Santa Monica Sample Sale
Morgane Le Fay is having a eight-day sample sale in Santa Monica from April 6-13. Discounts will start at 80%.
Location: 1109 Montana Ave. Santa Monica
7. Salt & Straw April Flavors Invented by LA Students
Salt & Straw partnered up with Larchmont Charter and Westminster Elementary (Venice) students to create the April flavors at the two shop locations. A portion of proceeds from the sales of these flavors will go toward both schools. Come try Caramel Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake, Waffle & Syrup, Coconut Flan and more for a good cause! Flavors only availble until the 27th.
Tuesday April 12th, 2016
8. Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
Get one free ice cream cone at participating Ben & Jerry’s store this Tuesday from 12:00pm–8:00pm.
9. Hollywood Sites & Bites Food Tour
This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar. Bon appetit!
10. Free Day at LACMA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art is free this Tuesday for everyone, also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays all month long.
11. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Every week LACMA screens a classic film, the ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.
Pizza Romana’s Throwback Tuesday + Wednesday Specials
Pizza Romana’s TBT+W will feature special pasta’s served at the restaurant’s predecessor, Cube. This month’s pasta will be a Ciauscolo (Italian salame typical of the Marche region) ravioli with brown butter, sage, and Parmigiano Reggiano Vacche Rosse (one of the rarest Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses). The dish also comes with a throwback price of just $10.
12. All The Feels!
Stop by a free storytelling show in Silver Lake called, All The Feels! Each performer (usually comedians) tell the audience a story inspired by an assigned emotion on the spot, the result are real, honest, and unique performances only improve can produce. Show starts at 8:40pm at Café Tropical’s back room.
13. Take a Bite into Big Bertha on National Grilled Cheese Day at Knuckle & Claw
The ladies behind Knuckle & Claw have created the ultimate, indulgent, seafood stuffed grilled cheese in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day and Grilled Cheese Month. On April 12, for one day only, K&C will be serving the Big Bertha, a behemoth version of their classic Knuckle Sandwich – stuffed with lobster, shrimp, blue crab, and Cotswold Cheddar for $25.
Wednesday April 13th, 2016
14. Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots is back at the Pantages Theatre for a limited two-week engagement. The six time Tony Award winning Broadway musical inspired by true events tell the story of Charlie Price who inherits his fathers shoe factory and Lola, a cabaret performer looking for some sturdy high heeled boots, together the unlikely pair help to save Price’s family business and discover they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) this fun loving red-hot musical will have you dancing in the aisle or at least foot tapping in your seats. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
15. Andaz Taste Series with Sidecar Donuts
The “Andaz Taste” series is back with Sidecar Doughnuts on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Andaz Wine Gallery located on the first floor of the hotel. Sidecar Doughnuts will bring selections from their April menu to be paired with select sparkling wines and beer for FREE to all guest. Following the sampling, guests can enjoy happy hour at Andaz’s Riot House Bar with drinks and appetizers starting at just $5.
16. The Ultimate Retirement Party: Kobe’s Last Game Viewing Party at FIGat7th
It’s Kobe Bryant’s last game at the Staples Center! And all Kobe fans are invited to a viewing party at FIGat7th. Watch the game on the big screen inside of TASTE Food Hall. Party starts at 3:00pm and will go on till 10:00pm.
17. BierBeisl Blow Out Party
Sadly BierBeisl Imbiss restaurant will be closing on April 16 to celebrate and say thank you to friends and patrons from now until the 16th take advantage of some killer specials like $5 every sausage sandwich, $3 sides, $7 all other sandwiches (schnitzel, sloppy george, pork belly etc.), $3 beer, $8 wine and lots more.
18. 5th Annual Roar in The Shore
In partnership with the Toyota grand Prix this family friendly event is free to attend and suited for all ages. Guests will get a chance to view race cars up close, meet race car drivers, step into a race simulator and watch stunt performances with a race car and motorcycle.
19. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat
Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1:00pm.
20. Firestone Walker Night
Thursday April 14th, 2016
21. Downtown Los Angeles Food Walking Tour
Sidewalk Food Tours of Los Angeles will lead you on a fun three-hour walking tour through Downtown Los Angeles. Your guide will share stories of the city’s early settlers, gossip about Hollywood’s heyday, architectural highlights, cultural changes of L.A. and the food scene. You’ll get plenty of chances to grab a bite from unique eateries, that include the best bakeries, ethnic restaurants and the most buzzed about establishments currently in spotlight, there are seven stops in all so come hungry. More information and discount tickets Thursday and Friday’s tour this weekend via Goldstar.
22. The Downtown Art Walk
The Downtown Art Walk has been an L.A. cultural phenomenon bringing in art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month. Art galleries, shops, bars and more open up for one big party celebrating art and DTLA for one fine night. .
Participating galleries for the April 14th Art Walk include: Fathom Gallery, DAC Gallery, REN Gallery, Please Do Not Enter, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, Carol Cirillo Stanley Studio Gallery, the Fine Arts Building, The Spring Arts Collective, and The Hive.
In addition Downtown Art Walk will present World Art Day over a 4-day period starting on April 14th Art Walk, and ending on Sunday, April 17th with various programming and festivities around town
23. Broadway in Leimert Park
From Ella and Dizzy to Holiday and Sinatra and beyond, celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a lineup of fantastic tributes to all the greats. Broadway in Leimert Park will run April 1-24. Get more information and discount tickets for this week’s performances via Goldstar.
24. Canstruction LA 2016
Checkout some really impressive art works made with cans from April 14th-16th at the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Organized by local leaders in design Canstruction LA invites prominent Los Angeles creators in architecture, engineering, and designing to create structures entirely made of cans of food. All pieces are put on public display and awarded prizes by a panel of judges. The cans are donated to the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank after the shows.
25. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Raising Arizona
The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater! Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.
26. Free Day At The Skirball Cultural Center
The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.
27. Escape Room LA: The Cavern
Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA! Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! You’ll have less than an hour to escape, working with your team to solve challenging puzzles to break free. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
28. L.A. County Yarn Crawl
There’s a Yarn Crawl happening all over Los Angeles April 14th-17th. It’s the 5th year think pub crawl but replace the bar with knitting stores. Participating establishments will host contest, raffles, trunk shows, workshops, and tons of free giveaways during the crawl. Check the LA Yarn Crawl site for more information.
29. Free Day at The Japanese American National Museum
Japanese American National Museum from 5:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday!
30. Same, Same a New Thai Wine and Beer Bar Debut’s in Silver Lake
This wine and beer concept also offers authentic Thai bar food making the new spot a must try. The bar is a partnership between Last Word Hospitality and the duo behind Rambutan Thai, Katy Noochlaor and Annie Daniel. Expect traditional Thai street food, shared plates, daily market-driven specials, and bar snacks along with a playful beer and wine list.
31. MOCA Free Night
Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.
Friday April 15th, 2016
32. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks
Nothing beats catching a game beneath the stars especially with our beloved Dodgers . After the final out is called, the lights will go down and guests can actually go on to the field for a spectacular fireworks show. This week the Dodgers are up against the San Francisco Giants, and our friends at Goldstar have discount tickets while supplies last!
33. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
L.A. County’s largest annual street race is back! The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place from April 15-17 will get any speed demon’s heart pumping with auto showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and of course the featured IndyCar event on Sunday. Interested? Shop the discount ticket offers on Goldstar for potential savings on individual or weekend-long passes.
34. Odd Nights At The Autry
From the man who brought you Dodger Stadium Flea, Downtown Flea and Melrose Flea presents Odd Nights At The Autry. Curator Phillip Dane brings another community hot spot to life with a collection of over 200 vendors from 20 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live local bands. Perfect for all ages and families to bring a blanket, host an evening picnic while enjoying the great outdoors. Both the event AND parking are free!
35. Steinfest Oktoberfest in April
Alpine Village the epicenter for many Oktoberfest celebrations in Los Angeles returns for a mid-year event this Friday. Get free entry by dressing in your best Oktoberfest garb or else admission costs $10. No one under 21 is permitted.
36. The Jungle Book at The El Capitan
Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre presents a very special engagement of the all new live-action film The Jungle Book playing April 15 – May 1, 2016, in Dolby Vision 3D and Dolby Atmos. Guests will be treated to a performance by The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band,playing classic Sherman Brothers music live on stage before the movie. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
37. The Detour Bistro Bar Celebrates Tax Day with $4.15 Specials
$4.15 food, drink and wine specials from 11:00am-11:00pm at The Detour Bistro Bar in Culver City.
38. Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo
The L.A. Zoo will play host to some prehistoric residents starting this Friday. Come get up close and personal with 17 life-size animatronic dinosaurs some reaching almost 22 feet high and weighing close to 7,000 pounds. Additions to the new exhibit are a Fossil Dig, controllable Stegosaurus, climbable Pachyrhinosaurus, and a free 3-D augmented reality app. Tickets cost $5 the exhibit will run till October 31st.
39. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show
The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
40. BLAH BLAH BLAH and Garth Trinidad
Get your groove on in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles when Ball Room rockers BLAH BLAH BLAH along with DJ’s Garth Trinidad and Victoria Van Damn take the stage at Mrs.Fish this Friday.
41. Laurent Quenioux Pop-Up at Sangers and Joe
Award winning Chef Laurent Quenioux is hosting a weekly pop-up at Sangers and Joe, in Pasadena. Stop by every Friday and Saturday until the end of April and treat yourself to an incredible raw bar, Quenioux’s acclaimed cheese cart, and much more. We tasted items on the raw bar menu with 20 plus top notch selections that included cherry stone clams, abalone and geoduck -this is a real treat for seafood lovers in Los Angeles. See our seafood platter here. Walk-ins are welcome but make a reservation if you want to be seated at a desired time.
42. Noir City Hollywood: The 18th Annual Los Angeles Festival
The longest-running film noir festival in Los Angeles returns to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for 10 days with a rare lineup of dark, sinister films brought back to life on the screen. The festival runs from April 15-24 with a special opening reception this Friday.
43. Clifton’s at Night
Clifton’s at Night hosts a regular programmed events series every month, this week Hedgehog Swing, deejays Dave Hernandez and Vintage Pete, and burlesque performers Olivia Bellefontaine, Amber Marie, and Miss Marquez will take the stage. Show starts at 9:30pm.
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