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28 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week [4-13-15 to 4-17-15]

April 13, 2015 by Christina Champlin

Every week in Los Angeles there’s 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.

This week includes free cupcakes at Sprinkles, free cones at Ben & Jerry’s, free burgers for tax day (are you sensing a trend here?), a terrifying screening of The Exorcist and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (and even more!).

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Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Credit: John Murphy via flickr

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Monday April 13th, 2015

1. Free Cupcakes At Sprinkles!

It’s hard to fathom that Sprinkles Cupcakes has been in business for almost a decade, but this Monday they’ll be celebrating their tenth anniversary. To reward loyal customers and to mark the occasion, Sprinkles has opted to give away one free cupcake to every customer who stops by on April 13.

2. Echo Park Craft Fair’s Indie Market at DTLA’s MOCA

Lovers of local design can shop a wide variety of indie brands. Market is open all week and runs through the weekend. For a full list of vendors check out their list here. For additional information visit their website.

3. Complimentary Sake Tasting at Katsuya

The Monday blues got you down? Have some sake on Katsuya! Increase your sake knowledge with a complementary tasting before dinner is served at all Kaysuya locations. Local experts from Tyku, Rock Sake, Dassai and Kikisui will be hosting.

4. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen

After their show became a hit in Brooklyn, New York comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal took their show to the west coast. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is a weekly variety show happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your ass off for just $5 bucks or $8 at the door. Get your advance tickets here.

Tuesday April 14th, 2015

5. Free Cone Day At Ben & Jerry’s

Going all the way back to 1979 (one year after they first opened) Ben & Jerry’s has marked their calendars with a day each year to give back to their loyal customers by offering every patron who enters the establishment that day a free cone of their favorite flavor. It is known as Free Cone Day, and this year the occasion falls on Tuesday, April 14.

LACMA Free Day Second Tuesday of Month

On the second Tuesday of every month LACMA invites the public to visit the museum for free. Check out the public art displays too like Chris Burden’s permeant installation Urban Lights and more.

7. Live Talks LA

From March through May the lineup for Live Talks LA consist of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who will give insight talks. This week T.C Boyle along with Susan Orlean hold court to discuss Boyle’s writing and his novel The Harder They Come.

8. Get The “Taylor Swift Experience”

The Grammy Museum is hosting a retrospective on the 25 year old songstress where never before seen photographs, home videos, hand written lyrics and more will be on display.

9. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

The Hammer is now exhibiting British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s inventive design concepts ranging from installations, to fashion to architecture. Admission to Provocation’s is free.

Wednesday April 15th, 2015

10. The Super Serious Show

Expect to see some of today’s best working comedians alongside a few young up and comers at one of the best live comedy shows in Los Angeles, The Super Serous show! Although the lineup changes each month, the creators of the show Mandee and Joel of CleftClips try to consistently create a intimate and magical atmosphere to have a laugh. I recently asked them to describe the show in one word for our readers,”Wowza. Because we try to keep things interesting at The Super Serious show. Each host brings something different to the table and you never know who will stop by or literally come running onto the stage.” This week’s line up has T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Ian Karmel (Conan), a video by WOMEN (IFC Comedy Club) and more.

11. Villains Tavern Tax Day Celebration

Villains Tavern in Downtown Los Angeles will pay the taxes on all drink bills! It’s their little way of sticking it to the man. They also have a kick ass Happy Hour double win!

12. Free Burgers At The Hard Rock With Bret Michaels

Poison fan? The Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Blvd is celebrating Tax Day with the help of rock n’ roll legend Bret Michaels. Guests will have a chance to take the cafe stage and “Sing For Their Supper.” Michaels will kick things off with a short performance and then open the stage for visitors to sing a song of their choosing (with a live band!) in front of the entire restaurant. Those that perform will end Tax Day on a high note with a free LOCAL LEGENDARY® “Hollywoodland” Burger.

13. Rock & Roll Billboards Of The Sunset Strip At The Skirball

Did you know that billboards were hand painted for almost two decades in our city? The Ruby Gallery at The Skirball will be featuring over twenty photographs of the billboards that rocked our world from the 1967 cover of the Doors debut album to the MTV billboards in the 80’s.

14. Tour and Taste at Hollywood’s Hot Restaurants & Famous Sights

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. Half price tickets are available via Goldstar. Bon appetit!

15. Trivia Night at Spin

Want an excuse to head down the Standard Hotel? Every Wednesday night Spin hosts a trivia night starting at 9pm where you can enjoy special prizes, cocktails, and ping pong!

Thursday April 16th, 2015

16. For the Record: Baz

A Live Music Mash-Up Of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby unfolds at the DBA with great reviews. Featuring a rotating cast of special guests from stage, screen and music performing an epic soundtrack that includes “Lady Marmalade,” “Kissing You,” “Love Is in the Air,” “Crazy in Love” and other beloved songs featured in Luhrmann’s films. Half price tickets are available courtesy of Goldstar

17. Star Wars Celebration

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It’s here! The Star Wars Celebration will once again grace us this year and kicking things off on Thursday is Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy. And what kind of Star Wars Celebration would it be without Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher? Don’t worry they will be there too! The celebration will run from Thursday through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center.

18. Yes Weed Can

Looking for laughs this week? How about a satirical journey through the checkered history of marijuana in America as told by the always hilarious Second City players on Hollywood Blvd. Seth Rogen would definitely approve.

Show is at 9pm on Thursday. Grab some tickets via Goldstar for just $5!

19. Shepard Fairey: 50 Shades of Black

Shepard Fairey releases his third installment of new album cover artwork at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS. DJ Z-Trip will be joining Shepard Fairey on opening night for a special live performance. [UPDATE: This event was posted in error, it the Shepard Fariey release took place last April, 2015. We apologize for this error. The RVSP taken has been taken down].

2o. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

See your favorite disney characters come to life on ice! Great for kids and Disney loving parents, the show has just about everyone, from Buzz Lightyear to Ariel to even the Car gang. Tickets are normally $28 but Goldstar has them for $21.

21. Visit The Skirball Culture Center For Free

On Thursday’s The Skirball’s exhibitions are free to the public. Check out Noah’s Ark a interactive journey where you can climb on board the ark and check out the life sized animals made of up-cycle, repurposed materials!

Friday April 17th, 2015

22. ‘The Exorcist’ Screening at the Old Abandoned L.A. Zoo

Love the scary the stuff? Love outdoor movies? The Great Horror Campout will host a night time screening of The Exorcist at the abandoned home of the Old L.A. Zoo in the heart of Griffith park. You think this is just some campy horror film from the 1970’s? Well, let me put it subtilely… IT WILL TERRIFY YOU! Especially when being taken in accompanied by the slow descent of darkness as twilight fades at the park.

23. Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre

Disneynature’s new documentary Monkey Kingdom follows the journey of Maya a monkey from Sri Lanka as she leads her family to reclaim their home at Castle Rock previously taken over by a monkey tribe. Narrated by Tina Fey Monkey Kingdom features a variety of characters from leopards to mongoosesand is directed by the team behind Disneynature’s Chimpanzee. Moviegoers will get to enjoy a real-life animal adventure while at the El Capitan, the Wildlife Learning Center will host a pre-screening showcase featuring exotic animals from around the world, live on stage. Tickets are normally $13 but Goldstar has them for just $8!

24. For the Record: Dear John Hughes

Feeling a little 80’s this weekend? How about an interactive, 360-degree theatrical concert featuring the best of the music from the iconic films of the late John Hughes. Recall moments from some of your favorite Hughes’ films including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink,, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more. Get more information and discounted tickets for Friday’s showing via Goldstar.

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25. Hudson Sample Sale

Friday through Saturday Hudson will hold a warehouse sale big enough to satisfy any denim addict. We hear denim is priced around $40-$60 a pair. Cash and credit, no large bags allowed and the location is 5900 Triumph St. in Commerce.

26. Newsies

Broadway’s Newsies will be playing in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre until April 19.. The 1992 Disney film is about a group of newsboys who try to takedown a newspaper tycoon. This one’s for the underdogs! Goldstar has tickets for $49 they sell for $65 and up retail!

27. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

L.A. County’s largest street race  is back for it’s 41st year! The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place from April 17-19 with car showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and of course the featured IndyCar event getting underway around 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon in downtown Long Beach. Grab tickets via Goldstar starting at just $17 for a Friday all-day pass and a three-day pass for $46.

28. 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 1pm.


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