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 18 to Friday, April 22, features $1 dollar drinks on Tax Day, a FREE sunset walk at The Observatory, a FREE Pocky Truck, The Taste of The Valley Food Festival, a MONSTERPALOOZA, College Night at LACMA, and much much more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Monday April 18th, 2016
1. Tax Day Deals!
Ok nothing to really celebrate about BUT we can help ease the pain of the IRS with some booze and food specials.
- 7 Spots for $1 drinks on Tax Day
- Sing for your Supper, Free Burgers At The Hard Rock Cafe
- La Dolce Vita offering .66 cent martinis and old fashioned cocktails with purchase of any food item from 5:00pm-10:00pm.
- $1 PBRs at both Dog Haus locations in Pasadena and Burbank
- Grab a free cup of Kona shaved ice (track down a truck here)
- Whisper Lounge is offering .18 cent classic Martinis (limit of two per guest) with a purchase of an entrée
2. 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.
3. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo for Three Weeks at The Morrison
I guess you can put this under Tax Day celebrations as well. The Morrison Pub in Atwater Village will start their Cinco de Mayo celebrations early, serving special food and drink menus all day now through May 5th.
4. 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.
5. BBQ, Blues & Brews Night at Baltaire
Brentwood’s ultra chic steakhouse Baltaire is showcasing their Southern flare with the debut of “BBQ, Blues & Brews,” featuring a new Southern-inspired menu by Executive Chef Travis Strickland. Consider combating the Monday Blues with craft brews, whiskey flights, BBQ and live blues every Monday night starting April 18.
6. Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs
7. Beat the Clock Happy Hour Launches at Tom’s Urban
Tom’s Urban at L.A. Live recently launched a Beat the Clock happy hour. Featuring six hours of fun, guests are invited to indulge in bites and booze as they “beat the clock” for the ultimate happy hour deal. This Beat the Clock happy hour runs in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, beginning at 3:00pm with prices starting at $3 and rise every hour until 6:00pm AND late night, Sunday through Thursday, beginning at 10:00pm with prices starting at $5 and drops every hour until 1:00am.
8. Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen
Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your butt off for just $8 at the door.
Tuesday April 19th, 2016
9. Guided Sunset Walk at Griffith Observatory
One Tuesday of every month the Griffith Observatory hosts a FREE guided sunset walk led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide. Great way to get acquainted with the Observatory!
10. 5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
The city of South Pasadena will host their 5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena featuring a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. Wine tasting costs $20 and takes place at the Canoe House from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The restaurant crawl with unlimited food samples will run 6:00pm-9:00pm, and costs $35 for adults, $15 for anyone under 21.
11. Made in Brooklyn Celebrates National Garlic Day
In honor of National Garlic Day, New York pizza truck Made in Brooklyn will be serving up free garlic knots with purchase to anyone who follows the truck on Instagram. Stop by during lunch from 11:00am–3:00pm at 5800 W Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City or dinner from 4:30pm–8:30pm at 13100 Hubbard St. during Tasty Tuesdays in Sylmar.
11. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens The African Queen
Every week LACMA screens a classic film, the ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.
12. Inotheke Winemaker Dinner
Chef Carolos Tomazos at Santa Monica’s Inotheke will present six courses of modern Greek cuisine paired with six wines from Greece’s award-winning Gerovassiliou estate presented by Winemaker Thrass Giantsidis. The dinner cost $130.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Third Tuesday of The Month FREE Museum Days!
- Free Day at The Los Angeles County Arboretum every third Tuesday of the month.
- Free Day at Descanso Gardens every third Tuesday of the month.
Wednesday April 20th, 2016
16. FREE Pocky Truck Hitting L.A. Today!
To mark the 50th year of Pocky the company set up a FREE Pocky truck, making its way around the country handing out complimentary boxes of their addicting snacks. And the good news? They’re coming to Los Angeles on April 20!
17. Dazed and Confused is Screening at The Wiltern
Richard Linklater’s cult-classic coming-of-age comedy Dazed & Confused will screen at The Wiltern’s movie night on the most, ummm… appropriate of dates.
18. 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 this week via Goldstar.
19. Eat Drink and Do Good for Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food is an LA based charity that provides FREE meals to those in need and April 20 has officially been named EAT. DRINK. BE AN ANGEL DAY. Restaurants around L.A. have committed to give back a portion of sales to Project Angel Food from anyone who visits on that day. So if you’re eating out choose from one of the participating restaurants ranging from Connie & Ted’s, CLEO, JAR, Rock N Reilly’s, PEARL’S Oyster Bar, Cake Monkey and many more.
20. Getting Doug With High Live 420 Special
There will be a special live taping of Doug Benson’s acclaimed show “Getting Doug with High.” Join Doug and his special guests as they celebrate 4/20 by smoking dope and talking shop. Celebrities who have appeared on the show include Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and Kevin Smith. Tickets for Doug’s previous live 4/20 shows in Colorado have consistently been sold out and met with rave reviews. The L.A. show takes place at Alex Theatre in Glendale.
21. Tongva After Dark Series Opens
Tongva Park in Santa Monica opens its third season of free cultural programming with a site- specific dance piece by Los Angeles choreographer Lionel Popkin. Titled Inflatable Park the work was commissioned for the park by the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs and features an inflatable living room where nine dancers will perform in by bouncing, leaning into, lying on top of and even hang off of each person inside the inflatable room. The show starts at 7:30pm.
22. FLIX at FIG Screens: A League of Their Own
Join FIGat7th for dinner and a movie. Grab food from their TASTE Food Hall, cozy up under a warm blanket, and watch a FREE movie every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6:00pm and the film begins at 7:00pm.
23. Yelp Check-In Pop Up Event at Love Baked Wings
Yelp and Love Baked Wings is teaming up to giveaway a free LBW flavored drumstick to everyone who checks in to this Yelp page (bit.ly/1S64TCh). Go a step further and post a pic on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and tag both @YelpLA and @LoveBakedWings to score a free order of potato wedges. Find more information on Yelps official Get Baked Page.
24. The Super Serious Show
The Super Serious Show is a monthly comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. The lineup for the April 20 show at The Virgil is Eric Dadourian & Allen Strickland Williams, Clare O’Kane, Asif Ali, Cristela Alonzo, Katie Crown & Davey Johnson and a short film by Clara Aranmovich. $7 advance $10 at the door.
Thursday April 21st, 2016
25. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
The Throwback Thursdays film series is at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 features a gourmet food truck onsite. Guests may even bring their food inside the theater! Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.
26. College Night at LACMA
Thursday, is College Night 2016 at LACMA, where all guests with a valid college ID with be granted free admission to explore one of L.A.’s most iconic museum after-hours. Check out the new men’s fashion exhibition Reigning Men, peruse bronze sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn, or see Chris Burden’s Metropolis II in action.
27. Taste of the Valley
The 17th annual Taste of the Valley is a food, wine, spirits, and microbrew festival and it’s returning to the Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park this Thursday for an indulgent evening of delectable drinks and bites.
28. Howl Out Loud A Live Sci-Fi Hip Hop Show at The Last Bookstore
There’s a live Science Fiction and Hip Hop show happening at The Last Bookstore in DTLA. Come and see Eric Czuleger, Da’Crimes & Taylor Harb as they provide stories and beats for free! Show runs 7:00pm-9:00pm.
29. William Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary of this death at the Hammer Museum
Join Ron Rosenbaum, author of The Shakespeare Wars and UCLA Professor David Rodes as they discuss and make arguments for how Shakespeare’s works should be printed and performed. This is a free program at The Hammer. Coffee, tea and a book signing with Rosenbaum will follow the discussion. A friendly reminder that The Hammer museum’s exhibits are ALWAYS free. We suggest checking out the Black Mountain College exhibit Leap Before You Look.
30. SEX: A Horror Story at the Nerdist Showroom
Web series SEX: A Horror Story is coming to the Nerdist Showroom! Lineup includes Dave Ross from Drunk History and Shelby Fero from @Midnight. The show invites comedians to do a stand-up set and then tell a terrifying ‘Sex Horror Story’ to host JC Coccoli (Chelsea Lately). Tickets cost $8.
31. 32nd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
The film festival runs April 21-28 with screenings at venues across the greater Los Angeles featuring over 130 films from over 20 countries. There’s also a virtual reality (VR) documentary about Little Tokyo called Walking with Grace, which highlights a women’s perspectives of places. The project will be viewable at various festival sites through mobile VR kiosks. In addition look out for site-specific video map projections located in the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center (JACCC) Noguchi Plaza (adjacent to Azusa Alley) on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
32. Clifton’s at Night
Clifton’s at Night hosts a regular programmed events series every month, this week come see Bon Bon Vivant, deejays Dave Hernandez and Professor Watson, and burlesque performers La Bella Leah, Miss Marquez, and Amber Marie.
33. Newport Beach Film Festival
Around 350 films will be screened at this years Newport Beach Film Festival. Attendees will sit in on sessions with directors and screenwriters, the opening gala will feature a live band and bites from some of Newport Beach’s top restaurants. Visit the website for a full schedule of April 21-28 films.
34. FREE Thursday Museum Days!
- Free evening At The Pasadena Museum of California Art from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the third Thursday of every month
- MOCA Free Night every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary
- Free Day at The Japanese American National Museum from 5:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday
- Free Day At The Skirball Cultural Center all every Thursday.
Friday April 22nd, 2016
Monsterpalooza comes to Pasadena this Friday. The convention is a roundup of FX, over 200 vendors, make-up artists, fan art, screenings, celebrity guests and a monster museum a collection of memorabilia and movie monsters on view, past years have featured life-size King Kong and Jaws!
36. 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.
37. Earth Day LA at Grand Park
Grand park, the Music Center and DWP are celebrating Earth Day this Friday. The free festivities will feature plenty of green activities during the day including a tour of Grand Park’s sustainable landscaping, electric vehicle demos, free trees and healthy lifestyle vendors.
38. 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.
39. Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice comes to the Long Beach Arena this Friday with a skating spectacular featuring some of your favorite characters like Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Simba, Alice, the Mad Hatter and lots of Disney Princesses. The show is perfect for family time with showings in the morning and evening. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
40. 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)
41. Free Museum Day at The Long Beach Museum Of Art
The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!
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