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, Apr. 3 to Friday, Apr. 7, features Dodger baseball, Blade Runner at Union Station, FREE Ben & Jerry’s, Rooftop Cinema Club, First Fridays, and LOTS more.
Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Monday April 3rd, 2017
1. The 2017 MLB season kicks of in Los Angeles with opening day at Dodger Stadium vs. the Padres. Tickets still available as of the writing of this post.
2. Enjoy free live blues with the Pete Anderson Band at Burbank Moose Lodge. FREE
3. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
4. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE
Tuesday April 4th, 2017
5. Grab a free ice cream cone this Tuesday during Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day a worldwide celebration. FREE
6. The Hammer Museum, in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive, is hosting a FREE screening of Nineteen Eighty-Four as part of a one-day, nationwide cinematic effort to convey awareness of the dangers of oppressive governments. FREE
7. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. The #1 show in Vegas history comes to L.A. LIVE for a limited engagement. Absinthe, the immersive variety show will feature comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. Paul & Joe Sister is having a sample sale with prices starting from $20 in Beverly Hills.
10. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is 80’s/ Classic Rock Vinyl with DJ HOE. FREE
12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.), Natural History Museum and Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits.
Wednesday April 5th, 2017
13. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back for 2017 with another exciting season of outdoor movie screenings atop the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. The screening schedule opens with Blade Runner on April 5.
14. L.A. Kitchen presents a discussion called Food For Thought: Food Deserts & Food Justice. Led by Breanna Hawkins of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council the talk will take a look at the root causes of food injustices and how they relate to race and class. She’ll also discuss finding solutions and promoting food justice in these underserved communities. FREE
15. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station is playing host to a new film series this spring called Sci-Fi At Union Station. Catch three iconic science fiction movies, all of which are partially set in the City of Angels. The series launches on this Wednesday, with Blade Runner. FREE
16. Tongva Park’s Art @ Tongva program launches April 5 and 6 with the fourth annual The Wonder Room, two nights of performances and visual art free and open to the public. FREE
Thursday April 6th, 2017
17. National Geographic Live returns to the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica with The Mystery of Our Human Story. The event includes a post-show Q&A with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Paleoanthropologist, Lee Berger. Happening April 6 and 7. Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. The Wallis presents the West Coast debut of The Encounter. Described as one of the most moving theatrical experiences staged on Broadway and London, Encounter follows the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre as he finds himself lost in the Amazon. Combining excellent storytelling with 3D audio technology the show is directed and performed by Complicite’s Simon McBurney. Performances run April 6 through April 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. The TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood from April 6 to 9. This ultimate event for classic film lovers brings over 80 movie screenings to iconic Hollywood venues: the Chinese Theater (opened in 1927), 1922’s Egyptian Theater, and the venerable Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
20. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will screen at the El Capitan Theatre with special pre-show activities including a light show, an all-new Beauty and the Beast overture arranged by Michael Kosarin and costumes, props and sets from the movie. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
21. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens The Bad News Bears this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
22. Los Angeles based fashion label Greylin is having a sample sale April 6-8 with prices starting at just $10.
23. The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival comes to Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas, showcasing the best of short films from the U.S. while welcoming audience feedback through moderator Matthew Toffolo. Tickets are free/pay what you can format. Tickets can be reserved online.
24. Free admission days this Thursday for: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center, Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and Huntington Library.
Friday April 7th, 2017
25. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after hours at the museum, special music performances and interesting themed panel discussions. This year the talks will be centered around the science behind food.
26. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen a double feature of Fright Night and Ghostbusters. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors. Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
27. Monsterpalooza 2017 comes to The Pasadena Convention Center April 7 through 9 for the ultimate celebration of monsters and movie magic.
28. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE
29. Emmy-nominated actor-comedian, writer, producer and director Jeff Garlin comes to Flappers Comedy Club Burbank April 7-8. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
30. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.
31. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is back from April 7 to 9 with auto showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and the featured IndyCar event on Sunday. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
32. Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is Seasonal Produce Cocktails (Gin x Vodka x Tequila).
33. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
34. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE
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