Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 04.29.11
April 30–May 1. Lovers of lit venture to the USC campus in east L.A. for this annual event featuring readings, discussions with authors, signings and books for sale. The event also has live entertainment and a children’s area for budding bookworms. Free. Parking $10. University of Southern California, Exposition Boulevard and South Figueroa Street, L.A., 213.237.2665 Map southeast of K15
Opening April 28. The Skirball Cultural Center salutes the life, career and influence of enigmatic magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. The first major exhibition to explore Houdini’s life and legacy features more than 150 artifacts, from posters and playbills to silent-fi lm footage of his great escapes to personal items such as family photos, a postcard written to his mother and diaries from his travels. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9 www.skirball.org
April 30. The eccentric alter-ego to the Tournament of Roses Parade was named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die! See the “BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team,” “Horses on Astroturf,” “The Disco Drill Team,” “Benzedrine Monks” and more. Colorado Blvd. (between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Blvds.), Pasadena. www.pasadenadoodahparade.info
April 28-29. Arrive at the Cat & Fiddle at 10 p.m. Thursday for happy hour with a DJ; the wedding viewing starts at midnight with the procession; then “I dos” at 3 a.m., followed by coffee and carriages from 4-5 a.m. Wear you royal pajamas and tiaras and bring handkerchiefs. $20, includes a free drink and food. Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.468.3800. Purchase tickets HERE.
Ye Olde King’s Head
April 29-30. At this Santa Monica outpost for all things Brit, the wedding will be on replay throughout the entire day on Friday; that morning toast the royal couple with a complementary class of champagne when you order a king-sized breakfast, from 9-11 a.m. Come back at 8 p.m. for the Beatles tribute in the main bar, where you can sport your finest tiara. On Friday and Saturday, the crown room hosts afternoon tea (noon, 2 p.m. seatings) where you can watch the wedding on replay and sip champagne with your tea. Ye Olde King’s Head, 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402. www.yeoldekingshead.com
April 28-May 5. Art and Creativity converge for a festival with premieres, featured films short films, classic films and more. Festival lineup includes: The People vs George Lucas, Eagles in the Chicken Coop, Heart of Now and more. Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, 1822 Vermont Ave., L.A. theunitedfest.com/losangeles
April 28-May 1. Film fest celebrates music and the movies, including outstanding composers, great songwriters and the unique role music plays in the art of filmmaking. Festival programming also includes a number of discoveries, significant restorations and special events. Various Los Angeles theaters. www.tcm.com/festival
May 2. Taste hundreds of top Austrian wines paired with cuisine by José Andrés, cheese and charcuterie and dessert by Wolfgang Puck at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Of the featured wines, guests can taste several from the much-anticipated 2010 vintage along with older vintage wines from varietals such as Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch and Riesling. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. General admission $75/advance, $100/door; VIP $100 advance/$125 door. www.austriauncorked.com
April 28-30. Each dance piece in Shen Yun likens to a 5-minute mini drama that tells a story from China’s 5,000 years of history, myths or legends. The show uses story-telling choreography to reenact traditional Chinese folktales with dance performances, and a unique orchestra that features both Chinese and Western instruments. $60+ Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 East Green St., Pasadena, 800.880.0188. www.laspectacular.com
Through May 29. This straight-from-Broadway comedy, the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play, is re-created in an exclusive engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. It reunites an outstanding cast featuring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16
Through May 1. This international touring production, directed by Tony Award® winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane), and originally mounted by Druid theatre company of Galway, Ireland, has already racked up awards in New York, the UK and Ireland. This international touring production, directed by Tony Award® winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane), and originally mounted by Druid theatre company of Galway, Ireland, has already racked up awards in New York, the UK and Ireland. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.
Through May 8. A high-class call girl challenges the limits of a liberally minded family. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10
Through May 1. Romantic drama about a choreographer who, after losing her best friend in an accident, is visited by his brother in the middle of the night. This passionate modern classic, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson (Talley’s Folly), features original music by Peter Golub, and is directed by Nicholas Martin (Dead End at the Ahmanson, The House of Blue Leaves at the Taper). Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16