Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 4.2.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.2.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

Dodgers Home Opener
April 6-8. The boys in blue are back, kicking off the season by taking on the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Two-time defending National League West champions put Clayton Kershaw, reigning NL Most Valuable Player Award and Cy Young Award winner, on the mound against the Padres’ James Shields. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507.


beerLos Angeles Beer Festival
April 4. Swig more than 200 international and domestic beers, which are accompanied by food from 15 of L.A.’s most popular food trucks and live entertainment. Beer Fest has two sessions for day-drinkers and night-owls, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Noon-3 p.m.; 5-8 p.m. $40. LA Center Studios, 1201 W. 5th St., L.A.


Film NoirFilm Noir Festival
April 3-19. See 26 Film Noir movies on the big screen over 12 nights at the 17th annual festival. American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation present three weeks of jaded gumshoes, femmes fatale and menacing heavies in gloriously gritty black-and-white. These evenings shine a spotlight on some usual suspects as well as rarely screened gems, including the Foundation’s new 35mm restorations of The Guilty and Woman on the Run, as well as new prints of The Underworld Story, No Abras Nunca Esa Puerta and Si Muero Antes de Despertar (two classic Argentine noirs making their Los Angeles premieres). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


Huntington LibraryThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Opens April 4. The cultural touchstone for Southern California is revered for its lush gardens as much as for its rare-book holdings and blue-chip paintings. Now, the nearly century-old institution has undergone a face-lift, welcoming guests with a brand-new visitors center, which opens to the public in its entirety April 4. The Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center boasts a new, larger Huntington store; a coffee shop; a 400-seat auditorium; a new orientation gallery; a café overlooking a terrace and more, all built in the midst of 6.5 acres of newly designed gardens. A work by sculptor Alexander Calder, Jerusalem Stabile, greets museumgoers, and once you’re inside, you just might not want to leave. M, W-F noon-4:30 pm, Sa-Su 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $8-$23, under 5 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141.


Big Bunny Spring FlingEASTER
Big Bunny Spring Fling
April 3-5. Find EGGciting activities for the whole family including petting a bunny, face painting, crafts, photos with “Big Bunny” and children’s musical entertainment. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission (except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.  Zoo admission is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200.


Westfield Century CityWestfield Century City
April 4. Celebrate the holiday with Westfield’s Easter Bash, complete with Easter egg hunt, family photos, petting zoo and story time by Giggles N’ Hugs. Noon-5 p.m. RSVP: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898.


HornblowerHornblower Cruises
April 5. Sip free-flowing champagne while watching breathtaking seaside cliffs as you cruise Marina del Rey. Enjoy an Easter brunch in aquatic tradition full of delicious savory breakfast fare, holiday classics, chocolatey treats, live entertainment and the Easter Bunny. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $68.95/$4137. children 4-12. 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, 310.301.6000.


The GroveThe Grove and The Americana at Brand
April 4. From Bunny Brunches and a Bunny Bungalow head to The Grove and Americana at Brand to get in the Easter spirit. At The Grove meet the Easter bunny over brunch at American Girl Place and enjoy an Easter event in The Park complete with crafts, face painting, a bunny petting zoo; while at The Americana at Brand you can brunch at Trattoria Amici, enjoy an Easter Egg hunt and a VIP photo opp in the Bunny Bungalow. The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900; The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883.

View our full list of where to celebrate Easter in Los Angeles

TV on the RadioMUSIC
TV on the Radio
April 3. The acclaimed Brooklyn-L.A. indie rockers kick off the Palladium’s hip April lineup. (photo courtesy tvotr by juco) Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.7600.


Arlo GuthrieArlo Guthrie
April 6. The folk singer and social activist marks the 50th anniversary of his Alice’s Restaurant with classic songs and anecdotes at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.


bs-taqueriaEAT + DRINK
BS Taqueria
Chef Ray Garcia leaves the luxurious surroundings of Fig Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica to finesse Mexican food through third-generation eyes. BS Taqueria, the casual precursor to forthcoming Broken Spanish, gives a contemporary spin and addictive qualities to taqueria fare. Must-haves start with the snacks, specifically “Rice and Beans” composed of toasted rice, garbanzo and butter beans, cotija and fresno chiles. Tacos are the cornerstone of the menu and come in an array of options that range from carnitas to bologna with escabeche to clams and lardo. The eatery is open for lunch currently with dinner to come later in the month in the form of family-style nightly specials like Snapper Veracruz, a deep-fried whole fish presentation. Julian Cox and Nick Meyer serve up cuisine complementing cocktails like the Tamarindo with vodka, amontillado, tamarind syrup, bitters, soda and straw; also enjoy other beverages like house made agua frescas and cebada (a classic drink made with barley, almonds and cinnamon). Opening hours are 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with weekends and dinner to come in the next few weeks. 514 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.622.3744.


The SpringsThe Springs
Not only does downtown L.A.’s Arts District’s urban oasis offer a yoga studio, juice and wine bar and holistic wellness treatments, it’s raw vegan restaurant is taking plant based dining to new levels. Sample some of Chef Michael Falso’s best dishes on the newly unveiled four-course chef’s tasting menu where you could indulge in specialties like rangoons (“Old Bay” cashew creme cheese, bell pepper and celery wrapped in a coconut wonton), Reuben (marinated mushrooms on caraway “rye” bread with Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and dill pickles), spaghetti alla carbonara (kelp and zucchini noodles tossed in a black pepper cream, smoked cocoanut bacon, mint, cocoanut yolk and black olives). 608 Mateo St., downtown, 213.223.6226.


The Detour Bistro BarThe Detour Bistro Bar
Over the last few months, the new Culver City neighborhood spot has been fine tuning it’s menu of eclectic farm-to-table eats and hand-selected by-the-glass wine program and is ready for its big reveal on April 6. Grab a seat in the airy dining room or front patio to dine on house specials like shrimp tacos with cilantro sauce; lamb pitas; seafood paella and a to-die-for Cubano sandwich with slow-cooked pork, pepper Jack cheese, pickles, mustard served on a Telera roll. Now serving dinner, happy hour and brunch. Weekday lunch starts on April 6. 12473 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.


Fried ChickenFried Chicken
If there were ever a time to eat fried chicken in Los Angeles it’s now. Chef Michael Bryant throws back to his southern roots with a weekly fried chicken night at The Churchill every Thursday night. Sink your teeth into the hickory-smoked, buttermilk-brined delicacy along with mashed potatoes low country style green beans, cheddar-jalapeno biscuits and more. And you don’t have to travel up north to feast on Ad Hock’s famous friend chicken and seasonal sides as it will be offered during Bouchon Beverly Hills’ fried chicken night on April 6 and 20 (and the first and third Monday going forward).


The Marriage of FigaroOPERA
The Marriage of Figaro
April 4, 9, 12. In the final installment of the Figaro Trilogy, The Marriage of Figaro, finds Figaro, Count Almaviva’s valet, in love with Susanna, the Countess’s maid. But the Count’s wandering eye has turned to the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and the Countess also gets into the action when she learns of her husband’s illicit plans. (photo Craig T. Mathew, LA Opera) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.


Through April 5. This 2010 play from David Greig—presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company—harks back to Old England with a story about a peace mission bound for Dunsinane Hill and a fierce queen unwilling to relinquish her throne. (photo KPO Photo) Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.


Through April 19. Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical brings its high-energy fun to L.A. Based on true events, the crowd-pleasing play tells the story of a group of newspaper boys in New York who fight for what’s right and turn from underdogs into heroes (photo Deen van Meer). Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


cinderellaRodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Through April 26. This live iteration of the classic rags-to-riches story is both romantic and hilarious in turns. The legendary creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific are behind the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which boasts an orchestra and classic songs—plus some twists on the classic story. (photo Carol Rosegg) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Through April 19. This new psychological thriller from playwright Joanna Murray-Smith makes its co-world premiere here with Sydney Theatre Company. Laura Linney stars as novelist Patricia Highsmith, whose career gets upended by a mysterious, handsome young man. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.