Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 4.9.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.9.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

First Fridays
April 10. The provocative series at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County continues its season with a night of live music, discussions and curatorial tours. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and musical performances from White Fence, Cherry Glazerr with resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring Anthony Valadez. 5-10 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO.


shipwreck catalinaShipwreck Weekend
April 10-12. Pack your pirate costume and hop the Pacific for Catalina Island’s weekend-long shipwreck-themed soiree. The party starts on Friday evening at the Harbor Reef Saloon with a DJ, followed by a live band performance. Saturday’s events include a castaway costume contest, treasure hunts and much more. $20/$30. Two Harbors, Catalina Island.


National Spa WeekNational Spa Week
April 13-19. Pamper yourself during this biannual event where participating spas around the city offer signature treatments (massages, scrubs and facials that usually cost $100-$500) for just $50. Choose from Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, Le Jolie Medi Spa in Studio City, Skin Laundry in West Hollywood, Total Woman Gym + Spa locations across L.A. and many more. See website for details. 212.352.8098.


butterflyButterfly Pavilion
April 12-Sept. 7. See more than 30 butterfly species and an array of plants in this outdoor exhibit. The Butterfly Pavilion showcases the fascinating dance between butterflies, moths, and the plants that surround them. See up close how butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults, and much, much, more. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.


Sweet Rose CreamerySweet Rose Creamery
April 11. Help kick off Sweet Rose Creamery’s fifth birthday by getting a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the dreamy small-batch ice cream shop through a series of monthly kitchen tours. Kicking off this week and continuing the second Saturday of each month,  an expert staff member will lead you through the Sweet Rose Creamery kitchen so you can see how ice creams are made from start to finish and receive a complimentary frozen treat. 10-11 a.m. Advance RSVP: (photo by Cida Fukushima) 826 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.


gettyMaster Storytellers with Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden
April 10-12. Imagine being transported back to ancient Greece through the power of suggestion. Renowned British storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden bring retellings of Greek myths to life at the Getty Villa. Their program illuminates the images in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, including Jason’s hunt for the Golden Fleece. $12. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.


gus-gusCreators World
April 9. See your favorite Icelandic bands like Gus Gus as well as Retro Stefson, Samaris, and other special surprise guests perform at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. The evening launches OZ a new global platform for subscription video that allows creators of all kinds to build their own channel for free and then set their own subscription pricing. During the evening you can sip cocktails and explore the new platform and hit the VIP party at the rooftop bar. 6 p.m. 929 Broadway, downtown. RSVP


Chuck Taylor’s Fried Chicken All StarsCOMING SOON
Chuck Taylor’s Fried Chicken All Stars
April 17-18. Head to Komodo’s Venice location for the second in the series of Boston Chef Samuel Mousour’s “Chuck Taylor’s Fried Chicken All Stars” pop-ups. During the event, you’ll have the choice to feast on Komodo Executive Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s happy hour version of Nashville-inspired crispy deep-fried chicken drenched with homemade chili oil or Chef Samuel Monsour’s Lowcountry-style in buttermilk brine, Carolina gold sauce, and Bojangles’ fry seasoning. Each ticket includes a half of a fried chicken of choice, miso-bacon corn, cookout slaw, bottomless macaroni & cheese (featuring Vermont Sharp Cheddar and Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale) and an ice cream sandwich. Komodo will be offering two featured drinks for the evening – Spiked Mint Lemonade and Spiked Mint Sweet Iced Tea, each for $5. They are available without alcohol or spiked with soju, a Korean distilled alcohol for $2.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Seatings at 8, 9, 10 and 11 p.m. 235 Main St., Venice.


Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge

Through May 15. Earn a complimentary faux lash application and 20% off your total product purchases. Simply book a full face makeup application and return for a second application any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. 8591 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 310.652.5874.


April 10-12, 17-19. The mega-popular music and arts festival in the desert is back. This year’s headliners are AC/DC, Jack White and Drake, that play along with buzzworthy local bands on the bill such as Fitz & the Tantrums and the Allah-Las. Three-day pass $375-$899. Camping pass $85. (photo by Joseph Cultice) Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio.


Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac
April 10, 14. Reunited Fleetwood Mac makes its way to L.A. to play two dates at the refurbished “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood this month. Fans won’t want to miss Stevie Nicks and company’s On With the Show tour, as it marks Christine McVie’s return to the band. (photo by Danny Clinch) 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300.


Barry ManilowBarry Manilow
April 14. The “Copacabana“ and “Mandy” crooner stops at Staples Center on his One Last Time! tour. Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Dave Koz opens. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100.


BettolinoEAT + DRINK
The South Bay’s dining scene continues its heat wave with the opening of Bettolino, a modern Italian eatery in Redondo Beach. The experience is a family affair with brother-sister duo Vince Giuliano and Andreanna Giuliano Liguore and her husband Sean Liguore leading the way along with Executive Chef Fabio Ugoletti who recently brought his own family along with his Michelin star from Florence Italy. Expect elevated comfort fare like the Lasagnetta that layers fresh pasta with a hint of cocoa powder along with porcini mushrooms, lamb Ragu and a decadent parmesan sauce; Capesante with prosciutto-wrapped scallops, mashed butternut squash, sautéed asparagus and orange drizzle and Tortelli, a simple yet packed with flavor pasta stuffed with fresh artichokes, mushrooms tossed with butter, sage and parmesan. Lunch, dinner daily. 211 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, 310.375-0500.


plan-checkPlan Check Kitchen + Bar
April 10-13. Toast the season five premiere of Game of Thrones this weekend over Plan Check’s Game of Thrones Burger Pack (inspired by hearty delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King’s Landing) that includes Ommegang Brewery’s Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale and a collector’s glass/beer stein; choice of signature Plan Check burger including the PCB, Chef’s Favorite, or Bleu Print Burger; beef tallow fries; and cruller donuts. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.444.1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.591.0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616.


Make OutMake Out
Opening Soon. Eating thoughtfully prepared plant-based raw food doesn’t have to be complicated, and Matthew Kenney Cuisine is leading the charge with Make Out, a casual cafe in downtown Culver City. Visit the modern-chic space to sip carefully crafted juices and dine on chef-driven dishes like maitake mushroom with watermelon radish, and harissa; quinoa falafel wrap with cherry tomato, arugula, cured olives and tahini; and cashew chèvre toast with pickled beets and micro basil. You can also indulge in sweet treats like French macaroons, citrus bars and fudge brownies. Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 9426 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City.


The Marriage of FigaroOPERA
The Marriage of Figaro
April 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.


The Power of DuffTHEATER
The Power of Duff
Through May 17. Charlie Duff’s nightly newscast makes him a voice to be heard, so why isn’t his teenage son listening? When an on-air prayer for his father goes viral, Duff finds himself at the center of a firestorm over God’s place in the newsroom. When his prayers turn prophetic, Duff suddenly has the power to reach everyone — except his own son. Stephen Belber’s sharp new play asks if there is anything more vital than the faith we have in one another. Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A.


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.