LA Weekend Events Roundup 4.21.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.21.16

Edited by Christina Xenos


April 23-Aug. 21. As the number of displaced people around the globe hits 60 million, the new exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography is more timely than ever. Refugee explores the plight of displaced people with images from five internationally acclaimed artists. The collection features photos taken of populations displaced in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States. An original documentary film, narrated by Cate Blanchett, accompanies the photos and shows exhibition photographers at work on location. (photo ©Tom Stoddart) 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.


Movable FeastMovable Feast
April 24. The feast for food lovers is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s account of Paris in the 1920s. Expect some of LA’s top restaurants—Factory Kitchen, Maru, Terroni, Wexler’s Deli—to offer gourmet tastes paired with wine, craft cocktails and beer. All proceeds from your ticket supports St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare services to over 63,000 low-income patients in Los Angeles every year. $150/pp. 3-6 p.m. Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S Park View St., L.A.


The Music RunThe Music Run
April 23. Lace up your trainers for the ultimate 5K running and music festival powered by 24 Hour Fitness. The run is lined with over 120 speakers pumping out songs across 5 interactive and themed music zones: rock, pop, country, hip hop and dance. The ultimate after-run music festival includes live bands, DJs, dancers, chill out zones, giveaways and more. (photo 24 Hour Fitness) The Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.


Jazz at LACMAJazz at LACMA
April 22. The 25th season of Jazz at LACMA kicks off its 2016 Friday night outdoor music series this week with a concert from Les McCann and Friends. The series continues with Tierney Sutton with Special Guest Mark Summer (April 29), Eric Reed Quartet (May 6), Pat Senatore Trio (May 13), Tamir Hendelman Trio (May 20), Janis Mann (May 27) and so on. The program continues every Friday night throughout the fall starting at 6 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


RENEW: Spring Clothing Drive & Beer BazaarRENEW: Spring Clothing Drive & Beer Bazaar
April 24. In the spirit of Earth Day and giving back, a few of LA’s top fashion bloggers team up with Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Raven Gypsies for a day of shopping, live music, fashion and beer at Angel City Brewery. Find more than 30 vendors offering local and sustainable goods, a clothing swap, fashion shows, live music and more. For every five articles of clothing donated to St. Vincent De Paul, receive a raffle ticket to win prizes. 216 South Alameda St., downtown.


Earth Day LAEarth Day LA
April 22. Celebrate Earth Day in the heart of downtown at Grand Park’s Earth Day LA festivities. Find yoga and boot camp lessons, tree giveaways, e-waste drop off, artwork by Calder Greenwood and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave., downtown.



Kogi Taqueria
Roy Choi brings his first brick and mortar Kogi concept to Palms. The taqueria soft opened on Tuesday and needs you to help them “work out the kinks” (according to Roy Choi’s Instagram account) for the rest of the week in time for their official opening Saturday. Find familiar Kogi truck fare like tacos and burritos, quesadillas, sliders, massive orders of hot wings, the Sriracha bar and much, much more. 3500 Overland Ave., L.A.


Chef Greg Bernhardt (Church & State, LudoBites, Grace) serves an exciting menu of modern California cuisine with influences from LA’s multicultural heritage at the new restaurant inspired by old Hollywood gathering spots. The name is a throwback to  the era shaped by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) CEO William S. Paley and his wife, Babe, and is housed in the 1930s landmark building built to house CBS Studios. The menu offers dishes like beef tartare with miso, grapefruit, mint and gochujang vinaigrette; Okinawa potato raviolo with truffle, egg yolk and mushroom broth; and wood-roasted chicken with frisee and truffle sauce. Cocktails highlight updated takes on classics and the wine list spans the globe, yet emphasizes California producers. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 6115 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.544.9430.


Get your fill of traditional Passover menus taken up a notch at restaurants around Los Angeles. At Culina, Chef Denis Dello Stritto has created a Passover dinner menu with familiar offerings with Italian influences like matzah ball soup with chicken and vegetable broth with a thyme and chive matzah ball; Jidori chicken with mushrooms and horseradish fingerling potatoes; cobia with sautéed Brussels sprouts and carrot puree; or sliced tri-tip steak with wild arugula and cherry tomatoes (April 22-24). Bouchon Bistro serves a three-course plated Passover dinner with a focal point of braised lamb shank with bulgur wheat, pearl onions dried apricots and garden mint; and refreshing pomegranate sorbet with marinated strawberries, toasted almond streusel and ganache montée for dessert (April 22). You can also find a la carte Kosher dishes like matzo ball soup, pomegranate-glazed salmon and chocolate budino at Taste on Melrose.


Love & SaltEnglish Muffin Making Class at Love & Salt
April 23, May 21, June 25. No visit to Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach is complete with out an order of Chef Michael Fiorelli’s English muffins. Learn his secret to making the restaurant’s prized bakes with a hands-on demo followed by brunch in the restaurant’s upstairs private dining room. Offerings include pastries and a choice of entree, along with a signature brunch cocktail. The event is part of MasterCard Priceless Program. $65/pp. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. More Info.


Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons HotelCaprice Pop-Up at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
April 25. The team at two-Michelin Star Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong arrives at THE Blvd at Beverly Wilshire. The night not only includes cuisine and hospitality from the award-winning restaurant, but also features the look and feel of the Hong Kong dining room. THE Blvd is partnering with local design company Reverly Event Designers to bring in Modern Chinoiserie décor that aims to make you feel like you’ve escaped LA and are enjoying a taste of France in the heart of Hong Kong. Dine on a seven-course meal, utilizing Chef de Cuisine Fabrice Vulin’s flawless techniques, that includes dishes like Brittany lobster tart with watermelon and shellfish jelly; Atlantic scallops biscuit with wild watercress and morel mushrooms; and Snake River Farms Kobe strip loin with green peas à la Française and Dolce Forte sauce. Caprice’s Pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert is also among the team to pop up in LA with confections like crispy meringue litchi espuma and raspberry sorbet; Guanaja chocolate sphere with Tahitian vanilla cream and more. $250/pp, $95/pp optional wine pairings. For reservations, email: The restaurant offers seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.385.3901.


Agnes Martin
April 24-Sept. 11. The art of Agnes Martin—a giant among modern artists and pioneer of abstraction—is the subject of a new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This is the first retrospective of her work since her death in 2004. The namesake show displays the full breadth of Martin’s oeuvre from early little-known experiments with different media starting in 1954 to the large six-foot-square canvases marked with faint bands or stripes of acrylic wash finely outlined in graphite that characterized the latter part of her career. (photo: Agnes Martin, Summer, 1964, Watercolor, ink, and gouache on paper, 9 1/4 × 9 1/4 inches, Collection Patricia L Lewy Gidwitz, © 2016 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo courtesy Pace Gallery) LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


April 24-May 22. Often considered Samuel Beckett’s single greatest work, Endgame dives into his absurdist world and finds four characters preparing for oblivion throughout the course of one act. The prolific Alan Mandell both directs and stars in this version of the macabre comedy. (photo Craig Schwartz) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


Kinky BootsKinky Boots
April 13-24. Everything about this 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical—back at the Pantages by popular demand—screams fun, including the thigh-high red boots alluded to in the title and the joyous music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Watch as a struggling shoe-factory owner and drag queen Lola teach each other the importance of open-mindedness and standing out. (photo by Matthew Murphy, Joan Marcus) Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


Father Comes HomeFather Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Through May 15. This epic tale—making its West Coast premiere here—takes place throughout the Civil War and follows a slave who is offered freedom if he joins his master in fighting with the Confederacy. The poignant work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks won the 2015 Kennedy Center Prize for Drama. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


stage-kissStage Kiss
Through May 15. MacArthur “genius” Sarah Ruhl wrote this romantic comedy, a raucous play-within-a-play about two co-stars igniting an old flame. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.




A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & MurderA Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Through May 1. This acclaimed musical comedy—it earned the 2014 Tony for best musical—arrives at the Ahmanson straight from New York. The play tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune, who opts to take matters into his own hands by killing the eight relatives (all played by the same man) who stand in his way. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.