Los Angeles Things To Do In April

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The Grammy Museum’s Jim Marshall’s 1967. Photo courtesy of Jim Marshall Photography LLC.

Check out the best things to do in Los Angeles this month.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Jim Marshall’s 1967
Through May 14. The Grammy Museum’s Jim Marshall’s 1967 takes a look at one of the most pivotal years in music through the lens of one of rock ’n’ roll’s most iconic photographers (he was backstage at the Beatles’ final paid concert in 1966 and was chief photographer at Woodstock). In celebration of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, 60 of Marshall’s images of the scene in Haight-Ashbury will be on display, including the photo of Jimi Hendrix’s historic free concert in the Panhandle park above, as well as snapshots of the Monterey Pop Festival, Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead. Groovy, man. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483. grammymuseum.org

Los Angeles Dodgers
April 1; 3-6. The The Boys in Blue kick off the 2017 regular season this weekend with one last preseason game agains the Los Angeles Angels; followed by their official opening day series against the San Diego Padres. The season continues this month with games agains the Arizona Diamondbacks (April 14-17), Colorado Rockies (April 18-19) and Philadelphia Phillies (April 28-30). 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodgers.mlb.com

An Evening With Dawes
April 1. The Los Angeles folk-rock band returns home on their 50-city tour for a performance at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The evening features two sets of new songs and fan favorites. Dawes released their streaming-only live album, We’re All Gonna Live last month. The band recorded the fifteen-song release during the first four shows on their current tour. The album title plays off their critically acclaimed 2016 studio album, We’re All Gonna Die. The album’s cover features a phone number that fans can call to leave a message for the band while they are on the road. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233. dawestheband.com/tour

Artisanal L.A. Spring Show
April 1-2. This seasonal event draws vendors and aficionados of SoCal’s local, sustainable and handmade edibles. Shop and taste offerings from over 150 food and beverage artisans, then make your own creations during hands-on workshops and chef-led demos. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$15, under 13 free. California Market Center Penthouse, 110 E. 9th St., downtown. artisanalla.com

Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
April 1-2. Explore the lush and beautiful side of Los Angeles County during this weekend of self-guided tours of more than 30 inspiring home landscapes. Each garden contains at least 50 percent native plants. Visit the website to plan your excursion. 10 am-5 pm. $30-$35, two tickets for $50-$60. 818.768.1802. nativeplantgardentour.org

Remote L.A.
Through April 2. In celebration of the Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season, this guided audio tour reveals a “secret Los Angeles” as you travel through the city in a group of 50 people. Headphones provide a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of L.A. Check website for schedule. $39. 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

YoungArts Los Angeles
Through April 2. Enjoy multidisciplinary artistic performances by rising stars who were selected by the YoungArts Foundation to receive mentoring and national awards (Viola Davis, Nicki Minaj and director Jenji Kohan are among the program’s esteemed alumni). Performances are part of the 2017 YoungArts Los Angeles regional program. See website for public performance schedule, tickets and more information. 800.970.2787. youngarts.org/youngarts-la

Into the Woods
Opening April 4. This reinvention of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical about the power of wishes finds the acclaimed Fiasco Theater ensemble revisiting classic songs like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.” Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Rooftop Cinema Club
April 5-29. The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftop of the historic Montalban Theatre for its third season in L.A. Enjoy street food and drinks while you take in Hollywood views and watch classic (Vertigo), cult (Blade Runner) and contemporary (Moonlight) flicks. See website for full lineup and schedule. Ages 18 and above. 8 p.m. $19-$29. 1615 Vine St., Hollywood. rooftopcinemaclub.com/la

TCM Classic Film Festival
April 6-9. View classic films on the big screen at iconic Hollywood venues—oftentimes with the people who made them—at this annual film festival. The fest kicks off with a 50th anniversary screening of In the Heat of the Night; Sidney Poitier is one of this year’s honorees. The festival’s theme—”Make ‘Em Laugh”—spotlights comedy in the movies. Movie screenings include Arsenic and Old Lace, Born Yesterday, The Graduate and Singin’ in the Rain. Check website for schedule. Individual tickets $20-$30, students $10-$15. Festival passes $299-$2,149. Children under 4 not admitted. TCL Chinese Theatre Imax, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 877.826.5764. filmfestival.tcm.com

First Fridays
April 7. This year’s foodie-themed First Fridays series at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum continues. The provocative event offers discussions from top scientists, prestigious food writers and farm and garden experts, along with live music and DJ tunes. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and musical performances by Tonstartssbandht and Sunflower Bean, and DJ performances from KCRW Resident DJ Anne Litt and Heidi Lawden. 5-10 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO. nhm.org

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
April 7-9. Expect car races, concerts, car displays, rock-climbing walls, racing simulators and more fun, family-friendly options, plus a lifestyle expo featuring green technology, at this 43rd annual event. Check website for schedule. One-day admission $32-$87; three-day pass $76-$142. Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 888.827.7333. gplb.com

The Art of Brunch by Chef David LeFevre
April 8. At M.B. Post and Fishing with Dynamite, chef David LeFevre believes that brunch dishes should be as dynamic and thoughtful as his dinner menus. In this class he’ll teach the art of brunch entertaining.  Learn when to start your prep, what to make ahead and how to bring your dishes to the table hot. LeFevre will demo dishes like potato, leek and emmental cheese frittata, pecan bourbon bread pudding, bacon with rosemary and brown sugar and couscous salad with FwD shrimp.  Enjoy bites along the way and take home tips and recipes. $100/pp. 10:30 a.m. Please call M.B. Post for reservations, 310.545.5405. The Arthur J, 903 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach.

Union Restaurant Pasadena
April 10. Celebrate the beloved Pasadena restaurant’s third anniversary with a special three-course dinner from chef/co-owner Bruce Kalman. Kalman will be joined by a few of his friends including Michael Voltaggio (ink), Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Brooke Williamson (Playa Provisions) and Nick Shipp (Upper West). 37 E Union St, Pasadena, 626.795.5841. unionpasadena.com

Phase One Gala
April 12. Help support the Phase One Foundation’s mission to fun clinical trials and innovate cancer research at their annual gala at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The event features a welcome reception, program and dinner under the stars. $250-$50,000. 6:30-11 p.m. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets.

Chuck Prophet
April 13. San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Chuck Prophet describes his new album Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins as “California Noir.” He says, “the state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.” Join him for a conversation on his new music followed by a special performance in the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre. $15. Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. grammymuseum.org

Sigur Rós
April 13-15. As part of its Reykjavík Festival, Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts Iceland’s Sigur Rós for three nights. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.org

COACHELLA
April 14-16, 21-23. Megapopular music and arts festival in the desert. This year’s headliners are Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. Other buzzworthy bands on the bill include Father John Misty, Bon Iver, Lorde and the Allah-Las. Three-day pass $399-$899. Camping pass $113. Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio. coachella.com

Block Party
Opening April 14. This celebration of the Los Angeles theater scene spotlights three recent productions from local theater companies, each of which plays for two weeks. Failure: A Love Story runs from April 14-23; Citizen: An American Lyric opens April 28. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

M.A.R.S. Festival
April 14-23. This new festival features over 35 local and internationally established contemporary musicians, as well as performance and visual artists. Check website for lineup, schedule and tickets. Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place, downtown; Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St., downtown,. festivalmars.com

Spa Week
April 17-23. Biannual event sees participating spas around the city offer signature treatments (massages, scrubs and facials that usually cost $100-$500) for just $50. See website for participating spas and wellness locations. 212.352.8098. spaweek.com

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 22-23. Authors, booksellers and readers mingle on the USC campus during this two-day celebration of the written word—the nation’s largest public literary festival. Expect panels, demonstrations and conversations with high-profile authors, including Joyce Carol Oates, George Saunders and Mozza’s Nancy Silverton. Check website for lineup and schedule. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Parking $12. University of Southern California, University Park Campus, L.A. events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Archduke
Opening April 25. The Mark Taper Forum hosts the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph’s new play about a group of young men and their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War I. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Brewery Artwalk
April 29-30. This biannual art walk takes place in what organizers claim is the world’s largest art complex, which is inside a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery. Browse the personal studios of more than 100 artists. A beer garden and a restaurant are also on-site. 11 a.m-6 p.m. Free. 2100 N. Main St., L.A., 323.638.9382. breweryartwalk.com

Street Food Cinema
April 15, 29. The outdoor film series kicks off its 2017 season with a special edition of 10 Things I Hate about You (April 15) at the Million Dollar Theatre. That movie is following up by the official opening night screening of La La Land at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. See website for a full schedule and times. $6-$21, under 6 free. 323.254.5068. streetfoodcinema.com

CONTINUING
theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience
Through April 28. Swim alongside manta rays, angler fish and a blue whale without leaving land. The Natural History Museums’s new virtual reality exhibit takes you on underwater journey to parts of the ocean few people get to see up close. The experience will take you through various environments like a sunken ship surrounded by sea life; coral reef where you can interact with sea anemones and jellyfish; and down to the ocean floor, where you check out a whale skeleton and bioluminescent fish. The six-minute adventure is the museums’s first. It was created by Wevr, a Venice, California-based VR studio in consultation with NHMLA scientists and directed by Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Superman Returns). 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466. nhm.org

Absinthe
Through April 23. The wild Las Vegas show—in its sixth sold-out year at Caesars Palace—arrives in LA for a limited engagement. Inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th-century Europe, this adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville stars performers who mix comedy with strength, balance and danger. Ages 18 and above. Check website for schedule. $49-$129. L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Court, downtown. absinthela.com

Plasticity
Through April 10. The multilayered, multimedia theatrical event aims to take audiences on an often comedic tour of the collective unconscious. Ovation Award-winning co-writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill (The Common Air) team with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and two-time Emmy Award-winning editor/producer Peter Chakos (The Big Bang Theory) to examine how the brain is able to rewire and heal itself. In it, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while hovering family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over grave neurological decisions. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.960.7787. plasticitytheplay.com

An American in Paris
Through April 9. Based on the 1951 Oscar-winning film of the same name, this Broadway musical earned four Tonys. Follow Jerry and Lise’s post-WWII love story, set to songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

Fun Home
Through April 1. This groundbreaking Broadway show and Tony winner for best musical is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel about her childhood. (Photo by Joan Marcus.) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Zoot Suit
Through April 2. Demián Bichir (A Better Life, The Hateful Eight) stars in this much-anticipated revival of Luis Valdez’s landmark 1978 play. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

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