LA Weekend Events Roundup 4.7.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.7.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

artisanal laEVENTS
Artisanal L.A. Spring Show
April 9-10. This seasonal event draws both vendors and aficionados of SoCal’s locally made, sustainable edibles. Shop and taste offerings from a collection of the finest food and beverage artisans, then try your hand at making your own creations during hands-on workshops. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$15. The Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, downtown.



Los Angeles Times Festival of BooksLos Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 9-10. Authors, celebrities, booksellers and readers mingle on the USC campus during this two-day celebration of the written word. This year’s lineup includes Stan Lee, Rainn Wilson and Buzz Aldrin, as well as local chefs including Tal Ronnen and Brendan Collins. Tickets for “Ideas Exchange” talks by Carrie Brownstein and Arianna Huffington available for purchase. Check website for schedule. Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Parking $12-$15. University of Southern California, University Park Campus, L.A.


vivianeOasis Pool Party
April 10. Party poolside all summer long at Viviane at the Avalon Beverly Hills Hotel. This Sunday’s pool party kicks off Viviane’s weekly Summer Sundays, which runs through September. Go for brunch and get unrestricted pool access throughout brunch service—a perk typically reserved exclusively for hotel guests. Enjoy tunes from Dart DJs and drinks from Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright, which feature Moët & Chandon Belvedere and Hennessy. Executive Chef Michael Hung delivers a menu of fun yet epicurean finger foods perfect for noshing between splashes. Regular brunch menu: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Oasis Pool Party: noon-5 p.m.; $40 minimum for pool access. Every Sunday through September. The Avalon Hotel, 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791.


Simply diVineSimply diVine
April 9. The premier food and wine event for LGBT people and their allies features extraordinary food and drink from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, juicers and coffee roasters. Stroll on McCadden Place in Hollywood while you enjoy tastes from all-stars like Border Grill, Connie and Ted’s, Craft, Gracias Madre, Jar, Madcapra, Mud Hen Tavern, Petrossian, Sotto, Tavern, Terrine, Taste on Melrose, Umami Burger, Viviane and many more. A Club VIP ticket grants exclusive access to the courtyard inside The Village, where there will be tastings of rare, high-end wines and savory bites prepared by celebrity chefs Susan Feniger (Border Grill and Mud Hen Tavern), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Kajsa Alger (Mud Hen Tavern), Nyesha Arrington (Leona) and Steve Samson (Sotto). Giada De Laurentiis will also be on hand to sign copies of her latest book. All proceeds support the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s programs and services, which provide more then 100,000 free meals to LGBT homeless youth and low-income seniors each year. $500, VIP 5-6:30 p.m.; $125, General Admission 6-9 p.m. Los Angeles LGBT Center, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, L.A.


pop-up-magPop-Up Magazine
April 7. The live magazine, created for a stage, a screen and a live audience returns to Theatre at the Ace Hotel this month. Performers sharing stories throughout the night include Kumail Nanjiani from HBO’s Emmy Award-nominated series Silicon Valley; Dexter Thomas, a writer for the Los Angeles Times; and Claire Hoffman, a journalist based in Los Angeles who writes for the New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Alex Cohen, the co-host of KPCC’s Take Two interviews guests. Stick around for the after-party to swap stories with other audience members and guests over drinks. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, downtown.



spa weekSpa Week
April 11-17. Spa Week is the biannual event where participating spas around the city offer signature treatments (massages, scrubs and facials that usually cost $100-$500) for just $50. Snag the deal at top Los Angeles spas, including Cinema Wellness, ONSEN LAB – Personal Skin Care, Le Jolie Medi Spa, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa and Tikkun Holistic Spa. See website for full list of participating spas and wellness locations. 212.352.8098.



rooftop film clubRooftop Film Club
April 6-May 31. The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftop of the historic Montalban Theatre for its second season in L.A. Enjoy street food from Farmer’s Belly while you take in Hollywood views and watch classic (Casablanca), cult (The Big Lebowski) and contemporary (Straight Outta Compton) flicks. See website for schedule. 8 pm. $17 plus booking fees. 1615 Vine St., Hollywood.



Avec NousBeverly Hills Culinary Week
Through April 8. Over 50 Beverly Hills restaurants, hotels, and retail stores will offer culinary experiences and food and beverage specials during Beverly Hills Culinary Week. Restaurants will offer unique culinary experiences and specials that range from cooking demonstrations, wine and spirit tastings, and chef tables, to prix fixe dinners, complimentary dishes and up to half off entire menus and bottles of wine. Participating retail stores will have special late hours for diners with culinary-related specials, displays, and special guests. Kick off is April 4 at 7 p.m. at Avec Nous, the new contemporary French bistro located adjacent to L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. See website for full list of participants and offerings. (photo by DYLAN + JENI).


palm-desertPalm Desert Food & Wine
April 8-10. Escape L.A. for the weekend for the three-day festival, held in the heart of Palm Desert’s famed El Paseo shopping district. The event features the return of the popular multi-course James Beard Luncheon, live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef talent, cookbook signings, and tastings from over 40 restaurants and 60 premium wineries, breweries and spirits purveyors. Also enjoy “Pints & Plates” craft beer garden, offering expert-led beer pairing demos from local breweries; and the “Chill Zone,” a dedicated section of the festival featuring all things cooling, from frosty cocktails to artisanal ice cream treats and more. $100-$150. The Gardens on El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo Palm Desert.


LA Dodgers
April 12-14, 15-17. The Boys in Blue kick off their 2016 home opener with three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The back-to-back rally continues when the San Francisco Giants arrive on April 15 for three games. (Photo by Juan Campo, L.A. Dodgers) 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507.



Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
April 10-Aug. 21. Fashion doesn’t always equate femininity, at least that’s what the newest exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sets out to examine. The major survey explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century through 200 looks drawn mostly from LACMA’s renowned permanent collection of costume and textiles—the strongest European and American menswear collections in the western United States. Reigning Men debuts several rare surviving ensembles from the collection, including fashions worn by men from different levels of society during the French Revolutionary period. LACMA curators have secured important ensembles representing other key moments in the history of menswear, such as an authentic 1940s zoot suit that took more than a decade to locate. The exhibit also includes a selection of shoes, accessories, and textiles that complement the featured ensembles. Over 50 contemporary designers and fashion houses are represented in the exhibition. (photo © Museum Associates/LACMA). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


Baseball at the SkirballBaseball at the Skirball
April 7. Just in time for the start of baseball season, the Skirball is exploring the sport’s history—from the Civil War era to the present—in two new exhibitions opening April 7: Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American and its companion, The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings: The Art of Ben Sakoguchi. Chasing Dreams explores the unique role America’s national pastime has played as a unifying force at the intersection of sport, identity, race and ethnicity, as, in the 19th century, baseball allowed American Jews and other minorities a pathway into American culture. See rarely displayed Dodgers memorabilia up-close, including game-worn uniforms and baseballs signed by Sandy Koufax. (image by © Bettmann/Corbis) 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.


Beckett TrilogyTHEATER
Beckett Trilogy
April 7-10. Irish actress Lisa Dwan’s performance is a true tour de force, as she acts out three of Samuel Beckett’s one-woman plays—Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby—in 55 minutes of complete darkness. The production has sold out theaters from London’s Royal Court Theatre and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.


Father Comes HomeFather Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
April 5-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. (photo by Joan Marcus) Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


stage-kissStage Kiss
April 5-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.




The RevisionistThe Revisionist
Through April 17. Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) wrote this off-Broadway play—making its West Coast premiere here—about a writer who heads to Poland for solitude to aid his writer’s block but must deal with his 75-year-old second cousin who is eager to connect with her American relative. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.


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.


Sex with StrangersSex with Strangers
Through April 10. This compelling two-character drama follows a female novelist and a younger blogger known for his sexual prowess. Their real-life connection is complicated by questions of trust and literary identity, proving that, sometimes, “you can’t judge a book by its author.” (photo Michael Lamont) Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.