LA Weekend Events Roundup 4.14.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.14.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. ZooEVENTS
Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo

April 15-Oct. 31. Discover a lost world from millions of years ago. The L.A. Zoo’s newest exhibit features 17 life-size, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, brought to life with electronic “brains.” The attraction also features a Fossil Dig, a Stegosaurus robot with controls you can operate to make the creature move; a climbable Pachyrhinosaurus; and a free downloadable “Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo ” augmented reality app to access special content, including 3-D views of all the dinosaurs. (photo Billings Productions). Admission to the attraction is $5/pp in addition to Zoo admission.  5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.6001.


April 15-17, 22-24. Megapopular music and arts festival in the desert. This year’s headliners are LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses and Calvin Harris. Other buzzworthy bands on the bill include Sufjan Stevens, the Last Shadow Puppets, Silversun Pickups and Rancid. Three-day pass $399-$899. Camping pass $99. Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio.


April 14, 18-23. Can’t make it out to the desert for Coachella? Goldenvoice is bringing some of your favorite bands to local music venues. See performances by The Kills, M83, Rancid, Miike Snow, Beach House and more. Find the full lineup here.



Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
April 15-17. 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 42nd annual event. Check website for schedule. One-day admission $30-$87, free general admission for children accompanied by ticket-holding adults; three-day pass $76-$142. Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 888.827.7333.



Rendezvous Artisan MarketRendezvous Artisan Market
April 16-17. The outdoor shopping experience offers handcrafted goods by more than 100 local artists and artisans. Also enjoy top food vendors and gourmet food trucks, a craft beer garden along with live music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Museum of Flying, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica.



Muttin’ But Love GalaFifth Annual Wags and Walks 2016 Muttin’ But Love Gala
April 15. Celebrate during a night of drinks, dancing, small bites, casino games and silent online auction to raise funds for Wags and Walks Rescue Organization. The gala honors LA Kings’ Jeff Carter and Megan Carter and Life Coach Betsy Rosenfeld Vargas for their animal rescue efforts and contributions. Also expect celebrity guests with adorable red carpet-ready pups and more. $95/pp general admission to the gala, $175/pp VIP gala access, $450/pp dinner seat. Cocktails 6 p.m., VIP dinner 7 p.m., gala reception 8 p.m. SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.



Chuan SpaSPA
Kerstin Florian Bamboo Massage
Available beginning April 16. Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena offers this new treatment that takes relaxation and detoxification to the next level. Known for its healing properties, this massage works at all levels to balance, calm and energize you physically, mentally and spiritually. The use of bamboo ensures healthy circulation, relief of muscle tension, deep relaxation and aids in detoxification. 60 min. $250/90 min. $275. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6414.


Al Asador Menu at CUT by Wolfgang PuckEAT + DRINK
Al Asador Menu at CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Through May 15. Chef Ari Rosenson and the team at CUT are launching a new International Series, a special addition to the regular a la carte menu where you will be able to experience the local flavors and traditions of some of the world’s top meat producing regions. Beginning with Argentina, the “CUTs Al Asador” menu will be available though May 15. The family-style menu features dishes and cooking techniques that celebrate the culinary traditions of this South American country. Sample menu items include Provoleta a la Parrilla: grilled provolone cheese with oregano and tomato; and Mollejitas a la Parrilla: grilled veal sweetbreads, black garlic and preserved Meyer lemon; as well as various sides and sauces such as charred leeks “al asador,” parsley baby artichokes and Roasted Ruitz Farm’s Chantenay carrots, salsa chimichurri verde, roja and salsa criolla. Throughout the remainder of the year CUT will roll out various menus that highlight the tradition and history of several other meat producing regions across other parts of South America, Europe and Asia. $95/pp, includes three appetizers, three entrees, sides and sauces. CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500.


CHAYA A-5 Wagyu MenuCHAYA A-5 Wagyu Menu
April 16-30. Dine on prized A-5 Wagyu from the Kagoshima prefecture of Japan. The elite ingredient will be offered in preparations from tartare and carpaccio to seared and shabu shabu-style at the downtown and Venice outposts. (photo by Stan Lee) 110 Navy St, Venice, 310.396.1179; 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577.



The GuildThe Guild
The contemporary American restaurant, rustic wine bar, and artisanal retail store is now open in West Hollywood. Aptly named, the dining destination is located inside  iconic former Screen Actors Guild headquarters. Executive Chef Charles Cho and Sous Chef Steve Castillo offer an evolving, seasonal menu of contemporary American favorites like beet ’n’ goat cheese salad; wild mushroom bruschetta; bone marrow with braised beef tongue; artichoke fettuccine; New Zealand lamb chops and more. Also find an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle, and the retail shop, which sells wines, fine cheeses, charcuterie, olive oils, jams, pates and culinary accessories for purchase from specialty artisans. 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.279.9601.


Same Same!Same Same
Opens April 14. When was the last time you proclaimed a juicy white wine went perfectly with Thai food? Now you can shake that up at Silver Lake’s newest Thai wine and beer bar. Same Same takes over Rambutan Thai and is a partnership between owners Katy Noochlaor and Annie Daniel and Last Word Hospitality. Expect traditional Thai street food, shared plates, daily market-driven specials, and bar snacks based on Daniel and Noochlaor’s family recipes, alongside an esoteric yet playful beer and wine list. 2835 Sunset Blvd., L.A.


wineWally’s Wine & Spirits Napa/Sonoma All-Stars tasting
April 17. Taste wine from nearly 150 of the most highly-respected wine producers in California at Wally’s Wine & Spirits 6th annual event. Compliment wine with tasty bites from Chef David Féau from Wally’s Beverly Hills, Jenny from Wally’s Cheese Box, Cowgirl Creamery and charcuterie from Portland’s Olympia Provisions. Keyboard artist David Arana will also perform live. $75/pp advance, $100/door. Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., L.A.


Kinky BootsTHEATER
Kinky Boots
April 13-24. Everything about this 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical screams fun, including the thigh-high red boots alluded to in the title and the dynamic 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.



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.