Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

April 18-21


Festival of Books

April 20-21. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, the Festival of Books at USC features a star-studded lineup including José Andrés, Lance Bass and Sophia Bush. Key events include RuPaul discussing his new memoir, José Andrés showcasing his cookbook “Zaytinya” and a book club session with Abraham Verghese. The festival reintroduces the cooking stage with chefs like Nancy Silverton, alongside seven outdoor stages offering live music, expert panels and family-friendly activities. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. 850 W. 37th Street, Los Angeles. More Information

Bob Baker Day

April 21. In honor of the late Bob Baker, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater hosts its annual celebration at L.A. State Historic Park. This festival features continuous puppet performances, along with a variety of crafts and activities such as bubbles, balloons and music. It also includes an appearance by David Arquette as Bozo the Clown, a children’s talent show hosted by Kate Micucci, music by Very Be Careful and an opening act by puppeteer Sid Krofft. Sunday at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles. bobbakerday.com

The Good Festival

April 20-21. Join Westfield Century City in The Atrium for a celebration of sustainability and wellness. The festival offers interactive workshops, honeybee encounters with honey tasting, a variety of plant-forward foods and ideas for sustainable living at home. Plus learn about preventing food waste, explore electric motorcycles, and investigate water and recycling services. Prizes and many more activities await all attendees. Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. westfield.com

Magic Market

April 20-21. Enjoy a springtime picnic filled with vegan food, vintage clothing and whimsical wares at L.A’s Victorian village. The Magic Market at Heritage Square offers a unique blend of fairy and witch-themed attractions, including tarot and palm readings, sessions with a pet psychic, sound baths, yoga and breathwork. Additionally, you can tour the museum’s historic homes, making for a magical and culturally enriching day out. Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles. magicmarketpopup.com

4/20 at the Studio Lounge

April 20. Visit the Studio Lounge at The Artist Tree in West Hollywood as they celebrate their second anniversary. The festivities include canna-cocktails courtesy of PBR, a bong bar, DJs playing throughout the day, two different dab bars, a 4:20 toast and much more. Saturday, 3-10 p.m. 8625 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Get Tickets

Food + Drinks

Start Your Engines at The Bungalow 

April 21. The Bungalow Long Beach invites you to a watch party for the Long Beach Grand Prix this Sunday. The event features a complimentary drink for the first 50 arrivals, allowing guests to enjoy the race with a view of the ocean. Also, enjoy fun activities such as trivia, Drag bingo and live music from DJ annalyze. Noon-5 p.m. 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy. Suite 200, Long Beach. More Information

Lasung House

Now Open. This new comfort food restaurant in the heart of Koreatown features a “big” signature dish: a gigantic pork cutlet, tenderized and deep-fried for a crispy exterior. The menu also includes spicy cold wheat noodles and a flavorful ragu spaghetti, offering a diverse selection that caters to varied tastes. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday noon-9 p.m. 3134 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. la-sung.com

Jitlada Immersive Dining Experience

April 19. For one night only, the Michelin-rated Thai restaurant situated along Sunset Boulevard is enhancing its dinner experience through a collaboration with the art gallery fr_m_d. This event will feature a four-course meal accompanied by projection mapping and live drawing, adding a dynamic visual component to the dining experience. You will also receive a gift bag. Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Reserve Now

Celebrates National Chicken Parmesan Day

April 19. The Palm LA is celebrating National Chicken Parmesan Day this Friday by offering $2 Chicken Parmigiana Sliders in the bar area. This special deal provides a great opportunity for guests to savor a signature favorite at a good value price. 4-6:30 p.m. 1100 Flower Street, Los Angeles. thepalm.com

Arts + Culture

Jersey Boys at La Mirada Theatre

April 19. A story about four blue-collar kids from New Jersey who became one of pop music’s most celebrated successes. This Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical reveals the behind-the-scenes dynamics of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, exploring the bonds of a 40-year friendship and their rise to fame. The show features performances of their chart-topping hits such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn” and “My Eyes Adored You.” Starts this Friday at 8 p.m. 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Get Tickets Now

Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora

April 20. The exhibition presents the work of seven contemporary artists who explore a variety of mediums, such as paintings, drawings and sculptures. Featured artists Eliseo Art Silva, Allison Hueman, Anthony Francisco, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Christine Morla, Maria Villote and Junn Roca explore themes related to Filipino culture and the Filipino-American experience, offering a different perspectives of their cultural heritage and contemporary issues. Opens this Saturday, 5-7 p.m. 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. forestlawn.com

Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes

April 20. Spend an evening with Broadway icon Patti LuPone at the LA Opera, where she returns for a solo concert following her performances in “The Ghosts of Versailles” and “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.” In her new show, “Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes,” the three-time Tony Award winner performs a collection of songs that captures key moments from her life. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laopera.org

Earth Day at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

April 21. Visit the Natural History Museum’s nature gardens for a special Earth Day event featuring a diverse program that includes music, encounters with museum collections, puppet shows, mini-lectures on fossils and coyotes and an educational session on the science behind SpongeBob SquarePants. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. nhm.org

Photo credit: Natural History Museum L.A. courtesy of NHA. Patti LuPone courtesy of the L.A. Opera. Forest Lawn courtesy of L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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