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Weekend roundup

April 4-7


Masters of Taste

April 7. Join the seventh annual Masters of Taste, held on the Pasadena Rose Bowl field. Enjoy an array of offerings from more than 100 culinary chefs and restaurants, including Pez Cantina, 1212 Santa Monica, Fat Boys, Mercado, among others. The festival also showcases a variety of desserts, alongside over 25 spirit brands and top cocktail bars presenting handcrafted cocktail tastings. 100% of its proceeds will be donated to Union Station Homeless Services. Sunday, 3-7 p.m. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Get Tickets Now

Elvis Presley’s Pop-Up Experience

April 4-5. A pop-up bar in L.A. is reviving the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jungle Room from Memphis. For two nights, immerse yourself in one of Elvis Presley’s Graceland settings, complete with themed beverages, Memphis-inspired bites and live music. This experience not only recreates the distinctive atmosphere of the Jungle Room, but also celebrates its historical significance as the venue where Elvis recorded hits like “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “Moody Blue” during The Jungle Room sessions. Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight. 216 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

L.A Beer Fest

March 6. The 16th annual LA Fall Beer Festival, set to unfold at LA Center Studios, brings together an impressive lineup of over 80 breweries offering 200 distinct beers. This popular event will also feature 15 of LA’s top food trucks, live bands, a Power 106 DJ and more. Look forward to a variety of beer samplings included with their tickets, available in general admission or a Connoisseur’s option, which offers perks like private bathrooms and access to exclusive beers. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. 450 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Bergamot Comedy Fest

Until April 6. A week-long festival at the Bergamot Station Arts Center that melds comedy with culture as it features live performances and showcases by approximately 55 stand-up comedians, alongside workshops, panels and community events. Held in Santa Monica’s gallery complex, the festival showcases a blend of emerging talents and established acts, with a strong emphasis on female-fronted shows. Hours vary. 2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F4, Santa Monica. bergamotcomedyfest.com

Food + Drinks

Nong Lá Café Opens Third Location

Now Open. A popularhomestyle Vietnamese eatery with a 12-year presence in L.A., has opened its third location in Culver City. Renowned for its family-inspired cuisine, Nong La has been serving traditional dishes like pho, bun and banh mi—all of which will be available at the new Culver City outpost. The café takes pride in its commitment to quality, including free-range chicken, cage-free eggs, premium beef cuts and fresh rice noodles, ensuring a taste of Vietnamese culinary heritage. Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.  9552 Washington Blvd., Culver City. nonglacafe.com

DTLA’s Asterid by Ray Garcia Turns Two

Until April 27. Marking its second anniversary, Ray Garcia’s asterid rolls out a L.A-inspired four-course menu, continuing “the asterid experience” series that celebrates themes or ingredients monthly. This $98 per person menu features dishes representing LA’s diverse neighborhoods, ending with a tres leches cake dessert. Beverage Director Chris Chernock enhances the meal with a Californian wine pairing and asterid’s signature cocktails, including the popular Tequila & Passionfruit. Hours vary. 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Reserve Now

Holey Grail Donuts x Karrueche Tran

Now Open. Starting today, Holey Grail Donuts unveils the strawberry shortcake donut, a special creation in collaboration with acclaimed actress Karrueche Tran. This launch coincides with the recent introduction of their Fizz beverage line, featuring new natural sodas in Los Angeles locations. The new strawberry shortcake donut, a nostalgic nod to strawberry shortcake ice cream bars, are adorned with a strawberry vanilla glaze, shortbread and dehydrated strawberries. In support of this initiative, 20% of sales will benefit Safe Project, a non-profit dedicated to fighting addiction. Hours vary. 148 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. holeygraildonuts.com

Arts + Culture

Camille Claudel at The Getty

Now Open. The J. Paul Getty Museum unveils “Camille Claudel,” an exhibition featuring nearly 60 sculptures from one of the late 19th century’s most daring and visionary artists. This showcase aims to reassess Claudel’s contributions and secure her place within a nuanced lineage of modernism. Renowned for her talent in an era where female sculptors were a rarity, Claudel’s legacy often overshadows her artistic achievements. Tuesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. getty.edu

I Believe: The Music of Bach, Bonds & Robles

April 6-7. In line with Bach’s inspiration, the Chorale will premiere Zanaida Robles’s “The Song of Significance,” blending faith and artistry as also seen in their rendition of Bach’s motifs and Margaret Bonds’s musical interpretation of W.E.B. DuBois’s “Credo.” The event gains further allure with Lara Downes, celebrated pianist and Classical California radio host, leading Classical California KUSC’s “I Believe” initiative for its second year. Downes will showcase “Credo” and Bonds’s “Spiritual Suite,” merging blues, jazz and gospel with classical elements. Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday at 7 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. lamasterchorale.org

First Fridays: The Nature of Gender

April 6. The Natural History Museum transforms the first Friday of each month into an evening of music and discovery, curated by KCRW. This night feature a mix of live music, with artists like Eyedress, Na-Kel Smith and DJ sets from talents such as mini bear. In addition to the musical lineup, enjoy guided tours, discussions led by scientists like Dr. Ambika Kamath and Dr. Jann Vendetti, and a sensory lounge that showcases work by Los Angeles Video Artist (LAVA), Femme House and offerings from Albert’s Petite Sweets and Herbalaria. Friday at 5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. nhm.org

Photo credit: Food courtesy of Asterid. Crouching Woman, about 1884-1885. Camille Claudel courtesy of The Getty. Elvis Pop-Up Rebecca Smeyne &Christian Spencer for Memphis Tourism. Rose Bowl Courtesy of Masters of Taste. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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