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Weekend roundup

April 8-11

Events

USC Comedy Festival

April 9-11. Have a laugh during the virtual fifth edition of the USC Comedy Festival which will celebrate the works by USC Comedy students, feature celebrity panelists and more. Over the course of the weekend, viewers can expect well-known panel guests such as Aidy Bryant, Demetri Martin, Lisa Kudrow, Lindy West, Matt Besser, Patton Oswalt and Ramy Youssef. This festival will also be honoring legendary performer, impressionist and character-ologist Bill Hader. See website for schedule. Free. cinema.usc.edu

Saturday Nights with Prism DJs

April 10. Need to liven up your Saturday night? Head over to One Colorado’s courtyard to groove with a guest DJ from Prism DJs every Saturday night through April. This weekend’s featured guest is DJ Lani Love (pictured), who’s known for her eclectic and curated collection of music, including hip hop, R&B, and disco. We recommend making a reservation at one of One Colorado’s courtyard restaurants—Sage Vegan Bistro & Brewery, Sushi Roku and Il Fornaio—for dinner while listening to the DJ spinning tunes. 6-10 p.m. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.564.1066. onecolorado.com

Beverly Center’s Spring Garden

Ongoing. Let Beverly Center put a spring in your step at its spring garden. From flower blooms to lemonade stands, this experience is the perfect opportunity to capture the sweetest of photo moments with your family and friends. Located at our 3rd Street entrance now through May 31st. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070. beverlycenter.com

Food + Drink

Open-Air Dining at Spire 73

Reopens April 9. For those who love to dine with a view, elevate your evenings with dinner and drinks atop the 73rd floor of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Known as the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere, Spire 73 welcomes diners to indulge in a seasonal menu offerings such as sautéed Mediterranean bass, filet frites, chocolate truffle cake, créme brulée cheesecake and more. Level up your diner experience with next-level cocktails, like the Orion’s Paloma, or top-shelf whiskey. Reservations highly recommended. Open daily 5 p.m.-midnight. 900 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.688.7777. dtla.intercontinental.com

Gozen Japanese Sake Bistro & Lounge 

Now Open. Get your chopsticks ready! West Hollywood’s newest Japanese bistro and sake lounge is officially open. Enjoy its all-omakase tasting menus featuring a mix of Japanese ingredients and French-influenced cooking styles, plus speciality sake varieties. The curated kaiseki seasonal tasting menu includes prix-fixe courses and brightly tiered to-go bento boxes. Open for indoor/outdoor seating, takeout and delivery. Reservations recommended. Tu-Sa 5:30-10:30 p.m., Su 5-10 p.m. 521 N. La Cienaga Blvd., West Hollywood, 213.308.9393. gozenbistro.com

Madre’s Multi-Course Oaxacan Tasting Menu 

Now Available. Skip eating at home and go try Madre’s new monthly multi-course tasting menu—only available at its West Hollywood location. Each month, the menu will rotate based on what’s in season, and only be available in limited quantities. This month’s menu features rajas con queso with black winter truffles, barbacoa de borrego from Central Valles, frijoles de la olla with pork, chiles de agua and mezcal flights. Limited seating available each night; reservations available via Resy. Th-Su 6-10 p.m. $65 per person. 801 N. Fairfax Ave., Suite 101, West Hollywood, 323.850.8518. madrerestaurants.com

Umami Burger x TBS Collabortion

Through April 27. Don’t miss out on Umami Burger’s foodie collab with with TBS for a limited-time-only burger to celebrate the debut of the newest TBS original comedy “Chad” starring Nasim Pedrad (“SNL,” “New Girl,” live-action Aladdin), who also created and produced the forthcoming show. Available at the Santa Monica, The Grove and DTLA locations, the Chad Burger features a Kofta patty made with onions, garlic, various herbs and spices; topped with lettuce, tomato, mint cucumber yogurt, parsley and Kewpie mayo. See website for locations and hours. umamiburger.com

Arts + Culture

LA Opera’s Signature Recital Series

Begins April 9. Tune in to watch LA Opera’s new Signature Recital Series that showcases world-class artists in intimate online performances. Artist in residence and tenor Russell Thomas (pictured) kicks off the series with subsequent recitals featuring mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, soprano Christine Goerke, soprano Julia Bullock and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Filmed in performance venues across the country and in Europe, the five full-length recitals will be available for on-demand viewing through July 1. $30 LA Opera subscribers, $45 general public. laopera.org

Luminex: Dialogues of Light Outdoor Art Exhibit

April 10. Take a stroll in the South Park district of DTLA to experience Luminex, a one-night-only outdoor walkable digital art exhibition. Curated by NOW Art Foundation, Luminex features artwork by six internationally acclaimed L.A. artists—Refik Anadol, Nancy Baker Cahill, Sarah Rara, Carole Kim, Luciana Abait and Akiko Yamashita—at six architecturally distinct walls within a five-block walkable radius. Masks must be worn at all times at all exhibition sites. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. South Park district of DTLA. luminexla.com

Mona Kuhn: Works Exhibit at Galerie XII

Opens April 10. Galerie XII Los Angeles presents the solo exhibition of Mona Kuhn: Works, a stunning career retrospective of one of the most respected and widely exhibited contemporary art photographers at work in the world today. The exhibit coincides with the launch of Mona Kuhn’s first monograph of the same title name, which was released in the U.S. on April 6. There’s also a book signing session with Kuhn on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Open for limited-capacity viewings and private appointments. Bergarmot Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite B2, Santa Monica, 424.252.9004. galeriexii.com

F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free

April 11. The Hammer Museum, in collaboration with artist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, presents this global online dance party to unify people through art and activism. F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free counters the ways isolation impacts one’s ability to fight back and promotes healing through movement and dance. A conversation between Cullors and Hammer Museum associate curator Erin Christovale will introduce this program, followed by live sets from DJ collectives Cumbiatón and Everyday People via the Hammer website. Noon-6 p.m. Free with RSVP. hammer.ucla.edu

Photo credits: DJ Lani Love courtesy DJ Lani Love. Spire 73 courtesy J Public Relations. Ivan Vasquez of Madre Restaurant courtesy White Oak Communications. Russell Thomas by Fay Fox. Data painting by Refik Anadol. Mona Kuhn’s “AD 6387, 2014” chromogenic dye coupler print by Mona Kuhn. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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