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Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.13.12

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 13–15, 20–22. Music and arts festival. Headliners include Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Radiohead and the Black Keys. Before you go, read our Coachella Road Trip Guide. $285 for each three-day weekend pass. Camping pass, $82.50. Empire Polo Field, 81–800 Avenue 51, Indio, 800.745.3000.


Apr. 15. Ten miles of streets from Hollywood to downtown become a car-free zone for this family-friendly street festival offering live music, art exhibits, performances and activities for all ages. 10 am–3 pm. Free. See website for map. 213.365.0605.



626-night-market(626) Night Market | Haven Gastropub Afterparty
Apr. 14. Inaugural pop-up event aims to bring a traditional Asian night markets to Pasadena. Take a trip through the food themed market that offers eats and treats from more than 80 vendors. Sample everything from Indonesian fried noodles, Taiwanese crepes, stinky tofu, Japanese dangos and much, much more. After the market, head to Haven Gastropub + Brewery (42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, 626.768.9555) where the party continues with a special menu of $4 night market dishes like pork belly-wrapped cherry tomatoes, fried pig ears with tangerine chili glaze, spicy cold noodle soup with sous-vide poached egg and more. Sip on drink specials and Haven’s recently launched line of handcrafted beer. Market 5-11:30 p.m. Oakland Ave, Pasadena (between Colorado Boulevard and E. Union St.).


Apr. 15. Festival celebrates all that is wonderful and eclectic about LA, and is one one of the official party stops for Ciclavia. Stop by the street festival for eats, a biergarten, live music, live arts by local artists and a rib eating contest. noon-8 p.m. North Spring St. and Cesar Chavez St., downtown. More Info.



for-the-recordFor the Record – The Coen Bros
Through Apr. 29. This 360-degree theatrical concert and dining experience features world-class performers who bring the movies to life with signature songs and moments from Coen Brother-directed films including O Brother, Where Art Thou, Fargo, Hudsucker Proxy and The Big Lebowski among others. Arrive early and enjoy Barre Vermont’s California cuisine and cocktails. Thurs.-Sun. $35. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.661.6163.


Ballet du Grand Théâtre de GenèveMUSIC + DANCE
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Apr. 13-15. The company, choreographed by acclaimed New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, widely known for his work in last year’s award-winning film Black Swan, performs Northern American premieres of “Les Sylphides” and “Spectre de la Rose.” The Boston Globe calls the Swiss company, “one of the most original and inventive troupes in Europe… that pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet.” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.


Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Apr. 17. Elvis Costello and his band visit the Wiltern with their “Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” a game-show-style wheel featuring 40 of their songs. Fans are invited to spin the wheel to determine the show’s unique setlist. 877.598.8698.



Woody GuthrieThis Land Is Your Land: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert
Apr. 14. The Grammy Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, celebrates Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music with a concert that features contemporary artists performing classic Guthrie songs. The lineup includes Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Dawes, John Doe, Joe Henry, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion,Tom Morello, Van Dyke Parks, Joel Rafael, Rob Wasserman and more. Club Nokia, 800 W Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.7000.


Huntington Library Japanese GardensMUSEUMS
Huntington Library Japanese Garden
After a year-long, $6.8 million renovation, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, opens its Japanese Garden to the public. The nine-acre Japanese Garden serves as an iconic backdrop at the Huntington, and includes a series of koi-filled ponds, a historic moon bridge, and a Japanese House, in addition to the new features like a ceremonial teahouse set in a new three-acre traditionally landscaped tea garden, waterfall, and more. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141.


Blushington’s On the Go Makeup Application
If you are crunched for time but want to look your best, don’t stress, let Blushington makeup experts transform you in only 20 minutes. The On the Go service includes sheer coverage (tinted moisturizer), powder, blush, light concealer, lip color, brow fill-in and mascara. Offered weekdays for $20. 8591 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, 310.652.5874.


Wellness Day at Asylum Gym
Apr. 14. See workout demonstrations by program instructors, talk about antioxidants with Dr. Silva Karchikian and receive complimentary nutritional counseling and chair massages. Check out the sports apparel from New Balance and sample food from Pita Jungle. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 87 Fraser Alley, Pasadena, 626.584.9600.


Good PeopleTHEATER
Good People
Through May 13. Nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People takes an affectionate look at the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ through the eyes of characters who won’t be ignored. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


the-bunglerThe Bungler
Through May 27. Moliere’s first romp written in verse, and one of the greatest hits of his lifetime. This rarely produced play is a non-stop cavalcade of wily servants, dim-witted young lovers and avaricious old men on a bumbling, tumbling, tackling, wild and woolly ride. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.3100 x1.


Waiting for GodotWaiting for Godot
Through Apr. 22. Together for the first time, Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern — two of the most distinguished interpreters of Samuel Beckett’s work — delightfully debate the meaning of life and the absurdities of human behavior in this new production exclusively at the Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7353.


American IdiotAmerican Idiot
Through Apr. 22. Slinging razor guitars , thundering drums and an antihero named Johnny: not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theater. But the musical based on Green Day’s 2004 rock album American Idiot was a hit on Broadway, and it travels to downtown’s Ahmanson Theatre on a 15-city national tour. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Antony and CleopatraAntony and Cleopatra
Through May 13. Shakespeare’s seminal tragedy is based on larger-than-life figures caught up in an empire-shattering dance of lust, love, politics and war. “Its appeal is the fascinating relationship between Antony and Cleopatra, who love each other deeply but in a way that is not sustainable… Because of their flaws, we can identify with the lovers and see a part of ourselves in them,” muses director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.3100 x1.



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