18 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Chef Ray Garcia prepares special dishes at Atrium on Monday, including this beet salad with citrus and ricotta. (Image: Courtesy of Atrium)

Bust out those oversized blazers because there's a Stop Making Sense screening and dance party, an Empire Strips Back burlesque show, a sock puppet craft night, a plant-based pop-up at DTLA restaurant Exchange and visits by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Peter Murphy. There also's a one-night only dinner with chef Ray Garcia and a discussion on legacy restaurants.

MONDAY, APRIL 1; 4 - 11 p.m.
Chef Ray Garcia: Special Pop-Up Dinner
Atrium — 1816-A N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Newly opened Atrium welcomes Garcia (Broken Spanish), who joins executive chef Hunter Pritchett to celebrate California cuisine. In addition to the regular menu, Garcia serves up dishes such as pork rinds, short rib tostadas a milk chocolate mille feuille. Reservations at OpenTable or by calling 323-607-6944.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

THROUGH MONDAY, April 22; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Springtime Easter Festival
Underwood Family Farms — Moorpark
Celebrate spring on the farm with tractor-drawn wagon rides, photo opps with the Easter Bunny, a giant Easter basket and antique tractors. Other activities include a bee barn, a giant haystack, slides, farmer Craig's chicken show, sack races and an Easter storyboard labyrinth. Additional activities with farm animals and races take place on weekends only.
COST: $8 - $12; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 2; 7:30 p.m.
An Evening With Marvin Gaye's You're The Man
Grammy Museum — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
On what would have been the singer's 80th birthday, the museum holds a celebration and panel discussion about You're The Man, was the planned follow-up to What's Going On. Tracks from the unreleased album will be played and discussed by Gaye's second wife, Jan Gaye; biographer David Ritz; Gaye's musical director and trumpeter, Nolan Shaheed; and UMe A&R VP Harry Weinger, who produced the album's new release.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 2; 8 p.m.
Peter Murphy
Yost Theater — 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana
Murphy and original Bauhaus member David J celebrate 40 years of bandhood, performing the album In the Flat Field (1980) in its entirety, followed by other classic hits.
COST: Tickets start at $40; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 2; 8 p.m.
Inside Scoop
Carmela Ice Cream — 7920 West 3rd St., Beverly Grove
This comedy show takes place in a secret room behind the ice cream shop. Grab a cone and listen to standup from Brad Wenzel, Annick Adelle, Brandon Scott Wolf and Neel Ghosh.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 - SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The dance company celebrates its 60th anniversary with four programs that feature new and classic works: Trailblazers, with the West Coast premiere of Lazarus by Rennie Harris; Bold Visions, featuring the West Coast premiere of Wayne McGregor's Kairos and the L.A. premiere of Ronald K. Brown's The Call; and a Musical Inspirations program featuring Ailey star Jamar Roberts. Each of the four programs will feature Alvin Ailey's masterpiece, Revelations.
COST: Tickets start at $34; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3; 8 p.m.
Dynasty Tonight!
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
The lineup for this evening of comedy, variety and music includes Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Peretti, Felicia Folkes and a "very special guest." You'll just have to show up to find out who that is. The show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

The burlesque show 'The Empire Strips Back' features Star Wars characters like you've never seen them before. (Photo: Josh Groom)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3; 8 p.m.
The Empire Strips Back - A Burlesque Parody
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
This burlesque show travels to an unexplored part of the galaxy, featuring all the classic Star Wars characters as you've never seen them before. The unauthorized parody features striptease, music, dance, troupe routines and comedy. There are sexy Stormtroopers, a seductive Boba Fett and even Darth Vader giving up the dark side to explore his (or is it her?) feminine side. This show is 18+.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
How Do LA's Legacy Restaurants Stay Relevant?
Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall — 929 South Broadway, downtown L.A.
Eater LA hosts a panel discussion about how older restaurants can stay current amid L.A.'s ever-changing food scene. Moderated by Farley Elliott, the panel includes Christy Vega, owner and operator, Casa Vega; Ryan Legaux, owner of Harold & Belle's; and Jar's chef-owner, Suzanne Tracht. Admission includes a drink ticket.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

Take a workshop in making sock puppets at Craft Contemporary. (Image: Craft Contemporary)

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 7 - 9 p.m.
CraftNight: Sock Animals!
Craft Contemporary — 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum formerly known as CAFAM holds a stuffed animal workshop with Mimi Haddon. Learn how to cut, hand-sew, stuff and transform colorful socks into stuffed creatures. The fee includes materials, drinks and snacks.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 7 p.m.
Stop Making Sense
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Movie night features a screening of Jonathan Demme's 1983 concert documentary about the Talking Heads, which was originally filmed at the Pantages Theatre. The dance floor will be open during the screening and DJs will keep the party going. Dressing up in an extra big blazer is encouraged. This is an all-ages event. Snacks and a full bar (21+) will be available for purchase.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 8 p.m.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
The Soraya — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Music director Thomas Søndergård conducts the orchestra in the L.A. premiere of Danny Elfman's Eleven Eleven Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with violinist Sandy Cameron tackling the solo. While there are no Oingo Boingo tunes on the program, it does include Sibelius's Symphony No. 7, Op. 105, C major and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, Op. 100, B-flat major.
COST: Tickets start at $49; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 - SUNDAY, JUNE 16
I Like Scary Movies
The Desmond — 5514 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Mid-Wilshire
If you like things that go bump in the night, check out this multisensory art installation inspired by some of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's best known films. Visitors can "sink" into the infamous carpet from The Shining's Overlook Hotel; creep through Beetlejuice's graveyard and Freddy Kruger's boiler room; or check out Pennywise's lair. (This is not a scare maze with actors jumping out at you.)
COST: $39; MORE INFO

'Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe,' a play with music, returns for a limited run at Plaza de la Raza. (Photo: About...Production)

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe
Plaza de la Raza's Margo Albert Theatre — 3540 N. Mission Rd., Lincoln Heights
The play with music — co-created by Louie Pérez (Los Lobos), Theresa Chavez (who also directs) and Rose Portillo (Zoot Suit) — returns for eight performances. Set 1968, the production explores East L.A.'s struggle for civil rights and WeHo's club scene through the eyes of recent high school graduate Evangeline (played by Sarah Cortez) as she searched for her place in the world. The play also features a re-imagined Los Lobos soundbook performed by Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma).
COST: $15 - $35; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 7:30 p.m.
Animal House
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque screens the 1978 film as a tribute to actress Verna Bloom, who passed away in January. (She played Marion Worner, the dean's wife.) The Delta House misfits, led by John Belushi, fight to stay on campus against the dean and a blue-blooded rival frat house. A discussion follows with director John Landis, actress Martha Smith, Sean Daniel and Jay Cocks.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 7 - 10 p.m.
Fractals and Fragments
Navel — 1611 S. Hope St., downtown L.A.
Pera Designs presents a night of live multimedia performance inspired by its debut catalog and collections. Watch performative dance by No)One. Arthouse; listen to music and sounds by LA musician SFV ACID and The Valley Sound DJ collective. Designer Kevin Zhu also presents live-rendered projections. All ages.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4; 8 p.m.
La Bouquet
The Hi Hat — 5043 York Blvd., Highland Park
The L.A.-based pop trio plays a hometown gig in advance of its debut LP release, Sad People Dancing, out on April 26. Lostboycrow and Modern Maps open the show.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
Plant-Based Pop Up
The Exchange Restaurant — 418 W. 8th St., downtown L.A.
Freehand teams up with Kanyini Collective and Beyond Burger to offer spring cocktails, natural wines and a Chinese-inspired vegan menu designed by chef Alex Chang. Offerings include dan dan noodles made with Beyond Meat and turmeric and takuan fried rice.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO


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