26 Fabulous Happenings In Southern California This Weekend

Manual Cinema presents nights of projection and storytelling at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (Image: Drew Dir/Manual Cinema)

Monsterpalooza descends on Pasadena. The Long Beach Grand Prix revs up. Record Store Day returns with a new pressing. The Festival of Books cracks open its spine. Thai New Year celebrations kicks off. And the L.A. River gets its annual cleanup.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Manual Cinema's Mementos Mori
The Broad Stage — 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
The production features six puppeteers, hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras and three screens to create a live "movie" in front of the audience. The work is a rumination on death and dying with vignettes about death taking an unexpected holiday, an elderly film projectionist finding a new lease on life and a ghost exploring the afterli fe with her iPhone. The show is accompanied by musicians and live sound effects.
COST: $35 - $55; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14 and FRIDAY, APRIL 26 - SUNDAY, APRIL 28
LA Dance Festival
Luckman Theater at CalState LA — 5151 State University Dr., El Sereno
Fringe at the Diavolo Studio Black Box — 616 Moulton Ave., downtown L.A.
Now in its seventh year, the festival celebrates contemporary dance in LA. The first weekend, held at the Luckman, features mainstage performances by Diavolo, Ate9, Invertigo Dance Theatre and Kevin Williamson + Company. The second weekend, in DTLA, features works by Carpool Dance Collective, Jess Harper & Dancers and Emergent Dance Company as well as guest artists from the Seoul International Dance Festival.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SATURDAY, APRIL 13
2019 Conference on Mexican Muralists: Their Art, Their Lives, and Their Times
Cal State LA's Music Hall — 5151 State University Dr., El Sereno
The two-day conference features art history lectures on Mexican murals using the work of José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros as touchstones. The weekend also includes a discussion on the book, A Scholiast's Quill: New Critical Essays on Alfonso Reyes and culminates with the premiere performance of I a Frida Kahlo, a solo show by Mexican actress Alejandra Flores.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

The Long Beach Grand Prix returns this weekend for racing, concerts and family-friendly activities. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Grand Prix of Long Beach
The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center — 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The annual street racing event features six races throughout the weekend, plus a lifestyle expo, a family fun zone and a Mothers Exotic Car Paddock. Music concerts add to the festivities with El Tri headlining the Fiesta Friday Concert and the Cold War Kids headlining Saturday night. The concerts are free to race ticket holders.
COST: Adult tickets start at $33; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 12; 7:30 p.m.
Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University — 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
There's magic in the air as illusionist Vitaly performs his tricks and sleight-of-hand. He has already fooled Penn & Teller on their show Fool Us. Now, he'll try his hand with an L.A. audience.
COST: $10 - $20; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 7:30
Second Year Shakespeare Project
Caroline's LOFT Theatre at LACHSA — Circle Dr., El Sereno
Theater students from L.A. County High School for the Arts present an evening of the Bard's works.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California — University Park
The largest lit festival in the country returns for its 24th year, bringing together some of the biggest names from the book world and beyond. The lineup features more than 500 authors, artists, musicians, chefs andcelebrities including Chelsea Clinton, Eva Chen, Ruth Reichl, Valerie Jarett, Father Gregory Boyle, Matthew Gray Gubler, Tayari Jones, Karamo Brown, Joyce Carol Oates and Susan Orlean. Most outdoor activities and talks are free.
Tickets: FREE admission, but indoor conversations and other special events require a ticket; MORE INFO

Owner Edmund Fry displays the proper way to hold a tea cup during an interview with AFP at The Rose Tree Cottage which serves traditional English afternoon tea, in Pasadena, north of Los Angeles, California on May 15, 2018. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Annual Vintage Fashion Show & Tea
Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
Travel back in time and watch an outdoor fashion show with the theme "Romance Through the Ages." As models don outfits and gowns from 300 years of fashion history, narrators tell stories about the era. While watching the show, guests can enjoy a menu of tea, sandwiches and desserts. Cosplay is encouraged and reservations are required.
COST: $45 - $55, $10 for children 7-12; MORE INFO

A young cowboy watches the steer wrestling competition during the MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, on Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 21, 2019. (JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Festival Shuttle Site — 22400 13th St., Santa Clarita
Thousands of people will head up the 5 freeway to #awesometown for Western entertainment, apparel and gear. This festival features performances including trick ropers, hatchet throwers and gun spinners as well as living history exhibits and cowboy cuisine. (Think BBQ, sausages and peach cobbler.)
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Monsterpalooza returns to Pasadena Convention Center this weekend with a monstrous array of items and accessories for sale. (Photo: jlh_lunasea via Flickr)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Monsterpalooza
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 East Green St., Pasadena
If you're into movies, monsters, makeup and FX, this expo is for you. More than 450 exhibitors and vendors sell collectibles and related products. When you're doing some spooky shopping, check out makeup demos, presentations and a monster museum. Celebrity guests include Bruce Campbell, Paul Reubens, Vivica A. Fox, Jason Patric, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace and Linda Blair.
COST: Tickets $30 - $35 per day; MORE INFO

Lili Ghinita (L) and Anola Phoumiphat pose with cartoon characters at the grand opening of The Chuck Jones Experience at the Circus Circus Hotel-Casino January 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Chuck Jones Experience)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cartoon Club
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
The repertory theater launches a new monthly club dedicated to animation. Celebrate the artistry of the medium through an assemblage of classic shorts and rare gems.
COST: $6; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Bunka-Sai 2019
Ken Miller Center (Torrance Civic Center) — 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance
The Japanese cultural festival offers family fun, including storytelling in English and Japanese, food (including plate lunches), martial arts demos, dance, drumming, music performances, flower arranging, bonsai workshops and a tea ceremony.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Record Store Day
Various locations
Celebrate indie record stores by heading to a participating retailer and pick up any number of special releases including exclusives from Frank Black, The Blasters, Courtney Barnett, Anderson.Paak and Dr. Dre. Special events include a pop-up from NYC store Tropicalia in Furs pops at Rappcats in Highland Park and a massive sale at the Record Parlour in Hollywood.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

The Easter Egg Hunt at the USPA Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship in Palm Beach on April 20, 2014 in Wellington, Florida. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Maserati)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 and SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Egg Hunt
Kidspace Children's Museum — 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
Hundreds of candy-filled eggs are hidden throughout the Arroyo Adventure, just waiting to be found and eaten. In addition to the egg hunt, the museum also offers family activities, including bunny ear-making and dance lessons — for the bunny hop. The hunt times vary depending on age and preregistration is required.
COST: $6 (plus museum admission $14); MORE INFO

Rene Armira jumps into the shallow edges of the Los Angeles River while trying to retrieve a soccer ball from the water in Vernon, California on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Andrew Cullen for LAist)

SATURDAYS, APRIL 13, 20 and 27; 9 a.m.
Great LA River Cleanup / La Gran Limpieza
Various locations
April is Earth Month, so give back to our community — and planet — by taking part in the Friends of the Los Angeles River's 30th annual cleanup event. Volunteer for duty for the Upper River (San Fernando Valley) on April 13; take on the Mid-River area (Glendale area) April 20 or the Lower River on April 27. There are nearly a dozen cleanup sites along the course of the river to choose from. Pre-registration is recommended.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Two grilled cheese and ham sandwiches. (Marco Verch/Flickr Creative Commons)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 7 - 10 p.m.
Food Forward's Spring Melt
Jim Henson Company Lot - 1416 N La Brea Ave., Hollywood
Eat and drink for a good cause. Food Forward recovers and donates fruits and vegetables to local hunger relief efforts, and this spring event serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit. The evening includes Clementine's gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Smog City Brewing Co's Kumquat Saison made out of harvested backyard kumquats and bites from Sammy Monsour of Preux & Proper. VIP ticket holders get early access to a pre-party with master mixologist Matthew Biancaniello's "cheese plate" — a drinkable array of cheese and charcuterie-infused vermouths.
Cost: $175 for general admission, $300 for VIP; MORE INFO

A stairway in the new Walt Disney Concert Hall, clad in more than 6,000 steel panels, is shown on October 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 10 a.m.
Stairway Walking Tour
Meet at Elysian Heights Elementary School — 1562 Baxter St., Echo Park
Do some serious leg work and cardio while learning about Echo Park on a tour that includes the Baxter Stairs (possibly the city's longest), Fellowship Park, Red Hill, the modernist Harwell Hamilton Harris house and the restored Lautner house. This is a two-hour, moderately strenuous outdoor walk. Building interiors are not included in this tour.
COST: $5, FREE for members; MORE INFO

Sutton Foster performs onstage during the Global Lyme Alliance Fourth Annual New York City Gala on October 11, 2018 in New York City. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Global Lyme All)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 8 p.m.
Sutton Foster
Irvine Barclay Theatre — 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine
The performer, best known for her Paramount Network show Younger, has a solo show covering some of Broadway's beloved tunes. She's probably practicing for her next Broadway role as Marian in The Music Man opposite Hugh Jackman.
COST: $65 - $85; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 8 p.m.
Picture This! 7th Anniversary
The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
The show features stand-up performers being drawn live while doing their sets. The comics don't know what the animators are drawing and the animators don't know how the comedians will react. The lineup includes laughs from James Adomian, Sasheer Zamata and Alice Wetterlund and sketches by by Mike L. Mayfield, Ashlyn Anstee, Neisje Morrell and Chris Fairbanks.
COST: $8- $10; MORE INFO

Dandy Wellington and His Band perform once again at Dapper Day Expo 2019 at the Disneyland Hotel on April 13-14 in Anaheim. (Photo: Angela Papuga/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Dapper Day Expo
The Disneyland Hotel — 1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim
Is your wardrobe less than dandy? Shop the 30,000-square-foot expo and marketplace filled with new and vintage clothing and accessories. That includes cosmetics, grooming products, hats, shoes, eyewear and jewelry. The weekend features live entertainment, workshops and talks. Dandy Wellington and his Band provide the soundtrack to both days, so bring your dancing shoes.
COST: $12.50 admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 13; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bergamot Station Spring Open House
Bergamot Station — 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica
The arts community opens its doors for a day of exhibitions, installations, performances, live music, food trucks and family-friendly activities. Highlights include a book sale at Craig Krull Gallery, yarn egg decorations and ornament Making at Copro Gallery and an opening reception for Marc Katano: When Water Freezes at Leslie Sacks Gallery. There's limited parking, so Metro, carpool or rideshare are recommended.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

A mahout rides on a painted elephant during a parade to celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Ayutthaya on April 11, 2019. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14; 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Songkran New Year Festival
Wat Thai Buddhist Temple — 8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave., North Hollywood
The Thai New Year coincides with the arrival of spring, and Songkran celebrates goodwill, love, compassion and thankfulness. The temple's festivities include a water blessing at the Buddha statue by the monks, as well as prayer, chanting, building sand pagodas and castles, classical Thai music, dance, arts and crafts — and, of course, food.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Pain Pizza Pop Ups
Melody — 751 N. Virgil Ave., Virgil Village
Tallula's — 118 Entrada Dr., Santa Monica
The French bread pizza specialist keeps it simple. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Melody wine bar, choose from cheese ($5), pepperoni ($6) and Standing's Butchery sausage ($6). On Sunday, the pizza makers join the Hecho Con Amor guest chef dinner series with two seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Upstairs in the private dining room, a $25 ticket gets you two pieces of French bread pizza (cheese or pepperoni), a small chopped salad and an adult beverage. For this event only, the baguettes will be specially made by Milo & Olive. Kids tickets are also available.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, APRIL 14; 2:30 p.m.
Silent Sundays at the Playhouse
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse — 320 South Mission Dr., San Gabriel
Watch one of Alfred Hitchcock's earliest silent thrillers, Blackmail (1929), with live accompaniment by a Wurlitzer organ. When a young woman kills a man in self-defense, she leaves the scene of the crime. Her Scotland Yard detective boyfriend gets assigned the case. Dun dun dun....
COST: Tickets start at $10; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, APRIL 14; 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Lost Cemeteries of Los Angeles, Urban Hike with Barrio Boychik
Meet in front of "La Tienda" Bookshop at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes — 501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
This walking tour visits sites of Los Angeles's four original cemeteries. Some were relocated while others were built over. Hear ghost stories and histories of Campo Santo at the Placita Church for early Indigenous Catholics; Fort Moore Hill, the original Protestant burial site; the Old Jewish Cemetery near Dodger Stadium and the Old Calvary Cemetery. The entire circuit is about three miles and has a few hills.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, APRIL 14; 2 p.m.
Passion of Christ
Calvary Cemetery — 4201 Whittier Blvd., East L.A.
Parishioners from Resurrection Parish in East L.A. (and other parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) will reenact Christ's Passion — retracing the final journey of Jesus Christ, from his grand entry into Jerusalem to Calvary and his crucifixion. The cemetery and grounds will stand in for the Roman senate, the Garden of Gethsemane and Mount Calvary. Miguel Alfaro will portray Jesus, as he has done for the past 20 years.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

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