18 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Week

Rustic Canyon holds a pop-up dinner with SF's Foreign Cinema this week. (Image: Courtesy of RC Family)

We hope your tummies are ready for the coming week. Chefs collaborate at pop-ups at Otium, Rustic Canyon and Puesto; the L.A. Times' Food Bowl begins and the Night Market at Yamashiro returns. The Silver Lake Chorus holds a music release show, the Asian Pacific American Film Festival opens, Hot Chip is a hot ticket and Le Creuset holds a factory sale.

MONDAY, APRIL 29 - TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Foreign Cinema
Now Serving — 727 North Broadway, downtown L.A.
Rustic Canyon — 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Longtime San Francisco restaurant owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark celebrate their cookbook, The Foreign Cinema Cookbook, at two events in L.A. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the duo join writer and educator Julie Wolfson (who's also an LAist contributor) for a conversation. On Tuesday, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., they collaborate with Rustic Canyon's chef de cuisine, Andy Doubrava, on a five-course, family-style meal featuring dishes and drinks from the book.
COST: Monday's event is FREE with RSVP, $105 for the dinner; MORE INFO

MONDAY, APRIL 29; 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Chefs Collab Dinner
Otium — 222 S. Hope St., downtown L.A.
Chef Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium teams with chef Amninder Sandhu of Mumbai's Arth restaurant and chefs Arjun and Nakul Mahendro of Badmaash in DTLA to create an inventive four-course menu. Expect Indian flavors and influences blending with each chef's style. Ellen Marie Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett, co-hosts the event. Choose from one of five seating times. Ticket prices do not include taxes, tip or drinks.
COST: $75 per person; MORE INFO

MONDAY, APRIL 29; 5 - 10 p.m.
Bayside Graduation Dinner
Saved By The Max — 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
The Saved By The Bell Pop-Up closes on April 30, and there's a graduation dinner hosted by Tori Scott (Zack Morris's girlfriend who's not Kelly Kapowski). Other cast members may drop by as well. The graduation dinner includes an appetizer and entree.
COST: $40; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 30; 1 p.m.
Pink Flamingos
Bing Theater at LACMA — 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Make Tuesday a ditch day and catch the classic John Waters 1972 film about a large woman (Divine) and her misfit family, who compete with a Baltimore couple for the crown of filthiest people around.
COST: $2 - $4; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 30; 4 - 9:30 p.m.
The Collective Foodie
Angel City Brewery — 216 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
This mini-conference for food-lovers, food-preneurs and influencers focuses on "Navigating The Business Of Food." There are panel discussions, keynotes, networking opportunities and, of course, snacks, bites and beverages.
COST: $59 - $129; MORE INFO

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30; 6 p.m.
Mesamérica L.A. & DFiesta
Various locations in downtown L.A.
The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl kicks off a month-long series of food events with a three-part party. It opens with Mesamérica L.A. at the Million Dollar Theater, which marks the first time chef Enrique Olvera's celebrated symposium will be held outside of Mexico. The program examines the culinary and cultural connections between Mexico City and L.A. to celebrate the sister cities' 50-year anniversary. The multimedia discussion, which includes videos and songs, covers art, architecture, identity and tacos. The symposium is followed by festivities at Grand Central Market and La Cita Bar.
COST: $35 - $85; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 30; 8:30 p.m.
So, You Do Comedy...?
UCBT Sunset — 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Each month, host Chris Witaske sits down with well-known comedians to chat about how they got started in the biz. In the hot seat this week is actor, director and writer Matt Walsh who's best known for his role as Mike McLintock in Veep.
COST: $7; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1; 9 p.m.
Hot Chip
El Rey Theatre — 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The U.K. electronic-pop band plays The Shrine in the fall but brings its highly danceable tunes to the El Rey in advance of its upcoming release, A Bath Full of Ecstasy (out June 21). Black Peaches opens.
COST: Tickets: $45; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1; 6 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. talk
Shoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Orange County Museum of Art — 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana
Zuboff, professor emerita of the Harvard Business School and author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, discusses the form of power called "surveillance capitalism" and the ways corporations try to predict and control our behavior. (We're talking about you, Facebook.)
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1; 6 - 7 p.m.
Body Percussion with Dorrance Dance
Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center — 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
The center offers a series of free, all-ages outdoor events throughout the month. They kick off with a workshop led by Nicholas Van Young, who teaches participants on how to use the entire body to create a wide variety of rhythmic sounds. Using the body as instrument, the workshop focuses on the relationship between music and movement.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Silver Lake Chorus returns with new music at a release show at the Hi-Hat. (Photo: Courtesy of the Silver Lake Chorus)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1; 8 p.m.
Silver Lake Chorus Release Show
The Hi-Hat — 5043 York Blvd., Highland Park
The group, which recreates indie music for chorale, releases two new tracks written exclusively for the chorus by Van Dyke Parks and Lucius. They're joined by Diā and Tim Carr for the show.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1; Beginning at 5 p.m.
Mole & Mezcal Dinner
Puesto Park Place — 3311 Michelson Dr, Irvine
The restaurant group, best known for its Mexico City-style tacos, holds a special pop-up dinner with acclaimed Oaxacan chefs at their Irvine location. Chefs Olga Cabrera from Casa del Sol and Aurora Toledo from Restaurante Zandunga work with the Puesto team to create a special four-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.
COST: $30, $20 drink pairing (optional); MORE INFO

THURSDAYS - SUNDAYS; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Samskara
Wisdome — 1147 Palmetto St., downtown L.A.
In this exhibition, the VR and 360 immersive art park presents more than 70 works from Android Jones in nine different formats, including digital canvases, "Microdose VR," dynamic sculptures, shows, live performances and films in a spherical movie theater.
COST: $9 - $29; MORE INFO

Straight from Dublin is Roddy Doyle's play about two men, sitting in a pub, waxing poetic about life and little things. (Photo: Courtesy of Abbey Theatre)

THURSDAY, MAY 2 - SUNDAY, MAY 5
Abbey Theatre's Two Pints
The Red Room, Chapter One — 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana
Santa Ana Sites, which develops community engagement programs, presents Roddy Doyle's play about two Irish gents, talking about their Da's, death, Nigella, North Korea and the afterlife. The work started out as a Facebook conversation, and now it's a play set in a pub.
COST: $12 - $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 2 - THURSDAY, SEPT. 29; 5 - 10 p.m.
Hollywood Night Market
Yamashiro Restaurant — 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood
The popular, weekly open-air market returns for its 10th summer. It hosts 30 of L.A.'s finest food vendors with local live music while the Pagoda bar serves up cocktails for those 21+ until 10 p.m. With incredible views, it makes a great date night.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

A still from "Yellow Rose," starring Eva Noblezada, which opens the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival. (Photo: August Thurmer)

THURSDAY, MAY 2 - FRIDAY, MAY 10
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival
Several venues in Downtown L.A.
The film festival presents more than 100 screenings for its 35th edition. It opens with the world premiere of Yellow Rose, written and directed by first time feature filmmaker Diane Paragas. The film, about a headstrong Filipino girl from a small Texas town who's chasing her country music dreams while facing the threat of deportation. It stars Eva Noblezada and Lea Salonga.
COST: Individual tickets start at $15, $135 - $400 (passes); MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 2; 10 p.m.
Subsuelo
The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Virgil Village
The global bass crew presents a night of cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop, flamenco, Afro-house, dancehall, merengue, tropical funk, moombahton and Latin trap in both rooms.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 2 - SUNDAY, MAY 5
Factory to Table Sale
Barker Hangar — 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
Le Creuset cookware teams with top L.A. chefs for a sale that features food, music, drinks and live cooking demos by chefs including Sarah Hendrix of Lady & Larder, Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen and Button Mash and Dave Woodall of Red Herring. A portion of ticket proceeds go toward local nonprofit After School All Stars, an organization that serves low-income middle school youth, as well as Meals on Wheels. The VIP sessions start Thursday, followed by three additional sessions. You must reserve a ticket for a specified shopping session.
COST: $15 - $40; MORE INFO


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