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The Best Things To Do In LA And SoCal This Week: April 1 - 3

Dinosaur skeleton in a museum hall
Dance among the dinos at the Natural History Museum's First Friday event.
via CC BY-SA 2.0 )
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Join the stars at the 2022 PaleyFest L.A. television festival. Head to the Natural History Museum for another First Friday installment. Dance along at Daft Punk Night. View the best in costume design at FIDM Museum’s annual exhibition.

Please check ahead of time to confirm event status and vaccine/testing requirements for entry.

Friday, April 1: 5 - 10 p.m.

First Fridays
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exhibition Blvd., Exposition Park
Science, music, and cocktails intersect as NHM’s popular series returns. The science discussions follow the theme Seeds to Psychedelics: Wild Harvesting, focusing on wild harvesting and foraging. Music by Girlpool and Grace Ives.
COST: $20 (nonmembers); MORE INFO

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Friday, April 1: 9:30 p.m. (doors)

Daft Punk Night
1652 N. Cherokee Ave., Hollywood 
Club Decades presents an indie dance party inspired not only by Daft Punk, but also Mehdi, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, Hot Chip, Miike Snow, STRFKR, Two Door Cinema Club, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Ages 18+.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

Friday, April 1: 8 p.m. (doors)

Afro Punk Bowie — A Celebration Of The Musical Vision of David Bowie
Wisdome L.A.
1147 Palmetto St., downtown L.A.
Listen to interpretations of Bowie songs performed in a 360 VR dome theater by an all-star band featuring L.A.’s own Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher, and Chris Dowd of Fishbone. They’re joined by Tony Austin, drummer for Kamasi Washington, and Justin Warfield, singer for She Wants Revenge. Linafornia opens at night.
COST: Tickets start at $55; MORE INFO

A film still from The Women (1939) with five women sitting in the woods on a picnic.
The UCLA Film & Television Archive screens George Cukor's 'The Women' (1939), which was written by Anita Loos. 

Friday, April 1: 7:30 p.m.

Focus on Screenwriter Anita Loos 
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
UCLA Film & TV Archive presents a new series, This Woman’s Work: How Gender Shaped Cinema From Behind The Scenes, which illuminates the work of women since the dawn of the motion picture industry. Shifting away from the director’s chair, the series begins with a program of eight films over five nights written by Anita Loos (1888–1981). Loos was the first female screenwriter on staff in Hollywood and is best known for penning Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928). The program begins on Friday, April 1 with The Women, a collaborative effort between Loos and screenwriter Jane Murfin (1884-1955).

A dozen people sit in director's chairs on a stage.
The cast and creatives of 'This is Us' return once more to open PaleyFest LA 2022.
(Courtesy of PaleyFest)

Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 10

PaleyFest L.A.   
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The TV festival returns in person this year with special screenings and panel discussions with casts and creatives. The festival kicks off with NBC’s This Is Us, while Netflix’s Emily in Paris closes it out. Other festival highlights include: Superman & Lois, black-ish, Ghosts and The Neighborhood, Hacks, Cobra Kai, Riverdale, Better Call Saul, and A Salute to the NCIS Universe.
COST: Individual tickets start at $26.25, passes available; MORE INFO

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Saturday, April 2: 8 p.m.

The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA
Listen to standup from three comics behind Comedy Central’s late-night talk and news satire show: Kat Radley, Matt Koff, and Joe Opio.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 3

Print Pomona Art Book Fair (PPABF)
Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College
120 West Bonita Ave., Claremont
The museum and The Arts Area hold the first art book fair at Pomona College’s Edmunds Ballroom, bringing together more than 50 national and international publishers. View exhibiting artists’ books, art catalogs, photography monographs, drawings, zines, and other print material.

Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 3

Lez Fest — at Last! 
Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood
The popular lesbian comedy, music, dance party, and community extravaganza returns for two nights only, featuring different programming and acts each night. Performers include: Jackie Loeb, Karinda Dobbins, Nina Goldin, Renee Santos, Gwen La Roka, and Mimi Gonzalez. Net proceeds from all ticket sales benefit the full range of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s free and low-cost programs and services.
COST: $35 - $105; MORE INFO

Saturday, April 2: 12 p.m.

Lookout Fest
Hollywood Palladium Festival Grounds
6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 
The festival brings together hip-hop and rock acts at the intersection of music, fashion, and youth culture. Watch performances by Ski Mask, The Slump God, $not, City Morgue, Trash Talk, Show Me The Body, SSGKobe, Ka$hdami, Angel Du$t, 2Kbaby, Jesus Piece, WhoKilledXIX, Narrow Head, CMTEN, Zulu, Tony Velour, and Bliss. All ages.
COST: $49.50 - $499.99; MORE INFO

Saturday, April 2; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Anifest 2022
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
The annual anime event hosts more than a hundred vendors and features two stages for a variety of traditional and modern performances. Watch taiko drumming, ANX JPop and KPop battles, and a cosplay showcase.
COST: $10- $150; MORE INFO

A Black woman is painted on a canvas with a blue background
Thinkspace Projects presents three solo shows which open this weekend.
(Courtesy of Casey Weldon)

Saturday, April 2 - Saturday, April 23

Art Openings
Thinkspace Projects
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City
The gallery opens a trio of solo shows in which hope and optimism run through many of the works. Tacit Turnabout: Casey Weldon is a testament to the persistence of the creative spirit. Parking Lot Carnival: Brian “Dovie” Golden explores the artist’s perseverance over grief after the loss of his son. The World Within: Toco-Oco is a series of whimsical sculptures from a Brazilian husband and wife team that tickles the profundity of human experience. The opening reception is Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 2: 8 p.m.

Los Tigres del Norte Arena
1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The veteran norteño band from San Jose — by way of Sinaloa, Mexico — performs in L.A. on Saturday. Listen to its popular, politically charged corridos and tracks from a discography that stretches several decades.
COST: Tickets start at $84; MORE INFO

Sunday, April 3: 8:30 p.m.

Princess Bride 
Melrose Rooftop Theatre
E.P. & L.P. 
603 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
The outdoor cinema screens Rob Reiner’s classic film, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, under the stars. Start off with a Dinner + Movie ticket and you'll start with a three-course dinner. This is a 21+ screening.
COST: $30 - $65 (dinner + movie); MORE INFO

Through Saturday, June 4

Art of Costume Design in Film
FIDM Museum 
919 South Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The exhibition returns this year, showcasing costumes and designs from films released in 2021. View selections from all five Academy Award nominees for Costume Design, as well as works from more than a dozen other popular films.

Hiking trail - dirt path - in Griffith Park
The 2022 Hollywood Hike to End Homelessness takes place in Griffith Park on Saturday, April 2.
(Clinton Steeds, via CC BY 2.0.)

Outdoor Pick

2022 Hollywood Hike to End Homelessness
This week’s outdoor adventure pairs a hike with a good cause. The family-friendly and dog-friendly hike takes place in Griffith Park on Saturday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. Join with organizers from The Center in Hollywood and supporters who are elevating the conversation and fundraising to fight homelessness. Meet up at the Griffith Park Boy Scout Trail (N. Vermont Ave. & Vista Del Valle Dr., across the street from Franklin’s Cafe). There are games and activities at basecamp for those who can’t hike. The registration fee is $25.

Three musicians on stage performing the saxophone, the trombone and clarinet.
BK Jackson, Trombone Shorty with Charlie Gabriel of Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
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Viewing Pick

Grammy Awards
After what happened last weekend at the Oscars, dare we watch the music industry’s biggest night? Will Kanye crash the party? The 64th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, air live on CBS from Las Vegas on Sunday night. Expected performers and presenters include Jon Batiste, H.E.R., Nas, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, and Olivia Rodrigo. The awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

a plate of three small seafood skewers
Masters of Taste returns to the Rose Bowl to celebrate its fifth anniversary.
(Courtesy of Masters of Taste)

Dine and Drink Deals

Check out the 411 on restaurant, bar, and food happenings in SoCal this week:

  • The Masters of Taste — L.A.’s swanky outdoor, food, and beverage festival — returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary on Sunday, April 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. on the field of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The afternoon features 100 culinary masters and restaurants, joined by “Sweet Masters” preparing the afternoon’s desserts. Signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from more than 25 spirit brands and bars can be found at the 50-Yard-Line Cocktail Bar. The VIP hour runs from 3 to 4 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Tickets: $135 - $195. 
  • Dine L.A. restaurant week(s) returns, beginning on Friday (April 1) and running through April 15.  Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for lunch, dinner, or both. Prices range from $15 - $65+. Dozens of restaurants are participating, including Connie and Ted’s, FIG Restaurant, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co., Water Grill DTLA, Gyu–Kaku Japanese BBQ, Bone Kettle, Delicious at the Dunbar, and Sugarfish.
  • The 14th annual L.A. Beer Festival finally returns in person to Los Angeles Center Studios on Saturday, April 2. The event features 80 breweries, 200 beers, more than a dozen food trucks, and live music. Tickets run $50 - $90 (but do not include food).
  • Woon Kitchen holds a pop-up experience on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Brain Dead Studios on Fairfax.They’re serving up a menu that includes chewy noodles, dumplings in a chili oil broth, and orange chicken wings. 
  • On Friday, April 1 from 6 - 9 p.m., join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles for a no-host cocktail event at Tom Bergin’s. The pub with the second-oldest liquor license in Los Angeles nearly shut down a few years ago, but through the efforts of the Miracle Mile Residential Association and the Los Angeles Conservancy, was successfully designated as an Historic Cultural Monument in June 2019. 
  • Modern Filipino Kitchen (MFK) soft-opened Lola’s by MFK in Anaheim earlier this week, becoming the first Filipino- and Latin-inspired brunch restaurant in Orange County. Brunch dishes include ube buttermilk ricotta pancakes, a breakfast burrito with beef tapa, and a Kamayan feast.
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