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The Best Things To Do In LA And SoCal This Passover, Easter and Coachella Weekend: April 15 - 17

Drag queens Trixie Mattel & Katya sit together on a green floor and background
Trixie Mattel and Katya perform at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday.
(Courtesy Albert Sanchez)
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Watch gritty, old-school dramas at Noir City: Hollywood. Laugh along with Trixie Mattel and Katya. Attend an audio-theatrical experience. Watch Angélique Kidjo in a theater performance. Celebrate Passover, Easter, or that small music fest in the desert.

Friday, April 15: 8 p.m.

Trixie Mattel & Katya
The Theatre at Ace Hotel 
929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Drag legends and comedy duo Trixie Mattel and Katya are on their first-ever U.S. tour, a musical parody homage to female road trip comedies and drag classics (from The Adventures of Priscilla to Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar).
COST: Tickets start at $150; MORE INFO

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Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17

2022 Noir City: Hollywood
Hollywood Legion Theater
2035 North Highland Ave., Hollywood
The festival returns to Hollywood — at a new venue — screening eight crime dramas of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Films include Try And Get Me!, The Argyle Secrets, The Prowler, The Accused, Caged, The Underworld Story, No Way Out, and The Breaking Point.   
COST: $16 - $18; MORE INFO

Friday, April 15 - Sunday, May 1: 12 - 6 p.m.

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction
Venice Art Walk Gallery at Santa Monica Place 
395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica 
Venice Family Clinic’s annual fundraiser showcases more than 200 artworks up for bid from established, mid-career, and emerging artists — viewable both in-person at the new Venice Art Walk Gallery and online Artists include Gary Baseman, Andrea Bowers, FriendsWithYou, Lauren Greenfield, KAWS, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, and Brenna Youngblood. There’s an NFT auction this year, hosted on Nifty Gateway, that benefits the clinic.

Two actors on stage in 19th century clothing argue. The man at right is ripping a book and tossing pages in the air.
Jennifer Shelton and Scott Roberts star in International City Theatre's production of 'A Doll's House, Part 2.'
(Kayte Deioma
Kayte Deioma)

Friday, April 15 - Sunday, May 1

A Doll’s House, Part 2
International City Theatre
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
330 East Seaside Way, Long Beach
Lucas Hnath’s Tony-nominated, bitingly funny “sequel” to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 classic picks up 15 years later. In Ibsen’s original, Nora Helmer leaves her husband and children to begin a life on her own (a total no-no in the 19th century). Hnath’s play begins with a knock on that very same door 15 years later.
COST: $49 - $55; MORE INFO

Fridays - Saturdays, April 15 - 16, 23 - 23: 7 and 9 p.m.

Every Day I’ll Hope
Voice Trax West
12215 Ventura Blvd., #205, Studio City 
Attend an interactive audio-theatrical experience from performance artist and activist Siobhán O’Loughlin. Taking place in a voiceover booth through headphones, O’Loughlin takes on the role of Bulletproof Bambi, the “incandescent and a bit eccentric gaming phenom,” as she records a new audiobook with the assistance of the audience. There are two performances each night for audiences of four vaccinated individuals at a time.
COST: Tickets start at $50; MORE INFO

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Friday - Sunday, April 15 - 17, 22 - 24

Empire Polo Club
81800 51st Ave., Indio 
You may have heard about this little music festival returning to the desert. While Ye is now out as a headliner, he’s been replaced by The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia, joining fellow headlines Billie Eilish and Harry Styles. Put your name on the official waitlist and exchange to try to score tickets.
COST: 3-day GA passes start at $499; MORE INFO

Coachella-related events:

  • Desert Gold returns to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs both weekends, with exclusive parties, live performances by Sudan Archives and Esty, and DJ sets from Pangea Sound and Chulita Vinyl Club.
  • Remezcla holds a series of after-hours Latin music parties at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. Both events are free to attend for those 21+ with advance RSVP.  
  • There’s a Galore Ranch Coachella pre-party at the Lazy C Ranch in Palm Springs on Friday, April 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. The party is a collab between Galore, Foot Locker, 1800 Tequila, and NTWRK, hosted by rapper Tyga and Euphoria's Chloe Cherry.
  • Framework takes over late nights at the Ross Aviation Thermal Airport in Coachella Valley from April 15 to 17. Enjoy your fave DJs while dancing at the airport hangar under the desert night sky.

Friday, April 15: 5 - 7 p.m.

Clockshop: Listening By Moonrise
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.  
The multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization brings its quarterly program back to the park, featuring performances and immersive sound experiences that spur “reflection, connection, and joy within the context of a community centered green space.” This edition’s performers are The Growth Eternal and Qur'an Shaheed.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, May 8

Jane Austen Unscripted
Garry Marshall Theatre Garden
4252 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank
Impro Theatre presents a laugh-filled afternoon in the theater’s garden. Watch the theater company perform a fully improvised play, based on audience suggestions, that brings Austen’s world to life. No two performances are the same. The GMTea ticket option includes table seating for 2, 4, or 6 people — along with English tea and treats.
COST: $50 - $75; MORE INFO

Angélique Kidjo in a colorful blue and yellow dress and matching headdress
Angélique Kidjo stars in new, original work of 'Yemandja,' playing at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
(Patrick Fouque)

Through Saturday, April 16: 7:30 p.m.

The Broad Stage - Main Stage
1310 11th St., Santa Monica
Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo tells the story of the Yoruban deity Yemandja in this musical theater work “inspired by her ancestors, her family, and Africa’s resilience.” The L.A. premiere of this Broad Stage co-commission is also inspired by Greek tragedies — and highlights the consequences of robbing people of their culture. COST: $35 - $85; MORE INFO

Saturday, April 16: 7 - 11 a.m.

77th annual Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Smith Park
232 West Broadway, San Gabriel
The city of San Gabriel celebrates Easter with family friendly activities including an egg hunt for kids 12 and younger, a coloring contest, crafts, pancake races, and a visit from Mr. Bunny. For a $5 donation, families can enjoy a pancake breakfast.

Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Your (Un)Natural Garden
Sturt Haaga Gallery and Boddy House
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge 
Artist Adam Schwerner invites visitors to interact with and touch his art — created from found materials — located throughout the gardens’ landscape. Schwerner’s art leads to an art gallery and house with rooms filled with surprises, including bells and feather boas.
COST: $5 - $15; MORE INFO

children at a table doing arts and crafts
Children can participate in arts-based activities during Grand Park's Easy Mornings.
(Courtesy of Grand Park)

Saturdays, April 16, 23, 30: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Grand Park’s Easy Mornings
Grand Park (from Grand Avenue to Hill Street)
200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Ease into the weekend with relaxing and family-friendly activities, happening in the park all month. Take in puppetry, storytelling, dance, music-making, arts and crafts, and live DJ entertainment with DJ Lawrence. Each week also features a mini-makers' market with L.A.-based small businesses and nonprofits. Picnicking is encouraged, while food trucks and vendors will be onsite for purchases.

a big cat plays with a large ball of tape
The L.A. Zoo celebrates Spring and Earth Month with 'Wild for the Planet.'
(Jamie Pham)

Weekends in April: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wild for the Planet
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
Every weekend in April, the zoo celebrates Spring and Earth Month with an Earth Expo, animal feedings, hands-on springtime activities for children, and photo ops. Most activities are included in the cost of admission. The Los Angeles Beekeeper Association offers a honey tasting of six different honeys for $3 extra.
COST: $17 - $22; MORE INFO

Shrubs and a trail with the ocean in the distance, as seen from Santa Cruz Island
It's National Park Week, and Southern California parks include the Channel Islands National Park.
(John Loo is marked with CC BY 2.0.)

Outdoor Pick

National Parks Week runs Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24. The National Park Service teams with the National Park Foundation to host programs, events, and digital experiences. But here’s the biggest draw: Entrance fees are waived on April 16. Our closest national parks include Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and the Channel Islands. The largest of the Channel Islands, Santa Cruz Island, has 15 trails in varying degrees of difficulty.

Viewing Pick

Paris, 13th District
Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) directs a black-and-white adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel about four young lovers set in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. The film stars Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Jehnny Beth, and Noémie Merlant — best known from Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. (Sciamma co-wrote this screenplay with Audiard and Léa Mysius.) Find Paris, 13th District on demand and in select theaters, including The Landmark in Rancho Park, on April 15.

Dine and Drink Deals

 Evil Cooks' chilaquiles burrito, stuffed with potato flautas made by Los Dorados, topped with an egg.
Smorgasburg LA is open on Easter Sunday, with vendors celebrating the holiday by putting eggs on things.
(Courtesy of Smorgasburg LA)

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

  • Wise Sons in Culver City isn’t the only restaurant offering takeout Passover options. Huckleberry Bakery & Café in Santa Monica offers a four-person Seder Package ($200) that includes a choice of Creekstone Farms Braised Onion Brisket or a Whole Mary’s Organic Herb-Roasted Chicken and sides. Joan’s on Third has a la carte catering options including Aunt Helen’s Noodle Kugel and macaroons. 
  • The Mexican-Jewish pop-up Malli includes Passover dishes during its Melody Wine Bar takeover, Thursday through Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. They’re bringing back some of their classics, like masa ball soup and chicken liver tostada. (h/t Eater L.A.
  • For the month of April, Pitfire Pizza renames its “Say Cheese” pizza the “Freedom Pie” to support Ukrainian refugee relief. $1 from each “Freedom Pie” sold at all locations during the month will be donated to World Central Kitchen
  • There are too many restaurants and hotels offering extravagant Easter brunches to list, but here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday without busting your budget. 
    • On Sunday, April 17, Smorgasburg L.A. holds its annual Put An Egg On Everything Day. Many vendors will feature egg-themed specials, such as Evil Cooks' chilaquiles burrito, an egg topped bungkus from Bungkus Bagus, or a Vietnamese egg coffee from Be Bright Coffee. 
    • Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica holds a pink and orange wine-themed tasting, available from noon to 9 p.m. for $25. Taste four of their favorite skin contact wines and rosés, alongside a mini cheese pairing. Reservations are available via Resy, or just walk in after the Easter egg hunt.
    • Norms locations are serving up holiday offerings in addition to their full regular menu. From Friday through Sunday, enjoy the 11 oz. bone-in smoked ham steak & eggs ($10.99), the smoked ham & asparagus scramble ($11.99), and the 11 oz. brown sugar glazed, bone-in ham steak dinner ($12.99).
  • Smog City Brewing Co. celebrates its 11th anniversary at the Torrance taproom beginning at noon on Saturday, April 16. The party features rare Smog Beers, live music, two food vendors, raffles, local market vendors, and a dunk tank for charity.
  • If you’re looking to celebrate National Eggs Benedict Day (April 16), Della Terra restaurant in the Fairfax neighborhood has five options on the menu: Prosciutto Benedict, Short Rib Benedict, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Crab Cake Benedict, and Vegetarian Benedict. Available 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. all weekend.
  • McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. opened its second location in Santa Monica earlier this year, offering Westsiders a butcher shop with sustainable meat and seafood, specialty cheeses, fresh bread, and produce. They’re now offering sandwiches for grab-and-go options, too.
  • ICYMI: If you’re heading to Coachella, the food and drink lineup is looking as epic as the music. L.A. faves like Ggiata, Prince St. Pizza, Xiao Chi Jie, Monty’s Good Burger, Hawkin’s House of Burgers, Salt & Straw, Bridgetown Roti (Weekend 2), and Post & Beam (Weekend 1) head to the Polo Fields. For more extravagant dinners, Outstanding in the Field sit-down dinner runs $275, while a new Sushi Speakeasy runs $375.
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