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17 Of The Best Events Happening in Southern California This Week

Grand Park's Our L.A. Voices Spring Arts Fest returns this week with workshops, programs and a culminating festival and arts vendors. (Photo: Sthanlee B. Mirador )
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The Center Theatre Group celebrates 50 years of musicals. A pop-up restaurant honors the matzo ball. There's a screening of Purple Rain followed by a Prince-themed dance party. TV shows Cobra Kai, Superstore and Deadwood get their due. And the Newport Beach Film Festival opens.

Our L.A. Voices: A Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest
Grand Park -- 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The arts festival offers lunchtime workshops from Monday through Friday at locations in or near the park. The sessions, which require pre-registration, focus on creative practice as well as practical tips. They include a feminist acting workshop and a session about intellectual property protection. The week culminates in a family-friendly event on Saturday and Sunday with dance, music, film, theater, visual art and the Jardin del Arte marketplace featuring more than 50 artists selling their work.

MONDAY, APRIL 22; 7:30 p.m.
Ask Dr. Ruth
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The documentary follows Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor turned famous sex therapist, as she nears 90. The good doctor revisits her painful childhood and groundbreaking career. A Q&A follows with director Ryan White and author/filmmaker Liz Goldwyn, who also founded The Sex Ed.

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MONDAY, APRIL 22; 7 p.m.
Cobra Kai: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation
The Paley Center for Media -- 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
To celebrate The Karate Kid's 35th anniversary, this special program welcomes the cast and creatives from YouTube's unexpected hit, Cobra Kai, a spinoff of the original film. The show delves into the rivalry between Ralph Macchio's "Daniel" and William Zabka's "Johnny" then fast-forwards a couple of decades. Macchio and Zabka are scheduled to appear, along with actors Martin Kove, Mary Mouser, Xolo Maridueña, Gianni Decenzo, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler, Jacob Bertrand and executive producers Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg.
COST: $24 - $30; MORE INFO

MONDAY, APRIL 22; 7 p.m.
A Grand Night
Mark Taper Forum -- 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Center Theatre Group presents a night of music for its annual gala and fundraiser. Watch performers -- including Obba Babatundé, Darren Criss, Carmen Cusack, Zooey Deschanel, Barrett Foa, Katie Lowes, Lea Michele, Adam Pascal and Adam Shapiro and Tracie Thoms -- take on songs presented or developed by CTG in its more than 50-year history.
COST: Tickets start at $100; MORE INFO

Through SUNDAY, MAY 5
Harbour Surfboards
Pacific City -- 21028 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
The world's oldest surfboard manufacturer celebrates 60 years in business in Surf City. Its anniversary exhibition -- full of surfboards, photos and other vintage items -- is open every day. Upcoming events include Coffee and Surfboards on April 27; surf movie nights every Wednesday and Friday; and a closing night party on May 4.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23; 8 p.m.
We Three / Noah Guthrie
Fonda Theatre-- 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
This America's Got Talent thank you show features the sibling trio from Oregon, who captured viewers hearts with the song "Heaven's Not Too Far" about their late mother, and the YouTube musician who ended up on Glee. A few other surprise guests might turn up to play.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23; 7 p.m.
Out of the Office: Writing the Workplace Comedy with Superstore
ArcLight Hollywood -- 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The Writers Guild Foundation screens an episode from the NBC show's current fourth season, followed by a discussion with creator and showrunner Justin Spitzer, show star and producer America Ferrera, writers and executive producers Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green and moderator/star Colton Dunn. They'll answer questions on how the show addresses social issues within the format of a workplace comedy.
COST: Tickets: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 23; 9 - 5:30 p.m.
Spirit Forward
Valentine -- 600 E 4th St., downtown L.A.
This day-long empowerment summit is dedicated to lifting up the work of women in the hospitality industry. The summit features keynote speaker Missy Robbins, the 2018 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef New York, as well as activist Ashtin Berry, Causing A Stir co-founder Ariel Neal, bartender Yael Vengroff and sommelier Helen Johannesen. With the theme "originality," the talks focus on creative processes and larger issues in the hospitality industry.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23; 7:30 p.m.
An Evening With... Deadwood
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The beloved, profanity-laced western ended abruptly in 2006, after three seasons, but it returns with a movie on HBO (debuting Friday, May 31) so show creator David Milch can give residents of the mining town a proper send-off. Elvis Mitchell shows clips from the first three seasons then moderates a discussion with director Dan Minahan, executive producer Carolyn Strauss and actors Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson and Gerald McRaney.
COST: $30 - $50; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17; 6 and 8:15 p.m.
Zebulon 2-Year Anniversary
Zebulon -- 2478 N. Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
Dance the night away to celebrate the venue's 2nd birthday. The party includes live music by Endless Boogie (psychedelic jams) and Innov Gnawa (trancey Moroccan music) as well as DJ sets.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24; 7:30 p.m.
Andy Borowitz Live
The Dolby Theatre -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The author and comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998 (best known for "The Borowitz Report") is on the road with his Make America Not Embarrassing Again tour. Expect an evening of conversation and storytelling.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

Matzo ball soup takes center stage at a guest chef pop-up at Melody. Chef Daniel Benhaim crafts a special three-course menu for one-night only. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24; 6 - 10 p.m.
Kneydl Bar Series #3
Melody -- 751 North Virgil Ave., East Hollywood
This pop-up honors the humble matzo ball (aka kneydl). Chef Daniel Benhaim of Because The Wind creates a three-course menu of sable mousseline, followed by a chicken broth matzo ball soup (with the matzo ball made with spelt matzo, golden Japanese eggs and rendered schmaltz) and finishes with rugelach. If you purchase a ticket to the pop-up, organizers recommended reserving a table through Melody, too. $5 from each ticket goes to the Silverlake JCC. A vegetarian option is also available.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Various locations in Newport Beach
Now in its 20th year, the fest presents a slate of studio and independent features, documentaries and shorts. The film programs include a focus on culinary, environmental, architecture, action sports and music videos. The festival opens with Luce, in which a former child soldier's past in Eritrea is uncovered by his high school teacher, threatening his new life as an all-star American student. The film stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Tim Roth.
COST: Individual tickets run: $5 - $225, Passes: $225 - $750; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 25; 7:30 p.m.
Ghost Town Live: Hollywood Forever
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Check out a live recording of the podcast about abandoned, mysterious and esoteric places. Hosts Jason Horton and Rebecca Leib are joined by expert guests, comics and historians to take on two of the most iconic sites in L.A.: Hollywood Forever and the Paramount Lot. A VIP ticket also includes a walking tour of Hollywood Forever on April 27, led by the podcast hosts. This show is 18+.
COST: $15 - $50; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 25; 8 p.m.
Purple Rain
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Costumes and/or your best purple clothes are highly encouraged for this special screening of Prince's 1984 film debut. (Some of the beginning scenes of the film were shot at the venue.) The party gets going after the screening as a DJ spins fave Prince tracks on vinyl. Prince-themed cocktails will be available at the bar for those who are 21+.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25; 8 p.m.
Friends! The Musical Parody
City National Grove of Anaheim -- 2200 East Katella Ave., Anaheim
The live show pokes fun at the TV series about twentysomethings who can afford to live in gorgeous, spacious Manhattan apartments. (It was the '90s.) The gang is hanging at their local coffeehouse when a runaway bride enters the picture and disrupts their carefree existence. The musical recreates favorite moments from the show's 10 years -- uncensored. The show is recommended for mature audiences.
COST: Tickets start at $39.50; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, APRIL 25; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Open Clay Studio with Eunice Lee
Craft Contemporary -- 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
This clay workshop is designed for beginners and experts alike. Use the museum's clay studio to experiment and make clay items. A minimum of seven participants are needed for this class. If it's cancelled, a full refund will be issued. Ages 17+. Advanced registration is required.
COST: $35 - $45; MORE INFO

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