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17 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

Tax day specials include a $1 Old Fashioned at the Thirsty Crow. (Photo: Jakob N. Layman)
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Food and drink deals will help you ease the pain of Tax Day -- it's April 15 this year -- or make the most of that refund check. Iconic films Heathers and Nightmare on Elm Street 5 celebrate 30 years. Karen O and Dangermouse collaborate on an art installation. A dance extravaganza honors Merce Cunningham's centennial. And the Acro-Cats come to town.

Tax Day Specials
Various locations
Did the new tax rules leave your wallet a little lighter? L.A.'s watering holes are here to help. To name a few: H Cafe in Ktown offers drink specials throughout the day including $3 canned beers, $6 Old Fashioneds, and a $6 Death & Taxes cocktail. All 1933 bars -- including Idle Hour, Highland Park Bowl, Thirsty Crow, Bigfoot Lodge, et al. -- are offering $1 cocktail specials. Jane Q at the Everly Hotel offers a $10.40 pizza & draft beer on tax day.
COST: Varies

Chocolate Easter bunnies and other animals lie on a table prior to being packaged at the production facility at Confiserie Felicitas chocolates maker on April 9, 2014 in Hornow, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Through SUNDAY, APRIL 21; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday
Bunny Bungalow
The Promenade at Westlake -- 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village
'Tis the season for chocolate eggs, food-dyed eggs, Peeps and, of course, the Easter Bunny. The Promenade steps up its game with family-friendly activities including photos and meet-and-greets with the great hare himself. Other Caruso properties such as The Grove, The Americana at Brand and Palisades Village also have special activities through Easter.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16; 8 p.m.
Celebrate Easter - A Night of Comebacks, Resurrections & Second Acts with Ben Lee & Ione Skye
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
We're not sure exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Lee have planned for the night, but the lineup is fantastic and features Susan Orlean, John Riggi, Juliette Lewis, Maria Taylor, Jen Kirkman, Donovan Leitch, Guy Blakeslee, Sandi Tan and a few other yet-to-be named guests.

A Los Angeles ritual filmed for the Penny Lane documentary, 'Hail Satan?' (Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

TUESDAY, APRIL 16; 7:30 p.m.
Hail Satan?
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Director Penny Lane's documentary chronicles a controversial and colorful religious movement as members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions to advocate for religious freedom. These Satan worshipers prove they can create mischief, have fun and challenge authorities. Stick around for a post-screening Q&A with Stuart de Haan, spokesperson and legal advisor for the Satanic Temple.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16; 8 p.m.
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
Royce Hall at UCLA -- 10745 Dickson Ct., Westwood
CAP UCLA presents the L.A. segment of an international celebration of famed dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham's life and career. It's the largest Cunningham event ever staged, also taking place at the Barbican (London) and BAM (New York City) on the late artist's 100th birthday. In each city, 25 dancers perform a selection of 100 solos choreographed by Cunningham, with an ensemble of musicians providing the live score.
COST: $29 - $59; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, APRIL 16; 8 p.m.
Hop Along / Soccer Mommy
El Rey Theatre -- 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
In between Coachella appearances, Soccer Mommy (aka breakout Nashville native Sophie Allison) shares the bill with Philadelphia-based band Hop Along, led by Frances Quinlan. Las Robertas opens the night.

Ahmanson Theatre -- 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Center Theatre Group presents the North American tour of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical. The story revolves around the life of a charming but neurotic gay man, his wife, lover, son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door. It's a musical take on a modern family and the infinite stories that come from love.
COST: Tickets run $30 - $145; MORE INFO

Sasheer Zamata performs at the International Myeloma Foundation 12th Annual Comedy Celebration at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on November 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for International Myeloma Foundation)

TUESDAY, APRIL 16; 8:30 p.m.
Jon Daly Kills It
The Satellite -- 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake
Jon Daly and Joe Wong's Magic Sax Band provides the soundtrack for a night of comedy from Paul Scheer, Sasheer Zamata, Matt Besser, Johnny Pemberton and Josh Fadem. Devendra Banhart spins tunes before the show starts. Ages 21+.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16; 7:30 p.m.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 30th Anniversary Screening
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The fifth installment of the series focuses on survivor Alice (Lisa Wilcox), who believes Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has been permanently killed. Wrong! She starts life anew with a fellow nightmare survivor, and they're expecting a child. That's when the nightmares begin again and her friends start dying. A Q&A follows with cast members Wilcox and Kelly Jo Minter. Tickets include a complimentary beer for guests 21+.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Zebulon -- 2478 N. Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
Bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty are best known as the rhythm section of Fugazi. Their other band, an instrumental trio, headlines a night that also features music by D.C.-based Anna Connolly and former Shudder to Think frontman Craig Wedren. This event is 21+.
COST: $12 - $14; MORE INFO

Alan Cumming attends Susanne Bartsch and David Barton's Toy Drive at TMPL West Village on December 14, 2018 in New York City. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Susanne Bartsch)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17; 7:30 p.m.
Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
Musco Center for the Arts -- One University Dr., Orange
The actor and activist performs a one-man cabaret show of songs, stories and social commentary. He's hoping the show will change negative rhetoric and stereotypes around immigration, using his journey to American citizenship as a jumping off point.
COST: Tickets start at $55; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17; 6 and 8:15 p.m.
Razza x Pizzana Farmers' Market Dinner
Pizzana -- 11712 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Chef Dan Richer from Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City joins Pizzana's Daniele Uditi for a one-night only family-style dinner. They're collaborating a menu inspired by Santa Monica farmers' market finds that will be featured in vegetable plates, salads and pizzas. The multi-course dinner will be served with with select wines. The ticket price includes food, wine, nonalcoholic offerings and a gratuity.
COST: $95 per ticket; MORE INFO

The Niceties
Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse -- 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood
The play, written by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Kimberly Senior, has its West Coast premiere. It's set at an elite East Coast university, where an ambitious young black student (Jordan Boatman) and her esteemed white professor (Lisa Banes) meet to discuss a paper the student is writing about the American Revolution. "But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen -- and facing stunning implications that can't be undone, threatening to ruin both their lives."
COST: Tickets: $30 - $120; MORE INFO

An Encounter with Lux Prima
Marciano Art Foundation -- 4357 Wilshire Blvd., Windsor Square
This multisensory art installation is an immersive, communal listening experience soundtracked by the first collaboration between Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman Karen O. and musician-producer Dangermouse. The duo worked with a number of artists for the installation which, "plays across every sense" and complements their new release, Lux Prima. The public slots are fully booked but please email to be added to the waitlist.

The Acro-Cats circus stops in North Hollywood this week, and each show ends with a set by the Rock Cats. (Photo: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images))

The Acro-Cats
El Portal Theatre -- 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.
Watch a troupe of performing felines guided by animal trainer Samantha Martin and her clicker. These four-legged daredevils will ride skateboards, jump through hoops and, for the finale, the all-cat band Tuna and the Rock Cats (get it??) performs. Part of the proceeds benefit the troupe's mobile foster and rescue efforts.
COST: Tickets start at $22; MORE INFO

Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker and Winona Ryder star in the 1989 movie "Heathers."

THURSDAY, APRIL 18; 8 p.m.
Heathers 30th Anniversary Screening
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
How does the high school black comedy hold up three decades later? Find out at a screening of the 1989 film, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as a pair of cynical Gen Xers who take on the reigning clique of mean girls (aka "Heathers"), played by Kim Walker, Shannen Doherty and Lisanne Falk. Director Michael Lehmann, screenwriter Daniel Waters and co-star Falk take part in a post-screening conversation.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 - SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 8 and 10 p.m.
Chicas in Space
Cavern Club Theater inside Casita Del Campo Restaurant --1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Chico's Angels are three Latina drag queens -- Kay Sedia, Chita Parol and Frieda Laye -- who work for an unseen boss and moonlight as sexy cabaret stars. In this new show, the Angels head to Florida for a break but accidentally get launched into space. They have to save themselves -- and the world -- from an Evil Princess who's out to destroy everything.

How are you spending your week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.