Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In April

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Pay For Your Pleasure, 1988, installation view, dimensions variable , The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gift of Timothy P. and Suzette L. Flood, photo: Brian Forrest, courtesy The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

From the LA Dodgers home opener, festivals celebrating beer, grilled cheese, tacos and more, find the best Los Angeles things to do in our April 2014 events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Mike Kelley
March 31-July 28. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, downtown, kicks off a new era with Mike Kelley, a homecoming exhibit of works by the influential late artist. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless, dark, and delirious examinations of self and society. This is the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date. 152 N. Central Ave, downtown. 213.621.2766. moca.org

Neil Young
March 29-April 2. For more than 50 years, the Canadian singer-songwriter has been rocking his way across the world, playing solo and collaborating with some of music history’s finest bands. See him on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300. dolbytheatre.com

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 3–19. In their first collaboration since the Tony Award-winning War Horse, Bristol Old Vic Director Tom Morris and the South African Handspring Puppet Company join forces to bring one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies to life through puppetry. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com

Dodgers Home Opener
April 4-6. Pop flies during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opening weekend when “Blurred Lines” superstar, native Angeleno and Dodgers fan Robin Thicke delivers a pregame performance on April 5 at Dodger Stadium. Thicke also throws out the first pitch for this second game of the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. Everybody get up for this kickoff to a (knock on wood) championship season. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507. dodgers.mlb.com

Los Angeles Beer Festival
April 5. Swig dozens of international and domestic beers, which are accompanied by food from LA’s most popular food trucks, and live entertainment. Beerfest has two sessions for day-drinkers and night-owls, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Noon-3 p.m.; 5-8 p.m. $40. LA Center Studios, 1201 W. 5th St., L.A. drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest

Taco Madness
April 5. Mariscos Jalisco? Mexicali? Guerilla Tacos? For those of you who have a favorite taco in town you can vote on it at LATaco.com, and even if you don’t, you can see the big showdown and experience the best tacos in the city at this taco spectacular at Grand Park. In addition to tasting tacos, find music from top DJs, live mural painting, and beer garden by La Guelagetza. Noon-7:30 p.m. Grand Park, 200 North Grand Ave., downtown. grandparkla.org

Ultimate Wine Festival
April 6. Sip wine from more than 50 wineries including Opus One, Ceja Vineyards, Silver Oak and many more, while you nosh on tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and browse wine-centric auction items. $125/pp, $200/pp, includes early admission and reserve magnum tasting. Shade Hotel, 1221 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, 310.546.4995. shadehotel.com

Ciclavia
April 6. Cyclists, pedestrians and skaters self-power along a blissfully car-free Wilshire Blvd. when CicLAvia—Heart of LA takes over the city. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilshire Boulevard from downtown Los Angeles to Museum Row in the Miracle Mile, 213.355.8500. ciclavia.org

Strand House Culinary Masters Series: John Sedlar
April 7. Renowned chef John Sedlar (Rivera) takes over the kitchen at Strand House in Manhattan Beach to recreate some of him most popular dishes from his famous Saint Estèphe eatery, which wowed the palates of discerning diners more than three decades ago. Each dish will be paired with wines from Trefethen Family Winery, Ceja Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Faust by Huneeus Vintners and Robert Mondavi Vineyards, and the evening begins with a 30-minute champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception. $100/pp, $50/wine pairings. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470. thestrandhousemb.com

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
Opens April 10. First published in 1962, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a perennial delight to parents and children who bond over its joyful, vibrant illustrations and sweet expression of childlike wonder. Illustrations from the Caldecott Medal-winning book are among more than 80 original works by Keats that go on display when the national tour opens at the Skirball Cultural Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. skirball.org

Paul Taylor Dance Company
April 11-13. Legendary modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor brings his renowned dance company to downtown Los Angeles to perform a diverse program spanning their vast repertoire, including work set to minimalist composer Morton Feldman. The world-renowned modern dance company has performed in more than 540 cities in 64 countries over the span of 60 years. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8001. musiccenter.org

Coachella
April 11–13, 18–20. The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival heats up the desert with dual weekends of performances by legendary acts and indie up-and-comers alike. Headliners include Outkast and Muse. 3-day pass, $375–$799. Camping pass, $85. Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio. coachella.com

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
April 11-13. Car races, concerts, car displays, family fun and more at this 40th annual event, which features a standing start to its IndyCar Series race this year. $28-$135. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 888.827.7333. gplb.com

LA Times Festival of Books
April 12-13. Authors, celebrities, booksellers and readers mingle on the USC campus during this two-day celebration of the written word. Free. Parking $10. Check website for hours. University of Southern California, Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street, L.A. events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Grilled Cheese Invitational
April 12. Gorge on grilled cheese sandwiches at the largest grilled cheese event in the nation. The final run of the popular foodfest invites revelers to feast on complimentary grilled cheese samples and enjoy an array of entertainment, while seeing which competitor wins in each grilled cheese judging category. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $50-$20 Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 West Fifth St., L.A. grilledcheeseinvitational.com

Butterfly Pavilion
April 13-Sept. 1. See more than 30 butterfly species and an array of plants in this outdoor exhibit. The Butterfly Pavilion showcases the fascinating dance between butterflies, moths, and the plants that surround them. See up close how butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults, and much, much, more. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466. nhm.org

Porgy and Bess
Opening April 22. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, ahead of its time in 1935, has come of age in a contemporary new adaptation celebrated with the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The production brings a 23-piece orchestra—to the Ahmanson Theatre, downtown. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Man in a Case
Opening April 24. In a high-tech fusion of theater, movement, music and video, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Big Dance Theater artists perform a story based on Anton Chekhov’s short stories Man in a Case and About Love. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com

Lebowski Fest
April 25–26. Fans of the Coen brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski gather for a movie party with music from Kyle Gass Band at the Wiltern, followed by a night of bowling, costumes and games at Fountain Bowl. Movie party, $20, doors 7 pm; Bowling party, $25–$30, 8 pm. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 213.388.1400; Fountain Bowl 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.963.7888. lebowskifest.com

Paris Photo
April 25-27. Leading international galleries, collectors and artists cross-pollinate at this second U.S. edition of the celebrated art fair dedicated to the art of photography and the moving image. $20–$28; under 13 free. Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., L.A. parisphoto.com

Artisanal LA
April 26–27. Seasonal event draws vendors and aficionados of SoCal’s local, handmade and sustainable edibles. Check website for hours and ticket information. LA Mart 1933 Broadway, downtown. Tickets

 

 

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