Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 4.11.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

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 food fest invites revelers to feast on complimentary grilled cheese bites 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

11-la-times-festival-of-booksLA Times Festival of Books
April 12-13. Mingle with authors, celebrities, booksellers and readers 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

Griffith Observatory All Space ConsideredLunar Eclipse Viewing at Griffith Observatory
April 14. See the Moon pass into the shadow cast by the Earth at this all-night viewing party at Griffith Observatory. View the eclipse through the Observatory’s telescopes, see shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and mingle with members of the staff who’ll be on hand for commentary throughout the evening. Free. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. 2800 East Observatory Road, L.A. griffithobs.org

toyotaToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
April 11-13. Find 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


outkastMUSIC + DANCE
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

paul-taylorPaul 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

marinaSound Plant Advice
April 11. Sound Artist Chris Kallmyer offers a rare opportunity to explore the relationship between plants and sounds. This drop-in concert will connect the musical qualities of different plant species to sounds in nature, creating a wild symphonic soundscape for guests to enjoy. Kallmyer will be joined by the adventurous new-music quartet Gnarwhallaby, who will be playing music to accompany the artist’s custom-composed garden sounds. This experimental musical performance will link bird-friendly native plants and trees, and white-noise inducing grasses sold at the garden center, with the sounds they can create at home, showcasing how one can transform their backyard and garden into a musical instrument through plant selections. 1-5 p.m. Marina Del Rey Garden Center, 13198 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, 213.355.8502. chriskallmyer.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

snowy-dayThe 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

Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa Hydrotherapy Soak
Whether you’re craving a full on stay-cation or you just need your troubles and tensions to melt away, reset your body and mind with Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa’s new Hydrotherapy Soak. Once you check into the Sunset Strip spa, you’ll be lead to a tranquil candlelit room where you’ll soak in for 20 minutes in a bubbling tub filled with essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus. Indulge in the treatment for yourself, or book a couples soak for a little romantic bliss. 8622 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.854.7700. olehenriksen.com

superbaEAT | DRINK
Superba Food & Bread
Opens April 11. Venice’s new foodie epicenter takes on many identities: bakery, wine bar, restaurant and coffee house. Stop by to indulge in freshly baked breads, croissants and sticky buns and handcrafted fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (think seared arctic char snap pea, rhubarb, mint; rotisserie leg of lamb vadouvan, carrot yogurt sauce; and black rice salad rotisserie pineapple, thai basil, cashew) from Executive Chef Jason Travi. 1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice. superbafoodandbread.com

greenspans-grilled-cheeseGreenspan’s Grilled Cheese
Opens April 11. For grilled cheese lovers, the wait for Chef Eric Greenspan’s highly anticipated grilled cheese restaurant is over. Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese opens this weekend, serving up a menu full of indulgent sandwiches like Greenspan’s The Champ (taleggio cheese, raisin walnut bread, apricot spread and a short rib option) and more, including tomato basil soup, Greenspan’s infamous Latke bites, desserts like the Elvis (white bread, banana, peanut butter, goat cheese), house crafted seltzer and more. at 7461 Melrose Ave., L.A. greenspansgrilledcheese.com

the-meltFree Grilled Cheese at The Melt
April 12. To kick off its newest location, opening at The Americana at Brand on Sunday, The Melt dishes out free grilled cheese sandwiches to its social media­–savvy customers on National Grilled Cheese Day. All you have to do is check out The Melt on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find a secret password, which you’ll need to share when you order. The Americana at Brand, 161 Caruso Ave., Glendale. themelt.com

lobsterLobster Boil at Vertical Wine Bistro
Sundays. Celebrate the season with at taste of the New England coast. Chef Laurent Quenioux offers family style Sunday evening lobster boils complete with steamed whole Maine lobster, lobster roll with tarragon dressing, corn on the cob, lobster bisque and more. $25/pp. 70 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, 626.795.3999. verticalwinebistro.com

The Tallest Tree In The Forrest
April 20-May 25. Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles Paul Robeson’s remarkable life in this theatrical biography. Throughout the performance, Beaty embodies Robeson and dozens of international personalities who crossed Robeson’s path. Follow Robeson’s triumphs and the indignities he suffered as a civil rights and labor rights activist during the McCarthy era. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. centertheatregroup.org

broad stageA 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

Through April 13. With legendary songwriter and entertainer Barry Manilow behind the music and his frequent collaborator, Bruce Sussman, penning the book and lyrics, the new musical Harmony is sure to get toes tapping. But the plot is more than pop-song deep. Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a vaudevillian, six-man singing group from Germany that rose from unemployment to international fame in the 1920s. WhereLA.com readers can grab mid-orchestra seats at $39 (reg. $60) and $49 (reg. $70) on performances through March 25, by using promo code “BOYBAND”. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

book-of-mormonThe Book of Mormon
Through May 11. The hit production—about a duo of idealistic Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share their sacred text with the local people—boasts a book, music and lyrics by four-time Emmy Award–winning creators of the animated series South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

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