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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weekly What To Do: Film Festivals, Cheese and Books

Top Things To Do

Indian Film Festival
April 8-13
ArcLight Hollywood,
 6360 W. Sunset Blvd,
 Hollywood, CA 90028

The Indian Film Festival returns to the Hollywood ArcLight for another short season of amazing films.

TCM Classic Film Festival
April 10-13
Multiple Theaters

Classic of Hollywood make it back to the screens of Hollywood. Blazzing Saddles on April 11 with director and comedy legend Mel Brooks in attendance is TTDILA's top pick for the event.

Blazing Saddles
Friday, April 11
9:00 PM
TCL Chinese IMAX

Los Angles Times Festival of Books
April 12-13
USC Campus

Levar Burton is doing a live Reading Rainbow. Weird Al and Charles Phoenix are signing and it will be your chance to hit any author you hate square in the jaw, literatis! Go outside and read! Mnay authors will be in for talks and singing with a host of activities for the family.

I dare you to bring a kindle!

Arts and Culture

Butterfly Pavilion Opens
April 13 -Sept 1
Natural History Musuem 

"The Museum's 16th annual Butterfly Pavilion, which opens Sunday, April 13, features 30 species of butterflies, including subtropical flutterers, plus a new waystation for Monarchs!"

Sound Plant Advice

Guidance in Acoustical Gardening by Sound Artist Chris Kallmyer
Friday, April 11, 1 – 5 p.m.

Marina Del Rey Garden Center

13198 Mindanao Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

On Friday, April 11, Sound Artist Chris Kallmyer will give guests at the Marina Del Rey Garden Center the rare opportunity to explore the relationship between plant selections 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.

Universal CityWalk Spring Concert Series
April 11-26
Universal City Walk

Some special events from press release: "Next Tuesday, the finalists of The Voice will each be performing live on “5 Towers” stage, right after their identities are revealed during a special advanced screening of the new episode, starting at 5:30pm. On Wednesday, Jason DeRulo will be performing at 7pm, which will be his only U.S. appearance for his new album “Dirty Talk”. Below is the list of all upcoming artists."

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
April 9–August 25
Getty Villa

"This exhibition traces the development of Byzantine visual culture from its roots in the ancient pagan world through the opulent and deeply spiritual world of the new Christian Byzantine Empire and its broad influence across diverse regions. Featured are mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass, embroideries and ceramics drawn from Greek collections."

Santa Monica Global Festival 
April 11-12
Third Street Promenade

"The inaugural Santa Monica Global Festival will take place on April 11-13, 2014 on The Third Street Promenade, at the center of bustling Downtown Santa Monica.   Visitors during the weekend long event will enjoy live entertainment, international cuisine and cultural marketplace"

Craig Drake Solo Show
Friday, April 11
7pm Opening Reception
Hero Complex Gallery

April 12-13
Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd
"Shop from incredible vendors selling one of a kind handmade items. Doctor Who, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and more will be showcasing in the Great Hall. Get the prefect gift for Mother's Day or Easter."

Los Angles BarCraft
Sunday, April 13
Biergarten, Koreatown

Drink beer and watch StarCraft fights.


Friday, April 11
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive

Cuban Fury Q&As w/Nick Frost
April 11-12, 8 pm
ArcLight Hollywood

If you like co-stars starring in a film, look no further.

Cuban Fury stars Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Rashida Jones (Celeste and Jess Forever), and Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids). Frost portrays a former salsa prodigy who attempts a mid-life comeback.

Jodorowsky's Dune
April 11-15
The Cinefamily

A film that failed to be made that deserves a documentary with its outlandish dreams that were so ridiculous Salvador Dali was to be paid millions of dollars for a few hours on set.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Friday, April 11
Nuarte Theatre

Fester: The Mindf*@k Festival
Thursday, April 10, 7pm
Downtown Independent

Weird, weird films to go see.


Greenspan's Grilled Cheese Opens
Friday, April 11
7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

A brand-spanking new Grilled Cheese restaurant years in the making.

The Last Grilled Cheese Invitational
Saturday, April 12, 11am - 6pm
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90017

The Grilled Cheese Invitational lasts hurrah get the cheesy goodness before it over. That restaurant above did open up though.

Los Angeles Avocado Festival
Sunday, April 13
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Olvera Street, 845 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Avocado everything on Olvera Street. 

The Chocolate and Art Show
April 11-13 7pm- 1:30am
1640 N Spring St
Eat chocolate, check out art and see live body painting.

Theme Parks

Knott's Berry Bloom Boysenberry Festival
April 12-27
Knott's Berry Farm

Special live shows and food to eat for a limited Spring time.
"New for 2014, celebrate the nostalgic history of Knott’s roots (literally!) at the Ghost Town Boysenberry Festival. This immersive festival honors the delectable berry that started it all in inventive and delicious ways."


Lumberjanes #1 Release Signing
Wednesday, April 9 from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm
Collector’s Paradise
319 S Arroyo Parkway Suite 4, Pasadena, CA 91105

"Signing with Noelle Stevenson (creator of the popular webcomic, Nimona, available at and Shannon Watters, co-creator of Lumberjanes and editor of all things at KaBOOM! and BOOM! BOX.

We will have Snacks and Adult (and all ages) Beverages, as well as an EXCLUSIVE EDITION of the first issue, limited to a measly 250 copies, in addition to the regular awesome cover. First come, first served on the LTD Edition, so be there early."