Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

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Our 50 best photos from Stagecoach 2015

We'll just say right off the bat that we're one hundred percent sold on Stagecoach.

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Music

The hottest cowboys (and girls) of Stagecoach 2015

Who needs a shirt when you've got cowboy boots and a Stetson?

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10 things I learned at Stagecoach

Our music editor's top 10 takeaways from the Coachella of country music.

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Movies

All of LA's outdoor movies in one calendar

Let outdoor screening season begin.

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7 exciting events at the LA River this spring

These seven tours, events and art installations are transforming the river into an exciting public space.

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This week's top events

Art

Projection by Vincent Lamouroux

Silver Lake's creepy, derelict Sunset Pacific Motel (a.k.a. Bates Motel) has been soaked in limewash for French artist Vincent Lamouroux latest ephemeral art installation. The building (4301 Sunset Blvd), adjacent billboard and nearby palm trees have all been painted white to create a ghostly looking installation. Projection will officially open on April 26 for a first viewing (3pm) and remain on view until May 10 (at which point its paint will have surely faded, though that's kind of the point).

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Live Talks LA

LA's star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $25 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Every week (and sometimes more) from March through May, venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature. Check the Live Talks website for individual event details, and snag your tickets before word spreads.

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Renaissance Pleasure Faire

The hour stands before another springtime, and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is nigh. Good mistresses and masters, prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the return of the oldest Ren Faire in the country, a spectacle that cov'reth 20 Irwindale acres with Elizabethan libations and amusement: fully armored joust tournaments and tea parties with the Queen along with beguiling stage acts, rides, games, delicious edibles and ales abound. The fesitivies will transpire each weekend at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area (15501 E Arrow Highway) from April 4 through May 17. Procureth day or season passes in advance by visiting ye olde online box office. And no, we can't stop talking like this.

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Bars

dineLA Happy Hour Week

Expanding on dineLA's popular Restaurant Week comes Happy Hour Week, a five day celebration of early afternoon and late night bites and drinks from restaurants and bars across LA. Exclusive menu items and deeply discounted cocktails and apps are in store—basically, our dream come true. A full list of participating locations has yet to come out, but we'll be sure to share it once it does.

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Concerts in LA

Music

Madeon

Hugo Leclercq is only just out of his teens, but he can already count Lady Gaga and Annie Mac among the thousands going nuts for his big, poppy disco-house beats. The Daft Punk-inspired, French-born wunderkind swings into town to play an explosive, sold-out El Rey show.

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Chet Faker

The splendidly named Chet Faker—Nick Murphy, to his pals back in hometown Melbourne—first hit the scene via his languid (and gorgeous) 2011 remake of Blackstreet's "No Diggity." He's been working his warm, left-field R&B sound ever since. Hear his woozy, jazz-inflected electronic soul music live at Club Nokia as he promotes his debut album, Built on Glass, released last April. Tickets for the Club Nokia show are technically sold out, but we're guessing you know where to look.

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Clean Bandit

A year ago, Clean Bandit were an underground crew picking up tastemakers’ respect for their weird-but-it-works blend of classical strings and funky house-pop. Then came "Rather Be," followed by their Top Five debut album New Eyes (named iTunes Dance album of the year), and they became one of 2014’s biggest new acts. This Fonda show should be quite the celebration.

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Glass Animals

Hailing from Oxford, England (also the home of Radiohead), this buzzworthy experimental electronic-pop outfit combines smart guitars with subtle electronics. Its debut album, Zaba, is full of lush, hazy pop curveballs layered with psychedelic synthwork and gentle electronic beats. The band heads to town between the two weekends of Coachella, stopping to play at both the Fonda and the Glass House. New York multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano will open both nights.

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Film events

Repulsion screening

Fusing nightmares with reality, this 35mm psychological thriller takes you inside the distorted, murderous mind of blonde bombshell, Carol Ledoux. Plagued with chronic paranoia of the male desire, a tormented woman is driven to insanity—and there’s something about black-and-white films that make it that more terrifying. Catch this Tuesday matinee of Director Ramon Polanski’s Repulsion for a blood-curdling story and awesome surrealist editing.

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La Femme Nikita + The Professional double feature

Savor two back-to-back doses of director Luc Besson films, spotlighting his iconic action-packed scenes, unusual twists, and cinéma du look style in the 1990’s thrillers La Femme Nikita and The Professional. First, watch a beautiful criminal opt out of an orange jumpsuit for life as a top-secret political assassin in the French film (with English subtitles) La Femme Nikita. This double feature makes a smooth transition from one trained killer to another in The Professional where you’ll see a young Natalie Portman befriend an unlikely neighbor and avenge the death of her parents.

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The Curse of Quon Gwon screening

Glimpse into the early 1900s Chinese American experience with an exclusive screening of the black-and-white film The Curse of Quon Gwon, directed by earliest Chinese female director Marion Wong. Shocking film enthusiasts and historians across the globe, the discovery of this well-preserved gem helped shed light on eastern adaptations into western culture. Stick around post-screening for an informative Q&A with film-preserver Arthur Dong and Dr. Greg Mark of CSUS.

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Last Remaining Seats presents Psycho

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Food events

Restaurants

Throwback Tuesday Movie Night Series at Pellicola Pizzeria

A hot slice of pizza and an oldie-but-goodie film go together like warm bread and olive oil. Pellicola Pizzeria, DTLA’s late-night pizza joint, is bringing throwback screenings to Tuesday night diners for an ongoing series of good grub and '80s movie hits. Order up local favorites like the pesto Tricolore or sweet Nutella pie, while kicking back to classics like Back to the Future (with a trusty bag of popcorn, of course). Whoever said Tuesdays were all about tacos just hasn't been to Pellicola Pizzeria’s Throwback Tuesday Movie Nights.

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Free bubbly at Alma

Alma chef Ari Taymor was recently nominated for the 2015 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, and to celebrate, the restaurant is inviting its diners to raise a glass to the celebrated chef. Book a reservation for dinner on April 29, and you'll get a free glass of bubbly and S.Pellegrino with your meal.

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Scribe Winery + SQIRL dinner

Our hearts kinda skipped a beat when we heard about this prix-fixe dinner, a marriage between Scribe Winery and one of our favorite eateries, SQIRL. The multi-course meal includes dishes like burnt bread and onion puffs, octopus panzanela, lamb with nettle chimmichui, and a fennel gallette with rhubarb and blackberry. Aside from pairing wines with each course, the dessert will be served with Pepa's green walnut liquor—which sounds like a perfect way to end a meal at SQIRL. 

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Bars

May Day is Lei Day at Tiki No

Transport yourself to the beaches of Hawaii with $6 tropical cocktails at Tiki No in celebration of the island’s designated Lei Day, May 1. Before belting out your go-to karaoke tunes and showing off your inner Beyoncé, collect a free lei, grub on Hawaiian bites from Aloha Fridays food truck, and get your hula dancing on. Angelenos can also expect an epic Hawaiian T-shirt throw down at midnight (you know you have one handy). Winner gets gift cards to Firefly, punch bowls and more killer goodies, so bring out your best material.

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Shopping events

Shopping and style

Westfield Century City Launches Pop Up Art Gallery

If you’ve hit up the racks at Westfield’s Century City lately, you may have noticed a little added artistic flare amidst the shops—and we’re not talking about the latest line of handbags.

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Vipe and Mott 50 Pop-Up Shop

Stock up on beachy, summer threads and chic activewear from Mott 50 and Viper’s month-long pop up taking over 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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Meet designer Tamara Mellon

Head over to Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades for a meet and greet with high-end designer, Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo and her namesake line.

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Junk Food Clothing Co. Sample Sale

The original vintage t-shirt company is back again for a major one-day sale where you can stock up on men's, women's, and kids vintage style tees. Make your way to Junk Food's cash only sale for everyday wear at wallet-friendly prices.

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