Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market. The Brooklyn export has landed in the Arts District and become a hotbed of fantastic food and retail vendors, with some that are testing out their dishes before launching a full-blown brick-and-mortar in the city. Bonus: there is plentiful (and free, for two hours!) parking in the nearby parking garage.
Listen to Karen O and Danger Mouse’s forthcoming collaborative album, Lux Prima, with accompanying visuals during this communal, multisensory experience at the Marciano. Free tickets are available on March 1.
The desert-spanning biennial premieres site-specific works from over 15 artists. For its second iteration, Desert X has added more public programming, film projects, process-driven works and an expansion toward the Salton Sea. Participating artists include Iván Argote, Steve Badgett & Chris Taylor, Nancy Baker Cahill, Cecilia Bengolea, Pia Camil, John Gerrard, Julian Hoeber, Jenny Holzer, Iman Issa, Mary Kelly, Armando Lerma, Eric N. Mack, Cinthia Marcelle, Postcommodity, Cara Romero, Sterling Ruby, Kathleen Ryan, Gary Simmons and Superflex.
The Ace Hotel Palm Springs devotes 12 days to Desert Gold, its annual hotel-wide hangout during both weekends of Coachella. Weekend one programming includes a block of programming from the Do-Over and performances byJulianna Barwick and Sigur Ros’ Jónsi, while weekend two features DJ sets by Diva Dompé and guided meditation by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. In between the two, you’ll find events like bingo, tribia, stand-up comedy, a record store pop-up and a radio station curated by dublab.
This dual-weekend day club consistently puts together a star-studded lineup of DJs: Rüfüs du Sol, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Jauz and others will all be spinning during the open-air parties. The event goes down poolside at the Palm Springs Hilton; splurge on a cabana if you want a VIP experience.
Disneyland's already the happiest place on earth, but throw in a massive parkwide food festival—and now it's somehow even happier. Running a whopping 54 days, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival takes over the state-themed park with 14 different culinary marketplaces under themes such as avocado, local cheese, wine, berries and more. You might find cauliflower ceviche at one booth, and ham-and-cheese pinwheels with smoked pistachios at another. And, because there's so much more to California cuisine than eating, you can even catch live cooking demos from celebrity and Disney chefs Friday to Sunday, plus family-friendly hands-on kids' cooking classes so you and your little ones can recreate the dishes at home. Opt for the Sip & Savor Pass to make the most of the festival, with eight tastes so you can wander the markets and try a little of nearly everything, or sample à la carte. Either way, just be sure you don't forget the rides in all of the culinary whirlwind. (They're there too, remember?) Note: Admission to Disney California Adventure is required; Sip & Savor Passes cost $54 apiece; most à la carte items run $14.99 and under.
Get refreshed during the day with yoga, guided meditation and sound baths, and then immerse yourself in a THC-infused party until dawn at this multi-weekend bash (located at 46200 Harrison Place in Coachella).
Nine girls on an indoor soccer team warm up each week and face life from the viewpoint of high school. Alana Dietze directs the Los Angeles premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-nominated script.
Palm Spring’s colorful midcentury resort the Saguaro hosts a series of pool parties during both weekends of Coachella. This year’s itinerary includes aa fashion pop-up, recovery IV drips, a brunch party and a taste of Ibiza.
Partake in one of several Easter egg hunts along with bounce houses, facepainting, arts and crafts and more during this kid-friendly, Downtown celebration at the FIDM-adjacent Grand Hope Park. You’ll have to pay for entry, but street parking around the park is free on Sundays. New City Church of L.A. is organizing the event and putting the proceeds toward helping homeless children in DTLA.
Written, performed and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this story looks back at his 1950s small-town childhood.
A famous actor walks out of rehearsals for Medea and into the midst of her daughter’s Cape Cod summer house. Bart DeLorenzo directs Nicky Silver’s play.
Nearly 125,000 music lovers make a pilgrimage to the Empire Polo Club during each identical weekend of Coachella, whether bound for campgrounds or shuttling over from golf resorts and midcentury modern homes. Though its bespoke dining experiences and hotel party scene may try to steal headlines, Coachella remains about the relaxed desert air euophoria of a well-curated music festival. Coachella’s all-embracing three-day lineup consistently crafts the pool of performers from which all other summer music festivals borrow. Even in the face of an increasingly predictable pattern, it’s hard to argue with a fest that finds room for Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande atop its bill. RECOMMENDED: See our complete Coachella coverage
When new wins out over traditional, life’s hard. When your homeland doesn’t want you, life’s harder. Bartlett Sher directs this classic 1964 musical.
Disneyland presents a twist on traditional Easter egg hunts with the monthlong scavenger hunt throughout its two theme parks and Downtown Disney. Dozens off Disney-themed “eggs” have been hidden throughout the park; you can record your discoveries by marking them with a sticker on a limited-time map—return it all filled out and you can pick up a special surprise. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $6.99 (plus tax) at locations throughout the park.
Watch a screening of Friday and hit up a marketplace of weed-friendly vendors.
Make the trip to Moorpark for an Easter festival at Underwood Family Farms. Admission includes a tractor ride and a photo op with the Easter bunny, but you'll have to buy additional tickets for the Easter egg hunt, toss and dying.
Some of L.A.’s best stage actors delve into Tennessee William’s play about fragile people in inescapable circumstances. Geoff Elliott directs.
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; procureth day or season passes in advance by visiting ye olde online box office. And no, we can’t stop talking like this.
Jason may captain his ship through earthly adventures, but goddesses decide which way the winds blow in this mythological drama. Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs Mary Zimmerman’s script.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the UCB franchise’s longest-running, most beloved showcase starts when a base cast of the theater’s current top-brass—including founding UCB members Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts—takes the stage. Then they introduce the surprise celebrity alumnae and friends who will be joining them (think Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally). And finally, another special guest takes the stage, a non-improviser (think Flea, Cat Power, Rebel Wilson, Lena Dunham) who opens the show with a personal story, that’s deftly mined for laughs by the players. But you have to go to find out who’s there—that’s part of the fun. Looking for a cheap night out? Sunday shows are free, but seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early.
Forget the Museum of Ice Cream and 29 Rooms—the latest selfie-bait experience to hit L.A. trades cutesy for creepy, hurling you into some of the most beloved and recognizable horror films of all time. I Like Scary Movies, a 25,000-square-foot wonderland of terror-fueled photo ops, is a walkthrough experience that flips the script on the social-media "museum" craze and allows you to pose and interact with scenes and settings from IT, Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street. Note: I Like Scary Movies runs every Thursday to Sunday in April and May, and Wednesday to Sunday in June, on the second floor of the Desmond building, at 5514 Wilshire Blvd.
Found-object sculptures, photo collages and mass-media–inspired posters sound like typically humorless pieces of conceptual art. But there’s a wry wit to Allen Ruppersberg’s works, and a sincere reverence of the cultural sources he mines, be it a Ruppersberg-less series of portraits with index cards that ask "Where’s Al?” to oversized comic book cutouts of Scrooge McDuck. Ruppersberg devours books, typically teasing apart their aesthetic nature: The entirety of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is scribbled onto over a dozen huge canvases while Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” has been phonetically written across a wall-filling series of flourscent Colby Poster prints.
A rabbit made of china falls overboard and must find his way home, learning lessons along the way. This staging of Dwayne Hartford’s adaptation of Kate Dicamillo’s novel sets the story in a homeless encampment.
Brian, Nick, A.J., Kevin and Howie might be performing with all they have to give in their Las Vegas residency, but thankfully they’re decided to quit playing games with our hearts and show L.A. that no one else comes close: From April 10 to September 2, Downtown’s Grammy Museum will host a larger-than-life exhibit dedicated to the Backstreet Boys and their roughly three decades of making boy-band history. Set adrift on memory bliss as you stroll past merchandise, photos, costumes and other memorabilia, some original and the only one of its kind. You can stare for maybe a little too long at the open, pastel blouses the boys wore in the “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” video—you know, the one with the rain where they're soaking wet? Yes, those shirts. You can see the “futuristic” hover boards BSB flew in on as they kicked off their Millennium world tour and appreciate fan art, not to mention some personal items from the five's private collections. How personal? Oh, just things like Howie's wedding album and A.J.'s baby shoes. No big deal. There’s even a hologram station, so you can dance and pose along with BSB, plus a “confessional booth” where you’ll get chances to record a video—during the call you can let them know you’ve always been the perfect fan. If sometimes you wish you could turn back time to the ’90s, impossible as it may seem, this is the exhibit for you.