April 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our April 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts
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T.S. Eliot may have believed April is the cruelest month, but Angelenos have plenty of reasons to sing its praises: Concerts and festivals in L.A. kick into high gear this month as the weather warms up. A beer fest at L.A. Center Studios, cycling the city streets and our favorite music festival in the desert all have a place in our April events calendar, much-needed rain showers be damned.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2019

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Art, Photography

hapa.me—15 years of the hapa project

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Artist Kip Fulbeck pairs previous photographs of hapa people (those of mixed white and Asian or Pacific Islander descent) and their identity statements with recent portraits of the same subjects.

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Art, Photography

Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library

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Curator Anne Wilkes Tucker has pulled 500 of the most striking portraits and obscure curiosities from the Library of Congress’ staggering collection of 14 million images.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Leonard Bernstein at 100

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Mark the composer’s centennial with listening stations, a sing-along booth and handwritten score sheets from West Side Story.

Street Food Cinema
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Movie theaters, Outdoor

Street Food Cinema

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For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of mostly outdoor parties that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band. The screenings are held in venues across L.A., and  alternate from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule. Some of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your four-legged cinema lover along. New this year are two overnight camping events that extend the movie screening into a fun summer camp experience for grown-ups. 

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Justin Timberlake performs at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2014.
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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Justin Timberlake

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A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra's swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of Michael Jackson at his peak, making magic night after night with an accompanying big band. 

Things to do, Exhibitions

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

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In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed an ancient Egyptian discovery that we’re still talking about and learning from 100 years later. To celebrate the upcoming centennial of the discovery, this traveling exhibition of artifacts from King Tut’s tomb makes its debut in Los Angeles. The exhibit marks more than triple the number of items that have ever been displayed outside of Egypt. Though you won’t see the iconic death mask or gilded coffins, the 3,300-year-old statues and pieces of jewelry are astounding to behold. Though King Tut’s otherworldy possessions have come to L.A. three times previously in the last half-century, this will in all likelihood be their final visit. The Grand Egyptian Museum, which will permanently house all of the 5,000-plus objects discovered, is slated to open in 2019.

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