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April 2017 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our April 2017 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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 LA kick into high gear this month as the weather warms up. A beer fest at LA 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 2017

Rooftop Cinema Club

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The masters of al fresco rooftop movie viewing are returning for their third season of screenings on the Montalbán's rooftop, and we have the exclusive details. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Cinema Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings. Taking full advantage of the Montalbán rooftop's beautiful city view, RCC promises to offer some of the most unique and incredible movie-going opportunities for film lovers throughout 2017. You don't even need to bring your own blanket or camping chair—Rooftop Cinema Club provides you with your very own comfy lawn chair, as well as blankets on request for the ultimate cozy experience. And instead of listening to the movie over loudspeakers, you'll get a set of wireless headphones so you never have to miss a word. The series is packed with a wide selection of audience favorites, kicking things off in April with Blade Runner, and carrying on with classics like Back to the Future and recent hits, including Moonlight.  The first batch of tickets is on sale now—click below to purchase general admission tickets for $19 or brand-new Rooftop Love Seats for $29. Doors open at 6pm each night and screenings begin at sunset. See you on the rooftop!

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Ricardo Montalbán Theatre , Hollywood Until Friday June 30 2017

The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp

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Sure, it doesn't look so glamorous now, but give it a few years, a billion or so dollars and some much-needed rain, and the L.A. River will be a point of civic pride for Angelenos. Do you part in the process this April during the Friend's of the Los Angeles River's annual cleanup. Rather than focusing on one spot, the cleanup tackles a different branch each Saturday, with multiple meet-up locations at each. The annual "work party" will include live music performances, gift giveaways, family activities and refreshments.

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Various locations in L.A. Saturday April 29 2017
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Dance Camera West Dance Media Festival

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Celebrate mankind's most physical artform at Dance Camera West's annual Dance Media Film Festival. The weeklong event takes over the UCLA campus, where you'll undoubtedly stumble upon one of the festival's mixed-media spectacles. Discover artwork and showcases, film screenings and a family dance-along. All outdoor events are free, so if you're feeling low on culture, here's your chance to stock up. Consult the festival schedule for further event and admission details.

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Santa Monica Pier , Santa Monica Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017
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Dessert Fest presented by Time Out L.A.

Are you as excited as we are for a tasting of just desserts? To celebrate our love of all things sweet, we’re filling Studio 11 with delicious treats for the ultimate sugar overload. Join us on Sunday, April 30th as we celebrate our favorite desserts from across Los Angeles. Enjoy tastings, two complimentary drinks from Peroni Nastro Azzurro, DJ'ed live music, games and giveaways. Coach Art, a local non-profit, will also be in attendance discussing volunteer opportunities—because giving back is sweet, too. Bite your way through L.A.’s best desserts from the following restaurants: Magnolia Bakery Ococoa Lady M Cake Boutique The Walrus and the Hedgehog and more!

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Studio 11 , Mid City Sunday April 30 2017

WERD: A Live Magazine Celebrating Music and Activism

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Support the arts with an evening of acoustic performances, conversations and an all-star jam sessions. WERD includes a conversation between Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and graphic artist Shepard Fairey, an interview interview with Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson and an appearance by the Doors drummer John Densmore. Proceeds benefit P.S. Arts, which provides arts education for underserved schools and communities.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Friday April 28 2017
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Session Fest

A sort of anti-beer-fest beer fest, Eagle Rock Brewery's annual Session Fest solely features beers under 5.0% ABV. See, the brewery insists its pours are still high in flavor even if they're low in alcohol, unlike the typical "the stronger, the better" beer fest mentality. Expect a creative selection of beer as prepared by the brewery and its sister restaurant, Eagle Rock Public House. Tickets include a commemorative half pint glass and five beer pours.

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Eagle Rock Brewery , Glassel Park Saturday April 29 2017

Chef's Fable

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Once upon a time, three chefs, two filmmakers and one restaurant critic came together to tell tales of delicious food and how it's evolved and worked its way into the film industry. Jonathan Gold hosts this panel with Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Chef's Table director David Gelb, Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken and Niki Nakayama of n/naka (both were featured in Chef's Table), as well as Chef director Jon Favreau and Kogi's Roy Choi. The event includes food and drink for purchase from Kogi BBQ, Mariscos Jalisco and Pasta Sisters, and concludes with a screening of Chef. Chef's Fable doubles as the kickoff event of the monthlong LA Food Bowl.

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The Wiltern , Koreatown Sunday April 30 2017
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Taste of the Eastside

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Now in its seventh year, Taste of the Eastside is back at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for an evening fit for the Eastside-dwelling foodie (alright alright, Westsiders are welcome, too). The festival features tastings from over two dozen restaurants, including Mediterranean hot spot Momed, modern Mexican restaurant Malo and the neighborhood joint, Little Dom's. Wash down food samples with flights from Silver Lake Wines and listen to live music from KCRW DJs.

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Los Angeles River Center and Gardens , Cypress Park Sunday April 30 2017

The Weeknd

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When R&B singer Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape, House of Balloons, in 2011, he did so hidden behind the Weeknd moniker: faceless and nameless, with no pictures, concerts or interviews. Since then, he's made the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar, and deservedly so—the 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness revitalized Tesfaye's drugged out psychosexual fantasy with '80s funk basslines and a glossy pop shimmer.

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The Forum , Inglewood Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017
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Anita C
Anita C

If you are looking for low-cost, low-maintainance alternatives for your garden, attend the South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society's Show and Sale on April 8-9. It is at the South Coast Botanic Garden in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You will also enjoy walking around the garden which will be beautiful this time of year.

M L
M L

Meetup for Trump gathering in Thousand Oaks, California in Ventura County near Western LA county on 4/23/16 Saturday morning starts 10:30 am...corner of Hillcrest & Moorpark Road. Parking in the Janss Marketplace lots. Help register voters. On the corner stump for Trump, bring signs, wear your hats...we may have t-shirts & memorabilia too.

#Trump2016 #TrumpNinjas #TrumpWinnerTakesAll #TrumpMOJO #TrumpStealth #reTRUMPlicating #WomenRemainFreeVoteTRUMP #LetsAllRemainFreeVoteTrump #KeepTerroristsatBay #Caucus4Trump #10MillionManMarchOnDC #Woman4Trump

Marilyn S
Marilyn S

I will definitely be ar the Art Show for Artist Fabio Napoleoni at 229 South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills at the Exclusive Collection Gallery. To RSVP call 310-278-7117

Magali D
Magali D

I will go to LA next week and I plan to use Verlocal http://goo.gl/MQY6wQ. They organize classes and workshops with locals. Sounds cool!