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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.

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Young Literati’s Annual Toast

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This year's Young Literati Annual Toast has star power in spades. Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks and Constance Wu, among others, have helped to curate the event. The exclusive event will explore the city's literary roots and its cultural impact with readings from the L.A. Public Library. The night promises to be fun time too, with cocktails and appetizers along with a VIP after-party. Tickets are not cheap, but all proceeds going to the Los Angeles Public Library. Lovers of the written word: splurge to keep prose alive. 

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NeueHouse Hollywood , Hollywood Saturday April 1 2017

Dawes

L.A.'s own rootsy folk-rockers one-up Mumford & Sons by having an actual family connection in the band: the Goldsmith brothers, Griffin on drums and Taylor on vocals and guitar. The band sounds like an ode to the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early '70s, while their harmonies and tales of the road betray a deep devotion to the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Saturday April 1 2017

Reykjavík Festival

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Sigur Rós will perform three shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this spring. It's part of the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, a two-week exploration of Iceland's captivatingly eclectic music scene that covers the spectrum from chamber works to pop music. The rest of the series, curated by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason and LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, features a slew of other Scandinavian musicians, including a packed opener topped by múm and amiina, as well as a closing-night performance from film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and record label Bedroom Community's Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall , Downtown Saturday April 1 2017 - Monday April 17 2017

WonderCon

Comic-Con International brings its unique brand of super-fandom to Orange County at this annual convention. Comic, anime, gaming, movie and TV lovers can head to the Anaheim Convention Center for three days full of sneak peeks, Q&As, premiere screenings and special guests. And no comic convention would be complete without a costume contest; register by March 17 to participate in the large-scale onstage Masquerade competition.

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Anaheim Convention Center , Anaheim Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Patti Smith

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The Godmother of Punk—and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, author and artist—is back again. Smith has taken to the L.A. stage in the past year in a variety of venues, from a lecture at the Getty to a performance at the Hollywood Bowl; this time around she's mounting an intimate evening at the Teragram Ballroom. It's worth hustling to get your hands on tickets because whether it's punk or poetry, Smith always delivers from the heart.

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Teragram Ballroom , Westlake Tuesday April 4 2017

The Director's Series: Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor

LACMA director and CEO Michael Govan talks with Peter Zumthor about the Swiss architect's redesign for the museum and how the plans will fit LACMA's collection. The project is set to break ground next year and will move LACMA's permanent collection from four disconnected buildings into one concrete-and-glass structure that spans Wilshire Boulevard.

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Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art , Miracle Mile Wednesday April 5 2017

The Airborne Toxic Event

Named after a section from an apocalyptic Don DeLillo book and born out of the short-lived neo-Springsteen fad a few years back, L.A.'s Airborne Toxic Event plays epic, moody indie rock with light classical adornments.

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El Rey Theatre , Miracle Mile Thursday March 23 2017 - Friday April 7 2017

Harry Potter Roller Skating Night

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Lace up your Muggle skates and roll around the not-Quidditch pitch at the annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. The fan group Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army takes over Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale for a night of Harry Potter-themed music, merch and games. Come dressed in costume and load up on candy and butterbeer—non-alcoholic, unfortunately—while you're there.

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Moonlight Rollerway , Glendale Saturday April 8 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!