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April 2022 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our April 2022 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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It’s Coachella time, but Angelenos have plenty of other reasons to sing April’s praises: Beach weather is practically here, and—drought be damned—some wildflowers, too. From major museum exhibitions to concerts, there are plenty of fun things to do packed into our April events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2021 and 2022

The best events in L.A. this April

  • Art
  • Film and video
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  • Miracle Mile

“Hayao Miyazaki,” which opens with the Academy Museum’s debut on September 30, features over 300 storyboards, concept images and backgrounds, many of them on display outside of Studio Ghibli’s Tokyo headquarters for the first time. It pulls from the director’s 11 feature films, with a particularly strong tilt toward My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away as well as his lush, enchanted forest settings. Find out more in our full preview of the exhibit.

  • Art
  • Film and video
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  • Little Tokyo

This Swiss video artist emerged in the 1980s with provocative single-channel productions featuring female subjects committing various social transgressions, but in recent decades, her work has evolved into trippy, immersive, 360-degree installations backed by hypnotic soundtracks. This show is her first comprehensive retrospective in L.A., and includes a site-specific installation made for the Geffen.

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
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  • Miracle Mile

Play “Q” for the day at this assembly of some of the most famous gadget-adorned vehicles to appear in 007 films. The Petersen has put together a collection of 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale filming models of aircraft from six decades of James Bond movies. Highlights include the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, a 1999 BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough and the 2019 Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre.

  • Art
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  • San Marino

Yes, we’ve been looking forward to this, the first edition in an ongoing rotation of works from contemporary Chinese ink artists. But we’re also kind of excited because this exhibition marks the near-completion of the Huntington’s massively-expanded Chinese Garden. Step inside the snug Studio for Lodging the Mind and you’ll find 20 poetic calligraphic scrolls that inspired inscriptions at named sites across the surrounding Chinese garden. For anyone who can only decipher the Latin alphabet, the wall texts help unpack the art behind the Chinese characters: one breaks down the order of strokes with a step-by-step diagram while another unfurls the different components of a scroll mount. Make sure to watch the five-minute process video to scratch some ASMR itches, plus another that mixes footage of handwriting and interviews from eight of the artists. The delicate works on paper can only safely stay on display for a few months at a time, so the exhibition is split into two rotations: The first is up through mid-December, and then the gallery will go dark until the end of January for the second.

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  • Art
  • Painting
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  • Miracle Mile

To coincide with the arrival of the Obama portraits, LACMA is staging a complementary exhibition on over two centuries of Black American portraiture. Specifically, the 150 or so photos and paintings on display, mostly pulled from LACMA’s own collection, focus on Black subjects, sitters and spaces: emancipation, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power eras and multiculturalism in the ’90s.

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
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Netflix’s stand-up specials keep us cackling at home, but the streaming service’s ambitious comedy festival is nothing to laugh at. Netflix is a Joke Fest was initially announced for the spring of 2020 with 100 shows spread across L.A. in the span of one week, from the likes of Ali Wong, Dave Chappelle, Hannah Gadsby, Jerry Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg. But then, you know, 2020 happened. Thankfully, though, the fest is slated for a 2022 debut, with the lineup still to come.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
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  • Indio

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. RECOMMENDED: See our complete Coachella coverage

  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • Griffith Park

Most recollections of Bikini Kill—we suppose this one included—start with the trio’s legacy: their pioneering place among riot grrrl acts and the streak of fiery feminism they’ve inspired in music to this day. But the songs also stand alone; only a few seconds of female bonding anthem “Rebel Girl” is enough to convince you that Bikini Kill was onto something special. After a 2019 reunion tour that counted L.A. among its few stops, Bikini Kill will once again come to town. Frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail and bassist Kathi Wilcox (plus guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle) will play the Greek Theatre in April 2022.

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