March is coming to a close. April arrives on Sunday with the promise of a new baseball season, Magic owning the Dodgers, and the 50th Anniversary of the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Not to mention the Final Four in NCAA Basketball, the NFL draft, and warmer weather.
Here are a few other ideas to keep you occupied this weekend and into next week:
It’s dress rehearsal weekend as the participants gear up for the 50th Anniversary of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. The Faire officially opens its doors on Saturday, April 7.
There are always great movies to check out at our local theaters here in Los Feliz. At the Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3, you can catch “Casa de mi Padre,” “Salmon Fishing in Yemen” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,”screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Over at the Vista Theatre, “The Hunger Games” continues, screening at 1:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. The midnight showing tonight is “Repo! The Genetic Opera.”
Great times continue at Skylight Books. On Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m., celebrate National Poetry Month with a readin of “Leaves of Grass,” followed at 7 p.m. with a panel discussion of “The Hunchback Variations. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Jill Soloway will present a discussion of New American Huggadah with Eileen Levinson and Caroline Libresco. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Monte Schultz will read and sign his novel “The Big Town.” Finally, on Thursday, Thomas Frand will discuss and sign his book “Pity the Billionaire.”
If you enjoy the outdoors, don’t forget about the local farmers’ markets on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m. at Barnsdall Park and on Sundays from 10-4 p.m. at the Post Office.
WitZend continues to be the venue of choice on the West Side. This week check out these great acts: On Friday night, it’s Joel Eckels at 9 p.m., The Voice contestant Justin Hopkins at 10 p.m. and Twenty to Watch in 2011 and 2012 artist Keaton Simons, with special guests Robin DiMaggio and Lenny Castro from The George Lopez Show taking the stage at 11 p.m. On Saturday night, Millie Hansen performs at 7:30, followed by Zach Provost at 9:30 p.m. Moving on to Tuesday, check out Brent Michelle at 8 p.m. and Chrys Ryan at 9 p.m. Finally, on Thursday, the amazing Terra Naomi performs at 8 p.m., followed by Magnolia Memoir at 9 p.m.
The Hotel Cafe offers both up and coming indie artists as well as the elite, seveal of who will be performing at the Vail Film Festival this weekend. I recommend attending the following show: Rachel Sage CD Release Show at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t forget the special $6 rate for valet parking out front.
Also check out who’s performing at The Mint and Room 5 for more great indie artists.
If free music turns you on, check out Thursday nights at the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland. This week its the Rob Michaels Trio, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Don’t forget iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube – be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent – then share it with us all.
For your comedy fans, in honor of the upcoming release of “The Three Stooges” movie, there’s a special event at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Sunday, April 1 (appropriately, April Fool’s!) For more info, check out Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
For more great options, check out this week’s LA Weekly and click on the Music tab. You can also go to the calendar pages for the Hotel Cafe, Genghis Cohen and Room 5.
Have a great week, enjoy Los Feliz and Griffith Park, and we’ll catch you next week with an update of the next weekend happenings. Please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, suggestions or questions. Also drop me a line if you or your group or business has an event you’d like to promote. I’m happy to spread the word for you.
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