The City Prolific: Weekend Events April 12 – 14

The cherry trees and jacaranda’s are a blossom, as we near summer in LA: the season of outdoor festivals and screenings.  This weekend’s events are a little taste of what’s to come. Most everyone’s at Coachella this weekend, but I for one am glad I’m not, or I’d miss Sunday’s event . . .


Southern California Review Launch and Book Party

My grad program, USC’s Master of Professional Writing, is holding a book launch party tonight in the arts district. Food, drink, literature, all in the company of some heavyweights of the writing world.




Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Dark n’ Stormy

Since you’re going to be downtown anyway, grab some laughs at The Loft! This is one of the best-run indie improv shows around. It’s very fun.

Free (but you should donate a few bucks!)


929 E. 2nd Street


The NewFilmmakers Screening

Held at the Sunset/Gower Studios, this event is a good reason to hang out on the backlot, and hobnob with up and coming directors and filmmakers. I’ve met some really cool people at these events. A pre-reception before each screening ensures that everyone is good and toasty before the films begin.


5:30 – 11:30pm with screenings scheduled about every hour. Check the website for details.

Sunset Gower Studios
 6062 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90028


KCRW & Helms Bakery Present: A Celebration of Design & Architecture in L.A

KCRW and Helms Bakery celebrate the launch of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.  — the newest initiative from the Getty with an afternoon of festivities at the historical Helms Bakery in Culver City.

The program features conversations with the heads of LACMA, MOCA and the Getty, as well as Good Food’s Evan Kleiman, Sang and Sherry.

There will be music curated by KCRW DJ Liza Richardson and a pop-up art gallery of LA contemporary design. The accalaimed Father’s Office and Let’s Be Frank food truck will be on hand for food and libations.

$10 a panel ($15 for both)
ticket price includes a Father’s Office beer or one of Sherry Yard’s famous cookies.


8758 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA

Culver City Architecture Tour with KCRW’s “DnA: Design and Architecture”

Before the KCRW/Helms Bakery event, join de LaB for a walking tour of Culver City.  The two-hour guided tour will focus on contemporary design and architecture, stopping by the area’s newest buildings, studios and stores, and meeting many of the creatives who are transforming the city into one of the most exciting pockets of L.A.  The tour will end at Helms Bakery at noon, just in time for you to grab a bite at one of the food trucks before the KCRW event


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Starting point: Helms Walk near the corner of Helms Avenue and Washington Boulevard

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival

Did you know there was a Downtown Burbank? Either did I.  Today, its streets will be packed with digital artists, street painters, sculptors, photographers and more than 12,000 art lovers on four blocks of San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue. One entire block will be  devoted to animation and visual EFX artists from feature films, video games and television series, in homage to Burbank’s reputation as Animation Capital of the World.


10:00am – 5:00pm

Downtown Burbank

SFV Roller Derby

Nothing like some bloody Amazonian women on wheels going after each other in the heat of the San Fernando Valley.  Tonight, the San Fernando Valley Roller Derby hosts the Beach Cities Roller Derby in the North Hollywood YMCA outdoor hockey rink.

$10 (parking is free and children under ten receive free admission)

Doors open at 6:00pm
The battle begins at 7:00pm

North Hollywood YMCA Hockey Rink
11455 Magnolia Boulevard
North Hollywood


Twin Peaks Retrospective

I’m freaking out about this a little bit.  USC presents a Twin Peaks Retrospective, showing three episodes on the big screen.  Tomorrow, the line-up includes episodes 2.20 and 2.21, followed by the series finale, episode 2.22. I’ve been watching Twin Peaks on Netflix over the last year, and have yet to see the series finale. WHAT BETTER WAY than to see it on the big screen? Eeek! The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Julee Cruise, Sherilyn Fenn, David Patrick Kelly, and Kyle MacLachlan! OMG! FREAKING OUT!



Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA

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