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15 Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Roasted pigs, vegan beer, metal mariachi bands, and more

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It's another jampacked L.A. weekend filled with food, music, and twelve ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

SEE: Theatricum Botanicum
One of L.A.’s best outdoor theater venues celebrates its fourth decade with a kid-friendly festival that features food, games, and performances. Attendees get a glimpse of the Theatricum’s upcoming five-show summer series, which includes The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Royal Family, Merlin, and Joyce Carol Oates’s Tone Clusters. More information. (Saturday, May 4; Theatricum Botanicum)

HEAR: The Section Quartet: Radiohead's OK Computer 
The 1997 album OK Computer was a beginning and an end, marking a turn for the band from Brit pop to 21st-century digital rock. The LP gets reverse engineered by a foursome that brings more emotion to Radiohead’s futuristic sounds. More information. (Saturday, May 4; The Broad Stage)

TASTE: L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Festival 
Calling all beer-loving vegans! Quarry Girl, Tony’s Darts Away, and the Roxy host the 4th Annual L.A. Vegan Beer Festival. Listen to live music while sipping on brews from more than 30 breweries, including Golden Road, Figueroa Mountain, and Firestone. Vegan eats will be supplied by vendors such as Street, Mohawk Bend, and LA Vegan Crepe. More information. (Saturday, May 4; Roxy Theater)

LAUGH: The Thrilling Adventure Hour 
Get cozy for a night with your favorite old-timey radio hosts, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, during their monthly onstage comedy revue. More information. (Saturday, May 4; Largo at the Coronet)

EAT: Chef Jacques Pépin 
Can boning a chicken look as graceful as a pirouette? Seeing Jacques Pépin is believing. The fabulous Frenchman who once hosted a food show with Julia Child chats about his culinary artistry and serves up some savory samples. More information. (Saturday, May 4; Valley Performing Arts Center)

HEAR: Metalachi 
How else would you celebrate the Cinco de Mayo weekend except with L.A.’s only heavy-metal mariachi band? More information. (Friday, May 3; The Roxy)

EXPERIENCE: Framing L.A. 
Machine Project and Dublab DJs present interactive performances at this special event, which coincides with the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future. Choreographers from Dance Camera West also perform site-specific commissions, and screenings of dance films that showcase architecture are in the lineup as well. More information (Saturday, May 4; Getty Center)

HEAR: Rolling Stones: 50 & Counting
This past weekend's surprise show at the EchoPlex was only a taste. The Stones kick off their tour here in L.A. at the STAPLES Center, a gig rescheduled to accommodate the NBA playoffs (tickets for the original May 2 date will be honored). More information. More information. (Friday, May 3; Staples Center)

SEE: Dance Media Film Festival 
In addition to a lucky coin or two, the fountains at the Getty, the Music Center, and LACMA will be home to performers who saunter into their waters. For Dance Camera West’s “Get Wet” event, filmmakers and choreographers obliterate the line between audience and dancers. More information. (Thursday, May 2 - Sunday, May 5; Various venues)

HEAR: Brad Mehldau Trio and the Bad Plus with special guest Joshua Redman 
With his dynamic covers of Soundgarden and Nick Drake, pianist Mehldau has earned snaps from new and seasoned jazzheads. The Bad Plus, an avant-garde trio with an indie vibe, opens with sax skronker Joshua Redman. More information. (Saturday, May 4; Royce Hall)

EAT: Cochon 555 Fifth Anniversary Tour 
Five chefs confront five pigs in one gluttonous evening. As local food wizards prepare a nose-to-tail feast, guests and judges sample swine to crown a Prince (or Princess) of Pork. More information. (Sunday, May 5; House of Blues)

BUY: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Benefit Auction 
Support the arts while taking part in interactive attractions such as live painting by street artist Annie Preece, clay tossing, wheel throwing, and figure drawing. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox, along with a few other guest spinners, keep the party going. More information. (Saturday, May 4; Barnsdall Art Park)

MOVE: L.A. River Fun Run 
All proceeds from the 5K jaunt go toward revitalizing the Los Angeles River. Come on, it’ll do the body good, not to mention help one of our neglected natural resources. More information. (Sunday, May 5; Los Angeles River)

SEE: Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie 
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will answer as their animated alter egos in a Q&A, which follows a screening of the new flick currently on tour. More information. (Sunday, May 5; The Wiltern)

HEAR: Who Is Thelonious Monk?
Jazz pianist Eric Reed takes young and old on a journey of American music that introduces them to one of the 20th century’s unmatched jazz geniuses. More information. (Saturday, May 4; The Broad Stage)

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