Our 10 Favorite Things to Do This Weekend in Los Angeles

If the second weekend of Coachella doesn’t strike your fancy, stay closer to home and check out these activities

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If the second weekend of Coachella doesn’t strike your fancy (here’s our recap of last weekend’s festivities), stay closer to home and check out these activities.

SHOP: Record Store Day
Vinyl shops throughout the city host cookouts, parades, and performances as they spin discs. Mount Analog in Highland Park, Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, and Amoeba Music in Hollywood lead the groove. More information (April 19; various venues)

EAT: KTown Night Market
Get your stretchy pants. This outdoor feast, which stays open until midnight, will feature the winners from all three seasons of The Great Food Truck Race (Grill ‘Em All, The Lime Truck, and Seoul Sausage Company) as well as plenty of other vendors. Art, live music, performances, and K-pop dance lessons round out the free shindig. More information (April 18-19; Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools)

HEAR: Brokechella
Catch emerging acts like Neo Fresco, Planet Rock, yOYa, Zibbz, and Dark Furs before the soon-to-be headliners blow up. More information (April 19; 550 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown)

PRAY: Blessing of the Animals
Bring your dog, cat, or pet snake to this traditional blessing, which honors the creatures who honor humans every day. The festival includes live entertainment, a petting zoo, and free pony rides. More information (April 19; El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument) 

HEAR: Rufus Wainwright
This member of the talented Wainwright clan has broadened his musical horizons by writing his first opera, Prima Donna. (He’s hoping to crowd-fund the expensive recording process for the project.) Tonight he’ll play music from every stage of his career after his half-sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, opens the show. More information (April 18; Orpheum Theatre)

SEE: COLCOA French Film Festival
For one week Hollywood will become the locale for screenings of more than 61 French films. From shorts to feature films and everything in between, the week will include director talks, happy hour events, and free screenings. More information (April 21-28; DGA)

HEAR: The Hateful Eight Staged Reading
Quentin Tarantino made major headlines by killing his own film project after the script was leaked online. Now he’s giving the world a second chance to experience it as he oversees a staged reading of The Hateful Eight screenplay. The script centers around a group of misfits who are stranded in a saloon when their stagecoach is derailed by a blizzard. More information (April 19; The Theatre at the Ace Hotel)

SEE: Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin’s folk opera focuses on the residents of early-1920s Charleston, where the living wasn’t easy. The amped-up production features a swinging 23-piece orchestra. More information (April 22-June 1; Ahmanson Theatre)

SEE: A Delicate Balance
A couple’s suburban existence is jeopardized by the arrival of an unannounced houseguest. Written by Edward Albee and directed by Robin Larsen. More information (April 19-June 1; Odyssey Theatre)

SEARCH: Egghunt
Help youngsters develop eagle eyes as they seek out colorful orbs at this Pasadena tradition. Bunny-oriented craft sessions are also on the bill. More information (April 19; Kidspace Children’s Museum)

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