10 Things to Do in L.A. if You’re Not Going to Coachella

If you’ve packed away the rave sneakers and plan on staying in Los Angeles, here are your options

Sure, we have a convenient hour-by-hour guide of what acts to catch at Coachella, but if you’ve packed away the rave sneakers and plan on staying in Los Angeles, here are your options.

EAT: Grilled Cheese Invitational
Over the past 11 years this fromage frenzy has grown from a gathering of friends into an event featuring top chefs and hundreds of competitors. Catch it one last time before it’s gone for Gouda. More information (April 12; L.A. Center Studios)

READ: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Indie presses and primo publishers set up shop for a literary experience that goes beyond books: panel discussions, author sightings, food trucks, culinary celebs, and music acts. More information (April 11-12; USC)

SEE: Bowlarama
In the 1950s California bowling alleys went through a design renaissance, becoming social epicenters and elaborate palaces. This exhibit displays rare photography, artwork, and artifacts that will recreate the glamorous world of live performance and dining that accompanied bowling architecture. More information (April 11 – May 11; A+D Architecture and Design Museum)

HEAR: Grand Ole Echo Opening Night
We know summer is officially on its way when the Grand Ole Echo, the free weekly Americana and roots music show at the Echo, starts back up. Now in its ninth year, it features four bands almost every week through October, and it kicks off this Sunday at 5 p.m. Opening night is always a party. This year, it’ll feature The Get Down Boys, the foot stompin’ duo Smooth Hound Smith, and The Jolenes, a supergroup of local Americana songwriters (Grant Langston, Dan Jannisch and David Serby, with Dale Daniel on drums) whose name is a nod to the classic Dolly Parton song. Bring the kids and order pizza from Two Boots at the bar. More information (April 13; The Echo) 

SEE: TCM Classic Film Festival
It’s not just the French who love Jerry Lewis. The actor is honored at the annual series when he adds his handprints to the forecourt at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Prior to a screening of 1963’s The Nutty Professor, Lewis is interviewed by Illeana Douglas, his costar in last year’s Max Rose. Allison Anders will introduce Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and there will be plenty of other movies; here are a few picksMore information (April 10-13; Hollywood)

EAT: LA Foodhub Opening Party
To celebrate the official launch of its Los Angeles service, Good Eggs, the delivery service for local produce and artisanal foodstuffs is throwing a party at its warehouse space in northeast L.A. Sample local food and tasty beverages. Tickets cost $5. More information (April 12; LA Foodhub)

EXPERIENCE: Teen Night 2014
Inspired by artist Mike Kelley’s work commenting on adolescence, teens have planned this night so youth like themselves can explore the dynamic of traditional high school stereotypes and issues. The night includes art, music, and activities (including a photo booth) for all ages. More information (April 12; MOCA)

SEE: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
This overview of Indian cinema and culture includes a roster of film screenings, panel discussions, and other events. More information (April 8-13; Arclight Hollywood, House of Blues)

SEE: 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Start your engines for a family-friendly weekend centered around seven exhilarating car races. There will also be concerts, kid zones, and plenty of grub. More information (April 11-13; Long Beach)

SEE: Expo 15 & Sweet 16
It’s the Coachella of quinceañeras. Look for lavish dresses, chic invitations, and a fashion runway at this mega showcase of teenage dreams. More information (April 13; L.A. Convention Center)