Memes and Veep at Gallery 1988
Gallery 1988, the beloved space dedicated to art inspired by pop culture, opens two new shows this weekend. The first, simply called Memes, features pieces inspired by the internet (because self-awareness, guys!). The second, called Veep, celebrates the HBO series with art inspired by its characters. Both open on April 14. More information (Veep: April 14-22; Memes: April 14-29, Gallery 1988)
10 Things I Hate About You Prom
Street Food Cinema is screening most people’s favorite modern-day Shakespeare adaptation at the Million Dollar Theater on April 15. This particular event is themed, and the theme is Prom, which means there will be an awkward photo booth and spiked beverages (aka a full bar—no need to hide a flask in your sock). The best part? You can bring food from any Grand Central Market Vendor into the theater, and SFC will provide fun snacks like Funtime Kettle Corn and Drunken Cake Pops. VIP seating is $30, General Admission is $20. More information (April 15, Million Dollar Theater)
Great L.A. River CleanUp
Remember when it rained earlier this year? Now that the L.A. River is full of water, it’s also full of wet trash. Do your part by picking some of it up on April 15 (and April 22, and April 29) as part of the Great L.A. River CleanUp, which is put on yearly by Friends of the L.A. River (FOLAR). This Saturday’s event tackles trash along a stretch of the Upper River; show up at the Bette Davis Picnic Area, the Sepulveda Basin at Balboa Boulevard, or the Tujunga Wash at Haines Canyon Channel at 9 a.m. to get cleaning. Participants must register ahead of time on the FOLAR site. More information. (Apirl 15, 22, and 29, various locations)
In a city full of creatives, it only seems natural for experts to collide. Such is the case at Picture This!, a free comedy show from Brandie Posey and Sam Varela where stand-up meets animation. Local cartoonists and artists sketch the performers during their sets, and the result is projected onto a screen for all to see. This being L.A. and all, you can expect some pretty solid work from both the pencil-wielders and the mic-holders. More information (April 15, The Virgil)
The Oscar-winning composer got his start in The Buggles—you know, the “Video Killed the Radio Star” guys—but parlayed his pop sensibilities into film scores (The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Carribbean, and more than 100 others). Zimmer brings his music to life at the Microsoft Theater before a Coachella performance on April 16.