From a big, fat beer fest to a celebration of everyone’s favorite computer animation studio, April is chock-full of good stuff to do.
April 1-May 31
They may not have been duck lipping it, but this pop-up in Glendale says people were doing the whole self-portrait thing 40,000 years ago. It sheds a little light on the practice, detailing the storied history of people recreating their own likenesses. If you’re only doing it for the ’gram, don’t fret: There are plenty of interactive, selfie-friendly installations.
About 80 breweries gather on the outskirts of DTLA at Los Angeles Center Studios, where they’re pouring ales and lagers and ESBs (whatever those are—don’t pretend like you know). You’ll find food trucks, live music, and probably a thoroughly sloshed former Tinder flame or three, so a great time is guaranteed.
April 13, 14, 20, 21, 22
Pacific Opera Project is all about bringing arias to the people on the cheap. This month it puts on Mozart’s version of Don Juan, staging it cabaret-style at the Vortex downtown. Expect food, wine, and (thankfully) English subtitles.
Pixar Pier isn’t opening at California Adventure until June, but the resort is kicking up some early Buzz (had to). Catch character floats festooned with millions of lights during California Adventure’s Paint the Night parade, or watch Captain Lightyear soar over Sleeping Beauty’s castle in a new fireworks display at Disneyland.
April 14, 21, 28
Friends of the L.A. River—the organization that helped get the river revitalization movement going—has made its cleanups into an annual ritual. Throw on some sneaks and head to the upper (April 14), middle (April 21), or lower (April 28) portion of the 51-mile water- way to pitch in during the trash- collecting efforts.
April 15-July 29
LACMA is the only museum in the country to host this exhibition, which originated in London. Most paintings were done at Hockney’s L.A. studio in what he calls “20-hour exposures”; his subjects are staff, family, and friends like John Baldessari and Benedikt Taschen.
Hop on the Expo line and make your way to USC for panels with authors like Dave Eggers and Reza Aslan (get tickets and queue up early for events you’re dying to see). Book signings, cooking demos, and live music round out the free shebang. Pro tip: BYO picnic and survey the scene from one of the school’s many lawns.
April 21-May 20
Take a break from the comedy of errors that is your own life to appreciate one made by professionals. Pasadena’s A Noise Within stages the classic British farce; once the catastrophic show gets rolling, you’ll see why it’s been nominated for 11 Tonys.
April 21-September 9
You might feel like you flip through 14 million photos a day on Facebook, but Anne Wilkes Tucker (“America’s Best Photography Curator” according to Time) actually came close at the Library of Congress. Nearly 500 of her finds are on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography, including portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Yoko Ono, and pics of bodybuilder Gene Jantzen shot by Stanley Kubrick.
Bikers, skaters, walkers, et al. can christen a new route through the “Heart of the Foothills”—San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and the especially charming Claremont Village (stop into the historic Packing House if you can). Plenty of businesses along the way offer freebies—be sure to check the website before you set off.
Old Hollywood’s big weekend returns to the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel for four days of panels, special events, and screenings. Varying levels of festival passes will help you cram in as many events as you can; with a lineup including Bullitt, The Producers, and Kramer vs. Kramer, you’ll need to plan wisely.
Before Simon takes over the Hollywood Bowl (May 22, 23, and 28), Garfunkel commands the stage at Disney Hall. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter plays 50 years of hits such as “Bright Eyes” and “The Sound of Silence.”