The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Your best bets for April 30 to May 4, 2018

There’s no excuse to be bored any night of the week when you live in L.A. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Monday: Jawbreaker: 24 Hour Revenge Therapy 33 1/3 Book Launch

For the 33 1/3 book series, acclaimed music writers are given the chance to dive deep into a single album about which they feel passionately. This newest release, the 128th in the series, sees Ronen Givony (who is also the founder/producer of the Wordless Music event series you’ve probably seen around L.A., matching hit movies with musicians playing live score music) focusing on rock band Jawbreaker’s 1994 LP 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. Celebrate the book’s launch with a party and Q&A sesh featuring Givony and Jawbreaker band member Adam Pfahler.

Tuesday: “Power of Food” Conversation with José Andrés, Jonathan Gold, and Guests

If there’s someone qualified to talk about what food and cooking can do in a crisis, it’s chef José Andrés. He founded the post-disaster relief organization World Central Kitchen after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and was recently in the news for providing more meals to victims of the hurricane in Puerto Rico than FEMA. He’ll be joined on stage to talk about that and more, along with a panel including Jonathan Gold, Zooey Deschanel, Ron Finley, Susan Feniger, Nyesha Arrington, and Tim Kilcoyne, along with cooks who will be demonstrating how to make food at scale under adverse conditions (which, bonus, means your ticket to the event includes a plate of what they whip up).

Wednesday: LeVar Burton Reads: Live! 

The charming LeVar Burton stages a live version of his new podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. For this edition, he’ll be joined on stage by local sci-fi author Nalo Hopkinson for a night of storytelling, answering audience questions, and celebrating why reading is still fundamental in busy, complicated, tech-saturated times.

Thursday: Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Night

Fandoms collide at this after-hours event at Disneyland, which will give Star Wars lovers a chance to take an advance peek at some of the park’s newest attractions. Buying a ticket for this 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. party includes the first look at a new “March of the First Order” performance, opportunities to stage photos with one-night-only decor and costumed characters, and more.

Friday: Jazz at LACMA with Wendy Smith-Bruné

One of our favorite springtime traditions is back, with a new season of free jazz concerts on the plaza at LACMA. Tonight’s edition features singer Wendy Smith-Bruné, who broke into the biz by backing Ray Charles and Barry White, among others, before moving into the spotlight herself. Bring a picnic and blanket (yes, you can bring wine, if you’re chill about it), or reserve a table at the on-site restaurant Ray’s and Stark Bar.

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