Springtime is finally upon us, which means that the good people of LA are starting to get outside and experience everything their city has to offer. And there is a lot it has to offer, whether it be concerts, comedy shows, lectures, cook-offs, or a range of other activities & events.
There can be a lot to choose from, and we know that better than anyone, but that shouldn’t mean you get caught up in making the decision and miss what’s going on right now.
To help with the decision & give you an idea of what’s going on, we put together a list of some of the most interesting & highly anticipated events being put on in Los Angeles.
With yet another critically acclaimed record (2018s “FM!”) under his belt, Vince Staples is hitting the road, coming all the way from Long Beach to rock with the crowd in Los Angeles. The rising experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA, along with Channel Tres, will be Vince’s support acts.
If you’ve wanted to sample all the quality food that LA has to offer, you’d probably end up having to move back to where you lived before you moved to the city. Thanks to the Masters of Taste, though, you can achieve this dream in a single afternoon.
During this festival, over 2,500 hungry & thirsty patrons walk onto the field of the Rose Bowl to enjoy unlimited tasting from the city’s top chefs, restaurants, cocktail bars & breweries.
Admission will cost you, but considering the quality you’ll get to enjoy it’s a can’t-miss deal for the many foodies (including yourself, perhaps) that are a part of the LA melting pot.
Even though we’ve done a lot of damage to it already, it’s our responsibility to save it, and we can’t do that properly unless we have the knowledge to do so.Thankfully, the people who organize Earth Day LA are ready to teach the people everything they know. They’ll be offering tips on going green, displaying the latest in environmentally conscious technology, and showing people all the different types of drought-resistant plants
They’ll also be hosting performances, displaying recycled-art projects from kids, and even giving away free plants to people living in the city. Speaking of free, that’s the cost of this event!
If you’ve taken your fair share of film classes and are wholly convinced that the glory days of cinema passed many moons ago, you’ll be able to experience those classics the way they were intended to be shown: in the theater.
Individual tickets are available for each movie, although priority is given to people who purchase one of four tiers of passes they offer to the whole festival. You can find out more about these pases & other details on their website, which is hyperlinked in the section title.
For a cultural experience during that weekend that’s slightly less expensive (read: free), The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA & Printed Matter are hosting the LA Art Book Fair.
This event is an international gathering to celebrate the most prominent & exciting voices in the art publication world. The full list of exhibitors, selected from a pool of thousands of applications, will be revealed in the middle of March.
Local hip-hop heads might already know, but for the uninitiated, Krush Groove is an annual concert put on by famed radio station 93.5 KDAY, which champions the “golden age” of hip-hop by putting the greats on constant rotation.
With Krush Groove, fans get the chance to see these greats on stage. This year, acts like The Dogg Pound, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too Short, Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Warren G, and more will be performing at the event.
Attendees of this free event will get to enjoy an exhibition of photographs from a wide assortment of local & international photographers. To add an extra twist, all the photographs are displayed in repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and other special installations.
Guests will also get to enjoy various family-friendly activities, workshops, talks, food & beverage options, and a community beer garden.
People with even a slight interest in the iconic riot grrrl music scene should be jumping for joy at the sight of a Bikini Kill show date. With the exception of a smaller show in 2017, this will be one of the first major concerts the band has done in over two decades.
Even if you aren’t familiar, the band’s powerful feminist messages & infectious energy will be sure to have you hooked on first listen, so you should try to score some tickets regardless.
For those who want an extra dosage of girl power, Melinda Gates will be giving a talk at the Aratani Theatre to discuss her book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.”
In the book, she discusses various steps that need to be taken to ensure gender equality, including access to education & careers, bodily autonomy, maternity leave, and other measures. She also discusses various figures she believes have greatly contributed to the fight for equality.
2018 was a tough year, but there weren’t many people that had a tougher go of it than Ariana Grande. One of her concerts was brutally attacked, her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an overdose, and she had to cut off her recent engagement to top it all off.
Through all this, though, she’s released two quality albums (“Sweetener” and “thank u, next,”) that shine light on all the facets of her struggles & triumphs. After performing on the 6th and 7th at the Staples Center, she’ll be bringing her Sweetener tour to The Forum on the 10th.