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6 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Photo of dish from HACHÉ LA.
Photo of dish from HACHÉ LA.
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Give April a fitting farewell with a trip to your favorite independent bookstore, an insanely sweet dessert tasting and more. Cheers to the weekend! 


Taste of the Eastside

For a much deserved and indulgent weekend outing, dig in to as much as you can handle from various eateries dominating the east side food scene. Hailing from neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Highland Park and Los Feliz, choose from artisan pizza from Wood, a scoop or two from McConnell's Fine Ice Cream, to top off with a glass of brew. Cheers! 

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 4 - 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, Cypress Park | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $45 | Get tickets



This exhibit dives into works from over 20 artists that examine the impact of global forces on contemporary society. Each of the 30 images from artists like Peter Halley, El Anatsui and Julie Mehretu are equally powerful and provide their own insight. Unless you have divine luck and can score tickets to the perpetually packed museum, chances are you'll have to wait to check it out. But thankfully, the exhibit is set to run through September. 

WHEN: Opens Saturday, April 29 through Sept. 3
WHERE: The Broad Museum, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free 


Packchella: The Comedy Music Festival 

Now that Coachella is left in the dust behind us, this three-day festival will provide some much needed laughter. Dedicated to musical comedy from dozens of independent artists and groups, who hail from institutions like UCB, Second City and the Laugh Factory, the shows will feature some sort of improv, sketch or character monologues. Check out a set from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's" Rachel Bloom or other in-house shows like Bill and Ted's Excellent History Report. 

WHEN: Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30, 11:30 p.m. 
WHERE: The Pack Theater, Hollywood | MAP 
All shows are pay-what-you-can! 


Independent Bookstore Day

While there's nothing wrong with hitting up your local Barnes & Noble, Saturday will be the day to show some love to smaller book stores. Not all of them will be participating, but we recommend Skylight Books or Vroman's for limited edition signed copies of your favorite books. Some stores might even have a special appearance from a well-known author or two. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 29
WHERE: Various locations across the region
COST: Free 


Dessert Fest

Whether your preferences are cocoa-based, pastry-derived — or if sugary treats in any form get you excited — you might want to check this out. Eight local shops who specialize in dessert will be under one roof for your sampling needs, including Magnolia Bakery, Spireworks and Wanderlust Creamery, complimented by drinks, music and games. Maybe schedule a dentist appointment after consuming everything in sight. 

WHEN: Sunday, April 30 
Studio 11, Mid-City
COST: Tickets are $25-30 | Get tickets 


RuPaul's DragCon

This one's also a bit of a splurge, but the perfect choice if the regular hangouts around town are getting a bit stale — or if you're in need of a dose of empowerment. The massive convention will provide opportunities to meet and interact with world-renowned celebrities — including RuPaul — and icons of the drag world and plenty of panels to sit in on. Prices are a bit steep, but worth it for the sense of community. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, April 30
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets $30-60 | Get tickets 

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.