This week, Los Angeles is into a lot more than the Easter bunny. There's cosplay at WonderCon, for starters, and crazy cool graffiti art with a political edge at Corey Helford Gallery. Bunnies make an appearance in the Looney Tunes cartoon medley throwback, and a special Easter menu by one of L.A.'s finest chefs will leave you full and happy.
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March 25–27 | Comic-con
San Diego Comic-Con’s sister convention, WonderCon, is about so much more than comics. In addition to all of the scene’s most creative cosplayers in one spot, there will be speakers and panels, first looks at new releases, and exclusive 2016 WonderCon merch for purchase. Whether you’re already into all things comic book, or a complete newbie with an avid imagination, there is something for everyone. Seriously. Think space devoted to everything from international children’s animation, to autographs, to portfolio reviews for aspiring illustrators.
Times vary | Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles | From $18 | website
March 26–April 20 | Art
Herakut’s Masters of Wrong
The politically poignant German art duo Herakut specialize in powerful graffiti art. Their mixture of imagination and provocation are not always easy to stomach, but they always leave you deep in thought. The hope is that they also move you to act. If the faces of the subjects look familiar, that’s because they are based on photographs of children and adults that Herakut have met on their travels—from refugee camps to city streets. Those that attend the opening this Saturday agree to have their image be fair game for a future mural in Berlin and beyond.
Times vary | Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles | (310) 287-2340 | Free | website
March 27 | Film
Bugs Bunny Cartoon Classics
Easter bunnies could certainly use a little makeover: It’s time to freshen up the holiday's favorite mammal with a little throwback, Looney Tunes-style. The Aero Theatre is showing 15 of Bugs’s best moments, including Rabbit Seasoning, featuring Elmer Fudd, and What’s Opera Duck, featuring none other than Donald Duck. The show runs 111 minutes in total, and all the kids in attendance will score free Easter candy.
4 p.m. | Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica | (323) 466-3456 | From $7 | website
March 26–27 | Escape the city
Cayucos's Cass House is one of the hidden gems on California’s Central Coast. Located in San Luis Obispo County between Cambria and Morro Boy, Cass House is the place to be for a relaxing weekend away from home. The beach and numerous great hiking trails are within walking distance, and you can enjoy some exquisite Central Californian winetasting within just a 30-minute drive. The hotel itself has only five rooms open to guests. This is the kind of place you come when you want to linger.
222 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos | (805) 995-3669 | website
March 27 | Special menu
If you’re looking to have an Easter feast without the stress of slaving in the kitchen, consider dining at one of L.A.’s finest restaurants. Fundamental L.A.’s chef, Nick Erven, will be your new best friend thanks to his special Easter menu, which includes delectable pork belly with soft eggs and ramen gravy, pancake-battered fried chicken, and mimosas.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. | 1303 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles | (310) 444-7581 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.