The best of what to do in and around L.A. this week
Dig into art, song, and dance this week in Los Angeles, first at the L.A. premiere of a rock musical that's gaining steam as one of the best in its genre. See new and emerging artists in every medium at the annual Laluzapalooza, and embed yourself in the eccentric zine scene at L.A. Zine Fest. Then, get your palate dancing for joy at a new (and kind of healthy!) dessert spot in East Hollywood.
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March 3 | Rock musical
LIZZIE in Concert
The name Lizzie Borden probably doesn’t conjure up an image of a rock musical for you. Nor should it, really: Borden became famous when she was arrested under suspicion of chopping up her own father and stepmother with an axe way back in the 1890s. Her trial ended in acquittal, but that doesn’t mean she was innocent, now, does it? Her mysterious story is set to a six-piece rock band directed by Jared Stein, with characters portrayed by Brian Cuoco of The Voice, Cait Fairbanks of Heathers: The Musical, Lauren Rubin of Criminal Minds, and Emily Swallow of Supernatural.
8 p.m. | The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 938-2994 | From $25 | website
March 4–27 | Art show
Tens of thousands submissions from fresh new artists in all mediums have been whittled down to just the 270 best pieces for the 30th annual Laluzapalooza. La Luz De Jesus Gallery’s annual no-theme show will feature art from illustrators, graphic designers, tattoo artists, street artists, animators, and beyond. This year, a great percentage of the work will come from emerging, under-the-radar talent. The best part? All of the pieces are for sale, so it’s a chance to grab a low-cost original from a future household name—or, at the very least, to grab a cool piece for your home and support a person following a dream.
Times vary | La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 666-7667 | Free | website
March 5–6 | Escape the city
Located in the San Bernardino National Forest about eighty miles from Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead has been Hollywood royalty’s favorite place to unwind for decades. Everything moves a bit slower up here. Although rain is on the horizon (allegedly), you can stay cozy at Pine Rose Cabins. Bring your pooch to these pet-friendly cabins and check out all of the nearby hiking trails including Seeley Creek Trail, which leads to what the locals call “Heart Rock”—a space between the rocks that does, in fact, look like a heart thanks to years of water erosion. Post-hike, head to Tudor House for their five star champagne brunch and serious crepe action.
Pine Rose Cabins, 25994 CA-189, Twin Peaks | (909) 337-2341 | website
March 6 | Zine fest
L.A. Zine Fest
Zines are noncommercial and homemade takes on the printed word and thrive on the untraditional. The zinesters you’ll find exhibiting their work at L.A. Zine Fest are no exception to this unconventional norm. There are no rules in the making of zines, which means each one is unique, ranging from the real-life stories and realistic illustrations of Andrew Brozyna to the abstract work of Seemingly Pointless. It’s a true artists gathering, and everyone’s invited. Plus, you can walk home with a zine for a conversation-starting coffee table book at home (all works on display are for sale).
11 a.m.–6 p.m. | 650 S. Spring St., Los Angeles | Free | website
Now open | Dessert spot
East Hollywood’s Virgil Village welcomes a new addition to the neighborhood in the form of dessert shop Square Ice. The spot is especially kind to patrons with allergies or who might be watching their intake of sweets, with a menu full of options like gluten-free brownies and cookies, along with fresh, seasonal (dairy-free) gelatos, and toppings that include jams and fruits straight from the farmers' market. Efren Briseno, who previously operated a small business selling seasonal fruit out of a pushcart on a Virgil Avenue corner, is the mastermind behind this converted smoke shop turned treat heaven.
755 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles | (323) 327-7979 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.