Everything has a twist this week in Los Angeles. Your horror movie screening? It's in an abandoned zoo. Your weekend run now includes beer. A street jam harks back to the Roaring Twenties, and Palm Springs reveals its most star-studded stay. Hungry for more? Try Office Brera, the new Italian restaurant from the minds behind DTLA's Factory Kitchen.
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April 1 | Movie screening
Griffith Park can feel straight-up creepy once the sun begins to set. The Old L.A. Zoo is one of the most foreboding spots around. That’s why it’s the perfect spot for an outdoor screening of The Shining, brought to us by the people at Great Horror Campout. “Where’s Johnny?” you ask. Careful, he may just be behind you. An abandoned zoo would be the perfect hideout, wouldn’t it? Bring your own picnic food, but take note: there's no alcohol allowed. You’ll have to brave the show on inner strength alone.
7:15 p.m. | Old L.A. Zoo at Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles | $15 | website
April 2 | Race
The National Beer Mile
If you’re not really the running type, consider the National Beer Mile your new best friend. It’s a fun run (or walk) for the non-runner in all of us, proudly hosting beer-fueled running events in most of the 50 states. Don’t miss the L.A. stop on Saturday. This mile-long run is divided into four sections, each with a beer station. Chug your brew at the station or take it to go—the run is all about having fun, getting sweaty, and appreciating the fruits of your labor . . . in this case, more cervezas at the finish-line after-party. Costumes and puns are encouraged, so bring your A-game when it comes to beer-inspired dress-up (Homer Simpson, anyone?) and word play.
12 p.m. | L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles | From $40 | website
April 1–3 | Music
Roaring Twenties Street Jam
There is a reason why the Jazz Age continues to have such a hold on popular culture nearly 100 years after it ended. It was a time to break out of constricting molds and corsets and find your own forms of expression and authenticity. The Charleston, Argentine Tango, Solo Jazz and Early Swing are all influential dances that deserve to be celebrated—in the streets! This daylong event includes a tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright, dance instruction, and a performance by the famed Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys at the Griffith Park Carousel (which was built in the '20s). It’s a whole weekend of roaring good times.
Times & locations vary | From $20 | website
April 2–3 | Escape the city
In the 1950s, when Hollywood’s star players needed to escape the glaring eyes of the public, they ended up in the desert. Palm Springs became a home away from home for Hollywood’s brightest. MGM actor Don Castle and his wife Zetta built Castle’s Red Barn as their own personal oasis. The Barn has been reincarnated since the heydays of the '50s and still retains the original charm and appeal of Castle’s vision. Now known as Sparrows Lodge, the Barn doesn't have TVs or phones in any of its twenty rooms. Instead, you can feast your eyes on art by Ed Ruscha and Alex Katz, lounge by the pool, and grub on California cuisine with a menu that changes with the season. In keeping with the Hollywood allure, this is a 21-and-older property.
1330 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs | (760) 327-2300 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, chef Angelo Auriana, and sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi are passionate about all things Italian. They’ve delighted our taste buds at The Factory Kitchen in Downtown L.A. Now, at their new spot, Officine Brera, they offer a taste of cucina povera, the country food of Northern Italy that Chef Auriana grew up eating. L.A.’s famous food critic Jonathan Gold has already given it his seal of approval, so don’t wait to make reservations. Try the lingua tonnata (pickled beef tongue) if you’re feeling daring, or play it safe with the handmade gnocchi. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
1331 E. 6th St., Los Angeles | (213) 553-8006 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.
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