Pigeon John unveils songs from his sixth album, Encino Man, Friday at the Roxy.
It’s time for peanuts, Cracker Jack and Dodger Dogs! This weekend, the Boys in Blue host their home opener, while the Final Four matchups lead to Monday’s National Championship game and the city’s two pro soccer teams (the Galaxy and Chivas USA) face off. Never fear, non-sports fans, there is a ton of other activities to keep you busy, too.
Friday, April 4
Mike Kelley @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
A couple of months ago I was interviewing a musician who had studied art at USC under a protégé of Mike Kelley, and as we walked through MOCA we kept coming across posters announcing this exhibit. The Detroit transplant who attended CalArts (and eventually became a faculty member there), was a prominent fixture of the L.A. art scene from the mid-1970s until his suicide in 2012. The museum brights together over 250 pieces by the artist that incorporate found objects, painting and collages into thought-provoking and inspiring works of art. If you have yet to explore Mike Kelley’s creations, this exhibit is the perfect opportunity. Through July 28.
Eric Erlandson @ Stories (Echo Park)
It’s a bit hard to believe that this month commemorates 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain. His friend, Eric Erlandson, who was also the guitarist of Hole, observes the anniversary by hosting this event to share words, music, tea and memories of the grunge icon. In 2012 Erlandson published Letters to Kurt, a collection of poetry and essays about suicide idols and serving as a lament for Cobain.
Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog @ Aero Theatre (Santa Monica)
American Cinematheque is holding a tribute to Cage with screening and discussions throughout the weekend. Tonight is a double feature of 2009’s The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans and a 30th anniversary screening of Birdy. Acclaimed German director Herzog, who directed Cage in The Bad Lieutenant, and the actor participate in a discussion between films. Saturday’s films are two of my favorites starring Cage, Adaptation. and Raising Arizona, while there’s a screening of Joe and a discussion with Cage and the film’s director, David Gordon Green, Sunday night.
Pigeon John @ The Roxy (West Hollywood)
Born John Kenneth Dunkin, Pigeon John grew up in Inglewood and began carving a place for himself in the underground hip-hop scene performing at open mics at places like Good Life Café. The world was exposed to his ability to meld hip-hop and pop with “The Bomb” off his 2010 effort, Dragon Slayer. After going through a divorce and other experiences, he’s ready to release a sixth album, Encino Man, on April 29. Hear the new tracks live tonight when he shares the stage with the Grouch & Eligh, Eliot Lipp and DJ Fresh at the Roxy.
Giants vs. Dodgers @ Dodger Stadium (Elysian Park)
The Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants for a three-day homestand to kick off the 2014 season. It’s always exciting when the NL West rivals face off, and this weekend’s opening festivities include a pregame performance by Robin Thicke Saturday afternoon and Lupe Fiasco on Sunday. The Blue Crew has won all but one of its games thus far, so here’s to a sweep of the Giants beginning with today’s game.
Saturday, April 5
Kevin & Bean’s April Foolishness @ Shrine Auditorium (South Los Angeles)
Just when you thought you were safe from April Fool’s hijinks. The L.A. radio personalities have always been big supporters of local comedians, so it’s no surprise that their annual stand-up showcase is being headlined by some of the city’s funniest. Australian transplant Jim Jefferies, Patton Oswalt, Adam Carolla, Tim Minchin, Doug Benson, Eddie Ifft and Taylor Williamson are joined by the always- entertaining Reggie Watts and the musical stylings of Mike Relm. All proceeds from the evening go to Fisher House and Cedars-Sinai’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Taco Madness @ Grand Park (Downtown)
Whenever I ask someone what they miss most about Los Angeles when they’re away, their answer inevitable involves Mexican food. No other dish exemplifies L.A. street culture like the taco. Find out who is going to be crowned winner of this year’s Taco Madness, from noon to sunset at Grand Park. Dance to music from DJs like KCRW’s Mario Cotto and Travis Holcombe, see some art curated by DoArtFoundation, grab a drink at the beer garden and eat yourself into a food coma with tacos from Mexicali, Mariscos Jalisco, Guerrilla Tacos, Carnitas El Momo and many more.
Derby Day @ Santa Anita Park (Arcadia)
The track celebrates its 77th $1,000,000 Derby with an entire day of special events. Aside from the thoroughbred racing with over $1.9 million in stakes purses and the derby winner going to run in the Kentucky Derby next month, there is a Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival where you can enjoy over 30 craft beers, over 30 premium local food trucks and musical performances by the Neil Diamond tribute band, Super Diamond.
Sunday, April 6
CicLAvia @ Wilshire Boulevard (between Grand Ave. & Fairfax Ave.)
CicLAvia bans cars from an L.A. thoroughfare for a day (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), transforming it into a safe place for cyclists, walkers, rollerbladers and skateboarders to cruise the city. This particular route is along iconic Wilshire Boulevard, a six-mile stretch from Downtown to Miracle Mile. There are activity hubs at various points with fun activities, art, music, food and crafts for the whole family to enjoy. The forecast predicts a sunny Sunday with a high of 80 degrees, so it’s going to be ideal weather for a walk/bike/skate through town.
Galaxy vs. Chivas USA @ StubHub Center (Carson)
The MLS season is in full swing, and it’s time for the first SuperClásico of 2014. Although neither squad is high in the Western Conference standings, it’s still early in the season, and a match between the two is always exciting. See Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Kennedy and Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista take on the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Juninho, all starting at noon today.