The Best Events in LA this Weekend: May 13-15

Review Weekly Staff

May 13



Bob Boilen

7:30 p.m. @ Skylight Books


1818 North Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90027


For fans of NPR’s long-running shows All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts the thought of meeting the man behind the voice would be hard to pass up! Bob Boilen, the calm and measured encyclopedia of music history will be signing copies of his new book Your Song Changed My Life at Skylight Books on Vermont Friday night.



Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. @ The Geffen Contemporary

$12 General Admission / $6 Students

152 N. Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012


The Geffen Contemporary is home to unique exhibits that tend to press the definition of modern art. The latest offering Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA is no different. Collecting large and small scale installations from our current favorite nostalgia trap: the 1990s. The exhibit is split into six thematic sections: Installation; The Outmoded; Noir America; Place and Identity; Touch, Intimacy, and Queerness; and Space, Place, and Scale.



Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

7:30 p.m. @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts

$49 – $79

600 Town Center Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Alton Brown is perhaps the most popular food scientist in the world. And for good reason! He makes complex concepts concerning food and how it interacts with our bodies exciting and immersive. His new live show presents demonstrations and experiments with songs, games and a little smoke and fire! This all-ages show is sure to delight everyone in the family, and you might even get a snack or two during the show. Prepare for a night of laughs and audience participation.



EL CID FLAMENCO Dinner Theater Presents Tablao Flamenco

7:45 p.m. @ El Cid Restaurant


4212 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90029


It’s so rare that we get a dinner AND a show these days. El Cid hopes to change that. Every Friday, the Spanish restaurant offers up locally-inspired cuisine along with an hour-long presentation of traditional Flamenco dancing and entertainment. The Old Hollywood atmosphere and sophisticated dinner options make this a classy place to spend your Friday evening. Bring someone special and come early, doors open at 6:30!



May 14



Melrose Trading Post

9:00 a.m. @ Fairfax High School


7850 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046


Support your local school by shopping at the ever-growing collection of vendors set up all around the high school’s campus every Saturday morning. You’ll find furniture, clothing and knick knacks that suit all interests. Dig through bins of old photographs, dust off classic hardcover literature, or find your love a new glimmering ring. The Melrose Trading Post has something for everyone!



Beyoncé – The Formation World Tour

7:30 p.m. @ Rose Bowl Stadium

$154 – $1840

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

Pasadena, CA 91103


Nosebleeds are still available for the working/middle class, but if you’re so financially lucky to be able to pay to be a part of the Bey Hive, there’s still a handful of seats available in the fan club sections flanking the stage. Yes, for the price of a used Honda, you and your date can sit on stage as Sweet Lady B serenades the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.



David Cross

8:00 p.m. @ Palace Theatre


630 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015


Not to be outdone by Beyoncé, David Cross is putting on a show downtown! The poignant stand-up comic will be performing his new set entitled Making America Great Again! Expect the venerable comic to lampoon all the major political players and the state of society as it stands today. Be prepared for harsh language and uncomfortable revelations, as has become the trademark of David Cross.



Andrew Bird

8:00 p.m. @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

$37.50 – $52.50

929 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015


Just a stone’s throw from David Cross, Andrew Bird will take the stage at the exact same time. Andrew Bird, perhaps best known for his whistling solo in The Muppets, offers up an eclectic sound that is sure to get your foot tapping. If you’re undying devotion to the Bey Hive keeps you from this show, rest easy knowing he’s also got another show lined up for 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.



May 15


Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival

9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. @ Paramount Ranch

$10 – $20

2813 Cornell Road

Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Three stages and a dance barn are really all you need to know! If you love some banjo and fiddle action, this is the place to be! The whole Festival takes place in Western movie sets and the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. Grab the kids, hit the road and enjoy a little time outside the hustle and bustle of the city.



Preacher Pop-Up Screening

4:00 p.m. @ Millwick


800 East Fourth Place

Los Angeles, CA 90013


Fans of Garth Ennis, rejoice! Preacher is closer than ever to premiering on AMC, and you can grab a sneak peek at the premiere this Sunday. This gritty live-action thriller is set to retain much of what made Preacher such a gripping read. The new show was developed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen of Superbad fame. Grab your tickets ASAP as this event is sure to fill up fast!



CicLAvia: Southeast Cities

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Florence Avenue and Pacific Boulevard

Huntington Park, CA 90255


The venerable bicycle group-ride strikes again! Closing major streets to the south of LA, you can enjoy car-free street riding in the communities of Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood and Watts. Enjoy a leisurely ride through town and stop off at loads of great restaurants and shops along the way!



Renaissance Pleasure Faire

10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. @ Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

$29 Adult – $15 Child 5-12

15501 Arrow Hwy

Irwindale, CA 91706


The original Ren Faire is located just east of Pasadena! Grab your stein and your fantasy garb and head to Irwindale for a day filled with jousting, archery and beer! This year’s Ren Faire is a blast now that the event has fully embraced craft beer. Each kiosk offers different brews! Come early, stay late, enjoy a quest or two and don’t forget to cheer for your section’s knight during the jousting tournament! Huzzah!


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