It’s officially outdoor season! Enjoy the culinary treats at a foodie extravaganza, sniff the bountiful blooms of L.A. spring at night, and feast your eyes on popular films during the opening week of a unique rooftop theater. And if you somehow haven’t had enough of winter, dine like Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen at a Game of Thrones banquet.
Monday, April 1
Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Today marks opening season for outdoor screenings, and in a city full of alfresco cinema options, Melrose Rooftop Theatre stands out. With a lineup heavy on recent and megapopular films, you’ve got plenty of chances to catch up on the past year’s blockbusters and Oscar bait (don’t worry, there are still crowd-pleasing classics, too). Opt for the VIP experience to get a three-course meal at E.P. Restaurant before the show, or drop in at the adjoining L.P. rooftop bar afterward if you’re not ready to call it a night. Ages 21 and up. Ongoing through November; E.P. and L.P., 603 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood
In Conversation: Kara Walker and Jamillah James
Artist Walker, widely known for her large-scale works addressing long-standing racism in the United States, and Institute of Contemporary Art L.A. curator James discuss how art can address the legacy of slavery in contemporary American life. California African American Museum, 600 State Drive; 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2
Aprés le Dèluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues
Scott Thompson takes his most famous character, Buddy Cole from Kids in the Hall, and gives him an entire show. Always unfiltered and bombastic in the best way possible, Cole has a lot to say. Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Café, 2106 Hyperion Avenue; 8–9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Ballet, jazz, rumba—this extravagant show mixes styles of dance in a spectacular consideration of black history in America. The gold standard in modern dance since 1958, the Alvin Ailey troupe has a four-day residency that starts tonight at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Performing four different works to Revelations, the company showcases classic and contemporary masterworks. Arrive one hour early for “Dance Talks,” a discussion with members of the company, as well as a dance class. Through Sunday, April 7; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue; 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 4
Game of Thrones Dinner
To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, taste your way through an eight-course feast at the historic Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village and sip whiskeys representing a house from the Seven Kingdoms and the Night’s Watch guard. Don your best Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen costume for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $149 per person. Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard; 6–9 p.m.
Cole Escola: Quick! Pretend I’m Asleep!
You may have experienced a little of Escola’s charm on Hulu’s Difficult People. However, his live experience is even weirder, more wonderful, and thrilling, with one-of-a-kind, ultraniche characters. Other days of this performance are sold out—now’s your chance! Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard; 7 p.m.
Friday, April 5
Dance is in session this weekend, as a salon-style collective highlighting choreographers perform short dance and experimental movement pieces across all genres. In the intimate space of the legendary Sweatspot, the audience becomes part of the electric current running through the entire night. Presenting original works by Grant Gilmore, Julia Eichten, Jamie Donovan, Keean Johnson, The TL Collective, Dominique Kelley, Myles Yachts, and Rhapsody James. Through Sunday, April 7; 3327 Sunset Boulevard; 8 p.m.
First Fridays: Drought
What’s so tantalizing in the popular imagination about the Southern California apocalypses, anyway? The attraction is a mystery, but the science is not. At the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays, you can geek/freak out over cocktails and food truck grub at this year’s session, themed Forces of Nature. This Friday focuses on drought, with a panel of experts explaining why things keep getting higher and drier, and what we need to do about it. Plus, bands and DJs! Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard; 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6
Visit the magical Descanso Gardens for special dusk hours programming, full of music, drinks, and science-y surprises. Tonight’s event is focused on the Descanso’s dazzling L.A. blooms. Advance tickets required. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge; 5:30 p.m.
Geronimo: Life on the Reservation
Golden Globe–nominated actor Steve Railsback directs this tragic but important story of the last years of the once-powerful Apache leader after he became a POW in his native country. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica; 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 7
Masters of Taste
Get into the spring spirit at one of the season’s first outdoor food festivals. Set at the Rose Bowl, some of Southern California’s top culinary, sweets, and cocktail masters serve their best bites and sips to thousands. Look for chefs from restaurants such as Faith & Flower, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Kass Wine Bar & Kitchen, Patina, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Salazar, and Momed, to name just a few. Tickets are $105 (general admission) and $165 (VIP), and all proceeds directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena
Stiv: The Life and Times of Stiv Bator
Punk legend Stiv Bator (Dead Boys) was a, if not the, quintessential punk figure—New York in the ’70s, sex-drugs-rock-and-roll, and, eventually, a mysterious and somewhat disputed death by vehicular accident. See his story in a new documentary by filmmaker Danny Garcia, who has done docs on fellow punk brethren Sid Vicious and the Clash. Regent Theater, 448 South Main Street; 7 p.m.