This week, residents of LA will have plenty of opportunities to explore some of the city’s best religious celebrations, as well as some delicious food and unique cultural activities. Learn something about the Jewish Passover Celebration by attending a community Seder at one of LA’s local synagogues, or visit Wood Ranch BBQ to take the burden of cooking a tasty Passover brisket off your plate. Toward the end of the week, celebrate Easter by attending a festive city event, a Broadway style Passion Play, or an Easter morning service at local LA churches. In the mood for something else? Go to the STAPLES Center for a Clippers game against The Denver Nuggets.
Monday, April 14
Le Petit Bistro Restaurant
13360 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Start your week off with something truly delicious: a lobster feast at one of the Valley’s best French restaurants. Le Petit Bistro is offering 1 1/2 pounds of Maine lobster with your choice of soup du jour or baby mixed green salad. Served with mashed potatoes or pomme frites for the low price of $25.95, it will make for something to get you through your Monday work day.
Celebrate the first night of Passover at one of LA’s local synagogues as you strive to make Passover night different from all other nights of the year. Nearly 20 LA synagogues are opening their doors to the community this year (on both Monday and Tuesday evenings), allowing those without a local family the chance to share Passover together with others in the Jewish community. Prices range from $10-$85 for members and non-members depending on location.
Tuesday, April 15
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets
1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
On Tuesday, The Los Angeles Clippers take on The Denver Nuggets at the STAPLES Center for a showdown that will surely put some excitement into your week. The game starts at 7:30pm so make sure to arrive early to catch the action with a burger and beer. Sit back, relax and enjoy the game!
Wood Ranch BBQ
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cooking your own Passover meal can be completely exhausting; from cleaning and kitchen prep, to buying groceries, and the time consuming process of slow cooking your favorite brisket recipe, cooking a Passover meal can be overwhelming. This year, take a break from the hard work and let Wood Ranch BBQ prepare a tasty brisket just perfect for your celebration. Chef Alex Benes makes an amazing, fork-tender smoked brisket that will wow your family; it is rubbed with a blend of spices before being smoked for several hours over pecan wood. You can choose to dine in, take it to go, or even opt for full catering services depending on your personal preference, all available by a simple click online.
Wednesday, April 16“Spring Holidays” Happy Hour
Downtown Culver City
Culver City, CA 90230
Celebrate the “Spring Holidays” with a fun and festive happy hour in downtown Culver City. Seasonal menu offerings will be available at neighborhood restaurants, drink specials will abound for you to enjoy on a lovely outdoor patio (equipped with heat lamps), or you can sample and save at local boutiques. The historic downtown’s beautiful setting, tree-lined streets and free parking make this a great midweek stop. Come by at 5pm between Culver and Washington Blvd’s and Dusquesne Ave. to enjoy!
Thursday, April 17My Name Is Asher Lev
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
With a run extended through May 18th, be sure to head to the Fountain Theatre to see Aaron Posner’s award winning adaptation of “My Name is Asher Lev,” based on the novel originally written by Chaim Potok. Winner of the 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, “Asher” is a young, Jewish painter determined to become an artist in New York at any cost. Directed by Stephen Sachs and starring Jason Karasev, Anna Khaja, and Joel Polis. Thursday-Sundays through May 18.
Friday, April 18
Passion Play 2014
Shepherd of the Hills
19700 Rinaldi St.
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
LA’s long running “Passion Play” is an Easter tradition at Shepherd of the Hills church in Porter Ranch. The highly admired and beautifully produced musical follows the life of Christ including his birth, ministry, crucifixion, and finally resurrection that is celebrated by Christians and Catholics worldwide every Easter. Directed by Chip Hurd, with notable credits including “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and the award-winning “The Bible Experience” audio book, with voice and choir instruction by Jasper Randall (“Avatar”, “Tangled”), and musical direction from Maxi Anderson (“Happy Feet Two”, “Ides of March”), the impressive production is much more anyone would expect from a church play. No children under the age of six.
Saturday, April 19Egg Scramble and Egg-spedition Egg Hunt
LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
310 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
This Saturday, take the whole family out to the LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden for an Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids of all ages. For just $3 per child (in addition to admission fees if applicable), your kids can search for eggs, make take-home crafts, play games, and even win prizes. Each child will receive an Easter egg basket to take home their goodies in as well. Spend the rest of your afternoon milling through the beautiful grounds for the perfect spring day. 10am.
Sunday, April 20MOSAIC Easter Celebration
MOSAIC at Club Nokia
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
MOSAIC Church will be holding Easter services at both their Hollywood (7107 Hollywood Blvd.) and Downtown LA locations (Nokia Plaza). Although service times at the Hollywood location are many (9am, 11am, 1pm, 6pm, 8pm), the Club Nokia Downtown gathering will take place once, at 10am. After the Easter celebration, be sure to stick around for the MOSAIC Easter Festival from 12pm-2pm at the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza off 12th and Figueroa. This free event will include Easter crafts, face painting, food trucks, photo booths, balloon artists, and egg hunts for the kids. All are welcome.
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