Angelenos love a good restaurant week, so the launch of Thai Restaurant Week is sure to be a welcomed way to start your Monday. To keep your week entertaining, the hit musical Kinky Boots is back for a limited two-week engagement, and a screening and panel discussion of TBS’s comedy Angie Tribeca at the Paley Center will keep you laughing through hump day. The zoo will open a new exhibit featuring some very old residents, and a two-decades-old contemporary ballet company begins a three-year residency with two new premieres. To cap it off, a fancy schmancy wine and food event at a Beverly Hills mansion is the perfect way to end a great week of fun.
Thai Restaurant Week
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is bringing a taste of Thai to Los Angeles with the launch of new Thai Restaurant Week, today through April 17th. As home to the largest Thai community outside Thailand, L.A. is the perfect place to pay tribute to Thailand’s most famous festival, Songkran, signifying the sun’s entry into the sign of Aries the Ram. To celebrate the festival, nineteen restaurants around the city will be offering special dishes and pre-fixe menus, Chef Nooror Somany Steppe from the Blue Elephant Cooking School in Phuket will be offering cooking classes at the New School of Cooking. For a chance to win a trip to celebrate Songkran in Bangkok next year, hop on Instagram or Twitter and share your New Year’s resolution or Songkran experience using #SongkranStory.
Throwback Tuesday Pasta Special
615 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Step aside Throwback Thursday, Pizza Romana’s got a new “Throwback Tuesday + Wednesday” special starting this month. The series will offer a pasta dish that’s a throwback to one served at the restaurant’s predecessor, Cube, available only Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This month, owner Alex Palermo is offering Ciauscolo ravioli with brown butter, sage, and Parmigiano Reggiano Vacche Rosse (one of the rarest Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses). Pair the $10 dish with one of several Italian wines specially curated by Palermo himself. If this dish is tantalizing your tastebuds, make sure you get it before April is over, as the pastas rotate monthly.
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
If you missed last season’s wildly-successful L.A. Premiere of Kinky Boots, now’s your chance to see it. Opening today, and running for a limited two-week engagement, Kinky Boots is the Broadway musical that brings together a Book and Score from award-winners Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father’s shoe factory, along with his expectations to keep the family business going. As the factory’s future hangs in the balance, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with a Lola, a cabaret performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Producing a line of high-heeled boots together, the duo discover they’re not so different after all.
Screening + Panel for Angie Tribeca
The Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The TBS hit comedy Angie Tribeca is back for another season, and will feature its season two world premiere tonight at the Paley Center. In the show created by Steve and Nancy Walls Carell, Rashida Jones plays an earnest LAPD detective thrown into a very surreal world. Packed with hijinks and cameos, the first season was presented in a unique format of airing the entire ten-episode season over a 25 hour marathon. A panel following the screening will chat about the first season, and their thoughts and teases about the next. In addition to Angie Tribeca herself, Rashida Jones, the actors portraying Jay Geils (Hayes MacArthur), Monica Scholls (Andree Vermeulen), and Lt. Chet Atkins (Jere Burns) will be on hand to discuss the show with Executive Producer Ira Ungerleider and moderator Dominic Patten, Senior Editor of Deadline.
Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The L.A. Zoo invites you to welcome their newest, prehistoric residents today. A ferocious pack of 17 life-size, life-like animatronic dinosaurs will take you back to a time when they ruled the land. Stroll through the lush landscape that the dinosaurs once roamed through, and encounter a staggering array of dinosaurs, some reaching almost 22 feet in height and weighing over 6,700 pounds. Dinosaurs from locations all over the earth and eras spanning 65 – 200 million years ago will be on display. Also included in the new exhibit are a Fossil Dig, controllable Stegosaurus, climbable Pachyrhinosaurus, and a free downloadable augmented reality app to enhance your experience. The dinos arrive today, and will be at the zoo for a limited time, so be sure to catch them before they go extinct…again.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 20th Anniversary
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company begins its three-year residency with the Valley Performing Arts Center tonight by unveiling two new contemporary commissions: Re:play by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo, and Human Rojo by Cayetano Soto. Along with the new works, an audience favorite from last summer, Silent Ghost, will be performed as well. Hailed as one of the nation’s most important contemporary ballet companies, ASFB was founded 20 years ago by two former principal dancers at The Joffrey Ballet, and is excited to bring its eclectic repertoire to VPAC. Tonight’s show starts at 8pm, and tickets start at $40. Arrive an hour before showtime to check out a pre-performance talk in the VPAC Courtyard with dance critic Debra Levine. The talk will discuss the works being performed, the history of the dance company, and why they were chosen for the three-year residency.
Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Event
905 Loma Vista Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
What’s fancier than spending your Sunday sipping wine at The Greystone Mansion? The classic Beverly Hills mansion will play host to The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers event, which are holding their 28th Annual Vintage Bouquet event today. Open to the public, it will benefit the Association’s Pro Bono Legal Services Programs. Held at one of the city’s most iconic, blockbuster-worthy mansions, the outdoor tasting event will include hors d’oeuvres and desserts from some of L.A.’s top restaurants, alongside award-winning wines and spirits. In addition to the tasty treats and spectacular view, enjoy a beer garden, musical entertainment, and both live and silent auctions. If you’re really looking to do it up, a VIP ticket option is also available, and gives you access to the exclusive VIP Cocktail Lounge. Who says lawyers aren’t fun?