Spring is officially here and the beginning of May has exciting events in store for you, Los Angeles! From Mother’s Day to Cinco De Mayo and much more, this week is full of excitement.
Family Night at the Paley Center: Austin & Ally
The Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Bring the whole family out to the Paley Center for a special screening and panel with the cast of Disney Channel’s popular series Austin & Ally, now in its fourth season. The core cast is set to appear including Ross Lynch (Austin Moon), Laura Marano (Ally Dawson), Calum Worthy (Dez), and Raini Rodriguez (Trish), alongside Heath Seifert and Kevin Kopelow, co-creators and Executive Producers. The screening is open to the public and tickets are now on sale.
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo
Los Lobos and Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
The Regent Theater
448 S Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Beginning at 7:30pm, the East LA band, Los Lobos will perform at The Regent in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate Mexican heritage and Cinco De Mayo. The band, who became a household name thanks to the movie La Bamba starring Lou Diamond Phillips in the portrayal of another Los Angeles native Ritchie Valens, is known worldwide for their rock and roll, country, folk and R&B sound lead to multiple Grammys.
After the event, head to one of some of LA’s Top Bars To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo.
Free Concert: Tyrese Gibson
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Grammy-Nominated, platinum recording artist Tyrese Gibson will debut his “Black Rose” album during a one-day only free concert performance at Universal CityWalk to celebrate the success of Furious 7, in which he also stars. The performance will take place on the 5 Towers stage wehre Tyrese will feature a selection of R&B/hip-hop songs, including “Shame,” which will be featured in a 22-minute Paul Hunter-directed short film co-starring Jennifer Hudson. Tyrese will also star in the new Fast & The Furious Superchraged ride at Universal Studios, opening this June.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
A secret cache of letters brings together a former Black Power leader, his estranged daughter and her drug-dealing boyfriend in a powerful story of family and activism in the West Coast premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s uncensored Sunset Baby, playing now at the Odyssey Theatre. Directed by legendary TV director Jeffrey Hayden and staring Chris Gardner and Vincent J. Isaac, performances run through June 6. Tonight’s performance allows guests to pay what they can (with a $10/ticket minimum).
Los Angeles Ballet 2015 Gala
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Join the Los Angeles Ballet’s artistic and executive directors, chairs, and guests (including Paula Abdul, Wallis Annenberg, Lawrence Bender, Bari & Fed Berstein, Governor Gray & Sharon Davis, and many more) for an evening of cocktails, dining, and a preview performance of master choreographer Jírí Kylián’s Sechs Tänze (Six Dances) to the music of Mozart. Wendie Malick will be the evening’s emcee and the egvent will honor philanthropist Ghada Irani. Oscar de la Renta is the presenting sponsor and five of the dancers, as well as Wendie Malick (who modeled for de la Renta in Paris in the 70s), will be dressed in designs from the Oscar de la Renta 2015 spring collection.
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA
Today, head to the Getty Center to celebrate National Public Gardens Day for special tours of the Getty Center’s Central Garden offered throughout the day. Sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Day helps raise awareness of the botanic gardens, arboreta, conservatories and public gardens across the country. Visitors can enjoy a free gift with purchase in the gift store for the event.
Los Angeles is full of beautiful public gardens! Visit our list of the Best Public Gardens in Los Angeles.
Queen Mary’s West Coast BBQ Classic
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA
Visit the Queen Mary this today for their 4th annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) presenting over 60 different Southern California based champion grill masters and BBQ teams competing for the coveted title of West Coast’s BEST BBQ and $10,500 in cash prizes. Masters and amateur enthusiasts will be taking part in this competition with various grilling styles including slow-cooked hickory Texan BBQ and southern Memphis-style BBQ represented. The public will have an opportunity at the event to vote for their favorite BBQ team to win the People’s Choice Award for Best BBQ, and tastings will be offered at just $2 each.
Mother’s Day Brunch
1 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
At Shutters on the Beach, One Pico’s Executive Chef Isaac Gamboa is taking inspiration from the restaurant’s oceanfront location and Southern California’s market-fresh ingredients, to produce a Mother’s Day menu featuring classic brunch items. The three-course menu offers appetizers such as Poached Farm Egg with Crème Fraiche & Chive Biscuit Asparagus, Veloute, and Black Truffle and Fermin Serrano Ham with Grilled Peach, Toasted Almonds, Wild Ruccola, Honey and Sherry Vinaigrette; entrees such as Roasted Alaskan Halibut with Corn Pudding, Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, and Serrano Ham Bread Crumbs and Lobster Risotto, made with Lobster Tail, Baby Zucchini Flowers, and Basil; and dessert options including Valrhona Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Caramel Sauce and Cocoa Nib Ice Cream.
Visit our list of the Best Restaurants Serving Mother’s Day Brunch.
Mother’s Day Activities
Mother’s Day Brunch
612 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Although Mother’s Day is usually reserved to let mom off the hook on cooking, sometimes mom’s don’t want that. A cooking class is a fun way to bond with your mom and have a great time. In fact, EATZ is having a special Mother’s Day Brunch cooking class. From 12pm to 3pm for $105, you can join in on the fun. Visit http://www.eatzla.com for additional information.
For more mother’s day activities and ways to treat your mom, visit our list of the 5 Best Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day this year.
s Annual Spring Concert
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Moms will relish the chance to hear the glorious songs of children at the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ Annual Spring Concert celebrating American Song. Considered one of the world’s preeminent children’s choirs, the program will present the world premiere of Peter Knell’s The Vowel Owl (Roger) set to John Hollander’s poem, and the Los Angeles premiere of composer/sound engineer Mark Grey’s The Plentiful Peach, based on a beloved Persian children’s story with libretto by Niloufar Talebi. The program also features a vibrant mix of mostly American songs both contemporary and traditional, including Stephen Sametz’s I Cannot Dance, O Lord; David Lang’s i want to live; Kelley Lange’s Llamame Cuando Puedas; Randall Thompson’s antiphonal a capella work Pueri Hebraeorum; and the Korean folksong Nodle Kangbyon.