By Vanessa Payes
The dust hasn’t settled yet. The last weekend of Coachella Music Festival is approaching and more fans are heading out of Los Angeles to see this year’s killer all-star line up.
If you’re back from the desert, and plan to stay local, then rehydrate, recover and check out these ten awesome things to do in Los Angeles this week.
Gear up to chow down on the city’s best Korean tacos, chug craft beer floats and make a death-defying escape from a ravenous zombie before settling into a cozy art house theater to catch a cult flick.
EVENTS: TRAPPED IN A ROOM WITH A ZOMBIE
A surge of adrenaline will course through your veins when you find yourself trapped in a dark room with a zombie breathing down your neck. You and 11 other people will have to scramble around in pitch-black darkness, amidst the creepy groans and growls of a grisly flesh eater that is chained to the wall. Every five minutes the chain is given one foot of slack until the cannibalistic corpse is just inches away from you. This truly horrific and twisted scenario is the sickest new trend in recreational horror. Gather up your toughest cronies to see whose really got the moxie to make it out of “Trapped in a Room With A Zombie” without shedding tears or soiling their pants like a baby. Reservations are filling up quick.
MUSIC: REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS
Hard rock and heavy metal magazine, Revolver, will be hosting its annual Golden God Awards on Wednesday April 23rd at Club Nokia. Slayer, Motley Crue, Korn, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age are among this year’s nominees for best live band and best album of the year. Many of rock and roll’s heavy hitters will all be under one roof to honor some of the biggest names in hard rock. There will be special live performances by this year’s Golden God Award Honoree Joan Jett and Guns N’ Roses as front man Axl Rose is handed the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets are still available online.
MOVIES: DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART ONE AND THREE
Penelope Spheeris’s documentary trilogy Decline of the Western Civilization captures Los Angeles’ punk, heavy metal and hardcore scenes at integral stages of development during the 1980s. The first installment of the trilogy, released in 1981, features band interviews and live concert footage of legendary punk bands X, the Germs, The Circle Jerks, Black Flag and their fans at the time when Hollywood’s early punk scene was overtaken by the young and abrasive hardcore punk bands. Decline of the Western Civilization parts one and three focus on the early years of Hollywood punk and the homeless squatters and gutter punks of late eighties. Travel back in time and get a historical glimpse of the unruly malcontents and wayward youth that made up Los Angeles’ punk rock subculture at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Friday April 18th with back to back screenings of these two highly revered rock docs. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first come first serve basis.
MUSIC: AN EVENING WITH DEATH
For nearly thirty years the genius, and revolutionary, music of an undiscovered proto-punk band called Death, lay undiscovered in dusty boxes of old records. Interest in the Detroit based trio began when rare record collectors began seeking out the band’s only record release, increasing the value and popularity of the record to unprecedented heights. The hype prompted the making of the documentary film, A Band Called Death, which chronicles the band’s struggle to break out of their garage and land a record deal in the late 1970s. They were passed up by major labels when creative visionary, and lead guitarist David Hackney, refused to change the band’s name. David’s genius, and the incredible music that Death produced, has earned them their long overdue spot in the history of early garage and punk rock. David’s vision is being carried out by his bothers as they reconcile the band’s latent success with his death. You can catch these punk rock pioneers performing live at the Satellite on April 22nd and be granted the unique opportunity to see old photos of the band and hear their story in a Q & A session.
FOOD: LA FOODIE FLOAT TRIP
Droppin’ delicious balls of artisan ice cream into ice frosted pint glasses brimming with quality craft beers is pure love. Indulge in unlimited samples of gourmet ice cream from Peddler’s Creamery, Ice Cream Lab, and Ramekin before you chug fantastic craft beer floats. There will be gourmet food trucks and free unlimited samples of sweets from Mwokaji Cakery. Guests will also walk away with a complimentary goodie bag that includes a float mixing kit and a twenty dollar gift card to Uber Ride Service. L.A. Foodie Float Trip takes place at Angel City Brewery April 19th.
MUSIC: THE CHAINSMOKERS LIVE AT CREATE NIGHT CLUB
EDM’s rambunctious duo The Chainsmokers will be performing at Create on April 18th. These guys put the selfie on shout and gave narcism in the age of technology its own anthem with their hot single “Selfie.” The duo recently performed the main stage at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival and now they’re bringing their signature hyped up EDM to Hollywood for this all-night rager. Tickets online.
MUSIC: BLESSED ARE THE BROKE, FOR THEY WILL INHERIT…BROKECHELLA 2014
For all you resident scroungers, moochers and couch surfers that still live on the ramen diet and have been consigned to Coachella oblivion over the years, there is redemption. Brokechella. This homegrown music festival gives the broke music fans who couldn’t afford Coachella a chance to enjoy 60 live performances by bands, DJs and hip hop acts. The performers will be spread across three stages and there will also be art installations and munchies. You’ll definitely dig the ten dollar admission price and be spared the color-coded wristband segregation of big music festivals. The event takes place in Downtown Los Angeles on April 19th. Check out the line up and get your tickets online.
MOVIES: YOU’RE SO MONEY BABY! SWINGERS SCREENING AT THE VISTA THEATER
Jon Favreou and Vince Vaughn star in this 1996 film about struggling actors in Los Angeles during the swing and lounge scene of the 1990s. Swingers is set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s ultra cool and sexy retro nightlife as three friends prowl the town trying to pick up women. The true-to-life camaraderie of the characters, wardrobe and snappy dialogue have made it a cult classic and the 2007 winner of Spike Tv’s Guy’s Choice Movie Hall of Fame Award. The film is screening at midnight, for one night only, on Friday April 18th at the Vista in Los Feliz. Get tickets online.
FOOD: LOS ANGELES’ FIRST EVER KTOWN NIGHT MARKET
K-Town Night Market brings the traditional Asian night market to Los Angeles. The market will consist of over 100 food vendors and merchants as well as Great Food Truck Race winners like Grill Em’ All, Seoul Sausage, and the Lime Truck. Other famous food trucks like Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, White Rabbit and CoolHaus will also be on site dishing out their incredible edibles.
K-Town Night Market is a community event that seeks to bring the city’s diverse cultures together to enjoy live music performances by local and international acts, carnival games and trendy fashion merchandise from vendors like Tokidoki. There will be art installations and oodles of yummy Korean tacos among other playfully unique fusions of Latin, Asian and American cuisine that native Angelenos can’t resist. April 18th and 19th at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.
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FASHION: TRENDY AND RETRO CHIC LABEL MAISON KITSUNE TAKES OVER THE ROOSEVELT
If you like dance music and chic mid-century mod fashion, then you’ll wanna check out ultra-hip record and fashion label Maison Kitsune’s weeklong take over of the Roosevelt Hotel. A pop-up flea on April 18th will give you an exclusive chance to get your hands on vintage Kitsune wear and new summer digs as well as a designer commemorative t-shirt of the event. Later that night you can hit Teddy’s for Kitsune Club Night and get you’re sassy on as you dance to the label’s imported sexy French beats. Round out the free-fashion-party weekend with a poolside bronzing sesh at the Tropicana on Sunday April 20th with live electro-pop music from London duo Eli and Fur and Them Jeans at the Kitsune Pool Party. These parties are glam, gorg’ and a total “must do.”