5 Awesome Things To Do In L.A. This Week



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Photos (From Left, Clockwise): Via LACMA; Regen Projects; The Hammer Museum; Assembly Salon

No joke, this week will be a weird one. Sure, last month's supermoon did a number on your emotions, but the first week of April is all about surreal happenings. You could always play safe and stick to the same ol' schedule, but why not add a bit of avant-garde 'tude to your iCal with an eclectic rotation of lectures, screenings, and meals? Heads up: Things are about to get trippy!

David Lynch Gets Surreal Real In New Doc
We're fans of any Lynch-directed flick, so you better believe we're anxious to see what the movie genius can accomplish in front of the lens. The Hammer will premiere Meditation, Creativity, Peace, a documentary about Lynch's 16-country tour of Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America to promote the individual and global impact of meditation. A Q&A with the subject (and Russell Brand) will follow the free screening.
When: Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at Westwood Boulevard); 310-443-7000.

Bug's Life: New Exhibit Inspects Imaginary Insects
It's a given that no two museum experiences are alike. Case in point: the newest Bugs installation at Sonos Studio. In a nutshell, filmmaker Tom Kuntz positioned six TVs in a circle, with one bug assigned to each screen. To immerse visitors visually and aurally, acclaimed electronic musician Dan Deacon composed a series of loops for each character, resulting in an amorphous installation with a million variations.
When: Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, May 5, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Sonos Studio, 145 North La Brea Avenue (between Beverly Boulevard and West 1st Street); no phone.

A Sci-Fi Themed Pop-Up Dinner That's Perfect For Date Night
Tired of the mundane dinner-and-a-movie routine? Switch it up with the latest dining event at LACMA, Body Snatchers. For Friday night's dinner, executive chef Jason Fullilove will prepare a four-course menu, inspired by the sci-fi oddities Zardoz and Fantastic Planet — both of which will screen after dinner. We wish all our date nights came with such a cool itinerary!
When: Friday, April 5, 6 p.m.
Where: LACMA Café, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-4761.
Reservations: Email here, or call 323-377-2698.

Check Out Some NSFW Art This Weekend
Quite frankly, if there was ever a perfect city to display Marilyn Minter's work, it would be L.A. Her color-saturated, uber-sexual photographs will appeal to many Angelenos — especially those who count themselves as Pam Anderson fans. Featuring caviar and glitter as prominent mediums, the borderline pornographic (ok, some are straight-up pornographic) works are quite the sight, especially considering some take up an entire gallery wall!
When: Saturday, April 6 through Saturday, May 11
Where: Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard (near North Highland Avenue); 310-276-5424.

Say Buh-Bye Boring Braids At This Brand New Salon
L.A. has its fair share of blow out bars, so it was only a matter of time before a braid bar made its debut! In addition to plaits, the newly opened Assembly Salon will offer manis, massages, and makeup applications. Creative director Jacqueline Bush has a stacked résumé of celeb clients, so don't be surprised if you spot an A-lister or two!
Where: Assembly Salon, 250 South Robertson Boulevard, Suite B. (between Charleville Boulevard and Gregory Way); 424-278-1567.