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Tuesday, Apr. 19 Live Talks Los Angeles Zipper Hall, Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., (323) 791-2584 or 7:30 p.m.: “30 Rock” creator, SNL alumna and Sarah Palin skewerer Tina Fey is in conversation with Steve Martin on her memoir Bossypants. Wednesday, Apr. 20 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or 7 p.m.: Jacques D’Amboise discusses his work “I Was A Dancer,” about his years with Balanchine, Robbins, LeClercq and Farrell, with Sasha Anawalt, who directs USC’s Arts Journalism program. Spring Break Family Campfire Vista Hermosa Natural Park, 100 N. Toluca St., (213) 250-1100 or 7-8:30 p.m.: Meet at the Grotto Amphitheater for an evening of nature tales, campfire songs, games and, of course, marshmallows. Skewers and campfire are provided. Thursday, Apr. 21 Zero Waste Fair City Hall South Lawn, 200 N. Main St., (213) 9780333 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: The city’s Bureau of Sanitation along with the Downtown Farmer’s Market celebrates Earth Day with information tables on sustainable practices, games and prizes. Thursdays @ Central Meeting Room A, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7000 or 12:15-1 p.m.: Jerry Wong, Information Services Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau in Los Angeles, discusses preliminary census results and provides an introduction to the American Community Survey. Free and open to the public. ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or 7 p.m.: How did tribal order and society evolve into the political institutions of today? Francis Fukuyama and Jared Diamond discuss the origins of democratic societies and raise questions about the nature of politics. California African American Museum 600 State Dr., (213) 744-7432 or 7 p.m.: The museum screens My Neighbor, My Killer (2009), in which confessed genocide killers are sent home from prison while traumatized survivors are asked to forgive them and resume life side-byside after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Saturday, Apr. 23 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-DINO or visit 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: In this installment of the “Art + Science” series, find out why birds have feathers, snakes have scales and more. 1-4 p.m.: In these weekly spring gardening classes, learn to start your own healthy vegetable garden at home.

MORE LISTINGS Hundreds of listings of fun and interesting things to do in Downtown Los Angeles can also be found online at Rock, Pop & Jazz; Bars & Clubs; Farmers Markets; Events; Film; Sports; Art Spaces; Theater, Dance and Opera; Classical Music; Museums; and Tours.

photo by Sandee Oliver

TWO Alice Cooper, the godfather (some would say grandfather; the dude is 63) of shock rock, will receive the Golden God Award at the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show at Club Nokia on Wednesday, Apr. 20, at 7:30 p.m. He’ll also be celebrating the reunion of the original Alice Cooper Group and its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a performance. Cooper was the pioneer of the Grand Guignol-esque stage show with guillotines and gallows, boa constrictors and baby dolls, and gallons of fake blood — Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and many other contemporary rockers owe him a major debt. Scream along to hits such as “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out” and “Elected.” Also on the ticket is Duff McKagan’s Loaded. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or

From her beginnings as a young and vicious nerd with dreams of comedy stardom to the Second City improv group to “Saturday Night Live” to “30 Rock,” what a funny, strange trip it’s been. Now Tina Fey discusses said journey in Downtown Los Angeles, when she appears with Steve Martin at the Nokia Theatre on Tuesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. The event by the organization Live Talks Los Angeles comes in the wake of her new book, Bossypants. Martin, the banjoplaying, Oscar-hosting comedy legend also has a new book, the novel An Object of Beauty. By the by, there’s a good cause for all of this, with the proceeds from the event benefiting public broadcast stations KPCC and KCET. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (800) 745-3000 or photo courtesy Grilled Cheese Invitational

by Lauren Campedelli, listings editor photo by Platon

SPONSORED LISTINGS Live Church LA Club Nokia, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 4934329 or April 14, 10 a.m.: Join Live Church L.A. for Easter Sunday. Immediately following is the second annual Easter Celebration on Nokia Plaza, free to all. It includes the Easter egg hunt (ages 1-6), pictures with the Easter Bunny, balloon artists, face painting and arts and crafts. RSVP for your child at info@ LA Motor Expo Bank of America Plaza, 333 S. Hope St., May 6-13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: In partnership with Brookfield Properties, the L.A. Motor Expo presents the latest vehicles from the likes of Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Land Rover, Saab and Volvo.

Calling all cheese fiends, aficionados and the cheese-curious, this year’s Grilled Cheese Invitational is all about “more.” More space, more vendors, more free samples, more entertainment and more cheese! More than 30,000 grilled cheese sandwiches will tempt your taste buds on Saturday, Apr. 23, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at L.A. Center Studios (last year’s event, shown here, was at L.A. State Historic Park). Both amateur and professional chefs compete to become crowned the Grilled Cheese Champion (the Biggest Cheese?). Or perhaps you’d rather be a judge or enter the Cheese Calling Competition or the Cheesy Costume Contest. Bring an empty stomach and a cholesterollowering kit. At 1201 W. Fifth St.,

What stringed instrument is said to have been developed in 13th century India because the king at that time was tired of making love to his wife in silence and wanted sensual, spiritual background music “in tune” with Tantric teachings? Hint: It rhymes with guitar. It’s the sitar of Hindustani classical music and its master, the composer and world cultural ambassador Ravi Shankar, will celebrate his 90th birthday (yes, 9-0) with a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. The man who influenced the Beatles will be accompanied by his daughter Anoushka Shankar, also a sitarist and composer. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or With the arts opportunities galore in Downtown, it’s hard to remain a philistine. The quarterly Art Weekend LA is the newest event celebrating the visual arts. Its second edition will be held Saturday-Sunday, Apr. 23-24, from noon-6 p.m. Venues such as the MOCA museums, the Gallery at REDCAT, and galleries including Edgar Varela Fine Arts (Tim Simmons’ photograph “Los Angeles, Boulder Drive” shown here, is on display) and L2kontemporary will participate, and shuttles on Saturday will ferry visitors to and from venues in the Historic Core, Bunker Hill, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Arts District and South Park. The key to this event is access to art happenings and exhibits at the selected venues for existing and budding art patrons. Get your catalog, map and bearings at the information center at 727 S. Spring St., Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to

photo by Tim Simmons



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Los Angeles Downtown News is a free weekly newspaper distributed in and around downtown Los Angeles.