by Hiko Mitsuzuka @TheFirstEcho
It's the middle of April, and for those of us residing in the Southwestern region of the United States, that means one thing: Coachella is luring hundreds of thousands of sweaty music fans to the desert where they will enjoy hours and hours of tunes, toplessness, and tweeting their hearts out over an epic DJ set that you can eventually stream on YouTube from the comforts of your bed.
If you managed to get tickets to annual festival, then by all means, enjoy yourself. But if you happen to find yourself here in L.A. (where a quarter of the population under 30 will be absent), you can still enjoy the freakin' weekend. And here's how:
1. Record Store Day - It's Saturday. And L.A. Weekly wants you to "celebrate analog, knowing there will never be a national 'MP3apalooza.' Celebrate the knowledgeable clerk (as brick-and-mortar shops are making a comeback) and celebrate — from Poo-Bah in Pasadena to Freakbeat in the SFV, from Claremont's Rhino to Covina's Kaos — the warmth of analog and the human touch.
2. Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction - Over at The Virgil, this writer-friendly free-for-all/festival darling/Nerdist podcast invites a return lineup of former CEFF champions Moshe Kasher, Eliza Skinner, Ben Roy, Dave Hill, Ian Karmel, Guy Branum, Andres du Bouchet, Jackie Kashian and Solomon Georgio. And it'll be creative, delightfully dirty and available on NBC's Seeso streaming platform.
3. Binge watch season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Stay indoors, break out the Peeno Noir, turn on Netflix, and stream the hell out of one of TV's best comedies on April 16 when it comes back with new episodes.
4. Shakespeare Day at The Huntington - Also on Saturday, get your Bard on by celebrating the 400th anniversary of the most celebrated playwright in history. The day-long festivities feature traditional and new interpretations of the Bard's canon throughout the library's grounds: the Independent Shakespeare Company and Guild of St. George perform scenes from The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and Richard III; L.A. Opera sings songs from Shakespeare-inspired operas; and students from the East L.A. Performing Arts Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School present excerpts fromTwelfth Night.
5. Go see The Invitation - Karyn Kusama's taut thriller about a dinner party gone wrong is proving to be a Hitchcockian nail-biter, winning over critics and genre fans. Grab some popcorn (and a friend) and check out this impressive indie: