This weekend: the Grilled Cheese Invitational fetes that timeless American classic sandwich. Animals will be blessed. And a few Easter egg hunts will help the kids exercise their find-random-things-in-the-grass skills, or as hipsters call it: foraging.
- Oh, the grilled cheese sandwich. So simple, so supple, so will outlive bacon as the food most people will still want in five years. The annual Grilled Cheese Invitational celebrates the grilled cheese sandwich. There will be four categories of competition (Love, American Style, The Missionary Position, The Kama Sutra, The Honey Pot) and professional chefs will duke it out on the main stage. Our Nicole Iizuka, previews the event here. $12. 11am to 6pm at the Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. 5th Street downtown.
- For the last eight decades – decades! – animals of all stripes have been blessed in the annual Blessing of the Animals. This year marks the 81st year that the animals are blessed by an archbishop “in grateful recognition of the tremendous services given to the human race by the animal kingdom.” Yes, it’s true. So many benefits. I love my dog. Free. From 12pm to 5pm at the El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza right off of Olvera Street.
- The 16th Annual Easter in the Park is technically the day before Easter, but the kids probably don’t care much for technicalities because they just want the eggs. Don’t we all? Several egg hunts are planned for the day (hat tip to the organizers’ wise decision to divide the hunt into different age brackets), as well as a hat parade and a stage show. The Easter bunny will be there, of course. Remember: tricks are for kids. Free. From 10am to 1pm-ish at Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd. in La Canada Flintridge.
- Doesn’t our home planet deserve more than one day to celebrate itself? Topanga thinks so, and so even though Earth Day is today, Friday, April 22, the city celebrates the Earth with its weekend-long Earth Day Festival. There will be “pedal-powered smoothies”, on-the-spot yoga sessions, music from solar-powered stages, and, you know, Earth. Suggested donation $12, but that’s just a guideline. From 10am to sunset Saturday and Sunday at the Topanga Community House Fair Grounds, 1440 N. Topanga Blvd. in Topanga.
- Comedy singing duo Garfunkel & Oates are at the Largo at the Coronet. Sometimes random special guests show up (per Donovan’s comment below, Har Mar Superstar will be the extra-special guest!), sometimes it’s just those two singing about how pregnant women are smug and the trials of having a gay boyfriend. With a uke, natch. $25. 8:30pm at the Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
- I was going to reinvent the wheel here, but I realized the wheel’s pretty good and doesn’t need to be reinvented just yet. And so, I point you to the LA Times and its fairly thorough round-up of local restaurants and their Easter brunch menus.
- Between the 81 years of animals being blessed and the 89 years that the Annual St. Sophia Greek Easter Picnic has been held, this is quite the weekend. The picnic will have plenty of Greek food, plus the Easter bunny. $10 for everyone over 13 years old; free for the kids 12 and under. 11:30am to 7pm at Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
- For vegans, Animal Acres, a wonderful animal sanctuary in Acton, will host an Eggless Easter at its farm. Tours of the sanctuary will be available, and there will be a vegan sweets bake sale. Someone bless those animals. Free if you bring a vegan treat; $5 otherwise. From 11am to 3pm at Animal Acres, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road in Acton.
- Ok, maybe Bugs isn’t quite the Easter bunny you were hoping to introduce to the kids, but c’mon, a Bugs Bunny cartoon matinee probably will be just as much fun. The Aero Theater will play a few Bugs Bunny shorts, followed by a Buster Keaton short (“One Week”) that’s part of the theater’s weekend-long Keaton series, and then host an egg hunt. Bonus points for finding the carrot, no points for finding the stick. $11. 4pm at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica.
- You guys! David Eick, the guy who created and executive produced one of the best television shows of the decade (Battlestar Galactica) will join Dan Harmon, creator and executive producer of Community, in 826LA’s final “Writing Seminar for Adults” series. They’ll give you valuable tips about the Business and discuss what makes them tick. Try to refrain from asking Eick what the frak they did with Starbuck as the series drew to a close, and why. On second thought, please, someone brave ask him. $12. 7pm at Nerdist Studios at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake.
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