The Weekend Go Go: Broke LA, Pasadena Resto Week + a post-weekend Docu Series

All that glitters is Broke L.A.
All that glitters is Broke L.A.

Sad you’re not experiencing gusty winds and near-100-degree weather in Coachella?

Drown your sorrows with a music & arts fest, food on the cheap and a socially aware film series.

Bonus: save a fortune on sunscreen.

BROKE L.A. – The festival formerly known as Brokechella has changed its name and with the mission statement of “The Next Big Thing”, claimed its territory as the premier local showcase for I-saw-them-when bragging rights.  On Saturday only, 50 up-and-coming indie, hip-hop, DJ, and comedy acts will tear it up on five stages.   Also check out Broke Film, a No Budget pop-up film festival, plus  nom nom from food trucks and restos like CoolHaus and Guelgagetza.  Bark L.A. (formerly “Puppychella” — insert happy face here) will provide festival dog-sitting (pre-registration only) in addition to adoption opportunities.  Why:  Musical bragging rights for the price of a snack in a desert dust storm.

Finance-challenged foodie alter!
Finance-challenged foodie alter!

PASADENA RESTAURANT WEEK — Craving a meal out but feeling the financial pinch post-Tax Day?  Already received your tax return and want to celebrate? Head to Rose City for the inaugural (and strategically timed!) Pasadena Restaurant Week.   Starting Sunday and extending through Friday, April 29, Pasadena eateries will offer special prix fixe meals including (usually) two-course lunches from $15 to $25 and (usually) three-course dinners from $27 to $45.  Special occasion diners will want to check out the iconic Parkway Grill, which sources from its on-site garden: dinner offerings include Thai shrimp corn dogs, pan-roasted Scottish salmon and a Butterscotch and Chocolate Brownie Trifle.  Vegans and the veggie-curious will want to venture in to Real Food Daily where plant-based lunch choices include Cardini Salad, a Portobello Mushroom Risotto and beverages such as Iced Lime Matte.  Carnivores can chow down for less at Arroyo Chop House, which offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Petit Filet Mignon and a Grand Marnier Souffle (add $7). Why:  Indulging your food fetish without breaking the bank.

Crocodile GennadiySIMA IMPACT CINEMA: 2016 WINNERS SERIES — Starting Tuesday , make the Skirball Cultural Center your destination for thought-provoking documentaries: all winners of the 2016 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) for documentary feature films.   Taking place on the foruth Tuesday of the month through August, watch compelling films like April’s inaugural offering: Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy) about a vigilante Ukrainian pastor who kidnaps young drug addicts off the streets and rehabilitates them;  Terrence Malick is one of the Executive Producers.  Additional films include: The True Cost (about the dark side of the fashion industry); Omo Child: The River and The Bush (about ritual killing of Ethiopian children believed “cursed”); Dreamcatcher (about teenage prostitutes on the streets of Chicago); and Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (about an Afghan National Army unit in their first year of no NATO support). There’s a post-screening discussion after each of the five films with: filmmakers, humanitarian aid workers, government officials, NGO representatives, cultural anthropologists, and development, education, and human rights experts.  Why:  Expanding your cultural horizons and your empathy while supporting storytellers who make a difference.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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