TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE: A sunny spring Sunday spent on a Los Feliz hilltop, noshing on tacos, gelato, pastries, and noodles? We'll put a big checkmark in the "yes" column next to all of that. The best bit about this annual shindig, which spreads out at Barnsdall Art Park on Sunday, April 28, is that you find the place that makes you want to take a break from the other place you've been obsessing over. Don't forget about that place, the one you love, but spring is all about branching out. Oh? You'll need a ticket, too.
TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL: Older movies are beloved by many, but they still have a somewhat cobwebby rep in certain quarters. Is "Airplane!" cobwebby? Nope. Is the dishy romance "It Happened One Night" a yawner? Please. Bevies of scintillating flicks that are both classic and fresh are set to screen around Hollywood through Sunday, April 28. Stars and directors will chat, too.
THE SMITHS/MORRISSEY CONVENTION: You might be prone to ask "How Soon Is Now?" if you grew up listening to a certain Manchester-born band over and over (and over and over). If you were to ask "how soon is an awesome-looking gathering devoted to The Smiths and its famous front man" we'd answer Sunday, April 28. The place is the Avalon and it is an all-ages deal. Look for special guests, too.
GARY BASEMAN EXHIBIT: Many an artist show his or her Basemanian influences, but there's only one Gary Baseman. The Skirball Center celebrates his work and Jewish heritage in a new exhibit that opened on Thursday, April 25. We believe Mr. Baseman also designed the logo for the Beverly Hills Farmers Market, yes? You know the one. It's colorful eye-poppery at its whimsical finest.
BRITWEEK: It's weekend one for the fortnightly affair that celebrates everything UK in the Golden State. That's business, fashion, music, and movies, plus more industries beyond. Some of the BritWeek to-dos are invite only, but there are others that are open to the public. Hop on the Brits in Hollywood bus or sip some tea (properly and traditionally made, we hope).