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Chinatown at Hollywood Forever Their 16th season of outdoor screenings begins with the movie about Los Angeles. With beautiful sunsets, deco mansions, and the glow of Chinatown, this mystery in one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway star in the murder mystery set in pre-war LA when a few men sought to control the city. A private eye investigates the murder of a city planner, and slowly uncovers a plot that would change the city forever. Join in Polanski’s jewel...

Mother’s Day

Viviane Restaurant at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills Take mom to Viviane, where she can enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch poolside and indulge in menu specially crafted for the special occasion. Choose a starter, entree and dessert; selections include Tomato Carpaccio with croutons, shaved parmesan, chives, and olive oil; Lobster Roll on a brioche bun with pickles vegetables and coleslaw; and a Matcha Green Tea Panna Cotta with sesame tile. $45; Sunday; 9400 West Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills 90212; 310.407.7791 The...

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Monday: Incidentally Coffee Cafe Tour Incidentally Coffee takes you on a walking tour of three LA-area coffee houses to learn about the history of coffee and the shops’ individual roasting or brewing techniques. These tours will also give you a unique way to explore LA’s neighborhoods. Three drinks will be provided and they suggest you eat something before you arrive. $45; Monday, 10:30 am-12 pm; Dinosaur Coffee, 4334 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 Wine Dinner at WBK with Ray Coursen of Elyse Winery...

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First Fridays at Natural History Museum This year’s First Fridays are foodie-themed. Expect discussions from top scientists, prestigious food writers and farm and garden experts, along with live music and DJ tunes. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and musical performances by Buyepongo and Chico Mann & Captain Planet, and DJ performances from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez and Subsuelo. Friday, 5-10 pm; 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 213.763.DINO 2nd Annual Masters of Taste This outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival will bring...

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Los Angeles Times‘ 22nd Annual Festival of Books The nation’s largest literary festival is headed to the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year. Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival...