Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

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This week is all about doing things for yourself. Now that April has arrived and begun to usher in the spring, it's time to get out into the garden, make plans to catch a great movie, print up your own artwork or celebrate yourself with a glass of wine (or beer, lots of beer). Here are a few of the city's best events to help you realize your goals.

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First up is an introduction to the world of canning, brewing, baking and pickling from KCET contributor himself, chef Ernest Miller. As part of the Food Forward initiative, whose other member Mary Baldwin was recently profiled here, chef Miller will be leading attendees on a twelve-week Can It course through all of the above-mentioned tutorials and much more. The weekly classes are intended for both hobbyists and burgeoning professionals, with a focus on the details that create great habits for the future. If you can't commit to twelve weeks, step over to the Tuesday night's printmaking workshop at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. For $25, you can learn the basics of home printing from Holly Jerger, who leads weekly sessions to newcomers and returning printers. The casual classes focus mainly on relief printing through a variety of provided presses and supplies.

For the artsy crowd, Tuesday night is your chance to catch director David Lynch at the Hammer Museum. The popular filmmaker will be discussing the ins and outs of his own creativity while, oddly, being interviewed by Russell Brand. Or, you could hold out until Thursday night and head downtown to catch the four-day L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival. The annual comedy event features celebrity-stocked panels that discuss everything from comedy writing to working for free, plus evenings filled with curated comedy short films that are sure to delight. The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday, with hundreds of internet videos, web series episodes, film shorts and more gracing the screen at the Downtown Independent. And on Friday, the dance-happy science crowd can welcome in Baltimore's own Dan Deacon for an electro-charged music night at the recurring First Fridays at the Natural History Museum. The halls will be filled with dancing hipsters, drinking science geeks and everything in between.

Speaking of drinking, it's a good week to get out and enjoy some alcohol. The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, widely regarded as one of the best beer bars in the country, is opening up their doors for a Deschutes Brewery pint night, a 25-year old operation out of Bend, Oregon. You've likely tried their popular Mirror Pond Pale Ales or their Black Butte Porter, but the well-known brewmakers are also bringing along a few of their newer creations, including their Armory XPA, which has never before been available outside of their home state. Come the weekend, you can choose between wine and beer, with two non-competing festivals running across town. The first is the 4th annual Edge of L.A. Wine Festival, which has plucked more than 100 international wines (and still more from California) and set them down in San Pedro. The afternoon event will not only compile some of the best pours available, full bottles will be available for purchase, directly from the winemakers on site. Up on Melrose, the L.A Beer Festival returns with bigger crowds than ever to the Paramount Studios lot. Two tasting sessions help to split the masses up, but you can still expect a wait at some of the more popular breweries. A few brewhouses scheduled to pour include Cismontane, Strand, Heretic, Sierra Nevada, Abita, Uinta, Ninkasi and more.

No matter what you choose to do this week, it's nice to know that you can get out there and enjoy yourself. Spring is here, which means some of the city's best events are coming up fast, which is more than enough to put a smile on any Angelenos face.

For more weekly events visit kcet.org/events.

About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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