It’s been a pretty cold week by Angeleno standards, but it’s supposed to warm up this weekend. This is good news for those who believe in weather forecasts and want to get out and about.
If you haven’t gone to see “Three Year Swim Club” yet, you should! The play, put on by East West Players at the David Henry Hwang Theatre, has been getting great reviews. “Three Year Swim Club” is inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team from 1952 to 1956. The Friday night showing starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online or can be purchased two hours before show time at the box office. Check the website for pricing and see if you qualify for any discounts. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus Lines 30, 42 to Judge John Aiso/1st St. The theatre is at 120 Judge John Aiso.)The 11th Annual Lantern Festival will be held at the Chinese American Museum on Saturday. Featuring lantern-making, face painting, lion dances and acrobatic performances, the event is free and open to all ages. The festival begins at noon. (Metro Red or Gold Line to Union Station, exit towards Alameda St. Many buses also run in that area, check the Trip Planner for the ride that will get you there the fastest.)
This weekend is also the first of Happy Hour Week in Old Town Pasadena, which means extended happy hours in many of the restaurants and lounges. Live music is also part of the program, and Saturday night features Jessica Fichot at Crème de la Crêpe. The singer will be performing a blend of French chansons and gypsy jazz, setting the mood for you to enjoy a Royale dessert crepe. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Check Old Pasadena’s website for a full listing of participating venues, their menus and schedules. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus Line 260 to Fair Oaks/Colorado, Pasadena ARTS Bus 10 to Colorado/Fair Oaks. Crème de la Crêpe is at 36 W. Colorado Blvd.)
Sunday is your last chance to catch Monty Python’s “SPAMALOT,” which is showing at the Pantages Theatre. The Tony Award winning musical details the quest of King Arthur and his knights as he searches for the Holy Grail – in a most hilarious fashion. Tickets start at $25 and there are two Sunday showings: 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Bus Lines 210, 212 to Hollywood/Vine.)