In addition to being a shopping and dining mecca, Melrose Avenue is a destination for world-class entertainment. Theatre, comedy, and music – world premieres and long-time classics – can be part of your visit. Start with a fabulous dinner, take a short walk to a venue, then end the night with drinks and you’ve got a night to remember on Melrose Avenue.
Here is what’s on stage in May:
More than thirty years into serving some of the best Mexican food in Los Angeles, Antonio and company take celebrations very seriously. As you’d imagine, Antonio has a lot up his sleeve for Cinco de Mayo this year. Expect the great food, and the great (strong) (tequila) drinks, and the most excellent mariachis. Both Mother’s Days (Mexico on the 10th and USA on the 13th) will be honored with a special menu, cards and goodies for Mom, and of course, music.
ANTONIO’S ON MELROSE
7470 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
A timely and bold new work, Ripe Frenzy, opens at Greenway Court Theatre on May 17. It explores a mass shooting at a small town high school theatre through the experience of mothers in the community. This is the type of thought and emotion provoking art you’d expect at Greenway. Get stimulated and provoked every Tuesday as well, with the largest poetry open mics in the country, Da Poetry Lounge.
GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
The legendary Groundlings Theatre has some long-running shows that if you haven’t seen, you should and if you did, it’s time to see them again (The Crazy Uncle Joe Show and Cookin’ with Gas). Groundlings Royal Wedding is the new main stage show. Additionally, The Gale, featuring an all queer cast, is back on May 14. How Not To Kill Yourself… is back by popular demand on May 15.
THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sal’s is a one-stop shop for a great night out on Melrose. The New York vibey restaurant in the front offers a classic menu of Italian favorites, and an L.A. favorite: breakfast ALL DAY. In the back is an equally New York vibey comedy room. Hosting shows four nights a week, Sal’s Comedy Hole has stand-up, sketch, spoken word, even film screenings. The talent rosters are constantly rotating, and delightfully diverse.
SAL’S RESTAURANT AND COMEDY CLUB
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90048
Zephyr Theatre is shining a spotlight on brave, revelatory female stories this month. The world premiere of L.O.V.E.R. runs until May 12. Starring Lois Robbins and directed by Sonia Sebastian, the play examines a woman’s sexual history from childhood to adulthood. Then, on May 27, A Very British Lesbian opens. Written by and starring Fiona Goodwin, the solo play recounts her challenge to live authentically in an environment that urges her to live straight.
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046