Things To Do in L.A. This Week [2-27-2023 to 3-3-2023]

First Fridays 2022 Season: From Seeds to Psychedelics at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. July 1, 2022.

Well that was a quite a weekend, eh? Pouring rain, power outages, and inches of fresh powder coloring the nearby mountains. February is set to wrap with a a couple more days of drizzle, but thankfully it looks like sunshine as we shift into March. So let’s talk to-dos.

This February 27 to March 3, catch see Directors Close-Up at The Wallis, learn about The Lady and the Octopus at AoP, catch the Groundlings 30th Anniversary of Cookin’ with GAS, hit up late night at Skirball, check out First Fridays at NHM, and more. Here’s to a week full of events paired with some (hopefully) uneventful weather!


Things To Do This Week

Uncomfortable Television at Book Soup -> Professor and author Hunter Hargraves comes to Book Soup in West Hollywood this Monday to discuss his new work Uncomfortable Television, which examines how millennial T.V. audiences find pleasure through media that disturbs. Matt Brennan of the Los Angeles Times moderates. Talk begins at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Directors Close-Up at The Wallis -> Catch two installments of the Directors Close Up panel series this week at The Wallis. First on Tuesday, a session on Casting and Directing Actors featuring Shrinking creator/star Jason Segel and series director James Ponsoldt. Then Wednesday, the series concludes with a panel featuring the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Award Best Director and Best Feature nominees, including Daniel Kwan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) and Sarah Polley (Women Talking) GA tickets for both events are $35. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Mulyana: Modular Utopia -> Mulyana’s Modular Utopia is now one view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art i as part of the Indonesian artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles. Mulyana’s large kinetic environments are made of intricately woven knit modules of marine life sculptures portraying the beauty and wonder of a pristine underwater environment. USCFM is open Tuesday to Saturday, and is free to visit. More info here.

The Lady and the Octopus -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesday lecture series returns this week headlined by marine biologist, author, and artist Danna Staaf, who will discusses her book The Lady and the Octopus: How Jeanne Villepreux-Power Invented Aquariums. Per usual, the one-hour talk is to be followed by a book signing, cocktails, and music and crafts in in the Pacific Visions Art Gallery. Tickets are $5. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

First Thursdays in Westwood  -> UCLA First Thursdays come in two parts: First there’s the Westwood Village Farmers Market from noon to 4 p.m., then an evening block party from 7 to 10 p.m. This month, the evening’s theme is “Game On!” celebrating UCLA Athletics with tailgate party-inspired promenade along Broxton Ave. Free to attend. More info here.

Turtle Races at Brennan’s -> Every first and third Thursday of the month, Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey hosts their signature turtles races (four decades and counting!), featuring five turtle-athletes who will be place at the center of a ring, then timed to see who can make it out first. Races start at 8:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Visual Language: The Art of Protest -> Now on view at Subliminal Projects, Visual Language: The Art of Protest examines of the link between dissent and action, creative works and coalitions of change. The group show features over a dozen contributing artists, including Andrea Bowers, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, El Seed, Emory Douglas, Gary Taxali, Gordon Cheung, Shepard Fairey, Stan Squirewell, Juana Valdez, and more. Subliminal Projects gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Art of Protest is on view through March 25. More info here.

The Groundlings Theatre 30th Anniversary of “Cookin’ with GAS” -> The Groundlings all-improv show Cookin’ with GAS has been going strong for the last thirty years. To celebrate this huge milestone the comedy troupe hosts weekly Thursday night anniversary performances throughout the month of March. More info here

First Fridays at NHM -> Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns this Friday with Witches, Wizards and Magical Powers. The evening includes live music, DJ sets in the nature garden, pop-up experiences throughout the museum and a discussion between Dr. Yewande Pearse and creature and character designer Jordu Schell, and biologist, paleontologist, and multimedia consultant Dr. Stuart Sumida. First Fridays run 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Cosplay is encouraged! More info here.


Late Night! Fabric of a Nation -> This Friday, Skirball Cultural Center opens late for drinks, dancing and DJ sets, all to highlight the soon-to-close exhibition Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, which ends on March 12. The evening includes food trucks, crafting, and the chance to add your very own square to a Skirball community quilt. Runs from 6:30 and 10:00 pm. GA tickets are $10. More info here.

First Fridays in Bixby Knolls -> The March edition of First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach puts a special a focus on Women’s History Month. Expect live music, extended hours at participating businesses, and special discounts. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Love Isn’t Blind -> Love may or may not be blind, but is it deaf? This Friday, head to Hollywood (location to be revealed) for a live dating show/experiment where a group of men complete to go on a date with an eligible bachelorette… only no words will be spoken. Show starts at 8 p.m. with a hang/mingle to begin at 10 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $19, and day-of are $24. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
A mushroom pizza at La Pizza & La Pasta at Eataly L.A. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Taste of Eataly -> To kick off Eataly’s annual Restaurant Fest (March 3-19) the Italian complex hosts Taste of Eataly the night before (March 2) with an evening of bites and sips stationed around the marketplace. Tickets are $70 per person and include an all-access bracelet, as well as a 10% discount off all Eataly marketplace purchases. If you can’t make the kick off party, Restaurant Fest runs for two weeks and features two course menus from restaurants Capri and La Pizza & La Pasta that start at $22 plus Italian wines starting at just $10 a glass. 

Jeni’s & Ted Lasso ->  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams partners with Ted Lasso for a new salty and sweet “Biscuits with the Boss” ice cream flavor made with shortbread cookie crumbles and salted butter sweet cream. Available this Thursday starting at noon in Jeni’s Los Feliz scoop shop and online, the launch will also come with a few surprises for customers who show up early plus bonus merch items for Jeni’s rewards members.


10 Days RE:Her Festival -> Regarding Her’s 10 Days RE:Her Festival (March 3-12) brings together female-owned hospitality operations to collaborate on special culinary events across Los Angeles County. Explore special menu items, virtual events and dinners prepared by chefs from some of the most influential restaurants in the city. See the full schedule of events and how to get tickets here

Looking ahead…

Masters of Taste -> Masters of Taste returns to the field of Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl on Sunday, April 2, and once again all proceeds from the event go directly to Union Station Homeless Services (and We Like L.A. is a proud media sponsor). Expect food samplings from over 60 food and beverage masters, highlighted by this years’ Host Chefs Michael Reed and Kwini Reed of Poppy + Rose and Poppy & Seed. Tickets cost $155 GA and $225 for VIP. Use promo code WELIKELA for $15 off. ! More info here

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