Sun is out. Rain clouds have dissipated. Temp is (finally) over 60 degrees again. Yes, it’s starting to look a bit like spring, and you know what that means… more to-dos!
This March 3-5 in Los Angeles, check out MashUp’s International Women’s Day Dance Fest, Hitting New Heights at the Center For Arts, Puppy Yoga at PetSpace, Don’t Fence Me In at JANM, the Butterfly Pavilion at NHM, AirTalk’s FilmWeek Oscar Preview, Sunday Funday at The Wallis, and more. Enjoy that weather, Angelenos!
Things To Do This Weekend
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.
2023 International Women’s Day Dance Festival -> Starting this weekend, MashUp Contemporary Dance Company celebrates International Women’s Day with a multi-day slate of programs and performances. The festival opens with Women in Dance Summit on Friday, continues with community workshops and professional showcases on Saturday, followed by a schedule of master classes and evening Gala on Sunday. Get more info on the full list of programs 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 compete to go on a date with an eligible bachelorette… only catch is the men can’t speak during this game but the women can! 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.
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.
Hitting New Heights -> Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University welcomes a pair of broadway stars to the stage this Saturday to kickstart their March run of cultural programming. Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz (both alums of In The Heights and Hamilton) headline Hitting New Heights, a raucous evening of song featuring tunes from West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, Ain’t Too Proud, Springsteen on Broadway, Pippin, All Shook Up, Wicked, Hamilton, In the Heights, and more. Tickets start at $32.50. More info here.
Don’t Fence Me In at JANM -> This Saturday, the Japanese American National Museum opens their newest exhibition, Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps. The exhibition explores the experiences of Japanese American youth who were imprisoned in World War II concentration camps, unravelling their narratives through a series of photographs, personal stories, and artifacts such as sports uniforms, musical instruments, and scout memorabilia. Saturday’s opening includes a event presented by the Boy Scouts of Heart Mountain, which begins at 2 p.m. and is included with admission, which is $16 for adults. Don’t Fence Me In remains on view through October 1. More info here. ->
Puppy Yoga PetSpace -> This Saturday at Annenberg PetSpace, Khylie Heins of Sweat Yoga Playa Vista leads a pair of yoga sessions where attendees can strike their practice their best downward facing dog even as adoptable pups from PetSpace prance and bop around the room. Will your session end with the addition of a new member to your pack? Tickets for the classes are $30. Must be 18+. More info here.
Pickwick Vintage Show -> The Pickwick Vintage Show is back at ROW DTLA on this Saturday with over 70 vendors showcasing an incredible assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.
626 Night Market Mini -> 626 Night Market returns to Downtown Santa Monica this Saturday and Sunday with the “mini” version of their popular Asian-fusion food market. The open-air food event includes over two dozen vendors offering an array of dishes and an alcohol garden for attendees 21 years and older. The market is free to attend (though capacity is limited). Starts at 1 p.m. on both days. More info here.
NHM Butterfly Pavilion -> The Butterfly Pavilion at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles returns this Sunday, offering guests the chance to experience hundreds of butterflies, native plants, and caterpillars all in one place. Tickets to the Pavilion are $8, which is on top of regular museum admission (starting at $15 per adult). Runs through August 13, 2023. More info here.
AirTalk’s FilmWeek Oscar Preview -> This Sunday at The Orpheum in DTLA, host Larry Mantle and contributing FilmWeek critics come together for an afternoon of Oscar talk. The panel will swap hot takes on the best performances, opine on the year’s biggest snubs, and handicap all the close races at the forthcoming 2023 Academy Awards. Tickets start at $15. Get more info here.
Sunday Funday at The Wallis -> The next edition of Sunday Funday comes to The Wallis this weekend with a lineup that features kid-friendly performances by Parker Bent and Spring Groove, plus a Hip-Hop dance session by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. The event starts at 10 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary. More info here.
Hammer Conversations: Maestro James Conlon -> James Conlon, world-renowned conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Opera, comes to Hammer Museum this Sunday for a conversation centered around French composer Claude Debussy, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Debussy’s landmark work, Pelléas et Mélisande. Reception to follow the talk, which begins at 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
Dining & Drinking
(picks by Christina Champlin)
Salt & Straw Cereal-sly Delicious Series -> Salt & Straw is set to launch five nostalgic cereal-inspired flavors for the month of March. Available at all Los Angeles scoop shops starting Friday, Cereal-sly Delicious incorporates cereals such as Lucky Charms and Raisin Bran into frozen treats from custard to milkshakes and ice cream. Standouts from the menu include Rum Custard with Raisin Shortbread & Bran Butter, Peanut Butter Brownie Cereal Puffs, a Pots of Gold & Rainbows milkshake as well as a vegan creation made with new cult-favorite cereal brand OffLimits™ Zombie Pandan.
RE:Her Smorgasburg Takeover -> This Sunday, RE:Her takes over Smorgasburg in DTLA highlighting women owned/operated businesses and hosting a mini pop up market for the day featuring RE:Her merchandise and member products. More info here.
CHLA Make March Matter -> The 8th annual Make March Matter campaign for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is in full swing in the city of Los Angeles and beyond. This year CHLA has partnered with numerous local dining partners for a month-long fundraiser to provide critical care for every child they treat – regardless of health insurance. Around 30 popular food and drink spots are participating by donating a portion of the sales from the bill and or special CHLA item purchase to the cause. View the full list of participants here.
Eataly Restaurant Fest -> Eataly’s annual Restaurant Fest takes place March 3-19 with special two-course menus from restaurants Capri and La Pizza & La Pasta that start at just $22 and Italian wines starting at $10 a glass.
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