You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer, and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Thursday, March 12, 2020.
*** SPECIAL NOTE: On March 4, 2020, Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency in response to new Novel Coronavirus Activity (COVID-19). Per LA County’s press release, although individual risk of county residents contracting COVID-19 remains low, now is a good time to educate yourself on how the virus spreads and go over preparations you should make should the situation escalate, and more extreme measures (such as mandated social distancing) become a requirement. The County’s website has many excellent resources, including an F.A.Q. on COVID-19 and general steps you can take to stop the spread of illness, including a guide on proper handwashing. ***
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1. [10 a.m.] Mixografia presents Wrong is Right: Remembering John Baldessari, an exhibition celebrating the late artist through his collaboration with local print publishers and Baldessari’s 1970s video works. The exhibit is on view through April 4, 2020. FREE
2. [5, 7 & 9 p.m.] The Wizard’s Den is an immersive pop-up where aspiring spell casters can concoct their own magical potions (aka cocktails) donning wizard’s robes and using a variety of witchy props and ingredients. The pop-up opened Feb. 26 and runs on various dates through April 5. $35-45.
3. [6:30 p.m.] UE Skyspace host Yoga in the Sky is an evening yoga class 1,000 feet above the city. Class begins at 6:30 p.m. and is taught by SoHo Yoga. Unlimited Skyslide rides and light refreshments will follow the class. Guests must bring their own mats. $30.
4. [7 p.m.] Union Station presents Clock Tower Comedy, an evening of improv and stand-up hosted by comic Cameron Esposito. The North Patio will be transformed into a comedy club with acclaimed international comedy ensemble Baby Wants Candy performing “Shamilton,” an ad-libbed, hip-hop musical created around audience suggestion. In the event of rain, the patio will be covered. FREE
5. [7 p.m.] Do you like mezcal? Alejandro Rossbach, CEO & Co-Founder of Maguey Spirits, will offer complimentary tastings via a custom cocktail menu devised by bartender Rhino Williams. The event takes place at Lost Property Bar & Kitchen in Hollywood. FREE with RSVP.
6. [7:30 p.m.] The 22nd Annual NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD film festival returns for 10 nights of screenings, March 6-15. Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Aero Theatre, and American Legion Post 43 will all take part in the festival. Thursday’s double-feature is The Naked City and Hardly a Criminal.
7. [8 p.m.] Scum and Villainy, Hollywood’s best bar for all things geek, hosts Cosmic Karaoke every Thursday at 8 p.m.
8. [8 p.m.] Time Out LA’s Comics to Watch: The List features 10 of the magazine’s favorite rising L.A. comics live at Dynasty Typewriter. Performers include Chinedo Unaka, Finn Straley, Julia Austin, Sahana Srinivasan, Paul Danke, and more. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show. 18+.
9. [various] Cava Discovery Week gives Angelenos a chance to taste and learn about the popular sparkling wine from Spain. Presented by D.O. Cava from March 9-15, top bars and restaurants will be offering curated food pairings, wine flights, and happy hour specials.
10. [various] Pasadena International Film Festival (March 12-19) at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 features panels and presentations with over 100 screenings from 15 countries.
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