18 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week
From death metal to a Black Super Hero Magic Mama, there's a little something for everyone. Listen to live jazz by Antonio Sánchez, celebrate Pi Day or relive the '90s at an immersive bar experience. For film buffs, there's a Philip K. Dick film fest and a history lesson on the lives and work of early film pioneers Anna May Wong and Marion E. Wong.
MONDAY, MARCH 11; 6 - 7:30 p.m.
El Silencio Mezcal Tasting
Wally's — 214 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Learn about mezcal as the restaurant offers appetizers with El Silencio Joven (blended from different types of agave) and provides cocktails mixed with El Silencio Espadin, a strong, smoky mezcal.
COST: $35 presale; MORE INFO
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MONDAY, MARCH 11; 7 p.m.
Grunge Shop Tavern
Brack Shop Tavern — 525 W 7th St., downtown L.A.
If the dream of the '90s haunts you, or if you're just looking for an excuse to bust out those Doc Martens and flannels, take part in this pop-up and immersive experience — with drinks. You'll be transported back to the Pacific Northwest, circa 1997, with plenty of reminiscing, photo opportunities and actors playing various roles throughout the bar. 21+.
COST: $5 admission; MORE INFO
MONDAY, MARCH 11; 7 p.m.
8th Anniversary Party
Harvard & Stone — 5221 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
The large Thai Town bar with lots of craft cocktails celebrates eight years in business with. After 9 p.m., you can get $8 drink specials as well as a beer and a shot of Ilegal Mezcal for $8. 21+.
COST: free admission; MORE INFO
MONDAY, MARCH 11; 8 p.m.
Rant & Rave
The Electric Lodge — 1416 Electric Ave., Venice
Rogue Machine presents the 94th installment of its original storytelling series, offering the prompt, "Shatter," to participants French Stewart, Liz Femi, Emma Rose Carson, T. Chick McClure, Vince Melocchi, Phil Leirness and host Ron Bottitta.
COST: $15; MORE INFO
MONDAY, MARCH 11; 8 p.m.
The Secret Show
The Blind Barber — 5715 N Figueroa St., Highland Park
The night of standup comedy moves eastward, taking place in a secret speakeasy behind a barbershop. The lineup at this inaugural show includes Maria Bamford, David Gborie, Steph Tolev, Dan Boulger and Brian Moote. The show is by invite only, so email barbershowHP@gmail.com to get on the list.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MARCH 12 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9
Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer
Getty Museum — 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood
The museum presents the first major exhibition of the Swedish-British photographer, who died in 1875. The 19th century artist became known as "the father of art photography" because of his bold experimentation during the medium's nascent years. From the Getty: "The exhibition features 150 photographs that demonstrate Rejlander's remarkable range, from landscapes and portraits to allegories and witty commentaries on contemporary society, alongside a selection of his early paintings, drawings, and prints."
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MARCH 12; 8 p.m.
VHS Night & Tour Kickoff
Angel City Brewery & Public House — 216 South Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Throw the sign of the horns \m/ and toast Nuclear Blast Records, which presents a night of classic '90s death metal.The party helps launch Nuclear Blast's tour featuring Hypocrisy, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and Aenimus. Watch a VHS compilation of death metal legends in action, produced by Nuclear Blast Germany; shop for music and merchandise; and buy concert tickets without those pesky fees. The tour kicks off on Friday, March 15 at The Regent. This party is 21+.
COST: FREE admission to the party; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13; 8 p.m.
The Crossword Show
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Zach Sherwin hosts a night of music, comedy, trivia — and a crossword puzzle — live on stage. While a special panel of guests (including comedian Pete Holmes, musician Lisa Loeb and Pomona College linguistics professor Nicole Holliday, Ph.D.) solve the crossword, the audience follows the action as the puzzle is projected on screen.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13; 7 p.m.
The York — 5018 York Blvd., Highland Park
This newish progressive comedy show, hosted by Jamie Loftus, Ever Mainard, Maggie Maye, Atsuko Okatsuka and Irene Tu, returns with comics Chris Garcia and Madison Shepard.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 - THURSDAY, MARCH 14; 9 p.m.
Better Oblivion Community Center
Teragram Ballroom — 1234 W 7th St., downtown L.A.
Indie music stars Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst teamed up for this new project and surprise released their eponymous debut album in January. They play two all-ages shows with Sloppy Jane and Christian Lee Hutson opening.
COST: $26; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Black Super Hero Magic Mama
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse — 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood
Written by Inda Craig-Galván and directed by Robert O'Hara, the production follows a grieving mother who loses her 14-year-old son in a police shooting. Unable to cope with the sorrow, she enters a fantasy world of superheroes and villains, created in a comic book that her son created before his death. Taking on the role of the Maasai Angel, she battles her way to peace.
COST: $30 - $120; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13; 7:30 p.m.
Between Two Worlds: The Lives of Anna May Wong and Marion E. Wong
Hollywood Heritage Museum — 2100 N Highland Ave., Hollywood
In celebration of Women's History Month, the museum explores how Chinese-American women overcame cultural and industry prejudices to achieve success in the motion picture industry long before Crazy Rich Asians. The evening will include excerpts from the documentary To Climb a Gold Mountain and from The Curse of Quon Gwon, a silent film directed by Marion E. Wong in 1916 or 1917.
COST: $15; $7:50 for museum members; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 - FRIDAY, MARCH 15; 8 p.m.
Jazz Club at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center — 6200 E. Atherton St, Long Beach
The jazz drummer and composer, best known for his work on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, plays several L.A. shows this week. On Wednesday and Thursday at the Saroya Jazz Club in Northridge, he exclusively performs his politically charged 2017 album, Bad Hombre, as well as tracks from his newest release, Lines in the Sand. On March 15 in Long Beach, Sánchez plays live to a screening of Birdman. Get to the theater early to hear a pre-screening talk with the artist.
COST: $29 - $66; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 - SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Philip K. Dick Film Festival
Several SoCal locations
The annual festival honors the writer through sci-fi film screenings, opening with several shorts at the Echo Park Film Center on Thursday before moving to Santa Ana's Ebell Club and the Orange County Museum of Art. Films include Unzipping, actress and writer Lisa Edelstein's debut film about an unraveling marriage, and Walter Koenig's (Star Trek) battle with fate in Michael Baker's Who is Martin Danzig?
COST: $5 - $50; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MARCH 14; 7:30 p.m.
The Scottish Music Tattoo & Parade
Musco Center at Chapman University — 415 North Glassell, Orange
We were a bit confused by this event's title but there's no inking involved at this performance. "Tattoo" also means a military performance of music. An ensemble of bagpipe players, drummers, musicians, singers and dancers leads audiences on a journey through Scotland. The program includes traditional Scottish tunes as well as contemporary music inspired by the country.
COST: $45 - $65; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 - FRIDAY, MARCH 15; 8 p.m.
(M)iyamoto is Black Enough
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
In 2015, biracial Ariana Miyamoto won Miss Universe Japan, but was criticized for not being "Japanese enough" or for her lack of "pure" parentage. This collaborative musical and spoken word production is a biting social commentary on the "controversy." The music is composed by Andy Akiho with text by two-time National Poetry Slam champion Roger Bonair-Agard.
COST: $40; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 - FALL 2019
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Grammy Museum — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The new exhibition examines the relationship between popular music and baseball. From "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and players' walk-up songs (we still can't think of Adrian Gonzalez without hearing "El Mariachi Loco"), the exhibition celebrates the soundtrack of the national pastime. Coinciding with the opening on Thursday is a special discussion at 7:30 p.m. on the history of music in baseball with former MLB player and now musician Barry Zito.
COST: $13 - $15 museum admission; $25 for the program; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
Winston Pies — 8366 West Third St., Beverly Grove
11678 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Both pie shop locations are nerding out on 3/14, offering PieBites for $3.14 while supplies last. The 3.14-inch hand pies come in a variety of flavors, including harvest apple, blue ridge blueberry, dixie classic cherry and chocolate cowgirl.
COST: $3.14 each; MORE INFO