20 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week: Feb. 24 - 27

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a slice of King Cake at Little Dom's. (Courtesy of Little Dom's)

Celebrate Mardi Gras with food and music. Take in the beauty and ritual associated with Iranian weddings. Celebrate Black History Month with "The Black Version," a music lecture, a Women in Film panel discussion or a matinee of Daughters of the Dust. TV fans can check out events with A Million Little Things or a conversation with Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot).

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Mardi Gras at Little Dom's
Little Dom's — 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
Chef Brandon Boudet, a New Orleans native, brings the flavors of the Big Easy and Mardi Gras season to L.A. For dinner until Fat Tuesday, the restaurant is offering gumbo, soft shell crab po'boys, oysters, Boudin balls (chicken and pork rice balls with Creole mustard), beignets, king cake and Abita beer specials.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 - SUNDAY, MAY 31
Aroosi
USC Music Library — 3550 Trousdale Pkwy G-24, University Park
View an exhibition celebrating Iran's rich wedding traditions, curated by Dr. Pedram Khosronejad. Even with ethnic and cultural diversity, Iranian society views the wedding rituals and customs as one of the most joyous and important pillars of Persian culture. The exhibit features visual art and materials, including decorated marriage contracts, embroidered fabrics and textiles, paintings and photographs.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by The State Melnikovs museum (@melnikov_museum) on

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24; 7 - 8 P.M.
Hollyhock House presents Melnikov House: Saving an Avant-Garde Icon
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre — 4814 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
The Hollyhock House lecture series welcomes Pavel Kuznetsov, director of Melnikov House in Moscow. He'll discuss saving the avant-garde icon of 20th-century Russian architecture and the tragic life of the architect Konstantin Melnikov. The event reservation includes a pre-lecture self-guided tour of Hollyhock House from 6 to 7 p.m.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24; 8 - 10 P.M.
'The Black Version' Show
The Groundlings Theatre — 7307 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The comedy improv show returns for a Black History Month celebration. During the show, the audience suggests a popular film, and then the cast of comedy actors improvise "the black version" of the film. The cast includes Groundlings alumni Jordan Black, Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, as well as Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough and Nyima Funk. [NOTE: Monday's show is listed as "sold out" but tickets appear still available for a March 23 performance.]
COST: $20; MORE INFO

Through WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour
Loyola Marymount University — 1 Loyola Marymount University Dr., Westchester
LMU's School of Film and Television presents restored and preserved film works from the archives of Cineteca di Bologna. The mini-film festival offers audiences a chance to see works from Jane Campion, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Sergio Leone, Louis Malle, among others. On Monday, the festival screens Varda by Agnes by the late, great Agnès Varda.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
Women In Film Presents: Black to the Future
West Hollywood Library — 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
The panel discussion welcomes queer black creatives on what's new and next in film and TV. Journalist Tre'vell Anderson (Formerly of OUT Magazine, LA Times) fosters a conversation with media makers including Tina Mabry (Queen Sugar, Pose, Dear White People) and producer/costume designer, Chester Algernal Gordon (Port Authority, Pier Kids).
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

The Getty opens an exhibition of sketches by Michelangelo Buonarroti. (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 - SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Michelangelo: Mind of the Master
The Getty Museum — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
This exhibition features more than two dozen of Michelangelo's (1475-1564) drawings, including designs for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Medici Chapel tombs and The Last Judgment. The sketches provide insight into his mind and creativity and the progression of his representation of the human form.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 1 - 3:30 P.M.
Daughters of the Dust
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque presents a restored 4K version of director Julie Dash's seminal 1991 film. The story of a family in the Gullah community of South Carolina's islands at the beginning of the 20th century marked the first wide release of a black female filmmaker. Since it's release, the film has been included in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
COST: FREE - $8 ; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 6 - 9 P.M.
31st Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
The Original Farmers Market — 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Brothers perform live on the West Patio on Fat Tuesday. Look for the Mardi Gras jester roaming around and be on the look out for specials and treats at the market.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 7 - 9 P.M.
A Million Little Things: Screening and Conversation
Directors Guild of America (Theater 2) — 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West
Since the Paley Center in Beverly Hills closed, the TV and media organization has been taking its events on the road. This PaleyLive LA installment features a screening and discussion with the cast and creative team of the ABC drama. Expected to attend are actors Jason Ritter, Chandler Riggs, David Guintoli, Allison Miller, creator and executive producer D.J. Nash and composer Gabriel Mann. Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad, Life in Pieces) moderates.
COST: $24 - $30; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
Showrunner Sessions with Sam Esmail
Writers Guild Theater — 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills
The Writers Guild Foundation presents a conversation with Esmail, showrunner of USA Network's mindbending thriller Mr. Robot. Screenwriter and author John August will discuss Esmail's process, running the writers' room and upcoming projects. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. And there will be a stand-by line at the door.
COST: $30 - $35; MORE INFO

A production still from the LA Opera production of 'Robert Devereaux.' (Cory Weaver)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Roberto Devereux in Concert
Musco Center for the Arts — One University Dr., Orange
The center teams with the LA Opera for Gaetano Donizetti's masterwork, which was inspired by British history. Its titular character is an ill-fated lover of Queen Elizabeth I, and the opera is based on court intrigue and happenings during her majesty's reign. Eun Sun Kim conducts the concert production, with direction by Stephen Lawless. Choreography is by Nicola Bowie, and Grant Gershon directs the chorus. The opera first debuted in 1837 in Naples, Italy. In Italian with English subtitles.
COST: Tickets start at $78; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Los Moth StorySLAM
A Place Called Home — 2830 S. Central Ave., Central Alameda
The open-mic, 5-minute storytelling competition holds its first Spanish-language SLAM in L.A. The theme is Conexiónes/Connections, and participants have five minutes to tell their tale (without reading from notes). Para instrucciones in español.
COST: $15, but pay-what-you-can tickets will also be available at the door (cash only); MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
'Chasing Cosby' Podcast Discussion
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The Los Angeles Times presents a discussion about its new podcast series tracking the rise and fall of comedian Bill Cosby. The event is hosted by L.A. Times columnist Patt Morrison and features a panel and Q&A with journalist and podcast host Nicki Weisensee Egan, alongside women who have said Cosby sexually assaulted them, including Andrea Constand and Therese Serignese.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
WorkJuice Improv
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Members of the cast of the legendary Thrilling Adventure Hour take to the stage for a night of improv. This month's installment features Craig Cackowski, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Annie Savage, Mark Gagliardi, Paul F. Tompkins and Little Janet Varney. This show is 18+.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26; 8 - 11 P.M.
Australian Wildlife Relief
Zebulon — 2478 Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
Comedian Neil Hamburger raises money for Australia's wildlife, ravaged by the fires, through a night of stand up, magic and music. The lineup features comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait, DJ Douggpound, Mike H, Mark Proksch and Megan Koeste; magic from Simone Turkington and Rob Zabrecky; and music from Josh Haden. Special surprise guests are expected. Proceeds from the night will go to The New South Wales-based Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., (WIRES) and The Australian Red Cross.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Pee-wee's Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman is on tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the film. After each screening of the cult classic, Herman tells amazing tales of his adventures making the movie (which was directed by Tim Burton). Because of the overwhelming demand for tickets, a second show has been added for March 1 at The Wiltern.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 1:30 - 3 P.M.
Timeless Melodies: African American Contribution
Bowers Museum — 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
The museum's music lecture series continues with this celebration of Black History Month. Larry Maurer, historian of the Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education, Inc., discusses American music history from unknown singers on Southern plantations and in New Orleans bordellos, as well as well-known music icons Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, among others.
COST: $9 - $12; MORE INFO

The Center for the Art of Performance welcomes author Marlon James, who discusses his latest work. (Mark Seliger)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Marlon James
Royce Hall — 10745 Dickson Ct., Westwood
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance welcomes author and Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James, who discusses his latest work, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which he jokingly described as "an African Game of Thrones" — then The New Yorker agreed. A pop-up library and reading room at the event features books of writers who've inspired or mentored James.
COST: Tickets start at $28; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27; 8 - 10 P.M.
Beyond the Pale
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The Canadian roots ensemble combines klezmer and Balkan styles, with folk, bluegrass, jazz, and chamber music. The Skirball stop is one of the band's first west coast shows in nearly a decade.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO