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The Best Things To Do In LA And SoCal This Week: Feb. 28 - March 3

Comedian Jay Pharoah stands on a stage in front of a blue background with stars, dressed in a gold tuxedo jacket.
Actor Jay Pharoah speaks onstage during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Jan. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica. He performs at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on Monday, Feb. 28.
(Kevin Winter
Getty Images)
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Enjoy the laughs at Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen. Catch a preview of the play Trayf. Attend the 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards. Watch The Batman around the clock. Tune into Mariachi Arcoiris at the next installment of KPCC/LAist’s Evoke L.A.

With COVID-19 variants still out there, in-person events are being canceled or postponed. Please check ahead of time to confirm event status and vaccine/testing requirements for entry.

Monday, Feb. 28: 7 p.m.

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen
The Virgil 
4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
Theyyy’re back! After a long hiatus, Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal return to The Virgil’s stage for a night of music, comedy, and variety. They’re joined by Dave Ross, Dana Donnelly, Moshe Kasher, Ron Funches, and Sasheer Zamata. The musical performance by Tolliver begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets have sold out online, but a limited number will be available at the door. 21+.
COST: $8 - $12; MORE INFO

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Monday, Feb. 28: 8 p.m.

Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway, Glendale
Antaeus Theatre Company closes out its signature ClassicsFest series — staged readings of “modern classics” — with Mud by María Irene Fornés, directed by Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx.

Monday, Feb. 28: 8 p.m.

Back at the Store!  
The Comedy Store Main Room 
8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 
The producers of the pandemic drive-in comedy series Magic Asphalt at The Magic Castle and Asphalt Comedy on Melrose return to the Comedy Store with a lineup featuring Jeff Ross, Jay Pharoah, Atsuko Okatsuka, Eleanor Kerrigan, Craig Conant, and Kennelia. The show is 21+ with a two-drink minimum.
COST: Tickets start at $20; MORE INFO

Tuesday, March 1: 7 - 9 p.m.

Paper Golems: A Pandemic Diary
Dortort Center for the Arts Gallery at UCLA Hillel
574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood 
Paper Golems is a new exhibition of 72 paper cuts made by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik from cut-up comic books, refashioned into anthropomorphic golem creatures from Jewish folklore. The series reflects Brynjegard-Bialik’s experiences over the past 19 months, from stay-at-home orders to wildfire, and even an emergency surgery. The opening reception takes place March 1.

Tuesday, March 1 - Thursday, March 31

The 2022 Women's Voices Now Film Festival: The Rights and Roles of Women
This film festival is an online celebration of critical stories about and by women. Watch works that harness the power of film to advance girls' and women's rights. Passes include one-month access to selected feature, short, and youth films, as well as access to the online awards ceremony with actress and keynote speaker Jaina Lee Ortiz (ABC's Station 19) on March 24 at 11 a.m.
COST: $18 - $100; MORE INFO

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The Trayf poster: A cassette tape unspooled on a bright yellow background
The 2021/2022 season opens at the Geffen Playhouse with 'Trayf.'
(Justin Bettman)

Tuesday, March 1 - Sunday, April 10

Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood 
Previews begin this week for the West Coast premiere of Trayf, written by Lindsay Joelle and directed by Maggie Burrows. The road-trip bromance follows Orthodox Jew Zalmy as he lives a double life. By night he sneaks out of his community to roller-skate, dance, and listen to rock ’n’ roll. Along the way, he meets someone who offers unfettered access to the secular world — and Zalmy must decide between the two spheres.
COST: $30 - $149; MORE INFO

Olivia Rodrigo sings and plays acoustic guitar on a stage with a purple background
Olivia Rodrigo performs onstage during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 21, 2021 in Los Angeles.
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC
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Wednesday, March 2: 6 p.m.

2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards
YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park
1011 Stadium Dr., Inglewood
Tickets are available to the awards that recognize music’s rising and established artists, creators, producers, and executives for their contributions to the industry. Hosted by Ciara, the lineup of women performing/receiving awards includes Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Bonnie Raitt, and Saweetie. The awards, including red carpet coverage and backstage action, will stream live on Twitter.
COST: Tickets start at $70; MORE INFO 

Student Mental Health key art pictures socially distanced kids masked in a classroom separated by plexiglass.
Students attend an in-person English class at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the Covid-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021 in Long Beach, California. - The school of 445 students implemented a hybrid learning model, with approximately 60 percent of students returning to in an in-person classroom learning environment with Covid-19 safety measures including face masks, social distancing, plexiglass barriers around desks, outdoor spaces, and schedule changes.
(PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Wednesday, March 2: 6 - 7 p.m.

The Pandemic And Kids’ Mental Health: A Virtual Conversation
Listen to KPCC/LAist Health Reporter Jackie Fortiér and KPCC/LAist Criminal Justice Reporter Robert Garrova as they talk with experts in child psychology and mental health care policy to discuss mental health care for our kids, and how the past two years have exacerbated the cracks in the system.

Wednesday, March 2: 7 p.m.

Silver Lake Shorts: The Return (Anything Goes!)
El Cid
4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Watch short films by local filmmakers as the screening series returns for the first time in more than two years. Organizers aren’t restricting films by genre or theme, so anything goes for this edition. Two food or drink-item minimum. 18+.

Thursday, March 3: 9 p.m.

Comedy at the Manor
The York Manor
4908 York Blvd., Highland Park
Watch a night of stand-up at this weekly show, held in the speakeasy below the manor. The show is hosted by Michael Joyce and Molly Kearney. 18+. 
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

a close up of  a member of Mariachi Arcoiris playing the violin
Evoke LA – the series between ALOUD and KPCC/LAist — and inspired by collections in the Los Angeles Public Library archives, welcomes Mariachi Arcoiris.

Thursday, March 3: 12 - 1 p.m.

Evoke L.A.: Exclusively at La Fonda
Evoke L.A. – the series presented by ALOUD and KPCC/LAist, and inspired by collections in the Los Angeles Public Library archives — welcomes guests Mariachi Arcoiris. Members of L.A.’s path-breaking queer and transgender mariachi group and historian Natalia Molina chat with LAist’s Erick Galindo and curator Josh Kun about the iconic La Fonda restaurant and the history of mariachi music.

Thursday, March 3 - Sunday, March 6

The Batman - 24 Hour Screening
Cinelounge Sunset
6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
To celebrate the arrival of one of the year’s most highly anticipated films, the theater screens The Batman around the clock starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, March 6. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Robert Pattinson in the titular role, fighting crime in Gotham City and facing off against a serial killer known as The Riddler. The cast also includes Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, and Andy Serkis.

Viewing Pick

Our Flag Means Death
Much like how What We Do in the Shadows did for vampires, the HBO Max original series hopes to mine pirate lore for comedy gold. From creator David Jenkins and executive producer Taika Waititi (who also directs the first episode), the series is loosely based on the adventures of 18th century would-be pirate Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby). The ensemble cast features Nathan Foad, Samson Kayo, and Vico Ortiz with recurring turns by Rory Kinnear, Nat Faxon, Fred Armisen, and Leslie Jones. Waititi also steps in front of the camera as Blackbeard in the pilot. The first three episodes debut on March 3, with another three episodes released on March 10, followed by two episodes on March 17 and March 24. 

Dine and Drink Deals

Sasha Vujacic stands in front of a vineyard next to a bottle balancing on a metal fencepost.
Former L.A. Laker turned winemaker Sasha Vujacic and the Aleksander family showcases their wines at The Tasting Kitchen's next winemaker dinner.
(Courtesy of S&G Estate)

Check out the 411 on restaurant, bar, and food happenings in SoCal this week:

  • The Tasting Kitchen in Venice brings back its winemaker dinner series beginning March 1 with wine director Ivan Zanovello, winemaker (and former L.A. Laker) Sasha Vujacic (pictured above), and the Aleksander family, showcasing their Aleksander wines. The dinner’s four courses are paired with different wines from the collection. $160 per person via Opentable Experiences
  • The modern French bistro Camphor opened last week in the Arts District, helmed by co-executive chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George. The small plates and mains are kept simple, but with accents that reflect the duo’s South Asian background and classical French training (under Alain Ducasse). Menu highlights include mussels out of the shell with white wine and bacon, lobster with coral bisque, saucisson (sausage), and marzipan with Meyer lemon ice.
  • La Sabrosa offers Salvadorian and Mexican food in three locations (Sylmar, Van Nuys, and Reseda), and they’re best known for their pupusas. Made from either corn or rice flour (in regular and giant sizes), their offerings include beans, cheese, meat, veggies, and even fruits. Check out their Instagram feed for special takeout offers on pupusas on Mondays and Tuesdays. 
  • In addition to Mardi Gras a la carte dishes (for dine-in only), Little Dom’s Monday night three-course $25 supper follows a similar theme. On Feb. 28, the menu features fried green tomatoes with kale and buttermilk dressing, a pan fried pork chop, and dirty rice, with banana cream pie for dessert. 
  • Harold and Belle's in Jefferson Park celebrates Fat Tuesday (March 1) with food, drinks, and a party with live music, face painting, and a photo booth, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. There’s no cover before 2 p.m., but $20 after, which includes a Crowns & Hops beer or a Sunny cocktail. A special Mardi Gras menu will be available. Each party will be asked to observe a 90-minute time limit per table.
  • Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey brings back its happy hour menu, offered Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. in Dockside (the restaurant’s sit-down seafood-focused spot) and then from 6 to 7 p.m. in Grain (the restaurant’s hidden whiskey bar). Happy hour bites include garlic and pepper fried calamari, pretzel bites, smoked trout dip, and sweet corn hush puppies.
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