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The Best Things To Do In LA And SoCal This Weekend: March 25 - 27

The Santa Monica Pier and Ferris wheel at daybreak.
"The Price Is Right" turns 50 and the show launches a nationwide tour on Friday at the Santa Monica Pier.
(Adam Torgerson
for CBS)
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Come on down to celebrate The Price is Right. Attend a live taping of a podcast dedicated to Law & Order: SVU. Laugh along with Jo Koy. Bring the doggos to Pupcella.

Please check ahead of time to confirm event status and vaccine/testing requirements for entry.

Friday, March 25: 12 - 7:30 p.m.

The Price is Right Come on Down Tour
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
To celebrate 50 years, the iconic game show hits the road, with 50 stops from coast-to-coast. It starts Friday in Santa Monica. Fans will get the opportunity to play games like Plinko, spin the wheel, compete for a showcase, and win prizes from The Comedy Store — which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. There’s also a chance to enter to win the $50,000 grand prize. At dusk, watch the ferris wheel light up as the wheel on The Price is Right.

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Friday, March 25: 7 p.m.

My Ordinary Family: A Benefit Concert for Ukraine
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The nonprofit Jazz in the Ballroom presents a benefit concert for Ukraine. Performed by the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio, the music is inspired by the harrowing true story of a family in Lviv in World War II and is performed for all the families today facing terror once again in the city and in cities all around Ukraine. All ages.
COST: $35 - $50; MORE INFO

five performers on stage wearing black boots, white pants and khaki vests
Musical Theatre West presents the first-ever regional production of 'Spamilton: An American Parody' in Long Beach.
(Courtesy 'Spamilton: An American Parody' national tour 2019)

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, April 10

Spamilton: An American Parody
Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach
6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach 
Musical Theatre West presents Spamilton: An American Parody, which was originally produced at The Triad Theater in New York City. Written and created by award-winning writer and director Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway), the new musical comedy is a rapid-fire riff on Broadway blockbusters, including satires, pop culture references, and new and original material.
COST: $22 - $96; MORE INFO

Fridays and Saturdays through April 23: 8 p.m.

Psychic Hotline
The Groundlings Theatre 
7307 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
Watch the show that features the ensemble mysteriously divining a future evening of original sketch comedy and improvisation. Good times are a mere phone call away.

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Friday, March 25 - Saturday, March 26

Jo Koy: Funny Is Funny World Tour
The Forum
3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
The stand-up comic brings his tour to The Forum for two nights, taping his fourth comedy special for Netflix. The comic and actor is on a roll, keeping up with his podcast The Koy Pond and filming the pilot for his ABC sitcom Josep. 
COST: $62.50 - $87.50; MORE INFO

8 women in an embrace / huddle in a field looking up towards the sky
See three newly commissioned dance films by leading LA-based choreographers Chris Emile, Ana María Alvarez and Micaela Taylor at the Getty.
(Still from CAÑA by Ana María Alvarez)

Saturday, March 26: 3 p.m.

Poussin Projected: A Screening of Contemporary Dance Films
The Getty’s Harold M. Williams Auditorium
1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
To respond to and coincide with the museum’s Poussin and the Dance exhibition, watch three newly commissioned dance films by L.A.-based choreographers Chris Emile, Ana María Alvarez, and Micaela Taylor. The screening is followed by a discussion and Q&A with Emile and Alvarez, delving into their processes and inspiration. A reception with light bites follows.

Saturday, March 26: 10 p.m.

That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast w/ Liza Treyger + Kara Klenk!
Dynasty Typewriter
2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Liza Treyger and Kara Klenk are amateur detectives and comics who host a podcast that breaks down episodes of Law & Order: SVU. Each week they also interview a special guest from the show — anyone from big-time stars to the Central Park jogger who finds the body. The West Coast tour of the show features games and gossip in front of a live audience. Virtual tickets are also available. 18+.
COST: $20 - $25, $15 livestream; MORE INFO

graphic of a woman in pink dress and pink hair, holding roses
Pacific Opera Project Presents the Los Angeles staged premiere of Tchaikovsky’s 'Iolanta' at the Aratani Theatre.
(Courtesy of the Pacific Opera Project)

Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, March 27

Aratani Theatre 
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 San Pedro St., downtown L.A.
Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with blind soprano Cristina Jones starring in the opera’s titular role, playing a princess who is unaware that she is blind. The production is POP’s first opera presented in Russian, using English subtitles. Special arrangements will also be made for low-sighted audience members, including braille programs.
COST: $12 - $60; MORE INFO

Saturday, March 26

Motion Plus Design
The Montalbán Theatre
1615 Vine St., Hollywood
The international motion design festival returns, featuring a full day of presentations from speakers and designers including Dan Perri, Gryun Kim, Fanny Rollot, and Curry Tian. Watch and listen to discussions on title sequences, UI graphics, motion design projects, and NFTs.
COST: $25 - $75, $19 for livestream; MORE INFO

Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, March 27: 5 p.m.

homeLA at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 
The nomadic dance organization homeLA presents site-specific experimental dance works that promote equity and inclusivity. Watch Time Being, an outdoor performance that proposes dance as an act of healing, by dance artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, and view an installation by interdisciplinary artist Julie Tolentino.

Saturday, March 26: 3 p.m.

Book Launch for Googie Modern
Mel's Drive-in
1670 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica
Celebrate the launch of Angel City Press’s publication, Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove, with other fans of mid-century modern architecture. Author Michael Murphy takes readers inside the private archives of the trio dubbed the "fathers of Googie,” whose influence can still be seen around L.A. in futuristic coffee shops and restaurant designs.

Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, March 27: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Oddities Flea Market
Globe Theatre Los Angeles
740 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The Brooklyn-based bazaar returns to L.A. for its spring edition. The market’s dozens of vendors offer art objects, vintage medical ephemera, natural history items, taxidermy specimens, eclectic home decor, jewelry, dark art, and unclassifiable stuff.
COST: $20 - $100; MORE INFO

Sunday, March 27: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pasea Hotel & Spa 
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
Prep for festival szn with your furry BFF at the pet-friendly hotel. Four-legged attendees will be treated to barky bites, while their humans can sip drinks under the sun. Everyone can enjoy live music, headlined by Tijuana Dogs (at dog-friendly volumes), costume contests, dog adoptions, games, pet-focused vendors, and other pup-centric activities.
COST: $50 - $120; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, April 10

Artists Who Code: Generative Art NFTs by Women and Non-Binary Artists
Vellum L.A. 
7673 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Artist-writer Mieke Marple and Vellum L.A.’s Sinziana Velicescu curate a selection of NFT-backed generative artworks by women and nonbinary artists. The show features works by Morehshin Allahyari, Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, IX Shells, Sofia Crespo, LIA, and others. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Girls Who Code.

Mountains in the distance, trees on the Big Horn Mine Hike
The Big Horn Mine hike is located adjacent to Mt. Baden-Powell in the San Gabriel Mountains.
(lovz2hike, CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Outdoor Pick

Big Horn Mine Trail
This ~3.7-mile hike is a relatively easy trail with great views, located outside of Wrightwood and Mt. Baden-Powell in the San Gabriel Mountains. The abandoned mine shaft is closed, but the structures still exist. We hear that the road may be closed about 2.5 miles before the trailhead, so that will add to the hiking distance. Please check weather and road conditions before heading up to the mountains. A parking pass is required for the Vincent Gap parking area.

Viewing Pick

Yes, Bridgerton’s highly anticipated season 2 starts on Friday, but our pick this week is Pachinko. It's an Apple TV+ drama that focuses on the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The story begins with a forbidden romance and a saga that takes place in Korea, Japan, and America. Based on Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel, the first three episodes are released on Friday, March 25, with one new episode released weekly through April 29. The series is created by Soo Hugh (The Terror).

four birria tacos on a plate with shredded onions on top
Birria tacos take center stage at Birriamania at Santa Anita Park.
(stu_spivack, CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Dine and Drink Deals

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

  • Our friends at L.A. Taco bring the taco lifestyle to Santa Anita Park on Saturday, March 26 from 12 - 4:30 p.m. with Birriamania. Sample eats from some of the best birria taco vendors in Los Angeles while sipping craft beers, with live music playing and the horses racing. Starter packages start at $33. Must be 21+ to purchase. 
  • The 626 Night Market Mini series returns to downtown Santa Monica, bringing two dozen food vendors to the Westside. The market takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 from 1-10 p.m. at  Lot 27, near the Third Street Promenade. Expected vendors include Bombing Giant Squid, Tao’s Bao, and Waffleland. An alcohol garden will be available for those 21+. Free entry with advanced ticket reservations. 
  • If you feel like road tripping this weekend, Palm Desert Food and Wine takes place from March 25-27 with bites, wines, and cooking demonstrations. Participating chefs include Curtis Stone, Carla Hall, and Afrim Pristin.
  • Taco Bell, which was born in Downey, celebrates 60 years in SoCal. Fans can score access through the Taco Bell website and mobile app to a limited-time Born x Raised $8.99 veggie combo meal featuring the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme, Bean Burrito, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, and Cinnamon Twists, served with a large unsweetened iced tea and two Diablo Sauces.
  • On Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, Farhang Foundation presents Nowruz Piruz — a swanky six-course caviar Persian feast that celebrates Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Taking place at Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa, the meal starts off with Tsar Nicoulai Golden Osetra Caviar. 
  • The plant-based Dear Bella Creamery in Hollywood offers a #CookForUkraine Sundae kit with 100% of profits benefiting Unicef's #CookForUkraine fundraiser. The kit includes two ice-cream pints, two waffle cones, two cookies, and two toppings, for $30. Guests can also make a $1, $5, or $10 donation during checkout in-store. 
  • Ike’s Love & Sandwiches celebrates its brand-new Sherman Oaks location (13535 Ventura Blvd., Unit A) with a grand opening celebration on Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. Stop by for free sandwiches, deals, giveaways, and a meet-and-greet with founder Ike Shehadeh.
  • Rescheduled from last week: The Hotel June’s Caravan Swim Club in Westchester starts its 2022 Supper Series with a Women’s History Month dinner featuring Inglewood-based craft brewery Crowns & Hops. The one-night-only sunset dinner on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. includes a four-course pre-fixe menu by chef Angie Lee, beer pairings, an all-day pool pass (opens at 11 a.m.), and conversation with Crowns & Hops founders Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter. Tickets are $70.
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