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17 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Week

Cirque du Soleil's 'Corteo' opens at the Forum. (Photo: Dominique Lemieux/Cirque du Soleil)
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Events this week include Diana Ross's 75th birthday celebration, Dominique Ansel's burger picnic and Freedman's "Jewshi" collaboration. Meanwhile, the Hammer shines a spotlight on black women activists, Cirque du Soleil performs Corteo, the musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to town, The Other Art Fair returns and a Fosse/Verdon costume exhibition debuts.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 - FRIDAY, MARCH 29; 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dom's Burger Park
189 by Dominique Ansel -- 189 The Grove Dr., Fairfax
The restaurant's dining room is being transformed into an outdoor picnic complete with blankets, astroturf, lawn games and chess boards. The menu will feature four kinds of burgers, fries, hot dogs, blueberry hand pies, caramel popcorn, frosty milkshakes and root beer floats.
COST: Varies, $15 for burgers; MORE INFO

MONDAY, MARCH 25; 8 p.m.
Freedman's -- 2619 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
The nouveau Jewish deli hosts Myumi, the Miami omakase sushi food truck, for a special tasting menu. Items include "matzah ball" miso soup, cured salmon with creme fraiche, sauerkraut ceviche and yuzu hamentashen. For reservations, text or call 917-915-9450.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26; 7 p.m. doors
Middleditch & Schwartz
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Actors Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) draw on audience suggestions to create characters, scenes and storylines on the spot. Each show is different. Neither the performers nor the audience know where the improv will take them.

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Her Dream Deferred
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Working with the African American Policy Forum, the museum presents a three-day celebration of black women and girls on the front lines of progressive change. It opens on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the panel discussion Black Women and the #MeToo Movement. It's followed on Wednesday by a conversation and performance of Harriet's Political Will: Black Women's Electoral Strength in an Era of Fractured Politics (7:30 p.m.). The series closes on Thursday with a screening of Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (5 p.m.), followed by a music/performance piece, #SayHerName: The Lives that Should Have Been (7:30 p.m.).

TUESDAY, MARCH 26; 10 p.m.
Diana Ross Family & Friends 75th Birthday Celebration
Hollywood Palladium -- 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The music icon celebrates her birthday with a few close friends. She'll be performing hits from her time with the Supremes as well as from her solo career. Be prepared to dance to Motown tunes, soul songs and disco.
COST: Tickets start at $99.50; MORE INFO

A costume exhibition with the designs from 'Fosse/Verson' is on view at the Paley Center. (Photo: Brian To/The Paley Center for Media.)

Through SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Fun, Laughs, Good Times: An Inside Look into the Fashion of Fosse/Verdon
Paley Center for Media -- 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
The exhibition explores the costumes and artistry of the upcoming FX series Fosse/Verdon, premiering April 9. The show explores the romantic and creative partnerships between dancer, choreographer and director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Broadway dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). View the designs and costumes by Melissa Toth as well as rare archival video of performances by the artists themselves. The Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Forum -- 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
Cirque du Soleil's arena production follows a joyous parade as envisioned by a clown. He thinks of his own funeral happening in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quiet angels. Actors, musicians, aerialists and acrobats bring their comedy, tragedy, humanity and magic.
COST: Tickets start at $63; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27; 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hello Kitty & Friends Li'L Farmer for a Day
Tanaka Farms -- 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine
This workshop (tailored to kids) shows participants how to help Farmer Hello Kitty and her friends on a working farm. They'll plant seeds, transplant seedlings, care for plants and harvest veggies, plus learn about soil conditioning, seed planting, weeding and harvesting. Participants receive a Sanrio-Tanaka Farms reusable bag, a seedling tray planted with flowers and other goodies. Each child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (who will not be charged unless they want to participate on their own). The workshop continues monthly through August.

Taste all the whiskies at the LA Magazine's Whiskey Festival. (Photo: Nico Kaiser via Flickr)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20; 7:30-10 p.m.
Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival
Two Bit Circus -- 634 Mateo St., downtown L.A.
Sample boutique and big-brand whiskeys as you meet distillers, discover cocktail recipes and learn about what you're imbibing. There's also live music and entertainment. You must be 21+ to attend.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27; 3 - 7 p.m.
Feminist Camp
Hotel Figueroa -- 939 S. Figueroa St. downtown L.A.
This minicamp honors Women's History Month with speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. Proceeds go to the Feminist Camp Scholarship Fund. Light refreshments donated by Poppy + Rose.COST: $30; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 6 p.m.
Broods / Bad Sounds
The Fonda Theatre -- 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
It's sibling night as New Zealand's Broods -- brother-sister duo Caleb and Georgia Nott -- headline in support of their latest album Don't Feed The Pop Monster. Opening is UK-based Bad Sounds, formed by brothers Callum and Ewan Merrett.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28; 4 p.m.
Queensway 5K
Queen Mary -- 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
If watching the L.A. Marathon inspired you to lace up your running shoes, here's a good starter race. Run across the Queensway Bridge, along Shoreline Aquatic and finish at the Queen Mary Events Park for après-race festivities, which begin at 4 p.m. The race starts at 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28; 7 - 9 p.m.
Pork 101 Workshop
Electric City Butcher -- 201 E. 4th St., Santa Ana
The butcher shop offers its most requested class, a hands-on workshop that teaches the basics of breaking down a (Llano Seco) pig. Learn how they source animals, how to identify the different parts of the pig and how to prepare your favorite cuts. Each student takes home four pounds of pork, gets an Electric City Butcher Tool bag (boning knife, twine, handouts, coupons) and 10% off any purchases in the shop that evening. Light food and refreshments served afterward.

The musical 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' opens at the Pantages and runs through April 14. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Pantages Theatre -- 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Get your golden tickets! Roald Dahl's novel comes to life on the stage complete with Oompa-Loompas, a chocolate river and the great glass elevator. The L.A. premiere features music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. You'll hear plenty of your favorite songs from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, including "The Candy Man," "I've Got a Golden Ticket" and "Pure Imagination."
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

The Other Art Fair
Magic Box at The Reef -- 1933 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
After launching the festival last year, Saatchi Art returns for another edition, featuring the work of nearly 140 independent artists from around the world. The artworks start art $150, making the fair more affordable than many other fairs or gallery shows.
COST: $13.50 - $60; MORE INFO

Malpaso Dance Company
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
This is rare SoCal performance by the renowned Cuban dance company, which is known for blending modern, ballet, jazz and urban dance. The ensemble performs works by artistic director Osnel Delgado, company member Beatriz Garcia, Merce Cunningham and Ohad Naharin.
COST: $35 - $105 (single tickets); MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 28; 7 p.m.
La Bamba
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Viva Mi Gente! presents a screening of Luis Valdez's biopic of Pacoima native Ritchie Valens (played by Lou Diamond Phillips), as he rises to rock 'n' roll fame in the 1950s. This all-ages event features vendors, a taco bar and signature La Bamba cocktails (for those 21+).
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

How are you spending your week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

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