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17 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Week: March 9 - 12

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This week, you can attend an important panel discussion and conversation around mental health, listen to writers rant or rave on a singular topic, play bingo with the drag queens, close out Outfest Fusion, learn about the best hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, and more.

Talinda Bennington co-convenes a panel discussion on mental health at USC on Monday night. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

MONDAY, MARCH 9; 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
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USC's Bovard Auditorium -- 3551 Trousdale Pkwy., University Park
Talinda Bennington, the widow of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and Kevin Lyman, present a panel discussion around mental health, hosted by actor Ken Jeong. Lyman hosts a panel that includes Tiffany Jenkins (Juggling The Jenkins), Morgan Freed (Emo Nite LA creative director and co-founder), Jason Docton (CEO of Rise Above The Disorder) and Erin Raftery Ryan (Executive Director of NAMI Westside Los Angeles). The night also features a special performance from Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October.

MONDAY, MARCH 9; 8 - 10 P.M.
Rant and Rave
The Electric Lodge -- 1416 Electric Ave, Venice
The long-running series features six writers, telling/reading their stories on one topic. "Chapter 104: Shake" features original works by Michael Shepperd, Kimberly Blackwell, Moira Quirk, Luis Camacho, Steve Silverman, and Amy Witry. Hosted by Ron Bottitta.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

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MONDAY, MARCH 9; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Ada Calhoun with Annabelle Gurwich
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Blvd, Westlake
Live Talks LA presents Ada Calhoun who discusses her new book, Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis, exploring the new midlife crisis facing Gen X women. The book explores how women have gotten to the point of "having it all" but suffering from exhaustion. Activist and author Annabelle Gurwitch moderates the conversation.
COST: $20-$50; MORE INFO

MONDAY, MARCH 9; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
The Mermaid Comedy Hour
Improv -- 8162 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
Celebrate Women's History Month with night of comedy. The lineup is filled with some of the best women comics, including Sara Schaefer, Kimberly Clark, Lisa Ann Walter, Janae Burris, Rachel Mac, Shanti Charan and Marlena Rodriguez.
COST: $10, plus two-item minimum; MORE INFO

Mary Astor and Van Heflin star in the film 'Act of Violence,' which screens at the historic Hollywood American Legion Post 43. (The Film Noir Foundation)

TUESDAY, MARCH 10; 6:30 - 11 P.M.
Veterans Film Noir Night
Hollywood American Legion Post 43 -- 2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The 22nd annual Noir City Hollywood film festival continues with a special double feature 35mm screening of Act of Violence (1949) and Somewhere in the Night (1946).
COST: $12 - $15; MORE INFO

Outfest Fusion Finale
Los Angeles Theatre Center -- 514 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The festival closes with one-minute film screenings, libations, music and a chance to mix and mingle with filmmakers and attendees to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community.
COST: Tickets: $10; MORE INFO

Drag Queen Bingo
Here & Now -- 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown L.A.
The Arts District cocktail bar has launched a new Queer Tuesdays weekly event series. Expect nights filled with music, games, and drinks: Every first and third Tuesdays feature Bourgie Bourgie curated DJ sets; Drag Queen Bingo every second Tuesday; and sets by LGBTQ DJ Couples Therapy every fourth Tuesday.

The Book of St. John
Vroman's Bookstore -- 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Chefs Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver from the renowned London restaurant discuss the new cookbook with Peter Meehan of the Los Angeles Times. The restaurant has become renowned for its simplicity, use of quality ingredients, and for being a pioneer in zero waste cooking. Recipes include: Braised rabbit, ox tongue, duck fat toast and St. John chutney. If you want to get the book signed, please buy at least one copy from Vroman's.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11; 7:30 - 10 P.M.
Lost & Found at the Movies: Sundance Special with John Cooper
Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium -- 630 W. 5th St, downtown L.A.
The ALOUD on Film Series presents an evening with John Cooper, the former director of the Sundance Film Festival. He'll offer his perspective on Sundance's influence, the indie artistic movement and behind-the-scenes stories. He'll be in conversation with John Nein, Sundance programmer.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon
Hollywood Heritage Museum -- 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
For Women's History Month, the museum welcomes author Mallory O'Meara who discusses her book on Milicent Patrick, one of Disney's first female animators. Patrick is also the only woman to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters: the Creature From the Black Lagoon. The museum will also show an exciting new addition to its collection -- an original costume piece from the 1954 film Creature From The Black Lagoon.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

La Vie en Rose
Odyssey Theatre -- 2055 S .Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
Grammy award-winning Julia Migenes brings back her farewell concerts series, singing French chansons by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand. All songs are performed in French with piano accompaniment by Victoria Kirsch.
COST: $20 - $40; MORE INFO

L.A. Harbor International Film Festival
Warner Grand Theatre -- 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
This non-juried, non-competitive festival showcases films and videos that reflect the life and commerce at the harbor, including fishing, sailing, water sports, sea life and the area's varied ethnic and cultural influences. The festival opens with Cinema Paradiso (1988), which celebrates Little Italy in San Pedro. Other programs include NewFilmmakers LA on Locations: The Los Angeles Video Project and a screening of the feature documentary Artifishal (2019).
COST: $10 per screening; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 12; 7 - 8:30 P.M.
Best Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains Presentation
REI -- 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
Learn about some of the best hiking adventures in Southern California -- and in the Santa Monica Mountains -- from Casey Schreiner, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Hiker. A Q&A session and book signing follows the presentation.

The documentary 'The Story of Plastic' screens at the Orange County Museum of Art. (© The Story of Plastic)

THURSDAY, MARCH 12; 7 - 9 P.M.
The Story of Plastic
Orange County Museum of Art --1661 W. Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana
The museum's Cinema Orange series screens an exposé on the global plastic pollution crisis. The film was shot on three continents, showing how ecosystems are getting smothered by plastic. A Q&A follows the screening.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Time Out LA's Comics to Watch
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Every year, Time Out LA picks 10 local comedians who are breaking though to next level comedy. The magazine presents the live version of the article with comedy from Chinedu Unaka, Cristina Catherine Martinez, Emily Catalano, Chris Bryant, Finn Straley, Anna Seregina, Sean Grant, Julia Austin, Sahana Srinivasan, and Paul Danke. This show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 12; 8 - 9 P.M.
Pussy Riot
Constellation Room -- 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana
Three members of the Moscow-based activist art collective were arrested in 2012 for performing a punk-prayer "Virgin Mary, please get rid of Putin." The band brings its politically tinged music to the OC on Thursday. (Then they play two shows in L.A. on Friday and Saturday at 1720).

Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic
Bowers Museum -- 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
The museum celebrates the treasures found inside the Disney Archives with an exhibition that covers 10,000 square feet, featuring more than 400 objects (posters, artwork, costumes and props) that tell the story of The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney and all the related properties. View superhero costumes, sketches from films like Fantasia and a replica of Walt Disney's office from the film Saving Mr. Banks (2013). This exhibition requires a timed ticket for entry.
COST: Adult admission: $23 - $25; MORE INFO

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