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20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. If you need additional suggestions, then check out our March Guide, too.


Not everyone’s at SXSW. KROQ Locals Only and The Satellite presents the Mating Ritual March Residency with bands Night Lights and The Gromble playing in support. Mating Ritual (Ryan Marshall Lawhon) performs in support of its self-titled debut EP. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Free. 21+.

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On Monday the San Marcos, Texas-based rock quartet This Will Destroy You plays the Roxy Theatre. L.A.-based Vinyl Williams opens the night. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $17.

Il Cinema Ritrovato is a festival that presents a selection of restored films from the Cineteca di Bologna in Europe. Now in its fourth year, the free festival runs from Monday to Wednesday this week at Loyola Marymount University. The opening night film (Monday at 6 p.m.) is the extended version of the gangster classic Once Upon a Time in America with Robert DeNiro and James Wood. The screenings continue with films from Satyajit Ray, Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini and Stig Björkman.


Love the lite rock of the late 1970s and early ‘80s? Then head over to the Satellite for a free show on Tuesday night where there’s a Tribute to Yacht Rock featuring the band Harbor Party and guest performers. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

The Blind Barber is a comedy show at a secret speakeasy bar. On Tuesday, the Blind Barber leaves the speakeasy for a special show at The Hollywood Improv at 8 p.m. The evening features comedians Nicholas Anthony, Grant Lyon, Andy Peters, Dave Waite, Nikki Glaser and others. The show is 18+. Tickets are $10, and there’s a two-drink minimum.


Rareform and TOMS join artist Tyler Ramsey for a collaborative launch party this week. (Image: Courtesy of Rareform)
RAREFORM (Launch party)
Rareform, a sustainable lifestyle brand that repurposes billboards into one-of-a-kind bags, partners with TOMS and artist Tyler Ramsey for a launch party at CTRL Collective in Silicon Beach. The free event features live entertainment, complimentary drinks, food trucks, giveaways and more.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m, Viviane inside the Avalon Hotel, holds a Cuisine de Campagnewine dinner with Ojai Vineyard. The $88 meal pairs six of owner/winemaker Adam Tolmach’s wines with dishes created by Viviane’s Executive Chef Michael Hung. Items menu include: Baked Marin Cheese Triple Crème Brie With soft confiture of garlic, grilled sourdough bread, and Maldon salt paired with a 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido; Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shoulder with charred carrots glazed in coastal honey and coriander salsa verde paired with a 2013 Syrah John Sebastiano; and Pineapple Upside Down Cake with brandied cherries, black pepper and vanilla crema alongside a 2011 Riesling Kick On. Space is limited, so call the restaurant at 310.407.7791 for reservations.

SO SAD TODAY (Book release party)
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Upstairs at the Ace Hotel presents the So Sad Today book release party. The evening includes readings by Melissa Broder, Mira Gonzalez and Ryan O'Connell, who Ace describes as “existentially troubled people, likely more socially anxious than you.” DJ sets from Baths, Blue Hawaii, MS MR and Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles). Free with RSVP. 21+.


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The New Orleans band The Revivalists brings its blend of roots-rock and R&B to the Teragram Ballroom on Wednesday night. They’re on tour to promote their latest release Men Against Mountains. Kolars opens. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $20-$24.

JANETTE SADIK-KHAN (Transportation conversation)
Los Angeles is finally really thinking about—and doing—work to improve the streets for pedestrians and bikers. Janette Sadik-Khan, a former New York City transportation commissioner who helped transformed New York’s streets, will be in conversation with the L.A. Times' Christopher Hawthorne on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum. They’ll discuss her book Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution; a signing follows the talk.

The Recent Belgian Cinema series at the Aero Theatre continues at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday with a screening of All Cats Are Grey (Tous Les Chats Sont Gris). The 2014 film, directed by newcomer Savina Dellicour, focuses on a detective who's approached by his estranged 16-year-old daughter on a mission to find her biological father. The evening begins with the short "Le Sommeil des Amazones" (25 min.) directed by Bérangère McNeese. A Belgian beer reception follows. Tickets: $11.


'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ' screens at the Valley Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. (Image: Still from the film)
BEN-HUR (Silent film + live score)
The Valley Performing Arts Center’s 2016 season continues on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. with the legendary silent film epic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ performed with a 90-minute original score by Stewart Copeland, founding member of The Police. The evening features Copeland on percussion, joined by the Pacific Symphony, conducted by Richard Kaufman, who celebrates his 25th season as its Principal Pops Conductor. Tickets: $45-$70.

TASTE OF SOLVANG (Food + drinks)
Solvang’s annual food, wine (and now beer and spirits) festival, A Taste of Solvang, runs Wednesday, March 16 through March 20, featuring farm-to-table events, St. Patrick’s Day cuisine; modern Danish fare; desserts and sweets; and award-winning beers, spirits and wines. Tickets/passes vary per event, from $20 for The Art of Smørrebrød and Æbleskiver on Saturday to $110 to $175 for passes.

The Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have teamed up to present Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium—a major photographic retrospective examining the work and career of the highly influential 20th century artist. The concurrent exhibitions highlight “different aspects of the artist's complex personality.” The Getty’s exhibition, which presents Mapplethorpe's most iconic images with lesser-known photographs, open Wednesday, March 15, and LACMA’s Mapplethorpe exhibit opens on March 20.


LIVE READ (Script reading)
On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Film Independent at LACMA presents the next installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read series. A surprise cast reads a script from a seminal film—this week it’s Stand By Me—from LACMA’s Bing Theater stage. Reitman slowly reveals the cast's names on Twitter this week, so follow him for updates. Tickets: $25 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members. $35 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (62+); $50 for the rest of us. Standby tickets only.

The Pub at Golden Road presents an all-you-can-eat and drink special for $30 on Thursday from 4-9 p.m. featuring Golden Road's Irish Red, Irish Stout and a buffet of St. Paddy's Day classics like corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. And vegetarians/vegans needn’t worry—there’s a "corned leaf" vegan option as well. No reservations required.

Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring a night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 p.m. Joining them on the bill are Brendon Small, Alice Wetterlund, Matt Braunger, the house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) and others. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

VENICE ART CRAWL (Art + performance)
The firstVenice Art Crawlof the season happens from 6-11 p.m. on Thursday. It’s a free event that gives people the chance to explore the community and check out traditional and pop-up galleries, music and performances. Because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, "Green" is the night’s theme with recycled art, “Leave No Trace” signs made by local artists and a green-lit landmark VENICE sign featured at Windward Circle. Download the map of participating galleries and businesses.

Serenity Gathering—an EDM weekend that celebrates the Spring equinox—takes over the Joshua Tree Retreat Center from Thursday to Sunday this week. Performers include Shpongle, Emancipator, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Del The Funky Homosapien and dozens more. All tickets include car camping, and kids 12 and younger are free. Since the festival tries to be a low-impact event, organizers are asking attendees to carpool since a sliding scale Impact Fee will be assessed to vehicles on entrance, depending on number of occupants. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday for the 3-day pass (early entry Thursday passes are sold separately). Prices vary, but a general admission three-day pass is $240+ fees.

The Malibu Film Society presents its first Guest Presenter Series—a film series that runs every other Thursday from March 17 through April 28. Celebs such as Dan Aykroyd, Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal and Paul Reiser have all agreed to screen and discuss some of their favorite films. This week, Aykroyd opens the series on Thursday at 7 p.m. with a screening of 1958’s Oscar-winning Sayonara, starring Marlon Brando, Red Buttons, Miyoshi Umeki, James Garner, Patricia Owens and Ricardo Montalban. The rest of the series includes: March 31: Singin' in the Rain, hosted by Burnett; April 14: Mr. Saturday Night, hosted by Crystal; and April 28: The In-Laws (1979), hosted by Reiser. Screenings are at the Malibu Screening Room on the Malibu Jewish Center campus. Doors open each night at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults/$30 for faculty & students. Day-of-show tickets are $5 higher, available for purchase at the door on a space-available basis.

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