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21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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'The Dark Side of the Rainbow' happens on Monday night at pehrspace. (Image: Courtesy of Prism Pipe)
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Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t check out the March Guide for other events.

MONDAY, MARCH 16

BEER: On Monday at 6 pm, Angel City Brewery’s monthly Ale Academy examines Irish beer styles in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Learn about the creation of the Stout to the modern day Irish lager. Tickets for “A 'Slainte!' to Irish Styles” class are $5 and include the session from and a beer tasting. Space is limited.

MUSIC: Some 20 years after the release of their first album Become What You Are (1993), The Juliana Hatfield Three returns to touring to support its just-released second Whatever, My Love (2015). The band plays the Roxy on Monday night. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

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FRENCH CINEMA: Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz at Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles presents A Week of French Language Cinema. There are six nights of free screenings from Monday with the short film "Bowling Killers" at 7:30 pm followed by the comedy Les âmes de papiers, both from Belgium. Come early at 7 pm for a free beer tasting reception. Films from Ivory Coast (3/17), Canada (3/18), Switzerland (3/19), Quebec (3/20) and France (3/21) round out the week. All films include subtitles in English. RSVP to rsvp.trk@lyceela.org with name, email address, number of people attending, and the screening(s) you would like to attend.

AUDIO-VISUAL: Prism Pipe, the monthly visual music and live film score event, takes place at pehrspace in Echo Park on Monday night. The program, Dark Side of the Rainbow, features the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon synced with The Wizard of Oz. When the album ends (about halfway through the film), Prism Pipe Players will continue with a live score and “psychedelic visuals by The Current Sea will begin to interweave and displace the original film for a unique immersive experience.” Doors are at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $5. All ages. Bring a yoga mat for the full, immersive experience.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17

ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PT. 1: Tom Bergin’s celebrates its 79th St. Patrick’s Day with an indoor/outdoor bash. The party begins at 6 am on Tuesday with an Irish Breakfast (until 10:30 am). The festivities continue in the parking lot at 11 am featuring a Guinness truck pouring Guinness Blonde and Harp Lager on tap; Irish-inspired cocktails; live band and DJ and so much more running through 2 am on March 18. No cover.

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FILM: On Tuesday night, the New Beverly continues its ‘90s film series by screening A John Woo / Chow Yun-Fat Hong Kong Action Spectacular. Up first at 7:30 pm is The Killer (1989), in which a disillusioned assassin must perform one last hit. It’s followed by Once a Thief (1991) at 9:50 pm in which a love triangle derails a criminal gang. Double feature tickets: $8.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PT. 2: The Tam O’Shanter opens at 10 am on Tuesday for St. Patrick's Day with a special tent area in the parking lot opening at noon. There’s going to be a variety of sweet and savory Irish-themed eats, including sugar shamrock cookies, Bailey’s cupcakes and corned beef and cabbage. The live music starts at 2 pm with The Ploughboys and Whiskey Sunday.

MOUNTAIN BIKING PRESENTATION: The Chautauqua Series continues at 7:30pm on Tuesday in Temescal Gateway Park’s Woodland Hall with the program Mountain Biking in the Santa Monica Mountains. Jim Hasenauer, founder of International Mountain Bicycling Association, talks about how mountain biking has become more than a recreational activity and how riders have become more dedicated to advocacy, public policy, volunteering and sustainable trail design. In addition, find out where to ride, what to ride and how to ride. The program is free. Please call (310) 454-1395 x226 or email if you plan to attend.

VARIETY SHOW: The Victory Lap variety show returns to The Virgil at 8 pm on Tuesday. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, the evening’s lineup includes Kurt Braunohler, Sarah Reich's Tap Music Project, Pat Regan, Ali Wong, Marcella Arguello and prizes from Hache LA and Boo's Philly Cheesteak. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great specials, $8 cocktails, $6 wine and beer all night long. 21+. Free admission.

COMEDY: On Tuesday night at the Lyric Theatre, Super Secret Comedy Show presents A Secret Run Through of Anthony Jeselnik's New One Hour of Stand Up. Doors at 7:30 pm and show at 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

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WRITING: On Tuesday night at 7 pm at NerdMelt, the Writer’s Guild Foundation (WGF) presents Genre Smash! With Pitch Perfect Writer Kay Cannon. Before Cannon wrote Pitch Perfect, she was selected by Tina Fey to write for 30 Rock. Cannon and WGF‘s Kevin Ott will talk about what makes a good musical, what it’s like writing comedy for 30 Rock and New Girl and what people can expect to see from her latest film—Pitch Perfect 2—which opens in May. Tickets: $15.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

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The horror-comedy 'Zombeavers' premieres on Wednesday at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. (Image: 'Zombeavers' production still)
FILM+PARTY: On Wednesday at 8:30 pm, the film Zombeavers has its premiere screening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Zombeavers are exactly what you think they are: zombie beavers. The horror/comedy follows a group of debaucherous college kids whose weekend at a cabin by the river soon turns bloody when a colony of deadly zombeavers close in. A Q&A follows with director Jordan Rubin and various cast members. After-party in the lobby follows the Q&A. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $10.

MUSIC BENEFIT: Demi Lovato holds the first Lovato Scholarship Benefit on March 18 at The Troubadour. Lovato and friends will raise funds for The Lovato Treatment Scholarship, which funds mental health treatment for individuals who couldn’t afford it otherwise. The scholarship was founded in honor of her father, who passed away due to untreated mental health and addiction issues. The evening of conversation and music also serves as a celebration of the music star’s third year of sobriety (March 18). Tickets: $100-$5,000.

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COMEDY: Super Secret Comedy Show returns to the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday with a great lineup that includes Demetri Martin, The Sklar Brothers, Jerrod Carmichael, Flula, Ian Karmel, Brent Weinbach and others. Tickets: $10-$20. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.

COMEDY: Comedy Central presents Not Safe For Work at the Westside Comedy Theater on Wednesday featuring standup and sketch comedy by Dead Kevin (Ahmed Bharoocha, Ryan O’Flanagan, Jack Robichaud), Rob Gleeson, Richard Bain and Noah Gardenswartz. Free. Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8 pm. 21+.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

ART: The first Venice Art Crawl of 2015 takes place on Thursday from 6-10 pm with the Intersection of Abbot Kinney Blvd. & Westminster Avenue in Venice serving as its central core. The crawl is a celebration of art and community that includes music and performance. Entertainment features a kids drum circle by Sandra Sandia at 6 pm and a set by performance by artist Kristina Wong at 7:30 pm. Pick up an art crawl map at Danny’s Venice Restaurant, 23 Windward Ave. Featured artists include: In Heros We Trust, Franklin London, Matt Ellson, Todd Goodman, Lisa Atkinson, Andrea Tan, FCK and many others.

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The 'Steal Art, Buy Music' event is at Angel City Brewery on Thursday night.
MUSIC + ART + SCREENING: The Death or Glory webseries and Angel City Brewery present the event Steal Music Buy Art on Thursday at 6:30 pm. The evening features the premiere of four episodes of Death Or Glory and live performances by Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, King Buzzo, Jonny 2 Bags and Derwood Andrews. There’s also an art show highlighting works by Edward Colver, CR Stecyk III, Nick Egan, Hudson Marquez, John Roecker, Tokyo Hiro, Robby Adams, Merwin Belin, Haze XXL, Craig “Skibs” Barker, “Bad Otis” Link, Chris Shary, Tom Neas and Greg Jacobs. Also onsite will be a record swap and food trucks. Free entry.MUSIC: Shine, the popular Westside storytelling event, features true tales under the theme of "Looking for Love,” with experienced and new yarn-spinners sharing inspiring true stories. The event promises a relaxed community atmosphere, powerful stories, refreshments and live music by singer-songwriter Brett Houston. Shine is held at YWCA Westside in Santa Monica. Doors open at 7:30pm for live music and refreshments. Tickets: $10 suggested donation at door.

LIVE READ: Thursday at 7:30 pm, 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 Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused—from LACMA’s Bing Theater stage. Reitman slowly reveals the 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.

MUSIC+COMEDY: Steve Agee and Brendon Small host Baked, a night of comedy and music at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Performing comedy sets are Marc Maron and Rory Scovel with music by the “greatest house band of all time”: Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa) and Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa). Two shows at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets: $15 for a single ticket or two tickets for $20.

VARIETY: Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring their night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 7 pm. Performing are Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ali Wong, Barry Rothbart, Hampton Yount and special guest host Eddie Pepitone (subbing for Gould). Music from the night’s house band The Lampshades, which is Kate Flannery of The Office and Scot Robinson from Anchorman. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Related: March Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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