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22 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

Toast to International Women's Day with these specialty drinks at Bar Franca. (Photo: Courtesy of Bar Franca)
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Raise a glass to celebrate International Women's Day. Take a tour of South Bay breweries owned or operated by women. View the haute couture of Guo Pei. Go fly a kite (or watch other people fly them at a kite fest). Check out roller derby, including a tourney for juniors. Your weekend is calling and LAist is here to guide you through it.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8; 8 - 11 p.m.
International Women's Day Drinks
Bar Franca -- 438 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
The bar teams up with Kin Whiskey to create four cocktails that celebrate women. $1 from each limited-run drink that's sold will be donated to the Downtown Women's Center. The cocktails are: Nasty Women (Kin bourbon, lemon, allspice dram, ginger beer); Forever First Lady (Kin bourbon, amaro angeleno, sweet vermouth, scrappy's chocolate bitters); Get In Formation (Kin white whiskey, mezcal, lime, vanilla syrup, Scrappy's firewater bitters) and Notorious RBG (Kin white whiskey, sweet vermouth, Italicus, orange bitters).

Pure Native
Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry Museum of the American West -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Native Voices, the only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing new plays by Native American artists, presents the world premiere of Tuscarora playwright Vickie Ramirez's work (originally workshopped as Corn Soup). The comedy focuses on one man's quest to convince his community to lease "rez" water rights to a conglomerate. An opening night reception follows Friday's performance.
COST: $10 - $25; MORE INFO

OC Fair -- 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
The festival brings together punk rock, tattoo art and low riders, with performances by artists Suicidal Tendencies, Limp Bizkit, Travis Barker, Dead Kennedys and TSOL. Live art includes street artist Nuke One doing mural painting on a canvas of more than 50 Angel City kegs.
COST: Single-day tickets start at $39.50; MORE INFO

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Theatre of NOTE's 'For The Love Of (or, the roller derby play)' is remounted at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Block Party 2019. (Photo: Darrett Sanders)

For The Love Of (or, the roller derby play)
Kirk Douglas Theatre -- 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Center Theatre Group's annual Block Party -- a celebration of L.A.'s local theater scene -- opens with the first of three guest shows. CTG remounts the Theatre of NOTE production of Gina Femia's roller derby play, directed and choreographed by Rhonda Kohl. When Joy joins a roller derby team and becomes close with star player Lizzie Lightning, her (and her longtime partner's) world is turned upside down.
COST: Tickets start at $25; $75 Block party passes available; MORE INFO

KROQ Locals Only Festival
Teragram Ballroom -- 1234 W. 7th S., downtown L.A.
KROQ's first local music fest features 10 bands, selected through fan voting, that will be featured on KROQ Locals Only Vinyl Volume 1. They include the Wrecks, Dear Boy, Mermaed, the Brevett, Trapdoor Social, Kitten, Convey, Sleeptalk, New Language and TeamMate.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8; 6 - 10 p.m.
ArtNight Pasadena
Various locations in downtown Pasadena
20 cultural institutions throughout the city, including ArtCenter, Armory Center, The Gamble House, Sp[a]ce and the Norton Simon Museum, offer a night of free art, music and performances. Free shuttles will ferry guests between venues and food trucks will be onsite to feed art lovers.
COST: FREE registration; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MARCH 8; 9 p.m.
Albert Hammond Jr.
The Fonda Theater -- 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The Strokes guitarist has been on a solo tour in support his last album, Francis Trouble, released last year. It is partially named after his late twin brother, Francis, who was stillborn, with the music reflecting his brother's impact on his life.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8; 10:30 p.m.
Your Late Night Show Tonight
Pack Theater -- 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Comedy duo Lilan and Wilder (Lilan Bowden and Wilder Smith) host the Pack's version of a late-night talk show with monologues, jokes, stunts and special guests. They'll interview performer and filmmaker Dhruv Uday Singh, who currently plays Raj Patil in the Freeform series Good Trouble, with musical comedy by Erin & MeLissa.
COST: Pay what you can; MORE INFO

Boris Karloff-Bela Lugosi Movie Marathon
Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Karloff and Lugosi played iconic movie monsters of the 1930s, paving the way for Leatherface, Michael Meyers, Freddie Kruger, et al. Watch seven of their films in a marathon screening, beginning with Frankenstein (1931), The Raven (1935), Dracula (1931), The Black Cat (1934), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and the Son of Frankenstein (1939). There are 10-minute breaks after each film and longer intermissions between The Black Cat and Bride of Frankenstein.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

The Sky Is Not The Limit: Lessons From A Year In Space
Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center -- 6200 E. Atherton St, Long Beach
Astronaut Scott Kelly captured the world's attention as he reported from the International Space Station with live interviews and stunning photos. In this multimedia lecture, Kelly shares stories from his 143-million-mile adventure, with lessons on persistence, resilience and self-determination.
COST: $65 - $250; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, MARCH 9; 11 a.m.
Show Your Work - Stories of Arts Education in LA
The Crawford Family Forum -- 474 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena
KPCC arts education reporter Carla Javier hosts an event with current and former art teachers and teaching artists from around Southern California. They'll share how the arts have enabled them to connect with their students as well as the good, bad and ugly aspects of their jobs. Javier is joined by Sofia Cuevas of Santa Ana High School, Learsi Martinez of Youthbuild Charter School in El Monte and David Early of the Rancho Los Alamitos National Rehabilitation Center.

'Guo Pei: Couture Beyond' is organized by the Bowers Museum, with Guo Pei's Rose Studios, SCAD FASH and SCAD: The University for Creative Careers. (Photo: Elysium, 2018 ©Guo Pei, Rose Studios)

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond
Bowers Museum -- 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana
The museum presents a solo exhibition of the work of the Chinese fashion designer, known for creating Rihanna's 2015 Met Gala yellow gown. More than 40 pieces of Pei's wearable art showcase her impact on the fashion world and beyond.
COST: $12 - $15 museum admission; MORE INFO

ShamBlock Shake Junior Roller Derby Tournament
Anarchy Hall -- 8990 Claybeck Ave., Sun Valley
Los Anarchists Junior Derby is a nonprofit organization for young people ages 5 to 18 who want to participate in competitive and recreational roller derby. Watch the home teams compete with other teams from San Diego, Denver and Kalamazoo, Michigan. The weekend tournament also features a half-time derby demo, live music, games, contests, food and merchandise.
COST: $10 per day at the door; free for kids 10 and younger; MORE INFO

HFPA Film Restoration Summit
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The event includes a presentation by Thierry Frémaux, director of Institut Lumiere, on the Lumière brothers' restoration project and a panel on the cultural importance of preservation featuring Jane Fonda and filmmaker Alexander Payne, among others. After a reception, the night ends with an 8 p.m. screening of the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars (1964), restored with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Dennis Quaid and the Sharks
The Mint -- 6010 West Pico Blvd., Mid-City
The actor and his band play a blend of rock, country and soul. They ust released their first studio album, Out of the Box, late last year. Opening acts are Natalie Gelman at 8 p.m. and Resurrection Road at 9 p.m. This show is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $30; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 9; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Mean Gays
The Montalbán -- 1615 Vine St., Hollywood
This is a live musical parody of the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film Mean Girls -- but with drag queens. A home-schooled transfer student from South Korea (Kim Chi) decides to attend an American high-school ruled by a drag queen girl-gang called "The Plastics" played by Willam, Peaches Christ and Laganja Estranja.
COST: $35 - $120; MORE INFO

Botanical perfumer Persephenie leads a class in creating aromatic smokable blends in DTLA. (Image: Courtesy of The Institute for Art & Olfaction)

SATURDAY, MARCH 9; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Aromatic Smoking with Persephenie
The Institute for Art & Olfaction -- 932 Chung King Rd., downtown L.A
Botanical perfumer Persephenie leads a class in creating aromatic smokable blends. While cigarette smoking is frowned upon, smoking has a medicinal, spiritual and recreational history. Learn about organic, botanical North American herbs, traditional smoking materials, different types of tobacco and how to process and blend them. Participants will make and take home approximately 20 herbal cigarettes.
COST: $125 admission; MORE INFO

Welcome to Night Vale
City National Grove of Anaheim -- 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim
The popular podcast is currently on a 44-city tour in nine countries. Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have written an entirely new, standalone story set in the surreal desert town of Night Vale. It will never be heard on the podcast,and appeals to both newbies and long-time listeners. Taking the form of a community radio show on stage, the tour features Cecil Baldwin as Cecil, the voice of Night Vale; Symphony Sanders as Tamika Flynn; Meg Bashwiner as Deb and the Emcee and live music from Disparition.
COST: $27.50 - $32.50; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 10; noon - 5 p.m.
Festival of the Kite
Redondo Beach Pier -- 100 Fisherman's Wharf, Redondo Beach
Now in its 45th year, this all-ages kite festival features prizes for highest flying kite, best handmade kite and youngest kite flyer. The day also includes music, dance performances, martial arts demos and a hotdog on a stick-eating contest. Nothing could go wrong with that, right?.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10; 3 p.m.
A Silly Symphony Celebration: Classic Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) at CSUN -- 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Between 1929 and 1939, Walt Disney Studios produced 75 cartoons in the Silly Symphonies series. Watch six of those classics as they're screened with the CSUN symphony orchestra playing live. This program includes both the first and last films in the series, The Skeleton Dance (1929) and the Academy Award-winning The Ugly Duckling (1939), as well as Flowers and Trees (1932), The Old Mill (1937) and Three Little Pigs (1933).
COST: Tickets start at $30; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 10; 9 p.m.
Shamilton! An Improvised American Musical
UCB Sunset -- 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
They say that this show is just like Hamilton, only better! Help pick out a famous figure -- from Genghis Khan to Cardi B -- and the cast creates an improvised musical about them. There's singing, hip hop, rhymes and "choreography" created on the spot.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10; 1 p.m.
Women in Beer Brewery Tour: South Bay
Meeting spot: El Segundo Metro Stop-- 2226 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo
L.A. Beer Hop's Cindy Mooney takes guests on a tour of three breweries that are owned and/or operated by women. On this tour, hear from Lynne Weaver (Three Weavers founder) and meet with Josie Becker (Common Space assistant brewer) and Laurie Porter (Smog City founder). Taste a flight of beer at each location as well as get a behind-the-scenes tour. Food will be available for purchase, and the entire tour takes four to five hours.

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

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