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Spectacular Online And IRL Events This Weekend: March 12 -14

Tilda Swinton stars in Pedro Almodóvar's 'The Human Voice.' (Iglesias Mas, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
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Watch the grunions hit the beach. Get those jazz hands ready for a celebration of Liza Minnelli. Catch Tilda Swinton in Pedro Almodóvar's English-language debut. Learn about the history of Korean and Japanese alcohol. Slice into some Pi Day deals. Explore art in the desert. Laugh along with Fortune Feimster at a drive-in or online with more than two dozen comics as they F**K Z**M.

Friday, March 12

The Human Voice
Vineland Drive-In
443 N. Vineland Ave, City of Industry
Pedro Almodóvar makes his English-language debut with a 30-minute film starring Tilda Swinton as a woman abandoned by her lover. Time passes while she waits, with only a dog for companionship, for her beloved to pick up her suitcases.
COST: $4 - $10; MORE INFO

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Friday, March 12; 8 p.m. PT

Sustain the Scene
A new initiative supports local indie music venues shuttered by COVID-19 and are at risk of closing permanently. Beginning Friday, local music fans will be able to support their favorite nightlife spots including The Regent, Lodge Room, El Cid, Catch One, The Comedy Store, Akbar, The Eagle, The Lash, 1720 and ETA and The Alibi in Palm Springs by ordering food, cocktails and merch through Postmates. Also on Friday, there's a livestream concert on YouTube and Twitch with Girlpool and Vinyl Williams at Lodge Room. It's hosted by Jesse Camp and Nina Tarr.

Jhené Aiko performs for a MusiCares benefit concert on Friday and then hosts the Grammys pre-show on Sunday at noon. (Courtesy of the Grammys)

Friday, March 12; 8 p.m. PT

Music on a Mission: Virtual Concert
In advance of the Grammys on Sunday, MusiCares holds a fundraiser for music industry people in need. Watch new performances from Haim, H.E.R., Jhené Aiko and John Legend as well as sets from the vaults featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Usher. Musicians and other special guests will make appearances throughout the show.

Singer Liza Minnelli attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014, in Hollywood, California. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Friday, March 12; 5 p.m. PT

A Love Letter to Liza Minnelli: 75th All-Star Birthday Tribute Celebration
This star-studded event features performances by Ben Vereen and the dancers of the Verdon Fosse Legacy, Joel Grey, Michael Feinstein, Lea DeLaria, Lily Tomlin, Melissa Manchester and stories from Chita Rivera, Craig Ferguson, Jason Alexander, Joan Collins, John Cameron Mitchell, Jonathan Groff, Nathan Lane, Sandra Bernhard, Parker Posey, Tony Hale and too many others to name. The night also features never before seen footage from the birthday girl herself. 20% of net proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund. There will be repeat airings March 13-14.

The Moth and LACMA team up for a night of storytelling on theme of 'nostalgia, ' a nod to the art exhibition, 'Yoshitomo Nara.' (Laura Partain)

Friday, March 12; 7:30 p.m. PT

Pacific StorySlam: Nostalgia
The Moth and LACMA present an evening of art and storytelling with tales that turn back the hands of time. Listen (or contribute) stories from memory lane. The theme "Nostalgia" is a nod to the exhibition Yoshitomo Nara at LACMA. The night is hosted by Dhaya Lakshminarayanan from the San Francisco StorySLAM community.
COST: $8 - $10; MORE INFO

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Friday, March 12; 7 p.m. PT

What's So Funny? Comedy During Quarantine
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts an online program that features comedy and reality. Carlos Aguilar AKA Big Brown Dad asks four comics -- Kim Congdon, Vanessa Gonzalez, Erik Rivera and Danny Vega -- how they're staying funny and making money during quarantine. Register to view on Zoomor watch on Facebook.

Atlas Obscura celebrates all things pi and pie this weekend with several online experiences. (Courtesy of Atlas Obscura)

Friday, March 12 - Sunday, March 14

Atlas Obscura's Pi Day Experiences
The magazine and tour adventure company presents a weekend of Pi-themed online experiences. On Friday, the Accidental Discoveries series examines the development of mathematics. Saturday focuses on the most popular pie in the world: pizza. On Sunday, attend Peculiar Pies with Gastro Obscura, a session that includes pie trivia, history and recipes.
COST: $10 - $15 per session; MORE INFO

Friday, March 12; 5:30 p.m.

Drive-in Movie: The Incredibles
Crenshaw Imperial Plaza Shopping Center
2900 W. Imperial Highway, Inglewood
Pixar's 2004 animated feature screens near the Plaza's AutoZone, close to many eateries. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Aaron Community Cultural Center.
COST: $10 per car; MORE INFO

Friday, March 12; 7:30 p.m. PT

Echo Theater Company: Bold Faced Secret
The theater company's monthly night of personal stories returns with the theme of "The Skin of Your Teeth." Listen to an hour of tales from storytellers about close calls, near misses and hanging by a thread.

Friday, March 12; 7 p.m. PT

Stand by Me
The Roadium Open Air Market
2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance
The Roadium presents family flicks on Friday nights in March, including this week's screening of the 1986 Rob Reiner coming-of-age film, Stand by Me, based on a Stephen King short story. The snack bar won't be open s(o bring your own food) and you won't be able to sit outside of your car.
COST: $30 per car; MORE INFO

Friday, March 12; 6:30 p.m. PT

RISK! Livestream Online Show
Kevin Allison hosts a night of tales that people never thought they'd share in public. The live online show takes place as a Zoom webinar with stories from Allison, Lisa Cantrell, Auntie Vice, Chetter Galloway and Dana Norris. Only 100 tickets are available for the show. A link will be sent to ticket buyers.

The L.A. Arboretum teaches bread basics in an online class this weekend. (ted_major is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Saturday, March 13; 12 p.m. PT

Handcrafting: Basics of Bread
The L.A. Arboretum presents a virtual class that teaches participants how to make a sweet banana bread loaf and a savory focaccia. Plus, there's a science lesson on making a sourdough starter. This is a great class if you are new to bread making or looking for a delicious refresher. In April and May, the Handcrafting series focuses on Sourdough and Jams, Butter, and Ricotta, respectively. Ingredients and materials list will be sent out before the class. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours before class begins.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

Julie Piñero's 'Delejos (from afar)' is a one-woman theater piece presented via Zoom. (Courtesy of the artist)

Saturday, March 13; 4 p.m. PT

Delejos (from afar)
The new one-woman, immersive, live Zoom play from writer/actor/comedian Julie Piñero focuses on how she worked through immense loss. Piñero's partner, Jose Zambrano, a designer of VR games, died in a random incident of street violence. She used his unfinished VR game, Delejos, which focuses on distance and loving from afar, as a starting point. The show uses live music, light and Zoom to create the experimental theater piece.

Fortune Feimster visits Build at Build Studio on January 21, 2020, in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Saturday, March 13; 7 p.m.

Fortune Feimster
Irvine Improv
527 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine
Feimster, who made a name for herself on Chelsea Lately and the Mindy Project, returns to Irvine for a drive-in standup show. Her first one-hour special, Sweet & Salty, is streaming on Netflix. She also cohosts The Netflix Afterparty with David Spade and London Hughes. The Irvine show, which also features comedian Orlando Leyba, is 18+.
COST: $130 per car; MORE INFO

F**K Z**M is an online comedy show and fundraiser where dozens of comedians hilariously mourn a year of working the rooms on Z**m. (Luke McGarry)

Saturday, March 13; 6 p.m. PT

F**K Z**M
More than two dozen comedians come together to mourn a year of Zoom comedy. Hosted by Jared Goldstein and Hannah Pilkes, the lineup includes Atsuko Okatsuka, Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, Jenny Yang, Jenson Titus, Cole Escola and Julia Shiplett. Proceeds from ticket sales go to The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. RSVP on Eventbrite now for the private YouTube link.
COST: $10 suggested donation; MORE INFO

Grunion run season begins this weekend as the fish do their mating rituals on Southern California beaches. (Eric Wittman from Wichita, Kansas, USA, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Saturday, March 13 - Tuesday, March 16

Grunion Run Season
This weekend marks the start of the grunion season in Southern California, when the silvery fish hit the beaches for their nighttime mating dance. A fishing license is required if you plan to catch them (and you can only use your hands). If attending a grunion run, please follow current COVID-19 safety protocols. Check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for expected runs through the summer.

Saturday, March 13; 7 p.m. PT

Dogs Are Better Than People
The Whitefire Theatre's Solofest 2021 presents an online show written and performed by Sarah Hunter about drinking, bad men and good dogs. The talking dogs are the ones who tell Sarah's stories. A portion of the show's proceeds will go to the Pasadena Humane, Hand In Paw Rescue and Soi Dog Foundation.

Saturday, March 13; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT

Texino's Spring Forward Market
3021 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake
The L.A.-based luxury camper van company hosts a market with treats from She Baked Me, Canyon Coffee, La Morra Pizza, flowers from Earth Shoppe and wine from lolo wine bar. A DJ spins vinyl throughout the day. Masks must be worn at all times, and temperature checks are required at check-in.

Learn about the history of makgeolli, a Korean rice-based alcohol during an online presentation. (Jon Åslund, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Saturday, March 13; 12 p.m.

Wild Fermentation: Microbes, Fermentation & Makgeolli with Yong Ha Jeong
Korean brewer Yong Ha Jeong and science historians Victoria Lee and Charles Kollmer discuss the historical conditions from the late 19th century to the present that have shaped alcohol fermentation practices in Korea and Japan. Wine shop Domaine L.A. is selling limited quantities of small-batch Hana Makgeolli (Korean alcohol) that you can sip during the seminar. The event features live captioning and ASL interpretation.

Through Sunday, March 14

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF)
The annual festival wraps this weekend after screening dozens of films from the U.S. and the African diaspora. PAFF closes on Sunday with Executive Order, directed by Lázaro Ramos. Set in a dystopian near future in Rio de Janeiro, a lawyer sues the Brazilian government for reparations on behalf of all descendants of African slaves in the country. However, the government retaliates by ordering all Black citizens to Africa. Skin color is measured and people are hunted to be sent to Africa. The lawyer asks his uncle to find his wife, who's gone.
COST: $30, passes available; MORE INFO

Streaming Pick

The One
This British drama-thriller is an adaptation of John Marrs' novel set in the near future, when a DNA test can determine your soulmate. A new matchmaking service capitalizes on the scientific discovery to pair people with their perfect partner. Of course, nothing's perfect as people and partners come with all sorts of baggage and lies. All eight episodes will be available on Netflix on March 12.

Sterling Ruby's bright orange art piece 'Specter' was part of Desert X 2019. (Christine N. Ziemba)

Outdoor Pick

Friday, March 12 - Sunday, May 16

Desert X
Throughout the Coachella Valley
Riverside County
The outdoor biennial art exhibition returns to the desert, offering both online and in-person opportunities to locate and view work across the Coachella Valley. Among the 13 artists participating this year are Felipe Baeza, Judy Chicago, Oscar Murillo and Kim Stringfellow. The map with exact locations of the installations goes live on and on the Desert X 2021 app on Friday, March 12.

Indulge in Pi Day/Pie Day celebrations at several SoCal spots on Sunday, March 14. (ginnerobot, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

Sunday is March 14 aka 3.14 aka Pi Day with several eateries offering pie-related specials.

  • All Pie Hole locations in Southern California (DTLA, Hollywood, Pasadena, Orange County and Santa Monica) are offering pie specials at $3.14 on Sunday. Try the Lonely Pie (chocolate bar Oreo crust, peanut butter mousse topped with dark chocolate and crushed potato chips) or the Chocolate Brownie Pie topped with a Pi sign. Pie Hole bundles (also priced at $3.14) let you mix and match in three flavors (caramel apple, strawberry and blueberry crumble).
  • All day Sunday, Du-Par's Pie Shop at the Original Farmers Market offers pie slices for $3.14 or whole pies for $13.14. Choose from classic flavors like apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan and banana cream.
  • The team behind Holy Cow BBQ, Rooster's Chicken House, Ciao Verde and Louise's Trattoria launches the The Little Pie concept on March 14. Their mini pies will be available for $3.14 (regularly $4/pie). Flavors include banana cream, key lime and lil peach crumble. More flavors will follow. The pie concept operates out of the Holy Cow locations in West L.A., Santa Monica in Culver City.
  • For plant-based eaters, celebrate Pi Day at Café Gratitude's three locations (DTLA, Venice and Larchmont). Indulge in the vegan offerings I Am Awakening key lime pie or I Am Harmonious Apple Pie. Single slices ($10) and mini sizes ($13) are available.
  • The Los Angeles Times Dinner Series holds a pizza and wine party on Sunday at 5 p.m. with chef Daniele Uditi of Pizzana offering a cacio e pepe pizza and a bottle of Las Jaras Glou Glou wine. The takeout meal also includes a conversation with Uditi, actor and winemaker Eric Wareheim, Thomas McNaughton (Flour & Water in San Francisco), Joe Beddia (Pizzeria Beddia in Philadelphia) and food writer Jenn Harris. Dinners will be available for pick up at Pizzana in West Hollywood on the day of the event. Tickets are $95 each.
  • TheVTree, a plant-based soul food restaurant, is scheduled to open in Silver Lake on Saturday, March 13. Get ready for bourbon-baked BBQ ribs, mac and cheese and sweet potato cheesecake.
  • Universal Studios is inching toward reopening with a "Taste of Universal," Fridays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m., starting this Friday, March 12. The outdoor dining and shopping experience takes place on the Upper Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood with foods from some favorite places such as Springfield, U.S.A., The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minion Cafe and Hollywood and Dine. Tickets: $44 - $54 (adults) and $25 (children ages 3 to 9).
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