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Fab Online And IRL Events Happening in SoCal This Week: March 8 - 11

Attendees hold signs during the Women's March "Power to the Polls" voter registration tour launch at Sam Boyd Stadium in January 2018 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Catch up with comedian and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Rachel Bloom. Listen to authors Isabel Allende and Kazuo Ishiguro. Geek out at a Caltech lecture on the Perseverance Rover that's roaming Mars. Watch Truffle Hunters at the drive-in. Tune into LAist's next installment of the TV Pilot Club as we re-examine The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Monday, March 8; 4:30 p.m. PT

Can Women's Movements Save the World?
Zócalo Public Square and ASU Center on the Future of War present a discussion around transnational women's movements with Pardis Mahdavi, from ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mi-Ai Parrish, managing director of ASU Media Enterprise. Topics include feminist movements and the strong leadership from women during a turbulent 2020, from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Peruvian writer Isabel Allende poses in Madrid on October 13, 2015 during the presentation of her book "El Amante Japones" ('The Japanese Lover'). (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Monday, March 8; 6 p.m. PT

PEN Out Loud: Isabel Allende with Concepción de León
Isabel Allende joins PEN to celebrate her new book, The Soul of a Woman, an examination of feminism, power and sexuality. She'll discuss the feminism of the past and her hopes for the future with New York Times reporter Concepción de León. Tickets include a copy of the book.
COST: $35 - $55; MORE INFO

Monday, March 8; 6 p.m.

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution + Q&A
The documentary Crip Camp focuses on a summer camp for teens with disabilities that was located near Woodstock, Near York. Not only did the camp transform lives, it ignited the modern disability rights movement. American Cinematheque holds a Q&A with filmmakers Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht.

Host Rachel Bloom attends the 64th Annual Obie Awards on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for the 2019 Obie )

Tuesday, March 9; 5 p.m.

Rachel Bloom: Co-Creator and Star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The USC Visions and Voices series welcomes Bloom who reads from her memoir, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are. She'll discuss writing, acting, singing and comedy with Karen Tongson, USC professor and co-host of the podcast Waiting to X-Hale.

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Tuesday, March 9; 7 p.m.

The Truffle Hunters
Vineland Drive-In
443 Vineland Ave., City of Industry
Follow several men of a certain age as they search for the rare and expensive Alba truffle deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy. Truffles can't be cultivated so the supply decreases year over year. The hunters are part of a semi-secret culture and rely on specially trained dogs. Their way of life is unhurried and simple, mostly lived away from screens.
COST: $4 - $10 per ticket; MORE INFO

Oscar Meza, above, takes part in a Santa Monica College discussion about professional skateboarding and the arts along with Fabian Alomar. (Courtesy of Santa Monica College)

Tuesday, March 9; 5 p.m.

Skating Beyond the Fire
Santa Monica College holds a live virtual event with pro skateboarders Oscar Meza -- a member of Team Mexico for the 2021 Olympic games in Tokyo -- and Fabian Alomar. They'll chat about what it takes to become a pro skateboarder, artist and actor. A Q&A with the audience takes place following the discussion.

L.A. Louver opens 'My Normandy,' an exhibition of prints by David Hockney that includes 'In Front of House Looking West,' 2019. (Photo: Jonathan Wilkinson)

Tuesday, March 9 - Saturday, May 1

David Hockney: My Normandy
L.A. Louver
45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice
The gallery opens an exhibition of 16 recent prints (11 from original drawings, three iPad prints and two 40-foot-long frieze prints) from the acclaimed artist. The works reflect the period when Hockney arrived in Normandy, France, in March 2019 and settled into a 17th-century cottage with a converted studio. The show marks his 22nd solo exhibition with the gallery since 1978. 45-minute gallery visits are by appointment only.

Tuesday, March 9; 6 p.m.

Derek DelGaudio: Amoralman
Skylight Books and Dynasty Typewriter host a virtual booklaunch for DelGaudio (creator of the theater show In and Of Itself). The nonfiction book is an exploration of the lies we tell ourselves. DelGaudio thought he was a decent, honest guy until he stumbled on a old journal and was forced to confront a deception from his past.
COST: $5 - $59; MORE INFO

Tuesday, March 9; 6:30 p.m.

TV Pilot Club: The Very First Fresh Prince Episode
Join LAist's arts and entertainment reporter Mike Roe and a group of TV superfans as they discuss the first episode of the 1990 sitcom with the freshest theme song. Will Smith stars as a kid sent from Philly by his mom to live with his auntie and uncle in Bel Air. Rewatch the pilot before the event (available on several streaming services) and get ready to talk about the show and Smith's rise to fame.

The Navigation Cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover captured this view of the rover's deck on February 20, 2021, on the planet Mars. (NASA/NASA via Getty Images)

Wednesday, March 10; 5 p.m. PT

Caltech Watson Lecture: Perseverance on Mars
The NASA rover Perseverance landed on Mars after eight years of development at JPL and more than six months after launch. Caltech professor Ken Farley describes how the rover will investigate rocks deposited billions of years ago at the bottom of a large lake (now long gone), looking for evidence of possible life on the planet. Farley will also discuss rocks collected by Perseverance for the first-ever effort to bring samples to Earth from another planet.

Wednesday, March 10; 6 p.m. PT

Devil in a Daydream Virtual Tour
Texas-based musician and filmmaker Mobley released his latest record, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, last month. He's on a virtual tour to raise funds for venues affected by the pandemic and the DAWA food organization. One of those "stops" is at the Troubadour The concert film also includes performances from Magic Giant, The Eiffels, TwoLips and King Mala. Each show on the tour features different, sets, artists and spaces.
COST: Tickets start at $5; MORE INFO

Wednesday, March 10; 7:30 and 9:50 p.m.

Before Sunrise / Before Sunset
Glendale Sears Parking Lot
211 W. California Ave., Glendale
Watch two-thirds of Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy as part of the Secret Movie Club's Cult Classic Night. In Before Sunrise, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play Jesse and Celine, two twentysomething travelers who get to talking and spend the day walking around Vienna together. In Before Sunset, they haven't seen each since that night but reunite nine years later and spend the night talking.
COST: $23 - $37; MORE INFO

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up Series continues this week with a focus on show creators of Spirit Award-nominated TV shows. (Film Independent)

Wednesday, March 10; 12 p.m. PT

Small Screen, Big Picture: TV Creators
Film Independent's Directors Close Up series continues this week with a focus on TV. With most of us in lockdown last year, storytellers were able to share works that didn't fit into the usual format of a two-hour movie. This panel features nominees for the inaugural Best New Scripted Series Spirit Award: Lee Eisenberg (creator, Little America), Emily V. Gordon (creator, Little America), Steve McQueen (creator, Small Axe), Kumail Nanjiani (creator, Little America) and Anna Winger (creator, Unorthodox). Moderated by Wendy Calhoun (producer/writer; Prodigal Son, Empire).
COST: $99 for series pass; MORE INFO

Kazuo Ishiguro acknowledges applause after he received his Nobel Prize in Literature from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 2017. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Wednesday, March 10; 12 p.m. PT

A Conversation with Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro
Writers Bloc Presents and the Skirball Cultural Center welcome novelist Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go). He discusses his latest book, Klara and the Sun, which is his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. The dystopian novel is set from the perspective of Klara, an AI friend, created to be a child's companion. He'll talk with Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy.

Thursday, March 11; 4 p.m. PT

Beyond Words 2021
Celebrate the Writers Guild Award screenwriting nominees at two back-to-back panels. The first features Will Berson and Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah), Darius and Abraham Marder (Sound of Metal), Andy Siara (Palm Springs) and Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7). The second panel features Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Paul Greengrass (News of the World), Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom).
COST: $10 per panel; MORE INFO

Thursday, March 11; 7:30 p.m. PT

Young Frankenstein
Drive-In at Mess Hall Market
1705 Flight Way, Tustin
The Frida Cinema pays tribute to Cloris Leachman, who recently passed away, by screening Mel Brooks' 1974 horror-comedy classic about a doctor (Gene Wilder) trying to complete his grandfather's reanimation work. Leachman stars with Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr.

Streaming Pick

It's a Sin
Catch up on the British drama series created and written by Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk). The series follows four gay men as they arrive in London at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Those old enough may remember the hysteria surrounding the disease but It's a Sin focuses on the personal impact. Watch on HBO Max.

Jarritos Innovation Kitchen launches for a limited run at Grand Central Market with several market chefs creating dishes inspired by the soda brand. (Ernesto Coria)

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.

  • Jarritos Innovation Kitchen launches this week for a limited run at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. From March 8 to 14, a roster of chefs from the market create dishes inspired by the Mexican soda company's menu of flavors. Select dishes include Mexican Cola Carnitas from Horse Thief BBQ, Jamaica Lox & Bagel by Wexler's Deli and Tamarind Mole Drumsticks from Lucky Bird. For every Jarritos dish sold, the company will donate $1 (up to $20,000) to the Restaurants Care relief fund. The pop-up is located at Golden Road Brewing.
  • Niki Nakayama, chef-owner of n/naka in Palms, opens a new bento-focused restaurant on Wednesday, March 10. n/soto offers a take on Japanese foods that have been influenced and inspired by other cultures. The first bento box, which focuses on foods created in Japanese American home kitchens, will be available to order from Wednesdays through Saturdays.
  • Cult Santa Monica, a restaurant, cocktail and coffee bar, opened last week for outdoor dining, takeout and window service. Located on the corner of Broadway and the Third Street Promenade, the new spot is from the team behind Lanea and The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen. Cult's kitchen focuses on classic California dishes such as avocado toast, pesto bowls and burgers.
  • Theía in Beverly Grove kicks off a half-price wine bottle special on Monday nights for happy hour (5-7 p.m.) and for dinner service (5-11 p.m.). Sit on the patio and enjoy Greek appetizers such as smoky baba ganoush, dolmadas, charred octopus and truffled moussaka. Mondays are also restaurant industry night when working and laid off restaurant staff can enjoy 15% off all items on the dinner, cocktails and spirits menu.