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We're changing things up a bit here at LAist. Because we live in such a vibrant, socially active city, there are things going on all the time. We have long wanted to be able to list events in advance (for the benefit of our wonderful readers), so starting today we have implemented a new strategy: a week's events in advance. We will still post featured events each day, but we've added a permanent sidebar (to the left) that will always link to a post containing this week's events.

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March 16
If you haven't been able to get your hands on James Stewart's "Disney War," you should be able to buy one at the Central Library tonight when the author converses with Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center and Associate Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication, about dramatic, inside story of what drove America’s best-known entertainment company to civil war. During the Q&A ask the prize-winning journalist if Bob Iger wears boxers or briefs.

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7 PM, Goodson Auditorium, Central Library, downtown

Dennis Miller is on tonight at Distinguished Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 8 PM

Where: Pasadena Civia Auditorium

Thursday-March 17th

There's some sort of tribal celebration involving the Irish going on this day. Lot's of bars and Irish cultural centers around town will be busy. What is the most Irish section of LA, anyway?

Still lookin' for things Irish, are ye? Go here, then.

Benefit Performance of musical "Shag with a Twist" for the Los Angeles Conservancy organization.
The producers of the live stage presentation of "Shag with a twist" have graciously set aside a preview nite to benefit the MODCOM's parent organization, the Los Angeles Conservancy this Thursday. This is discussed further in the events forum, but I hope you can go and see a great show and benefit historic preservation in L.A. Thanks.

Saturday, March 19th

Skylight Books bids adieu to Hunter S. Thompson by hosting the memorial "GONZO:Remembering HUNTER S. THOMPSON," where a lively bunch of folks will talkabout this memorable writer and read from his work. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave

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Wield Your Petal Power at Festival of Flowers
Saturday, March 19, 2005 - Sunday, May 15, 2005
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada-Flintridge, California CA

The Russ Morgan Orchestra, and Music in the Morgan Manner, will be presented at the historic Mayflower ballroom on March 19

A real live Big Band orchestra in a real live olde tyme ballroom.


Only two bandleaders since 1935!

Sunday, March 20th


a drive-yourself tour featuring six privately owned homes
Sunday, March 20, 2005
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Historically, Pasadena has been a city that nurtured architectural creativity -- from the artist’s culture that flourished during the Arts and Crafts Movement, to the high standards of design perpetuated by architects such as Myron Hunt, Wallace Neff, Reginald Johnson, and Roland Coate in the 1920s and 30s, through the Modern era. This drive-yourself tour will feature six private residences, including the work of Harold Zook, who worked for Modernist icon Albert Frey before settling in Pasadena; Leland Evison, who started his career as a draftsman for Craftsman architect Myron Hunt; Buff, Straub, & Hensman, an influential firm which left a lasting impact on Southern California; and Kelsey and Ladd, who designed the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon).

Lecture only: $10
House Tour only: $30 PH members/$35 general public
Lecture and Tour ticket: $35 PH members/$40 general public, a $5 savings

For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call 626-441-6333 or visit us online at

The American Institute of Wine & Food hosts their Weiss Chocolate Brunch at La Cachette this Sunday, March 22 The event takes place from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and is $80 for non-members. Experience White Chocolate Quiche, Filet of Beef with Crushed Cocoa Beans and Cabernet Chocolate Sauce, White Chocolate Terrine and desserts created from Weiss Grand Cru and learn the history of the 120-year-old Weiss Chocolate company. For additional information, call 818-705-1260. La Cachette, 10506 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Century City.

March 22
The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL) Presents film screening of "The Lost Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe"

Documentary screenings in Yiddish and English with a presentation by filmmaker Albert Barry

March 22, 2005 6:30-9:30 PM

At UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard, Westwood


Monday: February 28

• At Spaceland, Burning Brides, 400 Blows, Squad Five-O and Earthless perform for free at 9 PM.

The Echo has a free Monday night with Mia Doi Todd starting at 8:30 PM. [21+]

The Smell hosts a double event: first, the free LA premiere of High School Record, directed by Ben Wolfinsohn, and starring members of Mika Miko, Wives, The Ride, My Little Red Toe, Lavender Diamond, Hello Astronaut Goodby Television, Wasabi and the Prostitutes, and Bellow & Howl, and featuring appearances by Mike Watt and J. Mitchell Simon. The film premieres at LA Center Studios, 450 South Bixel Street (at 5th Street), downtown, at 8 PM. Then, head to The Smell at 10 PM for a free after party featuring the music of Dos (Mike Watt and Kira Roessler), Becky Stark and Lavender Diamond and My Little Red Toe, plus DJ Sam Velde.

• The New Beverly Cinema has a Tokyo-riffic double feature: Godzilla at 7:30 PM, followed by Mothra at 9:25 PM.

Tuesday: March 1

• Come and celebrate Spaceland's 10th anniversary with special guests The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Quarter After and The Clean Prophets at 9 PM.

The Fold at Tangier has a night of peformances by Matt Costa, Great Northern, Mike Vavak and Bunky starting at 8 PM. Tickets are $8.

• The New Beverly Cinema has a Tokyo-riffic double feature: Godzilla at 7:30 PM, followed by Mothra at 9:25 PM.

• Things are happening tonight at the Hammer Museum, beginning at 6 PM with a gallery talk for the new exhibit "THING: New Sculpture from Los Angeles," led by led by artsits Olga Koumoundouros, Renee Lotenero, and Nathan Mabry with exhibition curators.

At 7 PM, senior Village Voice art critic Jerry Saltz will give a lecture titled "The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad: A Critic Talks about Contemporary Art and Criticism."

• The monthly RES Magazine screening will kick off at 8 PM at the Egyptian Theatre, featuring work by Peter Cornwell, Michel Gondry, Jared Hess, Olivier Gondry and Airside, and new videos for Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Lemon Jelly and The Postal Service. Plus, the first 100 people through the door will receive a coupon redeemable for a free pair of Converse. Hang out after the screening to meet the filmmakers at a special reception. Tickets are $10.

Wednesday: March 2

• Tonight, Largo hosts Inara George and Mike Andrews at 8 PM.

• At 7 PM, Amoeba Music has a free in-store performance by Anthony & the Johnsons in support of their new album I Am a Bird Now.

At 9 PM, Spaceland Productions presents Anthony & the Johnsons live at the Barnsdall Gallery. You can purchase tickets online at Ticketweb.

• AFI at ArcLight presents a special screening of Serpico at 8 PM.

Thursday: March 3

• It's fuzz-pop heaven at The Echo, wth The Heavenly States, The Black Watch, Summer at Shatter Creek and Madrepore at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $7. [18+]

• Check out Radio Vago, Famous Men, Rolling Blackouts and Darker My Love when they hit the stage at The Smell around 9 PM. Admission is $5.

The Fold at the Silverlake Lounge has Electromagnetic, Clean Prophets and Army Navy starting at 9 PM. Tickets are $7.

• The Egyptian Theatre has a special screening of all the Oscar-nominated short films—live action and animated—beginning at 8:00 PM.

• At the Aero Theatre, celebrate 75 years of Dashiell Hammett's LA noir classic The Maltese Falcon by watching two of the three filmed versions, starting at 7:30 PM: The Maltese Falcon (aka Dangerous Female (1931) and The Maltese Falcon (1941).

MOCA Grand Avenue hosts a special launch party for the new electronic publication from The Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC, starting at 7:00 PM. The event will be held in MOCA's Ahmanson Auditorum, and the evening includes a roundtable on publication in the digital age, featuring Vectors' creative team and authors, and highlights work by Erik Loyer, Raegan Kelly, N. Katherine Hayles, Alice Gambrell, and others. For more information, click here.

Friday: March 4

• Xiu Xiu return to The Echo, with special guests The Dead Science and This Song Is A Mess, at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10.

• The Hotel Cafe hosts a roster that includes former Replacement Tommy Stinson, Soda and His Million Piece Band, Buddy and Michael Miller Crusade, starting at 8 PM.

• The Egyptian Theatre has a special screening of all the Oscar-nominated short films—live action and animated—beginning at 8:00 PM.

REDCAT hosts a Visual Music: See Hear Now! performance by members of Raster-Noton cooperative artists Frank Bretschneider and Olaf Bender performing solo and together, as Signal. The show starts at 8:30 PM and admission is $14 for MOCA members, students, CalArts staff/faculty, and Alumni Affinity Card holders; $18 general admission.

• From 6 – 10 PM, the arts institutions of Pasadena open their doors for Art Night Pasadena, including exhibits at Armory Center for the Arts, Armory Northwest, Student Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Norton Simon Museum, One Colorado, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Jazz Institute at Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History and the Pasadena Symphony.

• All week the Museum of Televison & Radio presents William S. Paley Television Festival. Tonight's featured panel includes the minds behind "Adult Swim"—Seth Green, Tim Heidecker, Matt Maiellaro, Matt Senreich, Eric Wareheim, Dave Willis—moderated by Keith Crofford at 7 PM. Admission is $29 for non-members, or $25 for seniors and students with ID, at the DGA Theatre Complex.

Saturday: March 5

• At 7:30 PM, the Knitting Factory has local popsters The Kite Eating Tree, Mourning Maxwell, Roundabout and Ghost Runner On Third. Tickets are $8.

• At the Hotel Cafe, spend a night with Susan Marshall & Friends, featuring performances by Greg Dulli, Kat Maslich, Charlie Terrell, Tim Easton and Kristin Mooney. Things kick off at 8 PM.

• The Hammer Museum hosts a reading by New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell at 7 PM, discussing his new book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.

• All week the Museum of Televison & Radio presents William S. Paley Television Festival. Tonight's featured panel includes the forces behind and the faces in front of "Law & Order"—Neal Baer, Rene Balcer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Walon Green, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Jankowski, Eric Overmyer, Annie Parisse, Dick Wolf—moderated by Bernard Weinraub at 7 PM. Admission is $29 for non-members, or $25 for seniors and students with ID, at the DGA Theatre Complex.

Sunday: March 6

• The Knitting Factory and KCRW present Brazilian Girls with Something for Rockets at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door.

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