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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.

We sure hope you like it!

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.

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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.


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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