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Your Ultimate Guide To March: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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We found a number of notable events happening in L.A. in March to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

March 1-14

Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week runs from Tuesday (March 1) through March 14 at participating restaurants, bars, and lounges, including 1810 Argentinean Restaurant, Il Fornaio, POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, Rocco’s Tavern and many others. Among the special events planned are: Lucky Baldwin’s Belgian Beer event, The Blind Donkey’s Pappy Van Winkle private release and Neon Retro Arcade’s craft soda and grilled cheese tasting.

March 4-16

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2016 Outfest Fusion: LGBT People of Color Film Festival runs March 4-16 at the Egyptian Theatre and several other venues. The festival celebrates LGBT people of color and amplifies diverse voices through media and storytelling. Outfest Fusion includes short and feature film screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and filmmaking workshops. Things kick off on Friday with the U.S. Premiere and 20th Anniversary screening of the digital restoration of The Watermelon Woman, courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and 13th Gen. On Saturday, director and screenwriter Cheryl Dunye hosts panel discussion on the influence her film has had on the next generation of filmmakers. Individual screening tickets start at $10. This year's recipient of the 2016 Fusion Achievement Award is Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, “Chutney Popcorn”).

March 4, 11, 18 and 25

Union Station’s waiting room will be awash in immersive sensory sounds this month, thanks to dublab. Metro Art teams up with the online radio collective for the new series, Music For Train Stations, which is inspired by Brian Eno’s ambient album Music for Airports (1978) “designed to defuse the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal.” The sound installations, which run every Friday this month from 4-6 pm, pair original music performers with sets by L.A.’s most distinctive DJs. This Friday, there’s a DJ set by Ale with a live performance by The Tenses.

March 4-Aug. 29

The Norton Simon Museum presents the exhibition,Duchamp to Pop, which examines Marcel Duchamp’s influence on Pop Art and its leading artists, among them Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition also presents materials from the archives of the Pasadena Art Museum (which later became the Norton Simon Museum) that pertain to the former’s two seminal exhibitions: New Painting of Common Objects from 1962 and Marcel Duchamp Retrospective from 1963. A number of related events are scheduled throughout the exhibition’s run.

March 5

PUNCH DRUNK LOVE (Film + live score)
There’s a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love on Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The “endearingly oddball masterpiece of love and pudding—gets retrofitted with a live, 50-piece orchestra for the very first time.” The performers include members of New York’s Wordless Music Orchestra and Los Angeles' wild Up ensemble, led by conductor Ryan McAdams and percussionists Yuri Yamashita-Morales and Wilson Torres. Tickets: $39-$79.

March 5

The Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN presents the program, Binge-Worthy Journalism with the Creators of SERIAL Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder, on Saturday at 8 pm. Koenig and Snyder will walk audiences behind-the-scenes of their investigations and both seasons of their podcasts. The first season became a cultural sensation as it investigated the Adnan Syed case; the second season focused on the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Tickets: $35-$65.

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March 6

Los Angeles Eats Itselfis an art-based dinner series, and it returns on March 6 with its latest installment: The Fleiss Feast. The dining experience is inspired by the Hollywood madame’s prostitution empire from the 1990s to her parrot sanctuary today. Co-creators Jason Keller and Marco Rios have tapped the talents of L.A.-based artist Christopher Reynolds; Teresa Montańo head chef of Racion; and Chef Mia Wasilevich of Transitional Gastronomy for the immersive pop-up dinner held within an interactive art installation. The event is being held at the L.A River Studios on March 6 at 7 pm. Tickets: $125.

March 9-12

Dozens of Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning or just plain in-demand chefs from around the world descend on L.A. Live from March 9-12 to share their foods with attendees at the grand tasting experience that is the 2016 All-Star Chef Classic. The tasting experience also offers smaller events in its Master Dinner series, in which specialized food and wine pairing dinners will be available. In addition to tastings, chefs will come together in the Chefs Tasting Arena—and Restaurant Stadium—showing off their skills in the round and before a live audience.

March 9-12

iO West hosts the 2016 4th Annual Los Angeles Scripted Comedy Festival from March 9-12. Held on three stages, the fest features comedy shows with celeb headliners and judges as well as other competitions and writing workshops for performers. The focus on scripted comedy includes sketch, solo, variety, storytelling, stand up, podcasts, talk shows, pilots (live reads and filmed), videos and short films. Ticket prices vary.

March 11-20

The PaleyFest returns to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 11-20. The TV fan festival features screenings and panel discussions with cast and creatives from some of the hottest shows on TV. On the schedule this year are FOX’s Empire; AMC’s Better Call Saul; FOX’s Scream Queens; ABC’s black-ish; CBS’s Supergirl; ABC’s Scandal; CBS’s The Big Bang Theory; AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead; An Evening with Dick Wolf, with the stars of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., & Chicago Med; FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel; and the just-added Difficult People from Hulu. General admission tickets for the public start at $30+ fees.

March 11

The Great Horror Movie Night under the stars returns to the Griffith Park's Old Zoo, kicking off its series on March 11 with a screening of Poltergeist (gates at 6 pm, screening starts at 7:15 pm). Other titles to be screened at the old abandoned zoo are The Shining on April 1 and then again in May with Friday the 13th (on Friday, May 13). Tickets: $15.

March 12

The Los Angeles IPA Festival is at Mohawk Bend on March 12 from 9:30 am-3 pm. More than 50 of California's top breweries will compete for the title of Best IPA. For just $4 a beer, fans can try the brews and vote for their favorites. The brewmasters will be hanging out, too, to talk shop with attendees.

March 15-July 31

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the J. Paul Getty Museum have teamed up to present Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium—a major retrospective examining the work and career of the highly influential 20th century artist. “In an unprecedented collaboration, the two institutions will trace the artist’s working methods and materials, presenting the improvisational, experimental aspects of his practice alongside the refined perfection of his prints.” The Getty’s exhibitions run March 15-July 31, and LACMA’s Mapplethorpe exhibit opens on March 20.

March 18-21

American Cinematheque, the French Film and TV office and the French Consulate Los Angeles present the series Julie Delpy on Film at the Aero Theatre March 18-21. The weekend screens films that Delpy’s worked on as an actor as well as a writer-director. Things kick off with a double feature of 2 Days in Paris, in which she wrote, directed and starred; and Skylab (2011), which she wrote and directed. Delpy will be in person for a discussion between films and at other screenings during the weekend. Admission: $11 per program.

March 18-20

GRRRLS ON FILM (Film festival)
Loyola Marymount University presents Grrrls on Film, a free festival featuring films and music from groundbreaking female artists from March 18-20. The weekend includes screenings and discussions with filmmakers, music and DJs Sunday, a bike clinic, pop-up vintage stores and other activities. Participants include: Penelope Spheeris, Floria Sigismondi, Karyn Kusama, Alice Bag, Kim and the Created, Nao Bustamante, Phranc, Allison Wolfe, Colleen Green, Kari Krome, Peach Kelli Pop, Nicole Panter, Raquel Gutiérrez, Jill Reiter and Lizzie Borden. The festival starts with a Girl Power: Behind the Lens panel on March 18 from 5-6:30 pm, followed by screenings of The Runaways and Dirty Girls.

March 19-21

BACH IN THE SUBWAYS (Classical music)
Bach in the Subwaysreturns to L.A. from March 19-21 to celebrate the 331st birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach with pop-up performances of the composer’s music throughout Los Angeles. On March 20, there’s a marathon of performances at Union Station where local classical musicians will bring their instruments to station for an all-day mass public concert. A map of locations and full descriptions of performances scheduled are available.

March 19

ZINE MELT (Comics + zines)
Meltdown Comics presents ZineMelt on March 19 from 1-5 pm. The FREE zine and comics show brings in DIYers to sell their works, from comics, patches, prints and other items.

March 24-27

The Cat Art Show LA, which drew thousands of visitors when it debuted in 2014, returns March 24-27 to Think Tank Gallery in DTLA. The exhibition will once again focus on the cat as muse. Cat Art Show LA 2: The Sequel features more than 70 globally­ recognized artists including Mark Ryden, Kat Von D, Norman Reedus, Marc Dennis, Travis Lampe, Walter Chandoha, Mick Rock, and Adam Wallacavage, among others.

March 25-27

WONDERCON (Comic books)
WonderCon—a smaller version of Comic-Con—takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 25-27. There’s something for all geeks (and we say that with love): comics, movies, TV, animation, exhibitors and programming, with guests including My Little Pony artist Agnes Garbowska; Annie Wu, artist for Black Canary, Hawkeye and Archie; Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez of the Love and Rockets series and many more. Single day tickets are ($9-$30) and badges are $32-$65. No badges will be sold at the convention center.

March 26-27

Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins play a two-night stand at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 26-27 with career-spanning electro-acoustic sets. The awesome Liz Phair opens. Tickets: $59.50-$99.50.

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