March 2014 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our March 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts.

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Festival of Colors LA

Festival of Colors LA Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Shed that extra, light sweatshirt—spring is here. Fill your lungs with the sweet, less-smoggy air on one of the best hikes in LA or stretch every muscle at a yoga class. Whether you're looking for things to do around town or a weekend getaway to Ojai, there are plenty of springtime happenings to find in our March 2014 events calendar.


Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages

  • Critics choice

A selection of stunning of manuscripts depicting saints and martyrs (and the miracles and torture for which they are known) from the Getty's extensive collection will be on display through March 2. The manuscripts show the saints' benevolence and tolerance, often depicting the miracles they performed in exquisite color. You'll also get a decent serving of gruesome medieval art—martyrs are martyrs for a reason.

  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

  • Price band: 2/4

The cult stars of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma and spin-off feature Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes record their wildly popular podcast at the Comedy Store. The pair discuss their long friendship, getting their Hollywood breaks and becoming icons for stoner kids everywhere.

  1. Comedy Store 8433 Sunset Blvd
  2. Until Thu Aug 7
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LA Festival of Colors

  • Price band: 1/4

What better way to ring in spring than by blanketing LA's smoggy skies with a plume of technicolor yellow, cobalt, magenta and acid green powder, dancing your butt off and practicing a little yoga to boot? LA's Festival of Colors (Excelsior High School, 15711 S Pioneer Blvd) brings the traditional Indian custom of Holi—during which revelers douse each other in colorful powder as a way to welcome spring—to the West coast, along with Vinyasa, Hatha and CorePower yoga sessions. There will also be Bhangra (group Punjabi folk dancing) and performances by world-music phenom MC Yogi as well as LA's own Larisa Stowe & Shakti Tribe. Expect to rage along with tens of thousands of merrymakers who pack protective eye gear and loving dispositions—despite the tendency to fling clothes-staining substances at fellow festival-goers, it's all about the free hugs and spiritual enlightenment and this pretty party for the soul.

LA Marathon

  • Critics choice

Kicking off at Dodgers Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through 26.2 miles of LA, culminating at Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. More than 25,000 runners will participate, and even if you aren't one of them, being a spectator can be an exhilarating experience as well. Dozens of bands will perform along the route and for an especially spirited experience, find a spot along Cheer Alley, between miles 17 and 18 just past Beverly Hills, where hundreds of local middle and high school cheerleaders will root on the runners. Click here to see the LA Marathon course map.

Festival of the Kite

  • Free

This beautiful, free festival celebrates the history and whimsy of the kite. Watch as hundreds take to the sky, or bring your own—there will be contests for highest flying kite, best handmade kite and youngest kite flyer. You can also help to launch a 25 foot wide kite. There will also be a slew of (rather random) activities on the pier all day, including a hot dog-on-a-stick eating contest, live folk rap performances, and a yo-yo competition.

  1. Redondo Pier 415 Diamond St
  2. Until Sun Mar 9
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Holi on the Beach

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Welcome in spring at this traditional Indian festival of colors with an LA twist; pelt those around you with colored powder while enjoying the surf and sand (just make sure you're not attached to what you're wearing). The celebration attracts more than 1,000 guests each year and features games like a three-legged race and beach volleyball, plus a DJ spinning Bollywood tunes. The event, located at Will Rogers State Beach (at Pacific Coast Hwy and Temescal Cyn), also serves as a fundraiser for the LA chapter of the Association for India's Development, which works on grass-roots projects in India.

Totem

  • Price band: 3/4

The Cirque du Soleil bigtop tent returns to the Santa Monica Pier, this time for Totem, the story of the "evolution of mankind" set to hypnotic music and jaw-dropping acrobatics.

  1. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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Architecture & Design Film Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

This design-minded film festival comes to LA for the first time this year. Spanning five days, the fest will consist of an impressive program of 30 films all pertaining to architecture, urbanism and design—from Levitated Mass, about the massive boulder recently moved to LACMA, to If You Build It, about a radically innovative approach to teaching high school students architecture. If a certain topic tickles your fancy, many directors and producers will be on hand for Q&As so you can learn more. Or stick around for one of the free panels with architects and critics; topics will range from urban design to furniture design to restoring classic modern houses. Plus, LA art book purveyor Hennessey + Ingalls will host a pop-up bookshop. All in all, the perfect classy weekend for Angelenos. Check the website for a detailed schedule of events.

  1. Los Angeles Theatre Center 514 S Spring Street
  2. Until Sun Mar 16
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Jackson Pollock: "Mural"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Artists and art lovers can look forward to another big-name exhibition come March. The Getty Center will be showing Jackson Pollock’s iconic painting, "Mural," along with a detailed exploration of its creation, history and much more. The exhibition occupies two galleries: one for the painting itself, and the other for a behind-the-scenes look at its conservation at the Getty. "Mural" is a work that marks a transition period in Pollock’s career as he shifted towards the abstract impressionist style that would eventually become his trademark. Admission is free but the exhibition will run for only three months before the painting is returned to its owner, the University of Iowa, so don’t let this slip under the radar.

  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Until Sun Jun 1
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In Focus: Ansel Adams

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Before his work could be found in every coffee table book in America, Ansel Adams spent six decades exposing the Earth's natural artistry from behind a large format camera. Between the field and the darkroom, the iconic conservationist and lensman became internationally renowned for his black and white landscapes; and towards the end of his life, he sought to archive his legacy for generations to come. This spring, the Getty presents the "Ansel Adams Museum Set"—a selection of Adams's greatest works handpicked by the artist himself. Earlier photographs from the Museum's permanent collection will also be on display, making this extensive exhibition a must-go.

  1. Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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St. Vincent

  • Price band: 2/4

Anyone concerned that brilliant Oklahoma art-pop siren Annie Clark—aka indie darling St. Vincent—might one day temper her trademark perversity should be relieved by her fifth LP, titled simply St. Vincent. Lead single "Birth in Reverse" features angular post-prog ax work and droll lyrical sentiments ("What an ordinary day / Take out the garbage, masturbate") galore. Get an earful of the new material at her show at the Wiltern.

  1. The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Fri Mar 21
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Kings of Leon

  • Price band: 3/4

Once a "sweat-soaked garage band," the four members of the Followill family have made the transition to arena-rock stardom with their integrity—err, somewhat intact. Bouncing into town on what they've termed their "Mechanical Bull" tour, the Nashville combo shows off songs from a new, anthemic album by the same name, and their sixth to date. LA favorites Local Natives will set the stage as special guest openers at this show at the newly renovated and revitalized Forum.

  1. Forum 3900 W Manchester Boulevard
  2. Fri Mar 21
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Paley Fest

  • Critics choice

Geek out with fellow TV nerds at Paley Fest, the annual two-week festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Hosted by the Paley Center for Media, the events have been held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. In 2014, its 31st anniversary, the festival moved to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Line-up highlights include "Orange Is The New Black," "Community," "Masters of Sex," "The Mindy Project," a farewell to "How I Met Your Mother," "Veronica Mars reunion," the 10th anniversary reunion of the "Lost" cast, and more.

  1. Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, at N Highland Avenue
  2. Until Fri Mar 28
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Moby's Innocents

Whether or not you were aware, the apocalypse of December 2012 changed the world. According to the mind and lens of photographer Moby, the imperceptible shifts that have lurked beneath society's top layer ever since the event are real, and best exposed on film. Moby's new exhbition, Innocents, reflects this fascination with underground extremes in the Hollywood Hills—a place entrenched with cults and obsessions with self-reinvention. With his large-scale, boldly colored photographs, all shot in LA, Moby captures groups and individuals, hautingly draped in a variety of white robes and masks. Spiritual, psychological and physical reinvention is immortalized in the extreme through this garish series, which appropriately launches here in LA from February 21 through March 30.

  1. PROJECT Gallery + Espresso 1553 N Cahuenga Blvd
  2. Until Sun Mar 30
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The Book of Mormon

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Didn’t read the book? Watch the show instead, especially if you missed it the last time it came to the Pantages. Check out The Book of Mormon, the musical comedy from the creators of South Park about two Mormon missionaries who go to Africa. The jangly songs will play on repeat ("OR-LAAAN-DO!!!") in your head but you’ll have to refrain from singing the lyrics aloud (curse words abound).  Fair warning: this show’s not for the easily offended, so think twice before inviting that super religious second cousin of yours.

  1. Pantages Theatre 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, between Argyle Avenue & Vine Street
  2. Until Sat May 31
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