Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

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Best sports bars for March Madness

Down a few drinks and keep tabs on your bracket at one of these 10 bars.

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Music

10 must-see acts at Coachella 2015

We've seen better lineups and less bewildering headliners from Coachella in years past, but there's still plenty to look forward to this April.

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5 places to wear your Coachella outfit after the festival

Let's be honest, there aren't many places outside of Coachella where neon fringe and appropriated-culture couture are acceptable. But since you spent so much time on your outfits, we've come up with a list of places you can continue to flaunt them post-fest. 1. Hermosa Beach, any given Saturday. Because it's basically just a bathing suit. With beads. 2. On the pole at Cheetahs. Because it's basically just underwear. With beads. (And if you can walk around a festival all weekend in those shoes, you can sure as hell pole dance in them.) 3. Jury duty. To get out of it, of course. Because doing your civic duty is super boring. 4. Riding the mechanical bull at Saddle Ranch. Because it's cowboy themed, and you're native-peoples themed, and that would be sooo funny. 5. At home in front of the mirror. Because that's what you did for weeks leading up to the festival, and there are like, a bunch more festivals coming up that you need to prepare for. Looking for a classier Coachella ensemble this year? Shop local, look cool. Not sure who to see while you're being seen at the fest? Check out this year's must-see acts.

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Things to do for Easter

Celebrate the spring holiday with family-friendly traditions or holiday feasts.

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This month's events

Shed that extra, light sweatshirt—spring is here.

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Literary Death Match

Created and hosted by the colorful Adrian Todd Zuniga, this combustive, competitive reading series pits acclaimed or burgeoning authors against one another to perform their best material in front of three chatty judges. The four authors have seven minutes each to knock our literary socks off, after which two finalists are chosen—on merit and "intangibles"—to duke it out for the evening's championship. Hilarious and booky, the LDM is a must-go.

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Live Talks LA

LA's star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $25 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Every week (and sometimes more) from March through May, venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature. Check the Live Talks website for individual event details, and snag your tickets before word spreads.

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Art

Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

Rock & roll and the Sunset Strip pair together much like a frosty Bombay Sapphire martini and skewered olives— a pairing storied with late nights stumbling out of the Whiskey A Go-Go and grubbing down crispy onion rings at Mel’s Diner. But rock & roll’s association with Sunset Blvd is more than legendary nightclubs and greasy spoons, and LA-based photographer Robert Landau is here to show it. Exhibiting two decades of iconic rock & roll billboards in one spectacular showcase, guests can get a glimpse into the evolution of rock culture and advertising from the late 1960’s to the 80’s. Venture out to the Skirball Cultural Center for this exclusive snippet of LA history.

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Concerts in LA

Music

Ani DiFranco

Other artists may come and go, but the prolific Ani DiFranco goes right on spinning her staccato, stream-of-consciousness songs. The feminist icon, social activist and fiercely independent songwriter is beloved for the songs that made her a cult star in the '90s, but she continues to churn out excellent new material, as evidenced on her new album, Allergic to Water. Hear her smart spin on American folk and alt-rock at the Orpheum.

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Trash Talk

Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk bring their Cookie-Monster vocals and thrashing guitars to the Echoplex. Playing behind its latest album, No Peace, the band will headline the monthly open-format party Check Yo Ponytail, with Ratking and Lee Bannon rounding out the bill. Grab your skateboard, take off your shirt, and get ready for some bruises and ear damage—in the best way possible.

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

At 73, Parliament/Funkadelic frontman Clinton is still rocking out. Expect outlandish costumes and plenty of politico-funk from the one and only Uncle Jam as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plays from Funkadelic's brand-new First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, as well as his extensive back catalog, with support from his legendary funk music collective. Free your mind at this Saturday-night showdown, and your ass will most certainly follow.

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Tweedy

Master tunesmith and Grammy-winning Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has finally found a way to fight loneliness—by teaming up with his 18-year-old son, Spencer, for his most recent album, Sukierae. The album plays like a lovely distillation of everything the Wilco bandleader does well, from spare folk to alt-country to krautrock. The father-son duo—the younger Tweedy plays drums—stop at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for two nights, playing with a full band. The elder Tweedy will also perform an acoustic set of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo tunes, for good measure.

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Film events

Movies

Mean Girls screening

The Tina Fey-penned Mean Girls has garnered a cult following over the decade since its release, but given its relatability, quotable phrases and cast—Fey, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Poehler and starring Lindsay Lohan at her peak—it should come as no surprise. Bring the girls and catch it at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, or the Plastics won't let you join their clique.

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Jauja screening

Bask in the glory of a good ol’ fashioned western drama starring Lord of the Rings babe Viggo Mortensen—who’ll also be sticking around for an in-depth Q&A post screening. Set in the late 1800’s during the “Conquest of the Desert,” an anguished father scavenges through enemy territory in search of his runaway lovesick daughter. Check out the show times for the week-long run online and reserve a spot March 27 or 28 for the exclusive Q&A session.

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CineInsomnia: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Pair your pack of Twizzlers with a midnight showing of a not-your-average superhero movie starring Superbad’s Michael Cera (no one plays a jobless, geeky hipster quite so well). Watch as this 23-year-old falls for a pink-haired hottie and quickly learns that he must fight off seven of her villainous exes to win her love. Filled with quirky teen romance, epic slow motion fight scenes and several awkward moments, this unconventional love story is the perfect way to spend a Friday night at the theater.

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Big Trouble in Little China screening

Head to the Japanese American National Museum for its Big Trouble in Little Tokyo film series to see the movie that inspired the series' name—Big Trouble in Little China—on the big screen. Check out Kurt Russell acting kind of like John Wayne opposite a pre-Sex in the City Kim Cattrall in genius filmmaker John Carpenter's 1986 Chinatown-set actioner that's become a cult classic. After the screening, stick around to gain insights from a Q&A.

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Food events

EAT LBC

Long Beach's restaurant week is back again this spring, lasting seven consecutive days from March 22 - 28. More than 50 LBC eateries—from the casual cafe to the elegant cucina—will participate in the citywide foodie fest, offering exclusive three-course, prix-fixe menus for either $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person. Belmont Brewing Company, Berlin Bistro, Forbidden City, The Federal Bar and The Sky Room are just a few of the South Bay locales serving up savory restaurant week delectables. The complete list of restaurants and menu previews are viewable on EAT LBC's official website.

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Bars

Absinthe at Acabar

Acabar isn't just doling out absinthe specials on National Absinthe Day (March 5, in case you forgot to scribble that in your drinking calendar). They're celebrating the liquor all month—every day until March 28—with three special absinthe cocktails mixed especially for the occasion. The Last Resort ($12), the Sazerac ($10) and the Mean Green Fairy ($12) will be available to order during business hours, but make sure to come during happy hour (6-8pm), when each cocktail is only $7. 

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Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Inland Empire Restaurant Week kicks off with lunch and dinner specials at more than 80 restaurants in over 15 different communities in Riverside and San Bernadino counties. Enjoy discounted California cuisine at BIN 189 in Lake Arrowhead; succulent steak at Porter's Prime Steak House in Ontario; and a $15 lunch menu at Riverside's ProAbition. Lunches range from $10-$20, while dinner can be enjoyed from $20-$40. Check here for a full list of participating restaurants and deals.

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5 year anniversary at La Descarga

Celebrate La Descarga's 5-year anniversary with a hosted bar—that's right, the bar is treating you to free drinks from their anniversary menu, along with a live band, two fire eating shows and a suprise performance. Event entry is free, though you'll need to RSVP at info@ladescarga.com.

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Shopping and style

The Little Shop of Flowers Los Angeles pop-up

Tokyo-based botanical aficionados from The Little Shop of Flowers are planting themselves in LA’s Adam Silverman Studio for a bourgeoning pop-up that’ll give us all the green thumb.

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Meet Donald Robertson with Smashbox at Sephora

Shop the new collection from a collaboration between popular cosmetic brand, Smashbox, and notable artist, Donald Robertson, at Sephora Santa Monica.

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Earth Hour Glow Yoga

Find your inner ohm at this free outdoor yoga class under the Fairmont Miramar hotel's historic fig tree.

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Shopping and style

Simply Stylist Los Angeles presented by The Grove & Citi

Angelenos fiercely dedicated to the fashion and beauty industries now have an excuse to congregate all in the same well-manicured space.

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