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Your perfect LA weekend: March 4-6

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano


Passing through Union Station during rush hour? Immerse yourself in Music for Train Stations, an ambient performance series in the train depot's grand waiting room. Today's free show includes a DJ set by Ale with a live performance by the spacey and spontaneous outfit the Tenses.

Make a pit stop at the Grammy Museum to see the just-opened Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer. The exhibition features more than 50 photographs of Dylan between 1964 and 1965 as he transitioned from Greenwich Village wunderkind to bona fide rock star.

Keep the evening alive with a soiree among dinosaurs during First Fridays at the Natural History Museum. Tonight's highlights include a look at the inspiration behind Hollywood props, a discussion about deep sea creatures and live music from Lower Dens.

Alternatively, pay homage to the last 60 years of variety entertainment at Le Bal. The era-spanning show is celebrating the art of drag on one of the most opulent stages imaginable, the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Use the promo code SASS for $10 off. 


Take a day trip to the Orange County coastline for the first day of the Dana Point Festival of Whales. The celebration of California's majestic gray whale migration includes two weekends of whale watching tours and free festivities, starting today with a parade.

Closer to home, mingle amongst LA's hippest makers while shopping at the first installment of Artists & Fleas Venice. The Westside expansion of the Arts District market is bringing jewelry, books, snacks, vintage-inspired threads and more to Abbot Kinney on the first and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Afterward, see local guitarist Kaki King play her latest multimedia work, "Neck is a Bridge to the Body," at the Bing Theater. The projection-heavy performance is running in conjunction with LACMA's Diana Thater retrospective.

Alternatively, catch a screening and live score of Punch-Drunk Love at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Paul Thomas Anderson’s frenetic, romcom classic will be set to a reorchestrated score with a special appearance by the film's composer, Jon Brion.

Make it a late night at Largo at for Superego Live. Podcasters Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville and Paul F. Tompkins—plus former regular Jeff Crocker—present a live take on their fully improvised and highly recommended show.


Get a boozy and brawny start to your Sunday at Champagne Runch. Cross the 5K finish line at the Queen Mary Events Park and you'll be rewarded with a five-course brunch.

If you prefer pedaling over running, bring your bike to CicLAvia: The Valley. The popular car-free festival is charting a course through lesser explored parts of the Valley like Pacoima, Arleta, North Hills East and Panorama City.

Hold on to a little bit of energy to explore Duchamp to Pop at the Norton Simon Museum. The Pasadena museum is examining Marcel Duchamp's influence on Pop Art with works from the artist alongside 20th century successors like Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.

Unwind and reward yourself for an aerobic afternoon with a drink during Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week. The two-week series is hosting extended happy hours and drink specials across 20 restaurants and bars, including $3 franks and $1 tots at Der Wolfskopf and a $15 wine flight at Vertical Wine Bistro.

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar.

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