This week's top events
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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Concerts in L.A.
It may sound too good to be true, but it's actually too weirdly perfect to be false. L.A. jazz singer Gretchen Lieberum and comic goddess Maya Rudolph sync their creative genius to create the musical sensation we didn't even know we wanted which is Princess, a Prince cover band that manages to showcase all of the pop icon's greatest hits with, dare we say, even more purpleish flavor. We can't think of two women better for the job (have you seen Maya Rodolph's incredible celebrity impersonations?).
A Prairie Home Companion
After four decades of Garrison Keillor's wry humor and tales from Lake Wobegon, the 35-year-old Chris Thile has brought a more modern, music-first approach to the beloved show's voyage into the Great American Songbook. The virtuoso mandolinist has already added his own touch to the touring show, with past genre-spanning guests like Jack White, Trey Anastasio and Esperanza Spalding as well as stand-up from John Hodgman, Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro.
Celebrate women's voices at this completely female-fronted festival, with sets from Chelsea Wolfe, The Bird and the Bee, Francisca Valenzuela, Deap Vally and more. Proceeds benefit the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls LA, a non-profit social justice organization that uses loud music to nurture and empower young girls.
Free Chili Day at Philippe's
Iconic Chinatown mainstay, Philippe the Original, knows how tough this L.A. winter can be and is giving out free chili to warm you up. With the purchase of a sandwich, the first 500 customers will receive a voucher for a free cup of their signature chili with any toppings (shredded cheddar, beans and onions). The chili comes courtesy of Dolores Chili, which has been sold exclusively at Philippe's since the 1970s.
Four Pillars Gin tasting event at MiniBar
MiniBar, Four Pillars Gin and K&L Wines are coming together to put on a special rare gin tasting event. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail using exclusive Australian gins that have yet to be released in the U.S., including a chardonnay solera aged gin and bloody Shiraz gin. Pair your drink with MiniBar's tasty deep-fried PB&J and other treats. Get all this and free valet for a mere $10.
Tonight at the Improv with Frankie Quinones and more
Frankie Quinones (TBS, Comedy Central, SeeSo) takes the stage for some side-splitting live performances by his characters "Creeper" (of CholoFit) and...