Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 3.14.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 3.14.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
March 17. The all-day street festival enlivens downtown Los Angeles with 20,000 anticipated guests, more than 300 kegs of beer and 100 cases of whiskey, and performances from some of LA’s best DJs. The party is Headquartered at Casey’s Irish Pub. 613 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


Tom Bergin'sTom Bergin’s
March 15-17. One of L.A.’s oldest Irish pubs kicks off their St. Patricks Day celebration this weekend with four outdoor bars, a beer truck and food. The celebration continues at 6 a.m. on Monday morning with flowing beer, whiskey, their famous Irish coffee and more through 2 a.m. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.936.7151.


Rock and Reilly’s Rock and Reilly’s 3rd Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party
March 15. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles with 12 Bars, more than 100 kegs of Bud Light and Guinness, carnival games, raffles, photo booth and DJs spinning all day and night. Nosh on foodtruck fare from The Grilled Cheese Truck and Germany’s Famous Bratwurst, as well as a pizza, sandwich and salad station by Dough Pizzeria & Bar. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the International House of Blues Foundation ( and their dedicated efforts to building the future of music. $20 or $30 at the door the day of the event. 8911 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.1400.

Whiskey Red’sPaddy O’ Party
March 15. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a live band, green beer, DJ, Irish food and drink specials and more St. Patrick’s Day festivities. You’re also encouraged to go green and come dressed in St. Paddy’s Day attire. The first 75 guests will receive a complimentary Bushmills shot glass, and all attendees can enjoy $2 Green Beers and $3 whiskey shots from 5-7 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door. 5 p.m.-midnight. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

ShamrocknRollShamrock ‘N’ Roll at Queen Mary
March 15. Kick off the weekend with a “St. Practice Day” pre-St. Patrick’s Day party featuring green beer, pub games, Irish food and more. Enjoy live entertainment such as Shamrockabilly, Celtic tunes, Irish pub songs, Irish Rock, Folk and dance music with bands including The Mansfield Band, Dublin Public, Green Ashes, Them Novus and The Most Valuable Players. 21 and over. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $20. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

Check out our full guide to St. Patrick’s Day In Los Angeles

March 13-28. Get inside access to the stars and creators of your favorite TV shows through panel discussions and celebrations at Paleyfest 2014. The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event with panels from top TV shows including the 10th Anniversary of ABC’s Lost, Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. All panels start at 7 pm except for Pretty Little Liars and Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1 pm); visit for schedule. $15-$75. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.745.3000.

Luxe Hotel Wedding ShowcaseLuxe Hotel Wedding Showcase
March 14. Nuptial planning takes center stage at this luxurious bridal showcase curated by renowned bridal stylist, Renée Strauss. Whiteness never-before-seen wedding dresses from Sareh Nouri, discover the best honeymoon destinations from travel expert, Eric Rosen, get a first look at Italian lingerie designer Cosabella’s bridal collection, taste gourmet bites, cocktails, desserts and more. 4-8 p.m. Luxe Sunset Blvd., 11461 Sunset Blvd., L.A.

LA Heat: Taste Changing CondimentsMUSEUMS
LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments
March 13-July 12. Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces are two examples of the recent homegrown all-American condiments that have dramatically impacted American cuisine. In a new exhibit, artists pay tribute to Sriracha and Tapatío hot sauces in a new exhibition at the Chinese American Museum downtown. 425 North Los Angeles St., downtown, 213.485.8567.

Minimalist Jukebox FestivalMUSIC
Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Minimalist Jukebox Festival

March 18-May 4. As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Minimalist Jukebox Festival, electro-pioneers Kraftwerk perform eight 3-D concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown (March 18-21); each performance is a perfectly synchronized audio-visual spectacle, complete with new improvisations, pristine digital sound, 3-D projections and animation. The festival continues in April and May with additional performances. 111 S Grand Ave., downtown.

The Music CenterPublic Practice at The Music Center
Through March 15. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to make music outdoors? Step outside and discover something new with Public Practice. Amateur musicians of every background come to The Music Center and Grand Park to practice their instruments among trees, fountains, traffic and random passersby, creating a unique space to play their music. Submit your application through March 15 to perform on April 23-24. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399.

Lewis BlackCOMEDY
Lewis Black
March 15. You may know him from his hilarious Back in Black sketches on the Daily Show, or specifically by his angry face, either way the actor and comedian will definitely make you laugh when he takes the stage at the Saban Theatre. 9 p.m. 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 888.645.5006.

union-restaurantEAT | DRINK
Dine on Northern Italian-inspired cuisine with a California twist from chef Bruce Kalman at Union. The intimate 50-seat restaurant in Old Town Pasadena is the perfect spot to dive into a menu full of artisnal offerings like housemade charcuterie and pastas woven into dishes like tagliatelle with “Head and Shoulder” pork ragu; spelt cavatelli with broccoli di ciccio, pesto di rucola and pecorino; spring lamb with grist & tool grains, among others. 37 East Union St., Pasadena, 626.795.5841.

del-friscosPlumpJack Wine Dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille
March 19. Learn about wine, food and wine pairings and taste everything in between at this new series of events at Del Frisco’s Grille. Sommeliers Adem Sash leads the inagural event that features top wines from PlumpJack expertly paired with a four-course menu. Dine on selections like grilled baby octopus, cherry cab braised wild boar belly, filet mignon and more. $175/pp. 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.395.7333.

CoffeebeanI Need a Granita Week at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Through March 14. As the weather heads up in SoCal cool down by sipping the new Tea Granita at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The drink blends iced teas, fruit and ice, in flavors such as passion fruit and pear berry. Get them for only $2 from 2-6 p.m. during this event. See website for locations.


Through April 13. With legendary songwriter and entertainer Barry Manilow behind the music and his frequent collaborator, Bruce Sussman, penning the book and lyrics, the new musical Harmony is sure to get toes tapping. But the plot is more than pop-song deep. Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a vaudevillian, six-man singing group from Germany that rose from unemployment to international fame in the 1920s. readers can grab mid-orchestra seats at $39 (reg. $60) and $49 (reg. $70) on performances through March 25, by using promo code “BOYBAND”. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

brief-encounterNoël Coward’s Brief Encounter
Through March 23. Attraction, desire, heartbreak: The romantic triumvirate takes center stage in Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, an exuberant yet bittersweet Kneehigh Theatre adaptation making its Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The production moves deftly between theater and film to tell the story of a suburban housewife who falls in love with a married doctor over a series of meetings at a railway station tearoom. Here, staid exteriors belie passion and longing within: Which will prevail? Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this innovative mash-up of Coward’s original one-act play, Still Life, and the screenplay for the 1945 movie Brief Encounter has left audiences “swooning” (to borrow The New York Times’ word) on both sides of the pond. Now, it’s L.A.’s turn. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

vanyaVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Through March 16. David Hyde Pierce directs this play about stepsisters Vanya and Sonia, who are visited by their sibling Masha, a Hollywood star, and her young boyfriend. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


book-of-mormonThe Book of Mormon
Through May 11. The hit production—about a duo of idealistic Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share their sacred text with the local people—boasts a book, music and lyrics by four-time Emmy Award–winning creators of the animated series South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.